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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #312: A Businessman is Up to No Good

The wizened VP of our company joins our table at the bar. He claims to be up to no good. I offer that he must have some legitimate pursuits. He shakes his head no and asks me if I want to pursue this line of questioning.

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Play Like a Girl: Mala Maña 'We Have Released a CD' Party

Percussion-heavy, girl-centric supergroup Mala Maña gets audiences moving whenever they play. By virtue of her membership in this band, Alibi delivery driver Alyson Steinman gets nods wherever she drops off the current issue of Albuquerque's free weekly. A veteran musician in the Albuquerque worldbeat scene, every fifth or so time I speak to Alyson, someone else inevitably approaches her asking, “Aren't you in that girl group that plays drums?” Indisputably popular live, Mala Mana now officially offers a recording to accompany your drive to the CNM Westside campus, clean the house by, pull weeds with, dance or sing along to, whatever—and you are hereby invited to their CD release party at Bandito Hideout (2128 Central SE) tonight. There will be dancing. A paltry three clams gets one into this all-ages event beginning at 8 p.m., so most budgets will be able to handle Mexican food and drink as well as some nifty band merch; for the ladies, Mala Maña panties are this season's must-have item. Talented Afropop musicians one and all, these girls play well together, and they do it with a Chicana sensibility that is muy Nuevo Mexico. Bandido Hideout • Sat Aug 10 • 8 pm • $3 • View on Alibi calendar

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Stark Raving Mod: Mod night at Blackbird

If you like to dabble in the mod lifestyle, now's the perfect time to dust off your black-and-white-striped boatneck T-shirt, Chelsea boots, French New Wave coiffure skills, customized scooter and, yes, your records. DJs Bea, Cassyle, Zac Webb and Ben Adams spin hot wax selections from genres like garage, glam, rocksteady, power pop, soul and "trashy trash" at Mod Night at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) tonight. Starting at 10 p.m., rock your best gamine heroine or Jean-Paul Belmondo impersonation at this 21-and-over dance party. There's no cover, but false eyelashes aren't cheap. Blackbird Buvette • Sat Aug 3 • 10 pm • free • View on Alibi calendar

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Rowdy’s Dream Blog #304. Spoiler Alert! I’m not wearing pants!

G and I arrive at our new home. The dirt at the front door is muddy, so I move a flat rock into place for a step. As I open the door some loose stucco around the doorjamb falls off. "I knew you would do something like this," she says. Inside, the house is actually much larger that it looked from the outside. There are several more floors below ground level. I look behind me and notice that the doorway is now tall and wide, big enough for a horse and rider. I lead G back outside and down some stairs to show her the lower floors. Instead of the house, however, we enter a large underground shopping mall. The way back into our house, it seems, passes through a narrow, airport-style bar. A small Asian woman sits on a stool by the entrance with a white towel spread on the floor in front of her. "You want beers? Two beers!" she hollers. We protest. We only want to get through. The owner steps up, looks at our bare feet and whispers to her: "Let them go. They're from Afghanistan." We leave the bar and walk up a carpeted ramp. We find a small table next to the wall and sit down next to each other. There are some shopping bags and boxes full of plastic trinkets under the table. Former girlfriend, P, appears and sits down across from us. She explains that her plan is to sell the stuff, somehow. Getting up, I tell her we have to go look for our front door because we left it wide open. Now she is following us. I wish that I hadn't said anything about where we were going because I really didn't want her to know where we live. Finally, we find the entrance to our lower level, which now, it seems, is guarded by stucco walls that form a kind of moat filled with wild animals. From above, I can see a mountain lion pacing and a wild boar, who chases down a deer and eats it. "Great. They're pooping in our house." G says. Apparently, I no longer need to worry about someone getting into the place. We move on and sit down at a high bar table out in the main mall. A friendly young black waiter arrives and attempts to guess what each of us will order. I order a martini, gin, straight up, with an olive. G and I now share a single bar stool and are facing each other. We are not wearing pants.

