Alibi V.14 No.28 • July 14-20, 2005 ››
Music to Your Ears
Star Wars fans will score this fall with an interstellar night of music from all six of the beloved films (though I suppose the term “beloved” does not apply to all six). The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus will perform Symphonic Star Wars on September 23 and 24. So why am I bringing this up now? Because tickets went on sale last week and these things tend to sell out quickly. The concerts will include laser light shows, costume contests and other "space opera touches." I don't know about you, but I'm dying to find out what the other space opera touches are. Tickets are $15 to $45 and can be procured by calling 881-8999. Or I suppose you could just use the force.
Monday, July 18; Atomic Cantina (21 and over): If you've been watching MTV Canada lately, you might have caught a video by Calgary's Falconhawk (a video on MTV? Canada is sounding more and more like a true paradise). But since you probably haven't heard of this band, much less caught them on Canadian television, let's just put it this way: If this were the mid '90s, Falconhawk would probably be on Matador. What they've really done is moved past the '80s, through the '90s and towards the present, picking things up along the way to create a delicious cornucopia of music for our generation. Their subtle keyboards combined with piano, drums and a vocalist who sounds like a more relaxed Kristin Hersh (à la Throwing Muses) make for an uncomplicated, pleasantly indie feel.
Norwegian hipsters zZz probably think they're a lot cooler than anyone that would ever buy their album. Even so, the band's latest LP is chalk full of first-rate fashionable dance tracks that would serve one well on a late night road trip. Just try falling asleep at the wheel with lead singer Bjorn Ottenheim vociferously barking at you. zZz combines soulful omnipresent organ and static drums with vocals reminiscent of a coked up Jim Morrison. It's probably not as good as Ottenheim and organist Dean Schinkel think it is, but it's still worth a listen.
Danny Winn and the Earthlings
If the fizz of Mountain Dew could be translated into music, it would sound exactly like Danny Winn and the Earthlings: exhilarating, high-energy and really, really bubbly. Leave it to those catchy, filled beats or maybe even the infectious bass lines, and before you know it there'll be a pit of fans in front of the stage skanking like there's no tomorrow.
Moonshine Blind • rock • Hillbilly Homicide • Some Kind of Nightmare • Dirty Brown Jug Band • country, bluegrass
If you've had a ruff week, cozy up to the bar at Launchpad, and then settle in for Rockin for Pitties, a night of music to benefit Babes and Bullies, everybody's favorite local pit bull rescue organization. On tap for the night are sets from Moonshine Blind, Hillbilly Homicide, Some Kind of Nightmare and Dirty Brown Jug Band. You'll need to be 21+ and cough up $10 at the door, but that should be worth it to know that you've helped out a few local dogs in need.
Technophobia • dark electronic • Austin Morrell • Mala in Se • Monogamy
The new wave of popular music has tended toward the electronic side of the musical spectrum, with EDM’s massive drops slowly dominating airwaves and the music festival circuit. Typically, it seems, this electronic movement has grown to be popularly identified with glow sticks, diffraction glasses and inexcusably appropriated Native American headdresses. This Friday, June 23, however, Technophobia and their brooding strain of dark electronic music will grace Burt’s TIki Lounge with an important reminder of the vast realm posed by electronic music for everyone, not just half naked-teenagers slathered in glitter. Rooted in post-industrial and darkwave, but gleaning inspiration from the vocal melodicism of ‘80s new wave, Technophobia layers the most unlikely sounds to create the perfect oxymoron: ominous music that you can’t help but dance to. Opening performances will feature the psychedelic and nearly ineffable “gothic wizard rock” of local favorite Austin Morrell, the experimental lo-fi pop of Monogamy and the mystical Mala in Se, so arrive as close to the 8pm opening as you can to get the most out of this totally free show.
Quintron & Miss Pussycat • noise, rock
The summer heat is draining. The news is depressing. Listening to the radio is usually draining and depressing. Step away from it all and rejuvenate yourself this Sunday, June 25, at Sister with a wacky, energetic performance from Quintron and Miss Pussycat, who promise an unparalleled experience complete with outrageous costumes, complex puppet shows, explosions and “Swamp-Tech” dance music imbued with the psychedelic spirit of New Orleans. Whether this description intrigues, confuses or titillates your sensibilities, it is doubtless that their performance will leave you with a great story and a gleaming smile. The thrilling black-magic synths of local Sleepdepth (also known by the much more sorcerous title Somno Profundante) will set the stage and the mood by contrast. Buy your tickets in advance to save $2 off the already bargain price of $10, and come along for the fun when the show starts at 7pm.