Jan 5 - 11, 2006 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

Return of The Roxiehearts—Rejoice! Albuquerque all-girl garage punkers will hit the stage at Burt's Tiki Lounge after a baby-induced breather that lasted just under two years. The Roxiehearts are made up of Cara (drummer and babymaker), Penny (guitarist and singer), Amy (singer) and Burt's manager/bartender/booker Melissa (bassist). Melissa says that this show will be instrumental in helping them get back into the swing of things, adding "we will definitely be playing out more often and there will be new songs in the future." The show is slated for Friday, Jan. 6, at what's being billed as Amanda and Ethan's Going Away Party. (Note to Amanda and Ethan: Your friends will miss you and they wish you the best in New York.) The Roxiehearts are joined by Leche De Hombre, a reportedly kick-ass group of guys from Las Cruces, Swingin' Meat and The El Paso Hot Button, who's actually from Oklahoma City, and is really only made up of one guy. This is the show of the week, without a doubt.

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Flyer on the Wall

HeshFest!

Touch the glistening monster pecs of New Mexico metal with Minus Seven, Given the Grave, Last 15, The Bayonet and Last House on the Left at the always-all-ages Compound (3206 San Mateo NE). Doors open at 6 p.m. $5 gets you in. (LM)

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Three kids in Kid Moe

Music Magnified

Kid Moe

with DV8 and special guests

By Simon McCormack

Concord, Calif.'s power-pop purveyors Kid Moe have a sound that's part glowing metal fuzz and part cough syrup aftertaste. They haven't quite grown up all the way but, if bands like Weezer are any indication, you'd better hurry up and see them before they turn into Hugh Hefner-worshiping crumb bums. It's Kid Moe's walking-through-the-mukish style that makes the trio of two fellas and a lady so darn charming. Their latest release, Hella Okay, takes several digs at California culture while giving us bittersweet pop songs for the hopelessly unhip. Vincent Lay's vocals are free of embellishment, and although his lyrics could benefit from some tinkering ("why can't my new girlfriend be like my old girlfriend?" is a typical passage), his unapologetically a-melodic voice sets the band apart from their power-pop peers.

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Year in Music

Top 10 Best Albums of the Year

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

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Year in Music

Top 10 Worst Albums of the Year

By Simon McCormack

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