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 V.17 No.12 | March 20 - 26, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Spring Crawl Doesn't Pass Go, Fails to Collect $200

The queries started trickling in a few months ago. (That is to say: The e-mails that made it past my bloodthirsty spamtrap were few. If you didn't hear back from me, try calling instead.) Now they’re torrential. "Spring Crawl" and "Spring Crawl 2008" are two of the most popular searches at alibi.com. You want us to hurry up and get to the point about Spring Crawl—what day we're planning it for, who's on the bill, how to get your band booked, all the important stuff.

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Ultraviolet Sound

Testosterone-oozing electro

Talking the talk is always easier than walking the walk, but when the former is done by the members of Ultraviolet Sound, it's still worth listening to.

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Striking the singer/songwriter pose

Music Interview

John Ralston

The singer/songwriter who sometimes wishes he wasn’t

If you've had it with singer/songwriters, you’re not alone: John Ralston’s right there with you. Even though his name appears in big print on every one of his releases, Ralston would rather be viewed as a member of his touring band than seem like an artist obsessed with his own creations. He has a similarly uneasy relationship with his hometown of Lake Worth, Fla. He’s not about to distance himself from his state-of-origin, but he knows the Sunshine State has bred more than its share of the nation’s sonic sore spots.

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Flyer on the Wall

Nightmare Sexual Aerobics, Yay!

Feel your brain cells coalesce into violently happy goo as hypersexual, disturbingly cute, underwear-clad Punk Bunny (Hollyweird, Calif.), the mighty Beefcake In Chains, Bitch Goddess and Amish Noise have their way with you at Atomic Cantina on Friday, March 21. Then they’ll do the bartenders. Free, 21+. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

The Presidents of the United States of America These Are The Good Times People · Zen Boy & Karma Girl Who They Are and How They Came To Be · Beach House Devotion

The last time you heard The Presidents of the United States of America (POTUSA) was probably an election year—1996, in fact, before they were dropped and shoved under the rug by Columbia Records. Between then and now, the band broke up, released a few independent albums, partially regrouped in 2000 and finally reunited in 2004. These Are The Good Times People tackles just about every genre, including swing, punk, folk and even a twangy touch of country. This album has its moments of quirky lyricism, but the overall content matches the music exceptionally. Labeling POTUSA as a novelty band would be misguided. (JH)

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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