Alibi V.18 No.3 • Jan 15-21, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

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.

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Music Interview

Sam Bush

The reluctant King of Newgrass

Sam Bush says he’s still learning to play the mandolin.

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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)

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Sonic Reducer

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)

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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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