New Mexico's most venerated rock bar—and recipient of a 2008 Nickelodeon Parents' Pick award for Best Place for a Parents' Nite Out, lest we forget—turns the ripe old age of 12 this weekend. To commemorate more than a decade of hearing damage, the Launchpad will once again turn up the volume with a birthday music marathon on Saturday, May 16. Doors open at 3 p.m., and a first come, first served "food/barbecue thing" prepared by Richard Agee is covered in the $5 admission charge—but you must be 21 or older to get in. Sorry, actual 12-year-olds. If you throw your shoes in a fit of adolescent jealousy as you read the scheduled lineup, I'll understand:
I have a vague memory of unintentionally seeing Fischerspooner perform live somewhere, some years ago, and being thoroughly cheesed out by it. Billed as an "art pop performance project," this third album from the electronic duo—with its 10-cent rhymes, gratuitous application of synth-based sound effects and precious production—has a similar effect. How it is that I like the Pet Shop Boys and not this is confounding, as Fischerspooner’s pretty much the same thing except American and with a 20-year time gap. And not as "good," I guess. (JCC)
Moonshine Blind • rock • Hillbilly Homicide • Some Kind of Nightmare • Dirty Brown Jug Band • country, bluegrass
By Maggie Grimason
If you've had a ruff week, cozy up to the bar at Launchpad, and then settle in for Rockin for Pitties, a night of music to benefit Babes and Bullies, everybody's favorite local pit bull rescue organization. On tap for the night are sets from Moonshine Blind, Hillbilly Homicide, Some Kind of Nightmare and Dirty Brown Jug Band. You'll need to be 21+ and cough up $10 at the door, but that should be worth it to know that you've helped out a few local dogs in need.
Technophobia • dark electronic • Austin Morrell • Mala in Se • Monogamy
By Adam Wood
The new wave of popular music has tended toward the electronic side of the musical spectrum, with EDM’s massive drops slowly dominating airwaves and the music festival circuit. Typically, it seems, this electronic movement has grown to be popularly identified with glow sticks, diffraction glasses and inexcusably appropriated Native American headdresses. This Friday, June 23, however, Technophobia and their brooding strain of dark electronic music will grace Burt’s TIki Lounge with an important reminder of the vast realm posed by electronic music for everyone, not just half naked-teenagers slathered in glitter. Rooted in post-industrial and darkwave, but gleaning inspiration from the vocal melodicism of ‘80s new wave, Technophobia layers the most unlikely sounds to create the perfect oxymoron: ominous music that you can’t help but dance to. Opening performances will feature the psychedelic and nearly ineffable “gothic wizard rock” of local favorite Austin Morrell, the experimental lo-fi pop of Monogamy and the mystical Mala in Se, so arrive as close to the 8pm opening as you can to get the most out of this totally free show.
The summer heat is draining. The news is depressing. Listening to the radio is usually draining and depressing. Step away from it all and rejuvenate yourself this Sunday, June 25, at Sister with a wacky, energetic performance from Quintron and Miss Pussycat, who promise an unparalleled experience complete with outrageous costumes, complex puppet shows, explosions and “Swamp-Tech” dance music imbued with the psychedelic spirit of New Orleans. Whether this description intrigues, confuses or titillates your sensibilities, it is doubtless that their performance will leave you with a great story and a gleaming smile. The thrilling black-magic synths of local Sleepdepth (also known by the much more sorcerous title Somno Profundante) will set the stage and the mood by contrast. Buy your tickets in advance to save $2 off the already bargain price of $10, and come along for the fun when the show starts at 7pm.