You can take the singer-songwriter out of the desert ...
Even though she left Albuquerque for the rain-drenched Pacific Northwest more than a decade ago, elements from the state Kate Mann grew up in can still be found in her music and on her back. The gigantic Zia symbol tattooed between the desert-folk artist's shoulder blades isn't the only part of the Southwest that's made its mark on the budding singer-songwriter from Albuquerque. The sounds that flutter out of Mann's acoustic guitar work within the broader genre of Americana, but the landscapes painted in her lyrics bring to mind a highly New Mexicanized vision.
What you notice right away is alto saxophonist Loren Stillman’s sound—silky, confidential, at times ethereal, with a latent keening that suggests a soprano sax—and his adept control of minute sonic variations to shape a line and communicate the subtlest emotional content. On top of that, he has ideas aplenty, as he explores eight original, sensitive and sturdy compositions. Although the rhythm section on Blind Date includes some of the best players on the scene today— Gary Versace (piano), Drew Gress (bass) and Joey Baron (drums)—the connection between them and Stillman seems tenuous at times. Still, the sound and writing beguile. (MM)
Flyer on the Wall
Go, Go, Godzilla!
Eight local bands tackle an all-covers concert this Saturday, April 5, at Misty's Hideaway (21+). Someone may even ape Blue Öyster Cult. Doors open at 8 p.m. $5 gets you in and goes to APS. (LM)
Andy Milne and Dapp Theory
Pianist/composer’s group balances the topical and the musical
Andy Milne is of two minds. On the one hand, he’s not particularly optimistic about the country’s prospects these days, given our dependency on foreign oil, the ballooning debt and other unpromising conditions. On the other hand, he feels that he has something of an obligation to comment on the situation and, at the same time, inject a dose of positive energy.
Lil Jon • crunk, hip-hop, DJ set
Jonathan Smith, aka Lil Jon, is a master of the hip-hop sound. Lil Jon comes straight outta Atlanta, conquering mainstream pop with tuneage like “Goodies,” “Move Bitch” and the seminal crunk gem “Who U Wit.” In fact, the artist is known as one of the progenitors of crunk, a subgenre of rap derived from Southern hip-hop and marked by a crafty, layered keyboard groove with built-in bass and call and response lyrics meant to get audiences out onto the dance floor…
Chubby Checker • rock, oldies
Legendary rocker Chubby Checker plays a matinee concert at The Showroom at Isleta Resort & Casino on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3pm. Checker, as readers may recall, popularized many new dance styles in the late 1950s and early '60s with hits like “The Twist,” “Pony Time” and “Limbo Rock.” During the 1970s he recorded a psychedelic album and toured as a disco act, too, finally scoring an all-time Number One on Billboard dance chart hit with “The Twist” in 2008. Checker continues to thrill audiences with his silky vocal skills and groovy dance performances. Admission to this 21-plus blast from the past is priced at $25.
A Very Selena Thanksgiving • Amanda Machon y Los Metamorfos • Latin
Revisit the beloved body of work produced by Selena Quintanilla-Pérez and pay tribute to an artist who was lost to her fans far too young at A Very Selena Thanksgiving at Launchpad on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 9pm. Shining local star Amanda Machon of Red Light Cameras joins genre-hopping psychedelic world fusion outfit Los Metamorfos in performing their Selena tribute set. Tickets for this 21-plus concert are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.