Apr 27 - May 3, 2006 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

Pre-Crawl Warm-up--The two bands created by this year's Edge Ultimate Band Contest (Blind Dryve and Possess and Conceal) will take to the Launchpad stage on Friday for a deciding head-to-head rock-off. Prizes for the winning act include a guaranteed slot at Spring Crawl the following evening. Needless to say, we didn't know which band that would be when we went to press, so we included them both in this week's Spring Crawl feature. May the best band win! Doors open at 6 p.m.

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Stereotyperider

Spotlight

Spring Crawl Headliners Stereotyperider and Guttermouth

National acts at the Crawl

By Simon McCormack

Guttermouth

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Flyer on the Wall

¡Que Viva Santa Fe!

Self vs. Grey, Wake & Def and God Sent perform an all-ages show on Friday, April 28, at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe (1614 Paseo de Peralta). $5. (LM)

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The 88

Music Magnified

The 88

with Matt Costa and Lowlights

By Marisa Demarco

Monday, May 1, Launchpad (21-and-over); $7: For those of us who just can't stop riding around on sunny summer days with friendly mod jams in the tape deck, The 88 is the next quencher. Hollywood is loving their grainy, under-produced '60s-esque albums, too. In addition to blowing though our chunk of desert, The 88 has landed a role on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (the episode is titled "Best Prom Ever") one week after hitting the Launchy stage.

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Flyleaf

Music Magnified

Flyleaf

with Dropping Daylight and Resident Hero

By Marisa Demarco

Tuesday, May 2, Launchpad (21-and-over); $12 and $14: When it comes to earnest hurt, Flyleaf pulls it off. Sure, lyrics rub elbows with notebook-margin cliché, but the hooks are golden and the riffs inspired. Singer Lacey Mosley is what everyone's talking about, with her particularly well-sung combo of fragile and fierce. She's fond of those brittle jumps you hear from the likes of Sarah McLachlan. Mosley sings a pain pileup, with a side of atmospheric guitar and rumbling drums. The message is survival, or what they're calling "heavy positivism."

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Sonic Reducer

Bang! Bang! Decked Out · Yeah Yeah Yeahs Show Your Bones

By Simon McCormack
Reviews of new music releases.

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Son Volt

Show Up!

Son Volt and Drive-By Truckers with Curt Kirkwood

By Marisa Demarco

"There's a lot of people driving more than four hours to come see this show," says Neal Copperman of AMP Concerts. As soon as it was announced, people started writing to him, asking about tickets from Arizona and Colorado. In a town where alternative bands with an older following often don't get the attention they deserve, that kind of enthusiasm is contagious.

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