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 V.17 No.4 | January 24 - 30, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

We Will, We Will Mock U

Seeing how the topic is fake bands, and Keller Williams and the WMDs are coming through town this week, it's pretty serendipitous that Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo just happens to be debuting in Albuquerque on Tuesday. Primus bass-master Les Claypool wrote, directed and stars in this mock rockumentary chronicling the highs (cough) and lows of a jam band reaching for cult status in the jam circuit.

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Spotlight

Fake It ’Til You Make It

If these guys became rockstars, you sure as hell can

There are a multitude of phony-baloney "bands" that have made the jump from fiction to radio. Bands that blurred the line between fantasy and reality so effectively that even Stephen Hawking’s sexy Speak and Spell voice can’t explain the phenomenon.

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Flyer on the Wall

Everybody Say Yarrrrrgh!

Set a course for the Northeast Heights, where The Old Main, The Grave of Nobody's Darling, and Big Lips and the Skinny will perform sea chanties before walking the plank. That's this Saturday, Jan. 26, at Misty's Hideaway (1522 Eubank NE, 271-9839). Free, 21+. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Monterey Jazz Festival 50th Anniversary All-Stars Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival · Magnetic Fields Distortion · The Helio Sequence Keep Your Eyes Ahead

Pulled together to celebrate the last 50 and the next 50 years of jazz at the Monterey Jazz Festival, the MJF All-Stars— James Moody (sax, flute), Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Nnenna Freelon (vocals), Benny Green (piano, musical director), Derrick Hodge (bass), and Kendrick Scott (drums)—bring their A games, covering mainstream ground from bebop to post-bop. High points include the charming Moody/Freelon duet on Ellington’s “Just Squeeze Me,” Moody’s swing on Milt Jackson’s “Monterey Mist” and Blanchard’s blistering solo on Lionel Loueke’s “Benny’s Tune” (the most modern composition). The set is relaxed, playful and occasionally intense, with everyone letting down their hair. (MM)

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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