V.23 No.46 |
Lovers & Madmen Shapes Fantasies
By Renee Chavez [ Thu Nov 20 2014 9:00 AM ]
Lovers & Madmen bring their slick take on Americana to Low Spirits.
Time to Volunteer: Geeks Who Drink gears up for Hunger Games
By Courtney Foster [ Wed Nov 19 2014 12:30 PM ]
Celebrate Reaping Day with a pub quiz that covers events in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.
V.23 No.45 |
The Boys Are Back: Dropkick Murphys at Sunshine
By Renee Chavez [ Wed Nov 12 2014 9:00 AM ]
Dropkick Murphys bring some Celtic sounds to Sunshine Theater.
V.23 No.44 |
Turning Over a New Leaf
By Renee Chavez [ Fri Nov 7 2014 2:00 PM ]
Flyleaf play some tunes at the Sunshine Theater in support of their new record Between the Stars.
V.23 No.43 |
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Los Ojos del Lobo
By Samantha Anne Carrillo [ Tue Nov 4 2014 12:00 PM ]
Self-described as "trip metal," Wolf Eyes synthesizes genres ranging from metal to hardcore to electronic. Nuevomexicano noisemakers Mesa Ritual and TAHNZZ open this wicked Sweet Sixteen bash at Burt's on Wednesday night.
V.23 No.42 |
Keep Your Ears Kosher: Matisyahu at Sunshine
By Renee Chavez [ Tue Oct 28 2014 12:00 PM ]
Bid shalom to Matisyahu as he plays some tunes.
V.23 No.41 |
Watsky Slams Words
By Renee Chavez [ Fri Oct 17 2014 2:00 PM ]
Spoken word artist and speed-rapper Watsky takes the stage at Sunshine Theater.
V.23 No.40 |
The Wonder Years' Poetic Pop-Punk
By Renee Chavez [ Fri Oct 10 2014 2:00 PM ]
The Wonder Years play some emo-infused punk tunes at Sunshine Theater.
V.23 No.39 |
We're With You, Against Me!
By M. Brianna Stallings [ Wed Oct 1 2014 9:00 AM ]
Punk masters Against Me! take the stage at Launchpad.
V.23 No.38 |
The Mule Still Kicks Ass: Gov't Mule at Sunshine
By Renee Chavez [ Mon Sep 29 2014 12:00 PM ]
Southern rock band Gov't Mule play some haunting and funky tunes at this rollicking show.
V.23 No.37 |
A Feast for Folk Fans: Conor Oberst at Sunshine
By Renee Chavez [ Mon Sep 22 2014 12:00 PM ]
Conor Oberst, formerly of Bright Eyes, takes the stage with some folk-infused ditties.
V.23 No.34 |
Ride the Thunder
By Geoffrey Plant [ Fri Aug 29 2014 12:00 PM ]
There's no greater compliment this writer can bestow on Nik Turner's Hawkwind than describing latest single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” as reminiscent of the psychedelic-punk sound of Chrome and the ongoing work of main man Helios Creed. When Turner's current Hawkwind incarnation played Low Spirits earlier this year, they kicked out the jams with impressive consistency, complete with visuals, writhing, gyrating and go-go dancing. Nik Turner's Hawkwind doesn't just perform standards in the “greatest hits” style so many bands past their prime tend toward; instead, they offer new material that equals the classics in intensity and weirdness.
The extensive Mighty Thunder Rider tour also features heavy sets by self-described Krautrock/prog rock group Hedersleben—also Nik Turner's backing band, featuring excellent guitar work by U.K. Subs' Nicky Garratt—and Witch Mountain, “top-tier purveyors of American doom.” Also on the bill for this Launchpad (618 Central SW) show tomorrow night are Albuquerque's finest stoner rock outfit Black Maria, who are recording a new album slated for release in the near future; look forward to fresh material from these giants among men. As for the concert, don't worry if the volume makes your ears bleed: That's the way all these bands roll. Doors are at 8pm, and $12 gets you in. Launchpad • Sat Aug 30 • 9pm • $12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
V.23 No.29 |
Rubberneckin': Toadies in the Duke City
By Constance Moss [ Mon Jul 28 2014 10:00 AM ]
V.23 No.28 |
The Vortex Beyond: Man or Astro-Man?
By August March [ Fri Jul 18 2014 1:30 PM ]
Listen up, humans of Earth: There is surf rock in outer space. Like the otherworldly music of Sun Ra, it passed through Alabama before spreading like a crazy, unavoidable virus across this material realm. If you find yourself befuddled by the possibilities, set your mind at ease by checking out Man or Astro-Man? on Sunday, July 20. It's all happening at the perfect venue for hosting excellent extraterrestrial expeditions, the Launchpad (618 Central SW).
After spending the past decade visiting the vasty deep beyond our fragile sphere, band members Birdstuff, Coco the Electronic Monkey and Star Crunch make landfall in Burque to perform tracks from their latest, greatest extra-solar transmission Defcon 5…4…3…2…1, as well as revisiting their wickedly precise and witty tuneage from the '90s, including tracks from Intravenous Television Continuum, Experiment Zero and the What Remains Inside a Black Hole comp. In conjunction with this rare, star-gazing visitation, earthbound Alabaman act Wray supports their self-titled debut with some intense sonic shoe-gazing while Portlandite harbinger of hip Sallie Ford adds a grounded but hard-rocking complement to the acute angles and blurry nebulas being traversed on stage. Tickets for this 21-plus show are 13 Federation Credits. The airlocks engage at 7pm, and the countdown commences at 8pm. Launchpad • Sun Jul 20 • 8pm • $13 • View on Alibi calendar
V.23 No.27 |
By Captain America [ Sat Jul 12 2014 8:00 AM ]
Ever notice how different sets of ears hear things, well, differently? Take Oakland, Calif., quartet Everything is Dirty. Peruse online reviews and you’ll find numerous references to grunge, art rock and psychedelic. The meaning of pigeonholing tags—which all us music scribblers adore—shift over time as music changes. For instance, “soul” used to mean cornbread vocals by Sam & Dave backed by plenty of horns. These days, soul means (ugh) Robin Thicke or (less ugh) Duffy. That '90s catchall phrase “alternative rock” referred to the watered-down but occasionally worthy successor to '80s “indie rock” on labels like Merge and 4AD but ultimately degenerated into describing knuckleheads like Fred Durst.
If Everyone Is Dirty is grunge, then so is Weezer. Art noise? Sure, there’s some droning here and there, but I guess anything vaguely atonal is “noise” to masses who nowadays prefer songs that are more beat than melody or harmony or anything else that was once the hallmark of popular (pop) music. Live, the band does tend to venture heavily into “improv” and “jam”—two words that always fill me with dread. Singer Sivan Gur-Arieh takes her electric violin into Jean-Luc Ponty territory, while Christopher Daddio's guitar solos are sometimes longer than necessary but not by much; that's good for a guy like me whose attention wanders when soloists noodle around above the fifth or sixth fret. Psychedelic? Please. Only people who have never taken drugs use that word.
Here’s my take: Everything is Dirty's recorded output is post-Breeders, post post-Pixies, texture-rich and crunchy with vocals reminiscent of Louise Post (Veruca Salt), Chrissy Amphlett (Divinyls) and Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses). (And if three “posts” in one sentence isn’t enough, I don’t know what is.) Of course, I think I’m correct, but see for yourself at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) on Monday, July 14, at 9pm. Cover is $5. Low Spirits • Mon Jul 14 • 9pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
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