Mike Smith is a font of hyper-local writ. His long-running My Strange New Mexico column and his current project, New Mexico News, aim to shed some light on the wonderfully weird Land of Enchantment. Smith will contribute a monthly local music column to the Alibi in 2013. Read his first, belated Burque music round-up: This Month in Music. Listen to tracks from featured artists below.
We caught up with Jenny Invert’s Sam Miller this week in To Burque, With Love. The once-Burqueño band performs in its former stomping ground this weekend. Notorious lurker and original Invert member David “Poncho” Schripsema fills in for his Pacific Northwest counterpart, Eva Ave., at the gig. Listen to music from Jenny Invert and other performing acts below. Launchpad • Jenny Invert • Mr. Gnome • the Cherry Tempo • Bigawatt • Sat Nov 10 • 9:30 pm • $6 • 21+
Regrettably, I discovered the marvelous Burque band Jenny Invert much later than many of its avid fans. I was missing out. The five-piece makes music that is a mix of rock ‘n’ roll and sweet indie, with a twist of jazz and some nods to vaudeville.
Voodoo Scooters is truly a full service shop: sales, repairs, maintenance, art gallery and an occasional all-ages rock venue. Scoots are rolled away to make room for amps, drums and music lovers. Sound spills outside, encouraging passersby who just ate at the nearby Frontier Restaurant to linger on the sidewalk. Monday’s show will either lure them in or chase ’em away. It doesn’t much matter, as the tiny place is sure to be packed.