Tank tops and flip-flops, the smell of cut grass, and bleary eyes from another bout of debilitating allergies—telltale signs that springtime has returned to Albuquerque and, with it, the all-American pastime that is Spring Crawl.
On Saturday, April 28, the crack of microphone cables and roaring crowds will fill our Duke City streets with the unmistakable sounds of Crawling. A flat-rate wristband ($10 in advance, $15 day-of-show) is all the gear you'll need for multiple innings of live music in clubs throughout Downtown Albuquerque, including our Third Street Outdoor Stage. We're suiting up for a memorable night of heavy-hitting performances from more than 80 live acts. Get ready to play Crawl!
Want More Than Peanuts and Cracker Jacks?
You'll get a lot more than ballpark franks and beer at the Crawl. Downtown visitors are enjoying one of the strongest, most diverse restaurant scenes in the city. Everything from New Mexican cuisine to fine dining and exotic fare are within easy reach of the Crawl venues. Scroll through the "Crawl Chow" capsules in this week's online Chowtown roundup. You'll find a listing of every late-night dining establishment in the heart of Downtown, plus many that are just a short walk or drive from all the action.
Wondering How You'll Ever Get Back?
Designating a dependable, sober driver in your Crawl crew will keep everyone safe and happy. But what if everyone in your party has one too many adult beverages—how do you get home? We know you're not stupid enough to drive drunk (especially since there'll be extra police officers on the streets to make sure you're safe). We suggest you check in to one of the many reasonably priced hotels that Downtown has to offer or call a cab. Some taxi numbers are:
Or hop on the JIT. The shuttle/busis giving free rides from 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. to any home within Albuquerque city limits. You can find the JIT station on Fourth Street between Central and Copper. (You can also thank Club 7—they’re donating this amazing service to the Crawlers!)
Root, Root, Root for the Young Team
You don't have to be a barfly to Crawl. Even under-21 music lovers can take advantage of Downtown's thriving music community at our special all-ages Crawl venue. The Sunshine Theater (Central between First and Second Streets) will showcase the immense skills of Albuquerque hip-hop emcees and DJs, plus national headliner Black Sheep. Smoking and alcohol service will be available in segregated areas for those of legal drinking age.
If You Don't Buy in Advance It's a Shame
You'll save time and money by purchasing your Spring Crawl wristbands in advance. They are available for $10 at all Ticketmaster outlets (plus a service fee), Owl Green's Music (121 Seventh NW, 243-1889) at the UNM-area Mail Station (2118 Central SE, 842-1306), Grandma's Music and Sound (9310 Coors, 800-444-5252) and through the Alibi website. Note that you can avoid paying a service fee by purchasing wristbands directly from us. If you enjoy standing in line, day-of-show wristbands cost $15 and will be available at the Alibi Info Booth, Sunshine Theater, Third Street Outdoor Stage and El Rey Theater on the night of the Crawl.
One, Two, Three Steps and You're in at the Spring Crawl Game
Figuring out which bands are worth your time is easy with this edition of the Alibi. First, scan the schedule of bands to see who's playing and where during each time slot. Then scroll down for an alphabetical listing of Spring Crawl 2007 performers. Listings are made up of general information about each musical act, including music genres, where to find them online and other stats. Next, check the nifty Crawl map for clearly marked locations of participating venues, the Info Booth and parking. We'll be glad to answer any additional questions you might have at our Info Booth. Ready to rock? Good. We'll see you on the field!
Team: The 2Bers
League: Hip-hop, reggae, funk
Mascot: Mr. Potato Head
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Till the soil.
Grand Slam: Our joint CD release party with Mystic Vision/One Foundation at [the now defunct] Stella Blue. The club was packed beyond capacity with lines stretching a city block on Central.
Uniform: We pull out whatever smells the least offensive in the hamper (or sometimes the most), but we've got a fund started to purchase white leather tuxedos and white fedoras.
