Chelsea Wolfe

Tuesday, April 26th | Doors at 8pm
w/ special guest A Dead Forest Index

Sleep paralysis plagues singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, and that strange intersection of the conscious and the unconscious has inadvertently manifested itself within her work. Across the span of her first four albums, there is an underlying tension, a distorted and nebulous territory where dark shadows hover along the edges of the sublime and the graceful. But until now, Wolfe’s trials and tribulations with the boundaries between dreams and reality have only been a subconscious influence on her work. With her fifth album, Abyss, she deliberately confronts those boundaries and crafts a score to that realm she describes as the “hazy afterlife… an inverted thunderstorm… the dark backward… the abyss of time.”

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sister Chelsea Wolfe posterChelsea Wolfe’s material has always felt intensely private, from the almost voyeuristic bedroom-production aesthetic of her debut album The Grime and the Glow to the stark themes and atmospheres of 2013’s Pain Is Beauty. “Abyss is meant to have the feeling of when you’re dreaming, and you briefly wake up, but then fall back asleep into the same dream, diving quickly into your own subconscious,” says Wolfe. To conjure this in-between world, Wolfe continued her ongoing collaboration with multi-instrumentalist and co-writer Ben Chisholm and drummer Dylan Fujioka, with Ezra Buchla brought on board to play viola and Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) enlisted to contribute guitar. The ensemble traveled to Dallas, TX to record with producer John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent). In the back of her mind burned the words of designer Yohji Yamamoto: “Perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion.” The resulting eleven songs reflect that philosophy as they smolder with human frailty, intimacy, quiet passion, anxiety, and deep longing.

Abyss opens with the disorienting lurch of “Carrion Flowers”, where Wolfe weaves a hypnotic vocal melody over monotonic industrial thuds, much as an Indian raga is constructed around a lone note or swara. On “Iron Moon”, the band pushes for extremes in its loud-quiet-loud strategy, alternating between hushed balladry and gargantuan doom. On “Dragged Out”, glacial-paced fuzz riffs underscore Wolfe’s sultry verses, until a howling wail of distortion dominates the chorus. But there are certainly moments when the brutish elements are reigned in—“Maw” could serve as a lullaby and “Crazy Love” harkens back to the humble acoustic compositions of her Unknown Rooms album. But between them we have “After the Fall”, the centerpiece of the album, where the abrupt tonal shifts, descending chord progressions, and climactic vocals illustrate Wolfe’s fascination with Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl Jung. “I let myself drop,” begins one of Jung’s recollections of his dreams. “I was so struck by that visual: the drop into the abyss of one’s own mind, allowing yourself to feel things you’ve hidden away, bringing them front and center. That became the goal of this album,” says Wolfe. That surrender can be heard in the slowly escalating cacophony of “Survive”, the penultimate square-wave hum and yearning of “Color of Blood”, and the clamorous piano loop and disorienting arrangement of the closing title track.

“Sleep and dream issues have followed me my whole life,” remarks Wolfe as she revisits notes from the writing and recording sessions. In a way, these issues have become a part of Chelsea Wolfe’s identity, for whom the notion of sleep as an escape has been subverted. Abyss captures this dichotomy, this battle between the soothing and the upsetting, and demonstrates why Chelsea Wolfe has become one of the most intriguing songwriters of the decade.

– Brian Cook, 2015


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Pints For Pups

Sunday, April 24th
Desert Paws Animal Rescue Benefit
FREE – 12pm

Sister and Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits is teaming up to raise money for Desert Paws Animal Rescue. Join us on Sunday, April 24th from 12-4pm for a little day drinking and some puppy love. All proceeds from every pint of Ballast Point sold will go to Desert Paws Animal Rescue.

The beer selection will be announced soon 🙂

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Saturday, April 16th
Special Event VIP Admission – 1pm
General Admission – 2pm

Take a sour tour of exotic and unique beers from around the world. Our 2nd annual Tart At Heart will feature Unlimited tastings of 20 specialty beers, many of which have never been to the Land of Enchantment.

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We have teamed up with Angelo Orona (Craft King Consulting) and Kevin McCallister (Local Industry Insider) to curate a list of beers that will delight the palate. German inspired Gose, Lambic from Belgium and barrel aged delights from all over America will make an appearance. This event sold out quickly last year so get your tickets early!

See you there!

More information will be announced soon.

-VIP ticket holders will be allowed entrance to the event at 1 pm to ensure they have access to all of the exclusive sours and also receive a limited edition t-shirt!

-General Admission entrance starts at 2 pm

Emerge ABQ – ShowOff 5.0

Saturday, April 9th | Doors at 7pm
Emerge ABQ – ShowOff 5.0 TIME TRAVEL
Various Artists

Welcome to the future! Emerge ABQ is traveling the timescape with some of NM’s most far out talent. Come join the ride.

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Emerge ABQ’s annual Spring ShowOff event — now in it’s 5th year (!) — is inspired by the talent shows and science fairs of our youth and will feature performances, ‘booth’ activities, art installations, and a curated exhibition.

