Howe Gelb, Houndstooth
3939 N Mississippi Ave.
[SUN-BAKED COUNTRY] Howe Gelb is the one-man show behind Arizona's Giant Sand, the band he's operated, with a revolving cast of side players hired and fired basically at his leisure, since 1988. His albums have run the gamut, from the Neil Young-ish guitar implosions to sun-scorched alt-country to borderline stoner metal, though his best-loved material serves as a desert-mad precursor to the rootsy experimentalism of fellow statesmen Calexico (whose members have done time backing Gelb). For last year's latest, Tucson, the Pennsylvania native called upon a dozen musicians to help create what he subtitled "A Country Rock Opera," a panoramic ode to his adopted hometown. The Coincidentalist, the latest album released under his own name, is a more stripped-back affair, with guests ranging from M. Ward and KT Tunstall to Andrew Bird and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, among others, helping color in the dust surrounding Gelb's voice, which sounds an awful lot like Leonard Cohen parched by the Sonoran sun.
Where: Mississippi Studios
Address: 3939 N Mississippi Ave.