In an attempt to economically cover eclectic shows, we shook the music section format up a bit. This week’s Shows Up! proffers aural sweets for music lovers of all stripes. Whether they’re into Native rock and roll, jazz, post-punk or marrow-melting psych rock, live music fans have no reason to be bored this week. Tonight, check out Nativity in rock at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) during Rock the 9 or cruise to The Fe for the touring version of the Monterey Jazz Festival. If you head north on Friday, there’s more yummy punk to lap up, and, on Tuesday, Canadian psych-rock fivesome Black Mountain hypnotizes at Launchpad. Peep related A/V below. Low Spirits • Rock the 9 • Dawa • I Conscious • Ed Kabotie • Jim Ruel • Thu Apr 25 • 9 pm • $10 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com
Cobra//group first materialized in the high desert in 2004. Nine years later, what may be the Southwest's largest “non-classical nor mariachi” band continues conjuring an unorthodox, radical sound. In 2010, three massive tracks were recorded by 18 members under their new nom de guerre, Death Convention Singers. To create this latest, self-titled work, 10 bass guitars, two drum kits, a banjo, a clarinet, a turntable toy and a violin were all jacked into an enormous mixer and deejayed using the board’s mute function. I dug this album, but Brujasis my all-time favorite entry in their catalog; listen to it in the dark, and you'll see what I mean: bit.ly/dcsbrujas. Naming all the members takes up too much dead tree space, but at least 15 of them are slated to perform. This concert takes the vs. format to a whole new level with simultaneous improv performances by DCS-adjacent projects: Alchemical Burn, Bigawatt, Fando, (H)Ohm, I CUM DRUMS, Ipytor Gavyen Machislav, Lionhead Bunny and TAHNZzz. Out-of-this-world opener Space Station Gusher meshes Gusher, Uranium Worker, Heyisayfuckyou and more. This 21-and-over gig cranks up at 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and admission is only five bucks. Launchpad • Fri Mar 29 • 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
It takes all kinds, and that’s a very good thing. Whether you’re craving post-punk/art rock, electro-industrial, rockabilly, psych-rock, doom or Irish pub songs, you can find your fix right here in Burque. Tonight, literate post-punk act Venus Bogardus—featuring real-life couple James Reich and Hannah Levbarg—lays down a hypnotic sonic swagger at Burt’s Tiki Lounge, along with Lady Uranium and These Charming Cobras. Read all about this and other terrific local shows in Venus Bogardus in the Dominion of the Shadow Men. Check out related A/V below. Burt's Tiki Lounge • Venus Bogardus • Lady Uranium • These Charming Cobras • Fri March 15 • 9 pm • FREE • 21+ • burtstikilounge.com
Indulge your wildly eclectic taste in music—hip-hop, bluesy rock and roll, country, post-rock, prog and post-metal art-rock—with a smidgen of assistance from this week’s Music to Your Ears. Check out related A/V below. Sister • Talib Kweli • Zoology Crew • Sat Feb 23 • 10 pm • $35 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek - “Move Something”
Talib Kweli - “Get By”
Zoology - “Don’t Step”
Mr. and Mrs. Jones - “Katie’s on the Levee”
The Saltine Ramblers - “Thousand Diamond Rings” (The Handsome Family)
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
On the bright side, that frees up our collective schedule to catch Queens, New York duo Blues Control on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Small Engine Gallery (1413 Fourth Street SW), along with Fando and Fort Hobo. On Sunday, Feb. 10, get your alt.country/gothabilly and gonzo-roots fix at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) with Slim Cessna's Auto Club and The Imperial Rooster. Be a battle participant/voyeur on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Desert Banditz' Mic Club 7 at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Peruse the deets in this week's Music to Your Ears. Check out A/V from featured acts below. Small Engine Gallery • Blues Control • Fando • Fort Hobo • Tues Feb 12 • 9 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • smallenginegallery.com
Blues Control - "Opium Den / Fade to Blue"
Blues Control - "Love's a Rondo"
Breakfast with Fando
Fort Hobo - Power Wulf
Slim Cessna's Auto Club - "Last Song About Satan"
The Imperial Rooster - "Khorn Sirrup Sundae (K.S.S.)"
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