Fight Song: Anything by Icky and the Yuks
Hall of Fame Nominee: "Lemmy" Kilmister (of Motörhead)
League: Progressive, emo, rock
Lucky Charm: A red cross
League: Hard rock, metal
Lucky Charm: Drink tickets
Grand Slams: EdgeFest 10—Sticky got arrested and kicked out for public nudity. Jake was surrounded by state cops for "inciting a riot." N8 got thrown out. In the end, we were kickin' it with Dimebag for two hours backstage and were onstage for the Damageplan set. Great day.
Team: Approaching Andromeda
League: Alternative intrumental melodic ambient climactic semi-electronic rock
Uniform: Shirts, shoes and sometimes pants
Mascot: The minor 9 chord.
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: All we can tell you is that it involves a Ouija board, the living dead and some popcorn.
Number of Road Games: The same number Tool has been on ... minus the number Tool has been on.
Team: August Spies
League: Of our own
Lucky Charm: Vial of Ian MacKaye's sweat
Fight Song: "Where'd the Cheese Go?" by Ween
Team: The Bellmont
League: Agro dork-rock
Uniform: Pinstripes, because vertical lines are slimming.
Fight Song: "Tonight We're Gonna Rock You, Tonight," Spinal Tap
Team: Black Maria
League: Aggressive, mid-tempo sports rock
Uniform: Black on black with black trim, leave-in conditioner
Lucky Charm: Magic 8-Ball
Mascot: Nick Nolte
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Thinking about leaving for the gig, searching for the van keys.
Grand Slam: Your mom's bedroom rocked.
Albums: Signed with Columbia House, hoping to get our eight CDs for the price of one soon.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Blowfly
Team: Burlesque Noir
Uniform: Pasties and boyshorts! Sometimes construction barrels and mustaches!
Lucky Charm: The Golden Ass
Home Field: Holly's house (nicknamed Glitter Base)
Anthem/Fight Song: "My Humps," The Black Eyed Peas
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Carefully applying false eyelashes and pasties.
League: Hip-hop, heavy hitters
Uniform: Timberland boots, jeans, fitted cap and a white T-shirt
Hall of Fame Nominee: Ol' Dirty Bastard
Team: The Cherry Tempo
League: Rock, powerpop, indie
Lucky Charm: A guitar pedal board of infinite knobs and buttons
Mascot: Huckleberry Finn
Team: Concepto Tambor
League: Afro-Latin percussion and voice con huevos
Uniform: Thongs and Speedos
Lucky Charm: El tambor
Grand Slam: Spring and Fall Crawl, of course!
Hall of Fame Nominee: Beto, the manager at Launchpad
League: Ska, reggae, soul
Uniform: Ghostbuster khaki overalls
Anthem/Fight Song: "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," Charlie Daniels Band (with dueling trombones)
Mascot: Chewbacca in a tuxedo at his junior prom
Grand Slams: Halloween 2005 at the Launchpad with La Junta and Concepto Tambor. Our rhythm section sported Ghostbusters costumes, complete with silly string guns. The horn section was made up as Slimer and the Stay-Puffed Marshmallow Man, complete with slime and marshmallows. We've had trouble booking shows there ever since.
Number of Road Games: At least five, and we get our powdery nether-regions kicked every time.
Lucky Charm: Armondo the drummer's dirty socks
Home Field: Armondo's house—dirty socks and all!
Fight Song: The"Leave it to Beaver" theme song
Grand Slam: The Musicians Against Violence Benefit show
Team: The Gracchi
League: Punk rock and roll
Uniform: Knit caps, skintight jeans and press-on nails
Home Field: The front office of the Alibi
Fight Song: Too many to count without taking our shoes off. At the moment, we'll say "Queen Bitch" by Bowie.
Mascot: The dancing bums that congregate outside our practice space—they're cranky yet jovial!
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Sushi and a spit-shine practice
Number of Road Games: We're O for O, baby!
Team: The Ground Beneath
Lucky Charm: The Jeep Beneath. We live in it for weeks at a time.
