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 V.17 No.8 | February 21 - 27, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Battle in the Weeds

Since there's no Best Band in Rio Rancho category in this year's Best of Burque poll, it's up to bands in The R to duke it out themselves for scene supremacy. (I'm starting a grassroots campaign to re-brand Rio Rancho "The R." It's just as tacky and insipid as paying a PR firm to christen Albuquerque "The Q," and if people in The Q have to suffer, everyone else should, too. While we're at it, join me in reducing New Mexico to one "colorful" and buzz-generating letter, "The X." Maybe we can trick Jessica Alba into coming back to the most mysterious state in The USA.)

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Where’s the Game Boy?

Spotlight

Bud Melvin

Game Boy with a twang

Bud Melvin is going to South by Southwest (SXSW) to play Game Boy—sort of.

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Colourmusic soaks up inspiration.

Show Up!

Colourmusic

Exactly that

In 2005, Colourmusic's Ryan Hendrix and Nick Turner found a way to overcome the pressure of starting a new band.

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Flyer on the Wall

Nuff Said

Follow the black Sharpie to the Launchpad on Wednesday, Feb. 27, for a bitchin’ over-21 show with Lions from Austin, Texas. SuperGiant and The Dirty Novels are the hometown support. $4. (LM)

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Cellist and Church of Beethoven "Pastor" Felix Wurman during a Sunday morning concert.
Tina Larkin

On the Scene

The Church of Beethoven

Free coffee, intimate space and seat-of-the-pants presentation make for a charming Sunday morning communion

Don’t bother looking for a steeple. Keep your eyes peeled, instead, for a yellowish surfboard with hand-lettered, coral-colored block capitals that read “B E E T H O V E N.”

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Sonic Reducer

The Ruby Suns Sea Lion · Speakeasy All Your New Favorite Songs · The Gutter Twins Saturnalia

Part hippie drum circle, part lo-fi psychedelia, The Ruby Suns have crafted an indie-pop record with a "world music" feel about it. The Ruby Suns' singer/songwriter Ryan McPhun is clearly enamored with the sounds he's come across while trotting the globe, but a part of him still likes the popular synth-enhanced genres from the States. Sometimes there are too many instruments in play and the banging and clanging starts to grate. Still, Sea Lion keeps you guessing and the surprises are usually pleasant. (SM)

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

Buoyant and Rambling

Franks & Deans • punk rock, rock 'n' roll • Shrewd • Punctured Muffler • Silent Crush • metal

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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