Here’s what the not-too-distant future has in store:
-Lauren Poole, emcee
-Reyes Padilla, live painting
-Headlining musical acts Zack Freeman (10p), Me and My Wife (11p), REIGHNBEAU (DJ Set, 12a)
-14 short “Talent Show” acts
-“Science Fair” of interactive art making projects
-Aerial and circus performances
-Time Travel Themed Costume Contest
-And much much more

ShowOff 5.0: Time Travel is a fabulous way for people to experience a slice of the rich network of passionate creativity Albuquerque holds.

We’re also partnering with Uber to make sure everyone can have a good time and travel safely. New Uber users can use the code “EMERGEABQ” to get their first trip up to $20 for free. Existing Uber riders can use promo code “SHOWOFF” to enter to win a round trip with Uber of up to $40. Anyone who takes Uber to ShowOff 5.0: Time Travel will be automatically entered in a drawing to win his or her trip for free.

Masta Ace

Friday, April 1st | Doors at 8pm
Wake Self with Def-I and DJ Young Native
2dopeboys / Truth 66 / Äkword Actwrite

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Duval Clear (born December 4, 1966), known better by his stage name Masta Ace, is an American rapper and record producer from Brownsville, Brooklyn. He appeared on the classic 1988 Juice Crew posse cut “The Symphony”. He is noted for his distinct voice, rapping proficiency and for influencing several MCs, including Eminem.

Weedeater

Monday, March 21th | Doors at 8pm
Author & Punisher / Today Is The Day / Lord Dying

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The band formed in 1998 and was initially planned to be the side-project of Dave “Dixie” Collins, the band’s vocalist and bassist who was occupied with his primary project Buzzov*en, however the band disbanded the same year so decided to concentrate his efforts on Weedeater and made it his new primary project, recruiting members Dave “Shep” Shepherd on guitar and Keith “Keko” Kirkum on drums.[1]

The band released their debut album titled … And Justice for Y’all in 2001 and released their second album Sixteen Tons in 2003, both albums where released via their first record label Berserker Records.

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Bongzilla

Sunday, March 13th | Doors at 8pm
Black Cobra / Lo-Pan / Against The Grain

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Bongzilla is a stoner metal band from Madison, Wisconsin.

Naughty By Nature

Tuesday, February 9th | Doors at 8pm

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The Grammy Award winning, Platinum-album selling, New Jersey super-group, Naughty By Nature, is celebrating their twenty year track record of creating the hits and party anthems that have become the soundtrack to our lives. Their music has smashed through mainstream barriers all while remaining true to the sound, message and grit of the hood.

And now, these three kings of the Hip-Hop anthem have formally claimed their titles and named their forthcoming reunion album, Anthem Inc. Life is good. Treach, Vin Rock and DJ Kay Gee are back in the studio, doing what they do best: creating undeniably classic, hand- raising, life-affirming, Hip-Hop music.

“We wouldn’t have reunited if we didn’t think we could give people that authentic Naughty feeling,” says the group’s master lyricist Treach. “This new album is definitely gonna take you back, but just like we always did, we’ve invented a new sound, a bunch of new flows and after being without an album for so long, we’ve gotta lotta things to say.”

Few groups in music can boast a near twenty-year career that has been both consistent and history making. Naughty By Nature, the Grammy and American Music Award winning rap trio, initially called New Style, began performing at talent shows and were discovered by fellow New Jersey native and then- emerging Hip-Hop artist, Queen Latifah. Eventually signing the group to her management company “Flavor Unit Management,” Latifah helped them land a deal with Tommy Boy Records.

Naughty By Nature’s self-titled debut album was released in 1991 and quickly assaulted the music charts with the instant mega #1 hit “O.P.P.” The group quickly became crossover stars, while maintaining their ghetto sensibility. To date, their success and longevity as a Hip-Hop group has been unparalleled. These three “Kings of The Hip-Hop Anthem” went on to produce their follow-up albums that have become part of America’s Hip-Hop legacy: 19 Naughty III, Poverty’s Paradise and Nature’s Fury.

After years of steady touring and itching to get back in the studio, both Treach and Vin agreed in 2008 that in order for the next album to have that authentic sound and feel of Naughty By Nature, they must reunite with DJ Kay Gee. At this same time, VH1 bestowed their coveted “HipHop Honor” to the group as innovators of our culture. Joining the ranks of Big Daddy Kane, Rakim and Eazy E., the group received their “HipHop Honors” in October of 2008.

The group continues to tour globally, ripping stages from Australia to Canada and New Jersey to South Africa. Naughty By Nature is on their A-game and have no plans to stop anytime soon. In this next endeavor, they are completely independent and totally in control of their brand. Still setting trends, the group recently struck a deal with media-giant Microsoft, to cross promote their new single “Get To Know Me Better” with the release of the HTC Touch Pro 2 Windows Mobile device.