Music to Your Ears
By Mel Minter
World Premiere: Rahim Alhaj’s “Fly Away”
Albuquerque composer and virtuosic oudist Rahim Alhaj calls his newest composition, “Fly Away,” an unusual piece. Its instrumentation—oud and four guitars, including a six-string contrabass—isn’t exactly common on the chamber music scene.
The reluctant King of Newgrass
By Simon McCormack
Sam Bush says he’s still learning to play the mandolin.
Flyer on the Wall
Viva El Paso
Jon Little (ex-Ant Farmers) curates a tangle of El Paso's finest bands: Mexicans at Night, The Lusitania, Frontrange and, of course, Jon Little as himself. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Atomic Cantina (21+, free). (LM)
My Dear Disco Dancethink LP · Kevin Rudolf In The City · Ladyfinger (ne) Dusk
My Dear Disco is addicted to dance-ahol. It can't just take a shot of ethereal disco hooks and shoot some pool with friends. No, it grabs a bottle of Dance Punk-brand whiskey and gulps it down before anyone can tell the Ann Arbor septet to slow down. Creative flourishes like funk guitar and time signature free-for-alls keep the album from becoming too superficial. But at the end of the day, the synth jams aren't especially cerebral. Dancethink LP belongs in a club, not a living room. If you're going to listen to it sans-party, crank the volume and enjoy a cocktail with this collection of hyperactive tracks. (SM)
Kurt Travis • alternative rock • Eidola • Amarrionette
By Megan Reneau
I love Kurt Travis ... I said it! I don't regret it, either! (Well, I actually hardly know the man—i.e. not at all—I just love his music.) I know you won't regret seeing him…
Jenna Dunlap • singer-songwriter • Keith Sanchez & the Moon Thieves • folk
By August March
I read a recent review that said Jenna Dunlap's debut recording was “sweet,” with “wistful vocals.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Dunlap—who was recorded by Cinder Cone Media's wizard of an engineer Howard Wulkan for her first studio outing, Out of My Head—is dynamic and thoughtful, with a rumbling, tumbling vocal nuance and muscular musical style…
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Jenna Dunlap • singer-