After a short hiatus, Treemotel has returned to Santa Fe and has instantly reminded everyone why they were one of the area’s best indie rock bands.
Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Washboard Abs record quiet lo-fi indie rock songs along the lines of Mike Kinsella’s beloved projects Owen and American Football.
Also in town from Olympia, 100 Watt Horse is a folk rock quintet whose unafraid from experimentation.
For their latest album, Hang, Foxygen enlisted a 40 piece orchestra, resulting in their most ambitious album to date. Shifting further from their psychedelic roots, Hang embraces anthemic baroque pop and over-the-top glam while hanging onto the band’s love for Todd Rundgren. Fans can expect that this band will give everything they’ve got with their performance.
High energy D.C. punks Priests return to Meow Wolf on August 11th. The band’s new album, Nothing Feels Natural, is a refreshing blast of riot grrrl-era punk rock that mixes aggression, social politics and loads of heart. It’s no surprise that this band is blowing up.
We get our handful of banjo players in Santa Fe, but none of them play the instrument anything like Tall Tall Trees’ Mike Savino. With pedals, loops and electronics his banjo is a mighty force that may forever change what you have believed the instrument is capable of. He’s also one hell of a songwriter. His latest album Freedays is a wide-ranging record that never ceases to impress.
Hieronymus Bogs recently moved to New Mexico from New York. His new album Lowlives Divine is an incredible collection of gothic folk tunes. Bogs’ vibrato vocals carry a wonderfully eerie haunted vibe.
A side project from Cloacas’ Sabrina & Damon Griffith, Aunt Kackle & The Coleslaw King is one of Santa Fe’s best kept secrets.
Ask any musician worth a damn in town, and they’ll tell you that D Numbers are one of the city’s quintessential bands. The veteran trio masterfully combines elements of instrumental post-rock with various styles of electronic music for a sound that’s simultaneously smooth, funky, energized, and ethereal.
*There are actually 9 concerts on this list, since all of these shows are worth your attention.