Alibi V.18 No.6 • Feb 5-11, 2009 
Handmade Warehouse 508 support posters crowded a January City Council meeting.

Music to Your Ears

The Beat Goes On

The Warehouse 508 crew is ramping up for a month of rhythm. Despite battles over arts funding at City Hall, February will see a couple of music and poetry events sponsored by the youth-led organization.

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Curbside with red-haired Dom Maresco and the other Supervillains
Chris Miller

Spotlight

The Supervillains

Your friend’s ska band sounds like shit

The evildoers in The Supervillains love ska—or at least they used to.

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Flyer on the Wall

Dancing in the Moonlight

Billa and Dave 12 present "A Boogie Affair: 5 ... 6 ... 7 ... 8,” featuring house music and your butt. From 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Feb. 6, at the Moonlight Lounge (120 Central NW). 21+, $3. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Cotton Jones Paranoid Cocoon · John Frusciante The Empyrean

If you feel a little down in the dumps, be thankful you don’t have it as bad as Cotton Jones singer-songwriter Michael Nau. The brainchild behind the now defunct folk-pop group Page France just can’t shake the deep-seated misery. Cotton Jones likes to ride three chords until they’re begging for a breather. But the Rhodes organ and twangy alt.country guitar craft such an appealing atmosphere that variety needn’t enter into the equation. The convivial backing vocals of Whitney McGraw help to mitigate the morose lyrical imagery. There’s no doubt Nau’s felt an abundance of pain, but he channels it into cathartic, droning gems. (SM)

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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats who've made their mark in the music world with a febrile and spooky glitchiness that has outlasted any names critics might apply in favor of an honestly, intimidatingly pure exploration of sounds that make humans dance and rejoice as they swirl around the very noisy and icy maelstrom of life and death. Ethan Kath and Edith Frances, AKA Crystal Castles, perform live in Burque on Thursday, Oct. 19. Viewed as an opportunity to joyfully and ferociously embrace the void, this ought to be a damn good show, but don't blame me if you can't remember your name afterwards.
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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. With a retinue of classic, upbeat jams like “Monkey Murders,” “Spar Wid Me” and “Save It for Later,” the band's touring the states again, impressing OG ska lovers as well as the next generation of horn-crazy youth with their combination of crazy stage antics and terrific tuneage. You can catch the outfit live here at the Duke City on Sunday, Oct. 22, at the Historic El Rey Theatre, but don't worry you don't need checkerboard pants or a smart little hat to enjoy this gig—just make sure those great big feet of yours are rested and ready to dance.
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