Alibi V.16 No.50 • Dec 13-19, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

Fat Ladies in Helmets

Peter Gelb has transformed New York's Metropolitan Opera since becoming general manager in the summer of 2006. His goal is broadening the opera house's audience, trimming down opera's overstuffed pomp and replacing it with populist circumstance. Basically, he wants regular people like us to enjoy opera again.

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Leah Black is amped about unplugging.

On the Scene

Leah Black and Friends

Acoustic jams from electric performers

As someone whose music is sometimes not taken seriously because of her day job, it makes sense that 93.3 KOB FM DJ Leah Black wants people's hidden talents to shine. Black has gathered up four musicians who made names for themselves with amplified guitars and asked them to strip it down for an evening. From her experiences in her rock/soul pop band, Black has seen the highs and lows of being an acoustic performer, who thrives on the vulnerability of being without electricity. Black talked to the Alibi about being naked on stage.

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Greg Ruggiero and his guitar

Jazzed

Greg Ruggiero’s Balance

Albuquerque native returns to celebrate release of new CD

Warm and liquid, the music of jazz guitarist Greg Ruggiero slides into the ear so easily, you don’t notice until it’s already had its way with you. The first signs include a slowing of the breath, a relaxed attentiveness and a heightened awareness of one’s blessings.

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Flyer on the Wall

Let It Show

So the weather outside is frightful? Caustic Lye, Mechanism of Eve, Someday and Scarless are delightful this Sunday at the Launchpad. $7 (all-ages), $5 (21+). (LM)

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Thanks for the Jewel Case

Down With Christmas

A selection of the Christmas albums we received this year, all of which fill us with urges to stab each other with sharpened candy canes

Michael Bolton A Swingin' Christmas (Concord Records)

Whether you're having problems with money, family, food, Jesus or Christmas in general, those minor issues will all be eclipsed if you happen upon this agonizing Michael Bolton album. Not only are these songs awful, they're crooned by one of the most horrid musical demons of our time. This Christmas, your troubles are of a Michael Bolton nature. (JCC)

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Sonic Reducer

Rat Wakes Red Energy Garage · Gray Beast The Album That Killed Its Parents · Various Artists Tango Around The World

If a band releases an EP slightly longer than a commercial break, each song had better be pretty spectacular. Unfortunately, indie-pop group Rat Wakes Red only hits it out of the park once in four tries. The title track is a murky, slow but satisfying folk tune that thrives on layered melodies and graceful melancholy. The other three lack the refinements of Energy Garage and come off as whiney, ho-hum attempts at catchy alt.pop. It's worth a trip to the iTunes store to grab the record's one success, but anything further is ill-advised. (SM)

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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

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

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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