Alibi V.23 No.30 • July 24-30, 2014 

Music to Your Ears

Indigo Girls
Indigo Girls
Jeremy Cowart

Indigo Girls gone wild

Albuquerque BioPark (903 10th Street SW) presents this year’s GoWild! Benefit Concert featuring Ojibwa multi-instrumentalist Keith Secola and folk stalwart Indigo Girls on Wednesday, July 30. Secola is noted for his innovative approach to composition and performance; that praxis has earned him numerous honors throughout the past decade, including induction into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame in 2011. Secola is considered a cult hero and icon in the genre of contemporary Native American music. His anthemic tune “NDN KARS” established him as an accomplished voice on this continent and worldwide. He’ll play a solo, acoustic set ahead of the storied Indigo Girls. Folk rockers Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have been performing together since high school, and they’ve been widely influential in their field since an eponymous major label debut in 1989. On the strength of works like “Land of Canaan” and “Closer to Fine,” the duo brought folk-influenced rock music back to center stage. Over the years they’ve toured relentlessly on the strength of their back catalog and have shown a propensity for progressive action in movements as diverse as the School of the Americas Watch and the March for Women’s Rights. Their 1990 recording Nomads Indians Saints remains essential listening for anyone interested in substantive, naturalistic music. Tickets for this evening of introspection and forward thinking are $30, and proceeds directly benefit the BioPark. The gates open at 6:30pm, and the concert begins at 7:30pm.

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The Coathangers
The Coathangers
Jackie Roman

“Stomp Stompin’” Downtown

Sister (407 Central NW) welcomes three intriguing bands into its dark, comfortable and acoustically wondrous environs on the evening of Wednesday, July 30. No wave fiesta ensemble The Coathangers headlines the show. The band hails from Atlanta, Ga., and were brought to prominence by their notoriously rocking, succinctly on target and politically incorrect tuneage like “Nestle in My Boobies.” With a live show that invites rollicking audience participation and celebratory glimpses of a fabled punk partyland, The Coathangers—including guitarist Julia Kugel, bassist Meredith Franco and drummer Stephanie Luke—runs the narrative and sonic gamut from early evening glow to next morning disillusion. Before The Coathangers test the boundaries of genre, gender and jumpability, Willamette River shredders White Fang, featuring ever-wild front man Erik Gage, will bring their ultra-noisy cacophony of basement-based DIY punk along for the ride. Primitive in execution but certain in their advocacy of atonal jaunts into the rocanrol wilderness, White Fang are considered one of the prime movers of Portland’s punk scene. With smokingly honest work like “Feeling Shitty” and “Can’t Find my Weed,” White Fang’s songs spin you around violently and leave you out in the tundra for the wolves. Local psych-demons—and arhats of all that is noisily pop-fragranced—Abandoned Mansions opens the evening frolic with a collection of songs guaranteed to melt your brain and get you primed for a dance hall that may later transform into a gleefully sweaty mosh pit. Abandoned Mansions showcases the prodigiously zoomy talents of Burqueños Pablo Novelas, Rene Aguilera and Kris Kerby. This Saturday night, 21-plus rock fest deluxe begins at 9pm, and you can get in for a measly seven bucks. Doors are at 8pm.

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