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 Nov 6 - 12, 2008 

Music to Your Ears

By Laura Marrich

Brian May Is an Astrophysicist

It shocks the rock and scientific communities to no end, but it's true. Besides originating the butter-smooth guitar licks that were as central to Queen's success as Freddie Mercury's vocal cords and unitards, Brian May is an astrophysicist. He had graduated with a bachelor of science (with honors) in physics at Imperial College London and was halfway through a PhD program (area of concentration: the velocity of space dust) when Queen blasted into a solar system all its own. May put down his thesis in favor of a guitar and didn't return to science for another three decades. He finally picked up that doctorate in May 2008. Wikipedia says an asteroid was promptly named after him: 52665 Brianmay.

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Noelan (left), Billy and Dan contemplate holiday cinema.
Eric Williams


The Bellemah Bus

Next stop: CD release party

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

A year ago this month, Billy Bellmont—namesake and auteur of defunct rock band The Bellmont—and Dan Dinning formed the loungy, acoustic, indie operation known as Bellemah. Like barnacles on a ship (or perhaps goatheads on a shoe), the band amassed seven members, then lost four, due mostly to time constraints. Now only Billy, Dan and Noelan Ramirez remain. Some days ago over coffee, Billy, Dan and I sat down for a chat. We laughed. We cried. We talked about Tom Waits. Below is a sample of our time together.

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John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet


John Hollenbeck’s Claudia Quintet

Composer’s genre-blind music gently breaks new ground

By Mel Minter

Drummer/composer John Hollenbeck admits to being a “mixtape guy.” As a kid, he’d raid his brother’s record collection to create tapes featuring a wide range of music—from symphonic works to jazz to R&B and back again.

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Sonic Reducer

Keane Perfect Symmetry · The Sound of Animals Fighting The Ocean and the Sun · Eagles of Death Metal Heart On

Whether Perfect Symmetry provides instant glee or a splitting headache depends on how much you like alt.piano rock with a glob of synthesizer. If that sounds even remotely enjoyable, Perfect Symmetry is a surefire cure for the weepies. Keane is able to write lengthy ballads that don’t wear on your patience as easily as quick, punchy morning-starters. Piano is always the main course, and you never get more than a taste of drums or a sliver of guitar. Perfect Symmetry is more new-wave obsessed than Keane’s previous two releases, but it doesn’t slip into sulkiness. The group has become comfortable with its epic yet scaled-back songsmanship, and the water’s perfect if you feel like a swim. (SM)

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Flyer on the Wall

Ice Cold

Pale Young Gentlemen (Madison, Wis.), Small Flightless Birds and Back by October are cooler than cool this Thursday, Nov. 6, at Amped Performance Center (4200 Lomas NE). The 7 p.m. show is $5 and all-ages. (LM)

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Courtesy of Innastate

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Oct 21)

Stand Up and Be Counted

We Stand With Standing Rock Benefit • InnaState • rock • The Riddims • roots, reggae • Definition Rare • Clara Natonabah • Lyla June Johnson • K. Benally & LetsJusB • LetsJusB

By Maggie Grimason
Showing your solidarity with everyone protesting at Standing Rock is as easy as heading to the Launchpad this Friday, Oct. 21. The doors of the storied venue swing open at 8pm; soon after the likes of Definition Rare, Innastate, Clara Natonabah and The Riddims, along with other performers and speakers will take the stage…
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Melanie Martinez
Courtesy of Melanie Martinez's Facebook

EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 24)

Don't Cry About it, Be About it

Melanie Martinez • indie, pop • Handsome Ghost

By Megan Reneau
“Round and round like a horse on a carousel, we go, / Will I catch up to love? I could never tell, I know, / Chasing after you is like a fairytale, but I, / Feel like I'm glued on tight to this carousel” Just like this cry baby, once you hear Melanie Martinez's sweet voice and haunting lyrics you'll be glued to your spot…
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