Mecca Records & Books, Jan. 16—This last-minute set was Rachel Lujan’s second-to-last Pan!c gig before moving to Denver. Because of the impromptu excitement, it wasn’t all triste like her final appearance two weeks later but pure PBR-fueled fun.
The Kosmos, June 5—At the Bizarre Bazaar crafts show, the mercury was at 100 degrees, and The Filth Mongers and The Scrams rocked the loading dock with high-temperature trash ’n’ roll just before sunset.
Burt’s Tiki Lounge, Aug. 27—A gloriously sweaty crowd packed the house and danced butt to butt for the finest in electro-beats from The Gatherers. The intrepid Shoulder Voices took us to the edge of psychedelic space (outer and inner) via stuffed animal sacrificial rites.
Launchpad, Oct. 15—Except for the geriatrics in the crowd, not much seemed changed when the mighty Elephant played its first gig of engaging pop/sludge rock in more than a decade.
Voodoo Scooters, Nov. 8—Jenny Invert (formerly Grand Canyon) unveiled its new sweeping operatic pop sound. Touring bands The Intelligence and Shannon and the Clams headlined, sort of a garage rock cabaret with a backdrop of sleek 250cc motorbikes.
Please note, dear readers, there is another band that cannot be named because two editors of this paper are in it, and they forbid anything that resembles nepotism. Just as well, since that group may have taken all five slots …