Attend Chicharra’s album release party on Friday, Feb. 5; Burqueños can revel in Saintseneca’s massive indie folk sound on Monday, Feb. 8; and Anthrax takes the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Within Range: Hot Winter Nights
BY M. BRIANNA STALLINGS
Trip on over to the Tumblr of Chicharra, Burque’s female-fronted, triple-bass-and-vocals experimental band, for a quick background lesson. The group’s name is Spanish for “cicada,” but its colloquial meaning is more apropos: “slang for a woman who talks and talks, and for sound that you cannot control in your environment.”
Along with drummer John Butler’s deliberate beats, members Mauro Woody and Monica and Marisa Demarco make forceful, rumbling music with almost unstoppable power. Voices, bass notes and drumbeats scrape, chime and scratch through waves of sonorous dissonance on tracks like “Are You … ?”
There’s no showboating lead here; Chicharra’s sum is as great as the whole of its parts. And boy, what parts they are! Woody is also Lady Uranium, Marisa moonlights as Bigawatt, and sister Monica summons Cthulha; the three are also part of performance troupe Milch de la Máquina.
Attend Chicharra’s album release party on Friday, Feb. 5 at Sister (407 Central NW) at 9 p.m. It’s just five bucks for this jam-packed 21-plus show that also includes internationally renowned bassist, composer and self-described vagabond C.J. Boyd on “infinitour”; and loud local acts Time Wound, Jackhammer and Italian Rats. Mystery specialty merch will be available too. For tickets and info, visit holdmyticket.com or call (505) 242-4900.
Saintseneca be praised
Remember in school when you had to write a paper that was a minimum of X words, but you didn’t start writing it ’til the night before so by the time you reached what you thought was the end, you discovered it was still … too short. Then you began cramming in sentences to take up space? Were I so inclined, I could easily devote multiple lines to a list of instruments played by Saintseneca founder Zac Little. It’s 17 — everything from bass and guitar to bouzouki and ukulele.
He’s that talented, as are his fellow bandmates in Saintseneca, the group Little formed as a teenager in Ohio in 2007. Drawing inspiration from traditional Appalachian music, international traditions, folk rock and contemporary pop, Saintseneca made itself known with its debut album, the ass-backwardsly titled “Last.” The band gained national recognition for 2014’s “Dark Arc,” and continued to develop its fanbase with “Such Things,” released last October and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis).
Burqueños can revel in Saintseneca’s massive indie folk sound on Monday, Feb. 8 at Launchpad (618 Central SW). The band shares the bill with North Carolina indie rocker Des Ark. Initially launched in 2001 as a queercore duo, Des Ark’s remaining core member is Aimée Argote.
A candid songwriter, Argote’s sound hearkens back to artists like Chris Pureka, Nina Nastasia and Cat Power. Onstage, Argote veers with ease from wall-shaking noise to gently whispered folk. Collaborators on her latest album, 2015’s “Everything Dies,” include members of Swans and Engine Down. Doors are at 8 p.m., and the 21-plus show starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $8. Visit launchpadrocks.com to learn more.
Thrashing with ‘Thrax
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, maybe you’d like to treat your special someone to a hot, loud, sweaty night of breathless, heart-pounding fun. Might I suggest Anthrax? Not the lethal cow-loving bacteria — the legendary thrash metal band! Straight outta NYC circa 1981, Anthrax has been pumping audiences full of deadly-fast tunes for over 30 years.
Noted for intense live shows, Anthrax takes the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Sunshine Theatre (120 Central SW). In 1991, the band collaborated with Public Enemy on “Bring the Noise,” an outing that some music critics say contributed to the development of rap metal — for better or worse.
Remaining founding members Scott Ian (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums) are still on board; singer Joey Belladonna rejoined the group in 2010 after years of an on-again, off-again relationship. Belladonna sang on 2011’s “Worship Music” and appears on the forthcoming “For All Kings” (dropping Feb. 26).
Anthrax is gleefully joined by local band Anesthesia. The group recently took to its Facebook page (facebook.com/anesthesia505) to shout the news from the virtual rooftops. There were lots of curse words and exclamation marks — a surefire sign of excited metal fans sharing a stage with musical heroes. Doors for this 13-and-up show open at 7 p.m.; the shredding starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and available online at sunshinetheaterlive.com.
M. Brianna Stallings writes so you don’t have to.
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