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Rock and fantasy: Set It Off show, Albuquerque Comic Con among week’s highlights

Albuquerque holds a special place in Cody Carson’s heart.

The lead singer of the rock outfit Set It Off spent some time in the city when he was growing up.

Before being in the rock band, Carson was a clarinet performance major at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio.

“My grandfather found a way for me to get private lessons from my idol, Eddie Daniels,” he says. “Turns out he lived in Albuquerque and I flew out to get lessons. He was one of the most down-to-earth people. Every time I get back to Albuquerque, all these feelings come back to me.”

Because Daniels took the time to teach Carson, it has inspired the singer to give private lessons in between tours.

“I will teach musicians how to write songs and how to sing,” he says. “And yes, I still do clarinet lessons. It’s been a big part of my life and I want to be able to give back to those students who are as passionate about music as I am.”

The now Los Angeles-based band is touring in support of its most recent album, “Upside Down.” It will perform at the Launchpad at on Wednesday, Jan. 17. I caught up with Carson to talk about what’s next for Set It Off in the new year.

It’s January. That means it’s time for Albuquerque Comic Con.

Staff writer Rozanna M. Martinez has the details on the guests for this year’s event.

I also had a chance to speak with illustrator Thomas Estrada, who will make his first appearance at the convention. Estrada has worked on “The Prince of Egypt,” “Treasure Planet” and “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

Make sure to take notice of the “Toughest Monster Truck Tour,” which hits Rio Rancho on Jan. 19-20. I caught up with current Bigfoot driver Larry Swim about his favorite part of being on the road.

Read Richard Roeper’s review of “The Post,” starring Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep here.

Meanwhile, Liam Neeson is back in action mode with “The Commuter.”



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