Music to Your Ears
By Jessica Cassyle Carr
The Porter Draw Grows a Really Terrific Beard (and Releases Its First Album)
This week, Albuquerque’s The Porter Draw celebrates its first recording. Trouble sometimes races, is sometimes slow and measured, is always at least a little forlorn. The album is a cross-country journey marked by excellent playing, refined harmonies and run-ins with the law. Formed in the summer of ’07 as a three piece, The Porter Draw is now comprised of Ben Wood, Josh Gingerich, Vince Edgerton, Russell Pyle and Mojo Atzberger. The bluegrass-y quintet, named after a Colorado off-ramp, e-mailed us answers to a few questions.
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On a super crazy mission to eat your smile
By Simon McCormack
Few bands combine karaoke parties, bowling, wrestling moves and piggyback rides into an hour-long set. But that’s just how they do it on planet Peelander.
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Keep the Music Going
Top local musicians come to the rescue as the Outpost hosts five benefit concerts
By Mel Minter
A few weeks back, Tom Guralnick, executive director and resident visionary at the Outpost, was onstage introducing David Sánchez when he mentioned that the internationally recognized saxophonist had appeared at the Outpost previously. He couldn’t remember when, though.
Flyer on the Wall
Cast Thine Eyes Downward and Gaze Upon Thy Feet
Aristeia injects Amped (4200 Lomas NE) with a dose of Portland experimental shoegaze on Saturday, March 28. Locals Poema, Shekinah and Authors & Illustrator bring the rubbing alcohol. The show’s $3 and all-ages as ever. (Laura Marrich)
Handsome Furs Face Control · Jeff "Tain" Watts Watts · Buddy & Julie Miller Written In Chalk
The personnel tells you pretty much what you need to know: This is some smoking contemporary jazz. The flamboyantly emotional trumpet of Terence Blanchard and the sly, operatic saxophones of Branford Marsalis bring a dash of Crescent City savoir-faire to the proceedings, and the huge, percussive bass of Christian McBride keeps it all from flying away. Then there’s drummer/composer Watts, whose 10 original compositions range from easy-grooving country funk to screaming post-bop burners edged with humor, and whose drumming ... well, it’s a wonder and it’s right up front. Pianist Lawrence Fields guests on one poignant ballad. (MM)
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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