During summer months en el alto desierto the hot sun seems permanent and the blue sky infinite. Cicadas—mysterious insects that dwell underground for many years—dig themselves out of the earth. They climb trees and shed the larval skin of youth, becoming animals with powerful wings, and in unison, a tremendous, percussive voice. The drone, the deep buzz that comes from millions of these creatures adds a layer of musical intensity to an environment that is already saturated with color and light and temperature.
Kris Kerby's long-running “percussion apocalypse” endeavor, ICUMDRUMS, continues to set sonic standards, divining as well as breaking the boundaries of Albuquerque’s avant-garde. Weekly Alibi chats with him to find out more about one of Burque’s most relevant cultural provocateurs.
Chicano Batman creates and performs an informed mix of rousing rocanrol finely intertwined with traditional Latino musical conceits, the soulful R&B of past ages and a progressive political platform that is, at once disarming and infectiously interesting. Weekly Alibi chats with guitarist Carlos Arévalo.