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 V.17 No.24 | June 12 - 18, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

Where They Drop

When Darkness Falls, A New Defense (Mysteria Records)

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God-des (left) and She play New Mexico for the first time this Friday.

Spotlight

God-des and She

This hip-hop duo ain’t for suckas

Rap superstar Lil Wayne dominated the MTV countdown show TRL throughout May with the video for his song "Lollipop," which is not really about delicious candy.

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The Age of Rockets
Jenny O

Show Up!

The Age of Rockets

An orchestra in a one-bedroom apartment

Can something be intimate and enormous? Artificial and organic? Low-budget and extravagant? The Age of Rockets’ singer-songwriter Andrew Futral thinks so. But it takes time.

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Flyer on the Wall

Unbalanced Breakfast

Speakerwaffle serves its third helping of a.m. noise this Sunday, June 15, between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Specials include Fando, Pygmy Lush, Death Convention Singers, Tideland and a tall glass of The Future of Cheerleading. Bring $5 and a box of Lucky Charms to Stove (114 Morningside NE). (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes · Melvins Nude With Boots · Gavin Rossdale Wanderlust

Fleet Foxes' debut evokes wide-open spaces and adventures in the wilderness. When you’re finished cutting through vines of choral singing and sloshing through rivers of reverberating guitars, you realize the reward is in the journey. Sometimes ’70s Southern rock is the backdrop, while on other occasions, the band goes with a luscious soundscape of multipart harmonies. While it’s never disorienting, the record is completely devoid of a standard verse-chorus-verse structure, instead wafting from part to part like a feather falling to the ground. Fleet Foxes moves at an unhurried pace, but for a band that digs on atmosphere, things move along relatively quickly. (SM)

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Franks and Deans
Courtesy of the Artist

EVENT HORIZON (Thursday, Feb 23)

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. We'll it's 2017 and such has indeed come to pass. The name of the band is Franks and 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 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 Seven Hoods—that adds affable nuance to legendary, mid-century American popular music. Band members Rob DeTie, Pip Ullemeyer, Hoss and Arpee Sampson III 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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