Alibi V.19 No.20 • May 20-26, 2010 
Leiahdorus suffers through an interview with the   Alibi  .

Spotlight

Electronic Renaissance

Leiahdorus releases Ode to the Builders

Leiahdorus has been in the business of creating sweet, soaring electro-pop since its formation by Jason Smith and Fox Fletcher back in 1998. Gaining keyboardist Darla VanWinkle in 2003 and drummer Ryan Goodman in 2007, the band has focused on evolving and cultivating a uniqueness over the years. With the release of Leiahdorus’ third full-length on Section 44 Records, the Albuquerque band is finding itself more mature and less plugged in. And experimenting with banjos. Leiahdorus on this and more below, via e-communique.

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Wish me an unhappy 51  st   birthday on Saturday, May 22.

Aural Fixation

Morrissey Was Worth $45

Let's just get that out of the way. When Morrissey performed at the Sunshine Theater last year, at the ripe old age of 50, he didn't hand the people in the crowd a wilted bouquet of gladiolas. He gave them their money's worth. And then some.

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Straight Up stands up for a photo.

Jazzed

John Trentacosta and Straight Up Swing Straight Ahead

Quintet features Arlen Asher and Bobby Shew

Don’t take it from us. Others much more in the know said it first.

Take the late alto saxophonist Frank Morgan, who relocated to New Mexico from the East in his later years. John Trentacosta and Straight Up were his preferred rhythm section here. “An astounding jazz group deserving greater recognition,” said Morgan.

Take it from the late Herbie Mann, jazz flute luminary, who said, “As good as anything I hear coming out of New York. ... players are excellent and the music swings.”

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Flyer on the Wall

Mmm, Chicken Noodle Chainsaw

After a long hiatus, the always flashy and original Daddy Long Loin returns to the stage with Jon Knutson on “drum set” and Blake Himm on “percussion.” The group—Chicken Noodle Chainsaw—will perform original Long Loin songs, improvisations, Frank Zappa and Tom Waits covers, and who knows what else on the new outdoor stage at Marble Brewery (111 Marble NW) on Saturday at 8 p.m. The show is free. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Sonic Reducer

The Dø A Mouthful · Jail Weddings Inconvenient Dreams · Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Uni5: The World's Enemy

This debut of French/Finnish indie pop duo The Dø (rhymes with “glow”) is the first English-sung album to have reached No. 1 in France, but it definitely does not have a mainstream sound. Vocalist Olivia Merilahti yowls, chants and seduces the listener over Dan Levy’s various instrumentation. Merilahti’s high-pitched voice comes off as whiny at first, but gets under the skin, quickly becoming addictive. The Dø experiments a lot here; each song is quite different from the last, runnig the gamut of influence—from African beats to blues harmonica to funky hip-hop. Although there are some slower numbers, the album overall evokes a playful, sexy atmosphere, like a hot Parisian indie dance club. (SO)

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Song Roulette

Fox Fletcher’s random tracks

Fox Fletcher is the guitar player for and a founding member of Albuquerque’s Leiahdorus (which releases its third full-length album this weekend—see right). He also teaches guitar lessons, makes his own guitars and is an avid photographer. Below is a wild smattering of computer-selected tracks from his collection.

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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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