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 Nov 2 - 8, 2006 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

Essential Shows--No excuses. Get off the Lazy Boy and go hear some music.

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Wynton is the man.

Spotlight

On a Mission with Wynton

Wynton Marsalis Quintet members share the road and the music

By Mel Minter

Soon after being hired by jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, saxophonist Walter Blanding, a green kid at the time, got a glimpse into the bandleader’s heart.

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Flyer on the Wall

Anti-Prozac Party

Undo years of therapy this Saturday, Nov. 4, at The Compound (3206 San Mateo NE) with a masochistic megadose of progressive death metal. You'll be introduced to Albuquerque's Last House on the Left in all their machine-gun drum-, gremlin-burp-glory, as they release their debut album, The Road Leads to Nowhere. They'll be joined by all their creepy friends; Last Fifteen, Code of the Zodiac, HATEengine and Torture Victim. Doors open at 7 p.m., cover is $5. (LM)

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The Velvet Teen

Show Up!

Teen Dream

The Velvet Teen is big in Japan and, perhaps soon, Albuquerque as well

By Mark Sanders

Ranking among the best indie rock records of recent memory is one you may never hear, by a band that remains mostly unknown. Santa Rosa, Calif.,-based group The Velvet Teen released Cum Laude a few months ago, though it barely made a blip on the radar. The reviews have been favorable but few. Nevertheless, the album is a staggeringly ambitious effort.

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Pigeon John

Wax Tracks

Pigeon John ... Is a Little Crazy

Emcee keeps it fresh—and weird

By Marisa Demarco

Pigeon John's favorite character on "The Office" is Michael Scott. He even thinks he's a little bit like him. "He's just a weird boss guy who's trying to be cool and friendly with everyone, but he can't fit in because he's freaking weird," Pigeon John says. "He cries when he's alone."

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Wax Tracks

Pigeon John Uncut!

By Marisa Demarco

How are you doing?

Goody woody how are you?

Why's your name Pigeon John and not Canary Mike or something?

Canary Mike is a little too out there. Pigeon John is right in the middle, nice and cozy.

Your real name is Michael Scott?

No! My real name is John. Michael Scott is my hero.

Who's that?

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Sonic Reducer

The Blue Van Dear Independence · Jello Biafra In the Grip of Official Treason · Qwel and Meaty Ogre Freezer Burner

By Marisa Demarco

Some people call it garage rock, I'm gonna call these tunes "bar bangers," by which I mean the kind of up-tempo, ’60s-throwback songs that probably sound best coming out of crappy equipment at your favorite neighborhood watering hole. From rural Denmark, the guys in The Blue Van could probably yank a willing patron off her bar stool and at least get her head bobbing. Everything on this disc is well-constructed. Anthem-y choruses help it go down easy. Still, if you're done with the garage revival (the one that made The White Stripes famous) and waiting for the genre to dilate again, Dear Independence could grow tiresome.

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EVENT HORIZON (Sunday, Feb 14)

A Romantic Recital

Boyz II Men • R&B

By August March
On Sunday, Feb. 14, the Legends Theater at Route 66 Casino presents a concert by romantic balladeers and masters of a capella ruminations on love and life, Boyz II Men. An R&B group (now a trio, formerly and originally a quartet) with an affinity for soulful musical wanderings through the heart of human affection, Boyz II Men first made the scene in the 1990s with radio-friendly hits like “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “One Sweet Day,” an epic tune to forever love they recorded with super-chanteuse Mariah Carey. In the years since they rose to the top of the pops, one member, Michael McCary departed the ensemble, leaving an essential trio comprised of tenors Shawn Stockman and Wanya Morris as well as baritone Nathan Morris. Together, these three still bring the flavor of love to life as they tour around a gratefully enchanted planet of men and women. Tickets for this all-ages performance range in price from $35-$70 while romance fills the air beginning at 8pm.
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