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The Daily Word in the State of the Union, tumbleweed uprisings and the Toe Jesus of Silver City

Last night, Obama gave his annual State of the Union address. Here's the important part.

And, of course, the rebuttal.

How not to deal with the media: New York representative threatens to throw reporter off balcony and "break him in half." With the cameras running.

Remember that time Pete Seeger refused to cooperate with HUAC? He did offer to sing them some songs though.

The Journal has an interactive map and comprehensive timeline of APD shootings, as well as information on the resulting cost to taxpayers.

More proof that God's running out of ideas for miracles: The Toe Jesus of Silver City. Go home, God. You're drunk.

Watch out, everybody! The tumbleweeds are fighting back!

Music

Low Culture, genre-palooza and popular music

Low Culture
Ryan Maddox
Low Culture

This week’s Music to Your Ears dishes up the 411 on shows in genres ranging from poppy garage-punk to doomcream R&B to indie rock to folk. Listen to tracks from featured acts below. Synchro Studio • Low Culture • Pregnant, Again • Harbors • Downplay Music • Sat Jan 12 • 7:30 pm • $6 • ALL-AGES!

Low Culture - “Low Culture”
Bigawatt - Bigawatt
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Telegraph Canyon - “Safe on the Outside”

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Music

Sonic reductions of Horse Lords, Samantha Glass and Chris Schoen

Music writer Peter Mezensky and I checked out new releases from Horse Lords, Samantha Glass and Chris Schoen and share our opinions in this week’s Sonic Reducer. Check out audio from featured acts below.

Horse Lords - “Wildcat Strike”
Samantha Glass - Rising Movements
Chris Schoen - Heaven or Hell or Wherever

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V.21 No.28 | 7/12/2012

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Flyer on the Wall

Folky Friday the 13th

Observe this superstitiously spooky Friday with a collection of Americana acts at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). Cali Shaw, Wildewood, Todd and the Fox, and Jenny Wren form the local lineup. Admission is $5, and the show starts at 9 p.m. (JCC)

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V.21 No.16 | 4/19/2012
Claude Stephenson

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Sage Words

Indiegrass songstress Sage Harrington

Americana is the new punk rock. Like the early ’80s when any yob with a snarl and electric guitar called themselves punk, anyone today that has a thrift store banjo and name drops the Carter Family thinks they are folk musicians, deserving of serious listening and dollar-per-song downloads. Wrong.

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V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
Los Martinez
Courtesy of Los Martinez

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Let Your Folk Flag Fly

The 13th annual Albuquerque Folk Festival says it’s hip to be square dancing

What can you do at the folk festival? Almost everything. (Within limits, people. Keep your pants on.) The aforementioned question is posed at the top of the online “festival overview,” and underneath is a long list of answers, like sing, dance, learn an instrument, perform for an audience, hear live music and bring your kids. The Alibi breaks down some of the weekend’s highlights.

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V.19 No.34 | 8/26/2010
Too many red heads for one couch
Monica

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Better Than Your Friend’s Basement

The Parson Red Heads on showmanship and style

At performances by The Parson Red Heads, audiences can expect upbeat, folksy, multi-harmony rock and roll with psychedelic traces, and, most likely, special treatment. It is a major concern of the band’s to make sure you get your money’s worth and possibly participate in the show.

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