Alibi V.18 No.41 • Oct 8-14, 2009 

Rock Reads

Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records, the Indie Label That Got Big and Stayed Small

Everything anyone ever wanted to know about Merge Records and more lies inside this nearly 300-page congratulatory volume. Twenty years after its creation by Superchunk's Laura Ballance and Mac McCaughan, the North Carolina label celebrates its triumph over recording industry standards—and rightly so—with photos, first-person accounts and a compilation CD (which, strangely, neglects the early days).

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Justin Sullivan, second from right, leads the charge in old-school British punk outfit New Model Army.
Aimee Candelaria

Music Interview

New Model Army

Punk rock and poetry in motion

These days, a real punk band can almost never find its way onto the pop charts. But back in the day (see: mid-’80s), England’s New Model Army released political punk that didn’t merely sell to left-wing extremists. Almost 30 years ago, frontman/mastermind Justin Sullivan, who has been compared to punk legends like Joe Strummer and Dick Lucas, named NMA after Oliver Cromwell’s successful (at least for a while) 17th-century British anti-royalist forces. Sullivan’s intelligent, informed and captivating songwriting helped the group get signed by EMI—who the Sex Pistols swindled in the ’70s—and embark on a dozen British Top 30 singles before descending (or ascending, depending your worldview) to the worldwide cult status NMA holds today. The Alibi caught up with Sullivan just before the start of New Model Army’s North American tour, which hits the Launchpad this weekend.

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Flyer on the Wall

Icky Reunion

Icky and the Yuks thrashes again with SuperGiant, Wormhole and Violenta. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Launchpad (618 Central SW). $6, 21+.

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Don’t Let the Party Stop, Just Keep GERUNDING

Gerunding • pop rock

The Sylvan Esso show at the Sunshine Theater is sold out already, which is a mega bummer. But! You can still go to the afterparty, which happens to include a performance by local psych-pop band GERUNDING, who are just as, if not more, cute than Sylvan Esso. Not that it’s a cuteness competition…


Best of Burque Music Showcase!

Weekly Alibi's 2018 Best of Burque Music Showcase

Experience the best of the best in high desert sounds on Saturday, March 24, from 8pm till 1:30am. Find your favorite alt.weekly hosting our annual Best of Burque Music Showcase featuring your favorite bands, as chosen by you, dear readers! See DJ Leftovers (of Leftover Soul), Crushed?!, Baracutanga, The Talking Hours, Russian Girlfriends, Moonshine Blind, Cobra vs. Mongoose, Sorry Guero, Felix Y Los Gatos, The Riddims, James Whiton, Gunsafe, Delphia, Def-i, The Timewreckers, Cowboys and Indian, Asa Martin, Spaceblnkt, The Horned God, The Tylor Brandon Band, Citizens of Tape City, Ashes of Jupiter and The Despots, and enjoy the best venues Downtown for $10 to $15.