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 Feb 28 - Mar 5, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

Scared of Chaka Reunion FAQ

Regular readers of the alibi.com blog already know it, and now you do, too. Seminal Albuquerque punk trio Scared of Chaka is reuniting for one show on March 28, at the Washoe Club in Virginia City, Nev. It's the first time Yanul Hernandez (now known far and wide as Dave Hernandez), Dameon Waggoner (now Dameon Lee) and Ron Skrasek (still Ron Skrasek) have played together in 10 years. You have questions. I have answers.

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Spotlight

VxPxC

Improved psych myth-makers map their way to the desert

By Marisa Demarco

It began with a lie.

VxPxC created the legend that the band had found all its music in a box hidden away in a closet corner. Slowly, the band was releasing the material, members claimed, unearthing it and offering it up to the world. "We got a couple calls from record labels that were like, Oh, we wanna hear all the box set and think about releasing it," says VxPxCer Grant Capes. There's a big interest right now in found material, he adds. Bandmate Justin McInteer commented on an art gallery website that the myth was all a big joke. "That got a lot of people mad," Capes says.

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The singer/songwriters behind The Everybodyfields
Julia Roberts

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The Everybodyfields

Putting the alt. in alt.country

By Simon McCormack

What is it that separates alt.country from its unpunctuated counterpart? Is "alt." just something new artists attach to their brand of country to keep people from picturing Toby Keith? For the Everybodyfields' Jill Andrews, the alt. is the rough edges.

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Flyer on the Wall

Extra! Extra!

It’s weirdo battle royale. Aunt Dracula from Philly grapples with Yoda’s House and Olvidese from Burque this Thursday, Feb. 28., at Winning Coffee (Harvard and Central). $5, all-ages. (LM)

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Jonathan Meiburg
Annie Ray

Music Interview

Jonathan Meiburg

He's letting you into his room

By Simon McCormack

During our phone interview, singer/songwriter and avid bird watcher Jonathan Meiburg asks to halt our conversation. "Hang on just a second," Meiburg says. "I'm looking at this bird and I can't tell what it is." After fumbling with his binoculars for a moment, Meiburg exclaims, "Oh, it's an osprey! That's what I thought it was."

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Sonic Reducer

The Section Quartet Fuzzbox · Good Times Crisis Band Select a Gather Point · Horrorpops Kiss Kiss Kill Kill

It’s a neat idea. The Section Quartet takes rock ballads and transforms them into classical ones. But, with a couple of exceptions, I couldn’t help wishing I was listening to the original versions of songs like David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World” or the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Phenomena.” When the band takes on tunes with sweeping melodies, like Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android” or Muse’s “Time is Running Out,” the results are more promising, but despite all of its “classical music with a lip ring” attitude, the bold experiment largely fails. (SM)

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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

By August March
Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats who've made their mark in the music world with a febrile and spooky glitchiness that has outlasted any names critics might apply in favor of an honestly, intimidatingly pure exploration of sounds that make humans dance and rejoice as they swirl around the very noisy and icy maelstrom of life and death. Ethan Kath and Edith Frances, AKA Crystal Castles, perform live in Burque on Thursday, Oct. 19. Viewed as an opportunity to joyfully and ferociously embrace the void, this ought to be a damn good show, but don't blame me if you can't remember your name afterwards.
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

By August March
Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. With a retinue of classic, upbeat jams like “Monkey Murders,” “Spar Wid Me” and “Save It for Later,” the band's touring the states again, impressing OG ska lovers as well as the next generation of horn-crazy youth with their combination of crazy stage antics and terrific tuneage. You can catch the outfit live here at the Duke City on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic El Rey Theatre, but don't worry you don't need checkerboard pants or a smart little hat to enjoy this gig—just make sure those great big feet of yours are rested and ready to dance.
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