Alibi V.23 No.39 • Sept 25-Oct 1, 2014 

Show Up!

Bird Is the Word

Four flight-ready concerts to fuel your fall

From fuzz to pop-punk and beyond, Show Up! delivers deets on four concerts you shouldn’t miss this week.

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Get Lit

Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

New bio explores fallen rock star’s life and death

Journalist Paul Trynka’s latest bio, Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones, examines the existentence of a talented, tortured multi-instrumentalist.

Sonic Reducer

My Brightest Diamond This Is My Hand · Perfume Genius Too Bright · Purling Hiss Weirdon

This week we listened to new releases from My Brightest Diamond, Perfume Genius and Purling Hiss. Now with A/V!
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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 …
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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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