If hip-hop was on the ballot, would you vote? On Tuesday, Oct. 21, this partisan party raises the blue and rides the donkey all night. Hip-Hop 4 Barack is a free, all-ages show at STOVE (114 Morningside NE) with a bill of politically active artists across the board: Bukue One is flying from California to get in on the rally, with local support from Mantis Fist, Zoology, DJ Ohm, Saint Sinner Suns and more. For the love of America, Brian Hargrove, bassist for Public Enemy and a New Mexico resident, will be a keynote speaker. There'll be live mural paintings of Obama, and Hip-Hop 4 Barack is even organizing shuttles to deliver voters from the show to early polling sites. The doors of STOVE open at 4 p.m. Visit the New Mexico Hip-Hop Congress' MySpace page at myspace.com/nmhhc for more hip-hop-centric organizing opportunities.—Justin Hood
On norMal Musik, the debut CD from Solid Ghost, Arnold Bodmer and Justin Parker collaborate on eight original compositions (plus two from Dwight Loop and one from Moondog) created from unstructured improvisations that have been edited, manipulated and expanded into architecturally sound and emotionally evocative musical collages. Using acoustic recorders, pianos (real and toy), percussion instruments, noisemakers, spoken word, and electronic samplers and synthesizers, the duo offers lush reveries, dance grooves (from disco/New Wave to tribal), an electronic waltz that sounds like it was originally scored for a Mexican calliope, and more in a wide-ranging exploration of sound and feeling. (MM)
stANNEd UP Comedy Showcase • Anne Heche • Steven Michael Quezada • Fred Hawkes • Lauren Poole
By Joshua Lee
The greatest minds of Weekly Alibi met behind closed doors earlier this week to hash out a heated debate. After hours of flag-waving, name-calling and flagrant insubordination, the wet-eyed staff emerged with a consensus: This event is dubbed “stANNEd UP Comedy Showcase” because Anne Heche is definitely performing stand-up comedy. Real news. Join the comediANNE (come on, kids—this is so easy) for a night of odd premises featuring performances by Steven Michael Quezada (also real news), Fred Hawkes and a slew of local comedians and musicians at the El Rey Theater this Friday, Aug. 24, at 8pm. Tickets for the all-ages show start at $15.
SOMOS ABQ • Andrew McMahon • In The Wilderness • Jay Electronica • hip-hop • NGHTMRE • EDM
By August March
SOMOS is a huge, highly visible multi-festival that's been held Downtown since last year, when acts like Del the Funky Homosapien and Minus the Bear headlined. 2018's featured musical performers Saturday, Aug. 25 include Andrew MacMahon, a cyberage singer-songwriter who sings songs like “Cecilia and the Satellite” and “Synesthesia.” Like many who follow his pop-punk inclinations, dude's from the OC. Then there's Nghtmre, the project of a DJ and producer Tyler Mareni, from El Lay. He digs a sort of trap that has evolved into a sound called future bass. That's when a heavy 808 bass line is surrounded by detuned analog synthesizer accompaniments and is played at dubstep tempos, yo. NoLa hip-hop artist Jay Electronica, an MC—one of the favorites of J Dilla and Mr. Porter—who has been called “some sort of hip-hop Jack Kerouac, opens. Pretty dang futuristic programming choices, folks. Ask your kids if you're not getting that; the festival features such a high culture quotient— all sorts of local chow choices, fascinating demonstrations of technology, roving performances, large scale art installations and a comedy lineup that deserves its own press corps.—that it will be a blast for all ages. General Admission tickets to this event along the Central Avenue corridor (the main stage is at Sixth Street and Central) cost $12.50. SOMOS occurs from 4 to 10pm.