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V.22 No.52 |

Alibi Picks

Headbangers Ball

You know Burque is a metal town, right? It’s not just this burg, either. From New Mexico to Norway, travel a few hundred miles in any direction, and you’ll probably run into a gang of long-haired youths banging their heads and grinding axes in community centers and rural roadhouses—growling portentously over the calamity that awaits us in this life or the next. This stark brand of rock and roll deviltry favors extreme climates and grows abundantly out here in the Southwest.

When the Under the Mountain Tour crashes into Launchpad (618 Central SW) tonight at 9pm, a new crop of regionally grown metal explodes onstage in seizure-inducing quantities. OKC death metal legend Dischordia headlines the aural onslaught, with local heavies End to End and Echoes of Fallen adding thunderous support. Laguna, N.M.-based rock heroes Defleshment open the proceedings. Tickets are only five clams, and if you survive, you can tell folks at work what “headbangers ball” really means, if they don't already know. Launchpad • Thu Jan 2 • 9pm • $5 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.49 |


High Desert Doom

New Mexico is a pretty metal state. From the Rez to downtown Burque, there’s almost always something heavy on the Land of Enchantment’s aural menu. Half an hour from now, you could be stretching your neck and breaking in your earplugs at High Desert Doom Fest. The headliner is unknown quantity Stonerist, which features members of Denver grindcore outfit Cephalic Carnage and local death/grind foursome Vale of Miscreation. Whether old-school or upstarts, these desert-dwelling noisemakers—Black Maria, Black Lamb, Hanta, Prey for Kali, Marsupious, The Horned God and Rezin Tree—crank out glorious low-end bass and vicious riffage for your pleasure. This 21-and-over fest starts at 6:30pm at Launchpad (618 Central SW), and admission is $8. Launchpad • High Desert Doom Fest • Sat Dec 7 • 6:30pm • 21+

V.22 No.49 | 12/5/2013


Huntress Blazes the Sky Tonight

Huntress * Carrion Kind * The Conjuring * Death Rides A Horseat Launchpad

Huntress is fresh off a North American tour with Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, and Testament, and is headed to the Duke tonight! It can be tough to get it up on a Monday night, but here are a few reasons to make it out for this show:

1) You’ve seen Iron Maiden more times in your life than you’ve flipped your mattress.

2) You’d sooner forget your underwear than your denim.

3) Not only do you know who King Diamond is, but you could apply his corpse paint with precision.

4) You have a weakness for a hot blonde bombshell that knows how to rock, and scares you as much as she turns you on.

5) You can’t remember the last time you had your face melted on a weekday.

The band last played here at the Isleta Amphitheater on the Mayhem tour. Seeing them on a smaller stage will be a real treat. Huntress will be at the Launchpad, joined by Carrion Kind, The Conjuring, and Death Rides A Horse. A measly eight bucks gets you in. Doors at 8. Show at 9:30.

V.22 No.28 | 7/11/2013
Heartless Bastards

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Heartless Bastards Target Albuquerque

Erika Wennerstrom on writing, the desert and spirit animals

Wherein Mark Lopez converses with Heartless Bastards’ Erika Wennerstrom about music of the now, lyricism, inspiration and—yes—spirit animals.
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V.22 No.27 |

Alibi Picks

Sticky Stoner Saturdaze: Weedeater • ASG • Lo-Pan • Black Maria

Catch Wilmington, N.C.-based metal trio Weedeater at Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Saturday. The stoner/sludge stalwart is sweet 16 and continues to crank out concentrated low-end rawk. Fellow Wilmingtonian southern/stoner foursome ASG—signed to Relapse Records and touring in support of their latest release, Blood Drive—adds to the cacophony. Legendary local metal-worshipper crew Black Maria reps the 505 Marshall stack set. Pop in your earplugs at 9:30 p.m., and make sure to stretch your neck 'cause this 21-and-over gig calls for a limber spine, serious hearing protection and a $12 cover. Launchpad • Sat Jul 6 • 9:30 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.20 |

Alibi Picks

Post-rock Ritual: The Appleseed Cast • Hospital Ships • Ghost Circles • Bellemah • rock, indie

Lawrence, Kan.-based post-rock foursome The Appleseed Cast is relentlessly touring in support of their latest full-length, Illumination Ritual. While the work produced by the group doesn't exactly break new ground, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Making music together since '97, the Appleseed boys have damn near perfected the experimental indie/post-rock formula. Judge for yourself tonight at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Fellow Kansas crew Hospital Ships (who are signed to Graveface Records), sci-fi riffin' foursome Ghost Circles and acoustic indie-rock outfit Bellemah open the 21-and-over gig starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are only $10. Launchpad • Tue May 21 • 9 pm • $10 • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.19 |
Wes Naman

Alibi Picks

Wish You Were Her: Little Bobby CD Release • Shoulder Voices • Blackout Disciples • Venus Bogardus • Mr. and Mrs. Jones • Radgo

I've watched Little Bobby Tucker for years, and I've listened very carefully. I don't mind attesting to the fact that his latest solo effort pushes him over the edge; it's equal parts concept album, dance album and confessional. It's all psychology and honesty. Each song involves a musical and historical depth and layering that works under the guise of simplicity to obscure the weird complexity Bobby creates. In each song, said complexity deals with a woman in his life, and women are always in his life; there are undertones of sex and wine. A little anger is let go, like a note floated down the river, but the overall stamp is, “It is what it is.” One line I had to listen to over and over again really sums up his positive spin on what some would consider negative experiences: “Don't give up so quickly on me.” Admission to the 21-and-over release party—also starring Venus Bogardus, Mr. and Mrs. Jones and Blackout Disciples—costs $5 and includes a copy of the CD. Launchpad • Fri May 10 • 9 pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.19 | 5/9/2013
Illustration by Mark Beyer



Expanded online April 2013 scene report

Music writer, DJ and DIY promoter Derek Caterwaul shares his April 2013 local music memories.
V.22 No.18 | 5/2/2013
Cole Bee Wilson


Thunderstruck, lucky number, magnet and steel and teeming Martsch

I often feel that the wonder inherent in the New Mexico music scene is an amazingly well-kept secret. This week’s live music forecast supports that hypothesis. Whether you’re in search of avant-garde/magic realist/aural alt.history, gothic Americana, pop or twangy indie rock, Music to Your Ears has you covered. Peep related A/V below. Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe • H Thunderbolt (Cole Bee Wilson) with Laura Goldhamer • Fri May 3 • 8 pm • $15 • ALL-AGES! •

Cole Bee Wilson

Music to Your Ears


Avant-garde Americana, a folk art and music festival, an alt. country/indie pop dectet and twangy indie rock. Now that’s Music to Your Ears.
V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013
Miracle Dolls


Nativity in rock, jazz hands, punk sundae and marrow-melting psych

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+ •

V.22 No.13 |

Alibi Picks

Death Convention Singers CD Release

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: 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

V.22 No.11 | 3/14/2013
Venus Bogardus


Venus Bogardus struts into town

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+ •

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