Home Field: The House Beneath
Fight Song: The "South Park" theme song
Mascot: Steve's wiener dog, Ciabatta. We think he has Down Syndrome.
Team: Habeas Corpses
Roster: Nato Rock, Dynamek, DJ Codebreaka
Lucky Charm: A microphone
Home Field: The underground
League: Booty Clappin' Music
Uniform: My tried-and-true hair shirt
Lucky Charm: A bottle of Astroglide
Team: The Hollis Wake
League: Indie powerpop
Roster: Krysty, Sarah, Malcolm, Micah
Uniform: Chunky boots and zombie rags
Home Field: The stretch of freeway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Fight Song: "Tired of Waiting," The Hollis Wake
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Death matches of Karaoke Revolution
Team: Icky and the Yuks
League: Old-school punk
Uniform: Catholic schoolgirl
Anthem/Fight Song: People love the "Fat Chicks." We prefer "Fuckaholic."
Mascot: A drunk lead singer who hasn't left a Downtown bar in more than 15 years, a.k.a. Icky.
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Showing Bob how the new song goes.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee: Mike Bobroff
Team: Jenny Gamble Duo
League: Folk-rock, Americana
Lucky Charm: It's all about the work and support of local music for this trio. No luck needed.
Mascot: Silvery minnow
Team: La Junta
League: Anything and nothing at all
Uniform: Whatever we're wearing that day topped off with a sombrero
Fight Song: "We Don't Stop," Michael Franti and Spearhead
Mascot: Cochise the tortoise ... lazy and slow, but he gets done what he needs to get done.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Franti and Spearhead, Ben Harper, Cultura Profetica, Britney Spears
Team: Le Chat Lunatique
League: Gitano swing, hot jazz
Uniform: Curly waxed mustaches
Lucky Charm: A string from Django Reinhardt's guitar
Fight Song: "Cri du Chat," Le Chat Lunatique
Mascot: A deranged feline
Team: Left Brain
League: Crunk-metal dork-prog
Uniform: Girl pants, white belts
Home Field: All of us fight ... er ... practice at our house. It's tightly packed like a tin can of sardines.
Mascot: A morbidly obese basset hound named Blossom.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee: Patty and Mildred Hill for the "Happy Birthday Song"
League: Electronica, new wave
Uniform: Beautiful hair—and clothing, of course
Lucky Charm: Ashes, ashes
Mascot: A paper girl
Team: The Lowlights
League: Folk, country, psychedelic
Uniform: Bolo ties and brown leather
Mascot: Wood duck, Aix sponsa, is a medium-sized perching duck. A typical adult is about 19 inches in length with an average wingspan of 29 inches.
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Venison jerky and whiskey
Team: Mantis Fist
League: The underground
Lucky Charm: A necklace of broken fangs
Mascot: A fighting and praying mantis
Grand Slam: We played against Sage Francis. He hit the grand slam.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee: Isaac Brock (of Modest Mouse)
League: Progressive rock, alternative
Uniform: As the singer, I usually like something soft on the skin. Perhaps a silky T-back. (I usually wear it backwards.) It gives me just enough freedom to feel like a man but just enough softness to keep me in touch with my feminine side.
Home Field: We practice at Fox Office Complex (San Mateo and Central). I hang out at the gym a lot. Gotta look good to pull off the uniform, right?
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: We switch underwear with each other before each show. You really don't know someone until you've sweated an hour in their underoos. It's our way of bonding.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Weird Al Yankovic
Team: Matt Jones Trio
League: Pop, rock
Lucky Charm: Pretty much the cereal pieces—the marshmallows hurt our teeth.
Mascot: Poochie the Rocking Dog
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Calling someone and telling them to bring the piece of equipment we forgot.
