V.23 No.29 | 7/17/2014
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God Bless the Children of the Beast
Crüe shouts at the devil one last timeWherein August March chronicles the aural history of the best damn hair band in the world.
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Jazzin’ Up SummertimeThis year’s New Mexico Jazz Festival proffers concerts by Arrested Development, The Memphis P. Tails, Omar Sosa and a slew of other mega-talented artists.
V.23 No.27 | 7/3/2014
Stars, Bars and Guitars
Putting the Nuge in New MexicoWherein August March considers the problematic history and extremist, right-wing beliefs of Merican rock star Ted Nugent in preview of his Burque gig.
Pick of the Litter: Blackbird hosts The ManxxAccording to lore of The Manxx, singer and guitarist Sara Belle threw academic aspirations out the window to make rock and roll her one and only vocation. She made the right choice. Since then, The Manxx has held fast to its lo-fi trash sound while ripping through a bottomless well of increasingly well-crafted songs about “love and partying.” It's not easy to put polish on punk without losing some of the music's energy. But the band's latest release, Take Away Your Brain, proves the Denver denizens' rock and roll studies haven't been sidelined by all that love and partying. Instead, The Manxx has managed to shine up an apple that remains deliciously rotten to the core. Tonight The Manxx rocks Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW), and the trio's first Albuquerque gig is guaranteed to be a high-energy showcase of danceable garage punk. Aside from the out-of-town awesomeness, other reasons to show up are local hero Marty Crandall (Sad Baby Wolf, ex-The Shins) brand-new power-chord band Award Tour and local surf-rock/punk trio Pool Party. This 21-plus concert kicks off at 10pm, and there's no cover. Blackbird Buvette • Sat Jun 28 • 10pm • FREE • 21+
V.23 No.26 | 6/26/2014
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Deep in the Juju
Oakenfold broadcasts Trance MissionSponsored by the huntmaster’s favorite digestif, UK trance legend Paul Oakenfold brings his personal brand of unparalleled electro to Burque.
Windy Good Times at the ABQ Folk Festival
“A Little a’ This ‘n’ That”
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As lovers of folk music and a novice musicians, it was a treat to finally attend this year's ABQ Folk Festival. Though it's been a Duke City summer staple for well over a decade, this year's festival was particularly special, as the event featured a tribute to the late, great Pete Seeger, one of the most notable American folk singers; he passed away earlier this year. The festival kicked off with the AFF Benefit Concert featuring Claire Lynch with opening band, Holy Water and Whiskey.
The event, which took place at the Balloon Fiesta Park, was well-organized with the help of volunteers. Free parking and camping gave the event a community feel, as did the music and dance workshops, art, food, petting zoo, etc. In addition to a variety of different local and national folk acts, the Band Scramble Competition offered the opportunity for musicians from different groups to play together for the first time. Temporary groups formed through a lottery system with just 50 minutes to prepare for a six-minute performance in front of a panel of judges.
Square dance lessons, storytelling, and poetry gave the festival a quality of authenticity that would have made Pete proud and, after prizes were handed out for the Scramble, the tribute to Seeger was quickly in full swing. “For Pete’s Sake” consisted of fervent musicians and fans belting out a myriad of Pete's tunes on and off stage in the spirit of true unity; a proper send-off, indeed.
As we concluded the tribute with our rendition of “Blowing in the Wind,” nature took us a little too literally. Tent pegs were no match for the dusty New Mexico gusts that sent the canvas sailing. The Fire Marshall quickly hammered out danger by moving the festivities indoors. As festival goers continued dancing inside the Balloon Fiesta Museum and the sun was setting, it seemed that the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott would not be closing the night. Much to our surprise, not only did he make an appearance, he was cordial and kind, warming us with stories of travel and inspiration. Strangers became friends and friends became family and, as Ramblin' Jack departed for Austin, we were reminded that to every thing, there is a season, and that we would all be eagerly awaiting next year’s Folk Festival. Thank you Albuquerque, thank you Pete, and thank you, Ramblin' Jack!
V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
Music to Your Ears
I Want KandyCaptain America braves an intimate practice session (replete with whiskey and birthday cake) to deliver the lowdown on what may be Mother Death Queen’s final concert.
V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
Somebody Get Me a CheeseburgerWherein August March previews a Journey/Steve Miller Band/Tower of Power concert through the lens of American pop culture, film and teevee.
V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014
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Paying Tribute to the Godfather of New Mexico MusicAlthough accolades have been pretty much continuous during Al Hurricane’s career, the definitive filmic representation of his work, past and present, remains the 2007 concert film and documentary A Tribute to Al Hurricane, “The Godfather.”
The Daily Word in Box Cutters, Boomerangs and Babies
A math teacher was murdered with a box cutter.
Somebody put a dead baby on a conveyor belt at a recycling plant.
Iran could have the bomb in a month.
Music eases pain, according to a survey of people who like Elton John songs.
And what about boomerangs? How do they work?
The discovered a cool Viking site in Scotland.
Don’t be hanging with your baby at a reggae concert. Mon.
Police seek the costumed Garcia’s robber.
And now for some important tax tips.