Music to Your Ears
Everybody and their mom hosts a music festival during the summer.
Only a few fests deserve the spotlight. Fewer still warrant a three-hour drive into the heart of Northern New Mexico. The first-ever Taos Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, is poised to make it worth your while. Genre-melding Ozomatli headlines a full day of music held on four acres of Taos Ski Valley. Bob Marley's backup band The Wailers and singer-songwriter Joan Osborne beef up the bill.
Alejandro Blake, events director for Taos Ski Valley, says the lineup reflects a desire for diversity. "What we were really trying to do is have an eclectic group of artists," Blake says. "Somebody who listens to Joan might not listen to Ozo, but I think they'll come up here and appreciate Ozo's music and vice versa. There's no music that's going to be too harsh for anybody."
There's no need to be a dickhead
The Alibi has spoken with plenty of humble bands.
There's a bevy of good-natured, aw-shucks groups that are happy to be where they are and relish every day they get to be paid for making music. We've spoken with few, if any, however, who are embarrassed by their success.
Los Campesinos! drummer Ollie Campesinos! says he sees more talented acts than his own on a regular basis. "It's a real shame when you see bands that are so much better than yours that haven't been signed," Campesinos! says. "They're all really talented, and you just feel embarrassed that you're not as good as them, but you've managed to be signed and release albums."
Flyer on the Wall
There’s Always Room for Antelope Kidneys
Guitarist Joel Harrison—whose compositions are typically shaped as much by rigorous intellect as by Dionysian inclinations—relaxes on Urban Myths, preferring to groove on the rhythmic and sonic pleasures of electronic jazz. Intellect is never abandoned, but Harrison and friends (particularly saxophonist David Binney and violinist Christian Howes) are after an ecstatic expression that owes more to groove than gray matter. From “Last Waltz for Queva,” pregnant with loss and affection, to the funky “Straight No Chaser,” to the rock feel of “High Expectation Low Return,” Harrison explores his fusion self and plays some wailing guitar. (MM)
Purple Reign • Prince tribute band
Take our word for it: The Purple One was the greatest rock guitarist to ever live on the planet Earth. Not even the Deaner compares, dudes. A master of every genre The Artist touched, Prince's hip-hop is so fly and far-out that it won't be properly understood for at least 200 years. For reference, we call your attention to a song titled “Pussy Control” for confirmation of what is otherwise known as la neta. While you're on that princely power kick, check out the dude's Purple Reign tribute show, a live concert experience on Friday, Jan. 24 at The Showroom at Isleta Casino. For a mere $25 and a 21-plus ID, experience a semblance of a mystical force, a simulacrum of something sublime. He may have departed this realm early but the essence of what Prince created, his musical compositions—performed live by a killer band—remains.
The Price is Right Live • game show
If you like spinning wheels and people yelling out the retail prices of household products, then leave your spayed or neutered pets at home and come on down to The Price Is Right Live stage show at Route 66 Casino Hotel. There are two shows on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 4pm and 8pm respectively. Tickets range from $20 to $40.