Alibi V.21 No.36 • Sept 6-12, 2012 
Drummer Trevor Anderies, pianist Rory Cowal, saxophonist Jon Armstrong and bassist Dave Tranchina

Jazzed

Mainstream Jazz for Aliens

Slumgum sweetens the mix at The Roost

True sensibility distinguishes the music of Slumgum, which includes Rory Cowal (piano), Dave Tranchina (bass) and Trevor Anderies (drums). Thoughtful and adventurous, the quartet makes the listener feel at home.

Jazzed Reducer

Albums with High Heat and Slow Curves

With the baseball season reaching its climax and the tomato plants demanding attention, it gets harder to find time for music. Nonetheless, a few albums in a variety of jazz genres have snuck past late-inning heroics and the tomato hornworms, and into the rotation this summer.

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Music to Your Ears

Rock (and Otherwise) Around Town

What's happening this week in the sonic realms of New Mexico? Below is a compilation of potentially amazing shows to take in around our region—from Chicano rock to hair metal to electropop.

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Flyer on the Wall

Black Hand

Beware The Great Depression, Techtonic Movement, Pumpin’ For Jill, Billy Bellmont and Anna Mall. These five acts perform at the Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 9:30 p.m. Admission to the 21-and-over show is $4. (JCC)

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Searching for Something

¡Mayday! • Demrick • DJ Stigmata • Septicemia Records • rap, hip-hop

I’m not sure that the concept of “genre” is really relevant anymore in the realm of music. The days of “pure” music are long gone, and while this might leave some “old-heads” grumbling over message boards about the loss of “real rap” or “real jazz,” I think that for the most part this is a good thing. The possibilities are more abundant than ever before as artists dip their fingers in any number of genres and traditions. ¡MAYDAY! is one group embracing this diversity in their quest for success, with dual emcees Wrekonize and Bernz backed by a full band as they delve into the worlds of rap, rock, reggae, pop and more. With the industry experience of Tech N9ne and his Strange Music label behind them, the Miami-based group boasts a live show that is fast, fun and furious. As part of their promotion for upcoming album Search Party, the group will be bringing that energy on Wednesday, Aug. 23, to Launchpad, the perfect venue to witness their smooth, quickfire wordplay shine alongside an impressive and eclectic array of instrumentals and some silkily-sung hooks. Tickets for this 13+ show run a meager $13, making this a show that the youngest and oldest of us alike can attend and enjoy. 
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