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Get your hybrid on at Cabinet of Curiosities

Manny Rettinger confers with his chuppers
Eric Williams
Manny Rettinger confers with his chuppers

GMOs are supposed to freak you out, but hybrid instruments merely demonstrate artists' unwillingness to be restrained by the musical status quo. In this week's music feature, A Cure for Stockhausen Syndrome, DJ/DIY mainstay/music writer Derek Caterwaul brings us up to speed on Manny Rettinger's chuppers, hybrid musical instruments that each boast not only their own ambiance, but even individual personalities. As Caterwaul notes, attending Cabinet of Curiosities on Saturday may give you a whole new set of ears. Scope related A/V below. The Kosmos • A Cabinet of Curiosities • UBIK Sound • Carmina Escobar • Marisa Demarco • Monica Demarco • Drake Hardin • Martian Funk • Sat March 2 • 7:30 pm • $7 • ALL-AGES!

Electric Ensemble & the Chuppers - The Chuppers UBIK Sessions

cocoon choir from Carmina Escobar on Vimeo.

Carmina Escobar - Cocoon Choir
Monica Demarco - Aeolian Harp by Cowell
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Marisa and Monica Demarco at Sorella Sorella

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Venous volume, hip-hop devotional, Burque + klezmer 4EVA and sonic docs for lovers

There's a strong musical connection between Burque and Denver. From Denver "ladyz"-centric music/art/performance fest Titwrench to local solo outsider ladyfest Gatas y Vatas, there's a lot of crossover love. The Meat Heart recital at Synchro Studio (512-B Yale SE) showcases the Denque (did I just coin that?) bond with performances by Denver-based poof-punk trio The Matildas and avant-garage/slop-pop outfit Pacific Pride and local prankster duo The Jeebies (real-life couple Clifford Grindstaff and former Alibi editor Marisa Demarco), supergroup Fando and solo experimental persona Lady Fox (Mauro Woody). Peep the 411 on the Meat Heart concert, hip-hop and klezmer fests and two terrific music docs (Beware of Mr. Baker and Ornette: Made in America) in this week's Music to Your Ears. Check out related A/V below. Synchro Studio • Meat Heart • The Matildas • Pacific Pride • The Jeebies • Lady Fox • Fando • Thurs Feb 14 • 8 pm • $7 • ALL-AGES!

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Finally getting to high-five Emil Amos

A date with Om, Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes

2013 Om/Sir Richard Bishop tour poster
David V. D'Andrea
I'm a notorious recluse/hermit. I imagine myself as a postmodern Emily Dickinson—Gchat and Facebook message as letter, yo—but, as yet, I'm nowhere near the writer she was and probably more closely resemble late-stage Howard Hughes. As an introvert, one of the things I dig the most about social networking is the ability to share in the lives and experiences of artists I admire. I never thought I'd be able to tell Ann Magnuson that "Folk Song" will always be in my sonic top ten.

Another rad artist I "know" via Facebook is Emil Amos. When I heard Lilacs & Champagne, my mind was blown. I messaged him to that effect and he kindly requested my friendship. Amos, of Om, Grails and Holy Sons, is extremely talented and hella gracious, and I'm psyched to high-five him this evening. Transcendent drone-metal duo Om performs tonight at Sister (409 Central NW), along with guitar virtuoso Sir Richard Bishop and Jeremy Barnes. I'll see you there. Read all about Bishop in Siring Superlative Sound. Check out related A/V below. Sister • Om • Sir Richard Bishop • Jeremy Barnes • Thurs Feb 14 • 10 pm • $10-13 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com

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Yeehaw-goth meets full Rooster, control issues and battling the city

Blues Control
Blues Control
Morrissey's doctor has ordered him to rest a spell during treatment for a bleeding ulcer and Barrett’s esophagus. So, the Pope of Mope's Tricky Falls gig is once again being rescheduled. Heaven knows super-fans are miserable now, so send some not happy/not sad recuperative vibes to Moz. I am reassured, 'cause weird old Wilde is on his side.

On the bright side, that frees up our collective schedule to catch Queens, New York duo Blues Control on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Small Engine Gallery (1413 Fourth Street SW), along with Fando and Fort Hobo. On Sunday, Feb. 10, get your alt.country/gothabilly and gonzo-roots fix at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) with Slim Cessna's Auto Club and The Imperial Rooster. Be a battle participant/voyeur on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Desert Banditz' Mic Club 7 at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Peruse the deets in this week's Music to Your Ears. Check out A/V from featured acts below. Small Engine Gallery • Blues Control • Fando • Fort Hobo • Tues Feb 12 • 9 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • smallenginegallery.com

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Blues Control - "Opium Den / Fade to Blue"

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Blues Control - "Love's a Rondo"
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Breakfast with Fando
Fort Hobo - Power Wulf
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Slim Cessna's Auto Club - "Last Song About Satan"
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The Imperial Rooster - "Khorn Sirrup Sundae (K.S.S.)"
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Happy birthday, Bill Orcutt!

Bill Orcutt
Bill Orcutt

Harry Pussy guitarist/vocalist Bill Orcutt disappeared from the world of music after the dissolution of the notorious Miami noise rock outfit. Reappearing in 2009 with A New Way to Pay Old Debts, Orcutt has distinguished himself as an acoustic alchemist. Check out Orcutt A/V below.

