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V.22 No.19 | 5/9/2013
Julia Minamata juliaminamata.com

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Many Shades of Gray

Shrubsall deconstructs the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism

Steven Robert Allen reports on the banjo’s complex cultural symbolism and Wayne Shrubsall’s 70th birthday party.
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Music

Move something, keeping up with the Joneses and sailing the post-rock sea

Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli

Indulge your wildly eclectic taste in musichip-hop, bluesy rock and roll, country, post-rock, prog and post-metal art-rockwith a smidgen of assistance from this week’s Music to Your Ears. Check out related A/V below. Sister • Talib Kweli • Zoology Crew • Sat Feb 23 • 10 pm • $35 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com

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Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek - “Move Something”
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Talib Kweli - “Get By”
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Zoology - “Don’t Step”
Mr. and Mrs. Jones - “Katie’s on the Levee”
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The Saltine Ramblers - “Thousand Diamond Rings” (The Handsome Family)
Wildewood - “Burden”
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Caspian - “Gone in Bloom and Bough”
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Junius - “Betray the Grave”

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V.22 No.8 | 2/21/2013
Talib Kweli
Talib Kweli

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Sate your cravings for hip-hop, rock and roll, art-rock and instrumental post-rock with a little help from Music to Your Ears.

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V.21 No.22 | 5/31/2012
Elliott’s Ramblers—Elliott is pictured at bottom right.
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Banjos on High

Elliott and co. ramble back to Burque

After a long absence, Elliott’s Ramblers, one of the most beloved bluegrass acts in New Mexico history, is returning to Albuquerque for a show.

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Roots of Bluegrass

Multi-instrumentalist Peter Feldmann
Francine Feldmann
Multi-instrumentalist Peter Feldmann

This week former Alibi editor-in-chief Steven Robert Allen wrote about The Roots of Bluegrass Show, happening tonight at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Read about the down-home festivities here: Talkin’ Semantic Rhetorical Terminological Blues.

V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Multi-instrumentalist Peter Feldmann
Francine Feldmann

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Talkin’ Semantic Rhetorical Terminological Blues

The roots of bluegrass

At a concert this Friday evening at the South Broadway Cultural Center, Blaine Sprouse, Peter Feldmann and Wayne Shrubsall will explore the origins of bluegrass, a genre that hasn’t been around that long, but that’s deeply linked to the ancient, weird, anonymous music sometimes called folk. The idea behind the show is to explore how old-time traditional music from Appalachia, along with elements from gospel and jazz, evolved into the musical form pioneered by Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys in the mid-’40s.

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V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
Hot Club of Cowtown

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A Wild Party

Only 20 minutes east of Albuquerque (in the mountains where it’s 10 degrees cooler) Wildlife West is equipped with venue facilities and hosts regular events. Beginning on Friday, July 29, and running through Sunday, July 31, is the biggest of the year: The ninth Wildlife West Music Festival. The three-day fest features two shaded stages (attendees will not be sitting in the sun, promoters say) and more than a dozen performing acts of the acoustic persuasionbluegrass, Western swing, old time and folk, to name a few.

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V.19 No.42 | 10/21/2010
Squashies squashing around
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Ninjagrass

Squash Blossom Boys’ debut album is sneaking up on you

A pioneering band in Albuquerque’s Americana scene, the Squash Blossom Boys brings expert musicianship and rollicking energy to standard and original tunes. The squashies have played in various localesbars, growers’ markets, on tour earlier this year opening for the Meat Puppets, maybe even at your backyard barbecueand the band’s popularity is on a steady upward climb. But even fans may not know the winding path these bluegrass men have traveled.

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V.19 No.8 | 2/25/2010

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Flyer on the Wall

You Git Now, Vince

Soon Albuquerque’s burliest bluegrass band will lose its bass player, Vince Edgerton, to the northerly mecca of Denver. The Porter Draw will continue to perform, but on Saturday, Feb. 27, the bearded ladies gather together for a special final performance with Vince. Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) hosts at 10 p.m., and the show is free. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Our Haiti Benefit Ruled!

Bluegrass stalwarts Young Edward sling a mean standup bass, spot-on clawhammer banjo playing and great three-part harmonies.
Bluegrass stalwarts Young Edward sling a mean standup bass, spot-on clawhammer banjo playing and great three-part harmonies.

Eleven bands hit the stage on Thursday, Jan. 28, to raise money for the Red Cross relief effort on the ground in Haiti. We took in $1,050, which is fantastic.

