Melt-Banana, a Japanese band known for noisy, metallic indulgences relayed through pop pronunciations, have a gig on Friday, May 8, at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Active since the early '90s, the work of surrealist bananas Yasuko Onuki and Ichirou Agata evidences an eclectic experimentalism that verges on the chaotic but maintains a tuneful bond to essential rocanrol ruminations about love and life. Agata’s guitar work adds intense texture to the band’s underlying melodicism.
Kris Kerby's long-running “percussion apocalypse” endeavor, ICUMDRUMS, continues to set sonic standards, divining as well as breaking the boundaries of Albuquerque’s avant-garde. Weekly Alibi chats with him to find out more about one of Burque’s most relevant cultural provocateurs.