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The Golden West waits to welcome customers before it opens for a regular business day in 2006.
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The Saloon That Rock Built

Many bands' first steps were across the threshold of the Golden West

By Marisa Demarco

U.K. oi! band The Business takes the stage. Young testosterone-riddled skinheads start slam dancing, but the Party Vikings, a local gang of rowdy punk rockers, have named themselves the kings of the pit. It isn't too long before a full-scale riot breaks loose, remembers Gordy Andersen, Black Maria singer and Albuquerque rock stalwart. Punks throw pool balls down from the Golden West's balcony. Tables and chairs cartwheel through the air and are smashed into sticks. And The Business just keeps playing.

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Friends Forever

Show Up!

Friends Forever and Foot Village

Drum kit metal, bikinis and fireworks

By Simon McCormack

At a certain point, it might be better to just stop asking Josh Taylor questions.

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Cohen and her clarinet
John Rogers

Jazzed

Jazz is Just the Beginning

Anat Cohen, award-winning clarinetist/saxophonist, brings her quartet to the Outpost

By Mel Minter

When she was busy mastering American jazz on her tenor saxophone, Anat Cohen gave little thought to the clarinet collecting dust in her closet, or to other genres of music. But she now moves effortlessly between both instruments and among a variety of musical styles.

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Flyer on the Wall

Fresh Beats

Banish the bore-gasm that is Wednesday with Vinyl and Verses at Burt’s Tiki Lounge. DJs Clout and Shake are on the table this week. You know it’s free, but you’ve got to be 21. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Sera Cahoone Only as the Day is Long · Julie Hardy The Wish · Erykah Badu New Amerykah

Sera Cahoone isn't writing a new chapter in the story of alt.country, but she's adding a few colorful pages to the book. The former drummer in indie faves Carissa's Weird and Band of Horses tries her hand at singer/songwriting and makes a couple handfuls of quiet, cloudy melodies that pour on the pity. Save for a pinch of pedal steel and banjo, the bulk of the backup to Cahoone's weightless vocals comes from plodding acoustic guitar—the album suffers slightly from a dragging tempo. Perhaps overly simplistic, but never offensive, Only as the Day is Long is a carefully constructed LP with a lot of promise. (SM)

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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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