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 Dec 17 - 23, 2009 
Rahim AlHaj, posed with an item included in “Stringed Instrument Match Up” in this week’s feature.

Music to Your Ears

New Honors for Oudist Rahim AlHaj

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“It’s true, I’m working my ass off,” says Iraqi oudist Rahim AlHaj, on the phone from his Albuquerque home, “composing music and commissioning music and making the oud recognizable with all these remarkable musicians, plus my practice time, which is six to eight hours a day.”

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Winner!

They Are the Champions

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Last week, to coincide with my review of Queen: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Crown Kings of Rock by Phil Sutcliffe (Voyageur Press, hardcover, $40), I implored readers to compose a riddle about Queen or homosexuality in rock for a chance to win a copy of this fabulous book.

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Joshua Breakstone
Michael G. Stewart

Jazzed

Joshua Breakstone

Singing with six strings

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While Joshua Breakstone has been a guitarist since his early teens, cutting his teeth on Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa, his most profound influences have come from players of other instruments. The fluid lines of his improvisations have often been compared to those of a trumpeter or saxophonist, and when he cites Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown and Charlie Parker among his prime influences, the comparison comes into focus.

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Fast Heat Mart plays a show with a flock of seagulls.
Elyssa Paige

Sonic Cinema

Put Me on an Island

Fast Heart Mart’s New Zealand rockumentary premieres

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"We like reaching everybody—we like reaching people who don't necessarily expect it. At nightclubs and whatnot people are expecting a band and they either care or they don't care—they're just there to drink. But when you're out in the street, life is really going on around you," says Roblyn Crawford.

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Flyer on the Wall

Amalgamation

Drop into Black Market Goods Art Gallery (112 Morningside NE) on Saturday, Dec. 19, for the release of Holiday Sail’s debut album Amalgamation. Making up the bill is an array, or amalgamation, if you will, of talented acts including locals Ya Ya Boom, Animals In The Dark, Bat Wings for Lab Rats, Zoltan Orkestar and, of course, Holiday Sail. San Francisco’s Leopold and His Fiction also plays. The all-ages show begins at 7 p.m. and costs $3. Cute little teddy bears beware. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Sonic Reducer

AC/DC Backtracks

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While I thought “You Shook Me All Night Long” at full volume was the ultimate AC/DC experience, the folks behind this sonic novelty say Backtracks is, in fact, the utmost form of the fundamental Australian rock and roll band. The deluxe collector’s limited edition contains CDs, DVDs, a vinyl LP, a coffee table book, lithographs, a Bon Scott parrot tattoo replica and more, all boxed in a working guitar amplifier. The standard edition (seen here) involves less, but the still exciting contents include a disc of studio rarities, another filled with live rarities, a “Family Jewels Disc Three” DVD and a grip of bonus videos.

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Get Your Vamp On

Love Bites • Vampire Ball • goth, electro, industrial, '80s

By The Intern
       If putting on something dressy and all black is your forte, boy do we have an event for you. Effex Night Club's Alchemy Presents: Love Bites, A Vampire Ball is happening on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9pm. Prepare for a gory good time for just $2! Enter the raffle for $1 to sink your claws into a set of Kustom Fitted Fangs, Vampyre Tea Company's organic tea and more. Accompany your fellow vampires and goths for a night of '80s electro and EDM music. Show off your best goth looks in the costume contest to win sickening prizes, attract eager victims and dance the night away. 21+  
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Great EXXXpectations

The Open Bra • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • Miss Behavin • Burlesque improv competition • DJ CS Rucker • dance, house

By Maggie Grimason
            Work up your courage or down a few beers this Saturday, Feb. 24 at Duel Brewing and take the stage for the The Open Bra, a bi-monthly burlesque improv competition. Performers are assigned a song at the beginning of the evening, and then hit the stage to enchant the audience and judges Miss Behavin, Mayo Lua de Frenchie and Annie O'Roar. And hey, if you're too nervous to take a turn dancing, you still get to weigh in on runner-up and winner slots as a member of the kowtowing crowd. This free, 21+ doors at 8pm and the event begins at 9pm. Plan on staying late for a dance party afterwards.
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