Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
Rahim's a Grammy Hopeful
Iraquerque oudist and composer Rahim Alhaj is up for a Grammy! Alhaj's nomination was announced toward the end of 2007, but you'll have to tune in to the 50th Grammy Awards (which aren't being picketed by the Writers Guild) to find out if our homeboy wins. It's airing on CBS (or "Channel 13" to you and me) this Sunday, Feb. 10. The album of the hour is When The Soul Is Settled: Music Of Iraq, 73 minutes of music Alhaj recorded with tabla master Souhail Kaspar (the tabla is a hand drum that's sort of shaped like an hourglass—you've seen them before). Look for it on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings label. Good luck, Rahim!
From “Mellow Yellow” to Transcendental Meditation with David Lynch
By Simon McCormack
It’s been more than 40 years since Donovan Phillips Leitch was riding the wave of “Mellow Yellow” and 11 other top 40 smashes.
Psychobilly sultan has nothing but love for Burque
By Simon McCormack
Tiger Army hasn’t had a lot of time to catch its breath.
Flyer on the Wall
OK, the hockey mask and KFC bucket “hat” are completely annoying and gimmicky, but you can’t deny Buckethead’s prowess with an electric guitar. See No. 8 on Guitar One magazine’s "Top 10 Greatest Guitar Shredders of All Time" list at the Sunshine this Sunday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. Marsupious opens. Tickets are $20 at sunshinetheaterlive.com. (LM)
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath · Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static
Aside from stories of an ancient Ouija board, missing fragments of the album and a spiritual medium playing catalyst, Mars Volta guitarist and ringleader Omar Rodríguez-López wasn’t joking around when he got to work on The Bedlam in Goliath. It hits heavy from beginning to end. That's not always a good thing—like other TMV albums, there's an arrangement of confusion that can be difficult, if not daunting, to grasp the first time through. Since the second time around, I haven't been able to pry my ears away from the stereo. (JH)
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Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal
By August March
At some point during the progression of meta-ultra-postmodernism, it was only natural that a band covering Rat Pack tunes revisioned as rambling ska paeans or blisteringly buoyant punk anthems based on the imbibing and love-making habits of dudes like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin would rise from the rocanrol cauldron. Well it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks & Deans. They've succeeded by inflecting the sweepingly romantic, sometimes melancholy and nearly always self-referential ditties of these post-war, pre-rock vocal heroes with good-natured rhythms and danceable guitar leads—as well as an updated fashion sense that seems to borrow more from ZZ Top's summer style guide than from Robin and the 7 Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Mike "Pip" Ullemeyer, Hoss and Sampson await your indulgence at Low Spirits on Thursday, Feb. 23, and the admission price of $5 sure as heck beats dropping “Three Coins in the Fountain.”
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