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KongosalternativeThe Joy Formidable

Monday Oct 24, 2016

622 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102


Phone: 505-510-2582

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Jonny Marlow

Add to your sense of wonder here on Earth among the living by checking out the multinational, Arizona-dwelling band of brothers known as Kongos when the quartet appears Monday, Oct. 24, at the Historic El Rey Theatre (622 Central SW). Sons of the prodigious and popular South African troubadour John Kongos, his progeny produce a sound that infuses accordion, slide guitar and Indigenous polyrhythms with a rocanrol beat that is both danceable and expansive. While some critics have lauded their technique and output as reminiscent of heavy-hitters like Pink Floyd and U2, I like to think of their production in a non-derivative sense: “Take It From Me,” from their latest recording Egomaniac, is brimming with jazzy instrumental asides, blistering percussion, assured, techno-savvy vocals and incisive lyrics. Plus, the dudes in the band seem like rock stars, long hair, shaggy beards and all (they kinda look like Steely Dan did in ’73, and two of the brothers studied the jazz music at ASU, if that helps you visualize their musical mojo). Tickets for Kongos in concert cost $23. Welsh dream poppers The Joy Formidable open, which is cool, given the overarching theme of this week’s column—I still think their best tune is “My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees.” Anywho, the gig’s for all ages and commences at 8:30pm.

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