For many the lo-fi, folk-rock “movement” of the late-'90s begins and ends with Neutral Milk Hotel. Originally formed in Ruston, La. by singer/guitarist Jeff Mangum as a recording project, it wasn’t until the 1996 release of On Avery Island that Neutral Milk Hotel became a full-fledged band. The budding foursome relocated to New York, where they would finish their short-lived career with an exhaustive tour for sophomore release In the Aeroplane Over the Sea way back in 1998. Think Sebadoh-meets-Guided by Voices. Critically acclaimed yet largely ignored by the mainstream record-buying public, the album eventually became something of a legend in its own time.
Fast-forward 16 years, and NMH has become the progenitor of such roundly lauded bands as Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Franz Ferdinand, and their music has been covered by Brand New, The Dresden Dolls and The Mountain Goats. After a lengthy hiatus, Neutral Milk Hotel has finally reunited to embark on a reunion tour featuring the lineup from their seminal release, In the Aeroplane. This show is for old and new fans alike—yes, even indie-folk has made a strong comeback in recent years—and In the Aeroplane is, for many, still the defining release of the genre’s first wave, seamlessly blending folk, rock, psychedelic and shoegaze into one succinct package. Neutral Milk Hotel's all-ages concert at Kiva Auditorium (401 Second Street NW) tomorrow night is a must-see. The show happens at 7:30pm; tickets start at $36, and lo-fi indie-pop group Elf Power opens. Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque Convention Center • Thu Apr 17 • 7:30pm • $36-$51 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
I never expected to fall in love with a car, but I did after I moved to New Mexico for grad school. Buying into several grad school clichés, I bought a weathered silver Saab. That car became, as cars often do, the symbol of all things dear to me at the time—new adventures, open roads, life revisions. Multiply my experience exponentially and you arrive at events like the 2014 New Mexico International Auto Show. With more than 300 plug-in vehicles, full-size trucks and high-end sports cars, the show is billed as an automotive paradise.
Show goers can ogle luxury models, peek at vehicles not yet in dealerships and check out new technology like massive multimedia screens and inflatable seat belts. Get some hands-on experience with test drives for everyone, including children, who have their own Kids Autobahn. It’s a perfect place to do some reconnaissance if you’re in the market for a new vehicle. Even if you’re not, you can go and indulge in some unrestrained car passion.
Maybe that's exactly the point—a show like this is the stuff of dreams. Auto Show hours are 12pm to 10pm today, 10am to 10pm tomorrow, and 10am to 6pm Sunday, April 13, at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW). Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62 and older), military with any DOD ID and for children ages 6-12. Children five and younger are admitted free. Sunday is Family Day, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult. Albuquerque Convention Center • Fri Apr 11 • Noon-10pm • $5-$10, FREE for children under 5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Gathered under the umbrella concept of sanctuary—a place of safety—five local artists present their diverse visions of what it means to go to, be in or leave a safe haven. At the South Broadway Cultural Center April 10 to May 30, Sanctuary: A Personal Journey gathers photo-centric mixed-media compositions of broadly varying disposition. To call these works photo-centric may be painting with a too-coarse brush; each of the talents in Sanctuary explores the use of photography as a tool of art rather than as a stand-alone medium.
The show's artists are Patrick Nagatani, Holly Roberts, Joan Fenicle, Marie Maher and Fernando Delgado, who also serves as guest curator for this exhibit. Check out the artists' reception tonight, from 6 to 8pm. Sanctuary, at the SBCC (1025 Broadway SE), is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 8am to 5pm. For further information, call 848-1320. South Broadway Cultural Center • Thu Apr 10 • 6-8pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
The alt music scene here in the 1990s was a diverse and fertile workshop for sounds that varied from sludgy proto-grunge and pure punk-rock to melodic, danceable and jazzy reggae and ska. Perhaps the local band that best personified the latter description in this burg's old-school narrative was Giant Steps.
A ska band active in Burque from 1993 to 1999, Otto Barthel, Rob Kerley, Tom Siegel and company have made it a matter of habit to regularly schedule reunion shows here in town, much to the delight of lingering fans and plain old folks who just wanna dance the night away. The eight-piece Giant Steps return with their “in your face” horn section and their “rude” rhythm section for their latest reunion concert tomorrow at Launchpad (618 Central SW). CrazyFool and The Reagan Motels open the show. Doors for this 21-plus show open at 8pm, and tickets are available through holdmyticket.com. Launchpad • Sat Apr 5 • 9:30pm • View on Alibi calendar
At a time when Albuquerque is making national headlines for all the wrong reasons, let’s remember what we’re fighting for: a culture that celebrates life, community and passion. The National Institute of Flamenco has been a force for good in the Duke City since its founding in 1982. Even now, having lost its Downtown space of 15 years to a calamitous blaze last December, what’s come to light is not destruction, but a vibrant, spirited community of support. De las Cenizas, a benefit for the institute tomorrow, April 5, at 7:30pm, is a grand, gutsy first step toward raising the money needed to plan new facilities. Artists and companies donating their talents to the night include Kalpulli Ehecatl, directed by Mapitzmitl Xiukwetzpaltzin, performing warrior-style traditional Aztec dances; Donna Jewell’s Ecotone Physical Theater, dedicated to improvisational performance through sound, movement, gesture and unexpected props; Niños Flamencos, kid dancers both adorable and surprisingly intense directed by NIF founder Eva Encinias Sandoval; and many more. Your $25-to-$75 ticket for the show at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) will do a world of good toward reminding the world just what Albuquerque is known as: a locus for the flamenco arts, a place where art and history are kept fiercely alive with loving dedication. National Hispanic Cultural Center • Sat Apr 5 • 7:30pm • $25-$75 • View on Alibi calendar
This spring legendary folkie Arlo Guthrie hits the road with a small ensemble to celebrate the work of his renowned father, Woody. With only a dozen stops scheduled, each of these intimate concert appearances is destined to be a flavorfully significant reiteration of Woody’s immense stature in the annals of American music, as well as an opportunity to show off a folk family whose musical cred ranks right up there with Dylan and Cohen.
