February in New Mexico is notorious for quickly showing then cruelly taking away signs of the coming spring. It has been rather sunny out, and one supposes a few brave plants are blooming; sometimes the temperatures even reach into the low 70s. But such warm demonstrations don’t mean that all might not change in a flash of fog and snow. The weather here can be as monstrously unpredictable as Boognish himself. That ought to be reason enough to check out some shows this week, but if you need more than that: Please be reminded that as far as our local scene goes, dancing and dreams go together as well as Gene and Dean.
Shows for All Seasons
Americana, shoegaze, metal/mariachi and grindcore fans rejoice
Youngsville, a folk-rock trio with plenty of jangle and swagger—their latest effort is titled Weeping Whiskey, Bleeding Beer—precedes the party masters. Classic country cosmonauts Dirty Brown Jug Band and “boozy minimalist” rockabilly eccentrics Duke City Riots open. This 21-plus celebration will run both the casual observer and the indoctrinated insider a fee of five dollars. One may enter the premises at 8pm for a show that starts at 9:30pm.
With sumptuous shoegaze lovingly wound ’round languidly lipid guitar grooves and dream-time vocalizations, The Glass Menageries began as the project of Mauro Woody and Gena Lawson, and it now includes a rhythm section comprised of Christian Newman (drums) and Brahm Woody (bass). If one could dance and dream of dancing simultaneously, the Menageries’ music would serve as an apt soundtrack.
“Chicharra” is the Spanish word for “cicada.” It’s also a local electric, bass-and-percussion ensemble. These insects are known for their poetic transformations and peculiar buzz. Interestingly enough, so is the Burque band—though their tone is more metallic than organic, and it tends to be laced with volant harmonies. Chicharra is Monica and Marisa Demarco, Mauro Woody, John Butler and Henry Hutchinson.
Psychedelic, Latin-leaning prog-rockers RAWRR!—whose instrumental work “El Ultimo Dolor” provides a massive ending to a gigantic recording called The Interlocutor and the Subject—fill out the bill. All this vast variety and volume can be had for merely five dollars, and it all begins at 9pm.
With band member names like Ramon Holiday, Maximilian “Dirty” Sanchez and Pancho Rockafeller, there is bit of pastiche involved, but the music still takes precedence for Metalachi. The band is refreshingly reverent in their florid approach to metal music. Plus they’ve got sort of a hair metal band-meets-White Zombie look that is damn fascinating. If you’re still not convinced, check out their rendition of “Crazy Train” on YouTube before the show.
Master musician James Whiton provides a supportive opening set beforehand with the continued experimental iterations of his Bass Loop Madness project. Tickets for this 21-plus fiesta cost $12. The concert begins at 8pm.
Quebecois act Voivod took another heavy path, navigating choppy prog-rock and punk influences toward what would be the foundation for a wily beast called alternative metal. Their 1988 epic Dimension Hatröss, a narrative about a cyborg named Korgull, still resonates with seekers of both darkness and light.
OG San Jose death metal gore-meisters Exhumed—which is mostly guitarist Matt Harvey and a slew of rotating sidemen—are an essential part of the evening’s program, as are East Coast crossover thrash-punks Iron Reagan. Phobia and Black Crown Initiate kick off the evening’s brutally abysmal rituals of sound and sacrifice. This is an all-ages show that costs $20. And it has an early start time too: before the sun disappears at 5:30pm, to be exact.
The songs that make us dance ... the night all your dreams come true. Hmm. It sounds like some time out at one of our town’s gloriously, deliriously dazzling music venues. After this week and with a few more shows under your belt, you may very well feel like sunny days are coming soon, Mr. or Ms. Buttercup.