Alibi V.21 No.20 • May 17-23, 2012 

Aural Fixation

Summertime

A playlist slathered in SPF 50

The first day of summer officially arrives on June 20. But with school being out and temperatures reaching into the upper ’80s, it’s as good as here. Assuming the moth army retreats from our corner of the world some point soon, I expect the next 12 weeks or so to be the finest of the year. Here are 15 hot tracks to go with it. Listen here.

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Sonic Reducer

The Cult Choice of Weapon · Lemonade Diver · The Cribs In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull

This week we listened to The Cribs, The Cult and Lemonade.

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Flyer on the Wall

Dang!

On Saturday, May 19, local punk band Stabbed In Back commemorates the release of “New States.” The 7-inch split with New Jersey act The Scandals, out on Dang! Records, is SIB’s first release in six years. The free show, happening at Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW), will be supported by Ghost Circles, Molat The Tank and Houston’s the Latch Key Kids. Buy your copy of the split at dangrecordsmusic.com. (JCC)

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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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