We’re grateful to Launchpad, Eclipse Production Services and Ecco Gelato for helping us do this thing. Thanks to Jessica Billey, Minie Gonzales and Maya Malloy, who contributed art for the silent auction. Love to the Alibi family for helping out and chasing down prizes for the raffle. Further ups to all the bands who put on great shows. (Guys, if you want any pictures for your websites, I’ve got tons from that night.)

Up the Holler. I can still hear the pitch-perfect, old-timey country inflection.
Up the Holler. I can still hear the pitch-perfect, old-timey country inflection.

Made in Bangladesh * The Scrams * Dirty Novels * World on Fyre * Ya Ya Boom * Vertigo Venus * Five-Star Motelles * SayWut * Blue Rose Ramblers * Zack Freeman * Up the Holler * Young Edward *

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Zack Freeman. Years ago he was on “America’s Got Talent” and was robbed—robbed!—by a guy who played guitar with eggbeaters. If you haven’t seen this 505er yet, get it done.
Zack Freeman. Years ago he was on “America’s Got Talent” and was robbedrobbed!by a guy who played guitar with eggbeaters. If you haven’t seen this 505er yet, get it done.
The raffle ticket and silent auction table. That’s Minie Gonzales’ face staring at you over and over from the tabletop.
The raffle ticket and silent auction table. That’s Minie Gonzales’ face staring at you over and over from the tabletop.
Blue Rose Ramblers in blue light. “This one’s called ‘Buy a Raffle Ticket.’ “ Jessica Billey’s on the right. She donated gorgeous art, too.
Blue Rose Ramblers in blue light. “This one’s called ‘Buy a Raffle Ticket.’ “ Jessica Billey’s on the right. She donated gorgeous art, too.
Beatbox queen Saywut!? Where have you been all our lives?
Beatbox queen Saywut!? Where have you been all our lives?
Nastia von BonBon of the Five-Star Motelles. We were supposed to play, but drummer Frau got snowed in. (She could have clawed her way out of Moriarty with her bare hands and iron will, but whatever.)
Nastia von BonBon of the Five-Star Motelles. We were supposed to play, but drummer Frau got snowed in. (She could have clawed her way out of Moriarty with her bare hands and iron will, but whatever.)
Jeffie of Vertigo Venus is, IMHO, the most stylish, well-dressed rockstar in town.
Jeffie of Vertigo Venus is, IMHO, the most stylish, well-dressed rockstar in town.
Monica and Carlos of Ya Ya Boom, the worst band on planet Earth. We all had neck-aches the next day.
Monica and Carlos of Ya Ya Boom, the worst band on planet Earth. We all had neck-aches the next day.
Ecco Gelato showed up and gave out free gelato all night, to the delight of Melissa the bartender (pictured) and everyone else (not pictured).
Ecco Gelato showed up and gave out free gelato all night, to the delight of Melissa the bartender (pictured) and everyone else (not pictured).
Somehow (beerhow) we failed to take pictures of World on Fyre. Here’s the cover of their new EP instead. Buy one. It’s great. Kind of like if a Sonic Youth truck smacked into a The Cure deer at night on a lonely road when you were driving on mushrooms. Man, you’re a jerk.
Somehow (beerhow) we failed to take pictures of World on Fyre. Here’s the cover of their new EP instead. Buy one. It’s great. Kind of like if a Sonic Youth truck smacked into a The Cure deer at night on a lonely road when you were driving on mushrooms. Man, you’re a jerk.
Brian of Dirty Novels. I’ve been admiring this band’s songwriting lately. Hoarse, bar-banging garage rock on top. Thoughtful precision underneath.
Brian of Dirty Novels. I’ve been admiring this band’s songwriting lately. Hoarse, bar-banging garage rock on top. Thoughtful precision underneath.
The Scrams! These guys will sweat on you. This is Juan Carlos on guitar, with Joe singing behind him. Strange to see them on a big stage like this. I’m used to Scrams in scooter shops and on house party-like stage/floors. Didn’t lose anything in the translation, though.
The Scrams! These guys will sweat on you. This is Juan Carlos on guitar, with Joe singing behind him. Strange to see them on a big stage like this. I’m used to Scrams in scooter shops and on house party-like stage/floors. Didn’t lose anything in the translation, though.
Made in Bangladesh closed out the night. The singer ran up the wall at one point. That’s nice work.
Made in Bangladesh closed out the night. The singer ran up the wall at one point. That’s nice work.
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