Number of Road Games: Enough to not know where we really live.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Ben Folds, Glen Tilbrook, Jeff Buckley, Toto
Team: Mei Long
League: ’60s-ish pop rocks
Uniform: Casual fancy to moderate fashion for those on the rise
Lucky Charm: Lingam
Mascot: Sun Ra covered in cute animal breath
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Conjuring souls of cute animals through the magic of hair restoration.
Team: Mystic Vision
League: Reggae, hip-hop, R&B
Uniform: Big-ass Rastafarian head wraps
Home Field: Tijeras
Fight Song: The almighty word of Jah
Mascot: Zion the Lion
Team: The Oktober People
League: Space rock
Roster: Nate, Chris, Rhian and Sean
Uniform: Typical slacker wear
Lucky Charm: High fives and butt slaps
Home Field: Silverchord Studios
Grand Slam: Playing with Mono, Pelican and Bellini
Team: Old Man Shattered
League: Rock ’em, sock ’em, knock ’em in the jock ’em
Roster: Uncle Cumbres, Bizzle, Squirmy Mcdermie, The Token Black Guy
Lucky Charm: Rizzle Bizzle's (Red Bull)
Mascot: Chuck Norris
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: It has nothing to do with baby oil!
Hall of Fame Nominee: The Ground Beneath: They have a fan that blows their hair while they play!
League: The real hip-hop
Lucky Charm: An Allah medallion my father gave me when I was about 12 years old. It has seemed to keep me out of harms way.
Home Field: As long as there's a candle lit, I'm comfortable anywhere.
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Constantly going over songs in my head.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Big Pun! The greatest MC that ever touched a mic ... R.I.P.
League: Pop punkyroll
Uniform: Black and white stripey
Home Field: Sweet, sweet Downtown
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Shots of Jameson, red lipstick kisses, ass slaps, huzzah!
Hall of Fame Nominee: Lousy Robot
Team: Polaroid Pornography
League: New new wave, lo-fi electro
Uniform: We're always wearing something pink ... even if you can't see it.
Lucky Charm: A VHS copy of Porky's
Mascot: Crystal's French bulldog, Elliott. He just got his balls chopped off.
Number of Road Games: Our first and only tour to date took us to Amarillo, Texas, to perform at a "Haunted Prom."
Team: Rage Against Martin Sheen
League: Pop-punk, comedy
Uniform: Turbans and overalls, boots with the toe shell missing
Lucky Charm: A toilet
Mascot: Rusty Trombone, the toothless hobo
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Hippie bashing
League: People actually having fun
Uniform: New York street gangs in 1982 are actually from the future
Lucky Charm: Magical dance lasers that shoot out of our ancestors eyes or mouths so you freak out.
Hall of Fame Nominee: "Ninja Gaiden." And those robots from the music video for "Rockit."
Team: The Rip Torn
League: Psychedelic, hip-hop, rock
Roster: Mateo, Jerome
Home Field: The tap room on Second Street
Fight Song: "P.M.A.," Bad Brains
Mascot: Taters ’n' gravy
Hall of Fame Nominee: Bad Brains
Team: The Rudy Boy Experiment
Home Field: Sonny's, R.I.P.
Fight Song: "Unreality," The Rudy Boy Experiment
Team: The Rum Fits
League: Punk rock
Uniform: Denim and leather, it brought us all together.
Mascot: Bella the Beer Drinking Dog.
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Show up late, have a few drinks, smoke some cigarettes, have a couple more drinks, pick a fight, lose, get cut off and dragged on stage.
Grand Slam: We had one hell of a time playing the Spearmint Rhino.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Wesley Willis
League: Underground hip-hop, rockabilly
Uniform: Whatever fits ’cause we so phat
Mascot: Godzilla with a mic
Hall of Fame Nominee: Weird Al
Team: Saving Shelden
League: Acoustic soulful pop
Uniform: Baseball caps, long sleeved T-shirts
Mascot: Shelden, of course
Hall of Fame Nominee: Van Morrison
Home Field: Music Go Round
Anthem/Fight Song: "Pet," A Perfect Circle
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Habañero Doritos! Pow! Right in the Kisser!
