Alibi V.16 No.21 • May 24-30, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

Free Ozzy—The Prince of F***ing Darkness is cashing in on another run of Ozzfest, which includes a July 26 stop at Journal Pavilion. Fourteen uneven years after its debut, hope that this festival could retain more integrity than a fatted cash cow seems soundly, painfully extinguished—not least of all by the festival's pandering to "murderous clown" acts like Slipknot. But fans of the Bewildered Evil One have some redeeming incentives to come out this time. (I mean, besides the spectacle of Ozzy's stage handlers dousing his crotch with water at regular intervals ... No sir, no cover for incontinence there!)

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Sonic Reducer

Sea Wolf Get to the River Before It Runs Too Low · Panthers The Trick · Hot IQs Dangling Modifier

The past few years have seen a semi-deluge of wolf-in-name musical ensembles: Wolf Eyes, Wolfmother and now Sea Wolf (this on top of a metal band named Wolf, not to mention Los Lobos). On the debut EP from solitary permanent band member Alex Brown Church, Sea Wolf may be the most promising member of the wolfly titled club. The arrangement is an evocation of moody melody propelled by violins, cellos, lyrical storytelling, astute percussion and a concertina or two. The five songs are mostly lovely and fully worthy of borrowing name and inspiration from Sea Wolf, Jack London's 1904 novel.

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El-Producto

Wax Tracks

Producto Produces

Finally. It's here. A new disc. And it's the best.

It's been five years since the last El-Producto album proper dropped. 2002's Fantastic Damage ate up the charts, gorging on fawning reviews of its "post-apocalyptic" hip-hop.

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Animal Collective
Adriano Segundes

Spotlight

Animal Collective

Sans chin-stroking

At first it was simple pop-rock songs. Well, lighter on the rock, really. "Then things got progressively weirder," says Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear of the Animal Collective. AC members have known each other since grade school in Baltimore, but it wasn't until they all found themselves in New York for one reason or another that things got serious—and weird. If tape manipulations, sound collages and a genre commonly defined as "acid folk" are unfamiliar, "weird" might be a good place to start. Actually, the Collective is unconcerned with defining itself by genre and instead focuses solely on not repeating itself, bringing in elements of modern classical composition, prog-rock, jazz—you name it.

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Flyer on the Wall

Dr. Eerie’s Carnival de Rock

Dr. Eerie has a prescription for your weekend doldrums: Five Minute Sin, SuperGiant, Hit By A Bus and Wormhole at the Launchpad ($5, 21+) this Friday, May 25. Creepy fun for everyone! (LM)

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Royale with Cheese

Binge on the sugar coated crunchiness of PAN!C, Kill the Complex, First Rites and Blissful Destruction this Wednesday, May 30, at Atomic Cantina (21+, free). (LM)

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Weaving Rainbow

Sub Pop recording artists The Album Leaf rain down sheets of luminous sound this Friday, May 25, at Puccini’s Golden West Saloon ($12, 21+). With Lymbyc Systym and The Giranimals. (LM)

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Avoid Eye Contact

High Mayhem Studios (1703-B Lena Street, Santa Fe) presents an exhibit of Orwellian art posters by Michael Sumner and Melody Sumner Carnahan. 7 p.m., all-ages, free. Stick around for new music from Adobe Gillis ($5-$10 donation) at 9 p.m. (LM)

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Image courtesy of Rhymesayers

EVENT HORIZON ()

All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Brother Ali • rap, hip-hop

In case you want to know, the headline for this part of Event Horizon is brought to you by the rapper known as Brother Ali. It's the name of his new album and an inducement to go check out one of the finest flows in all of hip-hop nation. Brother Ali is jamming it righteously on Saturday, Dec. 15 with doors at 7:30pm and the show kicking off at 8pm. at the Launchpad as part of a tour that commemorates the 15th anniversary of another Brother Ali masterpiece called Shadows on the Sun. For a dude whose concern for social justice and positive causes have come to dominate the subject matter of his work, Brother Ali still rocks it tenderly on tunes like “Dear Black Son” as well as with definitive sickness on other tracks, namely, “Bitchslap!” For a mere $20 to $75 and a 21+ ID, you can be part of the progressive party! How ill is that?!
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