Combat those ol' midweek blues with an aural sampling of New Orleans. On Wednesday, March 6, self-described “gypsy brass circus rock” quintet Dirty Bourbon River Show brings sounds reminiscent of the Crescent City to the high desert. Melding blues, circus soundscapes, folk, gypsy, Latin, rock and roll and traditional New Orleans brass band styles, the group has been fervently purveying its gumbo genre since forming in early 2009. This jambalaya juggernaut's touring schedule is très heavy, and the outfit has five studio albums under its collective belt. After hundreds of concerts, Dirty Bourbon River Show may not have perfected their performance style and persona, but these fellows can certainly put on a damn fine and thoroughly entertaining show. Find out for yourself tonight night at Low Spirits. The 21-and-over gig kicks off at 9 p.m., and admission is $7. Low Spirits • Wed Mar 6 • 9 pm • $7 • View on Alibi calendar
Most everyone has heard Detroit sextet Electric Six's anthemic track “Gay Bar,” but not everyone realizes the band has continued to regularly release strong material throughout its 14-year career. Blurring arena rock, disco, glam and synth pop, Electric Six proves its mettle tonight at Launchpad, along with Long Island, New York-based alt.rock quintet Gabriel the Marine and local controversy-soaked blood-surfers Glitter Dick. The amps crank up at 9:30 p.m., and admission to the 21-and-over gig is $12. Abraham Lincoln beards and lamé pants are highly recommended. Launchpad • Wed Feb 20 • 9:30 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar
American Romantic author Edgar Allen Poe's stories of love and horror have long inspired sonic interpretation. Composers like André Caplet, Rachmaninoff and Nikita Koshkin all created aural tributes to his work. Modern music is likewise littered with references to the macabre maven's tales. From country and folk singers like Jim Reeves, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez to metal acts like Nightwish, Iron Maiden and Cradle of Filth, songs influenced by Poe's yarns are omnipresent. As part of the 2013 Poe Festival, local musicians gather to pay homage to the writer at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) tomorrow night. Starting at 10 p.m., Ladies Society of Grenadiers, The Great Depression, Barney Lopez, Chris Walsh and Ryan Sciarrotta rock “The Bells” at this free, 21-and-over concert. Blackbird Buvette • Sat Feb 9 • 10 pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Thrash metal five-piece Overkill has been shredding since 1980. Over the past three decades, the membership has gone through several transformations. Experience the distilled product of 30 years of cacophony tonight at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW). Blackened thrash foursome Torture Victim, death metal trio Suspended and thrash traditionalist quartet The Conjuring contribute the local heavy. The 13-and-over gig kicks off at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. Stretch your neck and pack your earplugs, all you heavy people. Sunshine Theatre • Mon Feb 4 • 8 pm • $15 • View on Alibi calendar
Indie rock outfit Pinback hail from sunny San Diego and—much like the oceanside climate—the act's sonic makeup can induce smiles and satisfied sighs. Named for a character in John Carpenter's spaced-out odyssey Dark Star, Pinback's catalog begs comparison to a number of acts, but the band ultimately sounds exactly like no one else. The group performs at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) tomorrow along with Oakland, Calif.-based string-metal trio Judgement Day. The 13-and-over show kicks off at 8 p.m. and tickets are $16. Sunshine Theatre • Wed Jan 30 • 8 pm • $16 • View on Alibi calendar
Shake off the post-holiday, too-many-biscochitos blues at a cacophonous showcase on Wednesday. Left to Rot hail from Laguna Pueblo and deliver death metallurgy with precision and dexterity. Blackened grind foursome End to End, death punk/thrash four-piece Torture Victim, upstart Perverted Virtue and red corn syrup-doused The Rot Inn, of the New Mexico Thrash Zone, also shred. Don't spend so much time futzing with your coiffure or eyeliner that you neglect to bring some hearing protection. This show will get loud. The 21-and-over concert kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Admission is only $4. Launchpad • Wed Dec 26 • 9:30 pm • $4 • View on Alibi calendar
Alternative music and hip-hop rarely mesh well, but when done right, the combination is a praiseworthy feat. Linkin Park tried for years and—though mainstream America may disagree—they never quite pulled it off. Charles Andrew Bothwell’s brainchild, Austronautalis, excels for a couple of reasons. First, he’s an insightful songwriter (see “Measure the Globe”). Sure, there are many serious hip-hop artists, but not a lot of alt. ones. Another reason is that Austronautalis doesn’t travel the ironic road. At first, I thought his songs might be a joke, but soon saw that the subject matter is legit, which makes his work profound. And he adds just the right amount of fuzz to keep things interesting. Bothwell will drop his “indie-folk-historical-fiction-hip-hop” at this 13-and-over gig. Launchpad • Mon Dec 17 • 7:30 pm • $10 • View on Alibi calendar
