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Recapping 2016 Santa Fe Bandstand

Lasting for two months in the heart of Santa Fe's Plaza, the Santa Fe Bandstand concert series is a yearly staple of Santa Fe's summers. A year ago, still new to the city, I only managed to attend a pair of the concerts. This year, it became a piece ...

2016: Second Quarter Recap

As 2016 has continued forward, the year has continued to take away music legend after music legend. After losing David Bowie and Phife Dawg earlier in the year, the world was stunned again by the losses of Prince, Merle Haggard, George Martin, Bernie...

The Legend of H. Thunderbolt

How does a musician end up spending over three years immersing himself in the detailed history of Hannibal Barca, writing and recording an album based on the storied Punic military commander? In 2011, Cole Bee Wilson was living in Austin, TX. Havi...

Getting Personal With: AJ Woods

Growing up in Albuquerque, there were times in which AJ Woods' family would pack up the car and drive out into the expanse of the New Mexico desert with no clear destination or timetable. It takes a certain kind of patience to head into an uncertaint...

2016: First Quarter Recap

Somehow, three months have already passed by in 2016. The darkness of Winter is giving way to new life in Spring. In order to press forward, I'd first like to look back at the first three months of 2016. Undoubtedly, a massive shadow looms large with...

Getting Personal With: Greg Butera

If you've been to Santa Fe's Violet Crown theater in 2016, there's a good chance you've heard the title track of Greg Butera's debut album Tell Me Now. While a slideshow of black and white photos gives a glimpse into Santa Fe's rustic past, the song ...

Getting Personal With: Moken

When Moken sings, a lifetime of passion emerges from his voice. This lifetime began in the Cameroonian town of Limbe and presently resides in Houston, TX. Everything in between has found its way into the soulful journey that is Chapters of My Life, ...

Treasure Chest: Mariah – Utakata No Hibi

Mariah Utakata No Hibi   FOR FANS OF Brian Eno & David Byrne, Faust SOUNDS LIKE A alternate dream world WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT Simply put, this is one of the most unique, inventive, and listenable records I've ever heard. Originally re...

Opening Weekend With Meow Wolf

The move from New York to Santa Fe was a long journey. Not just because of the miles traveled, but also because of the enormous cultural shift. Life in the city that never sleeps is one of overstimulation. On any given night, seemingly unlimited opti...

There Is Magic in the World

“You should view the world as a conspiracy run by a very closely-knit group of nearly omnipotent people, and you should think of those people as yourself and your friends.” -Robert Anton Wilson

Getting Personal With: Lone Piñon

"Our economic system does all it can to confine music to the shape of something that can be bought and sold, but that is very little of what it can be--hanging out with traditional musicians in Mexico provided a great example of how much more is poss...

My Encounter with the Jimmy Buffett of Indie Rock

When I arrived home from the show, the dog that my wife and I had adopted that afternoon lunged aggressively in my direction with teeth showing—a terrifying experience accentuated by a threatening bark. Clearly my aura had changed within the few hour...

Getting Personal With: JOBS

Originally formed in 2008 as Killer Bob, the Brooklyn trio of drummer Max Jaffe, bassist Rob Lundberg, and guitarist Dave Scanlon became JOBS in 2015, releasing the remarkable Killer BOB Sings. With the help of vocalist Daniel Ellis-Ferris (of Loft O...

Best of 2015: Honorable Mentions & Reissues

HONORABLE MENTIONS When I put together my list of 50 favorite records released in 2015, I knew there would be some painful cuts to be made. It's one this to leave out records like Jim O'Rourke's Simple Songs and Teens of Style by Car Seat Headrest, ...

Mecca Lecca’s Favorite Videos of 2015

As someone who grew up watching endless amounts of music videos on MTV, I will always have a soft spot for the format, even if it no longer has the same impact it once did. Below you'll find 15 of my favorite music videos of 2015. Dan Deacon - "Wh...

2015: Year In Photos

In 2015, I rekindled my relationship with my camera to once again document live music. Below you'll find the 15 pictures that best represent my year. Adia Victoria @ Skylight Arc Iris @ Skylight Beirut @ Santa Fe Plaza Bright Light...

Mecca Lecca’s Favorite Albums of 2015

As music steps further and further into the 21st century, the hard lines which once defined specific genres have grown more and more blurred. The internet has connected us to a vast expanse of music history that spans across oceans and time, extendin...

Christopher Paul Stelling in New Mexico

For the classic troubadour, the road is home. The traveling musician is a lifestyle frequently often dreamed about, desired and attempted. It's easy to understand how life on the road can be so glorified in the minds of the outsiders. The perspective...