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V.25 No.16 | 04/21/2016
Adult Beverage rocks a house party
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Music

Votives, Adult Beverage at Sister

Album release party also features Crime Lab and crttrz

Join Albuquerque’s rock and roll community at Sister (407 Central NW) on Saturday, April 23 for the album release party for Votives, a heavy, punk-flavored, ambient-attached shoegaze project. Votives latest release, Trails / Hue begins with a low rumble that ultimately advance toward crashing waves of feedback and guitar badassery.

Joining Votives for this special celebration of all that is rocking will be an Crime Lab, crttrz and Adult Beverage, an outfit fronted by Dillon Cullinan.

Cullinan spoke briefly with the Alibi about his latest undertaking, recalling the many changes Adult Beverage went through as their psychedelic sound took shape.

“By spring 2015 the band had finally found it's ideal configuration with Higinio Martinez on guitar, Zach Leyba on drums, and occasionally Briana Lee on bass. Since 2015 we have played countless house shows and venues in New Mexico. We have played alongside Walter TV (Mac Demarco's live band), Destruction Unit, The Memories, Colleen Green, and LA Witch.

Adult Beverage is currently writing and recording for the first time collaboratively. A new 5 song EP is being recording by Will Byrne of Train Conductor.

Asked to describe their current flavor, Cullinan said, “We've been described as having elements of punk, garage rock, dream-pop, stoner metal, noise rock, and psychedelia.”

The concert, a glimpse into the instrumentally intense and luminously limitless void in these parts, begins at 8pm.

V.25 No.8 | 02/25/2016
Jeff Dow

Event Horizon

Playing in a Traveling Band

Friday, Mar 4: Creedence Clearwater Revisited • classic rock

Run through the jungle to Route 66 Casino to see Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015
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Event Horizon

The King is in the Building

Friday, Jan 8: The World's Ultimate Elvis: Justin Shandor

Justin Shandor is the Ultimate Elvis.
V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015
Shoulder Voices
Bobby Foster

Music

Voices from the shoulder

Shoulder Voices Play Burt's Tiki Lounge on Friday
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015
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Event Horizon

Countdown to Aural Bliss

Friday, Nov 6: Countdown to Overkill • Luna Aura • Five Mile Float • Gabe Kubanda • Great States • Ugly Robot

Rock out with Rio Rancho's Countdown to Overkill and more.
V.24 No.34 | 08/20/2015
Badd Fish
Sharon LaCava

Music

A band called Badd Fish

In Burque, rock bands come and go. Some start out as basement projects and bloom into national headliners. Others rise up from the night only to fade at dawn like a summertime cactus flower.

Though it's generally difficult to tell what path this or that rockin' musical outfit will take as they proceed through rehearsals and toward performance, it's easy enough to listen. Through that experience one might discern qualities that qualify a particular rocanrol ensemble for admission to the next level.

Such is the case with Badd Fish, a band I chanced upon while visiting friends and walking through the hood.

Badd Fish is a quartet, young and old, featuring veteran Albuquerque guitarist Mark LaCava, singer Gil Garcia and a rhythm section consisting of Vic Maese and his son (also named Vic).

They're puro Burque and wear their affiliation with this town and its music scene proudly upon their sleeves and in their hearts.

Vocalist Garcia has been playing around town for at least twenty years, fronting projects Jazz One, Latin Passion and the System. He brings a blue and bold tone to LaCava's intensely intricate picking style. LaCava worked the rounds about town as a formidable singer-songwriter who also lent his talent to Spellbinder, a long lost jam band popular at joints like Sonny's back in the day.

Little Vic Maese, a technically savvy drummer, learned the ropes from his father, who plays bass. A native of El Paso, the elder Maese played bass in a West Texas metal formation known as Lethal Tricks. After coming up north, Vic the bassman was part of Good Green among many other locally popular acts.

Badd Fish is a new band, yet their passion and history reflect an expansive staying power that augments their down-to-earth attitudes and supplements their ability to rock out, grandly and formidably in our present-day music scene.

As a combo, they're tight like sprung steel, melodic like a summer evening on the bosque and as solid as the Sandia mountains. It's garage rock in a grand sense.

