Happy Birthday, Launchpad!--Whether you call it Launchy, The Pad, Lawn Chair or any other pejoratively endearing name, the Launchpad will celebrate nine years in the biz this Saturday, May 20. In their traditional style, Albuquerque's most venerable rock club will host a shitload of bands (visit www.launchpadrocks.com for the full lineup; there were 21 at last count, I think), with free food and cheap drinks all the live-long day. The live music starts at 10 a.m. and keeps it coming until 2 a.m. Due to the high number of under-21 musicians in this year's lineup, Launchpad supporters of all ages will be welcome to join in the music up until 5 p.m. Those over 21 with valid IDs will be permitted to come and go as they like. That's all for a one-time cover charge of $5, a portion of which will be donated to the Rio Grande Chapter Red Cross. You are defenseless. Just go.
Someday CD Release Party--Going backward in time, local screamkids Someday will release a new album Friday, May 19, at the Launchpad. They'll be joined by Lydia, Sincerely and Half Stache. See this week's "Sonic Reducer" for a sneak preview of the album, which will be given away for free at the all-ages show with the paid $10 admission. Word is that Solid State Records (Haste the Day, Underoath, The Chariot) has been breathing heavily at the prospect of scooping these guys up. Hedge your bet and see them now, before they get whisked away forever.
Congratulations to Agency E!--They won the battle of the bands--and it $2,000 prize--at Graham Central Station a few weekends ago. "We absolutely needed that cash to finish our CD and get it mastered and printed," says guitarist Neal Ambrose. Agency E plays literate, hard-hitting hip-hop-rock, like a sonic powwow between Saul Williams and a tribe of grunge junkies. Hear them for yourself at www.agencye.com.
Party at the Warehouse--Santa Fe's only dedicated all-ages music space, Warehouse 21 (1614 Paseo de Peralta) will throw an open house-type party on Saturday, May 20, from 4-10 p.m. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this incredible self-supporting venue and proposed plans for the railyard in person. Log on to www.warehouse21.org for details.