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Rahim AlHaj and Sahba Motallebi create music to heal the wounds of war

During the Iran-Iraq war, Baghdad-born oud master Rahim AlHaj was imprisoned and tortured by Saddam Hussein’s government for his political activism. He fled to Jordan and eventually found refuge in the U.S., settling in Albuquerque in 2000, and there he’s continued to preserve and develop the music of the oud—the pear-shaped, double-coursed string instrument at […]

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DeKalb Rock City

Blatant Dissent circa 1987 On Saturday evening the Abbey Pub plays host to an unlikely showcase of reunited bands from DeKalb, Illinois. The event is billed as “DeKalb Rocks,” and it looks back to a more innocent time, when hardcore didn’t basically just mean fast metal and nobody thought they could make any money at […]

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Baseball, Motherhood, and Punk

SHELLAC, MX-80, TAR, SIX FINGER SATELLITE LOGAN SQUARE AUDITORIUM, SEPTEMBER 4 A sign tacked up in the women’s bathroom of the Logan Square Auditorium says that the hall is available for “weddings, anniversaries, showers, fashion shows, parties, private functions, fundraising, etc.” I guess the Pine Tar .406, a musical extravaganza put on by local indie-rock […]