You should be screaming Niggy Tardust at the top of your lungs
It's tough to get a read on rapper, actor and slam poet Saul Williams. He seems to have a great deal of faith in the average person, but he's not interested in catering to anyone's tastes. His work is at once purely self-assured and fragile. Williams’ poetic verse quietly but forcefully makes the case for change while the riotous sounds behind him demand it.
A String Quartet Named Ethel
Musically omnivorous group plays with itself and its audience
Calling Ethel a string quartet is like calling Jimi Hendrix a blues guitarist. It’s perfectly accurate and almost completely misleading.
Flyer on the Wall
Kiss spring's perennial blush of coy colors and prim construction goodbye. For the next three months, autumnal layering and earth tones will ram headlong into the nubile silhouettes of summer. The new vernal look is literate, lithe and flecked with mud.
From the CD’s opening seconds, the ethereal touch, musicality and instinctual rhythmic excitement of Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba captivate the ears, heart and brain. Sidemen Yosvany Terry (saxes), Mike Rodriguez (trumpet, flügelhorn) and Albuquerque’s Matt Brewer (bass), who sometimes seems to share a brain with Marcus Gilmore (drums), collaborate with stunning precision. Original compositions from Rubalcaba, Terry and Brewer, whose indirect, disturbingly beautiful “Aspiring to Normalcy,” is a high point, join Horace Silver’s “Peace” (trio) and Alejandro Garcia Caturla’s “Preludio Corto No. 2 for Piano,” arranged for quintet by Rubalcaba. Avatar delivers lyrical contemporary jazz played at a very high level. (MM)
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.