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V.25 No.29 | 07/21/2016

Event Horizon

Finish Him

Saturday, Jul 30: Art Fight 21: Summer Block Party

Live music featuring Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers, Burque SOL and Sol One as well as an art market with local vendors, art auctions, an art swap and more.
Courtesy School of Rock

Music

Hello, Saturday Night!

SOR All-Stars and Wavves are featured

Head on downtown to take advantage of the amazingly audacious variety of live music happening in clubs on Central between First Street and Sixth Street tonight!
There's plenty of action from rap to rock and beyond, but these are the two events that caught my attention.

The Co-Op (415 Central NW) presents a concert by students from the School of Rock. Albuquerque SOR operator Robert Montoya told Weekly Alibi this show features School of Rock students from all over the planet, saying, "There are seven different touring groups that are starting in different cities around the country. Team Five Touring Group had their dress rehearsal at the Co-Op on Friday and will play a full show along with our ABQ School of Rock House Band to kick off their tour! They play Denver and Red Rocks next, then Omaha, Neb. and DeKalb, Kansas before ending up at Lollapalooza in Chicago on July 28."

The SOR Tour kicks off at 6pm at the Co-Op, Tickets cost $10 online or at the door. All ages are welcome.

After you've caught a glimpse of the next generation, troop your rocked out form over to Launchpad (618 Central SW) to check out one of the premier, genre-defining bands of this age. In case you wanna know, they are called Wavves and they are from Califas. Totally worth it, totally talented and totally kings of the beach.

It will cost $17 to interact with this beachy slice of the California Republic and members of the public over the age of 13 are invited to do so. Doors are at 8pm; the gig's at 9pm.

V.25 No.29 | 7/21/2016
Rob Zombie
Courtesy of the artist

Music Interview

Welcome to Planet Albuquerque

Getting swept away with Rob Zombie

...”concentrate the midnight without the benefit of ceremony.”

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Aural Fixation

The Summer of DJ Comebacks

New releases from the Avalanches, DJ Shadow and Justice

New releases from the Avalanches, DJ Shadow and Justice.
V.25 No.28 | 7/14/2016
Pedrito Martinez Group
Photo by Danielle Moir

Jazzed

It’s Time for a Jazz Fest!

Annual concert series puts Burque on the map

We’re jazzed about jazz!

Sonic Reducer

Rafi Bookstaber Late Summer · Cool Ghouls Animal Races · Haley Bonar Impossible Dream

Mr. Plant does his hoodoo on releases by Rafi Bookstaber, Cool Ghouls and Haley Bonar.
V.25 No.27 | 7/7/2016
Hot Tuna (L-R): Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady
Scotty Hall

Music Interview

“I’ve Got Fiery Fingers, I’ve Got Fiery Hands”

Jorma and Jack Bring Hot Tuna to Madrid

August March chats with guitar legend Jorma Kaukonen.
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V.25 No.25 | 06/23/2016
Brandon J at The Stage
Megan Reneau

Standing the Test of Time

Paul Oakenfold Remains Electronic Supreme

Once when discussing clubs and venues in central New Mexico with a young promoter, I asked him what his favorite venue in the area was. “The Stage, probably. That’s the kinda shit they have in Vegas,” he told me. Not that I’ve ever been to a club or a casino in Las Vegas, but I have to admit he’s right. Just a short walk away from the front of Santa Ana Star Casino is their club The Stage is a local club I’ve never been to. I hadn’t ever gone there before because of the price of tickets (usually) and the distance from Albuquerque. I’ve realized the decision has been misguided because the quality of The Stage as a venue is incredible.

The space is beautiful and dark: It has dark flooring, black walls and minimal lighting. The most well-lit areas are the stage, the walking area on the bottom floor, the bar and the bathroom. And it’s all so lustrous and clean! I’ve been to a clean club once in my life and that was in Chicago.

The first opener was playing as I walked in and ordered drinks with my friend. I didn’t know who the openers were, so I asked the bartender who didn’t know either, but found out for me quickly. We went upstairs and set up camp for the evening waiting to see Paul Oakenfold watching and listening to Brandon J, the first act then later GRUM, the second.