Accompanied by his son (Woody’s grandson) Abe and longtime collaborators Terry Hall and Bobby Sweet, the storied composer of seminal '60s protest tune “Alice’s Restaurant” will perform a cross-section of the Guthrie family legacy. Besides grand distinction as an American musical voice, Guthrie is known for his sharp wit and gift for telling stories that turn out to be pertinent reflections on the quintessential American cultural experience. The “Here Comes the Kid” tour makes Burque its second destination tomorrow at the KiMo Theatre (423 Central NW). Doors open at 6:30pm, and the show begins at 7:30pm. Ticket prices range from $39 to $59 and are available at holdmyticket.com and the KiMo box office. KiMo Theatre • Thu Apr 3 • 7:30pm • $39-$59 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
A hook to the right, a kick to the side, over, under ... just a mere glimpse of the jargon I'd hear while watching MMA fights with my brother. Moments like this captured the epic mentality that went with watching a sport where people beat each other up for glory and some cold, hard cash. When it's a fight between opponents of formidable talent, it's always reason to take a closer look and maybe even throw some money in the pool. Albuquerque's very own MMA superstar Holly Holm is scheduled to have an intense bout with Juliana Werner in the Legacy 30 Fighting Championship.
Welterweight Holm is an Albuquerque icon who was once named Ring Magazine's female Fighter of the Year and has numerous wins in both her boxing and MMA careers. It's no small feat that Holm is still an undefeated MMA champ, so if Werner is gonna be the one to change that, she's gotta bring all her force into those jabs and kicks. The fight happens tomorrow at 7pm at Route 66 Casino's Legends Theater (14500 Central SW). Tickets for the all-ages match range from $30 to $200. But aim for front row. After all, that's where the action happens. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Apr 4 • 7pm • $30-$200 • View on Alibi calendar
Maybe it was getting a passport, finding a friend, experiencing grief, choosing the high dive, hearing rock ‘n’ roll for the first time, saying yes or saying no. What experience has changed you? That’s the question behind an event coordinated by the University Heights Association for its neighborhood residents. Each person who takes part gets asked that same question. Responses will be videotaped, audio recorded or handwritten and edited into a documentary video collage about the always-changing University Heights neighborhood.
The event is the first in a year-long project that explores change as a way to connect with others instead of as a barrier to creating community. After all, stories of change make us human and connect us. Imagine comparing stories about your first love, your first home, the first time you had to say goodbye to someone you cared about. Odds are that you’d find more in common with someone than you’d imagined. The project is supported by a grant from the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant Program. The story project takes place tomorrow, from 7 to 9pm, at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (202 Harvard SE). Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice • Tue Apr 1 • 7-9pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
Wake up, verbs. Drink some coffee, adjectives. Put on your mascara already, nouns. Your services are required by Albuquerque’s leading poets. Prepare to rally to action tomorrow when 10 local hopefuls compete in the 2014 ABQ Grand Slam Poetry Slam Championship. The four best will go on to represent Burque at the National Poetry Slam, held this August in Oakland, Calif. The poetic art of the public slam arrived in Albuquerque exactly two decades ago this year, and our homegrown versifiers have been doing us proud ever since with a national win in 2005 and frequent notable finishes. This year’s qualified poets lay down the gauntlet of words at Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) at 7:30pm in the year’s biggest night of performance poetry. Tickets are available in advance or at the door for $10-$15; visit outpostspace.org, or call 268-0044 for deets. Outpost Performance Space • Sat Mar 29 • 7:30pm • $10-$15 • View on Alibi calendar
Masters of time, space and alt-hip-hop Deltron 3030 will soon materialize at Sunshine to jam the fuck out and possibly prepare Burque for colonization from beyond the stars. The supergroup features genre-defying aural astronauts Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator and Kid Koala. Unlike other purveyors of hip-hop, Deltron 3030 doesn’t spend much time reflecting on the complexities of urban life or ruminating on romantic success and its consequences. Instead these dudes wanna take us to the future—to the stars, through the void.
Besides having imperial cred with hip-hop and rock and roll audiences through work with artists as diverse as the Wu-Tang Clan, ska-punk outfit The Dirty Heads, alt-rock OG Dinosaur Jr. and meta-fictive cartoon band Gorillaz, Del’s work with frequent collaborators and producers Dan and Kid led to a renaissance of interest in complex, techno-sci-fi-laced raps generated by trans-dimensional entity Deltron 3030. Admission to this age 13-plus show at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow is 24 simoleons at the door, a nominal price for a guaranteed journey into the depths of the æther. Transmission begins at 7pm. Sunshine Theater • Sun Mar 23 • 7pm • $24 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar