By Thursday night, it had already been a great week for concerts in Santa Fe. On Monday night, Beach House and Fleet Foxes both put on incredible performances at the Opera. The following night, with a backdrop on loan from the Scottish Rite Temple, Wilco pulled out the hits from their deep discography for an unforgettable night. But nothing could have prepared me for Algiers’ set at Meow Wolf on Thursday night. The Atlanta quartet arrived on stage to recorded speeches setting a strong political tone. Once on stage, they launched into “Walk Like A Panther.” The fierce album opener from this year’s phenomenal The Underside of Power was just the start of a powerful set that defined everything that a live performance should be. The Underside of Power was already my favorite album of the year but their performance expanded on the energy, the passion, the vitality and the vital social message of the record. From the gut-punch soulful gospel vocals of frontman Frankie James Fisher to bassist Ryan Mahan’s tireless movement and call and response back up vocals, Algiers managed to pack in the best of more genres than can be named. Their energy and spontaneity recalled classic punk bands. Fisher’s emotional vocals, filled with pain, anger, sadness, recalled the moving gospel of legends. Sonically, there was fusion of industrial, post-punk, and even trap music blending together with the rhythms of doo wop and funk. In other words, Algiers is the band everyone needs to listen to and go see as soon as possible.


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Algiers

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