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 Dec 20 - 26, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

Deck the Halls with Tattooed Christians

Is there any better way to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus than attending church? Of course not. ... Unless that church is hosting some kind of charitable event for needy children. And there's also progressive rock involved.

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Brigman brings on the flood.

Spotlight

Father of the Flood

Weather event or concert?

By Marisa Demarco

The first time I saw Father of the Flood, his slow-morphing tones vibrated the art off The Stove's walls. Some of the audience ran from work to work, pulling glass-enclosed pieces down before the chest-rattling low end could cause them to leap to their doom. Then we sat and felt the notes thundering from four 15-inch speakers into our bodies. When the flood was over, I had no idea how much time had passed. Was the set five minutes long or 30?

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Spotlight

The Lotus Sound

Label of Love

By Marisa Demarco

Father of the Flood is putting out his first CD on Dec. 18 through The Lotus Sound, a label run by Mike D'Elia. The label's been around for a decade, though for a large portion of that it was in hiatus while D'Elia got Astro-Zombies, his Nob Hill collectible toy and comic shop, off the ground.

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Brandon and Ethan

Wax Tracks

DJs Brandon and Ethan's Last Show and CD Release Party

Electro-dance duo sets the crowd on fire one last time

By Simon McCormack

DJs Brandon (Sciarrotta) and Ethan (Moya) believe the paradigm of indie electro music is shifting. The days when the genre consisted of a small, pretentious group of know-it-all technophiles have disappeared. Now crowd satisfaction is the new MO.

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Flyer on the Wall

Seen and Heard

You’ve ogled the calendar, now get an earful of the 2008 New Mexico Rocks! calendar pinups. The NMR! bands will release their compilation CD at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (21+, free) and Atomic Cantina (21+, free) this Friday, Dec. 21. Proceeds from the calendar and companion CD benefit APS music education. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Jeff "Tain" Watts presents Tain and the Ebonix Folk's Songs · Various Artists Kitsuné Maison Compilation 4 · Wyclef Jean Carnival Vol. II: Memoirs of an Immigrant

Drummer Tain Watts plays with an ecstatic but measured polyrhythmic intensity that can be lightened to a caress as needed, animating his urbane compositions with irresistible grooves and juicy street-smarts—now hip, now impish, now cheeky. (You can dress him in a tux, but there’s always a tasty whiff of barbecue.) Marcus Strickland (tenor and soprano sax), Christian McBride (bass) and David Kikoski (pianoforte, and extremely keen rhythmic sense), plus occasional guests, move energetically through seven originals, two from Keith Jarrett, one from the late Kenny Kirkland, covering mainstream territory from ballads to blues, dense modern harmonics to Gospel-tinged reflections. (MM)

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

'A Lot About Living'

Alan Jackson • country

By Joshua Lee
As Ludwig von Beethoven once said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” Those words still carry weight, even now: a thousand years later. And you'll find no better example than the incomparable Alan Jackson, whose voice and countenance rival those of the gods, as though he were hewn from the heart of the sun itself. His honky tonk tunes are swords of righteous terror and beauty which melt the eardrums…
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Chrome Sparks Courtesy of Landon Speers
Landon Speers

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

Desert Sound

Chrome Sparks • electronic, indie pop

By Joshua Lee
So Chrome Sparks apparently has a few hours open in his schedule to visit ABQ—somewhere in between juggling his gajillion other projects and fulfilling his role as busiest spacey electro-pop composer on the planet. New Mexico seems like the perfect place for those wide-open, expansive tunes of his…
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 3)

Two i's Are Better Than One

Miike Snow • indie, electro-pop

By Monica Schmitt
"I change shapes just to hide in this place, but I'm sure not going to hide from this concert." Ladies and gents, I am happy to report that Miike Snow, the Swedish electro-pop band of your dreams, will be performing at our very own Historic El Rey Theater. Imagine Alt-J and Dan Black created a musically inclined love child…
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 5)

Tome-ate-o, Tom-ato

Andrew Jackson Jihad • folk-punk • Diners • surf, indie rock • Kepi Ghoulie • punk folk

By Peter Karlsen
Once upon a time, back in 2004, in the distant land of Arizona, there was born a folk-punk band by the name of Andrew Jackson Jihad. It was a mouthful, so they decided to go by the acronym AJJ. Then they decided to formally change their name to that. Soon they'll be at the Launchpad. People in this town like to shit on the folk-punkers, but fuck those jerks…
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