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 Aug 23 - 29, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

And the Weird Music News of the Week Award Goes to ...

OPM Nightclub and Ultralounge! You may already know that the self-proclaimed "VIP" dance club is actually one half of dual-city enterprise—there's one in Las Vegas, Nev., (Caesar's Palace) and one in downtown Albuquerque (two blocks from the railroad tracks). What you didn't know is that one was voted the No. 1 "Upscale Hip-Hop Nightclub in the World," supposedly by more than one milllion voters in the Yahoo Readers’ Poll. The other is closing after this weekend. Bet you can't guess which is which!

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Flyer on the Wall

Polite Society

You: $3, quiet hand-clapping and a whiskey sour. The Giranimals, of god and science, The Oktober People and A Man About a Horse: thoughtful indie rocking this Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Launchpad. BYOFFCS (bring your own fruit-flavored ChapStick). [LM]

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Jazzed

New CDs from New Orleans Musicians Raise Hell and Hope

Musicians remind us why New Orleans matters

By Mel Minter

Thanatos and Eros, that timeless couple, never dance closer than when in New Orleans, where every breeze carries scents of mortality and carnality. So maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise that despite the devastation of Katrina, the indifference of the Bush administration, and the incompetence of the Army Corps of Engineers, the city is showing small signs of a resurgence.

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Sonic Reducer

Cult Screamin' Target Heart Rate · Kevin Hume The Truth About Ants and Aphids · Band of Heathens Live from Momo's

Serious? No, but seriously good, 4real. Frontman Shane O'Neill screams of slumber parties and cutting a bitch's throat because she stole his lip gloss—and lots of other stuff, like casual Friday and a dude who's 20 percent gay. "OMG" shows up in the lyrics. Maybe all this sounds dumb, but it's his delivery that makes it kinda genius. Plus, the band kicks mondo ass—tight, simple punk rock that's unafraid to be goofy. It's rare that something so artsy and yet so rowdy and funny comes across this desk. [MD]

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Looney for Rooney

Rooney • indie • Run River North • folk rock

By Adam Wood
There is a striking absence of good rock music on the airwaves today. We have passed the glory days when kids and adults alike bonded over a couple of guitars and a drumset, as new heads try their hand at the more accessible sounds of electronic music and rap. There are those of us, however, who have not forgotten the thrill of playing air guitar and belting along to your favorite song. In his efforts to re-access this primal energy, Robert Schwartzman—the mastermind behind the once-upon-a-time inescapable worm of a tune “Where Did Your Heart Go Missing”—has re-formed his band Rooney. Armed with the upbeat verve of power pop and teeming with inspiration from British Invasion rock, Rooney will be bringing their revival efforts to Launchpad this Tuesday, Aug. 1. The opening performance at this 13+ show will be provided by the somehow simultaneously buoyant and melancholy indie jams of Run River North. The cost to share in the spirit and enthusiasm of revitalized musicians will be a mere $17, so don’t miss out!
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