Music to Your Ears
It's too easy to disparage New Mexico for its lack of youth-empowering, School of Rock-style summer camps like the one featured in Girls Rock! (read Marisa Demarco's film review, then see it at the Guild June 6 through 12). We've got music programs, all right, but they're, uh, not quite synced up with the iPod generation. Lord knows Hummingbird Music Camp would be a lot cooler if your counselors were Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney) and Beth Ditto (The Gossip). But—for now, at least—we just don't have those kinds of resources.
Sugar with a spoonful of E.E. Cummings
Can you sneak literary references into ear candy? Self-described power-pop four-piece Sweetness doesn’t see why not. You might be too busy nodding your head to notice, but the garage-anthem “Angry Candy” is a reference to a stanza in an E.E. Cummings poem. The American wordsmith isn’t the only literary figure alluded to on the sly. “I think you can have pop songs with interesting lyrics that go beyond, ‘I want to hold you until the day I die,’ ” says guitarist and English major Chente Rimorin. “The lyrics can be intellectual innuendos.”
Flyer on the Wall
Devil on Our Side is like a long road trip with friends. There are moments when you're bored to tears and times when you wish you had stayed home, but when it's all over, you're glad you went. The record's sluggish pace and refusal to veer from its indie-punk schtick can make getting through the album on a first listen tough. But the murky, distorted guitars, high-strung keyboards and Adrianne Verhoeven's refreshingly out-of-tune vocals make the journey worth it. It's always sad when a quality outfit disbands, as The Anniversary did in 2004. But the group has a raw and giddy delivery that might have worn away if it had continued to make music. (SM)
Dave Attell • stand-up comedy
It is rumored that Dave Attell, the greatest living comedian, only wants to do shows at casinos these days because he can smoke inside. Come see him at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino this Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 before his lungs rot out and he turns into a pile of yellow goo. The shows are 21 and up and start at 7 and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6 and 8:45pm, respectively. Tickets start at $20 and run up to $45.
Boyz II Men • soul, R&B • En Vogue • pop, '90s
How's this for a summertime jam sesh guaranteed to get you moving: Boyz II Men and En Vogue are the featured performers at a totally cool concert at Sandia Casino & Resort Amphitheater. They're all getting down to the sound on Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm if you wanna know more, check out this brief Weekly Alibi-made summary: Boyz II Men remains one of the most potently creative R&B bands of all time. If you haven't heard their tuneage then may we humbly suggest essentially groovy works like “End of the Road” as well as the sweetly soulful if somehow silly “I'll Make Love to You.” And En Vogue? Well they rep some of the finest feminist-flavored, positively uplifting R&B ever made, compradres. “Free Your Mind,” their totally danceable yet anthemic take on racism from 1992, still holds sway literally and metaphorically. And you'll dig their work with Snoop D O Double G. Tickets for this all-ages galactic gathering range in price from $45 to $ 65, so go ahead and take a seat.