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V.24 No.12 | 3/19/2015

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Meeting of the Minds

Four perspective-changing concerts

Show Up! delivers deets on rad electro/post-pop, blues rock, post-punk/math rock and stoner rock gigs happening this week in Burque.
V.24 No.11 | 03/12/2015
Merchandise

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4AD 4 LYFE!: Merchandise and Power Trip at Sister

Difficult to categorize but enthralling to listen to, the music of Merchandise gathers the essential elements of punk, art rock, psychedelia and pop-balladeering.
V.24 No.8 | 02/19/2015
Experiment with "Shapeshifter" and other weird concoctions at ShowOff 4.0.
Experiment with "Shapeshifter" and other weird concoctions at ShowOff 4.0.

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Adult Experimentation at ShowOff 4.0: Curious Concoctions

A grown-up science fair and talent show featuring performances and science fair booth activities.
V.23 No.51 | 12/18/2014
From left, Cowboys and Indian and Word Salad circa 1997
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Bah! Hum-What?!

Great concerts hit Burque ... Again?!

Attending country, rockabilly, psych rock, folk and hardcore punk shows may help prevent seasonal depression. Get all the deets in Show Up!
V.23 No.43 | 10/23/2014

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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.23 No.39 | 9/25/2014

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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.35 | 8/28/2014
Def-i
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Music to Your Ears

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!
V.23 No.34 |

Music

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.

V.23 No.33 |

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Melt Your Face Off

Hear tunes by Corrosion of Conformity, BL'AST!, Brant Bjork and Lord Dying.
V.23 No.32 | 8/7/2014
Xiu Xiu
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Darkness Becomes Him

Xiu Xiu prime mover talks Genesis, gang violence and autoerotic asphyxiation

M. Brianna Stallings chats with Jamie Stewart, the inimitable frontman of Xiu Xiu, in preview of the group’s Albuquerque concert.
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V.23 No.23 | 6/5/2014
The Rhythm Shakers vocalist Marlene Perez
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Four Up

’50s rocanrol gone Wild

Whether you’re craving old-school rock and roll, Americana, dark and twisty post-punk psych-rock or an “overdriventape-hissnoisewall-landscape,” Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!
V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014

dreams

Rowdy’s Dream Blog #347: When the Aliens Come We Sleep on the Grass

My sister and I sleep on the grass in the front yard of our childhood home. The whole town has been abducted by aliens. They fly north overhead in lighted cylinders in long procession. The grass around us grows long.

V.23 No.17 |
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Crazy Like a Fox: Lady Uranium album release

Think for a moment about the word “entrance,” as both a verb and a noun: to captivate or fill with wonder, and a place of entering. In the case of Lady Uranium aka Mauro Woody, her self-released CD Vulpes Vulpes serves as an entrance into her charming synth-pop realm. Okay, that sounds a bit cheesy. No, she isn’t some Belladonna-like enchantress, just a very talented individual who has lent her distinctive stamp to other local outfits like Animals In The Dark, The Glass Menageries and 5 Star Motelles.

But there is a feeling here of being escorted to a private place, not dark or brooding—which has been in vogue for too long now—but sweetly contemplative, inviting you to have conversations with the self. This is no surprise since there are echoes of Cocteau Twins and Kate Bush beneath quietly impassioned vocals, simultaneously robust and fragile. And yes, there are some great pop hooks, too. Vulpes Vulpes is a strong first solo release. As an EP, these five songs feel way too short, but it bears repeated listening; and you will be doing quite a bit of that while awaiting her next release. Perhaps she’s first luring us in with this teaser CD. A cunning strategy. Get captivated tomorrow night at 9pm at Sister (407 Central NW) when Lady U looses her hounds of love. Show is $3. Sister • Sat May 3 • 9pm • $3 • View on Alibi calendar

V.23 No.16 |

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Circle in the Trees

Tomorrow YOU will play Sister (407 Central NW). Not necessarily the person reading this preview—although that's certainly possible—YOU is actually a chunky, four-piece outfit from Albuquerque that combines psych influences with blues-inflected rock stylings that are guaranteed to have you alternatively grooving along, reflecting dreamily or yearning for release.

This show at Sister is an album release party, celebrating the outfit’s latest, Ambivalence. This new work is infused with a sound that effectively transits the uncanny valley. The fourth track on Ambivalence, “Young Witch Eternal Gliss,” is a potent psychedelic anodyne, while tunes like “Saturday Night” prove the group can handle bluesy rock with serious aplomb. Baton Rouge, La.-based band Moon Honey—recently produced by Deerhoof—are touring with YOU; As In We and DJ Caterwaul start the evening off with their own brands of sonic intensity. Tickets for this 21-and-up cosmic exhibition are only five silver talents, and the metaphorical curtain rises around 9pm. You should be there. Or be square. Sister • Thu Apr 24 • 9pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

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