Local heavy metal legend Al Cisneros brings his dark, droning psych-rock collaboration with Emil Amos, an eldritch thing called OM, to the stage at Sister (407 Central NW) tomorrow night. Cisneros, of influential doom band Sleep, and Amos—who also drums in PDX post-rock outfit Grails and conjures soundscapes with Alex Hall in Lilacs & Champagne—are well known in both these parts and the metal universe for generating sounds that are massive, entrancing and louder than goddamned hell.
OM takes its moniker from the Hindu concept for the sound the universe makes; if that descriptor is anywhere near the ensemble’s musical truth, then this world’s vast emptiness is a triumphantly noisy affair that careens between chaos and transcendence. Robert Lowe's contributions to the band’s latest release, Advaitic Songs, and touring efforts add a shimmery crunch to OM’s cosmically unpronounceable, sonically arcane journey. But why read words that attempt to describe something all-at-once too simple and complicated to make words out of ... when you can take the trip yourself for 10 bucks. Opening act Watter—featuring Britt Walford of Slint and Grails' Zak Riles—takes the stage at 10pm, and this show is 21-plus. Sister • Sat Apr 19 • 10pm • $10 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
The Daily Word in Marquez' death, a Russian firefighter and a balloon crash
Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez died yesterday at the age of 87.
Yesterday, Missouri police arrested a suspect, accused of a string of vehicle shootings on Kansas City highways.
Relatives of those who were on Flight MH370, which disappeared weeks ago, want answers.
An avalanche swept down Mt. Everest, killing at least 13 people.
The City settled several lawsuits from people who were arrested or cited for feeding the homeless.
Earlier this morning, a hot air balloon crashed into a house in the Sage and Unser area.
Gov. Susana Martinez addressed negative things that were said on secret audio recordings from four years ago, pero she won't say “sorry” because they were private.
A medical marijuana supplier wants to give people a mall-like experience. In that case, do they provide free samples?
Get Your Beep-Boop On: Play Yars' Revenge at the Tannex
Do you get misty for those halcyon days of 1982, when you were a giant space wasp hell-bent on picking your way through the enemy’s defenses and destroying their cannon before it destroyed you? Even if you weren’t born yet, the game Yars’ Revenge kindles this need within you.
Luckily, tomorrow night, the Tannex is hosting a Yars’ Revenge event. Swing by 1417 Fourth Street SW after 8pm. For $5 you get to manhandle the joysticks of two Atari Flashback systems in any of 64 classic games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Pitfall!, Breakout and possibly the single most embarrassing video game of all time, Video Checkers. (Kidding, of course; E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial has that “honor.”)
Live electronica completes the evening, courtesy of local acts Huron Valley Listening Club, Lenn Cicada and Meta Vaux. While waiting your turn to settle that 30-year Galaga grudge match with your sister, you can fight over who has to be P2 next time, or plan a field trip to the Atari landfill excavation we hear is launching in Alamogordo on April 26. Tannex • Sat Apr 19 • 8pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
University of Connecticut Women's Team Destroys Notre Dame in NCAA Final
But does basketball matter if few people watch?
A week ago, the NCAA Division I basketball tournament reached its apex. And the University of Connecticut won. Nope, not the men's game, which was fantastic, sure, but the women's game. It was truly historic, and not just according to the wonks at 538, the newly minted sports blog from famed statistician Nate Silver. While there have been undefeated teams ostensibly playing for a national championship before—in college football at least—that's never been the case in basketball.
Many say the latest victory for the UConn women represents an endorsement of their coach, Geno Auriemma. With long-time rival Pat Summitt retired, it seems as though almost no one can stand in the way of the Huskies and their long-running records. Notre Dame fought valiantly for their place as the spoiler, and maybe if they'd had Natalie Achonwa or Ace playing alongside her senior teammates, things could have gone differently.
There's no shame in losing to this UConn team, but there are definitely columnists who have wondered if all those Husky wins piling up are leading to Geno and Co. fatigue. While Mechelle Voepel argues that UConn's winning ways are good for women's basketball overall, there's definitely room for disagreement. Kate Fagan reasons that games are better when they're truly competitive and if Notre Dame represents the best team that UConn had to face, things are getting into a bad place. The bottom line: We need a multitude of better teams, not just UConn.
The takeaway a week later, with almost no one talking about the women's game, despite the WNBA Draft already occurring, is that NCAA Division I basketball is still all about the men's game. March Madness, to most people, means men's games exclusively. Even if—or rather, when—two undefeated teams play, something that has never happened in the sport before, there's very little attention for the women. Something needs to change.
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