Spring Crawl is set for Saturday, April 28, this year. That's three and a half months from now, but I started getting calls from bands asking how they can get on the bill back in October. So, while I truly admire your forethought and tenacity, for the millionth time, don't send me or anyone at the Alibi your demo. Here's Crawl coordinator Joe Anderson on what really works:
Imagine a metal band at a house party. On ripped-up sofas, overturned chairs, and a floor littered with empty cans and bottles, a crowd moshes wildly as the band trashes its way through the set. A glass vase falls from the shelf, shattering on the tile floor and bringing the party to a halt. The moshers disappear, the sofas are repaired, the cans and bottles are (mostly) gone, but the band remains.
Who is manning the woodblock on 13 Blackbirds? I can get next to soupy folk ambience, super-blended vocals, even a mellow pace. But there is some woodblock-sounding thing (Or alternately, some other awkward percussion instrument. Is that a triangle?) plinking away in the foreground of a bunch of tracks. I zero in. I tap along. I jam ... with the woodblock. All the careful atmosphere falls away, and it's time for "The Woodblock Hour" with Woody and his Syncopated Block Boys. 13 Lotus, a second disc that remixes a song titled “Lotus,” replaces the woodblock with decent electronic work that provides a nice, unexpected contrast to the folksiness of it all.
17th Annual Breakin' Hearts • Shuga Shane • Element • Knucklehead Zoo • Randy Boogie • Foundations of Freedom • Chief Rocekrz • BZ Beatz • hip-hop
By August March
Education, competition and reflection are the themes of the 17th annual Breakin' Hearts Festival, a four day hip-hop party right here in Albuquerque. Featuring regionally known artists, advocates and other interested parties, the main event for this spectacular get down is going down on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Historic El Rey Theater from noon until 10pm. Preceded by nightly dances and educational opportunities galore, Saturday night's event is hosted by Shuga ShaneUHF/XFRX and Speed One and features the renowned DJs Element, Randy B and BZ Beats. Besides Beatbox and breakin' battles, a freestyle dance competition and a Blackbook contest, with performances by Def-i, LETSJUSB, Gravity, Jessica Lopez and Carlos Contreras. All-ages are welcome at this event—it's $20 at the door and $15 in advance from Vibes Dance Studio. Get your body movin' today before that sauce recipe disappears into the vault again.
AMP Concerts presents a concert by pedal steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier at The Cooperage on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7:30pm. Collier is considered the master of a traditional approach to an instrument that's become familiar to American ears through every sorta sound from straight Country and Western to rocanrol and even indie bands. The artist's slide-style playing is lightning fast and gorgeously executed with a twang and twist. He's jammed with the Allman Brothers, Los Lobos and Tedeschi-Trucks; his latest recording was produced by by Michael League, one of David Crosby's current collaborators. In summary, this show is going to rock out, so be there. Tickets are only $17 in advance and $22 the day of the show. It's an intimate venue replete with meat and cocktails—which means this is a 21+ gig—and you are guaranteed to walk away with a shiny spot in your head that will only disappear with repeated exposure to songs like “Far Away Eyes.”