Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
50 Years Later, The Grammys Got Good
Although our man Rahim Alhaj didn't pick up Grammy gold for Best Traditional World Music Album, all in all—and I never thought I'd say this—the Grammys were totally entertaining. Awkward and tedious at times, sure, but I challenge any massive award show to shake those fugly bedfellows. I really couldn't ask for more.
A case study in perpetual reinvention
By Simon McCormack
Once unhappily lumped into the genre of dance punk, Los Angeles, Calif., power-trio Liars can now only be described as ever-changing.
Le Chat Lunatique’s Demonic Lovely Gives Dancers and Listeners Cause for Celebration
CD captures the verve, swing and musicality of this “filthy, mangy jazz” quartet
By Mel Minter
The appeal of Le Chat Lunatique’s live performances owes as much to its bandmates patter and seriocomic stage presence as it does to their music—and the music is damn good. They’ve managed to translate that appeal to their new studio CD, Demonic Lovely, without visual or verbal aids. The music and the commitment with which it is played, it turns out, are really what it’s all about, whether you’re on the dance floor or sinking into a sofa.
The Hot Club de Albuquerque
Le Chat Lunatique on work, style, corn and more
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
How long have you existed, and how did you come to be?
Flyer on the Wall
The Breakfast Club
Experience noise in the a.m. at Speakerwaffle, possibly the most damage you can do to your ears and mouth simultaneously. Redbeard (AGL and Dameon Lee of Lowlights), William Fowler Collins, Gun Safe and Olvidese fry up together at The Stove (114 Morningside NE) on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring $5 or breakfast to share. (LM)
Omar Sosa Afreecanos · Grand Archives The Grand Archives · Lightspeed Champion Falling Off The Lavender Bridge
On Afreecanos, jazz pianist/composer Omar Sosa’s first studio recording since 2004’s masterwork Mulatos, the musics of Africa and the New World again go swimming together in the sea of his imagination and artistry. Featuring 21 musicians on traditional African and modern instruments, Afreecanos is more orchestrated and more rhythm-centric than Mulatos (fragments of which appear fleetingly on every track in Sosa’s piano improvs) but it continues the same fabulously successful experiment. Though not as consistent as its predecessor, Afreecanos does offer several tracks that equal or surpass anything on Mulatos, including “Nene La Kanou,” “Ollú” and the elegiac “Why Anga?” (MM)
Boyz II Men • R&B
By August March
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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