Alibi V.19 No.27 • July 8-14, 2010 
Bud Melvin and Jessica Billey model their celestial headdress.

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Bridle the Wind

The celestial twang of The Grave of Nobody’s Darling

Jessica Billey and Bud Melvin must be the most creative couple to hit the local music scene in some time. Hailing from Chicago, each counts more than a half-dozen musical projects between them. There’s the audacious and experimental Lionhead Bunny, in which they play empty whiskey bottles, the mysterious vocaltron (which seems to be of the band’s creation) and 19 effects pedals. In the Blue Rose Ramblers, the pair champions vintage fiddle songs of the sort on which Bob Wills based his Western swing. As part of the massive Cobra//group ensemble, they push the limits of what you or I think of as music. Solo, Melvin pioneered chiptune banjo rustling (reprogramming Game Boy blips and bleeps into five-string music) and Billey has played violin for The Mekons and Smog.

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Vertigo Venus’ solids and stripes
Val Hollingsworth

CD Release

Vertigo Venus’ Success or Suicide

Vertigo Venus is an unapologetic promo machine. Overkill Internet campaigns swathe social networking sites until you feel you’ve been waterboarded into submission. Excessive, yes, but the outcome is massive support from a rabid fan base that loves the band’s punky synthpop goodness.

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Thelonious Monk as photographed by W. Eugene Smith—this and more images like it are part of author Sam Stephenson’s   The Jazz Loft Project  .
W. Eugene Smith

Jazzed

Jazz Here and There, Then and Now

New Mexico Jazz Festival spreads out

The fifth annual New Mexico Jazz Festival has a gaggle of big names that will make jazz fans’ ears prick up in expectation—Toshiko Akiyoshi, Jimmy Cobb, Miguel Zenón, Los Pleneros de la 21, Bobby Shew and Doug Lawrence, just to name a few. That short list alone includes two NEA Jazz Masters, two National Heritage Fellows, Grammy winners and nominees, and a MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow, among other honorees.

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Flyer on the Wall

It’s Raining Circles

The artist behind this fanciful flyer seems to reference ’70s illustration and a certain children’s show that was filled with an ensemble cast of Muppets and really strange animated shorts. Blocky text contrasts with pale yellow watercolor, and the viewer learns that Gay Beast, XRY, The Gatherers and Discotays will play at Wunderkind (1016 Coal SW) at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, amidst a shower of multicolored circles. See the glam / psychedelic / new wave magic, and possibly a few unnamed acts, for only $5. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)

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Song Roulette

A Hawk & A Hacksaw is about to embark on a grand tour of Europe, beginning in Austria and making more than a score of stops in Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Italy, the United Kingdom and Germany (see ahawkandahacksaw.blogspot.com to learn more about the band’s travels). But before the noted folk act departs fair Albuquerque, Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes will play an all-ages show at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW) on Friday, July 9, at 8 p.m. Below, find out what wonderful foreign things show up in Trost and Barnes’ shuffled songs—commented upon collectively.

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Photo by 48th and Pixel

EVENT HORIZON ()

Pasties and a G-String, Beer and a Shot

The Whiskey Sisters Present: Fascinations and Infatuations • Mayo Lua de Frenchie • The Burning Shivers • surf rock • Arty Dodger • burlesque, sideshow • Aluna Reign and Dahlia de la Nuit • Jaz Bubbles • Erica Solit

Dreamy and creamy and brunette curls. Channel Tom Waits for this quintessential, highly-curated presentation of burlesque and variety. The Whiskey Sisters, consisting of Jane Sweeney and Mayo Lua de Frenchie bring over 40 years of stage production experience between them for their biggest show thus far, Fascinations and Infatuations. Bring tip money and desire to Sister on Saturday, July 21 at 8pm. The Burning Shivers open with a surf rock set sure to kick the adrenaline into high gear. The burlesque and variety portion begins at 9pm with three sets of performers starring Dahlia de la Nuit and Aluna Reign of Phoenix and featuring Arty Dodger of Dallas, Jaz Bubbles of El Paso, and Erica Solitaire of Los Angeles. Drag queen, Jessica Stone DeLoreon, hosts the evening with all your local favorites. For $12, see burlesque, drag, knife-juggling, bellydance, stand-up comedy, tap hoofers and so much more. Have your I.D. ready because ya gotta be 21 to get in.
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