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.
Johny Broomdust’s deep timbre sounds like Johnny Cash partying with longtime NM favorites.
Four local favorites cover Kiss? Sold!
This guy has been through some shit.
The last great hope for (new) local punk.
The only thing better than Tommy Archuleta’s drum work are his lyrics.
Is Emily Montoya from the future?
Sol’s got staying power
Prom night or over-21 dance jams, this dude’s got you covered.
We heart Ben Wright!
Is it rock? Is it electronic? Is it experimental? It’s all things to all people.
Even though they moved, their garage punk remains in our hearts.
Who cares if they’re ripping off Botch, they rule.
Slay-a-thon metal meets super-nice bros.
This indie/emo trio belongs in the Midwest in the mid-’90s.
Homeboy writes a song a day and, surprisingly, many are fucking great.
A banjo/drums duo that sounds like a full-ass band.
Local metal royalty melts faces all hard.
Disco, house, techno and more come from this longtime love of Santa Fe!
His new record, The Woods, owns you.
She’s signed now and writing the best songs of her career.
If she stopped talking so much during her set, everyone would love her acoustic indie-pop.
OK, this is me, but still—I’m amazing!
Despite their nü-metal leanings, this young band is tighter than ever.
From hip-hop to reggae, dance jams and more, Joe Ray knows you better than you know yourself.
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.
The fearsome foursome of melodic math shredding is on hiatus. Fuck.
Dude is just killer, and apparently the ladies dig his singer-songwriter style.
Aka Brian Mayhall, Gargamel also released a killer solo album recently.
This puts Ben Wright on the list several times over, but his One on the Way record blew so many minds, including this one.
George won a NM Music Award, makes the Black Keys look like amateurs and has two first names….any questions?
This funk band is seriously amazing.
Despite the irritating spelling, these three dudes make jazz for people who think they hate jazz.
Pray For Brain does the same thing.
Most folks will hate this noise; others will be like, “Whoa.”
Same dudes as Lovegun, but now they’re going Led Zeppelin, and if you don’t love Zeppelin, you’re stupid.
Also a cover band, but the way these two guys turn your favorite songs into new and more dancey compositions deserves your damn respect.
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.
For the love of all things holy, find and adore this three-piece.
Hard to nail down a genre for this band, but think world music meets haunting indie-rock.