Santa Fe Reporter - Music Features http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/articles.sec-24-1-music-features.html <![CDATA[Bonito, Benito - Local hip-hopper Benzo III drops his first major solo release]]>
By: Alex De Vore
“Joe West is my uncle—not by blood, but by marriage,” Benito M Martinez III, aka Benzo III, tells SFR. “When I was a kid and he was practicing out by the house, I’d go there every time; the first instrument I ever played was the toaster.”]]>
<![CDATA[Three in the Chamber - Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s artistic director gives us the lowdown]]>
By: Alex De Vore
By the time you read this, the 45th annual Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival will be underway. You may know this already, but it’s popular.
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<![CDATA[Branden & James: Sad Bastards - 20-ish questions with the piano-cello-vocals duo]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Branden & James is actually two people: Branden James and James Clark.
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<![CDATA[In the Garage - Sex Headaches ride again]]>
By: Alex De Vore
It’s a few years back and I’m standing inside Radical Abacus, the small DIY space in the midtown industrial/Siler Road area, when Sex Headaches take the stage. Well, it’s actually just a corner of the room.
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<![CDATA[The Sagga Continues - Santiago Gallegos kicks it old-school]]>
By: Alex De Vore
What does old-school even mean anymore, especially in a town like Santa Fe where a hefty cross-section of our artists are, like, old?
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<![CDATA[Sol Position - The sort-of return of a Santa Fe institution]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Producer, DJ, MC and musician Sol Bentley never actually went anywhere—he’s definitely been around. But he did scale back his music-making operations while opening Skylight then transitioning to  Buffalo Thunder’s Shadeh Nightclub.]]>
<![CDATA[The Sky’s the Limit (Almost) - What’s going on with Skylight anyway?]]>
By: Alex De Vore
In late April, Skylight co-owner Kate Kennedy told SFR the nightclub would slow down regular operations. Cut to this month, and things are actually looking up.]]>
<![CDATA[First Tracks XL - A veritable smorgasbord of musical information]]>
By: Alex De Vore
A lot of us are probably looking around Santa Fe right now thinking, “Damn, I’m just one person—how can I possibly know all of the things going down?”]]>
<![CDATA[The Yard - AMP Concerts’ Jamie Lenfestey on this summer’s don’t-miss Railyard shows]]>
By: Alex De Vore
In January, Santa Fe/Albuquerque-based promotions nonprofit AMP Concerts announced it had received a $25,000 AMP Grant (a purely coincidental name) from the Levitt Foundation.]]>
<![CDATA[Wavvelengths - San Diego’s Wavves plays the songs our hearts would sing]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Wavves began as the heartfelt bedroom project of San Diego’s Nathan Williams—sort of like a more punk rock version of Pinback for the Weezer or Superdrag set.]]>
<![CDATA[Dear John - Don’t blame John Kurzweg for Creed]]>
By: Alex De Vore
“I was always a musician,” John Kurzweg says. It’s a sunny afternoon and the performer/producer/singer-songwriter and I are sipping coffee and chatting for the first time ever, though we met once before years ago.
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<![CDATA[Gather around the… - LA’s Campfire Cassettes keep it short and oh-so-sweet]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Los Angeles-based indie rock band Campfire Cassettes comes across as a bit of an enigma.
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<![CDATA[Top 10 - Eff Your FB List]]>
By: Alex De Vore
If you’ve been kickin’ around Facebook lately (and who hasn’t?) you’ve probably already grown weary of people’s fun little “Here are 10 shows I’ve seen only one of them is a show I totally didn’t see! Haha, I’m cute!” lists.
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<![CDATA[By Any Other Name - I say Rosedale plays pop-punk, Rosedale says otherwise]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Canadian one-man power-pop act Rosedale returns to the Cowgirl this Thursday April 27 at 8 pm to make us all think things like, “Dude, blink-182’s Dude Ranch was actually pretty sick!”
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<![CDATA[Press Record - Santa Fe expat joins forces with Bay Area badasses for live recording session]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Santa Feans of a certain age will no doubt recall the brief yet glorious reign of math-metal act The Seventh Circle. What many might not know is that one of its members, formerly local guitarist Trevor Bahnson, hung up his metal riffs.]]>
<![CDATA[Love is Blind - Ithaca’s The Blind Spots may just surprise you]]>
By: Alex De Vore
The scene will probably go a little something like this: Band climbs onstage at Boxcar, front woman with shockingly powerful voice belts out like a motherfucker, audience remembers they enjoy honest, solid rock ’n’ roll.]]>
<![CDATA[Saint Peter - Congrats, Pete Williams—you’re the coolest dude in town]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Peter Williams hopes to recapture the love of swing and down ’n’ dirty juke-joint honky-tonk—and spread it—at his open-to-the-public workshop series.
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<![CDATA[Siren Song - Paris Mancini loops the loop]]>
By: Alex De Vore
I’ve mentioned Paris Mancini’s bizarre looping musical project P S I R E N S before, but now you’ll have a chance to check her out for yourself at two upcoming shows here in town.]]>
<![CDATA[Dawes-some - Los Angeles’ Dawes rolls with the punches]]>
By: Alex De Vore
Dawes is evolving. Or has already. Either way, the Los Angeles band has shed at least some of their folky pop gestalt for patient ruminations on the usual suspects—loss and love and mortality—with their fifth studio album, We’re All Gonna Die. ]]>
<![CDATA[Control Freak - Moldover builds his own musical empire]]>
By: Alex De Vore
No one is taking sides per se (naw, I totally am), but there’s a definite disconnect between fans of electronically made music and actual instrumentation, or at least there has been … in my mind.]]>