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Sticky Stoner Saturdaze: Weedeater • ASG • Lo-Pan • Black Maria

Catch Wilmington, N.C.-based metal trio Weedeater at Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Saturday. The stoner/sludge stalwart is sweet 16 and continues to crank out concentrated low-end rawk. Fellow Wilmingtonian southern/stoner foursome ASG—signed to Relapse Records and touring in support of their latest release, Blood Drive—adds to the cacophony. Legendary local metal-worshipper crew Black Maria reps the 505 Marshall stack set. Pop in your earplugs at 9:30 p.m., and make sure to stretch your neck 'cause this 21-and-over gig calls for a limber spine, serious hearing protection and a $12 cover. Launchpad • Sat Jul 6 • 9:30 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar

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Post-rock Ritual: The Appleseed Cast • Hospital Ships • Ghost Circles • Bellemah • rock, indie

Lawrence, Kan.-based post-rock foursome The Appleseed Cast is relentlessly touring in support of their latest full-length, Illumination Ritual. While the work produced by the group doesn't exactly break new ground, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Making music together since '97, the Appleseed boys have damn near perfected the experimental indie/post-rock formula. Judge for yourself tonight at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Fellow Kansas crew Hospital Ships (who are signed to Graveface Records), sci-fi riffin' foursome Ghost Circles and acoustic indie-rock outfit Bellemah open the 21-and-over gig starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are only $10. Launchpad • Tue May 21 • 9 pm • $10 • View on Alibi calendar

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Get Your Schwervon: Hoverboard • Schwervon! • The Blackout Disciples • Get Action

Blackbird Buvette serves up an inaugural springtime rock and roll bash on its tiny back porch. It’s pretty cramped, but it’s as close to a DIY basement show as you can get … while having drinks served. This show is a who’s-who of the best garage rockers still standing (no overdoses or wheelchairs). Drum legend Joe Bolt debuts The Blackout Disciples' dark and dirty rock sans evil posturing. Other Dirty Novels alums—Dandee Fleming and Brian Keith—and Demarcus Sumter (St. Petersburg), Billy Miles Brooke (Pan!c) and Ben Woods (Porter Draw) make up the group. Punk and roll outfit Get Action (formerly Riley Switch) features bad boy Bill Bunting (Ten Seconds to Liftoff), Scott Brown (Song Thing) and Ashley Floyd and Jeff Jones (both ex-Gracchi). Newcomers Hoverbourd tag themselves as surf-indie-dance-rock, and that works for me, especially with a horn thrown into the mix. Despite bountiful local talent, I’m most excited about Schwervon! from Shawnee, Kan., by way of New York City. Now in their 13th year, guitarist Major Matt Mason and drummer Nan Turner’s music ranges from sweet jangle-pop to ear-shattering racket. Keep a few bucks stashed in your wallet to score Schwervon! merch, including the brilliant, new Courage and '09’s sweet and lilting Low Blow. Blackbird Buvette • Wed May 15 • 10 pm • free • View on Alibi calendar

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Wish You Were Her: Little Bobby CD Release • Shoulder Voices • Blackout Disciples • Venus Bogardus • Mr. and Mrs. Jones • Radgo

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I've watched Little Bobby Tucker for years, and I've listened very carefully. I don't mind attesting to the fact that his latest solo effort pushes him over the edge; it's equal parts concept album, dance album and confessional. It's all psychology and honesty. Each song involves a musical and historical depth and layering that works under the guise of simplicity to obscure the weird complexity Bobby creates. In each song, said complexity deals with a woman in his life, and women are always in his life; there are undertones of sex and wine. A little anger is let go, like a note floated down the river, but the overall stamp is, “It is what it is.” One line I had to listen to over and over again really sums up his positive spin on what some would consider negative experiences: “Don't give up so quickly on me.” Admission to the 21-and-over release party—also starring Venus Bogardus, Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Blackout Disciples—costs $5 and includes a copy of the CD. Launchpad • Fri May 10 • 9 pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar

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Angels of Sound: akron/family • M Geddes Gengras • You

We have Swans' leader and Young God Records founder Michael Gira to thank for bringing the psych-tinged, harmony-laden, folk-inflected experimental rock of akron/family to the mainstream. The group's new album, Sub Verses, is slated for an April 29 release on Dead Oceans, and it's a thoroughly engaging release. akron/family will undoubtedly grace their Duke City audience with glimpses of this homespun yet futuristic full-length tonight at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). East Los Angeles-based M. Geddes Gengras explores electro-acoustic phenomena, process-based sound design and digital/analog concrète music and has collaborated with the likes of The Congos and Sun Araw. Gengras opens what promises to be a concert of rarefied beauty and depth. The 21-and-over recital starts at 9 p.m., and tickets are $12. Low Spirits • Tue Apr 9 • 9 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar

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Death Convention Singers CD Release