The guys from Deschutes Brewery, purveyor of Mirror Pond Ale and Obsidian Stout, are in town for Base Camp Week, a craft beer celebration. There will be events all around town, from a White IPA release party at Seasons Rotisserie & Grill to a tasting at Jubilation, and appearances by, um, "a giant traveling beer barrel named Woody." But the event I'm most excited about is the Hats Off to Homebrewers workshop tonight at O'Niell's Pub on Juan Tabo. Deschutes brewer David Brendgard will be offering advice to local do-it-your-selfers on improving their beer. He'll also be giving away recipe books, bags of hops and other complimentary brewing supplies. A crew from La Cumbre Brewing will be on tap to talk shop, too. Plus, O'Niell's will offer a special menu starting at 6 p.m. and pair it with selected beers for the occasion. $20 gets you in the door—$15 if you're a member of the American Homebrewers Association. O'Niell's Pub, Northeast Heights • 5-8 pm • $15-$20 • 21+ • deschutesbrewery.com
Tonight, SuperGiant, Anesthesia, Requiem Mass, Caustic Lye, Suspended, Until Chaos, Echoes Of Fallen, Torture Victim, Eve of an End and The Ground Beneath pay their respects to Kirsten Landeau and Dillon Cearfoss. The two, aunt and nephew, were tragically killed in August. Landeau was a member of the Duke City Darlin's, a charitable group of tattooed and pierced women that works with the local music community to better the world. Entry is $10 to the 21+ show, and proceeds benefit the family. Launchpad • 5 pm • $10 • 21+
New Mexico-born, Austin-bred trio The Angel Babies is embarking on a five-city tour in support of the threesome's self-titled full-length debut. The second stop is Burque, specifically the monthly rock and roll-centric No Fun Dance Party (hosted by DJ Bea and, coincidentally, Alibi music editor DJ Cassyle). Available in limited-press vinyl at the show, the album is a diverse listen. Its 12 songs range from postmodern corrido-style numbers to fuzzy, electronics-laced rockers to slow-burning and darkly ethereal tunes. New Mexico native Frankie Medina (Dirty Hearts, The Kill Spectors) and Calida Salazar share vocal duties. Preview the album at tinyurl.com/angelbabies. This 21-and-over party is a prime opportunity to prove to your naysaying friends that one can totally rock spurs and bolo ties with Chelsea boots.
Karaoke + WiFi + Friendly Bartender = Happy Writer Options to sing Goth Karaoke in addition to the expected classics + Entertaining Company + Friendly Bartender = Very Happy Writer
I love that I live in a burg where I can text a bar owner to verify that there's WiFi in the bar before heading over with my lap-tot. (Tiny lap-top) Once I get the verification, I head over to where people are already singing VNV Nation and Wolfsheim mixed in with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cyndi Lauper. DJs Sparquis and Twig keep the mood fun and though they are dressed in black and singing Ministry and Dead Can Dance, they'll still play that song that gets most everyone to dance in a line. (I'm told it's called the "Cupid Shuffle.")
Albuquerque Rocks, and tonight, Retro's Bar is a good place to be. I'm having a "Vanilla Coke" and working on my book in a booth in front of the stage, with just enough distraction to make it feel like a mini-vacation, even though my word count is going up exponentially.
Let me make a small plea to my fellow New Mexican bar-goers: find your neighborhood bar and go to it. Give your hard working DJs credit where credit is due (these guys are going out of their way to have any song you want to sing, even if it will never be played on local radio outside of KUNM) and spend your money locally. Yeah, I want this bar (and other local Burque spots) to be here in five years, I've got some songs to dedicate on the mic, and they don't rock it like they do here anywhere else that I've found, and I've been looking. It's not perfect, but it feels like home- at least on Tuesday nights. This isn't an ad for Retro's specifically, it's a beacon of light to let you know that your home bar is out there, and I think that it might be around the corner for you: get out there and look.
(Around the corner for me is about a ten minute drive since don't live in the heights. I also frequent the Albuquerque Press Club and love Gecko's on Academy when I'm in a gastropub mood. Your great local spot is out there, go find it! Two cute drunk girls are singing Mariah Carey's "Hero" to you right now, get inspired. Already found it? Post a comment and share the wealth!)
An international trip, right down to the exchange rate
By Ari LeVaux
Tapas, Spanish for “snacks you eat before or after a night of partying” (or simply “appetizers” for short), have become wildly popular left of the Atlantic in recent years. While the chance to mix it up with several dishes sounds yummy enough, tapas eateries—and their customers—have had to struggle with an obvious flaw: You can end up getting less food per dollar than with full-sized portions.