In Review: Handsome Ghost and Melanie Martinez
Some might say having a crib on stage is bizarre but it’s definitely the norm for Melanie Martinez’s Cry Baby Tour.
As soon as I showed up to get in line, there was no doubt this show was sold out. Girls dressed up with big bows, doll dresses, and bright pastel colors wrapped around the Sunshine Theater all the way back to First street. You could tell the fans' outfits were inspired by Melanie’s doll-like image. So much so that some other folks near the Sunshine Theater passed by fans gasping, thinking it was Melanie herself standing in line.
Handsome Ghost started off the show with an electronic, indie pop sound. Handsome Ghost reminded me of Owl City, mellow,bubbly, yet glitchy. Everyone was relaxed and swaying to the ghostly sound emanating from the opening band, occasionally moving their hands in the air with the songs, like they were trying to catch the elusive spirit rising from the stage. The set felt like the calm before the storm. It was enjoyable because you knew once Melanie got onto the stage everyone was going to be screaming, pushing and shoving, trying to get as close as they could to the stage. Handsome Ghost provided a sense of calm and good vibes to the audience as an otherwise anxious group of concert-goers listened, grooved and waited for Martinez.
Sure enough, fans screamed with so much excitement I could feel my ears ringing when Melanie walked onto the baby themed stage.
The stage was full with over-sized props of a cake, crib, and wooden blocks that lit up and spelled “Cry Baby”. She has definitely come a long way, musically, from her time on “The Voice” with her coach Adam Levine. Her image. though, has stayed the same with her half-black and half-fun-colored hair and look of innocence. She moved around the stage singing, smiling, lifting everyone’s heart when she got nearer.
Everyone sang along to her nursery rhyme-like songs. I don’t think cell phones stopped taking photos until about the fifth song, finally giving those in attendance a decent view. One thing that Melanie usually does that she didn’t do is at this show was pouring milk onto her fans. It sounds gross but a part of me actually wanted to see that now legendary act come true. I wanted to see the audience reaction. Would they have loved it or would they be absolutely disgusted and walk away? As far as Burque goes, we'll never know.
Towards the end of the show, she sang my favorite tune—and probably everyone else's too—"Mad Hatter."
Martinez played an encore, of course, for "her crybabies." which is what she calls her fans. Overall it was a fantastic show with lots of colors, enthusiasm, and an unique vibe. Even though her baby-themed show and music seems sorta bizarre in retrospect, I would definitely see her in concert again if I could.
Don't Cry About it, Be About it
Monday, Oct 24: Melanie Martinez • indie, pop • Handsome Ghost
Yellowcard Gets the Red Card
Tuesday, Oct 11: Yellowcard • pop-punk, alternative • Like Torches • Dryjacket • indie
Call of Cambria
Tuesday, Sep 20: Coheed and Cambria, Saves the Day and Polyphia
You Could've Been Part of the Crowd
Watsky Shone at Sunshine
This past rainy weekend, Sunshine Theater was rocked by WATSKY, Witt Lowry, Daye Jack and Chuckwudi Hodge. If you missed out, here are a few snapshots to give you a taste of the energy that was bouncing off the walls and running through the crowd.
Also, this is a gem if you're all about that old sound.
To Infinity and Beyond
Saturday, Sep 3: Watsky Performs Live
In search of rap that's about more than hoes and getting turnt at the club? Cruise over to Sunshine Theater on Saturday, Sept. 3, to experience WATSKY, Witt Lowry, Daye Jack and Chuckwudi Hodge. George Watsky is a spoken word artist, rapper, poet and author who has just released his newest studio album, x Infinity, and let me tell ya, he's rad. Don't believe me? Check out his performance as Shakespeare in "Epic Rap Battles of History," the flaming-hot "Whoa Whoa Whoa" from All You Can Do, or the fact that he won the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam in 2006. He tackles complex issues like school shootings, politics, immigration, social media and the bizarreness of the modern human experience with wit and a badass beat. Tickets are $20 for general admission to this all-ages show and doors open at 7pm. Sunshine Theater • Sat Sep 3 • 7pm • $20-$55 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar
Rollin' on Through
Monday, Mar 21: Blessthefall • metalcore • Miss May I • The Plot in You • Sirens & Sailors • A War Within
Naked and Nerdy
Tuesday, Nov 17: Suicide Girls Blackheart Burlesque • Black Widow Cabal • burlesque
El Angel de la Musica
Monday, Oct 12: José González • indie, folk • Riothorse Royale
Ratatat Comes to Sunshine
On September 26th at 7:00pm, the doors of Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW) open to present two of the most talked about electronica bands in today’s youth culture: Ratatat and Hot Sugar.
On July 17th of last summer, Ratatat released Magnifique, their fifth full-length album and the band members believe this is their strongest album so far. The current tour finds them focusing on their newest songs.
Joining them will be Nick Koenig, AKA Hot Sugar, currently a buzzing topic among teens in the 505. His most popular tunes include "Addictions", "Everyone’s Parents Will Die", "The Girl Who Stole My Tamogatchi", and "No One Will Know Where I Went". You may recognize some of Hot Sugar's work from the TV show Broad City.
After seeing a recent Ratatat and Hot Sugar concert, a fan with the handle @Svbbvtwitch tweeted “'The Girl Who Stole My Tamogatchi' has broke my heart.”
Get your $25 tickets for this 13+ show now before they are all snapped up by the youth of New Mexico!
Odd Future Tonight
Rap Genius Tyler, the Creator Makes Appearance in 'Burque Tonight!
Tyler, the Creator, rapper, Supreme Clothing sponsor, skater, and oft-called leader of the multi-artist collaboration Odd Future Wolf Gang (OFWGKTA), makes a stop at Albuquerque's Sunshine Theater this evening, June 1st.
For the uninitiated, most of Tyler's songs start out with a fire intro that would likely offend your friendly old neighbors and make you want to rage dance around your house; then come fast paced rap verses leading into a chorus that usually features another well known artist. “Shocking” is a term often used to describe Tyler's subject matter, often quickly followed by paradoxical descriptors like “smart”. One local fan says "Tyler is an interesting individual, who hides his problems deep within his music for his fans to uncover." Tyler's music emerges from his everyday life —on his 3rd album Bastard, for example, he recorded a session with his therapist and made it into a track. If Tyler is a scion of today's urban youth culture with an extremely large fan base, the rapper has an equal number of critics who call him disrespectful, rude, and crude. In fact he probably has an equal amount of critics entirely due to his use of the term “faggot” alone (Tyler has repeatedly said in interviews that he has no hatred for gays). In response to his detractors, Tyler says "I'm not an asshole, I just don't give a fuck a lot." Works for me.
During this 2015-2016 tour Tyler, the Creator will be playing 44 concerts all over the United States. Tonight's crowd at the Sunshine should likely expect to hear much of his newest album, Cherry Bomb, in addition to his older and most popular tracks like "Domo23", "Tamale", and "Yonkers". Don't miss a golden opportunity to see this cutting edge hip-hop/rap artist in Albuquerque. With him will be special guest Taco, who is known to warm the crowd up while everyone awkwardly dances to trap music (picture lots of white kids 'dancing' to Waka Flocka Flame.) Doors open at 7pm and admission is 27.50. Be there.