Alibi V.18 No.13 • March 26-April 1, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

The Porter Draw Grows a Really Terrific Beard (and Releases Its First Album)

This week, Albuquerque’s The Porter Draw celebrates its first recording. Trouble sometimes races, is sometimes slow and measured, is always at least a little forlorn. The album is a cross-country journey marked by excellent playing, refined harmonies and run-ins with the law. Formed in the summer of ’07 as a three piece, The Porter Draw is now comprised of Ben Wood, Josh Gingerich, Vince Edgerton, Russell Pyle and Mojo Atzberger. The bluegrass-y quintet, named after a Colorado off-ramp, e-mailed us answers to a few questions.

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Take them to your leader.
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Peelander-Z

On a super crazy mission to eat your smile

Few bands combine karaoke parties, bowling, wrestling moves and piggyback rides into an hour-long set. But that’s just how they do it on planet Peelander.

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Executive Director Tom Guralnick posts up at the Outpost.
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Keep the Music Going

Top local musicians come to the rescue as the Outpost hosts five benefit concerts

A few weeks back, Tom Guralnick, executive director and resident visionary at the Outpost, was onstage introducing David Sánchez when he mentioned that the internationally recognized saxophonist had appeared at the Outpost previously. He couldn’t remember when, though.

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Flyer on the Wall

Cast Thine Eyes Downward and Gaze Upon Thy Feet

Aristeia injects Amped (4200 Lomas NE) with a dose of Portland experimental shoegaze on Saturday, March 28. Locals Poema, Shekinah and Authors & Illustrator bring the rubbing alcohol. The show’s $3 and all-ages as ever. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Handsome Furs Face Control · Jeff "Tain" Watts Watts · Buddy & Julie Miller Written In Chalk

The personnel tells you pretty much what you need to know: This is some smoking contemporary jazz. The flamboyantly emotional trumpet of Terence Blanchard and the sly, operatic saxophones of Branford Marsalis bring a dash of Crescent City savoir-faire to the proceedings, and the huge, percussive bass of Christian McBride keeps it all from flying away. Then there’s drummer/composer Watts, whose 10 original compositions range from easy-grooving country funk to screaming post-bop burners edged with humor, and whose drumming ... well, it’s a wonder and it’s right up front. Pianist Lawrence Fields guests on one poignant ballad. (MM)

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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats who've made their mark in the music world with a febrile and spooky glitchiness that has outlasted any names critics might apply in favor of an honestly, intimidatingly pure exploration of sounds that make humans dance and rejoice as they swirl around the very noisy and icy maelstrom of life and death. Ethan Kath and Edith Frances, AKA Crystal Castles, perform live in Burque on Thursday, Oct. 19. Viewed as an opportunity to joyfully and ferociously embrace the void, this ought to be a damn good show, but don't blame me if you can't remember your name afterwards.
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. With a retinue of classic, upbeat jams like “Monkey Murders,” “Spar Wid Me” and “Save It for Later”, the band's touring the states again, impressing OG ska lovers as well as the next generation of horn-crazy youth with their combination of crazy stage antics and terrific tuneage. You can catch the outfit live here the the Duke City on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic El Rey Theatre, but don't worry you don't need checkerboard pants or a smart little hat to enjoy this gig—just make sure those great big feet of yours are rested and ready to dance.
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