Alibi V.19 No.20 • May 20-26, 2010 
Leiahdorus suffers through an interview with the   Alibi  .

Spotlight

Electronic Renaissance

Leiahdorus releases Ode to the Builders

Leiahdorus has been in the business of creating sweet, soaring electro-pop since its formation by Jason Smith and Fox Fletcher back in 1998. Gaining keyboardist Darla VanWinkle in 2003 and drummer Ryan Goodman in 2007, the band has focused on evolving and cultivating a uniqueness over the years. With the release of Leiahdorus’ third full-length on Section 44 Records, the Albuquerque band is finding itself more mature and less plugged in. And experimenting with banjos. Leiahdorus on this and more below, via e-communique.

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Wish me an unhappy 51  st   birthday on Saturday, May 22.

Aural Fixation

Morrissey Was Worth $45

Let's just get that out of the way. When Morrissey performed at the Sunshine Theater last year, at the ripe old age of 50, he didn't hand the people in the crowd a wilted bouquet of gladiolas. He gave them their money's worth. And then some.

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Straight Up stands up for a photo.

Jazzed

John Trentacosta and Straight Up Swing Straight Ahead

Quintet features Arlen Asher and Bobby Shew

Don’t take it from us. Others much more in the know said it first.

Take the late alto saxophonist Frank Morgan, who relocated to New Mexico from the East in his later years. John Trentacosta and Straight Up were his preferred rhythm section here. “An astounding jazz group deserving greater recognition,” said Morgan.

Take it from the late Herbie Mann, jazz flute luminary, who said, “As good as anything I hear coming out of New York. ... players are excellent and the music swings.”

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Flyer on the Wall

Mmm, Chicken Noodle Chainsaw

After a long hiatus, the always flashy and original Daddy Long Loin returns to the stage with Jon Knutson on “drum set” and Blake Himm on “percussion.” The group—Chicken Noodle Chainsaw—will perform original Long Loin songs, improvisations, Frank Zappa and Tom Waits covers, and who knows what else on the new outdoor stage at Marble Brewery (111 Marble NW) on Saturday at 8 p.m. The show is free. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Sonic Reducer

The Dø A Mouthful · Jail Weddings Inconvenient Dreams · Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Uni5: The World's Enemy

This debut of French/Finnish indie pop duo The Dø (rhymes with “glow”) is the first English-sung album to have reached No. 1 in France, but it definitely does not have a mainstream sound. Vocalist Olivia Merilahti yowls, chants and seduces the listener over Dan Levy’s various instrumentation. Merilahti’s high-pitched voice comes off as whiny at first, but gets under the skin, quickly becoming addictive. The Dø experiments a lot here; each song is quite different from the last, runnig the gamut of influence—from African beats to blues harmonica to funky hip-hop. Although there are some slower numbers, the album overall evokes a playful, sexy atmosphere, like a hot Parisian indie dance club. (SO)

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Song Roulette

Fox Fletcher’s random tracks

Fox Fletcher is the guitar player for and a founding member of Albuquerque’s Leiahdorus (which releases its third full-length album this weekend—see right). He also teaches guitar lessons, makes his own guitars and is an avid photographer. Below is a wild smattering of computer-selected tracks from his collection.

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Make a Wish

Sinbad • stand-up comedy

In the '90s there was a rumor that movie star and stand up comedian Sinbad bought an entire windbreaker factory just to appease his signature look. It was also rumored that he could stand in gale force winds without even feeling a breeze. These days, you're less likely to spot him sporting his classic look, but it just goes to show that you don't need a pair of genie pants to be the funniest person in the room. See the legend…
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Queen of the Reich

Queensrÿche • progressive metal • Fates Warning

Queensrÿche and Fates Warning are widely considered titans of the progressive rock world. As part of a metal monarchy, both bands are known for the intricate musical tapestries they weave with odd time signatures, multi-octave ranges and concept albums featuring complex lyrical themes. You can ride this heavy comet at the Historic El Rey Theater this Saturday night, March 23, when 'Rÿche and Fates hold court. The doors open at 7pm, show at 8. Tickets are $25 in advance. This is an all-ages show. Bring the heirs of your empire for a history lesson about a time when Vikings ruled the world and metal was melodic.
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Spring and Sex are in the Air

The Whiskey Sister Present Flora, Fauna and F*ckery • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • Di' Lovely • Delta Rae Dixon • burlesque, comedy, variety

The Whiskey Sisters are back for their quarterly show for spring, bringing more newcomers to Albuquerque and to the Sister stage. In their 50/50 burlesque and variety show, the only Sunday show of the year on March 24 brings headliner Di'Lovely of San Diego, who has competed for the prestigious title of Reigning Queen of Burlesque multiple times at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Appearing in Albuquerque for the first time is classic burlesquer and featured performer, Delta Rae Dixon from Salt Lake City. Flora, Fauna and F*ckery also brings the magic of Bryan Lambe, the comedy and b-boy stylings of Zach Abeyta, vocal talents of Judith Mondragon, drag from Tomahawk Martini and all the A-list local burlesque you can drool over. Host Jessica Stone DeLorean takes you on a wild and colorful ride with doors at 7pm, the show at 8 and a cost of $12 for a 21 and over crowd. Go forth and enjoy the f*ckery.
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This Train is Bound for Glory

Wayne Hancock • country, Western, blues

Ameripolitan—or juke joint-swing as the genre is known by some Tejanos—advocate extraordinaire Wayne Hancock descends loudly and lovingly onto the stage at Inside Out on Tuesday, March 26. Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been startling audiences, beating up boots and brandishing a guitar since he was a young one; his affinity for finding, deconstructing and then delivering honestly raw and rambunctious roots music is without equal in the land of hillbilly-backed, Grand Ole Opry-certified swinging sounds. As the artist himself puts it, “Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me.” Entrance to this rodeo-like environment of sights and sounds will run typical 21+ listeners $12 in advance and $15 at the door; the curtain rises on America's representative at 9pm. It'll be better than season one of “Hee-Haw!”
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