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 V.16 No.20 | May 17 - 23, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

Best of the Week—Besides the fine events featured in this week's music section, we'd be remiss if we didn't point you in the direction of these weekend wunderkinds. Good luck choosing between them!

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Sonic Reducer

The Young Gods Super Ready/Fragmenté · Porcupine Tree Fear of a Blank Planet · Babelshack Return of the Bottomfeeder

Great things to merge in an album: guitars, synth, cymbals, wispy vocals and dance beats. Bad things to merge in an album: English and French. At least, as merged by The Young Gods. What The Young Gods do well in Super Ready/Fragmenté they do really well—the sound is tight, the beats are slick, the mix is vibrant, the French is superb. But their use of English makes me wonder when Bono turned Swiss, acquired a bad accent, started a dance/synth band and subsequently forgot how to write in complete sentences. At least the music is good.

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Writer/director/producer Justin Hunt at the   American Meth   debut in Farmington, N.M.

Spotlight

The Music ofAmerican Meth

Local artists lend their talents to documentary film project

Farmington native Justin Hunt is the brains and guile behind American Meth, a documentary film he wrote, produced and directed. With a gift for storytelling (surely the result of years of hard-knocks experience in television journalism), Hunt attempts with American Meth to shed some light on an inexplicable addiction to a dangerous and faithless drug, methamphetamine. An edgy subject, to say the least.

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These are just a fraction of the bands playing this year’s Hyperactive Festival.

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Hyperactive Music Festival II

If you ask Alison Shaw why she's so driven to do the things she does for local music, she'll look at you with an expression that implies, “Why aren’t you?” With less than a week before Hyperactive Music Festival II, Shaw is busy working out the fine tuning on an event she launched last year in June.

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Joe Anderson presides over an all-ages show at the Launchpad.
Xavier Mascareñas

Music Interview

Blood, Sweat and Tears

The Launchpad celebrates 10 years of earth, wind and fire

The city of Albuquerque contains legions of rock ’n’ roll fans who have witnessed the performances of idols and demigods, experienced life-altering moments of personal heartbreak and triumph and, during its 10 years, more or less grew up at the Launchpad.

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Flyer on the Wall

Space, Maybe?

Looks like the debut of a new venue at 309 Mountain NE (just east of Broadway)! Retsila Gem, Small Flightless Birds, Fiction Onehundred and Bark Bark Bark star in a fake music video this Saturday, May 19, at Space, Maybe? $5. (LM)

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Craft Work

Hone your creative edge at a brand-spankin’ new songwriters’ open mic. Southwest Gift Baskets Coffee House (11200 Montgomery NE) hosts the all-ages fun at 7 p.m. (LM)

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Roll for Your Lives!

Derby Intelligence Agency squares off against breakaway champs Doomsdames this Saturday, May 19, at Club Fantasia (formerly Midnight Rodeo, 4901 McLeod). Fivehundred handles the face-rocking. $5 in advance, $7 at the door (opens at 3 p.m.). All-ages! (LM)

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Hyperactive Slugs

Slug magazine brings a taste of Salt Lake City to this weekend's Hyperactive Music Festival. Saturday, May 19, at Ralli’s (free, 21+). (LM)

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 14)

A Romantic Recital

Boyz II Men • R&B

On Sunday, Feb. 14, the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino presents a concert by romantic balladeers and masters of a capella ruminations on love and life, Boyz II Men. An R&B group (now a trio, formerly and originally a quartet) with an affinity for soulful musical wanderings through the heart of human affection, Boyz II Men first made the scene in the 1990s with radio-friendly hits like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day,” an epic tune to forever love they recorded with super-chanteuse Mariah Carey. In the years since they rose to the top of the pops, one member, Michael McCary departed the ensemble, leaving an essential trio comprised of tenors Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris as well as baritone Nathan Morris. Together, these three still bring the flavor of love to life as they tour around a gratefully enchanted planet of men and women. Tickets for this all-ages performance range in price from $35-$70 while romance fills the air beginning at 8pm.
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