V.25 No.12 | 03/24/2016
Hear 15 Hot Local Bands on Civic Plaza
Press Release [ Wed Mar 30 2016 11:00 AM ]
If you love discovering new bands to add to your musical repertoire, put Friday, April 1 on your calendar and head to Civic Plaza where from noon to 7:30pm. you'll have the opportunity to hear not a few, but 15 local bands bringing their best to impress the crowd.
The City of Albuquerque and Civic Plaza Presents are hosting the annual Local Band Showcase to bring attention to our amazing local talent.
This family-friendly event is a great place to share your love of music with other fans, enjoy new sounds and new tunes, and grab a bite from local food trucks like All Smoked Out BBQ, Street Food Sensations, Irrational Pie and Loretta's Lattes. Plus, there will be local beer and wine available for the grownups.
Bands subject to change.
The event is free and will be held rain or shine. Friendly pets on leashes are also welcome. Paid parking is available at the Civic Plaza underground garage, the Convention Center and nearby lots or street parking.
By Megan Reneau [ Fri Mar 25 2016 5:21 PM ]
After being catcalled by some idiot (who then stalled out on Central, take that ya dumb idiot) I arrived at the Launchpad. It was the least crowded I’ve seen it in a while which I found surprising because in the alternative scene in Albuquerque, I gathered that Palisades and Secrets are popular. I’ve seen Palisades once and that was last year at Warped Tour and I really enjoyed the show then, so I was excited to see what they would be like to see them in a small venue.
Certainly more people were there than at Warped, possibly because they’ve become more popular since last summer but it’s more likely that it’s because it was a Wednesday evening. Who has stuff to do then? I digress.
I got to my seat on the balcony just in time. Picturesque started playing as soon as I sat down. There were far more people on the floor than the balcony, which isn’t usually the case. Actually, that’s probably not true. It just feels that way to me because normally when I arrive late to a show and I get beer, I have to stand on my tippy toes behind a crowd of people sitting and standing. Glob bless, I still got center.
Picturesque has such a pronounced, exciting and consistent energy. Within the first song, just seeing them perform for a few minutes, I decided that they’re going to get huge in the alternative scene very soon. They connected with the audience not only with their music and energy, but they shared that it wasn’t their first time in town; The last time they were here they played a house show and one of their local friends was in the audience.
Lead singer Kyle Hollis' voice was noticeably high pitched. With his clean/unclean vocals he’s able to communicate very beautiful, sincere, deep emotions. Add that to the pop-punk, post-hardcore guitar riffs and brilliantly executed drums and it was very powerful and meaningful. I particularly liked the drummer. He was robust and explosive while also maintaining an intelligent and transposable consistency.
I don’t think I’ve never seen an opening band get an audience so amped up so quickly. Although, the crowd could have been ready to go before the show started. The audience was really receptive to the band's requests. They responded immediately and positively, which is kind of uncommon. Whenever I hear people say they love Albuquerque and the crowd is great, I hardly believe them. I think, “Don’t pretend like you think we’re special! I know you say that to Tulsa, too. Nothing is special about Tulsa to you and neither is Albuquerque. I see through your lies, you heathen!”
I know people here that go to shows are usually really into it, but seeing that audience it was incredible. I don’t think I can properly communicate it. The crowd moved as a whole and independently. Everyone was nice to each other. Everyone was in good spirits. There weren’t any people who were too drunk or too high. When I heard the bands thank the audience for being such a great crowd that night, I really believed they meant it.
Picturesque ended up playing about 5 songs. Before the last song played, the audience was getting antsy. The first mosh pit of the night happened shortly after the last song began.
At some point during the set change, when I was looking at my Faceplace, I saw that Secrets had to cancel because they were sick. It’s unfortunate but I understand. It seems to me a lot of bands that tour through Albuquerque (and probably elsewhere, I guess) are battling some kind of cold or similar sickness.
Too Close To Touch were exceptional performers. The well-known (and well-toured) alternative bands that I’ve seen have a very particular showmanship “move”: They put on a performance that interconnects with the other band members while doing their own thing. What I really mean is, they each do their own best version of sexy but it all flows together. It’s something I’ve noticed with Crown the Empire, We Came As Romans, Hollywood Undead, Silverstein, The Neighborhood and more that I can’t remember right now because I’m a little sleep deprived (sorry). While I didn’t completely enjoy their music, I really appreciated their performance and dedication to the audience. At one point, lead singer Keaton Pierce got a nosebleed (I gathered that it wasn’t uncommon for him, what a neeeeerd) and he kept going. What a trooper! For their entire set they were all very high energy and also super professional.
