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V.23 No.36 | 9/4/2014

Aural Fixation

Round ‘n’ Round She Goes ...

Albuquerque Record Convention brings music home

By Mark Lopez

Oh, the record player. To some, it's simply an unfettered reminder of years past, decades when the idea of computers translating and storing music as zeroes and ones was unheard of. When the phonograph was introduced in 1877, do you reckon they thought, “Man, if only this could be more compact and let you play music by swiping your finger on a screen. Wouldn't that be swell?” That's highly unlikely.

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V.23 No.35 | 8/28/2014
From left, the Hutchinson Family Singers, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez and N.W.A

Aural Fixation

Revolutions Per Century

A brief history of American protest music

By August March
American August March examines the storied history of the aural tradition of protest in the USA.

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Music to Your Ears

By August March

On droppin’ the mic

From rap battles to world beat fusion to sludge metal, Music to Your Ears has you covered. Now with A/V!
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AZ/NM poster art by Jeremy “Eyerock” Arviso (detail)

Culture Shock

Crossing the line

Days of artacular events: Cross-pollinate in the desert with AZ/NM Connection, and rest from your labors at the Fierce Women Warriors party.
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Sonic Reducer

The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers · Robyn Hitchcock The Man Upstairs · Rustie Green Language

By August March
This week we listed to new releases from Robyn Hitchcock, The New Pornographers and Rustie. Now with A/V!

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Now Hear This, Vol. VI

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension of A/V. This is the middle ground between mediocre and too-good-to-be-true, between something called "reggae" and the sound angels emit. You are traveling deep into the realm of rad tuneage. Next stop, Now Hear This!

Straight outta Oakl&

Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Tramell aka Black Spirituals bring "black resonance" to Spirit Abuse (1103 Fourth Street NW) tonight. Our interview "Postmodern Black Spirituals" yielded more insight than we could fit in print. For instance, the project's name originates from Watkins finding a dusty cassette in a closet; the recording within was a 1970s lecture by activist, scholar and singer Bernice Johnson Reagon on the roots music of black slaves in America. Black Spirituals tour in support of their forthcoming SIGE Records cassette Of Deconstruction. Five bucks gets you in to the most intriguing concert of the week. The sympathetic vibrations amp up at 9pm, and Bigawatt and Mesa Ritual open the show. I'll see you there.

Signs of the horns

If you feelin' more metal than avant-garde, scope Alibi resident hesher Constance Moss' previews of two heavy gigs. Tonight at Sister (407 Central NW) revel in crossover metal, hardcore, "low desert punk" and sludge metal with Corrosion of Conformity, BL'AST!, Brant Bjork and Lord Dying. Scope "Melt Your Face Off" for all the deets.This 21-plus gig starts at 8:30pm, and admission is $15.

On Sunday night at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW), Geoff Tate's Queensrÿchefeaturing former members of Dio, Ozzy and AC/DCbrings a mishmash of nostalgia and brand-new heavy. Read Moss' Show Up! column to learn more about the drama surrounding Tate's physical and verbal abuse of his bandmates and consequent firing, the ensuing legal battle and future of Queensrÿche. According to our in-house metal expert, this show will not be a "pathetic and flaccid mockery of itself." Irish rock outfit The Voodoos open this all-ages concert, and presale tickets are $25.

Nuevomexicano wizardry

Last week in "Now Hear This, Vol. V" I hyped much-buzzed about hometown swervegaze idol REIGHNBEAU's inclusion in tonight's Nothng Forevr showcase at Burt's Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW). Burqueño electro standouts BK Beats, The 1960 Sci-Fi Era and Nathan New round out the bill for this 21-plus vowel-eschewing celebration. The aforementioned artists begin casting sonic spells at 9pm, and there's no cover, man.

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V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
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Postmodern Black Spirituals

Oakland duo’s pilgrimage Of Deconstruction

By August March
August March talks composition, deconstruction and artistic evolution with Black Spirituals’ Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins. Experience the Oakland, Calif. duo at Spirit Abuse this weekend.
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Sonic Reducer

The Underachievers Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium · Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography · Wiz Khalifa Blacc Hollywood

By August March
This week’s all hip-hop Sonic Reducer takes on new albums from The Underachievers, Dilated Peoples and Wiz Khalifa. Now with A/V!

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