alexmaryol.com Animal: Llama Influences: Chuck Berry, SRV, John Mayer, Flickerstick Guilty listening pleasure: Kelly Clarkson, Averil Lavigne, John Mayer, No Doubt ... you know, the usual. Band snack: Coffee Advice for new bands: Don't be in music for the "lifestyle." Be in it because you love music.
stickysthesia.com Genre: Rock ’n’ roll Animal: Any roadkill Influences: Pantera, Keystone Light, Rocky II, porn and Blake’s Lotaburger Guilty listening pleasure: Genesis … Phil Collins rocks, sucka!! Advice for new bands: Do jumping jacks at least three times a week. Eat pizza and don’t take advice from Anesthesia.
Genre: Metal Motto: Rush the pits Animal: Python Guilty listening pleasure: NWA Little-known fact: We all grew up together. Band snack: Doritos, Salsa Verde and Cool Ranch Advice for new bands: Write what you wanna write. Don’t take advice from outside sources that are not “in” the band.
Sounds like: The Runaways meets Smashing Pumpkins (I’m told) Little-known fact: No one wears underwear. Band snack: Bud Light Advice for new bands: Make friends with someone who works at Grandma’s Music.
Below the Sound
belowthesound.com Genre: Noise-rock Motto: We don’t have a fucking motto. Your fans are: Intelligent, good-looking and well-respected Advice for new bands: Get a job, punk.
Big Lips and the Skinny
biglipsandtheskinny.com Genre: Country, grunge, rock Sounds like: Ween, Cake, Johnny Cash on pills Little-known fact: One of us has a fake lens in his eye. Band snack: Cheez-its
The Big Spank
thebigspank.com Genre: Punkish ska pop Motto: It’s music, not porn! Animal: “Spank” the monkey Your live show is: Naked, out-of-control, spanktacular Band snack: Peanut butter crackers Advice for new bands: Nobody really cares what you are wearing.
Practice space: The Rock Lab Genre: Mid-tempo, aggressive sports-rock Motto: Are we getting paid for this show? Animal: Giant five-toed sloth Influences: Testosterone, pride and a “can do” attitude Little-known fact: We’re all actually really smart. Band snack: Grey Goose with microwaved Junior Mints
Sounds like: We got it going on Motto: Drink till she's pretty. Band snack: M&Ms Advice for new bands: Get the girls to love you
thelye.com, causticfuckinlye.com Genre: Heavy, heavy, heavy Your live show is: Rabid, abrasive, on point Guilty listening pleasure: Aesop Rock Advise for new bands: Don't listen to your mom, because she will tell you that you are good no matter how bad you suck.
coldsnapmusic.com Genre: Alternative rock Animal: The phoenix, for how many times we’ve risen from the ashes Little-known fact: We have more arguments and discussions about the band than we have practices. Band snack: Hooter’s hot wings or beer Advice for new bands: Don’t expect it to be easy or fun 100 percent of the time. Take the good with the bad and keep striving to improve and reinvent yourself. Be tolerant of each other.
Sounds like: Peter Gabriel meets Creedance, Bob Mould and Jeff Buckley Animal: Howler monkey Little-known fact: We exist!
Genre: Hardcore drumming, Latin percussion Motto: Never play the same show twice. Animal that best represents your band: Black panther Your guilty listening pleasure: Irish music Band snack: We have a tradition. At the beginning of the year, everybody cooks, and everybody comes over for dinner. We like to explore different kinds of food, mainly Peruvian food. Advice for new bands: Work really hard and don’t let it get to your head. It’s not about what you look like and how many people want to be friends. It’s about the community and your audience.
crazyfoolvibes.com Genre: Funky rocksteady reggae, ska Sounds like: Four gringos and an Ecuadorian playing reggae music Motto: CrazyFool, the other white meat. Also, CrazyFool? More like GravyStool. Animal: Wookie Little-known fact: Our drum set once belonged to legendary ska outfit The Specials. It’s a vintage ’60s Burchwood Ludwig set that we picked up from Aitch Bembridge, original Specials member and Albuquerque native. It’s the same set they recorded “A Message to Rudy” and all their other hits on. They also used it on several world tours. It’s awesome to have that spirit and energy on stage with us when we perform. Advice for new bands: Get a real job! The bums always lose. The bums always lose.
Danny Winn and the Earthlings
dannywinnandtheearthlings.com Genre: Ska Motto: Corporations don’t make rock stars, fans do! Animal: The zebra (black and white like checkerboard) Little-known fact: We’re already famous. We just haven’t told anyone yet. Band snack: Candy necklaces Advice for new bands: Think more about your audience than yourself.
