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V.24 No.20 | 5/14/2015
Yellowcard
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Music Magnified

Yellowcard Storms Sunshine

Did Yellowcard rock Sunshine on Monday, May 4? Renee Chavez reports.
V.24 No.19 | 05/07/2015

Music

David Liebe Hart teleports into Sister tomorrow

Extraordinary weirdo David Liebe Hart brings his out-of-this-world electro to Sister on Wednesday night.
V.24 No.16 | 4/16/2015
Sleater-Kinney: (From left) Janet Weiss, Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein
Brigitte Sire

Music Interview

Re(Start) Together

An interview with Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein

Sleater-Kinney member/“Portlandia” prime mover Carrie Brownstein talks all things S-K (including collabs with Planned Parenthood and “Bob’s Burgers”) with M. Brianna Stallings.
V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
Jack White at Popejoy Hall
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Music

Jack White comes into his own at Popejoy

On Tuesday, Feb. 3, Jack White and his five-piece band played a full house at Popejoy, and the performance was refreshingly classic. It was apparent that White is intent on bringing back something that's been missing from rock 'n' roll for decades.

In a crowd of mostly college kids, it was easy to be taken back to a time when a love for a band was so fervent that the band could do no wrong. The sound quality and stage presence didn’t much matter. The fact that this iconic figure was right there in the flesh—right in front of you—was enough. Tastes evolve and become more discerning, and sometimes it’s not so easy to get lost in the moment—especially if the sound guy is too stoned, the band members don’t seem interested in giving their best, or the musicianship just isn’t there. Thank goodness Jack White continues to care about what he pumps out and how he presents it.

The White Stripes was the perfect platform for White to find his style. Now, he has the resources, freedom and drive to tailor his sound and handpick incredibly talented members for his band to help him realize that vision. Mixing White Stripes hits with more recent solo tunes and covers, White delivered a lengthy concert that included peaks and valleys. His versatile backing band of multi-instrumentalists kept the set fresh. White also headed over to the piano at one point, playing a haunting ballad and looking and sounding quite comfortable on keys. It was obvious that drummer Daru Jones has chops for days, but he kept it simple per Jack’s preferences without losing any precision or energy. Visually striking musician Lillie Mae Rische switched seamlessly back and forth—from fiddle to mandolin—and her voice could put a siren to shame; she harmonizes with White so sweetly that it almost makes you want to go to church … for the choir.

The other three band members, respectively rocking bass, keys and pedal steel, are no less talented; White's band made the jam feel more like a journey than a meandering mishap, as is too often the case with jam bands. Add two semi trucks worth of lighting and sound equipment to the mix, and the result was a bona fide arena show squeezed into the intimacy of Popejoy Hall. It was reminiscent of Deep Purple or The Allman Brothers Band concerts from the '70s I've seen on Youtube—more reminders of being born too late. With an eight-song encore, the show clocked in at just under two hours. White was sheepish and shy, only addressing the audience at the end of the show, but he's a consummate showman who clearly cares about preserving a dying art—one where people write and perform their own songs and pour their souls, sweat and grit into every note.

V.24 No.1 | 1/1/2015
Pilot To Bombardier: From left, Rhian Batson, Travis Williams, Sean McCullough and Miguel Villarreal
Sean McCullough

Aural Fixation

You Can’t Keep a Good Band Down

Pilot To Bombardier returns

Captain America reports on the 2015 reunion of majestic emo crew of yore Pilot To Bombardier.
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V.23 No.50 |
Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis
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music

Tender Accord: Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams harmonize at Kiva

Wherein Free Art Friday Albuquerque founder Stephanie Galloway fondly recalls the first concert of December, aka Ryan Adams and Jenny Lewis at Kiva Auditorium.
V.23 No.49 |

music

Post-Ashes & Fire, Ryan Adams Revisits Rock

Ryan Adams rocks Kiva Auditorium on Monday, Dec. 8, alongside former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis.
V.23 No.49 | 12/4/2014
Jenny Lewis
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Aural Fixation

Color Me Curious

Jenny Lewis brings magic to ABQ

Mark Lopez defends his thesis that the solo Jenny Lewis (former Rilo Kiley frontwoman) and Ryan Adams (roots-rock pop star) sonic doubleheader this week at Kiva Auditorium is not to be missed.
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V.23 No.46 | 11/13/2014
Get Action
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Show Up!

On the Record with Get Action

Hometown supergroup releases 7-inch

Wherein Captain America relates Get Action’s origin story in preview of their vinyl release party.
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Music to Your Ears

Must-see electro, hip-hop and Americana shows

Alibi music stringer August March delivers deets on three of the best concerts happening this week in Burque.
V.23 No.39 | 9/25/2014

Show Up!

Bird Is the Word

Four flight-ready concerts to fuel your fall

From fuzz to pop-punk and beyond, Show Up! delivers deets on four concerts you shouldn’t miss this week.
V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
Black Spirituals
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Music Interview

Postmodern Black Spirituals

Oakland duo’s pilgrimage Of Deconstruction

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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Queensrÿche circa 2014
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Show Up!

Members of Dio, Ozzy and AC/DC Converge

Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche headlines Sunshine

Resident Alibi hesher Constance Moss reports on the farewell tour of Geoff Tate’s Queensrÿche.
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V.23 No.33 | 8/14/2014
Nine Inch Nails 2014 tour
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Show Up!

’90s Nostalgia Meets New Wave of Now

Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden/Cold Cave concert bolsters local eyeliner sales

Wherein August March travels into the past to preview a Nine Inch Nails/Soundgarden/Cold Cave concert.
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V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
Mötley Crüe circa ’80s
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Show Up!

God Bless the Children of the Beast

Crüe shouts at the devil one last time

Wherein August March chronicles the aural history of the best damn hair band in the world.
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