Grand Slams: Spring Crawl 2007! Wait a minute ....
Grand Slam: That one where we fucked The Gracchi out of playing twice in one night!
Team: Unit 7 Drain
League: Death wave
Uniform: The other team's torn and bloody uniforms after we cut them off at the end of the "game."
Home Field: We practice in a parallel dimension filled with happiness and light. In this wondrous place FDR is still president, the Velvet Underground had more record sales than The Beatles, Pepsi is called "Rexxi" and is chock-full of Valium and you can buy hash brownies at every convenience store. We hang out at Del Taco.
Fight Song: "Anymore," Romeo Goes To Hell
Mascot: Engels, The Giant Red Socialist Panda
Hall of Fame Nominee: Yo La Tengo or The Pixies.
Team: The Vigil Brothers
League: Underground hip-hop
Roster: Joey and DJ N-Tox
Uniform: We design our own shirts!
Lucky Charm: A little buddha statue
Home Field: Burt's Tiki Lounge's Vinyl and Versus nights
Fight Song: "Kombat the Enemy," Living Legends
Mascot: A Shogun warrior
Hall of Fame Nominee: The Nonce
Team: When Darkness Falls
League: Metal, rock
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: A shot of Black Tooth. "Nostrovia!"
Grand Slam: Isleta Casino benefit concert for Hurricane Katrina victims (December 2005)
Uniform: U.S. Air Force
Home Field: Our secret underground fortress!
Fight Song: "I Hate Country Music," Winterlock
Grand Slam: The night we got "Winterlocked" out of a Launchpad show because Downtown lost power due to a winter storm. Ralli’s finally let us in from the cold to play one hell of a show!
Team: The Ya Ya Boom Project!
League: Orchestral pop rocks
Roster: Carlos Kerplow, Miza Blast, Rob Plosion and Machina Dynamite
Uniform: Petticoats. Ties. Gloves. Socks and flip-flops (only when worn together).
Fight Song: "The Thong Song," Sisqo
Mascot: A wind-up bomb with legs
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Discussions of politics, the nature of the heart, fine cigars and cognac. Psych! Usually we pace frantically wondering where the other band members are until it's time to set up. Then, magically, as if materializing out of thin air, they show.
Hall of Fame Nominee: PJ Harvey
The headlining acts of Spring Crawl 2007
Team: Black Pegasus
League: Hip-hop, rap
Uniform: Baggy jeans and fly-ass T-shirts
Lucky Charm: Hippie mineral rocks
Home Field: Panera Bread Cafés in rich Colorado neighborhoods looking at MILFs.
Fight Song: "You Are the Best Around," Joe Esposito
Mascot: Brass knuckles
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: The Kid & Play dance from the House Party movies
Hall of Fame Nominee: Bloodhound Gang
Team: Black Sheep
Uniform: Pencil moustaches and big giant pants
Lucky Charm: Wool
Home Field: Queens, N.Y.
Fight Song: “Novakane Groove,” Black Sheep
Mascot: Little Bo Peep
Team: Eric McFadden Trio
League: Rock, indie, other
Uniform: Tight black button-ups, blue jeans
Lucky Charm: Big belt buckles
Home Field: San Francisco, Calif.
Fight Song: "Feel Too Good To Die," Eric McFadden Trio
Team: Homer Hiccolm and the Rocketboys
League: Ambient rock
Uniform: Navy or khaki canvas slip-on shoes, girl pants, other typical trendy clothes, Aphesis clothing, Josh wears rosary beads sometimes.
Lucky Charm: We have these transformers that are either dogs or humans.
Home Field: Abilene, Texas
Mascot: A really large rocket prop from an old church basement.
Pre-game Locker Room Ritual: Rousing renditions of various gospel songs. We actually call this ritual our "pre-game" and it's one of the funnest parts of our band.
Hall of Fame Nominee: Elliott Smith deserves to be there—Jeff Buckley, too.