The Dirty Novels
thedirtynovels.com Sounds like: Hip-shaking, love-making rhythms Motto: Vintage and modern by design Animal: Goldfish Little-known fact: One of us doesn’t know how to drive. Band snack: Jack in the Box Sourdough Jacks (minus bacon for Pablo) Advice for new bands: Network with touring bands.
Edge Ultimate Band Contestant: Blind Dryve
Genre: Good ol' fashioned American rock 'n' roll Animal: Ducks. Nobody hates ducks. Guilty listening pleasure: Patrick Swayze and David Hasselhoff Your fans are: We really don't have any ... yet ... but we're hopeful Advice for new bands: Quit school. That way you can practice way more.
Edge Ultimate Band Contestant: Possess and Conceal
Genre: Heavy metal Motto: All we possess and conceal will be released!!! Guilty listening pleasure: Kevin Federline Advice for new bands: Get a good soundman.
Sounds like: Old Modest Mouse being lead by Aimee Mann and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice on acoustic guitar, with some Spanish guitar thrown in there Motto: Cheers! Animal: Lisa's dog Roxy. It eats everything and craps on the rug. Little-known fact: 66 percent of the band is from Santa Fe, so Santa Feans can be cool, too. Advice for new bands: We're still pretty new, so we're not going around telling anyone else what to do.
Face Across the Floor
Genre: Progressive punk Sounds like: The laughter of Dionysus and the bawling of Dio Animal: Do single-celled organisms count? Guilty listening pleasure: Prince Your live show is: Debaucherous, orgiastic, volatile
Genre: Rock, emo, pop Little-known fact: Ex-Time4Change
Feels Like Sunday
feelslikesunday.net Genre: Rock, indie, alternative Motto: Dorks rock harder Animal: Anteater Guilty listening pleasure: Kenny Rogers, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Iron Maiden, Ki Little-known fact: We’ve played Seattle but not Santa Fe. Silly, isn’t it? Band snack: Bean dip, processed meat snacks, red licorice, Dark Eyes vodka
Felonious Groove Foundation
fgfband.com Sounds like: Southwestern funk for yo' mama Animal: Paper tigers Little-known fact: None of the band members are actually felons. Band snack: Pemmican beef jerky Advice for new bands: Make friends with the media any way you can. Local papers, radio stations and television stations can become some of your finest allies.
the-foxx.com Genre: Rock and roll Animal: I’ll give you one guess … Guilty listening pleasure: Juliet--That would without question be ABBA. I can’t speak for everyone, but I would love to reveal their guilty listening secrets! Zac--I think my entire record collection is probably considered guilty listening by most people. How about some Bay City Rollers? Band snack: Clearly Corn-Nuts, Dark chocolate M&M’s for Ryan and Juliet, Sparks for Zac.
giranimals.com Sounds like: Mid-’60s pop mixed with indie rock Motto: Bands that (insert verb) together stay together. Your fans are: Friends, Romans, countrymen Band snack: Bread sticks with marinara sauce
Genre: Your father’s punk rock Animal: A donkey—with pants! Little-known fact: Sometimes American Idol takes precedence over practice. Your live show is: Cheap, horrifying (yes, horrifying), delicious Advice for new bands: Dropping your demo at clubs rarely yields good gigs. Instead, ask bands you like to share a bill with you.
The Ground Beneath
thegroundbeneath.com Genre: Rock/metal Animal: Miniature Dachshund Little known fact: We’re always out of toilet paper. Advice for new bands: Just say no to emo.
xxx-guttermouth-xxx.com Genre: Punk rock Motto: Eat your face Hometown: Huntington Beach, Calif. Press release says: Front man Mark Adkins has been racking up violations of the PC code for well over a decade.
The Hollis Wake
theholliswake.com Genre: Indie rock Animal: Skunk (smelly, misunderstood, strangely cute) Guilty listening pleasure: Neil Diamond, Slayer, Big Country Little-known fact: The band’s name derives from a wake held for a friend in Hollis, N.H. He committed suicide. Your fans are: Drunk, discerning, devoted Advice for new bands: Practice
Jenny Gamble/The Jenny Gamble Trio
Genre: Folk-rock, Americana Motto: Support local music! Animal: Silvery minnow Little-known fact: We don’t believe in evolution. Favorite band snack: Emergen-C Advice for new bands: Be as involved and as close to your musical community as possible. If you love music, learn and do everything in your power to educate yourself about it and be as involved as possible. Most importantly, support local music!
