Mesa Ritual


V.24 No.45 | 11/05/2015
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Event Horizon

Hear the Electric Howl

Saturday, Nov 14: Wolf Tones Electric Music Festival • Martian Funk • Paul Marquardt • Mesa Ritual • Dwight Loop

The music will be... electrifying.
V.23 No.43 |
Wolf Eyes
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Alibi Picks

Los Ojos del Lobo

Self-described as "trip metal," Wolf Eyes synthesizes genres ranging from metal to hardcore to electronic. Nuevomexicano noisemakers Mesa Ritual and TAHNZZ open this wicked Sweet Sixteen bash at Burt's on Wednesday night.
V.23 No.34 |

Music

Now Hear This, Vol. VI

You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension of A/V. This is the middle ground between mediocre and too-good-to-be-true, between something called "reggae" and the sound angels emit. You are traveling deep into the realm of rad tuneage. Next stop, Now Hear This!

Straight outta Oakl&

Zachary James Watkins and Marshall Tramell aka Black Spirituals bring "black resonance" to Spirit Abuse (1103 Fourth Street NW) tonight. Our interview "Postmodern Black Spirituals" yielded more insight than we could fit in print. For instance, the project's name originates from Watkins finding a dusty cassette in a closet; the recording within was a 1970s lecture by activist, scholar and singer Bernice Johnson Reagon on the roots music of black slaves in America. Black Spirituals tour in support of their forthcoming SIGE Records cassette Of Deconstruction. Five bucks gets you in to the most intriguing concert of the week. The sympathetic vibrations amp up at 9pm, and Bigawatt and Mesa Ritual open the show. I'll see you there.

Signs of the horns

If you feelin' more metal than avant-garde, scope Alibi resident hesher Constance Moss' previews of two heavy gigs. Tonight at Sister (407 Central NW) revel in crossover metal, hardcore, "low desert punk" and sludge metal with Corrosion of Conformity, BL'AST!, Brant Bjork and Lord Dying. Scope "Melt Your Face Off" for all the deets.This 21-plus gig starts at 8:30pm, and admission is $15.

On Sunday night at Sunshine Theater (120 Central SW), Geoff Tate's Queensrÿchefeaturing former members of Dio, Ozzy and AC/DCbrings a mishmash of nostalgia and brand-new heavy. Read Moss' Show Up! column to learn more about the drama surrounding Tate's physical and verbal abuse of his bandmates and consequent firing, the ensuing legal battle and future of Queensrÿche. According to our in-house metal expert, this show will not be a "pathetic and flaccid mockery of itself." Irish rock outfit The Voodoos open this all-ages concert, and presale tickets are $25.

Nuevomexicano wizardry

Last week in "Now Hear This, Vol. V" I hyped much-buzzed about hometown swervegaze idol REIGHNBEAU's inclusion in tonight's Nothng Forevr showcase at Burt's Tiki Lounge (313 Gold SW). Burqueño electro standouts BK Beats, The 1960 Sci-Fi Era and Nathan New round out the bill for this 21-plus vowel-eschewing celebration. The aforementioned artists begin casting sonic spells at 9pm, and there's no cover, man.

V.23 No.34 | 8/21/2014
Black Spirituals
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Music Interview

Postmodern Black Spirituals

Oakland duo’s pilgrimage Of Deconstruction

August March talks composition, deconstruction and artistic evolution with Black Spirituals’ Marshall Trammell and Zachary James Watkins. Experience the Oakland, Calif. duo at Spirit Abuse this weekend.
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V.23 No.18 | 5/1/2014
The Bad Plus
Jay Fram

Four Up

Spring rite smashup

From avant jazz to noise, blues rock to nu-disco, Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!
V.22 No.22 | 5/30/2013
Samantha Crain
Keisha Register

Music

Literate folk gorge, beats à l’orange, Sicksicksick ol’ double-header and rap and rockabilly roundup

This week’s Music to Your Ears is an online exclusive. We even futzed around with the column layout and experimented with selectively embedding A/V elements. Please check it out, and let us know what you think.

And now, whether you’re craving modern alt.folk, house, experimental, noise, rap or rockabilly, there’s (at least) one show happening this week that will suit your fancy. Singer/songwriter Samantha Crain visits Santa Fe—the city for which her most popular tune is named—on Friday. The 21-and-over concert court-and-sparks at 9 p.m. at Santa Fe Sol (37 Fire Place). Check out the video for Crain’s hit track below. Santa Fe Sol • Samantha Crain • Friday May 31 • 9 pm • $12 • 21+ • solofsantafe.com

V.21 No.40 | 10/4/2012
Raven Chacon

Music

Raven Chacon delivers an unconventional Song Roulette

Musician, artist and Small Engine Gallery co-curator Raven Chacon played Song Roulette with us this week. He doesn’t own an iPod, so he got creative and groped around in the dark. Check out his diverse Song Roulette results.

V.20 No.44 | 11/3/2011

Music

High Mayhem this weekend

High Mayhem Emerging Arts, the Santa Fe series that showcases Nuevo Mexicano and international sound art, enters it’s 10th year this weekend. Samantha Anne Scott interviewed Raven Chacon about Mesa Ritual (one of his numerous projects), which will be performing Saturday. Read the article here.

V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011
Mesa Ritual

Show Up!

Electric Mesa Ritual

Raven Chacon talks motel butchery and mayhem

On Saturday, Mesa Ritual—Raven Chacon and William Fowler Collins—performs at the opening installment of the High Mayhem Emerging Arts fall series, a four-weekend event that showcases Nuevo Mexicano and international sound art. Samantha Anne Scott caught up with the super busy Chacon to discuss the festival and his various projects.
V.19 No.31 | 8/5/2010
Raven Chacon with the antler cello
Nathan Young

Aural Fixation

The Albuquerque Sound

Raven Chacon curates the city’s underground

In life there are certain truths: What goes up must come down, all's fair in love and war, a stitch in time saves nine and one who makes a synthesizer out of a cougar pelt is wicked awesome. Musician, teacher and installation artist Raven Chacon is familiar with the latter, having made just that as part of a Winnipeg-based project by his interdisciplinary American Indian arts collective, Postcommodity. When the piece is pet, the pelt synth purrs, and when it’s twisted it raars. The group also fashioned an antler cello and antler harp, and made a drum from a boar bladder and a coffee can. The instruments, says Chacon, are meant to be played by a futuristic tribe representing the last of its culture.

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