Music to Your Ears
Hometown hero and six-string master Eric McFadden returns to Burque this week to debut TEN, his new trio featuring drummer Thomas Pridgen from The Mars Volta and Fishbone bassist Norwood Fisher. The confluence of the project’s New Mexico connections inspired McFadden to unveil TEN’s sound in his formative stomping ground. He first met Fisher here in the late ’90s, and the band’s producer grew up in Las Cruces. While hesitant to lump the evolving group into a genre, McFadden cites rock and roll, funk and punk as primary influences, and he says TEN (an acronym of its members’ names) is more than an artistic endeavor. A portion of its proceeds will be donated to music and arts education, and TEN will visit the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center while in town. The group debuts Friday, Oct. 12, at brand-spankin’-new Downtown venue Sister (407 Central NW). The 21-and-over show starts at 9 p.m., and admission is $10.
Local musician, promoter and sound guru Ken Cornell loves listening to and supporting New Mexico music. Three months ago, Cornell hooked up with Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) to host Saturday evening listening parties of music made and released in Burque and our fine state in toto. Held the second Saturday of each month, Cornell spins an eclectic mix of both achingly vintage and hot-off-the-presses tunes. He says the opportunity to share his music collection and partake in the sonic treasures of other local music connoisseurs makes the event personally meaningful. This month's Local Spin is a collaborative benefit effort with solo women's music fest Gatas y Vatas (coincidentally organized by Alibi Editor-in-Chief Marisa Demarco). Hear tracks from last year’s festival album and preview songs from the 2012 comp. Pianist Lauren Anderson, indie rock duo Pancakes! and The Vomettes (The 5 Star Motelles) perform after the local spin ends. Fans of both 505 music and outsider women's art will want to show up at 7 p.m. to ensure they don't miss a beat.
On Tuesday, Oct. 16, consider road-tripping up to Santa Fe for a performance by electro-acoustic phenom Dan Deacon. Based in Baltimore, Deacon is touring in support of his eighth release, America. His music lends itself to deconstruction by art-school types, but his willingness to embrace the silly and serious with equal enthusiasm makes his possible pretentiousness and fondness for manifestos more than tolerable. Deacon's a member of the Wham City art collective, and his performance at the Occupy May Day rally this year in New York (especially the interpretive dance action) have endeared him to many. He performs at Molly's Kitchen and Lounge (1611 Calle Lorca) on Tuesday, along with Alan Resnick, Chester Endersby Gwazda and Height with Friends. Deacon’s work isn't for everyone, but if you're into electronic music that veers from weird to glitchy to contemplative, consider checking it out. The party starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.