The people have spoken. The nominations are in for the best local bands, players, albums, venues, engineers and labels of the past year. The second round for all the marbles runs Feb. 21 through Mar. 6. This year you can cast your votes once each week (that’s up to three times if you check your calendar carefully).And the cherry atop the BOBM sundae is a fantastic live showcase of nominees on Mar. 24. This thing was a blast last year, so let’s do it again!
Drumroll, please! Best of Burque, the original Albuquerque reader’s poll, enters its latest incarnation on Valentine’s Day, 2018. Voting runs Feb. 14 through March 13, a four-week period during which, for the first time, you can cast your votes once each week. So if you want to express love for your Best of Burque faves on a weekly basis to give the objects of your affection an edge in the results, your wish has been granted!
It’s hard remembering a time when there wasn’t a Best of Burque—it’s been around longer than lots of its voters, now. It was the first and remains the best “Best of” of Burque, even amid an ever-growing host of distracting start-ups and simulacra, vying for imaginary market share and kissing rump roasts harder than dignity abides.
Brett and Rennie Sparks (aka The Handsome Family): “Every time a bunch of prairie dogs finds a nice bit of grass or even a bit of forgotten dirt to build themselves a town within our city's confines, there are people immediately pushing them out with poisoned hay and other nastiness. Can't we somehow find a way to make space for these adorable, intelligent animals? Will it really ruin your shopping experience to have them peeking out of holes along the grass between Babies“R”Us and Target?”
Best Scandal, Best TV News Personality, Best-Dressed Burqueño, Best Place to See a Ghost, Best Place to People-Watch, The Person We Lost in 2013 That We'll Miss Most and other aspects of a life that can only be lived in this particular city.
Gabrielle Torres (Miss Albuquerque): “Whether you are an amateur hiker, a runner or you have many miles on your hiking boots, the Sandias offer a variety of trails and scenery. The transition from high heels to tennis shoes seems to be the best part …”
Generous, capable and attractive, the staff at Sister will chat you up or leave you alone, depending on your happy hour mood, and they won't lose their shit when the bar is three-deep at midnight. Sister puts their servers through rigorous special training in the whole eye contact thing to ensure great service. Same psychic bartender school Anodyne sends their people to. It is also universally agreed that Sister's cadre of door guys are of the highest caliber. (GP)
Maggie Hart Stebbins (Bernalillo County Commissioner): “How often do you drive through the intersection at Carlisle and Indian School and not take a look at the giant red arrow, stuck there in a big stone block? Most of us breeze by or pull into the Whole Foods parking lot with hardly a glance. But if you take the time to stop and look at the thing, it’s magnificent!“
Richard Berthold (ex-UNM professor): “An excellent place to visit in Albuquerque is UNM. You can attend a Regents meeting and see people whose only qualification is supporting some governor's election decide the fate of the university.”
From June through October, on Saturday mornings, get on over to Robinson Park at 8th and Central downtown, and get your fix of fresh, local and homemade goodness of all kinds. Vegetables, fruits, baked goods, artisan items, and if that's not enough, there’s always a parade of food trucks lined up to keep you nourished while you shop. (HVW)
Alex Denbaars (Musician/community organizer, Goathead Record Collective): “The tiny, spiky, troublesome little seeds known as goatheads can be found almost anywhere in the city but are most concentrated at Fairview Memorial Park Cemetery. Their Latin name is Tribulus terrestris, which translates to ‘spiky weapon of the Earth,’ and it is certainly a name they live up to—as anyone who has stepped on one in the dark with bare feet can attest to.“
Whether you’re ISO Americana, Greek/Latin folk-informed world-pop, improvisational drumming or an excellent folk-rock band named after a bleak Russian short story, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!
A Man Called Destruction, published on March 24, presents the reader with an unflinching portrait of the artist as a wrestler-with-demons working toward redemption. Chilton is best remembered as a gifted creator who fought to recover from the trauma of young fame by navigating a stormy sea.
Paul DeBlassie III’s The Unholy is a frightening thriller that details the struggle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. Set in the mythical land of Aztlan, DeBlassie’s novel is infused with the scents, sounds, and traditions of the author’s native New Mexico.
Beautiful, talented and compassionate, the real Vivian Vance was more than an “I Love Lucy” sidekick. She didn’t always gel with her famous costars, and her personal life wasn’t always picture-perfect.
“I can pinpoint the very moment it all started to change, when the calm broke: when news that twelve-year-old Emanuel Jaques had disappeared spread through our neighborhood in the whispered prayers of women returning from Mass.”
There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.
Whether you’re craving a Lou Reed tribute by female Americana musicians, new-school West Coast rap, rediscovered concert compositions or bitchin’ Atlantan garage-punk, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!