Music to Your Ears
Akon Ticket Giveaway
On Friday, June 26, the Akon Freedom Fest sets off an explosive lineup of R&B/rap chart-toppers at the Journal Pavilion. Headlining is club-banging, Senegalese-styled Akon, who also gets paid for producing hits like Gwen Stefani's sugary "The Sweet Escape." (He threw in the frisbee-like "Who hoo! Yee who!" choruses). The bill gets harder as Plies, Fat Joe, Lil' Jon, the Ying Yang Twins, Multi and Jotorious stalk the stage, with L.D. the Mash-Up King representing Albuquerque's hefty endowment of DJ talent. It's shaping up as the summer concert to beat.
A Sorority of Divas
Women’s Voices concerts light up the Albuquerque Museum
At the 2008 edition of the Women’s Voices concerts, a perennial favorite presented by the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, what was happening offstage was almost as entertaining as what was happening onstage. Down front, audience left, a lively gaggle of divas who had already performed or were awaiting their turn watched their sisters onstage with genuine pride and delight, whooping it up in support.
Representing Albucrazy, whether you like it or not
Mikl (aka Mike Montgomery) of Albuquerque-born BrokeNCYDE says he's not sure where he is.
He's in the United Kingdom, in the midst of a three-week tour. His band is waiting in the green room of a club, and they’re about to perform. That's about all he knows. "I don't know the town we're in or anything," Mikl admits. "I really do not know where I am. I'm so lost." (For what it's worth, the band played The Perish in Huddersfield, England, the night of our interview.)
BrokeNCYDE's schedule is hectic. The band that blends screamo and crunk rap—a Southern-bred hip-hop style that features rhymes about getting wasted—tours for a few months, takes a week off and then hits the road again. Mikl says he and his bandmates long for Albuquerque. "We still consider it our home, we just never get to go there," Mikl says. "We still love it and we miss it every day."
Flyer on the Wall
Planet of the Tapes
“Fantastic Planet” is a two-EP set and the side project name of Latin-funky Felonious Groove Foundation, who’s releasing part one of its pseudo-eponymous album tonight at the Launchpad. The Alex Maryol Band opens the show at 9:30 p.m. $7 includes a CD, 21+. (Laura Marrich)
Hombre Lobo exposes the animalistic impulses that characterize the act of courtship. Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett (aka E) can be a fragile, sincere and lovesick puppy. But he can also be a ravenous wolf (hence the album title), hungry for sexual conquest. The tone changes with the lyrics. Softly strummed, clean guitar accompanies Everett when he's playing nice, and deep, static-cloaked bass and organ signal the singer-songwriter's turn toward aggression. Gritty, sophisticated and from the gut, Hombre Lobo howls with passion. (SM)
Kiefer Sutherland • country, rock, singer-songwriter
Besides starring as the ultra-creepy Dr. Daniel Schrebe in 1998's Dark City—a role for which he will undoubtedly be remembered for his perplexingly halting delivery—Kiefer Sutherland is also an up-and-coming musician, having chosen the gritty genre of Americana as the next world to conquer and hold helpless in a starless miasma of doomed sleep. Just kidding. Dude's second album as a country rocker, Reckless & Me, has garnered both the attention of folks over in Nashville and a host of radio listeners as well. Sutherland's first record, Down in a Hole, was critically acclaimed and the new effort is riding high on singles like “Open Road” and “Something You Love.” Sutherland performs his oeuvre…