Alibi V.24 No.42 • Oct 15-21, 2015 
FIDLAR: (L-R) Zac Carper, Brandon Schwartzel, Elvis Kuehn and Max Kuehn

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Calling FIDLAR’s Tune

Upcoming LA band performs at Launchpad

FIDLAR (Fuck It Dog, Life’s A Risk) features the confessional, post-addiction poetics of front man and rhythm guitarist Zac Carper backed by the punk but poptastically informed playing of Brandon Schwartzel (bass), Max Kuehn (drums) and Elvis Kuehn (lead guitar). In case you wanna know, the Kuehn brothers are the progeny of T.S.O.L. keyboardist Greg Kuehn.
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Self Defense Family
Mitch Wojcik

Aural Fixation

Heaven is Albuquerque

Guitarist of the post-punk outfit Self Defense Family says, “I think Albuquerque has the best balance of any place I have been in the US.” No wonder he moved here.
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Let the Tuning Commence!

Kiefer Sutherland • country, rock, singer-songwriter

Besides starring as the ultra-creepy Dr. Daniel Schrebe in 1998's Dark City—a role for which he will undoubtedly be remembered for his perplexingly halting delivery—Kiefer Sutherland is also an up-and-coming musician, having chosen the gritty genre of Americana as the next world to conquer and hold helpless in a starless miasma of doomed sleep. Just kidding. Dude's second album as a country rocker, Reckless & Me, has garnered both the attention of folks over in Nashville and a host of radio listeners as well. Sutherland's first record, Down in a Hole, was critically acclaimed and the new effort is riding high on singles like “Open Road” and “Something You Love.” Sutherland performs his oeuvre

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Luke, I Am Your Son

'90s Grand Opening Party • 69 Boyz • hip-hop, bass

We might get in trouble for saying so, but the Miami bass subgenre of hip-hop has some of the hottest dang beats out there. We'll never forget the time Daily Lobo staffer Juliette Torrez played “Me So Horny” in the college newsroom back in 1989. You just can't unhear stuff like that. Flash forward 30 years and other bassy bands from deep in the panhandle are still rocking it. Check out a saucy second generation of that Southern flavor on Friday, Dec. 13 at 8pm when Hush Ultra NightLife hosts a '90s Grand Opening Party featuring the somewhat still notorious 69 Boyz. That's right, you OG cabrones, the folks responsible for the 1994 platinum single “Tootsie Roll” are in town and getting down. Join them at this 21-plus show for only a nominal fee. Telephone or text 269-3301 for more details.

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Wearing Only Flowers

Big Head Todd and the Monsters • alternative, blues

After more than 30 years of touring and with an almost cultlike following of mountain-sprung funk fairies gamboling along with them, Big Head Todd and the Monsters are a jam band, which is a very American thing. Their music—distilled by determination, a deep groove and driving around the mountain West and Left Coast in a van called “the Colonel”—is pretty, pretty good. They can still belt out tuneage like “Resignation Superman” and cover classics like Howlin' Wolf's “Smokestack Lightning” with authenticity and rolling thunder (no, not the band, you silly Deadhead!). Anyway, they stop in Burque on their annual winter tour and play at Route 66 Casino Hotel's Legends Theater on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages space jam range in price from $28 to $59, so check it out; your seasonal cold will never feel the same.

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