Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
The Kids are All Right--An article in last week's Journal confirmed that the city is purchasing the Ice House building for use as an all-ages, teen-run music center, similar to Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe. The 30,000-square-foot space sits at 506 First Street NW. It's within spitting distance of the Cell Theatre, Wool Warehouse and MLK/Roma bridge, making it an ideal hub for all-ages music events in the Downtown area.
Flyer on the Wall
Kiss the frosting-covered lips of Bang! Bang!, Oktober People, Romeo Goes to Hell and August Spies this Friday, June 2, at Atomic Cantina (21-and-over). Mmm ... cakey. (LM)
with The Shine Cherries and The Inner Parlor
By Captain America
It's no easy task to follow Billy Zoom (original guitarist for the premier Los Angeles punk band X), but that’s just what Tony Gilkyson did from 1987 to 1996. His outstanding work was always on the twangier numbers (read: the John Doe material) so it’s no surprise that his solo work is deep country, whether a gentle prairie breeze or barreling down a prairie highway.
Sleep Till North
Musical insanity with method to its madness
By Simon McCormack
It’s not that prog-rock outfit Sleep Till North doesn’t have a plan. It’s that deviating from that plan is a necessity for each of the band’s four members.
Angel City Outcasts
with Whiskey Rebels, The Derelicts, Trans-gender Manblender
By Marisa Demarco
Wednesday, June 7, Launchpad (all-ages, 7 p.m.); $8 in advance, $10 at the door: They're Angel City Outcasts—not politicos.
Oscar Castro-Neves All One · Gonzalo Rubalcaba Solo · Ben Allison Cowboy Justice
By Mel Minter
All One, the latest from Brazilian guitarist/arranger/composer Oscar Castro-Neves, includes a “grooming” credit, and OCN sure looks good. Nor is there a hair out of place in the 14 tracks that take us on a musical tour of OCN’s diverse influences—from the predictable Jobim to Chopin and Monk. His bossa-inflected guitar conjures a good-natured vibe and adds a pop sheen over a tight, jazzy ensemble, with stellar performances from violinist Charlie Bisharat and guest vocalist Luciana Souza. Overall, however, the music feels overcareful and lightweight, though the Chopin prelude and Jobim’s “Double Rainbow” are exceptionally rendered.
Alan Jackson • country
By Joshua Lee
As Ludwig von Beethoven once said, “Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.” Those words still carry weight, even now: a thousand years later. And you'll find no better example than the incomparable Alan Jackson, whose voice and countenance rival those of the gods, as though he were hewn from the heart of the sun itself. His honky tonk tunes are swords of righteous terror and beauty which melt the eardrums of devotees, lost in reverie as they bathe in the glorious golden ambiance of his mustache. He'll be playing live at the Sandia Resort & Casino on Friday, Sept. 30. Take a gander.
Chrome Sparks • electronic, indie pop
By Joshua Lee
So Chrome Sparks apparently has a few hours open in his schedule to visit ABQ—somewhere in between juggling his gajillion other projects and fulfilling his role as busiest spacey electro-pop composer on the planet. New Mexico seems like the perfect place for those wide-open, expansive tunes of his. Maybe someone can talk him into posting up in the middle of the desert next time. Sound carries further at night and can have a a really spooky resonance. Just saying. This Friday, Sept. 30, he'll be wowing the pants off of us at Sister Bar (which is indoors, unfortunately) starting at 9pm. Wear your clean undies.
Miike Snow • indie, electro-pop
By Monica Schmitt
"I change shapes just to hide in this place, but I'm sure not going to hide from this concert." Ladies and gents, I am happy to report that Miike Snow, the Swedish electro-pop band of your dreams, will be performing at our very own Historic El Rey Theater. Imagine Alt-J and Dan Black created a musically inclined love child. The result would be something like Miike Snow. If that's too foreign an analogy, you'll just have to listen for yourself at 7pm on Monday, Oct. 3. Tickets are just $25-$40 but sorry kids, only ages 21+ for this one.
Andrew Jackson Jihad • folk-punk • Diners • surf, indie rock • Kepi Ghoulie • punk folk
By Peter Karlsen
Once upon a time, back in 2004, in the distant land of Arizona, there was born a folk-punk band by the name of Andrew Jackson Jihad. It was a mouthful, so they decided to go by the acronym AJJ. Then they decided to formally change their name to that. Soon they'll be at the Launchpad. People in this town like to shit on the folk-punkers, but fuck those jerks. I already bought a ticket to this Launchpad show and I bet I'll be buying band merch, too, at this kick-ass show starting at 8pm on Oct. 5.
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Erika Wennerstrom • singer-