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Tip-Top psych band the Pink Mountaintops at Low Spirits TONIGHT!

Pink Mountaintops "North Hollywood Microwaves" (NSFW!)

The weirder and, in this writer's opinion, the more interesting of Stephen McBean's two mountain-named bands (the other being Black Mountain) the Pink Mountaintops is playing Low Spirits tonight. No self-respecting lover of drug music will miss this. My friend Pierre LaFarge turned me on to this Vancouver-based bunch of weirdoes a week or so ago and there's been nothing else on my speakers since. Can't wait for the sun to set so we can all see the Pink Mountaintops, who are touring in support of their new album Get Back. Did I mention the show is only TEN BUCKS!? C'mon!

Local and soon-to-be-no-more mysterions the Elevator Boys and psych-practitioners YOU open.

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V.22 No.41 | 10/10/2013
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Four Up

By Samantha Anne Carrillo

“Hi, how are You?”

Whether you’re hankering for psych-pop, rock and roll, post-’60s avant-garde jazz or gypsy swing, Four Up has you covered.
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I’m Happy When it’s Sad

Study concludes sad music evokes positive emotions

A group of researchers from Tokyo University of the Arts and RIKEN Brain Science Institute have decided to tackle an interesting subject: Why do we love sad songs? It's a valid question, considering many sad songs have entered the top-40 and kept listeners on their toes while belting out minor chords over hopeless lyrics. Adele's “Someone Like You” is one example that comes to mind. These researchers not only wanted to discuss the various reasons why people listen to sad music but also to see if they could pinpoint certain characteristics within the music that pique certain emotions.

They had 44 volunteers listen to two pieces of sad music and one piece of happy music, and they basically came to the conclusion that sad music actually made people feel more positive about their own lives. They concluded that while the volunteers listened to these despairing, emotionally-driven opuses, they found “sad music to be more tragic, less romantic, and less blithe than they felt themselves while listening to it,” according to an article in Science Daily. So maybe we do listen to sad music to realize how good we have it?

This got me thinking about what sad songs I enjoy listening to, or better yet, got me thinking what my favorite sad song is. As a music journalist, that's a hard question to answer because I like different things at different times. But one sad song that did come to mind was Joanna Newsom's “Go Long,” from her 2010 album Have One On Me. It's one of those songs that if you see her play it live, it utterly kills you. I witnessed the most rough-looking dudes crying like babies when the song was over. I don't cry when I hear it, but I do really enjoy it. It's a beautiful number that dissects the “Bluebeard” story in its most poetic, morbid sense. But now I'm curious … what's a notable sad song for you?

Film

Dead Can Dance

Zombie Dance Party Tonight

The Dark Matters Film Festival Zombie Dance Party shambles into Sister Bar (407 Central SW) tonight at 8 p.m. The event promises lots of dead patrons and plenty of live bands, including Hoverbourd, Lindy Vision, Get Action, YOU and First Lovve. It’s the official launch party for Dark Matterswhich unspools May 17-19 at Guild Cinema with more than 14 horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy films from around the world. You can pick up your official DMFF programs tonight at the party. Check out the trailer above. When’s the last time you saw a trailer for a party?

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V.22 No.20 | 5/16/2013
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Music to Your Ears

ISO brains, sophisticated boom boom and Boi howdy

By Samantha Anne Carrillo

ISO brains

Whether you’re feeling a tad Boi-crazy or hankering for a zombie hoedown and très chic-boom boom, Music to Your Ears has you covered.
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Around Burque in 30 days with Caterwaul

Mark Beyer

Saying that Alibi columnist Derek Caterwaul sees a lot of live music would be a major understatement. If he isn’t DJing on KUNM or sorting through his massive archive of obscure A/V and ephemera, it’s a pretty safe bet he’s at a show. In this month’s installment of MAXIMUMCATERWAUL, he shares a quick and dirty overview of 10 shows he caught in March. ... right here in our quirky, beloved burg. Peep related A/V below.

Drake Hardin - “A Rare Kind of Air”

FALLING from Carmina Escobar on Vimeo.

Carmina Escobar - “Falling”
Monica and Marisa Demarco at Sorella Sorella

Ghost to Falco - "Born To Win": SXSW 2013 Showcasing Artist from SXSW on Vimeo.

Ghost to Falco - “Born to Win”
Ghost Foot - Bad Blood
AJ Woods - Carrizozo
Terri Schiavo Dance Party - “Breaking Bad”
Black Maria - “Nick Nolte”
YOU - The Path of the Just is the Shining Light
Religious Girls - Midnight Realms
Gaytheist - Stealth Beats

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V.22 No.15 | 4/11/2013
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10 shows in 30 days in 500 words

By Derek Caterwaul
DJ, DIY promoter and music writer Derek Caterwaul shares a quick and dirty roundup of the best March shows you may have missed.

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