Albuquerque Boys Choir (from left) Bethany Delahunt, Christy Cook and Stef Graner
Live music hunter-and-gatherer Mike Smith takes us on a trip through his February adventures in live, local music in this month’s Last Month in Music. Scope related A/V below. I particularly recommend watching Boba & Gobi’s performance of “Klaus Klaus Dr. Meatball Dr. Meatball” featuring A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost.
Javelina - Leave Your Heart in This Stupid Little Basket
He’s a stellar actor and an outspoken advocate for marriage equality. And, at age 52, he’s still hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July. He’s also the only actor who plays a recurring role in my dreams. When I sleep, Elliot Stabler and I fight crime on the reg. Happy birthday, Christopher Meloni.
Neutral Milk Hotel super-fan Mike Smith shares an essay deconstructing the man, the myth, the legend as prelude to Jeff Mangum’s Tuesday concert in The Fe. Read Inside Jeff Mangum’s Aeroplane for all the deets. Peep related A/V below. The Lensic Performing Arts Center, Santa Fe • Jeff Mangum with Tall Firs • Tue Apr 2 • 7:30 pm • $20-$32 • ALL-AGES! • lensic.org
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Cobra//group first materialized in the high desert in 2004. Nine years later, what may be the Southwest's largest “non-classical nor mariachi” band continues conjuring an unorthodox, radical sound. In 2010, three massive tracks were recorded by 18 members under their new nom de guerre, Death Convention Singers. To create this latest, self-titled work, 10 bass guitars, two drum kits, a banjo, a clarinet, a turntable toy and a violin were all jacked into an enormous mixer and deejayed using the board’s mute function. I dug this album, but Brujasis my all-time favorite entry in their catalog; listen to it in the dark, and you'll see what I mean: bit.ly/dcsbrujas. Naming all the members takes up too much dead tree space, but at least 15 of them are slated to perform. This concert takes the vs. format to a whole new level with simultaneous improv performances by DCS-adjacent projects: Alchemical Burn, Bigawatt, Fando, (H)Ohm, I CUM DRUMS, Ipytor Gavyen Machislav, Lionhead Bunny and TAHNZzz. Out-of-this-world opener Space Station Gusher meshes Gusher, Uranium Worker, Heyisayfuckyou and more. This 21-and-over gig cranks up at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and admission is only five bucks. Launchpad • Fri Mar 29 • 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Music writer M. Brianna Stallings and Alibi Staff Writer Mark Lopez listened to new releases from Kopecky Family Band, David Bowie and Youth Lagoon. They share their critical takes in this week’s Sonic Reducer. While David Bowie and Youth Lagoon aren’t visiting Burque anytime soon, Nashville, Tenn.-based sextet Kopecky Family Band bring their “mellifluous banter” to Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Monday, April 8, along with Austin indie rock outfit The Eastern Sea. Scope related A/V below. Low Spirits • Kopecky Family Band • The Eastern Sea • Mon Apr 8 • 9 pm • $6 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com
One of most exciting opportunities afforded me by working as the Alibi music editor is soliciting work from writers/artists whose work I deeply admire. Sure, I would have gotten a kick out of chatting with Billy Bragg, but I know someone with a deeper connection to him. That someone is Tannex midwife, ABQ Zine Fest founder, sound artist and storyteller Marya Errin Jones. Read her poignant essay on him, Bragging Rites, to see what I mean. Check out B.B. A/V below. KiMo Theatre • Billy Bragg • Kim Churchill • Sun Mar 24 • 7:30 pm • $26-$35 • ALL-AGES! • kimotickets.com
There are more boss concerts coming up than you can shake a stick at. We took a stab at it anyway. But what about the stuff there just wasn't enough dead tree space to explore? Of primary importance is the 42nd Annual John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium, which happens Sunday, March 24, through Wednesday, March 27. Celebrating the centenary of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, special guest composers and performers include wireless controller-obsessed Duo X, Italian pianist Emanuele Arciuli and local Sunday favorites Chatter, and they're demoing Robb's Moog Synthesizer this year. For the full schedule, visit the trust's site: robbtrust.org
But experimental and classical composition isn't all our fair city has on offer this week. Whether you're into hip-hop, horrorcore, pornocore, strings, Zimbabwean spirituals or songs written by women, Music to Your Ears has you covered. Peep related A/V below. Sister • Kool Keith • Fri Mar 22 • 10 pm • $16 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
ISO a not-so-silent spring soundtrack? If you're on Spotify, check out my über-fresh pre-summer playlist, featuring Scott Walker, Jacques Brel, Donald Fagen, The Andrews Sisters, Fairport Convention and more.
DJ, DIY promoter and music writer Derek Caterwaul joins live music fanatic Mike Smith in providing Alibi readers with 505 music scene reportage. Between these two cats, our readers are getting the best that Albuquerque music journalism has to offer. Read all about it in the inaugural mega-installment of MAXIMUMCATERWAUL. Scope related A/V below.
The Lord Dog Bird - "The Gift of Song in the Lion's Den"
Caethua - "Sons of the Hounds"
James Kalm on Brion Gysin's Dream Machine exhibit at the New Museum