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
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 Gracchi (from left) Ashley Floyd, Laura Marrich, Jeffrey Jones and Alex Tappan
If you’ve read about The Gracchi, it probably wasn’t in the Alibi. Former Editor in Chief Laura Marrich has played in the band since its inception, so the paper was ethically unable to cover the act, but now we can. Read all about it in The Gracchi Reunite at Garage & Wax. The group’s original lineup performs at Captain America’s fourth Garage and Wax Night. Check out video of Ashley Floyd proposing to Marrich below. Low Spirits • The Gracchi • Pan!c • Pumpin' for Jill • Riley Switch • Sat Dec 15 • 8 pm • $5 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com
If you read the Daily Lobo or watch KRQE News, you may have already heard about local rock outfit Glitter Dick’s release party flyer controversy at UNM. I take a deeper look at the situation in Queering Public Spaces. Check out sights and sounds by performing acts below. Launchpad • Glitter Dick album release party • CanyonLands • Black Maria • Terri Schiavo Dance Party • Fri Dec 14 • 9:30 pm • $5 • 21+ • launchpadrocks.com
Glitter Dick - “Audiophile”
Black Maria - “Nick Nolte”
CanyonLands - “The Tree Stood Up to The Lightning”