The Acoustic Showcase
This time it’s super awesome
Carefully avoiding the loaded term “unplugged,” the latest in a six-year-old series originally known as The Acoustic Showcase takes place at Low Spirits this Friday. Bands, and varying configurations thereof, perform songs from their respective catalogs as well as selected covers that don’t fit into regular repertoires. Don’t expect old favorites and regurgitated hits. Do expect obscure covers from limited-edition blue-vinyl releases that would make any record-collecting fanboy swoon.
The World Is Yours
DIY patron of the arts Derek Caterwaul on Albuquerque's SWxØFest
Like so many of the world’s great ideas, the Southwest by No Fest began as a joke. It eventually manifested on some flyers last year, and in 2010 SWxØFest has morphed into something resembling a full-fledged festival. Events, which began last week, the convergence of a handful of atypical venues and the bounty of touring bands passing through town this month. KUNM 89.9 FM DJ and longtime promoter of local music and arts events Derek Caterwaul is among those at the helm of the endeavor. He says this month's fest is not so much a spin-off of the music industry spectacle that is SXSW but more a spinout inspired by a concentration of creative energy and counter-SXSW Austin events like Fuck by Fuck You and GAYbiGAYGAY.
Flyer on the Wall
Albuquerque, New Mexico
The hues that appear in mid-century color photography tend to create a delicate, airy quality, as if the sands of time are causing the image to melt away before our eyes. Here we see a western view of Route 66 at I-25 and ghostly Zia images hovering in the sky during what seems to be the late ’50s. Once a humble postcard, this photo now advertises Songs for Boys & Girls with Sugar Wings at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW) on Saturday at 7 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Nick Brown prefers the weirder ‘chamber jazz’
Nick Brown is a musician who likes to make weird songs late at night in the shed behind his house. He’s also the Alibi’s puppet master, a prolific blogger and a jokesmith. Here are five jazzy, new wave-y, psychedelic, random selections from his collections.
Where to begin—her craft? Her freedom? Her depth? Her joy? It’s all here on vocalist Kate McGarry’s latest. She opens with a slow, dark “Let’s Face the Music” in a breathtaking arrangement by guitarist Keith Ganz, profoundly re-imagining Irving Berlin’s song for our fractured time. McGarry’s mesmerizing arrangement of The Cars’ “Just What I Needed” captures the vulnerable hypersensitivity of crazy love, and her own “Man of God” reveals a gifted songwriter with a spiritual bent. Not every track rises to the elevated level of these three, but McGarry’s warmth, her willingness to jump off musical cliffs, and her ability to richly and precisely render complex emotional life make it all worth hearing. She is very ably supported by Ganz, Gary Versace (piano, organ, accordion), Reuben Rogers (bass) and Clarence Penn (drums). (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