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 Aug 20 - 26, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

The King Is Dead, Long Live the King

Born Lester William Polsfuss in Waukesha, Wis., Les Paul had just turned 94 in June. He died on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009.

Les Paul’s solid-body electric guitar started as the basement tinkering of a gifted musician. Where it led was rock and roll as we know it—and the foundation of innumerable permutations we haven’t gotten to yet. Even if you just look at the instrument and the ways its architect figured out how to play it—put aside, for a moment, the game-changing recording processes he pioneered like multitracking, overdub or delay—without Les Paul’s innovations in design and technique, the Book of Rock would have scant few pages and not much of an alphabet. The Edison of amplified music is gone. But because of Les Paul, rock and roll will never die.

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From left: Kyle Crane, Paul Hansen, Katie Franich and Adam Sankowski of The Grownup Noise air their dirty laundry.
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The Grownup Noise

Being flipped off never felt so good

By Simon McCormack

When Boston's The Grownup Noise plays a show in Beantown, there's usually a solid turnout.

The fan base took about four years to fully cultivate. It began with family and friends, then strangers started taking notice. "When we first started, we would ask ourselves, Do they really like it, or are they just being nice?" singer and guitarist Paul Hansen recalls. "It's gotten to the point where a lot of them tend to be people we don't know. So, unless everyone's just being really nice, they actually like us."

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Flyer on the Wall

Odd Birds

Outsider insiders Occasional Detroit, The Scrams, The Hollow Lines, Dread and DJ Caterwaul raise a pluralist ruckus at 1kind Studios (1016 Coal SW, all-ages) on Friday, Aug. 21. 8:30 p.m. $6. (Laura Marrich)

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48th & Pixel, Phoenix

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Shake, Shimmy and Support Sexy Stripping

Mayo Lua de Frenchie's Golden Legends Variety Show • burlesque, comedy

By Rini Grammer
Tap your way over to the local Downtown tavern Sister this Sunday, July 30, to support Albuquerque's very own nationally renowned burlesque dancer, Mayo Lua de Frenchie. For just $10 (and tips for the performers!), you can watch the best of the best local entertainers perform in Mayo Lua de Frenchie's Golden Legends Variety Show Fundraiser to support of Frenchie, who is a top contender for the Golden Legends Champion Challenge. Come for the sideshows, stay for the stripping … and comedians, live music, dancing, drag and more!
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Looney for Rooney

Rooney • indie • Run River North • folk rock

By Adam Wood
There is a striking absence of good rock music on the airwaves today. We have passed the glory days when kids and adults alike bonded over a couple of guitars and a drumset, as new heads try their hand at the more accessible sounds of electronic music and rap. There are those of us, however, who have not forgotten the thrill of playing air guitar and belting along to your favorite song. In his efforts to reaccess this primal energy, Robert Schwartzman—the mastermind behind the once-upon-a-time inescapable worm of a tune “Where Did Your Heart Go Missing”—has reformed his band Rooney. Armed with the upbeat verve of power pop and teeming with inspiration from British Invasion rock, Rooney will be bringing their revival efforts to Launchpad this Tuesday, Aug. 1. The opening performance at this 13+ show will be provided by the somehow simultaneously buoyant and melancholy indie jams of Run River North. The cost to share in the spirit and enthusiasm of revitalized musicians will be a mere $17, so don’t miss out!
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