Erika Wennerstrom’s musical osmosis
If you were to lasso the simple, heartfelt punk of Patti Smith, mash it together with droning guitars and send it down the Mississippi river to be peppered with soul, you might end up with Heartless Bastards. The band formed in the mid-aughts in Dayton, Ohio—hometown of Guided By Voices, The Breeders and Brainiac. Heartless Bastards is led by Erika Wennerstrom and distinguished by her voice's deep, velvety, slightly ramshackle qualities. Wennerstrom, who now makes her home in Austin, says she learned to sing by trying to emulate her idols and out popped her own voice.
Anesthesia releases its self-titled second album
It was James Hetfield who said, "There's always a new generation of angry young men who latch onto Kill 'Em All," and this was certainly true of the members of Albuquerque’s Anesthesia. The band got its beginnings in the ’90s when guitar player Jake Pacheco and drummer Steve Abeyta met in a middle school science class. Now full-grown adults, the group has been together for 14 years and working with its current lineup, which includes Aaron Bustamante on bass and Nathan Tramontina on guitar, since 2001. Playing in the technically challenging and headbanging-friendly style of traditional thrash metal—see Metallica—the band also sites Pantera and Alice in Chains as among its paramount influences.
Nob Hill Music
New record store is packed with fine deals, fair prices and friendly folks
Dear Albuquerque: It is my deepest regret to inform you that there is an excellent new record store in town, and as soon as the collectors read this they will likely go there and buy up all of the precious vinyl that could be mine.
Flyer on the Wall
Live Human Sacrifice
This flyer depicts a 1924 American interpretation of 18th century Europe. The image is accented with colors and fonts that would not have been accepted in either place or time period, and notifies the public that Milch de Máquina and Then Eats Them will perform their respective avant weirdnesses on Friday, May 14, at 8 p.m. This all-ages show costs $5 and takes place at The Kosmos (1715 Fifth Street NW). Also, something about a human sacrifice ... bring popcorn! (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Kate Nash’s second offering is more complicated than 2007's Made of Bricks. Her pop songs are still centered around straightforward, pedestrian lyrics—“Barbecue food is good, you invite me out to eat it, I should go”—delivered in a clear voice, with a cute British accent. However, the music is all-around more complex and slightly grittier. Even the popular single “Do Wah Doo,” which features a chorus that is pure hook, is layered with background singers, piano, tambourines, strings and garage-y guitar riffs. Some tracks are clearly punk-influenced, some reference ’60s girl groups, some weave both together. She still has plenty to say about sex, jerks and bitches, as well as how insecure and goofy all three can make her feel. (SO)
Bonus Minus the Bear Edition
Minus The Bear’s Alex Rose likes R. Kelly
Alex Rose grew up in Santa Fe, played in Albuquerque bands, then moved to Seattle to further his audio engineering career. Our native son has enjoyed a professional music career ever since joining prog / indie rock band Minus the Bear, which stops at the Sunshine Theater this Tuesday in support of Omni (released May 4). In anticipation of the rock that’s to come, here are random selections from his collection—this time with two bonus tracks!
Dave Attell • stand-up comedy
It is rumored that Dave Attell, the greatest living comedian, only wants to do shows at casinos these days because he can smoke inside. Come see him at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino this Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20 before his lungs rot out and he turns into a pile of yellow goo. The shows are 21 and up and start at 7 and 9:30pm. Doors open at 6 and 8:45pm, respectively. Tickets start at $20 and run up to $45.
Boyz II Men • soul, R&B • En Vogue • pop, '90s
How's this for a summertime jam sesh guaranteed to get you moving: Boyz II Men and En Vogue are the featured performers at a totally cool concert at Sandia Casino & Resort Amphitheater. They're all getting down to the sound on Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm. If you wanna know more, check out this brief Weekly Alibi-made summary: Boyz II Men remains one of the most potently creative R&B bands of all time. If you haven't heard their tuneage then may we humbly suggest essentially groovy works like “End of the Road” as well as the sweetly soulful if somehow silly “I'll Make Love to You.” And En Vogue? Well they rep some of the finest feminist-flavored, positively uplifting R&B ever made, compradres. “Free Your Mind,” their totally danceable yet anthemic take on racism from 1992, still holds sway literally and metaphorically. And you'll dig their work with Snoop D O Double G. Tickets for this all-ages galactic gathering range in price from $45 to $65, so go ahead and take a seat.