sol santa fe

V.21 No.13 | 3/29/2012


The Skatalites tonight

Legendary Jamaican band The Skatalites are creating a dance party in Santa Fe tonight. Learn about the group and the history of ska via an interview with the band’s manager (and sometimes keyboard player) here: The Skatalites won’t simmer down.

The Skatalites

with The Blue Hornets

Monday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

Santa Fe Sol

37 Fire Place, Santa Fe

Tickets: $17, all-ages

Music Interview

The Skatalites Won’t Simmer Down

Although only around for a year and a half in its original 1964 permutation, The Skatalites is an institution. Its musicians formed the backbone of ska, as well as offshoots rocksteady and reggae, and developed many of the playing styles associated with the genres.

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V.21 No.10 | 3/8/2012
Clockwise from top: John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez, Satomi Matsuzaki and Greg Saunier
Sarah Cass


Deerhoof tonight

Bay Area avant pop act Deerhoof plays at Sol Santa Fe this evening with Portland’s AU and New Mexico’s own Raven Chacon. Get details and read about the band and its Burque connection here.

Clockwise from top: John Dieterich, Ed Rodriguez, Satomi Matsuzaki and Greg Saunier
Sarah Cass


Language Fails Us

A talk with Deerhoof’s John Dieterich

Deep into a second decade of making music, Deerhoof continues to introduce avant anachronisms to the world of pop music. Ostensibly based in the Bay Area, Deerhoof’s music evokes specific San Francisco sound memories: crashing waves under the Golden Gate; the high-pitched squeal and hiss of the N Judah train; a mission junkie’s shuffle. Straying from the geographic origin that lends an aural palette to its songs, the band is spread throughout the country with drummer Greg Saunier living in New York, singer/bassist Satomi Matsuzaki “floating,” guitarist Ed Rodriguez in Portland and guitarist John Dieterich in Albuquerque.

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V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
Kinky Friedman explains the interpersonal skills required to be a Wal-Mart greeter.
Brian Khanki


The Jewish Cowboy

Kinky Friedman on music, satire and Rick Perry's hair

Lone Star state raconteur and troubadour Kinky Friedman stops in Santa Fe on his 14-city Hanukkah Tour.
V.20 No.34 | 8/25/2011
Handsome Furs

Alibi Picks

More Politics and Faster Tempos

Handsome Furs—husband and wife duo Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry—founded their sonic caper in 2006. Five years later the pair are seasoned world travelers, obsessed with the Balkans and inspired by Southeast Asia. They've performed in oppressed places few Westerners visit—most notably Burma, where they helped a band smuggle an album out of the country for mastering. The band's third release, Sound Kapital—dark, danceable, electronic music heavy on retro synth—reflects the Handsome Furs' intercontinentalness. "The thread that ties it all together is that it was all inspired by people outside of North America who we met, and things that we saw on tour traveling," says Boeckner by phone. Shrugging off what he calls obscure metaphor and fictional narrative in indie music, Sound Kapital's lyrics are stripped down and deal with harsh realities. "These are pretty fucking dire political times, right? Economically, socially, governmentally. There's a huge divide between rich and poor," he says. "I feel like now is maybe not the best time to retreat into sort of navel-gazing, Look how smart I am, fantasy shit. So when we wrote the lyrics for the record we were like, OK, no fruitiness." Boeckner says the band takes cues from the Clash—the lyrics deal with dissatisfaction, while the music is cathartic and danceable. Join the Handsome Furs for a dead serious dance party in Santa Fe on Tuesday. Find out more here.