After months of rehearsal, Badd Fish will play out this weekend, in a series of concerts destined to demonstrate the goodness and grace of a music community loaded with homegrown talent.

Friday night, August 21, they gig at Sidelines Sports Bar and Grille (9211 Coors NW) from 8-12 pm. Badd Fish follows up their premiere engagement with a set at Neds (2509 San Mateo NE). They'll jam on the afternoon of Saturday August 22, from 3-6 pm before pulling out all the stops at their show at the Barley Room (5200 Eubank NE) that night from 8-12 pm.

Listen: I hear and see a heap of local bands as part of the job I love. Some of those bands are good, are okay. But Badd Fish is badass, yo. If you cherish the local scene as much as I do, then do yourself a solid and check these guys out. I really believe Badd Fish is at the beginning of a journey that will see them reach great heights while providing local audiences with a sound that is groovy, groovy fun filled with acute musicianship and knowing nuance.

V.24 No.7 | 2/12/2015
Gordy Andersen, rippin’
Gordy Andersen

Music History

An Interview with Gordy Andersen: Part 1

August March rang Albuquerque legend Gordy Andersen (Black Maria, Cracks in the Sidewalk, Jerry’s Kidz, et al) to discuss his formative experiences coming of age as a first generation high desert punk.
V.24 No.3 | 1/15/2015
From left, OM and MarchFourth Marching Band
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Show Up!

Good Music for Good People

Four gigs that beat all

Show Up! delivers deets on the best Albuquerque concerts of the week. They range from Kastle’s R&B-inflected EDM to the epitome of psychedlic and metallic, OM.
V.23 No.31 | 7/31/2014
Manny Rettinger
Manny Rettinger

Aural Fixation

A History of Rock in Burque, Pt. II

August March continues his exploration of Albuquerque’s music history in the second installment of “A History of Rock in Burque.”
V.23 No.30 | 7/24/2014
King Richard & the Knights
Lewi Longmire

Aural Fixation

A History of Rock in Burque, Pt. I

There is no single, authorative history of high desert sound. And thank goodness for that. Here, one Burqueño looks back, asks questions and posits this is “one hell of a rocking town.”
V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
Alice Cooper
Ross Halfin

Music

“You are worthy.”

Hearing the words referenced in the title of this blog from the legendary Alice Cooper may have done more for my self esteem than intensive psychotherapy ever could. See the Godfather of Shock Rock—along with some fellow named Marilyn Manson—in Burque this weekend, and read our uncut interview with the man, the myth, the “Cooper woman” in Infinitely More Mr. Nice Guy. Stream my favorite song from one of my favorite Alice Cooper albums, From the Inside, below. Isleta Amphitheater • Masters of Madness Tour • Alice Cooper • Marilyn Manson • Sat June 1 • 7 p.m. • $25-$112 • alicecooper.com

Alice Cooper
Ross Halfin

Show Up!

Infinitely More Mr. Nice Guy

Alice Cooper talks Hollywood Vampires, God, golf and Marilyn Manson

We’re not worthy, but Alice Cooper graced us with some effervescent conversation anyway.
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V.22 No.17 | 4/25/2013
Miracle Dolls

Music

Nativity in rock, jazz hands, punk sundae and marrow-melting psych

In an attempt to economically cover eclectic shows, we shook the music section format up a bit. This week’s Shows Up! proffers aural sweets for music lovers of all stripes. Whether they’re into Native rock and roll, jazz, post-punk or marrow-melting psych rock, live music fans have no reason to be bored this week. Tonight, check out Nativity in rock at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW) during Rock the 9 or cruise to The Fe for the touring version of the Monterey Jazz Festival. If you head north on Friday, there’s more yummy punk to lap up, and, on Tuesday, Canadian psych-rock fivesome Black Mountain hypnotizes at Launchpad. Peep related A/V below. Low Spirits • Rock the 9 • Dawa • I Conscious • Ed Kabotie • Jim Ruel • Thu Apr 25 • 9 pm • $10 • 21+ • lowspiritslive.com