Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
Let the Spring Crawl Countdown Begin—Spring Crawl is set for Saturday, April 29, this year ... less than one month away! Clear your schedule and prepare for 100 music acts (give or take a few), including nationally touring bands Guttermouth, Bullet For My Valentine and Attractive at the Sunshine Theater and Stereotyperider at Launchpad. This is all subject to change, of course. Now, for those of you who are still trying to figure out how to apply for a slot: Er ... you can't. You cannot audition, submit yourselves for review or put a bug in someone's ear about playing any of the Crawls. Sorry. It just doesn't work that way. What does work is playing live gigs Downtown as much as humanly possible, bringing in a good draw (people who come specifically to see you) and being polite, punctual and easy to work with—because it's the venues who decide, not us. See, after working with you guys for the past six months or more, each participating venue submits a “wish list” of bands they'd like to have play their respective rooms during the Crawl. We just do our best to schedule it all smoothly. Make sense? I sure hope so ... now get gigging!
Rocksquawk Goes Podcasting—The Alibi and rocksquawk.com are teaming up for a new project aimed to get more Albuquerque- and New Mexico-based music out of the TUFF SHED and onto the Internet: We're going podcasting! Log on to rocksquawk.com to find out more about podcasting, rocksquawking and local music in general.
Big Blues and the Terrible Twos—The Barley Room (5200 Eubank NE, just North of Osuna) will celebrate their second year in operation this weekend. Happy birthday, you big galoots! The Barley Room is gaining popularity as a watering hole-cum-cultural oasis in the far Northeast Heights, thanks to their changing roster of live music several nights a week. (See this year's Best of Burque poll for the hard evidence.) Plus, the BR's Thursday Jam Night with Clint Walker has become a regular showcase of Albuquerque's most venerable blues musicians--you never know who's going to pop in for 12-bars and a beer. Help them celebrate at their birthday party this Saturday, April 8. Call 332-0800 for more details.
Kimo Comes Out and Plays—Old school Albuquerque singer/songwriter Kimo hardly plays out anymore, which sucks for us. Thank God she's crawling out from the rock she's been hiding under for a show on Saturday, April 8, at Harlow's on the Hill (on the northeast corner of Carlisle and Central). The Alpha Blue Duo, who we also love, will join Kimo at the 21-and-over show. Call 268-0182 for cover charge information and whatnot.
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