Music to Your Ears
Everybody and their mom hosts a music festival during the summer.
Only a few fests deserve the spotlight. Fewer still warrant a three-hour drive into the heart of Northern New Mexico. The first-ever Taos Mountain Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 15, is poised to make it worth your while. Genre-melding Ozomatli headlines a full day of music held on four acres of Taos Ski Valley. Bob Marley's backup band The Wailers and singer-songwriter Joan Osborne beef up the bill.
Alejandro Blake, events director for Taos Ski Valley, says the lineup reflects a desire for diversity. "What we were really trying to do is have an eclectic group of artists," Blake says. "Somebody who listens to Joan might not listen to Ozo, but I think they'll come up here and appreciate Ozo's music and vice versa. There's no music that's going to be too harsh for anybody."
There's no need to be a dickhead
The Alibi has spoken with plenty of humble bands.
There's a bevy of good-natured, aw-shucks groups that are happy to be where they are and relish every day they get to be paid for making music. We've spoken with few, if any, however, who are embarrassed by their success.
Los Campesinos! drummer Ollie Campesinos! says he sees more talented acts than his own on a regular basis. "It's a real shame when you see bands that are so much better than yours that haven't been signed," Campesinos! says. "They're all really talented, and you just feel embarrassed that you're not as good as them, but you've managed to be signed and release albums."
Flyer on the Wall
There’s Always Room for Antelope Kidneys
Guitarist Joel Harrison—whose compositions are typically shaped as much by rigorous intellect as by Dionysian inclinations—relaxes on Urban Myths, preferring to groove on the rhythmic and sonic pleasures of electronic jazz. Intellect is never abandoned, but Harrison and friends (particularly saxophonist David Binney and violinist Christian Howes) are after an ecstatic expression that owes more to groove than gray matter. From “Last Waltz for Queva,” pregnant with loss and affection, to the funky “Straight No Chaser,” to the rock feel of “High Expectation Low Return,” Harrison explores his fusion self and plays some wailing guitar. (MM)
The Commodores • old school funk, motown, soul
True fact: If "Brick House" isn’t one of your favorite songs from the ‘70s, you’re lying to yourself about your love of funk. The Commodores fly into Isleta Resort & Casino Friday, Feb. 28. This 21-and-over show is perfect for fans of funk, or The Commodores and those looking to set the mood just right on a Friday night. You might find it "Easy" to get up and dance with some of their old hits, but there are "No Tricks" about what to expect, giving you a "Natural High" from taking this rewind evening with some classics. To get "Hot On the Tracks" of some $30 to $50 tickets, check out the event at holdmyticket.com, and in no time, have a couple of great seats In "The Pocket," which is a "Rock Solid" feeling to have.
The Black Jacket Symphony Presents: Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon • classic rock
Deep in the throes of a drug-fueled experience, every person has found themselves staring at that iconic cover, knowing, “This is the day I have my moment.” Everyone knows someone who won’t stop talking about the pure genius of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd. Maybe drugs aren’t your thing. Maybe it never clicked for you. Maybe it is your thing and you want a new way to experience it. Perhaps it's time to check out The Black Jacket Symphony presents: Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, at Historic El Rey Theater on Friday, Feb. 28 at 8pm. This all-ages event has the Black Jacket Symphony play you through the album in its entirety, allowing you to experience it like never before. Tickets start at $25, so to get yours, just visit elreylive.com