Alibi V.12 No.50 • Dec 11-17, 2003 

Music Article

Since the recent closing of Club Rhythm and Blues, one of Albuquerque's most cherished spoken-word traditions, "Poetry and Beer," has been homeless. But, thanks to the folks at Puccini's Golden West Saloon, all you iambic pentameter junkies can rest easy. The monthly events born at the Dingo Bar nearly a decade ago will now take place at the Golden West. The new season kicked off on Dec. 6 and will return in January under the direction of Danny Solis, Don McIver and Angela Williams. For more information on "Poetry and Beer" or how to get involved with Albuquerque's poetry scene, visit www.abqpoetryslam.com. ... Unfortunately, I didn't have space last week to announce the first in a three-part holiday concert series, but fortunately two parts remain. Organized by Randall Cawlfield, the series entitled "Christmas in the City" features performances by local musicians and groups. Part two of the series, "Bluegrass Night," will take place on Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Lobo Theater at 8 p.m., and will feature performances by Raising Cain, Hobos in Limbo and The Cawlfield Family. Admission is free. ... Don't forget the Second Annual Winter Ball on Monday, Dec. 15 at OPM. Formal attire is encouraged, and the cost of admission is the toy you bring for donation to YDI. The Eyeliners, Black Maria, Dirty Novels and Obenjyosan will provide live music, Tucanos will provide food for the first 100 people through the door. ... This year's Launchpad Employee F*#kjam will take place Tuesday, Dec. 23. On the bill thus far are SssnakessslackssS (reunion show), DJ BJ, Beef Ramp, Goofoffhuffers, These Arms Are Snacks, Bukaki Goggles, Gregg Pain, Metalhead and Sign Renovation. If you've never attended this spirited holiday event, I encourage you to do so this year. If you've attended in the past, I encourage you to do so this year. You will not be disappointed. Maybe.

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U2 U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle, Ireland (Interscope)

As anyone who's seen them live knows, there's no substitute for U2 in concert. And, as anyone who's seen them live knows, there's nary a more—annoyingly so at times—preachy lead singer than U2's Bono in concert. U2 Go Home, the band's first live DVD, makes both of the aforementioned points patently clear.

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The Pernice Brothers

with special guests

Saturday, Dec. 13; Plush (21 and over, 9 p.m.): Joe Pernice gets compared regularly to pop Rachmaninov Brian Wilson, so often in fact, that the comparison itself has become almost meaningless. To be sure, Pernice has an uncommon gift for popcraft as high art, and his ability to express the full range of love through the written word is pure genius. But the more I listen to the Pernice Brothers' latest release, Yours, Mine and Ours (Ashmont), I'm reminded more of how I felt the first time I listened to The Smiths' ode to love and heartache, Strangeways Here We Come than I am of the first time I listened to Pet Sounds. Pernice's lyrics and delivery are more than slightly reminiscent of Morrissey's, and while echoes of Johnny Marr's incomparable hooks can be heard within the guitar figures throughout Yours, Mine and Ours, the singing and arrangements sound hauntingly like 20/20-era Beach Boys.

Frankly, there's not a bad song on the record, and the live experience promises to be even more stunning. Don't make the mistake of missing this show.

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Oscillation Festival 2003

with The Echoing Green, Random Access Memory, Leiahdorus, Ohmniscience, The Blacklight Zebras and many more

Saturday, Dec. 13; Cell Theatre (all ages, 6 p.m.): Albuquerque has a thriving electronic music scene, whether you're aware of it or not. Not that it's an underground genre exactly, but the musicians playing tonight are inclined to stay locked in their homes creating, writing and developing their personal sound, and striving to come up with the perfect song. When they do finally make an appearance it's at a dark bar where you can't see much and all you can hear is the rhythm of the music.

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Ill Niño

with Sevendust

Sunday, Dec. 14; Sunshine Theater (all ages, 8 p.m.): After touring for two years straight and releasing a second studio album, Ill Niño has gone from unknown New Jersey rockers to universally adored thrashers in the realms of both metal and rock. The hard rock band also elevates itself to a level of distinction with its creative Latin-flavored guitars and alternating English/Spanish lyrics—a culture-crossing trait that can only help reach wider and more diverse audiences, leaving more conventional bands such as Mudvayne, Static X and Puddle of Mudd searching for ways to match wits.

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Ozzy Osbourne Don't Blame Me: The Tales of Ozzy Osbourne (Epic)

Recently re-released on DVD, this chronicle of the Oz Man isn't a complete picture of the Godfather of Heavy Metal, but it's an entertaining glimpse into some of the more poignant, pivotal moments in the singer's booze-soaked life. Beginning with Osbourne's less-then-ideal childhood as one of five siblings in a poor Birmingham, England home, Don't Blame Me chronicles Osbourne's exploits as lead singer of Black Sabbath through his career as an exponentially more popular and successful solo star.

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Sade Sade Live (Epic)

Filmed in 1994, a couple of years prior to Sade Adu's arrest for heroin possession and subsequent prison stint, Sade Live is a gift from God Himself. Bear with me here. The program was released on DVD several years ago, and captures the singer and her band at the height of popularity and artistic mastery. Largely forgotten in today's musical landscape, Sade once represented adult-oriented, R&B-infused jazz-rock at its finest. And just because you didn't bother to listen to adult-oriented, R&B-infused jazz-rock doesn't mean it all sucked. Indeed, the case is just the opposite. Adu's voice, combined with keyboardist Stuart Matthewman's songwriting savvy and the incomparable grooves laid by unheralded bassist Paul S. Denman and guitarist/saxophonist Andrew Hale made for some of the most perfect late-night driving/make-out music in history. Yeah, you have to be a little ballsy to cite Sade as a band you admire, but if you actually get music, all the bullshit razzing in the world doesn't matter. If you think I'm wrong, you're just depriving yourself, and that's really sad.

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