Music to Your Ears
By Laura Marrich
Old Main Fest II
Just when you thought you were done shaking off your hangover from the last Old Main Fest (held in May at the Albuquerque Press Club), Burque music hellion and The Old Main frontman Rod Lacy is asking you to get wild again—"in the tall pines of the Zuni Mountains."
On the Scene
The Air Guitarist
Hot lixx and jump splits
By Marisa Demarco
In a kilt and leather Viking helmet with duct-taped-in Heidi braids, Erik Peterson takes the stage in San Diego. The song: "Who's Your Daddy?" by Finnish heavy metal band Lordi. As the second challenger, he gives it his best for 60 seconds, even incorporating his signature jump splits.
Flyer on the Wall
Annie, Git Yer Gun
Patti Littlefield Goes Woof!
Vocalist heads genre-crossing quartet at the Outpost
By Mel Minter
On a recent Sunday evening, vocalist Patti Littlefield took a drive up NM 14 to Madrid to catch the Alpha Cats’ last set at the Mine Shaft, that venerable kick-ass tavern featuring the longest bar in New Mexico.
Oxford Collapse Bits · Ellis Marsalis Quartet An Open Letter to Thelonious · Son Ambulance Someone Else's DÈjà Vu
Monk fans might not jump with joy to hear that the Ellis Marsalis Quartet (Derek Douget, saxes; Jason Stewart, bass; Jason Marsalis, drums) has released a collection of Monk tunes. After all, how far can the pianist’s elegant swing take the angular material? The high points in this uneven effort make it worthwhile, though, particularly the softened “Monk’s Mood,” the lively fun of “Rhythm-a-ning” and the harmonically rich and sensitive rendering of “’Round Midnight.” Kudos to J. Marsalis for understanding that Monk was just plain funky, and to E. Marsalis for playing Monk’s tunes, not bronzing them. (MM)
Courtesy Epic Records
Chevelle • alternative • Black Map • Dinosaur Pile-Up • rock
By August March
Chevelle, an indie band from the Midwest, portrays their hard soundâ€”expressed with exasperated vocals, a muscular rhythms and chunky guitar riffs that repeatedly drift off into tangential melodiesâ€”as an artful thing, comparable to '90s peers like Tool…
Courtesy of Mono/Poly Facebook Page
Mono/Poly • electronic, experimental, alternative hip hop, glitch • Tsuruda • trap, grime, dubstep • 1960sfe • chill wave
By Megan Reneau
Charles E. Dickerson, aka, Mono/Poly will be breaking down beats hard at Sister Bar, on Thursday, Jan. 26. Mono/Poly is known for adroit techniques playing everything from ambient break beats to glitch hip-hop. He's has worked with Flying Lotus, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, and has tracks set to be released with Erykah Badu, Kali Uchis and Kamasi Washington—just by that short significant list, you can tell he's fucking superb at what he does. Joining Mono/Poly will be Tsuruda, who excellently blends trap, hip-hop and house sounds, as well as local heavyweight DJ, 1960sfe (formerly known as 1960 Sci Fi Era), who creates beautiful chill wave beats. The 21+ show begins at 9pm and is $8.
Photo by Wes Naman
Silver String Band • Americana, blues • Squash Blossom Boys • bluegrass, folk
By August March
The Albuquerque Folk Festival has ebbed and flowed over the years, presumably in a fashion similar to the mythically winding rivers often rhapsodized about in American folk lore, literature and music. The ascension of the late, great Gary Libman to the presidency of the festival's board of directors provided structure and growth that has practically guaranteed the source of all the good ole music will never run dry. Still, given the economic realities in our great nation and the costs of producing such a successful regional music fest, a benefit concert is often in order, to keep things flowing, as it were. With that metaphor in mind, check out the concert featuring two of Burque's authentic Americana units, the Silver String Band and The Squash Blossom Boys when they perform on Friday, Jan. 27. A portion of the proceeds from this 21+ holy hootenanny beginning at 9pm will benefit the festival before it's 2017 iteration comes around on June 3, 2017. Tickets are $5.
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