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A Feast for Folk Fans: Conor Oberst at Sunshine

By Renee Chavez [ Mon Sep 22 2014 12:00 PM ]
Conor Oberst, formerly of Bright Eyes, takes the stage with some folk-infused ditties.
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Playing Goddess: Animales Animados

By August March [ Fri Sep 5 2014 4:00 PM ]
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Ride the Thunder

By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 29 2014 12:00 PM ]

There's no greater compliment this writer can bestow on Nik Turner's Hawkwind than describing latest single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” as reminiscent of the psychedelic-punk sound of Chrome and the ongoing work of main man Helios Creed. When Turner's current Hawkwind incarnation played Low Spirits earlier this year, they kicked out the jams with impressive consistency, complete with visuals, writhing, gyrating and go-go dancing. Nik Turner's Hawkwind doesn't just perform standards in the “greatest hits” style so many bands past their prime tend toward; instead, they offer new material that equals the classics in intensity and weirdness.

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Melt Your Face Off

By Constance Moss [ Fri Aug 22 2014 2:00 PM ]
Hear tunes by Corrosion of Conformity, BL'AST!, Brant Bjork and Lord Dying.
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The Soul of Maxwell

By August March [ Fri Aug 15 2014 2:00 PM ]
Hear some neo-soul from one of its most notable progenitors at Legends Theater.
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Rubberneckin': Toadies in the Duke City

By Constance Moss [ Mon Jul 28 2014 10:00 AM ]
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The Vortex Beyond: Man or Astro-Man?

By August March [ Fri Jul 18 2014 1:30 PM ]

Listen up, humans of Earth: There is surf rock in outer space. Like the otherworldly music of Sun Ra, it passed through Alabama before spreading like a crazy, unavoidable virus across this material realm. If you find yourself befuddled by the possibilities, set your mind at ease by checking out Man or Astro-Man? on Sunday, July 20. It's all happening at the perfect venue for hosting excellent extraterrestrial expeditions, the Launchpad (618 Central SW).

After spending the past decade visiting the vasty deep beyond our fragile sphere, band members Birdstuff, Coco the Electronic Monkey and Star Crunch make landfall in Burque to perform tracks from their latest, greatest extra-solar transmission Defcon 5…4…3…2…1, as well as revisiting their wickedly precise and witty tuneage from the '90s, including tracks from Intravenous Television Continuum, Experiment Zero and the What Remains Inside a Black Hole comp. In conjunction with this rare, star-gazing visitation, earthbound Alabaman act Wray supports their self-titled debut with some intense sonic shoe-gazing while Portlandite harbinger of hip Sallie Ford adds a grounded but hard-rocking complement to the acute angles and blurry nebulas being traversed on stage. Tickets for this 21-plus show are 13 Federation Credits. The airlocks engage at 7pm, and the countdown commences at 8pm. Launchpad • Sun Jul 20 • 8pm • $13 • View on Alibi calendar

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Playing Dirty

By Captain America [ Sat Jul 12 2014 8:00 AM ]

Ever notice how different sets of ears hear things, well, differently? Take Oakland, Calif., quartet Everything is Dirty. Peruse online reviews and you’ll find numerous references to grunge, art rock and psychedelic. The meaning of pigeonholing tagswhich all us music scribblers adoreshift over time as music changes. For instance, “soul” used to mean cornbread vocals by Sam & Dave backed by plenty of horns. These days, soul means (ugh) Robin Thicke or (less ugh) Duffy. That '90s catchall phrase “alternative rock” referred to the watered-down but occasionally worthy successor to '80s “indie rock” on labels like Merge and 4AD but ultimately degenerated into describing knuckleheads like Fred Durst.

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Faster Miles an Hour

By August March [ Fri Jul 4 2014 12:00 PM ]

Get about as oiled as a diesel train tomorrow night at Launchpad (618 Central SW) with a rumbling, roaring night of metal made from molecular materials similar to those used in locomotivesbut much heavier, bro. Move past antimony and thallium on the periodic table, and think instead about lead and uranium when Roadrunner Records presents stoner rock from The Horned God (a band whose Celtic influences touch directly on the same metal mythologies explored by the likes of Slough Feg and Kyuss).

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Now Hear This: Sam Miller CD Release Party

By Captain America [ Fri Jun 27 2014 11:30 AM ]

Ex-Albuquerqueño Sam Millerwho's actually from the Northwestreturns from Seattle for his first solo release, You Need To Hear It, which was ably mastered by Sean McCullough of Sad Baby Wolf. When last we saw him, Miller was fronting the pleasantly uncategorizable Jenny Invert, a band that spun off from the somewhat categorizable (ersatz-Americana?) Grand Canyon. If this sounds somewhat equivocal, it’s not intentional.

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