Get about as oiled as a diesel train tomorrow night at Launchpad (618 Central SW) with a rumbling, roaring night of metal made from molecular materials similar to those used in locomotives—but much heavier, bro. Move past antimony and thallium on the periodic table, and think instead about lead and uranium when Roadrunner Records presents stoner rock from The Horned God (a band whose Celtic influences touch directly on the same metal mythologies explored by the likes of Slough Feg and Kyuss).
Burque tech death metal champions Vale of Miscreation, featuring the brutally precise rhythm section of Justin Andrus and Kenny Cappadona will be in full effect, as will Santa Fe prog-thrashers Carrion Kind. Local Southern metal heroes The Ground Beneath are loaded on this train, too; the chance to hear Steve Beneath’s electrified six-string wizardry is alone worth the price of admission, and things will keep rolling as native metalheads Left to Rot fill out the bill. This 21-plus show is only five bones, and doors are at 8pm. Do yourself a favor leavened with musical gravity and check this one out. After all, Saturday night’s the night you like. Launchpad • Sat Jul 5 • 9pm • $5 • View on Alibi calendar
Even though folks had the telegram, news was slow coming to Texas after the Civil War. Freedmen there didn't hear of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation until June 19, 1865. That day of discovery and freedom is a time to celebrate black history. Juneteenth is celebrated in Albuquerque with a variety of events. Foremost is Gospelfest, which manifests at the African American Performing Arts Center (310 San Pedro NE) on tomorrow at 7pm. The concert features performances by the Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Church Choir, The Sons of Shiloh, One Accord and solo artists Norell Banks and Lemar. Traditionally these sorts of commemorative concerts feature a reading of Lincoln’s historic proclamation as well as presentations of work by notable African-American writers and artists. Admission to this popular yearly event is free, and the gathering serves as a poignant reminder to reflect on the outcome of that terrible war and to ensure the battle for civil rights continues unabated. For more information, call 453-4865. African American Performing Arts Center, Expo NM • Fri Jun 20 • 7pm • FREE • View on Alibi calendar
A band called Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Route 66 Casino tomorrow night. Their repertoire includes a heap of tunes by seminal Americana band Creedence Clearwater Revival, but don’t get the two confused. There will be nary a mention of anyone named Fogerty at this upcoming concert, though I'm sure the latter folks are partially responsible for writing the tuneage being explored on this and subsequent tours. Don’t get confused; it’s a familiar story in rocanrol: Founding members leave a once-mighty band. Sometimes, those remaining still wanna rock out for silver and other treasure. They want to use a name that listeners will be familiar with, buy tickets for and, when called upon, remember favorite songs by …
But courtroom hijinks usually ensue. In this case, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford, the rhythm section of Southern rock giant CCR, eventually won the right to use part of the name of a band fronted by John Fogerty and his brother Tom. The whole CCR debacle has been one of the most acrimonious adventures in the history of electrified guitar music, but the current lineup continues to rely on John’s output and Tom’s memory for the meaty parts of its performances. In other words, they’re a great cover band. Creedence Clearwater Revisited plays Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) tomorrow starting at 8pm. Tickets for this all-ages gig range from $25 and $40. Legends Theater @ Route 66 Casino • Fri Jun 13 • 8pm • $25-$40 • View on Alibi calendar
Head on over to Burt’s Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW) tomorrow night at 9pm for a wide-ranging gig showcasing a number of touring bands from Cali along with local stalwarts. Headliner Modern Pantheist, a psychedelic outfit, hails from LA. The trio features singer/songwriter Chris Anderson, drummer Dave Ferrara and multi-instrumentalist Chris Sandler. Their sound has been described as mind-bending and trippy, but you should also expect some pop sensibility and sentimental narrative thrown into the mix.
On the other hand, Cuddle Formation is a bit more esoteric with a spacious sound that has its basis in electronic vocals and choral experimentation. Contrariwise, Emily Reo composes and performs music that takes a more traditional approach to instrumentation and vocalization, although her recent Auto-Tuned version of Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams” is notable for its syncopated percussion track and ennui-generating, plaintive vocal style. With local dream-makers Ballets and Holy Glories starting things off, this show promises to make the generally dreamy summer nights in these parts specifically space-oriented. There is no cover for this concert, except the vault of stars above. Burt's Tiki Lounge • Wed Jun 11 • 9pm • FREE • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
Tomorrow night, the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will culminate four days of ritual practice at UNM’s Center for the Arts with a performance at Popejoy Hall (203 Cornell NE). That upcoming event is a reminder to me, and an opportunity for you, dear reader. It’s been nearly 20 years since I trekked through the Kingdom of Mustang, on my way to the Thorung-La Pass. Though I never quite made it—distracted by altitude sickness and a lodge in Muktinath that featured electric lights, flush toilets and Bon Jovi posters—I had many opportunities to engage the local culture.
I found the ritual music and dance of the Tibetan Buddhists in the area to be more than just fascinating. It was a deluxe experience, at once otherworldly and deeply human, and by turns frightening, calming and transcendent. In the intervening years, the traditional arts of Tibetan Buddhism have gained much recognition in America, mostly due to the continuously joyful touring of certain monastic representatives, tasked with both preserving and maintaining a culture that has richly elaborate and intensely transformative qualities. The coming week’s activities begin with the construction of a sand mandala on Wednesday and end with a once-in-a-lifetime tour-de-force that includes nine sonic pieces designed to engender peace and healing tomorrow evening. Observation and participation in the mandala ritual is free and open to the public, but the performance begins at 8pm, and tickets cost between $20 and $44. Popejoy Hall, UNM Center for the Arts • Sat May 31 • 8pm • $20-$44 • View on Alibi calendar