Show of the Week

Chelsea Wolfe • Wovenhand

September 23 @ 8:00 pm

Launchpad, 618 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87505 United States


Since his days in 16 Horsepower, David Eugene Edwards has been an overlooked but powerful musical force. With 16 Horsepower, Edwards took country music to a dark place with vivid religious imagery. Edwards started Wovenhand following the end of 16 Horsepower. His new band, originally a solo project, continued down a similar musical path, arguably growing heavier over time. Maybe most easily referred to as gothic country, Wovenhand also incorporates elements of such genres as post-punk, industrial, neofolk, blues, etc.


Chelsea Wolfe. Photo by Shaina Hedlund

Somewhere within the deepest shadows lies Chelsea Wolfe. Her latest record Abyss continues to build off of her history of merging dark brooding tones with bits of delicacy. This sort of doom folk hybrid is subtly aggressive and heavy with some of the same shadowy mysticism that made Dead Can Dance special.

Arc Iris

September 27 @ 8:00 pm

Skylight, 139 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, 87501 United States


Photo by Shervin Lainez

Former member of Low Anthem, Jocie Adams has created quite an identity for herself with Arc Iris. Arc Iris’ self-titled titled debut was released in 2014 on ANTI/Bella Union and it evokes a similar type of magical chamber folk to Joanna Newsom. Where Newsom may go for intimacy in her compositions, Adams appears to shoot for pop grandiosity.

Thee Oh Sees • Canyonlands • Train Conductor

September 24 @ 8:00 pm

Launchpad, 618 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87505 United States


Photo by Jonny Leather

While this may not be the same version of Thee Oh Sees that I saw countless times in Brooklyn, it’s hard to imagine anything less than exhilarating from any lineup John Dwyer assembles. While their records, including this year’s Mutilator Defeated At Last, generally range from good to great, it’s in the live setting where John Dwyer and company truly thrive. Almost immediately drench in sweat, they burst with an energy that ignites their crowds in ways that few bands ever can.


September 25 @ 6:00 pm – September 26 @ 11:40 pm

National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102 United States
1 Day $42, 2 Days $69 (lower prices available in advance)

Legendary singer Kassé Mady Diabaté of Mali

Kassé Mady Diabaté

Annual 2 day festival, Globalquerque!, has been around since 2005 bringing together artists from all over the world. The festival has a history of booking really incredible talent, and this year promises to be no different. While my knowledge of the bulk of these artists is extremely limited, legendary Malian singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, contemporary reggae queen Jah9, and Nigerian Afrobeat giant Orlando Julius & the Afrosoundz are all artists that I can guarantee are not to be missed.

Below is a full list of performers:

Aurelio (Honduras)
Fareed Ayaz and Abu Muhammad (Pakistan)
Cimarrón (Colombia)
EastRiver Ensemble (China)
Joy Harjo (Mvskoke Nation)
Los Martinez (New Mexico)
Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)
Maarja Nuut  (Estonia)
Otava Yo (Russian Federation)
Nano Stern (Chile)

Cimarrón (Colombia)
Kassé Mady Diabaté (Mali)
Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara and Hidatsa)
EastRiver Ensemble (China)
Alejandro Escovedo (Texas, USA)
Jah9 (Jamaica)
Orlando Julius & the Afrosoundz (Nigeria)
Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Angola/Congo)
Lone Piñon (New Mexico)
Emel Mathlouthi (Tunisia)



*There’s also some new band called Foo Fighters playing a show in Albuquerque on September 27th. Heard they’re pretty decent.