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 V.18 No.16 | April 16 - 22, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

Scores of Scores

The New Mexico film industry's proverbial belt gets another notch punched in it this week, but it's not what you'll see that's making the state proud—it's what you'll hear. Albuquerque musician Tom Monahan composed the score for Fat Head, a nationally released docu-comedy starring, written and directed by Tom Naughton. The film is a direct challenge to Morgan Spurlock's 2004 Super Size Me (and, indirectly, an homage to Subway's "Jared" ad campaign). It follows Naughton as he eats nothing but fast food for 28 days and loses weight.

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Watt, front and center, with The Missingmen

Spotlight

Mike Watt

Ex-Minuteman ponders mortality while practicing an opera

Punk institution Mike Watt considered a lot of influences in designing his third rock opera: Walt Whitman, The Wizard of Oz, Watt’s own past recordings, “jackalopes and shit.”

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Loueke’s always on the lookout for inspiration.
Courtesey of Lionel Loueke

Jazzed

Lionel Loueke Trio

African-inflected guitar and telepathy

Blending simple, beautiful African melodies with forward-looking harmonies, a deep groove and an unusually percussive repertoire of vocalizations, guitarist Lionel Loueke has quickly captured the imagination of jazz audiences. He’s also won the respect of some of its biggest heavyweights, including Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

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Flyer on the Wall

Gypsy, Be Good

Sleestaks, Dead On Point Five, Bat Wings for Lab Rats (featuring Rob of Holiday Sail) and Dynamite Kegs (from Cruces) rock the Launchpad on Thursday, April 16. The Gypsy Queens, a lady gang of inked Good Samaritans, will make a special appearance to raise awareness for Walk MS, coming up on Saturday, April 18, at Tiguex Park. The show is 21+, cover TBA. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Yeah Yeah Yeahs It's Blitz! · The Thermals Now We Can See · Death Cab For Cutie "The Open Door EP"

The band that helped bring New York rock back from the dead has decided it wants to make new wave disco jams. It’s Blitz! proves the Yeah Yeah Yeahs can take a daring leap and land safely on the other side. The new format still carries the same high energy and adolescent volatility that characterizes the band’s previous two releases, but this record trades buzz guitar for synthesizer. Many groups change their stripes, but the result doesn’t pan out. Others keep their one trick going until fans eventually grow tired. The successful reinvention is the ultimate trick. It’s Blitz! pulls it off with grace. (SM)

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

'A Lot About Living'

Alan Jackson • country

As Ludwig von Beethoven once said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” Those words still carry weight, even now: a thousand years later. And you'll find no better example than the incomparable Alan Jackson, whose voice and countenance rival those of the gods, as though he were hewn from the heart of the sun itself. His honky tonk tunes are swords of righteous terror and beauty which melt the eardrums of devotees, lost in reverie as they bathe in the glorious golden ambiance of his mustache. He'll be playing live at the Sandia Resort & Casino on Friday, Sept. 30. Take a gander.
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Chrome Sparks Courtesy of Landon Speers
Landon Speers

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 30)

Desert Sound

Chrome Sparks • electronic, indie pop

So Chrome Sparks apparently has a few hours open in his schedule to visit ABQ—somewhere in between juggling his gajillion other projects and fulfilling his role as busiest spacey electro-pop composer on the planet. New Mexico seems like the perfect place for those wide-open, expansive tunes of his. Maybe someone can talk him into posting up in the middle of the desert next time. Sound carries further at night and can have a a really spooky resonance. Just saying. This Friday, Sept. 30, he'll be wowing the pants off of us at Sister Bar (which is indoors, unfortunately) starting at 9pm.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Oct 3)

Two i's Are Better Than One

Miike Snow • indie, electro-pop

"I change shapes just to hide in this place, but I'm sure not going to hide from this concert." Ladies and gents, I am happy to report that Miike Snow, the Swedish electro-pop band of your dreams, will be performing at our very own Historic El Rey Theater. Imagine Alt-J and Dan Black created a musically inclined love child. The result would be something like Miike Snow. If that's too foreign an analogy, you'll just have to listen for yourself at 7pm on Monday, Oct. 3. Tickets are just $25-$40 for all ages. The Mezzanine bar will be open for  folks 21+.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Oct 5)

Tome-ate-o, Tom-ato

Andrew Jackson Jihad • folk-punk • Diners • surf, indie rock • Kepi Ghoulie • punk folk

Once upon a time, back in 2004, in the distant land of Arizona, there was born a folk-punk band by the name of Andrew Jackson Jihad. It was a mouthful, so they decided to go by the acronym AJJ. Then they decided to formally change their name to that. Soon they'll be at the Launchpad. People in this town like to shit on the folk-punkers, but fuck those jerks. I already bought a ticket to this Launchpad show and I bet I'll be buying band merch, too. This kick-ass event starts at 8pm on Oct. 5.

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