the Crystal Method

Thursday, March 21st

Formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland in the early 1990s. Like The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, The Prodigy and others, they were pioneers of the big beat genre. The Crystal Method’s music has appeared in numerous TV shows, films, video games, and advertisements. Their debut studio album Vegas was certified platinum in 2007, and saw follow-ups Tweekend, Legion of Boom, Divided by Night, and The Crystal Method. In 2017, Ken Jordan retired from music and left the group, with Scott Kirkland adopting The Crystal Method as a solo moniker. -via band wiki

191 | 191 N Toole | 7pm

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls

Wednesday, March 20th

Finnish country band, playing bluegrass versions of well-known hard rock and metal songs. The band became known in the summer of 2014 with the publication of videos on YouTube. Especially popular was the band’s version of “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC which received over 77 million views on YouTube. The band’s debut album Farm Machine was released through Spinefarm Records on May 8, 2015. In November 2015, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls were featured on The A.V. Club Undercover covering “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys. On August 3, 2016 they released a cover of Aces High promoting their second album Brothers in Farms. –via band wiki

191 | 191 N Toole | 7pm

Hippie Sabotage

Wednesday, March 20th

EDM duo, composed of brothers Kevin and Jeff Saurer. They were #1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart. They have performed with Ellie Goulding and Tove Lo and have worked with Cubic Z from “We the Best”. They are best known for their remix of Habits, which has nearly 1B views on youtube.

Rialto Theatre | 318 E Congress | 7pm

Mast Ace and Polo

Friday, March 8th

Performing as part of the Tucson Hip Hop Fest

Masta Ace stands as one of rap’s great anomalies. The Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York artist emerged in the late 1980s, delivering next-level rhymes as part of Marley Marl’s Juice Crew with Big Daddy Kane, Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap and others. After his 1990 debut album, he then released in 1993 a sobering treatise on gangster rap and its impact on America with his SlaughtaHouse project before melding an East Coast sensibility with the South and West Coast’s affinity for car culture with 1995’s revolutionary, forward-thinking Sittin’ On Chrome album.

Yet it was Masta Ace’s next series of musical moves that truly cemented his status as one of rap’s iconic acts. In 2001, Ace released Disposable Arts, an exceptional look at rap’s evolution, exploitation and appropriation. His subsequent projects – 2004’s A Long Hot Summer, 2012’s MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne and collaborative projects with eMC, Ed O.G. and others – provided Masta Ace a new platform to tour the world and become a rapper whose catalog is appreciated by different generations of fans for dramatically different reasons. –via artist’s site

Club Congress | 311 E Congress | 7pm

Trippie Redd

Wednesday, March 6th

Following his high school graduation, Trippie Redd moved to Atlanta, where he met rapper Lil Wop and was eventually offered a record deal with a professional recording studio. Trippie Redd is best known for his songs “Love Scars”, “Poles1469”, featuring 6ix9ine, and “Dark Knight Dummo”, featuring Travis Scott, with the former two songs both certified gold by the RIAA, and the latter peaking at number 72 on the BillboardHot 100 as well as receiving platinum certification by the RIAA. In July 2018, Trippie Redd announced his debut album would be titled Life’s a Trip. The album was released August 10, 2018 and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart selling 72,000 album-equivalent units. Trippie Redd earned his highest Billboard 200 charting in November 2018 with the mixtape, A Love Letter to You 3, debuting at number three.