Upcoming: Deafheaven, Los 15 Grandes de Nuevo Mexico, Loving the Alien: The Glamtastic Musical Tale of Ziggy Stardust's Younger Brother, Wolf Tones: An Electric Music Festival
Editor’s note: As is my editorial wont, I resume our Within Range coverage with events in the second week of our biweekly circulation. The premise is that our audience is hip to what’s happening before the readers of any other local publication.
BY SAMANTHA ANNE CARILLO
A route of wolves
When an established, stalwart scene crosses streams with the next generation, the results are often unexpected and wildly progressive. Old-school New Mexican electronic/experimental pioneers like Dwight Loop and Manny Rettinger gather with the artists from the new wave of the nuevomexicano avant-garde, including Mesa Ritual (Raven Chacon and William Fowler Collins), Bigawatt (Marisa Demarco) and TAHNZZ (Tahnee Udero). Wolf Tones: An Electric Music Festival goes down at UNM Keller Hall (1 University of New Mexico) on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. The fest features the above-mentioned acts as well as Jose Luis Hurtado & the Chupper String Quartet, Paul Marquardt, a repopulated Martian Funk Ensemble and local indie supergroup Tapered (feat. Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel, Heather Trost of A Hawk & A Hacksaw, John Dieterich of Deerhoof and Drake Hardin and Rosie Hutchinson of Teetotum), among others. Gather more deets at bit.ly/WolfTones.
Oh brother, Hedwig
Crowdfunded musical theater project “Loving the Alien: The Glamtastic Musical Tale of Ziggy Stardust’s Younger Brother” runs for three consecutive Thursdays at Skylight Santa Fe (139 West San Francisco Street, Santa Fe) on Nov. 5, 12 and 19, at 8 p.m. Skylight tickets run from $15 to $45. There’s one Albuquerque performance at KiMo Theatre (421 Central NW) on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. Admission to the KiMo show ranges from $12 to $40. Premiering in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Berlin, Germany, this symphonic shower of glitter and gummy bears takes inspiration from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” Learn more about “Loving the Alien,” including its impressive cast featuring the likes of Billy Miles Brooke, at facebook.com/lovingthealienthemusical.
The house of Sargent
San Franciscan metal fivesome Deafheaven dropped its third full-length album “New Bermuda” on Oct. 2. Agitate black metal with post-metal and shoegaze tendencies, and the resulting sound – let’s call it “blackgaze” – transcends boundaries and lures critical acclaim. The band’s 2013 sophomore release, “Sunbather,” was similarly lauded by reviewers as a foundational text of a new genre. “New Bermuda” finds founding members George Clarke (vocals), Kerry McCoy (lead guitar) and Daniel Tracy (percussion) joined by new members Stephen Clark (bass guitar) and Shiv Mehra (guitar). Atypical nü-metal outfit Deafheaven are part of the El Lay-based Sargent House family, but their latest release is out on Epitaph sister label ANTI-. Experience Deafheaven live at Sister (407 Central NW) on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Starting at 9 p.m., Oregon doom metal trio YOB and Swedish death metal band Tribulation open this 21-plus concert. Presale tickets are $21 via holdmyticket.com.
Los 15 Grandes de Nuevo Mexico is arguably the biggest night of the year for traditional New Mexican artists and bands. All of 2015’s Los 15 Grandes award winners perform on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Route 66 Casino Legends Theater (14500 Central SW) award ceremony and concert: Sparx, Micky Cruz, Lorenzo Antonio, Al Hurricane, Al Hurricane Jr., Chris Arellano, Campeones Del Desierto, Brenda Ortega, A.J. Martinez, Christian Sanchez y Jerry Dean, Severo y Grupo Fuego, Str8 Shot, Miguel Timoteo and Aaron Trujillo. Presale tickets to this all-ages awards show/dance party range from $49 to $71. Starting at 7:30 p.m., The New Mexico Latin Music Recording awards aim to foster greater public awareness of the cultural diversity of New Mexico music, recording artists and creators by honoring artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the New Mexican music recording industry. Learn more at Los15Grandes.com.
Samantha Anne Carrillo is a devout Situationist, a pop culture fanatic, a third-wave feminist and an associate editor at ABQ Free Press. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org