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 Apr 2 - 8, 2009 

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EarWin VI

An interview with the Alibi's sixth Earwig playlist winner

By Laura Marrich

Screen Name: slumberjack

Real Name: Dylan Gauntt

Age: 25, Pisces

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Fantastic Merlins: perfectly spellbinding
Courtesey of Fantastic Merlins

Jazzed

Fantastic Merlins

Quartet follows where the music leads ... and finds magic

By Mel Minter

“This is the essence of magic, which does not create, but summons.” So said Franz Kafka in his diary, and so it might be said of the Fantastic Merlins’ approach to music.

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Tout à fait Dissard
A.T. Willett

Music Interview

Marianne Dissard

Love and trust

By Simon McCormack

Marianne Dissard was born in a small village in the South of France.

When Dissard was 16, her dad secured a job in Arizona and moved the entire family over. Her parents went back to France a few years later, but Dissard stayed behind. She went to USC for film school, then she returned to Tucson to film a documentary on the local band Giant Sand. The group featured future Calexico frontman Joey Burns.

Dissard says she planned to move back to France for good after her film was finished, but romance intervened. While visiting Paris, she met a French musician who adored Tucson, and the two returned to the desert.

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Flyer on the Wall

Hardcore Appreciation Day

Say "thanks for thrashing" to Last Fifteen, The Scarlet Ruse, Dead Hours, Wasted Days, The Aventine Hill and Morgan Ching at Bleeding Eardrum (9201 Indian School NE) on Sunday, April 5, at 5 p.m. Presented by Warehouse 508. Free, all-ages. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Fever Ray Fever Ray · Black Randy and the Metrosquad Pass the Dust, I Think I'm Bowie · Rahim Alhaj & Amjad Ali Khan Ancient Sounds

When two masters collaborate, competing egos and agendas can undermine the work, but not on Ancient Sounds, where oud master Alhaj and sarod master Khan commit themselves to serve the music and one another. Their play together is so responsive and complementary that distinguishing who is who is occasionally challenging; as in some Navajo weavings, foreground and background shift continually, serving only to deepen your engagement and wonder. Ancient though the musical architecture may be, Ancient Sounds delivers a clear, eloquent, and moving message of compassion and beauty the modern world will do well to heed. (MM)

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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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