Spank You Very Much, Gordy—Some argue that Gordy Andersen helped launch Albuquerque's independent music scene as we know it. Way back in 1978, he and some friends gave Albuquerque a nascent taste of hardcore punk, in the form of a little band called Jerry's Kidz. Nearly 30 years later, Gordy's still blowing out eardrums across the Duke City in your favorite band (for the second year running, according to our Best of Burque poll), Black Maria.
Gordy is turning the ripe old age of 50, but maintains his youthful glow through a regimen of sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. And applying essential oils to prescribed parts of his body. (You think I'm kidding, don't you?) He's also celebrating his half-century achievement with a jaw-dropping lineup of heavy rock that includes Sasquatch, SuperHeavyGoatAss, and Albuquerque old skoolers Word Salad. Jerry's Kidz might even reunite for a song or two. In addition to the killer lineup, the Alibi will bestow Gordy with a special lifetime achievement award for Oldest Still-Rocking Punk Rocker. (Not really ... unless "special award" is code for "special shots of well Tequila.") $8 is all it takes to get in, but you must be at least 21 to party with Gordy.
Spring Fever—Will we never learn? Once again, Spring Crawl has crept up behind us like an ex-priest in prison. The biggest night in live local music is Saturday, April 28, which also happens to be next weekend. I know. Take a deep breath.
We're assembling an evil baseball-themed night with 80 to 100 local bands, a wicked outdoor stage and national headliners the likes of original Native Tongue posse players Black Sheep and ex-Burque boy Eric Mcfadden. Things are shaping up nicely, indeed!
I'm admonishing you here and now to buy your wristbands early, either through TicketMaster or alibi.com. Early birds will save themselves $5 (tickets are $10 in advance, but jump to $15 the day of the show). Not only that, you'll save yourself the headache of standing in yet another line, your girlfriend impatiently tugging at your sleeve and rolling her eyes at your friends. Don't be that dude.
A word to underagers: Your parents can rest happy in the knowledge that Crawls are consistently one of the safest nights Downtown. Still, you've got to be 21 to enter most of the venues. At this time, we know that Sunshine Theater will have all-ages music all night long.
And who, exactly, is playing, when and where? Nice try, Father O'Malley, but you'll have to wait until next week to find out. As always, we'll have a splashy feature ready for the night of the show, which will include a wealth of Crawl-related information, band stats, maps, pie charts and other widgets. (Although, if you're feeling particularly sneaky, you might check rocksquawk.com over the coming week for unofficial updates.) Lace up your cleats, baby!