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V.23 No.43 | 10/23/2014

Show Up!

The Doors of Connection

Access blues, EDM, punk and mathy prog rock

Artists and bands repping English house, Malian blues, El Lay-via-Mexico punk and SoCal prog rock make the Albuquerque scene this week. Show Up! has all the deets plus A/V.
V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
The Handsome Family
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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The Handsome Family’s Americana Gothic

Talking metaphor, Wilderness and Custer’s corpse

Geoffrey Plant chats with The Handsome Family’s Brett and Rennie Sparks at their Albuquerque home.
V.21 No.39 | 9/27/2012
Chris Smither
Jeff Fasano

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Buddha’s Songwriter Gives Voice to Optimism

Chris Smither takes on the imponderables—and wins

Singer/songwriter Chris Smither doesn’t need much to cast his spell, just his blue guitar and a miked particleboard so his tapping foot can keep time.
V.21 No.37 | 9/13/2012
Gregg Turner

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Interview With an Angry Samoan

Gregg Turner is alive and well in Santa Fe, and playing the hits

Gregg Turner is known to most as a founding member of the Angry Samoans, a Los Angeles hardcore band that began in 1978. He is also known, perhaps, to a different slice of the population as a record reviewer for Creem Magazine (1976-1998) where he was noted for his inspired hatchet jobs on the likes of Bon Jovi, The Who and even Iggy Pop.

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V.21 No.35 | 8/30/2012
Andy Lutz, Steve Hammond and Noah Wolters

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Leeches of Lore R.I.P. It Up

Hammond ventures to Old Mexico

It’s the end of an era for this twang-and-thrash trio. The Alibi chatted by phone with frontman Steve Hammond in his Nob Hill home before he rushed off to Leeches of Lorchestra practice.
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V.21 No.29 | 7/19/2012
Roger Lewis, pictured second from right.

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Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Makin’ it do what it do for 35 years

Baritone sax player and Dirty Dozen Brass Band founding member Roger Lewis has made a 35-year career out of making the New Orleans brass band tradition vibrate at a different level. His group brought club music—bebop, swing and blues, that is—to streets previously filled with repertoires of hymns and proto-jazz, essentially modernizing the brass band.

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V.21 No.27 | 7/5/2012
Tatum knows how to wear a smart chambray button-down.
Shawn Brackbill

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Wild Nothing

Jack Tatum’s indie pop revival

Wild Nothing is a one-man project of Brooklynite and Williamsburg, Va. native Jack Tatum. His music unapologetically harkens the twinkling melancholy of ’80s Britpop song and production qualities. In advance of a show at the Sunshine with Beach House, Tatum spoke with the Alibi about past, present and the definition of pop.
V.21 No.25 | 6/21/2012
Felix Peralta and David Barclay

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South Valley Gris-Gris

Felix y los Gatos conjures spellbinding sounds

Judging from Ocho, the new album from Felix y los Gatos, Felix Peralta (guitar, vocals) has been knee-deep in some hard times lately: relationship problems, too much partying, trying not to party, homesickness (living in the Heights and aching for the South Valley), car trouble and so on.

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

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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.
V.21 No.21 | 5/24/2012
Shanty Cheryl Groff

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Toys That Kill

Recess Records mastermind talks making albums, punks who go folk and nebulous band members

Todd Congelliere has been producing punk rock music in the California style for more than two decades. His band Toys That Kill just released its fourth album, Fambly 42, and is playing an all-ages show at The Gasworks on Tuesday. When the Alibi spoke to Congelliere over the phone, he was at his San Pedro home, which also serves as practice space, recording studio and headquarters for his record label Recess Records.

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V.21 No.19 | 5/10/2012
Wall of fame: A mint-condition ′67 BSA motorcycle almost upstages some of the shop’s sterling guitars (and Salma Hayek).
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

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Rumble Seat Music Southwest

World-renowned guitar aficionado feels right at home

For Michael Eliot, one of the most internationally respected vintage guitar dealers, Albuquerque was the ideal place to set up the western wing of his collection, and not because it's remote and quieter than the New York City of his youth. On the contrary, it was the up-and-coming, hardscrabble energy of the place that drew him in and kept him here.
V.21 No.17 | 4/26/2012

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Guitar Power

Every April for nearly three decades, the Gathering of Nations has brought indigenous groups from around the continent to Albuquerque to celebrate Native culture and traditions. The powwow, which claims the title of North America’s largest, is three days of music, dance, markets, food and cross-culturalism.

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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.
V.21 No.14 | 4/5/2012
Glitter Dick
Paul Blackburn

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Wham, Glam, Thank You Ma’am

With a name like Glitter Dick, a band isn’t likely to get much commercial airplay. However, as Albuquerque’s newest glam-trash group, Glitter Dick is on everyone’s lips. Figuratively speaking, of course.

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V.21 No.12 | 3/22/2012
The Robb Musical Trust’s artist-in-residence, Del Sol String Quartet
delsolquartet.com

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Sounds of Enchantment

Symposium spotlights Nuevo Mexicano composers

This year’s John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium presents 55 contemporary composers with meaningful connections to New Mexico. Themed with the state's centennial celebration in mind, all the featured artists live here, studied at UNM or lived in New Mexico for at least a year.