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Music Reviews: Sgt. Pepper’s 50th, Buckingham/McVie and Katy Perry’s Witness

By Samantha Anne Carrillo The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Capitol Records From Beatles completists raised on The Fab Four to nascent noobs accessing the band’s work through their parents’ iTunes accounts, the 50th anniversary edition release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band commemorates a sea change in our cultural history. The ultimate triumph of postmodernism in pop music can be reflected on—that was a big deal in the late ’60s, when items like Sgt. Pepper’s nimbly demonstrated how the counterculture was taking over—or compared with the latest in youth culture; the work’s heady tone stands...

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Are you missing AFME? Tickets available now at!

Elbow Room Magazine is at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience all week, reporting on highlights of the day and night, and teasing all of the special appearances, after-parties and other good things coming up. Go to our Facebook page @elbowroomnm to read reporter Bill Nevins’s daily takes on this quintessentially Albuquerque experience. Visit for the full week’s schedule of screenings, parties and special events, and all venue information. Get your tickets...

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Update on June 11 American String Quartet program: Simms Auditorium, Albuquerque Academy, 4 p.m.

The American String Quartet are performing the Beethoven Op. 18/6, not the Op. 95 as stated in the published interview with violist Daniel Avshalomov. Comments in an email today from Avshalomov: “The Quartet in Bb Major, Op. 18 no. 6 is the last of Beethoven’s so-called ‘early’ quartets, completed circa 1800. “Of those six it is by far the most advanced (and my favorite as well). Its first movement tempo is the poster child for the arguments concerning the composer’s metronome markings. At whole-note = 80, it is unplayably fast; those groups who have attempted that speed have invariably produced caffeine nightmares....

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Violist Daniel Avshalomov, The American String Quartet

By David Steinberg   Violist Daniel Avshalomov thinks the American String Quartet’s June 11 concert will be unusual. In one sense, the programming is unusual because the works are linked, though at first blush the composers don’t seem to be. The ensemble opens the with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Quartet in F minor, opus 95 (“Serioso”). “Every time we perform the piece we’re actually breaking a promise to Beethoven,” Avshalomov said in a phone interview. “He said it was written for a group of classical music connoisseurs and should never be performed in public.” “It’s a singular work in his...

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In Residence: Small Engine Gallery Expands Curatorial Vision

By Samantha Carrillo Elbow Room N.M. struck up a virtual convo with resident Small Engine gallerists Bradford Erickson (Austin, Albuquerque) and Luke Hussack (founding member, Albuquerque) about zen and the art of running an indie gallery. Notable artists in their own right, their synergistic tenure as a curatorial duo has given rise to an expansive exhibition and performance history. Standing tough at 1413 Fourth Street SW, The Small Engine space has a storied history. Now a collaboration between Erickson and Hussack, this isn’t the gallery’s first visionary manifestation. Originally founded by artists Raven Chacon, Scott Daniel Williams, Luke Hussack,...

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