Brandon J played atmospheric trance and had interestingly complex buildups and drops. GRUM played more club trance, but overall I found him underwhelming. While I understand openers are there to get the crowd warmed up, that doesn’t mean their sets have to be uninteresting. Near the end of each set the two individual DJs really stepped it up, so I could see that they could do much better though the crowd didn’t get to see much of it. Regardless, the crowd was really into each performer. A direct quote from my notes: the crowd fucking loves it.

As Paul Oakenfold took the stage the crowd applauded and cheered. Immediately I was impressed (although not surprised) by his obvious mastery of his craft. His melodies were intricate and interweaving; I never really noticed when they changed just that they had. At the beginning of the set he wove in a woman saying “I love when we play together,” an obvious nod to his fans thanking them for coming out.

Oakenfold can entwine melodies and genres unlike anyone I’ve heard before. The transition is often flawless for listeners. He started the two hour set with traditional trance then to rave trance house then anthem trance then club trance house then ended with dance trance. The small differences between the sub-genres are small but noticeable; through that he was able to control how the energy of the crowd and how they moved and danced.

The visuals to accompany his music certainly got my attention: videos of him walking, DJing, playing cards, skiing and snowmobiling were the majority, but there were some shorts of him as a lego character DJing which I thought was adorable. This 52 year old man who is critically acclaimed, has scored films and is one of the forefathers of the electronic genre as we know it today is into Legos. Like I said, adorable.

The audience was diverse, containing every type of person from businessmen to ravers. Throughout the show they all went wild. The dance floor was packed with sweaty bodies swaying and jumping every moment, there were few lulls. The energy of the room, even as high as it was, was fairly tame compared to other electronic shows I’ve been to. There were few people who were obviously on some kind of drug or outrageously drunk, and even though I like that there weren't any large disturbances (aside from a few people climbing onto the stage to talk to Oakenfold who always responded by smiling, chatting and touching his fans' hands), it does make for a pretty uneventful night.

Near the end of his set, Oakenfold mixed in a few of his classics like “Otherside,” “Ready Steady Go!” and “Southern Sun.” I was honestly hoping he would play “Starry Eyed Surprise” which was a collaboration with the musician Shifty from 2002 but it's not exactly a club song, so I resentfully understand.

At the last ten minutes of his set, Oakenfold had numerous buildups and drops. After the final, gentle drop at 1:55am, I left quickly, excited to sit down in my car with my friend after standing and swaying for the last four hours.

It was a long night, but the final quality of the show and venue has swayed me to return one day, not just for another show review like this, but as a casual member of the public.

V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016

Event Horizon

Off to the Races

Saturday, Jun 25: Grand Opening

The grand re-opening of the newest Grandstand in New Mexico.
Pixabay / Public Domain

Event Horizon

Quitar lo Bailado

Saturday, Jun 25: Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.
V.25 No.25 | 6/23/2016

Sonic Reducer

Barb Wire Dolls Desperate · PYLON Pylon Live · Delphia Delphia

This week, Plant listens to Barb Wire Dolls, Pylon and Delphia.
V.25 No.24 | 06/16/2016
Pixabay, public domain

Event Horizon

Gimme Shelter

Saturday, Jun 18: World Refugee Day Celebration

Features music, dancing, art activities and free food and drinks. Special guests Sol de La Noche and Basade (Bells & Shakers African Dance Ensemble).
V.25 No.24 | 6/16/2016
Pueblo Harvest Cafe
J. Grisham

Patio and Happy Hour Guide

Oxygen-Rich Music

Live tunes out in the open

Joshua Lee’s favorite winter distraction is going out to catch live music, but during the summer, he has only one true love: the shade.
Consilience - Under Our Beds

Sonic Reducer

Victor Gould Clockwork · Consilience Under Our Beds · Free Pizza Berlin, DE

Geoffrey Plant is back with reviews of the latest from Consilience, Free Pizza and Victor Gould!

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