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Bill Orcutt - "Lip Rich"
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Bill Orcutt - "The Visible Bosom"
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Bill Orcutt and Sir Richard Bishop, Live at Zebulon
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Burqueño cigar box guitar gospel

Hector Peña and his little miracles

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Nuevo Mexicano transplant Hector Peña turns everyday detritus—think cigar boxes, bullets, bolts, license plates, rare coins and so on—into folk art instruments that charm and shred. Geoffrey Plant spent some time with Peña and shares a glimpse into the Burqueño maker's method and motivation in Resonating at a Higher Frequency. Check out Peña's demo tracks, "Gettysburg" and "Homeless Brother" below. Bright Rain Gallery • Cigar box guitar talk/demo/performance with Hector Peña • Sun Feb 3 • 1-3 pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • brightraingallery.com

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Gomez on Metal: Gojira/The Atlas Moth at Sunshine

Gojira
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If you want to see where metal is at, look no further than Bayonne—that's France, not New Jersey.

Albuquerque's knowledgeable metal fans exploded into cheers on Tuesday, Jan. 29, as everyone's favorite French metal band Gojira tore into the opening track "Explosia" from their 2012 release L'Enfant Sauvage.

Live, Gojira sets up a sonic force field made up of fast, staccato pounding rhythms behind which the band works its art. Aware of the conventions of metal, the band avoids them. The aesthetic extends even to its backdrop, a stylized leafy tree inside a human head instead of skulls, pentagrams, inverted crosses or flames.

Late in the show, the capacity crowd may have gotten got a glimpse into the Gojira creative process and the relationship at the core of the band when Joe Duplantier played a chugging solo riff that also incorporating ringing harmonics. Joined by his brother Mario on drums, the two played together much as one imagines they have over the years. The other members kicked in and they became Gojira. But the image that remains is of Joe riffing away, a man and his guitar in the night.

What separates those who go through the motions and those who could be headed somewhere could be what former President George H.W. Bush called "the vision thing." The Atlas Moth has the vision thing.

Crowded up at the front of the Sunshine stage, the young five-piece band from Chicago is fronted by singer/guitarist Stavros Giannopolous who, with his short hair, beard and hoodie looks like a guy who stocks produce or bags your groceries at Sprouts but who also possesses an unearthly scream and growl.

Their sound recalls a slower, heavier Isis. Andrew Ragin (guitar, keyboards and producer of 2011 release An Ache for the Distance) also cites Neurosis as a band favorite. Waves of sound from the individual instruments interact with each other like a speeded-up continental drift. Drummer Anthony Mainiero produces impossibly heavy beats from his small kit made up of nothing but a bass drum, floor tom, a snare and a few cymbals. People are taking notice of this band. Ragin said that Gojira, who know the band's music, called to invite The Atlas Moth on their current tour. Stavros is also a member of Twilight, which Noisecreep calls a "black metal supergroup." Twilight has a new member for their 2013 release, some recently divorced guy named Thurston Moore. Standing alone in the Sunshine lobby after the show, tired and under the weather a bit, Stavros looked like anything but a superstar. Full journalistic disclosure: I liked these guys so much I bought them a round of beers after their set.

Mr. Gomez, of Taos Pueblo, has been listening to metal since 1975.

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Let the good times roll

This week's Music to Your Ears delivers the 411 on the Mod-i-Gras Ball, a Fishbone concert and a strange recital featuring Jagjaguwar-signed act The Lord Dog Bird and witchy psych-folk chanteuse Caethua. Check out representative A/V below. Blackbird Buvette • The Mod-i-Gras Ball • DJs Bea, Cassyle and Mello • Sat Feb 2 • 10 pm • FREE • 21+ • blackbirdbuvette.com

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Cookie and His Cupcakes - "I'm Twisted"
Update: According to Alibi Music Editor Emeritus Jessica Cassyle Carr, aka DJ Cassyle, there was a scheduling mix-up and the Mod-i-Gras Ball ain't gonna happen. But you can still listen to songs like this one, while slow-dancing with a loved one or broom.

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Gene Terry - Cindy Lou
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Fishbone - "Party at Ground Zero"
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Fishbone - "Date Rape"
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The Lord Dog Bird - "The Gift of Song In the Lion's Den"
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I Like to Watch: January A/V review

Factory Floor - "Fall Back" still
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I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching music videos. Peruse my fave vids from the first month of 2013 below. Post the ones you've bookmarked and replayed as comments. Sharing is caring.

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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - “We No Who U R”

LA Vampires with Maria Minerva - End Of The World from Not Not Fun on Vimeo.

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U.S. Girls - “Work From Home”
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HK119 - “Snowblind”

Blues Control "Opium Den / Fade to Blue" from Drag City on Vimeo.

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Crystal Castles - “Sad Eyes”
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The Soft Moon - “Die Life”
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Butterclock - “Don't”
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Klaus Nomi would have been 69 today

Klaus Nomi's work isn't an acquired taste. You hear it and you either love it or you don't. I do. Nomi was a German countertenor with an astonishingly wide vocal range and an out-of-this-world persona. In one of my favorite music docs, The Nomi Song, he is described as the love child of Tristan Tzara and Maria Callas. That's pretty spot-on. Nomi died of AIDS-related complications in 1983. Check out Klaus Nomi A/V below.

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Klaus Nomi - "Simple Man"
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Klaus Nomi - "Lightning Strikes"
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Klaus Nomi - "The Cold Song"

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