Alibi V.16 No.52 • Dec 27-Jan 2, 2007 

Music to Your Ears

Make It Funky

Jesse L. Spicer is a man obsessed. Not with stamp collecting or American naval history or vintage amps with perfect tone, but with The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. He's obsessed with the late, great James Brown.

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Rex Barron

Spotlight

Plans on Ice

Organizers disagree on how to get the Ice House all-ages space off the ground

2007 didn't have the flash of controversy surrounding all-ages shows of previous years. It was more like a slow illness. Blue Dragon shut its doors. The Curio opened and closed. Space Maybe winked in and out of existence. Sol Arts announced its closure just weeks ago.

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The men of The Big Spank and their fabled tour bus, The Gypsy Wagon

CD Release

The Big Spank CD Release Party

Building its own Latin ska-punk bandwagon

After 10 years of making music in The Big Spank, singer-guitarist Mike Garcia has seen his band go from an ultra-young, semi-serious ska-punk band to a bilingual pop-rock group that risks sanity and starvation to tour the country 11 months out of the year. One thing hasn't changed, though.

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Flyer on the Wall

Free Bird

Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW, 243-0878) says “adieu” to 2007 with a masquerade soirée and toast-worthy tracks spun by DJ Losack. Bring a mask and a 21+ ID (with a D.O.B. before 1987, if you’re keeping score). No cover. (LM)

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Sonic Reducer

Gretchen Parlato Gretchen Parlato · Three The End is Begun · Lupe Fiasco The Cool

You can’t swing a dented saxophone without hitting a female jazz singer these days. Most have something to offer, but only a handful bring the complete package to the table, as does Gretchen Parlato on her first CD. Superb vocal control and uncanny musicality allow her to dive to the bottom of a song without rippling its surface. Backed by an empathetic combo throughout, she opens with a stunningly ingenuous rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Skylark” over a Latin rhythm and continues to captivate with tunes by Djavan, Björk, Loueke, Jobim and Shorter. Find it on CDBaby.com and iTunes. (MM)

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Let It All Hang Out

The Commodores • old school funk, motown, soul

True fact: If "Brick House" isn’t one of your favorite songs from the ‘70s, you’re lying to yourself about your love of funk. The Commodores fly into Isleta Resort & Casino Friday, Feb. 28. This 21-and-over show is perfect for fans of funk, or The Commodores and those looking to set the mood just right on a Friday night. You might find it "Easy" to get up and dance with some of their old hits, but there are "No Tricks" about what to expect, giving you a "Natural High" from taking this rewind evening with some classics. To get "Hot On the Tracks" of some $30 to $50 tickets, check out the event at holdmyticket.com, and in no time, have a couple of great seats In "The Pocket," which is a "Rock Solid" feeling to have.

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It Still Isn't As Good As The Wall

The Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon • classic rock

Deep in the throes of a drug-fueled experience, every person has found themselves staring at that iconic cover, knowing, “This is the day I have my moment.” Everyone knows someone who won’t stop talking about the pure genius of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Maybe drugs aren’t your thing. Maybe it never clicked for you. Maybe it is your thing and you want a new way to experience it. Perhaps it's time to check out The Black Jacket Symphony presents: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, at Historic El Rey Theater on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8pm. This all-ages event has the Black Jacket Symphony play you through the album in its entirety, allowing you to experience it like never before. Tickets start at $25, so to get yours, just visit elreylive.com

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