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V.24 No.9 | 02/26/2015

Alibi Picks

The Mane Events

Lionhead Bunny residency

A residency with Lionhead Bunny featuring noted musicians from the Duke City.
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.23 | 6/5/2014
The Rhythm Shakers vocalist Marlene Perez
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Four Up

’50s rocanrol gone Wild

Whether you’re craving old-school rock and roll, Americana, dark and twisty post-punk psych-rock or an “overdriventape-hissnoisewall-landscape,” Four Up has you covered. Now with A/V!
V.22 No.48 |

Alibi Picks

Jesse Sugarmann: California Bloodlines

The desert inspires and frustrates utopian dreams in equal measure. California City, California is a case in point. Decades ago, developers optimistically earmarked 80,000 acres of raw Mojave desert as the future site of a great metropolis. But it wasn’t to be. With fewer than 15,000 inhabitants, California City is now a parody of its founders’ intentions. A vast grid of decaying roads stretches over the desert like a graft that never took. Artist Jesse Sugarmann pays tribute to this surreal landscape in his videoed performance piece “California Bloodlines,” which invites us to view these roadways as a sacred architecture. At one point in the video, a lone woman sweeps sand off a street with the same loving devotion a curator at the Louvre might dust the Mona Lisa. As the late author J.G. Ballard wondered, could our sprawling highways one day be seen as “enigmatic and mysterious monuments” that inspire the same awe as the Egyptian pyramids do today? Ponder that question yourself while viewing the video “California Bloodlines” at Albuquerque’s project space Spirit Abuse tonight at 6pm, or by appointment throughout December. Spirit Abuse • Fri Dec 6 • 6-11:30pm • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.28 |

Alibi Picks

Corpuscular Recital: bran(...)pos • Blood Transfusion (Sharkiface) • The Jeebies • Medicine Shit Wave

Art collective Postcommodity lures another esoteric lineup to its temporary art space, Spirit Abuse (1103 Fourth Street NW), tonight. Bay Area-based avant-garde priestess Sharkiface aka Angie Edwards arrives in the high desert packing plastic bags full of experimental, sanguine electronics for her Blood Transfusion set. Fellow Californian Jake Rodriguez's self-described “audio-visual-performance-noise-musique-brain-bend” bran(...)pos may not technically defy description, but it comes close; think “Egyptian Comic Book of the Dead” and queasy exotica. Local prankster outfit The Jeebies and Elevator Boys/Fort Hobo side project Medicine Shit Wave rep Nuevo Mexicano anomalous sound. Five bones earns you admittance to this clandestine, claret concert. (Samantha Anne Carrillo)  Spirit Abuse • Tue Jul 16 • 9 pm • $5 • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar

V.22 No.25 | 6/20/2013
Denis Kolokol

Four Up

Messages for the future, heroic after-party, noisemakers near and far and in the key of gris-gris

Messages for the future

Whether you’re in the mood for avant-garde performance, a superhero soirée, acoustic grind violin or post-punk blues, Four Up knows the score.
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