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David Goldberg.

The Big Four-Oh

40 acts you’ve just gots to know

June 24, 2014, 12:00 am

Wow. Forty years of the Santa Fe Reporter is kind of a huge deal, especially when we take into consideration the state of print media these days. It’s called staying power, friends. So how do we celebrate in the music section properly? By naming 40 local artists, bands and DJs we love and who you should pay attention to, duh.

Oh, and these are in no particular order, so nobody freak.

1

Broomdust Caravan

Johny Broomdust’s deep timbre sounds like Johnny Cash partying with longtime NM favorites.

2

Lovegun

Four local favorites cover Kiss? Sold!

3

Anthony Leon & the Chain

This guy has been through some shit.

4

Almost a Lie

The last great hope for (new) local punk.

5

Disasterman

The only thing better than Tommy Archuleta’s drum work are his lyrics.

6

DJ Dirt Girl

Is Emily Montoya from the future?

7

DJ Dynamite Sol

Sol’s got staying power

8

DJ Orpheus Digital

Prom night or over-21 dance jams, this dude’s got you covered.

9

DJ Bacon

We heart Ben Wright!

10

D Numbers

Is it rock? Is it electronic? Is it experimental? It’s all things to all people.

11

Alamo Sun

Even though they moved, their garage punk remains in our hearts.

12

Esthom

Whoa….just whoa.

13

Sleeptaker

Who cares if they’re ripping off Botch, they rule.

14

Carrion Kind

Slay-a-thon metal meets super-nice bros.

15

To Build a Fire

This indie/emo trio belongs in the Midwest in the mid-’90s.

16

Sean Healen Band

Homeboy writes a song a day and, surprisingly, many are fucking great.

17

Todd and the Fox

A banjo/drums duo that sounds like a full-ass band.

18

Torn Between Worlds

Local metal royalty melts faces all hard.

19

DJ Oona Bender

Disco, house, techno and more come from this longtime love of Santa Fe!

20

DJ Feathericci

His new record, The Woods, owns you.

21

Flamingo Pink!

She’s signed now and writing the best songs of her career.

22

Autumn Faulkner

If she stopped talking so much during her set, everyone would love her acoustic indie-pop.

23

i heart metal

OK, this is me, but still—I’m amazing!

24

Exalt

Despite their nü-metal leanings, this young band is tighter than ever.

25

Joe Ray Sandoval

From hip-hop to reggae, dance jams and more, Joe Ray knows you better than you know yourself.

26

Chango.

Yeah, they’re a cover band, but the tag team of the charismatic Andy Primm and the ultra-shredder Greg Lopez is more than enough to melt a face or two.

27

As In We

The fearsome foursome of melodic math shredding is on hiatus. Fuck.

28

David Berkeley

Dude is just killer, and apparently the ladies dig his singer-songwriter style.

29

DJ Gargamel

Aka Brian Mayhall, Gargamel also released a killer solo album recently.

30

Mi

This puts Ben Wright on the list several times over, but his One on the Way record blew so many minds, including this one.

31

Eric George/Man No Sober

George won a NM Music Award, makes the Black Keys look like amateurs and has two first names….any questions?

32

The Sticky

This funk band is seriously amazing.

33

müShi Trio

Despite the irritating spelling, these three dudes make jazz for people who think they hate jazz.

34

Pray For Brain

Pray For Brain does the same thing.

35

Extreme Chafing

Most folks will hate this noise; others will be like, “Whoa.”

36

Moby Dick

Same dudes as Lovegun, but now they’re going Led Zeppelin, and if you don’t love Zeppelin, you’re stupid.

37

Vanilla Pop

Also a cover band, but the way these two guys turn your favorite songs into new and more dancey compositions deserves your damn respect.

38

Storming the Beaches with Logos in Hand

Put out your fucking record already, Luke Carr. I need it.They’ve been new agey lately, but this band also goes all ’90s alternative from time to time. YouTube ’em.

39

Gry Grdns

For the love of all things holy, find and adore this three-piece.

40

Evarusnik

Hard to nail down a genre for this band, but think world music meets haunting indie-rock.




 

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