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 V.17 No.43 | October 23 - 29, 2008 
Nick is awesome.
Pesya Shmigelsky

Music to Your Ears

EarWin

An interview with the Alibi's first-ever Earwig playlist winner

Screen Name: grunge
Real Name: Nicholas Venaglia
Age: 23, Capricorn
Day Job: Customer service/cashier
Night Job: Artist
Winning Earwig Mix: "feels like home"
Hear It At: alibi.com/earwig

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Stephane Wrembel

Spotlight

Un, Deux, Trois

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel takes Gypsy jazz on a wild and wonderful ride at the third annual New Mexico Django Fest

French guitarist Stephane Wrembel can almost play faster than ears can listen. Before the brain can really register every precisely filigreed ornamentation, every breathtaking swoop and swerve into unexpected territory, before it has time to involuntarily voice amazement, Wrembel is laying down another beautifully formed and emotionally ripe idea at light speed.

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Jaguar Love, from left: J. Clark (ex-Pretty Girls Make Graves), Johnny Whitney and Cody Votolato (both ex-The Blood Brothers)
Michael Lavine

Show Up!

Jaguar Love

It’s drivin’ me mad, it’s makin’ me crazy

Soon after Pretty Girls Make Graves and The Blood Brothers dissolved, Jaguar Love was formed.

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Sonic Reducer

Robin Thicke Something Else · Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty · The Sea and Cake Car Alarm

You’ve heard his hooks in Lil Wayne's tracks and possibly seen him fleetingly on episodes of "The Wonder Years" or "Growing Pains" when he was a kid. And, sure, Robin Thicke sounds an awful lot like Justin Timberlake or Usher. But it's because he’s produced and written for artists like them over the past six years—and won Grammy gold for it. He's been on the R&B sidelines for too long. Forgive me for cashing this saying, but Something Else screams "sexy," and it reminds me of what I felt the first time I listened to Marvin Gaye. No gimmicks, no club tracks—just a real artist with an authentic passion for making good songs. (JH)

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Flyer on the Wall

Acid Bath

Burt’s Tiki Lounge (free, 21+) takes a trip to Paranoid Delusionsville with Shoulder Voices, International Espionage, Whiting Tennis and The World on Fyre on Friday, Oct. 24. (LM)

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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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