Sammy Hagar invites you on a 'Journey Through The History of Rock' on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Route 66 Casino Legends Theater
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
Walk the Kid Dinosaur
Like British comedy sensation “The Mighty Boosh,” ABQ indie rock quintet Kid Dinosaur invites you on a raucous journey through time and space at their release party for new CD “Intergalactic Sabertooth Tiger” on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Launchpad (618 Central SW). Doors are at 8 p.m., and this 21+ show starts at 9 p.m.
Comprised of Craig Berry (vocals, guitar); Sam Blankenship (drums); Harlan Brown-Shaklee (bass); Brent Kelly (keyboards, saxophone); and Rex Nowacki (guitar), Kid Dinosaur makes fun, angular music with hints of math rock.
Check out their video for the single “Meeting Monsters,” fittingly released on Halloween, at ow.ly/WMeXv. Fans of Modest Mouse, Built to Spill and Dismemberment Plan will totally dig on KD’s “Intergalactic Sabertooth Tiger.” Modern psych rockers Beard and silly Ween-esque outfit Ugly Robot round out the bill. Five-dollar tickets are available at the door. For more info, visit launchpadrocks.com.
Low Spirits, Living Deads and Dying Beds
Wild punkabilly duo The Living Deads has been scaring the bejesus out of the squares since 2009. The pair blasts into Burque on Sunday, Jan. 17, for a gig at Low Spirits (2823 Second Street NW). Doors are at 8 p.m., and show begins at 8:30 p.m.
Singer/upright bassist Symphony Tidwell blazes onstage with teased green hair, thick-lined tattoos, fishnet thigh-highs and a whiskey-soaked, white trash growl. Drummer/vocalist Randee McKnight, formerly of Hillbilly Hellcats, keeps good rockabilly time.
Sexy and snarky, The Living Deads reside full-time in an RV and compose rock songs about suburban white boys playing at badassery (“P.O.N.T.I.A.C.”), catch-as-catch-can diets (“Truck Stop Snacks”) and the iPhone generation (“Robot Kids”). Tidwell and McKnight are notorious for “kidnapping” local rockabilly guitarists on tour and dragging them onstage in a burlap sack for a rollicking good time.
This show is recommended for fans of HorrorPops, Nekromantix and Southern Culture on the Skids, and features solid punk from locals The Dying Beds. Seven dollars gets you into what’s sure to be an extra grown-up, boozy 21+ show. For tickets, visit lowspiritslive.com.
Wouldn’t it be Nace?
Prick up your ears on a cold night with an evening of experimental music featuring headliner Bill Nace, best known as one-half of Body/Head with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Nace and his dexterous guitar-noise crash land at CFA Downtown Studio (113 Fourth Street NW) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
Based in Massachusetts, Nace is an experimental guitar virtuoso, artist and founder of record label Open Mouth. Under Nace’s deft control, an electric guitar becomes everything from a ritual bell to a chainsaw, sometimes within two notes of each other.
Nace’s ability to highlight the versatility and universality of the electric guitar has earned him a host of collaborators and fans. He was a featured musician at the All Tomorrow’s Parties fest curated by director Jim Jarmusch. Nace will be joined by electronic musician Jake Meginsky, who’s acclaimed for his sound installations and collaborations with folks like Thurston Moore; and versatile contemporary composer William Fowler Collins.
Noise nerds: Don’t miss this 100 percent free show, presented by Spirit Abuse and Wolf Tones. For all the deets, visit ow.ly/WMAIK.
Red Rocker rules Route 66
Move over Jimmy Buffett – and take that weak-ass “Margaritaville” crap with you. There’s a better, redder rockin’ party mogul in town. Sammy Hagar – former Van Halen/Montrose frontman, restaurateur, titan of rum and tequila, radio host, centimillionaire and New York Times-bestselling author (phew!) – invites you on “A Journey Through The History of Rock” with his latest group Sammy Hagar and the Circle on Friday, Jan. 22, at the Route 66 Casino Legends Theater (14500 Central SW, I-40 Exit 140).
The ginger-headed superstar affectionately known as the Red Rocker has been a fixture on the hard rock scene since the 1970s. A Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist, Hagar was inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Van Halen in 2007. His latest book, “Are We Having Any Fun Yet? The Cooking and Partying Handbook,” came out just last year.
Hagar’s Circle includes renowned bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen, Chickenfoot); guitarist Vic Johnson (The Wabos); and drummer Jason Bonham, son of Led Zep’s John Bonham. Tickets are $50, $75, $90 and $120. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Visit holdmyticket.com/event/228184 to learn more.
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.
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