Alibi V.18 No.39 • Sept 24-30, 2009 

Spotlight

¡Globalquerque!

Maria de Barros adds her sublime Cape Verdean music to the global mix

Thank you, Cesária Évora.

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Flyer on the Wall

Scrams!

Pile onto the Marble Brewery patio (First Street and Marble NW, 21+) for garage punk supreme by The Scrams. 8 p.m. and free, but bring cash for the band’s brand-new, rumpus-ready 7-inch. (Laura Marrich)

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Sonic Reducer

Arctic Monkeys Humbug · Felix da Housecat He Was King

British pseudo-punk quartet Arctic Monkeys established a sound with its first album and solidified that sound with a second. Now begins the tricky business of gradual modification. The chunky, line-drive curvature of the Monkeys' first two releases is replaced with a roomy echo chamber. The band is less concerned with racing through verses to get to hooks and more worried about atmospherics and reverb. Besides "Crying Lightening," it's hard to pick out an especially apt radio hit. But a change had to come, and this one's for the better.

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EVENT HORIZON ()

All the Beauty in This Whole Life

Brother Ali • rap, hip-hop

In case you want to know, the headline for this part of Event Horizon is brought to you by the rapper known as Brother Ali. It's the name of his new album and an inducement to go check out one of the finest flows in all of hip-hop nation. Brother Ali is jamming it righteously on Saturday, Dec. 15 with doors at 7:30pm and the show kicking off at 8pm. at the Launchpad as part of a tour that commemorates the 15th anniversary of another Brother Ali masterpiece called Shadows on the Sun. For a dude whose concern for social justice and positive causes have come to dominate the subject matter of his work, Brother Ali still rocks it tenderly on tunes like “Dear Black Son” as well as with definitive sickness on other tracks, namely, “Bitchslap!” For a mere $20 to $75 and a 21+ ID, you can be part of the progressive party! How ill is that?!
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