Sounds like: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's love child screamin' in the night Animal: Penguin Little-known fact: Brandon from Minus Seven auditioned as our singer once. Your live show is: Wet, jumping, nudity Band snack: Full Throttles Advice for new bands: Face Across the Floor will get you drunk if you make out with Freddie.
socyermom.com/kimo Genre: Indie-folk-acoustic Animal: Chameleon Your live show is: Humorous, true, inspiring Advice for new artists: Play, play, play! Just getting your name, face and music out to all the possible venues is key! Play the open mic nights. Play the new band nights. Play anything. People will start to notice!
Genre: Progressive, metal Animal: Rabid dog Influences: Complex circumstances, life and embarrassing moments Little-known fact: We are all nerds and dorks. Your live show is: Commanding, aggressive, witty Advice for new bands: Don’t be disinclined to think outside the box. Work hard and practice, practice, practice! Oh, did we mention practice?
worldrecordmusic.com Genre: Latin rock hip-hop Sounds like: Dave Matthews meets Sublime Your guilty listening pleasure: Etta James, Alicia Keys Band snack: Enchiladas and Tecate
Last to Know
Motto: Mountain punk, bluegrass funk. Little-known fact: Eric, Dan and Jamie have known each other since high school in Austin, Texas. We're a seven-piece. And we make people dance their tails off. Band Snack: Whiskey Advice for new bands: Spread the love. Spread the fun, and it'll all come back.
liquidcheese.com Genre: Rock, reggae, Latin, ska, world beat Sounds like: Ozomatli and P-Funk’s love child Motto: To be early is to be on time. Animal: Blue heeler/Australian Shepherd cross Band snack: Chico’s tacos Advice for new bands: Stick with it. Always devote 100 percent and never forget why you started doing this.
Genre: Experimental psyche folk country Sound like: Captain Merle Haggard piloting the mothership ELO to planet Caravan. Animal: A wild pony. Little-known fact: We’ve played only four shows in Albuquerque. Your fans are: Uh, patient, patient, patient! Advice for new bands: Stick with it. You’ll get better!
Genre: Pop, rock, acoustic Sounds like: John Mayer, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Mraz, Marc Broussard
The Memphis P. Tails
memphisptails.blogspot.com Motto: Blues is blood. Animal: Black cat in the corner Little-known fact: The P. Tails evolved from a ’90s rock band called Shovelhead. Band snack: Whiskey of one kind or another, except Joe, who prefers insulin.
michaeljgarcia.com Genre: Acoustic Spanglish Sounds like: A broken heart Your fans are: Easygoing Snack before or after a set: Tuna Advice for new bands: Don’t be scared.
The Mindy Set
themindyset.com Motto: We're in it for the money. Animal: Josh Williams Influences: New wave, Manchester, punk, Art Garfunkel Little-known fact: Josh really is the missing Beatle. Your fans are: Sweet, sensible drunks Your live show is a: Holy hand grenade Advice for new bands: Keep on rocking ’cause you're gonna get signed any day now.
Genre: Hardcore metal Sounds like: Ass rock! Guilty listening pleasure: Eminem, Depeche Mode, Fiona Apple Advice for new bands: Don't give up right away just because big things do not happen for you immediately. Take your time and just keep playing the music you like to play. Don't change genres just because of what's popular, either. It will eventually fade away.
oktoberpeople.com Genre: Space rock, shoegaze Animal: Owl Guilty listening pleasure: Dio Your fans are: Awesome, bitchin’, deaf Your live show is: Crashing, tranquil, frenetic Advice for new bands: Be true to your ideals and integrity. Don't compromise your musical creativity. Musical growth happens when it happens.
Old Man Shattered
oldmanshattered.com Genre: Modern rock Sounds like: Three Doors Down, Nickelback, Crossfade, etc. Animal: Lion (king of the jungle) Little-known fact: We once opened for Jessica Simpson. We are a rock band, lol. Advice for new bands: True success is to make champions of others.
Genre: Punk, Rock ’n’ roll Sounds like: The Muffs meets The Platters meets The Ramones meets Yngwie Malmsteen Animal: A caffeinated, flaming, tricycling, circus bear Guilty listening pleasure:The Muppets Movie Soundtrack Band snack: Fat Tire and kisses Advice for new bands: Just get out and do it. Play live and play often. We booked our first show before we could play a set. If you wait till you’re ready, you never will be!
paulsalazarmusic.com Genre: Pop, rock Sounds like: Music Animal that best represents your work: Tortoise Guilty listening pleasure: Kelly Clarkson Snack before or after a set: Ginger
Poor Man's Ferrari
Genre: Rock, blues, funk Motto: There is no try, there is do or do not.
Radio La Chusma
elcaminomusic.com Sounds like: Bob Marley and Celia Cruz had a baby and then raised him in Mexico. Or like Lenny Kravitz joined Sublime and toured Africa. Band snack: Beef jerky Advice for new bands: Just keep playing and ask questions. There are enough music brothers out there that will help guide you on your path.
