When Darkness Falls, A New Defense (Mysteria Records)
Friday, June 13, El Rey Theater
Three-and-a-half years ago, two sets of brothers from Acoma Pueblo—the Valdos and the Garcias—fused into a 12-armed rock goblin called When Darkness Falls. WDF's modus operandi is hardcore that shuffles power-rock with slices of metal guitar, machine-gun drums and two dedicated vocalists. The group played its first gig at the Golden West in January 2005, but since the GW is burnt to a crisp, A New Defense will be released at the neighboring El Rey Theater. Blind Dryve, The Unknown Shredder, Haddenfield, Simfonik Plague and Winterlock will also play. The 21+ show starts at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $8.
Audio Buddha, Alchemystical (self-released)
Saturday, June 14, Center for Contemporary Art (CCA), Santa Fe
Friday, June 20, El Rey Theater
What do you get when you emulsify vocals by a lady named Ishtar and classical violin scales (Western and Arabic) with computer programming? I'm going to call it ambient world electronica, which five-year-old Audio Buddha says it uses to "access the divine and embody it in performance." (On second thought, maybe "tantronica" is a better descriptor.) As you've probably already guessed, this trio is based in Santa Fe, and you can hear it in its native habitat on June 14. The all-ages Santa Fe CD release is $8 ($4 for CCA members) and includes an appearance by The Unborn Soul. The show starts at 8 p.m. In Albuquerque, the 21+ El Rey performance on June 20 is $7 and comes with Raine Vivian and DJ Flobug. Get there by 9 p.m.
Magen White, My Life ’til Now (Look Mom Records)
Saturday, June 14, The Agency (111 Fourth Street SW)
Up until now, Magen White started three bands, got a journalism degree, worked for her mom's pet cremation company, toured the Western United States as a one-woman acoustic pop-rock act and released a solo EP. Now, after almost a year since she started grinding it out, her first full-length is ready to go. But she didn't do it alone this time. My Life ’til Now has a full band (there's even a mandolin in there), which she'll repeat at her CD release show this Saturday. The Giranimals and Satellite Decoder will join her. The show is free and all-ages. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Leeches of Lore, Leeches of Lore (Flying Midget Records)
Tuesday, June 17, Burt's Tiki Lounge
It's been about half a year since Andy Lutz (drums) and Steve Hammond (guitar) slithered out of the primordial ooze, slipped on Viking horn hats and started galloping headlong into audiences with songs like "Cenozoic Death Waltz," "I Am The Raptor" and "Pig Scrapings." Nerve-frying energy, sterling musicianship and songwriting twists (not all of them whiplash-inducing) make this duo's debut album worth a space in your collection. (But I'm biased. Leeches of Lore is my favorite new Albuquerque band.) Details of the Burt's CD release show were still being worked out at press time, but it's definitely free and 21+.