August March rang Albuquerque legend Gordy Andersen (Black Maria, Cracks in the Sidewalk, Jerry’s Kidz, et al) to discuss his formative experiences coming of age as a first generation high desert punk.
There's no greater compliment this writer can bestow on Nik Turner's Hawkwind than describing latest single “Fallen Angel STS-51-L” as reminiscent of the psychedelic-punk sound of Chrome and the ongoing work of main man Helios Creed. When Turner's current Hawkwind incarnation played Low Spirits earlier this year, they kicked out the jams with impressive consistency, complete with visuals, writhing, gyrating and go-go dancing. Nik Turner's Hawkwind doesn't just perform standards in the “greatest hits” style so many bands past their prime tend toward; instead, they offer new material that equals the classics in intensity and weirdness.
The extensive Mighty Thunder Rider tour also features heavy sets by self-described Krautrock/prog rock group Hedersleben—also Nik Turner's backing band, featuring excellent guitar work by U.K. Subs' Nicky Garratt—and Witch Mountain, “top-tier purveyors of American doom.” Also on the bill for this Launchpad (618 Central SW) show tomorrow night are Albuquerque's finest stoner rock outfit Black Maria, who are recording a new album slated for release in the near future; look forward to fresh material from these giants among men. As for the concert, don't worry if the volume makes your ears bleed: That's the way all these bands roll. Doors are at 8pm, and $12 gets you in. Launchpad • Sat Aug 30 • 9pm • $12 • 21+ • View on Alibi calendar
New Mexico is a pretty metal state. From the Rez to downtown Burque, there’s almost always something heavy on the Land of Enchantment’s aural menu. Half an hour from now, you could be stretching your neck and breaking in your earplugs at High Desert Doom Fest. The headliner is unknown quantity Stonerist, which features members of Denver grindcore outfit Cephalic Carnage and local death/grind foursome Vale of Miscreation. Whether old-school or upstarts, these desert-dwelling noisemakers—Black Maria, Black Lamb, Hanta, Prey for Kali, Marsupious, The Horned God and Rezin Tree—crank out glorious low-end bass and vicious riffage for your pleasure. This 21-and-over fest starts at 6:30pm at Launchpad (618 Central SW), and admission is $8. Launchpad • High Desert Doom Fest • Sat Dec 7 • 6:30pm • 21+
Catch Wilmington, N.C.-based metal trio Weedeater at Launchpad (618 Central SW) on Saturday. The stoner/sludge stalwart is sweet 16 and continues to crank out concentrated low-end rawk. Fellow Wilmingtonian southern/stoner foursome ASG—signed to Relapse Records and touring in support of their latest release, Blood Drive—adds to the cacophony. Legendary local metal-worshipper crew Black Maria reps the 505 Marshall stack set. Pop in your earplugs at 9:30 p.m., and make sure to stretch your neck 'cause this 21-and-over gig calls for a limber spine, serious hearing protection and a $12 cover. Launchpad • Sat Jul 6 • 9:30 pm • $12 • View on Alibi calendar
Saying that Alibi columnist Derek Caterwaul sees a lot of live music would be a major understatement. If he isn’t DJing on KUNM or sorting through his massive archive of obscure A/V and ephemera, it’s a pretty safe bet he’s at a show. In this month’s installment of MAXIMUMCATERWAUL, he shares a quick and dirty overview of 10 shows he caught in March. ... right here in our quirky, beloved burg. Peep related A/V below.
This week’s Flyer on the Wall juxtaposes soothing colors with a terrifying creature to promote Lovecraftian metal group Shoggoth’s full theatrical debut at Sister (407 Central NW). The Mayan calendar is ending, but Shoggoth plans to ring in the new era right. Mesa, Ariz. punk act Hate Everything and longtime Burque rowdy rock group Black Maria also perform. Check out a couple of Lovecraftian Christmas carols below. Sister • Shoggoth • Hate Everything • Black Maria • Fri Dec 21 • 9 pm • $5 • 21+ • sisterthebar.com
Witness epic riffage at Launchpad on Friday, Jan. 28, when Sandia Man and Ghost Circles join forces and simultaneously release albums. Black Maria and Bellemah open the show, which starts at 9:30 p.m. Seven ducats admits those who are 21-and-over. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)