Rage Against Martin Sheen
"Just use the same crap you have used for the past five years."
Romeo Goes to Hell
romeogoestohell.com Genre: Two-car garage rock Motto: Truth, freedom, beauty, bullshit Animal: Chupacabra Little-known fact: Josh is actually two little people. One stands on the other’s shoulders. Band snack: The blood of young virgins, Hot Pockets
therumfits.com Genre: Rock, punk, metal Sounds like: 1 cup of Green Jelly, 3 teaspoons of The Stooges, 1 quart of Black Flag, 1 12-ounce bottle of FEAR, 2 gallons of Motorhead and a dash of Motley Crue to taste. Cook till tender with some AC/DC.
The Ryan McGarvey Band
Genre: Blues rock Motto: Play with 110 percent from the heart. All or nothing. Band Snack: Taos Cow ice cream Advice for new bands: Never give up.
socyermom.com/scenester Genre: Rock Sounds like: Rock mixed with some rock and add a dash of, um, rock. Animal: Rhinoceros or the Sperm Whale Little-known fact: Roger’s curls are all natural. Luke rides a scooter and, yes, Leonard is that sexy in real life. Your live show is: Sweaty rock circus Band snack: Carne seca or pork skins Advice for new bands: Stay in school. Get yo’ degree first and then rock out. Buy the more experienced bands a drink.
Genre: Rock 'n' roll
Sounds like: Funk and jazz infused hip-hop with turntablistic tendencies and a punk-rock demeanor Animal: Gorilla (Java Man) Little-known fact: The band was created to support the album (
Great, Great, Great Gran’Pa 2004), which was already produced and released prior to the group’s forming in spring 2005. Band snack: Rival sucka MC rappers Advice for new bands: Svengalian tactics work best in the context of beer. Build a name for the band before trying to talk cash.
soular.us Genre: Rock and roll for the masses Motto: Everybody loves a good chocolate cake Animal: The beetle with an 'A' Little-known fact: We are all quite fond of Chaucer and Spike Lee joints. Your fans are: Tall, melancholy, literate Your live show is: Veni, Vedi, Vinci Band snack: Hostess Sno-Balls and Yoo-Hoo Advice for new bands: Listen here Lawdawgs, law don’t run around here, you see?
stanhirsch.com Genre: Depends on mine and the audience’s mood Animal: Human
Genre: Awesome rock Sounds like: Pure awesomeness Animal: Elephant Influences: We did a covers EP, and these are the bands we covered: The Pixies, Fugazi, Seaweed, Archers of Loaf, The Cure, Quicksand and The Descendants Band snack: Fritos and mayo Thoughts on Albuquerque: Great place to party, awesome people and rockin' bands Thoughts on touring: It keeps us alive.
myspace.com/supergiant Sounds like: Psychedelia-laced, groove-oriented power rock Motto: We’ll try anything twice. Little-known fact: We all met through Rocksquawk.com. The lead guitarist and singer just found out they have the same birthday.
The Surf Lords
surflords.com Sounds like: The beginning of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Animal: Dolphins, because they actually surf. Little-known fact: Only one member actually surfs. Your fans are: Good dancers Advice for new bands: Play some instrumental tunes. Don’t sing every song.
Genre: Rock, hip-hop, punk Motto: Kicking a dead horse only gets your foot tired. Animal: Stray dog Little-known fact: Started in 1999 in Taos Advice for new bands: Longevity is the key to success.
Unit 7 Drain
unit7drain.com Sounds like: Sonic Youth, The Pixies, The Cure, Longwave, A Cricket in Times Square, The Killers Motto: Give us liberty and also death Animal: Bat Little known-fact: We are the only band in the last decade or more to release a record on 8-track tape. Band snack: Veggie nuggets from Kai's Your live show is: Explosive, destructive and beautiful
Genre: Metal Motto: Fuck work, make music. Release the scream. Guilty listening pleasure: Mariah Carey Little-known fact: We are all in the Air Force.
The Ya Ya Boom Project!
Genre: Rockomahol Motto: Rock with wings Animal: A porcupine, because it's kind of bomb-shaped. Band snack: Vegan stuff that’s around the practice house Advice for new bands: Keep playing. Don’t let anything people say affect you negatively. Be sturdy.
ialonemusic.net Practice space: At my shows. I work 40 hours a week, go to school and have two small kids … children, that is, not goats. Genre: Beatbox-based hip-hop folk Sounds like: A capella on steroids Motto: Save the world. Be a great parent. Little-known fact: My daughter is the star in the center of my heart, and my son is the papaya of my eye. Advice for new artists: Less talk, more music.