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 Feb 21 - 27, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

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

By Simon McCormack

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

By Simon McCormack

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

By Mel Minter

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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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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