Wednesday, April 4, 2012

at - Tucson's Brian Lopez gives this girl a shout out -

Brian Lopez on Tucson, His New Album Ultra, and Being Compared to an Octopus

In case you didn't read my review of Brian Lopez's recently released album, Ultra, go now, oh foolish one, and read it.  There. Well done. Thus, in case you didn't notice, Brian Lopez is, indeed, awesome. And now, as you arrive at the top of this interview, you, in the privacy of your own mind, are tirelessly thanking me for bringing you more about this wonderful man and lovely album. You're welcome, dear reader. But I have one more request: after you read this, go and listen (oh, listen!) to that album (if you haven't already), that buttery voice! And you will smile, and all will be right in the world.
Yeah.  Also, get stoked L.A. because tonight and tomorrow night Brian will be playing shows in town--tonight at the Echoplex, tomorrow night at The Hotel Cafe.  Details and more tour info below!
Claire Gallagher: So, Brian, you’re from Tucson.  Has growing up there influenced your music at all?

Brian Lopez: As i've gotten older I've realized exactly how bizarre Tucson is. The desert is such a weird place - humans have no business living here.  It's a desperate environment filled with dwellers and survivalists. At the same time, there is an exotic beauty that is exclusive to the Sonoran Desert. Desolate, desperate, yet beautiful. In that sense, I feel my music is parallel.
CG: Who are some of your biggest musical (or other) influences? 

BL: I have a lot of songs that are about, or stem from Barcelona, Spain. I lived there when I was 21.  Best time of my life. Its a fascinating place -- vibrantly colorful and vivacious.  Also, any poetry from Tucson poet, Shelly Taylor seems to get my tongue wrapped in an inspiring way.  
thanks B-Lo.  Here's his US tour dates:
April 4th at 9:30pm
The Hotel Cafe
Other U.S. dates*:
04/05/12 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
04/06/12 - WOW Hall - Eugene, OR
04/07/12 - The Media Club - Vancouver, BC
04/08/12 - Aladdin Theater - Portland, OR
04/09/12 - The Crocodile - Seattle, WA
04/11/12 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
04/13/12 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO
04/14/12 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
04/15/12 - Santa Fe Brewing - Sante Fe, NM 
then he's going to europe yall:
04/18/12Alte FeuerwacheMannheimDEGermany
04/20/12L'Epicerie ModerneLyonFRFrance
04/30/12Hafen 2OffenbachDEGermany