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 V.17 No.44 | October 30 - November 5, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Best. Halloween. Ever.

Truly. Downtown's overall picture of Halloween night is the best I've ever seen in Albuquerque (and certainly during my five years at the Alibi). After years of school-night trick-or-treating, Oct. 31 finally falls on a Friday. And since the election has people frothing with anxious excitement, this Halloween could be the party of the decade. From big-name blowouts to the cream of Bernalillo and Sandoval Countys’ crops, Downtown's pimp chalice of live music runneth over. Here's what you can't miss on Oct. 31.

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Carlosaur (Carlos Ruiz de la Torre) and Eva Ave (Eva Dameron) bring new meaning to “local color.”
Scott Preston


Eva Ave and Carlosaur

A circus, pirate melody

While I made sure to note the Cocoa Pebbles sitting on the piano, I had failed to realize there was a knife near my arm.

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Presidential Party

Vote, then watch the televised results at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (21+, free) on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Music by Danny Malone, The Last Vegas and Yeti Hands starts at 10 p.m. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Dark Dark Dark The Snow Magic · Ray LaMontagne Gossip In The Grain · Chad VanGaalen Soft Airplane

He may have once labored in a Maine shoe factory, but Ray LaMontagne has had no trouble trading his hammer for a six-string. LaMontagne provoked us with his debut Trouble in 2004, but Gossip In The Grain grinds into the soul, smooth and delicate. Folky roots kindle his organic rasp with a bluesy essence. The latest installment of late-blooming pop-folk reaches for a promised land where Stephen Stills and Van Morrison once stood. (JH)

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Melanie Martinez
Courtesy of Melanie Martinez's Facebook

EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 24)

Don't Cry About it, Be About it

Melanie Martinez • indie, pop • Handsome Ghost

“Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go, / Will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know, / Chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I, / Feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel” Just like this cry baby, once you hear Melanie Martinez's sweet voice and haunting lyrics you'll be glued to your spot…
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Courtesy of She Wants Revenge's Facebook

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Oct 29)

They Want to Hold you Close

She Wants Revenge • gothic revival, dark wave, post punk • The Dig

The perfect music for a break ups and dark nights comes from a California based rock band She Wants Revenge. Recently featured in American Horror Story: Hotel in a tantalizing scene with Lady Gaga. Don't break your own heart by not seeing their 10 year anniversary show at the El Rey Theater on Oct. 29. The bands dark hypnotic sound can be heard for only $20 starting at 7pm Saturday.
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