Alibi V.14 No.18 • May 5-11, 2005 

Music to Your Ears

"The most important thing for me is that I make sure I am always in an uncomfortable place musically."

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Music Magnified

Graves At Sea

with YOB, Spiritu and Black Maria

Tuesday, May 10; Burt's Tiki Lounge (21 and over): The last time these guys were in town, myself and only two or three other brave souls were at the Atomic Cantina to witness the show. As soon as Graves at Sea took the stage, the majority of the Atomic's regulars fled next door to Burt's Tiki Lounge in horror. I was actually at Burt's at the time when I heard the rumble next door. I saw some girls walking in, holding their hands over their ears, bitching about this horrible metal band. So I just had to go over to Atomic and see what all the fuss was about. What I discovered was Graves at Sea, one of the heaviest, evilest, darkest, doom-metal bands I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I went home that night, pissed at myself for not buying a CD, trying to Google something about them with no luck. So I'm glad to hear they'll be back in town, even after such a weak turnout last year. If you are a fan of the heaviest of the heavy, be sure to make it to Burt's Tiki Lounge this Tuesday for a night of rock that is sure to leave your ears ringing the next day. The free show starts at 10 p.m.

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Sonic Reducer

Charmed Beautifully Twisted (self released)

Charmed has the ability to transport their audience to a mystical fantasy land. A combination of Loreena McKennitt and Sinead O'Connor, this duo creates the kind of music you might listen to while lighting candles and casting spells. Local musicians Bambi Jackson and Alicia Ultan have earth-moving voices, but fail to unleash all the magic that is locked up inside them. Ah, the things these women could do with their voices if the music were more versatile. Although Beautifully Twisted delivers some lovely songs, the album would be spellbinding if more ingredients were added into the cauldron. The pair will host a CD release party at Relaxations Coffee and Oxygen Bar (11601 Montgomery NE) on Saturday, May 14, 7 to 10 p.m. No cover.

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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats who've made their mark in the music world with a febrile and spooky glitchiness that has outlasted any names critics might apply in favor of an honestly, intimidatingly pure exploration of sounds that make humans dance and rejoice as they swirl around the very noisy and icy maelstrom of life and death. Ethan Kath and Edith Frances, AKA Crystal Castles, perform live in Burque on Thursday, Oct. 19. Viewed as an opportunity to joyfully and ferociously embrace the void, this ought to be a damn good show, but don't blame me if you can't remember your name afterwards.
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. With a retinue of classic, upbeat jams like “Monkey Murders,” “Spar Wid Me” and “Save It for Later,” the band's touring the states again, impressing OG ska lovers as well as the next generation of horn-crazy youth with their combination of crazy stage antics and terrific tuneage. You can catch the outfit live here at the Duke City on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic El Rey Theatre, but don't worry you don't need checkerboard pants or a smart little hat to enjoy this gig—just make sure those great big feet of yours are rested and ready to dance.
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