Finally Palisades took the stage. I noticed right away that Louis Miceli Jr.’s (lead vocals) voice wasn’t what it normally was like or how I remembered it, and I was disappointed. I blamed my summer-heat-induced craziness for misremembering the remarkable show they put on last time I saw them. Later, Miceli informed us that he was getting over whatever Secrets was coming down with, so I’m going to stand by my original not-
Regardless of the sickly vocalist, the crowd was wild. After the band absorbed some of the crowd’s energy, they were equally energized. The crowd was moshing and doing death walls, they were just as entertaining to watch as the band.
I really like Palisades because they conspicuously mix genres, which is the future of music (in my humble opinion). Palisades mainly mixes hardcore and dubstep (yaaas, I’m so into it) but I also noticed they did a hardcore and memestep mix.
For those of you who don’t know what memestep is, it’s relatively new, but it’s just using vocals from vines and mixing it with dubstep/hardcore electrona/general EDM. Like, for example, they used the “Damn, Daniel!” vocal from that well-known meme (which was awesome and caused me to leave my seat on the balcony and go downstairs). It was fantastic being at a show that was basically a post metal-hardcore rave, I loved it.
Even though Secrets wasn’t able to perform, I think the audience left satisfied. I know I did.
The Daily Word in New Rhinos, Men's Undies and Nixon's Jim Crow Laws
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Mar 24 2016 11:18 AM ]
Have you heard of the “New Jim Crow”?
This lady is a real shitty date.
What’s worse than untested rape kits put in storage for years? Destroying them.
I envision a large white man foaming at the mouth, spitting every time he speaks. His eyes are bloodshot and a vein in his neck is popping out as he yells that women are Satan’s catalyst; that’s what I see when I imagine an anti-abortion conference, but what is it really like?
Whenever I hear people say things like these bullshit responses, my eyes roll into the back of my head as I scream with the fury of every teen girl (which is infinite).
Yay for new rhinos!
Aerie is creating a new market for body positivity for everyone.
V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016
Indie Ice Cream Social!
By Robert Maestas and Courtney Foster [ Thu Mar 24 2016 8:28 AM ]
This week Rob & Courtney sit down with the kids from Five Mile Float to discuss their new album, A Colour, leprechaun sex and the importance (or lack there) of social media.
V.25 No.12 | 3/24/2016
Black in Burque
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By Maggie Grimason
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It is Good to be King
Melvins frontman embraces the void
By August March
Founder of the Melvins, Buzz Osborne says that he is not the representation of any style or form or type of rocanrol music. He is the thing itself, wrapped in a wizard’s cloak, standing at the precipice, shouldering the world and looking into the void for the benefit of an audience that never ages.
Arthur Vint & Associates Through the Badlands · Holy Wave Freaks of Nurture · Hit Bargain Hit Bargain
By Geoffrey Plant
Mr. Plant reviews new releases by Holy Wave, Arthur Vint and Hit Bargain
V.25 No.10 | 03/10/2016
Off the Wagon, Into the Cocoa
Saturday, Mar 19: Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
By Joshua Lee [ Thu Mar 17 2016 12:00 PM ]
Over 120 vendors showcasing, sampling and selling chocolates, candies, fresh roasted coffee, cakes, teas, beer, wine and much more.
V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016
The Daily Word in War Crimes, Education and Walter White
By Megan Reneau [ Thu Mar 17 2016 11:10 AM ]
Women taking care of other women gives me hope (and also makes me continuously angry because we need to do this but WHATEVER).
It’s a witchy world for us ladies, amirite?
Invisibility cloaks (ya know, like from Harry Potter) may be available for war crimes soon! Wow!
Michelle Obama’s speech about girls’ education around the world is perfect.
We should have known Walter White left Gray Matter for a stupid reason (because he’s a dumb awful idiot).
Oliva Wilde was too old to play Leo D.’s wife in Wolf of Wall Street. He was 38 and she was 28.
Have you heard of these vigilante pedophile hunters?
We should have known that '90s boybands would save the world.
V.25 No.11 | 3/17/2016
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Dark ice-pop from Aurora’s land, the jazz outta Nueva York and the voice of Taryn Miller.
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Friday, Mar 18: Adult Night at Explora: Everyone Knows It's Windy
By Taylor Grabowsky [ Wed Mar 16 2016 1:59 PM ]
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Reviews of new music releases.
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