Alibi V.17 No.16 • April 17-23, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Dueling Drops

Allergies and competing CD releases mean spring's finally returned to Albuquerque. If you're itching for fresh local albums, relief is coming your way this Friday, April 18. Can't help with the rapid-fire sneezing, though. Sorry.

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Flyer on the Wall

Lip Foliage

Toddy T. Bones, mustachioed ruffian extraordinaire, hosts his one-millionth annual Mustache Party this Friday at Atomic Cantina (21+). The Revenge, Black Maria, Icky and the Yuks, Scenester and Don Yancey will serenade itchy labra all night long. No chinstraps, please. (LM)

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The master in action: Zakir Hussain

Jazzed

Zakir Hussain’s Masters of Percussion

Troupe offers rare chance to hear classical and folk music of India played by revered performers

In the United States, tabla master Zakir Hussain may be better known for his groundbreaking work in the World Music groups Shakti and Planet Drum, not to mention his wide-ranging collaborations with musicians as diverse as George Harrison and Charles Lloyd. In his native India, however, he is revered as a performer of his country’s ancient and extraordinarily complex classical repertoire.

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Sonic Reducer

Foals Antidotes · Obsolete Heart ... and the Devil Makes Three · Tokyo Police Club Elephant Shell

Ferocious and unrelenting hooks tweaked with synth, cymbal crashes and sax keep Antidotes from getting tossed onto the pile of one-trick dance-punk LPs. The five-piece out of Oxford, England, seems hell-bent on proving it can do more than just work a club into a frenzy. Foals makes sure there are some floating-above-the-clouds atmospheric tracks thrown in with the up-tempo numbers, which are still the band’s stronger suit. This is a young group, and it seems anxious to break out of the math-rock bubble. But for now, Antidotes is only comfortable dipping its toe into the multi-genre pool. (SM)

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Stephen and Janet (foreground) and the rest of the Jicks

Show Up!

Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

A band of old friends with an "awful good guitar player"

Drummer Janet Weiss speaks matter-of-factly about why she joined Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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