Cobra//group first materialized in the high desert in 2004. Nine years later, what may be the Southwest's largest “non-classical nor mariachi” band continues conjuring an unorthodox, radical sound. In 2010, three massive tracks were recorded by 18 members under their new nom de guerre, Death Convention Singers. To create this latest, self-titled work, 10 bass guitars, two drum kits, a banjo, a clarinet, a turntable toy and a violin were all jacked into an enormous mixer and deejayed using the board’s mute function. I dug this album, but Brujasis my all-time favorite entry in their catalog; listen to it in the dark, and you'll see what I mean: bit.ly/dcsbrujas. Naming all the members takes up too much dead tree space, but at least 15 of them are slated to perform. This concert takes the vs. format to a whole new level with simultaneous improv performances by DCS-adjacent projects: Alchemical Burn, Bigawatt, Fando, (H)Ohm, I CUM DRUMS, Ipytor Gavyen Machislav, Lionhead Bunny and TAHNZzz. Out-of-this-world opener Space Station Gusher meshes Gusher, Uranium Worker, Heyisayfuckyou and more. This 21-and-over gig cranks up at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and admission is only five bucks. Launchpad • Fri Mar 29 • 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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Dirty Bourbon River Show at Low Spirits

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Combat those ol' midweek blues with an aural sampling of New Orleans. On Wednesday, March 6, self-described “gypsy brass circus rock” quintet Dirty Bourbon River Show brings sounds reminiscent of the Crescent City to the high desert. Melding blues, circus soundscapes, folk, gypsy, Latin, rock and roll and traditional New Orleans brass band styles, the group has been fervently purveying its gumbo genre since forming in early 2009. This jambalaya juggernaut's touring schedule is très heavy, and the outfit has five studio albums under its collective belt. After hundreds of concerts, Dirty Bourbon River Show may not have perfected their performance style and persona, but these fellows can certainly put on a damn fine and thoroughly entertaining show. Find out for yourself tonight night at Low Spirits. The 21-and-over gig kicks off at 9 p.m., and admission is $7. Low Spirits • Wed Mar 6 • 9 pm • $7 • View on Alibi calendar

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Danger! High Voltage

Electric Six • Gabriel The Marine • Glitter Dick

Most everyone has heard Detroit sextet Electric Six's anthemic track “Gay Bar,” but not everyone realizes the band has continued to regularly release strong material throughout its 14-year career. Blurring arena rock, disco, glam and synth pop, Electric Six proves its mettle tonight at Launchpad, along with Long Island, New York-based alt.rock quintet Gabriel the Marine and local controversy-soaked blood-surfers Glitter Dick. The amps crank up at 9:30 p.m., and admission to the 21-and-over gig is $12. Abraham Lincoln beards and lamé pants are highly recommended. Launchpad • Wed Feb 20 • 9:30 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar

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Gothic Poetics

The Bells: A Night of Poe Inspired Music

American Romantic author Edgar Allen Poe's stories of love and horror have long inspired sonic interpretation. Composers like André Caplet, Rachmaninoff and Nikita Koshkin all created aural tributes to his work. Modern music is likewise littered with references to the macabre maven's tales. From country and folk singers like Jim Reeves, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to metal acts like Nightwish, Iron Maiden and Cradle of Filth, songs influenced by Poe's yarns are omnipresent. As part of the 2013 Poe Festival, local musicians gather to pay homage to the writer at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) tomorrow night. Starting at 10 p.m., Ladies Society of Grenadiers, The Great Depression, Barney Lopez, Chris Walsh and Ryan Sciarrotta rock “The Bells” at this free, 21-and-over concert. Blackbird Buvette • Sat Feb 9 • 10 pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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Wreck Your Neck

Overkill • Torture Victim • Suspended • The Conjuring

Thrash metal five-piece Overkill has been shredding since 1980. Over the past three decades, the membership has gone through several transformations. Experience the distilled product of 30 years of cacophony tonight at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW). Blackened thrash foursome Torture Victim, death metal trio Suspended and thrash traditionalist quartet The Conjuring contribute the local heavy. The 13-and-over gig kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. Stretch your neck and pack your earplugs, all you heavy people. Sunshine Theatre • Mon Feb 4 • 8 pm • $15 • View on Alibi calendar

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Pinback • Judgement Day

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Indie rock outfit Pinback hail from sunny San Diego and—much like the oceanside climate—the act's sonic makeup can induce smiles and satisfied sighs. Named for a character in John Carpenter's spaced-out odyssey Dark Star, Pinback's catalog begs comparison to a number of acts, but the band ultimately sounds exactly like no one else. The group performs at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow along with Oakland, Calif.-based string-metal trio Judgement Day. The 13-and-over show kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets are $16. Sunshine Theatre • Wed Jan 30 • 8 pm • $16 • View on Alibi calendar

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