Alibi V.18 No.12 • March 19-25, 2009 
TAAS is hard to pin down.

Music to Your Ears

The Agency Exits

Jason Wolf walked by the space that would become The Agency regularly for three years. “I couldn’t believe it wasn’t being used to its full potential,” Wolf recalls.

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TAAS is hard to pin down.
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Spotlight

These Arms Are Snakes

Navigating a Touch and Go economy

Sorry, even this tale of post-hardcore math rock is about the economy.

In late February, Chicago’s deified Touch and Go Records announced the closure of its distribution operations, squeezing off a vital route for indie bands and smaller labels that depended on Touch and Go to spread their sounds. The label is not just a business but a trusted brand invested with the credibility of treasured albums by bands such as The Jesus Lizard, Slint and TV on the Radio. Listen and you’ll hear the whooshing sound of opportunity deflating.

Brian Cook, bassist for These Arms Are Snakes, recognizes the significance of the collapse of the indie rock distribution powerhouse. TAAS—a Seattle outfit that manufactures a hybrid of shrieking punk and wonky prog metal—will release a 7-inch split record with All the Saints distributed by Touch and Go before the distribution arm is severed.

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Flyer on the Wall

CrazyFool on the Loose

CrazyFool releases its third album, Corruption Rock, on vinyl, CD and MP3 this week. Preview the funky madness at the Launchpad on Friday, March 20, as the band plays an all-ages show with La Junta, Fighting Chance and El Mono Sucio. Then stick around for the 21+ after show with Felonious Groove Foundation and Fantastic Planet. The music starts at 8 p.m., and cover’s $7. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Thunderheist Thunderheist · Aaron J. Johnson Songs of Our Fathers · Chris Cornell Scream

Rave-rap is a strange beast, and few bands highlight the genre's strengths and weaknesses better than Canada's Thunderheist. As long as the synths are thick, the flows are energetic and the beats don't sound processed, this album is a party-starter. But when the beat is a programmed thud and the vocals are a monotone-mumble, only robots could get down. Thunderheist succeeds about half the time: When it does, there's usually xylophone, disco claps or tambourine bringing the songs to life. MC Isis wraps her rhymes tightly, but she often borrows lyrics from artists like Old Dirty Bastard, Aaliyah and Lil John. Her skills are strong enough to stand on their own, but she leans on the words of others too frequently. (SM)

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Make a Wish

Sinbad • stand-up comedy

In the '90s there was a rumor that movie star and stand up comedian Sinbad bought an entire windbreaker factory just to appease his signature look. It was also rumored that he could stand in gale force winds without even feeling a breeze. These days, you're less likely to spot him sporting his classic look, but it just goes to show that you don't need a pair of genie pants to be the funniest person in the room. See the legend…
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Queen of the Reich

Queensrÿche • progressive metal • Fates Warning

Queensrÿche and Fates Warning are widely considered titans of the progressive rock world. As part of a metal monarchy, both bands are known for the intricate musical tapestries they weave with odd time signatures, multi-octave ranges and concept albums featuring complex lyrical themes. You can ride this heavy comet at the Historic El Rey Theater this Saturday night, March 23, when 'Rÿche and Fates hold court. The doors open at 7pm, show at 8. Tickets are $25 in advance. This is an all-ages show. Bring the heirs of your empire for a history lesson about a time when Vikings ruled the world and metal was melodic.
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Spring and Sex are in the Air

The Whiskey Sister Present Flora, Fauna and F*ckery • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • Di' Lovely • Delta Rae Dixon • burlesque, comedy, variety

The Whiskey Sisters are back for their quarterly show for spring, bringing more newcomers to Albuquerque and to the Sister stage. In their 50/50 burlesque and variety show, the only Sunday show of the year on March 24 brings headliner Di'Lovely of San Diego, who has competed for the prestigious title of Reigning Queen of Burlesque multiple times at the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. Appearing in Albuquerque for the first time is classic burlesquer and featured performer, Delta Rae Dixon from Salt Lake City. Flora, Fauna and F*ckery also brings the magic of Bryan Lambe, the comedy and b-boy stylings of Zach Abeyta, vocal talents of Judith Mondragon, drag from Tomahawk Martini and all the A-list local burlesque you can drool over. Host Jessica Stone DeLorean takes you on a wild and colorful ride with doors at 7pm, the show at 8 and a cost of $12 for a 21 and over crowd. Go forth and enjoy the f*ckery.
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This Train is Bound for Glory

Wayne Hancock • country, Western, blues

Ameripolitan—or juke joint-swing as the genre is known by some Tejanos—advocate extraordinaire Wayne Hancock descends loudly and lovingly onto the stage at Inside Out on Tuesday, March 26. Wayne “The Train” Hancock has been startling audiences, beating up boots and brandishing a guitar since he was a young one; his affinity for finding, deconstructing and then delivering honestly raw and rambunctious roots music is without equal in the land of hillbilly-backed, Grand Ole Opry-certified swinging sounds. As the artist himself puts it, “Man, I'm like a stab wound in the fabric of country music in Nashville. See that bloodstain slowly spreading? That's me.” Entrance to this rodeo-like environment of sights and sounds will run typical 21+ listeners $12 in advance and $15 at the door; the curtain rises on America's representative at 9pm. It'll be better than season one of “Hee-Haw!”
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