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 V.17 No.44 | October 30 - November 5, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Best. Halloween. Ever.

Truly. Downtown's overall picture of Halloween night is the best I've ever seen in Albuquerque (and certainly during my five years at the Alibi). After years of school-night trick-or-treating, Oct. 31 finally falls on a Friday. And since the election has people frothing with anxious excitement, this Halloween could be the party of the decade. From big-name blowouts to the cream of Bernalillo and Sandoval Countys’ crops, Downtown's pimp chalice of live music runneth over. Here's what you can't miss on Oct. 31.

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Carlosaur (Carlos Ruiz de la Torre) and Eva Ave (Eva Dameron) bring new meaning to “local color.”
Scott Preston

Spotlight

Eva Ave and Carlosaur

A circus, pirate melody

While I made sure to note the Cocoa Pebbles sitting on the piano, I had failed to realize there was a knife near my arm.

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Presidential Party

Vote, then watch the televised results at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (21+, free) on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Music by Danny Malone, The Last Vegas and Yeti Hands starts at 10 p.m. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Dark Dark Dark The Snow Magic · Ray LaMontagne Gossip In The Grain · Chad VanGaalen Soft Airplane

He may have once labored in a Maine shoe factory, but Ray LaMontagne has had no trouble trading his hammer for a six-string. LaMontagne provoked us with his debut Trouble in 2004, but Gossip In The Grain grinds into the soul, smooth and delicate. Folky roots kindle his organic rasp with a bluesy essence. The latest installment of late-blooming pop-folk reaches for a promised land where Stephen Stills and Van Morrison once stood. (JH)

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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Mar 4)

The Land Between Times

Castle • metal • Shoggoth • metal • SuperGiant • stoner rock • Jagged Mouth • metal

Neither Aleister Crowley nor George W. Bush will be around (maybe) but prepare to sharpen your horns and do some bidding for some badass folks who definitely aren't involved in the occult—the doom metal trio Castle enchants locals at the Launchpad this Saturday, March 4, with the doors to the underworld opening at 8pm. Joining the '70s heavy metal-esque group will be Burque inhabitants Shoggoth, SuperGiant and Jagged Mouth. Only vessels 21+ for this $8 show allowed.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Mar 6)

Bring a Tissue

Gaby Fuentes • Regulus • Tear Pressure • indie pop, punk

An up and coming local band I have been enjoying listening to is named Tear Pressure. I found out about them when I was wandering the local college campus and saw a flyer for a show they were doing at some apartment complex up on Copper in the Heights, yo. That was a decent show with an excellent barbeque and I felt like Tear Pressure was going to appear on the scene within the year. Now of course, they are playing their dirty and delicious, slithery and subtle no wave at Burt's Tiki Lounge on Monday, March 6, and as usual at Burt's there is no goddamn cover charge. Ever. I hear some daring lo-fi pop credentials being built on tunes from the band's latest recording, the Chill Ass EP—songs like “Quaaludes” and “All Moms Are Weirdos” that build intensity as they roll through cray melodic and stylistic changes. They'll be opening for math mastermind and CRTTRZ guitarist Gabriel Angel Fuentes and Austin indie taco-rockers Regulus, so be there.
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