Albuquerque has a metal music scene, by the way. Ask our mayor, the honorable Timothy Keller. He’ll tell you all about it after he informs you gently yet with intense vision about his progressive agenda for the future of Albuquerque. If you still need further convincing, however, after said encounter with our city’s avatar of leadership, then I suggest you give the Launchpad (618 Central Ave. SW) a try on Saturday, Jan. 5 for the sake of kicks; it’s Roman Barham’s annual birthday bash after all! Barham, just in case you still don’t know, is one of the proprietors of local rock retail repository, ARISE. Further the dude is a member in good standing of legendary Burque rock god group Black Maria as well as a player in Red Mesa, the next generation at our town’s Plutonic party.