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 V.18 No.4 | January 22 - 28, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Earwin IV

An interview with the Alibi's fourth Earwig playlist winner

Screen Name: chaseypoo

Real Name: Chase Carter

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Suits You

Death Convention Singers, Sabertooth Cavity and Balsamic Garden dress listeners in a bespoke coat of noise this Friday, Jan. 23, at 1kind Studios (1016 Coal SW). All-ages. A $3 to $5 donation gets you in. (LM)

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Of bands, horses and hands: David Eugene Edwards
Erwin Verstappen

Music Interview

American Gothic

David Eugene Edwards' Wovenhand

Former 16 Horsepower frontman David Eugene Edwards has been a murky American music figure for approaching two decades. Having begat a genre that could be considered alt.country, indie rock, Christian music or, at the same time, none of the above, the Denver-based artist just released his fifth album under the Wovenhand epithet. In support of Ten Stones, Edwards pays New Mexico a visit this week, playing as a three-piece with Pascal Humbert on bass and Ordy Garrison on drums. We rang him up on the old horn for a chat.

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Sonic Reducer

Bon Iver Blood Bank · Tonight: Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand · Reel Big Fish Fame, Fortune and Fornication

In its wintery new EP, Bon Iver siphons out a little more of the atmospheric soul that made its debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, a critical and commercial success. Founder Justin Vernon adds piano and pedal steel to the broth of layered vocals and acoustic guitar that constituted much of the debut. On "Woods," Vernon goes so far as to ape Kanye West by auto-tuning the living hell out of his vocals. Thankfully, "Woods" sounds like a soul ballad recorded under water, not a synthetic, trend-hunting farce. While expanding his pallet, Vernon stays true to the ice-cold but strangely reassuring atmosphere of For Emma. That should make fans happy and keep the folk-experimentation kicking. (SM)

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

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. We'll it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks and 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 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 Seven Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Pip Ullemeyer, Hoss and Arpee Sampson III 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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