New Music Video: Dirt Friends – “My Guts”

New Music Video: Dirt Friends – “My Guts”

Yet another great music video from yet another great band! This time from ‘Dirt Friends’ and featuring some of Tucson’s favorite institutions like the 4th Avenue Deli, Che’s lounge, the neon ‘Tucson’ sign on Miracle Mile, etc.. This song has also been added to our ever-growing local music video list on YouTube – enjoy!  

Quick Photo Tour of Downtown Tucson at Dusk

Quick Photo Tour of Downtown Tucson at Dusk

I got out with the camera yesterday before the sun went completely down. I started out at 4th Avenue and 4th Street and ended up down at the Tucson Museum of Art. I had to hurry, and didn’t grab a ton of pictures, because the sun sets rather quickly this time of year. Hope you enjoy the pics!

Music Videos: XIXA – “Vampiro” and Amor~Convertino – “Santa Cruz River”

Music Videos: XIXA – “Vampiro” and Amor~Convertino – “Santa Cruz River”

Check out these latest videos from some of Tucson’s very finest musicians: XIXA and Naim Amor and John Convertino. Both videos have also been included on our YouTube local music playlist, here: playlist.  

Neighborhoods: Dunbar/Spring

Neighborhoods: Dunbar/Spring

One of the success stories of Tucson, the Dunbar/Spring neighborhood has a rich history and offers many amenities, not the least of which is incredible access to downtown, the University and the Interstate. Named after Paul Lawrence Dunbar and John Spring, it was the city’s first African-American neighborhood and today it continues that heritage as one of the most diverse, important and vital parts of Tucson. Whereas it had fallen into some disrepair and ill repute in the 80’s and 90’s, the neighborhood has bounced back nicely on the strength of…

Destinations: Agua Caliente Park

Destinations: Agua Caliente Park

As a sometimes photographer in Tucson I am often asked to take outdoor portraits and of all locations available in the city one name comes up more often than any other: Agua Caliente. It is certainly a unique desert oasis, easily accessible yet remote and when the ponds are full it is easily one of the best looking parks in the Tucson area! Like so many sites in and near Tucson, the history of the park stretches back hundreds and even thousands of years. But for the sake of brevity, let’s…

How’s the food scene in Tucson?

How’s the food scene in Tucson?

When I travel to other locales and talk about Tucson, one of the most common questions people ask (besides “how common are the rattlesnakes and scorpions?”) is how good the food is. Specifically, the Mexican food. Well, in my opinion, it’s great! And while the Mexican food available in this town is fantastic, the local food scene has many more varieties to offer! But I’m no foodie, so don’t trust my opinion! We have two excellent local food publications available: Edible Baja which is online as well as in print and…

Destinations: Reid Park

Destinations: Reid Park

First, let’s clear up an age-old Tucson argument – is it Reid Park or Randolph Park? It’s Reid Park. Much like “A Mountain” is actually Sentinel Peak, which just happens to have a big “A” at the top of it, what many Tucsonans call Randolph Park is actually Reid Park, though it was originally named Randolph Park and parts of the park still retain the old name. With that clarified, let’s go back to the beginning. In the early 1900’s, Epes Randolph was a railroad tycoon, banker, hotelier, miner and many…

Destinations: Catalina Highway

Destinations: Catalina Highway

In Southern Arizona, an area with no shortage of scenic drives, one 27-mile stretch of road in particular stands out among its peers. Catalina Highway, as it is popularly known, takes you from Tucson’s Northwest side along a steady, beautiful incline to the top of Mt. Lemmon where you can frolic in pine forests and will feel like you are hundreds of miles away from the Sonoran desert town you left behind you just an hour ago. Technically known as the General Hitchcock Highway or Arizona Forest Highway 39, though…

Local Release: Daycones “New Landscapes”

Local Release: Daycones “New Landscapes”

Last night Daycones opened up a great show at La Cocina which also featured local favorites The Myrrors and from Michigan, Heaters. The show also marked the release of “New Landscapes” on Baby Tooth records. Give it a listen here and definitely consider purchasing the digital album or find him at a show and pick up a copy on cassette! New Landscapes by Daycones

West Tucson – An Overview

West Tucson – An Overview

West Tucson is a diverse area ranging from dense urban neighborhoods to resort communities and established suburban communities nestled in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. It features ready access to Downtown Tucson and the freeway yet in some parts it can feel quite remote and fully removed from hustle and bustle of the city.   Attractions West Tucson is home to many of Tucson’s favorite destinations including Sentinel Peak (“A Mountain”), Tumamoc Hill, Tucson Mountain Park and Saguaro National Park (including Gates Pass). It is also home to the…