Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
Location, Location, Location
Think back to this time last year. No one knew it yet, but the Albuquerque Mining Company (AMC) was on the verge of closing. Albuquerque's longest-running gay club had just celebrated its 20th anniversary in October. But by the end of February, it was gone.
Botnix CD Release Party
Alternative rock conceived in a snowstorm
By Simon McCormack
When a powerful snowstorm shut Albuquerque down last winter, Botnix fired up.
Flyer on the Wall
La Junta and Rubixzu get down with live hip-hop sets at the Santa Fe Brewing Co. (35 Fire Place, Santa Fe, 505-424-3333) this Friday, Jan. 11. $5 gets you in to the all-ages show, which starts around 9 p.m. (LM)
Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab · Bob Collum and The Welfare Mothers Set the Stupid Free · The Shondes The Red Sea
Ghostface Killah's come a long way since his contributions to Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers. These days, the MC is a polished, flamboyant rhyme-sayer who consistently pounds the beat with vicious ferocity. The production on The Big Doe Rehab occasionally holds him back—as in "Toney Sigel a.k.a. The Barrel Brothers," when distorted guitar is a major distraction—but Ghostface usually sticks to low-key, soulful grooves with a minimum of tacky drum machine-based beats. Most impressive about the album is Ghostface's unique ability to take now ho-hum subject matter like crack slinging and guns and make his narratives engaging. (SM)
Six Organs of Admittance
One man's quest for mystery
By Simon McCormack
In some ways, Ben Chasny's feelings about MySpace match his take on creating music in general. "My problem with MySpace is it's such a template," the Six Organs of Admittance founder and only permanent member explains. "It all looks so cookie-cutter, and I wish there was a way to have some sort of individuality with it."
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