The Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns are making their way across the U.S. with a stop at The Rock on Wednesday.
The groups are performing in town as part of the Tour Odyssey tour, which brings acts from different musical backgrounds together for shows that feature reggae, hip-hop, indie rock and electronic music.
"We were a little skeptical at first because of the multigenre appearance, but what we've learned is that there is a great deal of cross-pollination going on fanwise," said Jeremy Dawson, keyboardist and bassist for the Guns. "The rooms (we play) are full."
For Tucsonans, the show means an opportunity to see Shiny Toy Guns with its four original members.
The band released its third album, "III," last October, a recording that marked the return of lead singer Carah Faye Charnow.
Charnow parted ways with the group in 2008.
She was replaced by Sisely Treasure, who has also since left the band.
"From the second that we physically reunited it's like nothing ever changed," Dawson said. "It's been an incredible journey.
Shiny Toy Guns has grown and evolved since forming in 2002, with a show that now incorporates special visuals, lighting and its own unique sound.
"I think we do elements of what we did before, but we're doing them a lot better now," Dawson said. "It's all part of the growing process to become a better band as you go on."
This won't be the first visit to Tucson for the Guns. The band loves staying at Hotel Congress, and its members plan on visiting during their stop.
After the Tour Odyssey ends, Shiny Toy Guns will be hitting Australia, Asia, the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe to expand their presence overseas.
"We're hoping that something is going to catch fire over there," Dawson said.
The five-man So-Cal band Dirty Heads specializes in mixing reggae and hip-hop.
The group's nearly year-old second album, "Cabin by the Sea," included contributions from Matisyahu, KyMani Marley, Del the Funky Homosapien and Rome.
The band is working on an acoustic album for release after the tour. Frontman Jared Watson spoke to Caliente from Brazil last week.
How has the tour been going so far?
"Really good. We are in Brazil right now actually playing for new fans, joining street gangs and drinking out of coconuts."
What do you love most about being on tour?
"Traveling, seeing new places, getting new stamps on my passport, the shows, playing in front of new fans and joining Brazilian street gangs that spread love and peace gang style."
How has it been, touring with Shiny Toy Guns?
"They are great people and a great band, but terrible gamblers. We play dice after shows, and I take all their money."
What is the weirdest/most interesting thing that has happened while on tour?
"I was reading a Dan Brown book in my bunk and I had to sneeze. When I did I accidentally sneezed into the pages of the book and it magically turned into a Playboy magazine."
Have you added any surprises or anything new to your shows?
"If I told you it wouldn't be a surprise, so hopefully I will see you at the show."
Do you have any rituals that you do before getting on stage?
"A round of Jack Daniels shots and a couple of high fives and hugs to let all the dudes know we are stoked about what we get to do."
What type of music do you listen to?
"I'm listening to Modestep, A$AP Rocky, Mikey Dread, Pandora and anything from 1940."
What's the strangest thing about you most people don't know?
"I'm pretty open. Everyone knows I'm strange."
If I stole your iPod and hit play, what song would I hear?
"I don't have an iPod."
Where do you see yourself in 30 years?
Do you have any life goals besides being in a successful band?
"Happiness, no matter how where it comes from; just to be happy and have the people I love around me be the same."
If you go
• What: Tour Odyssey with co-headliners The Dirty Heads and Shiny Toy Guns with Midi Matilda & Oh No Fiasco.
• When: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday
• Where: The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave.
• Admission: $25.
Rachel Cabakoff is a University of Arizona journalism student who is an apprentice at the Star. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org