Through the power of listening to things people tell us and scouring the internet and such, we've compiled for you some notable local musical happenings. Do with this information what thou wilt.
Santa Fe Opera Wins a Dang Grammy
Even though we're usually like, "Grammys? Naw, thanks," it's still notable that the venerable local institution won the statue for Best Opera Recording for its original recording of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Hats off to composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, who take home the award alongside many others who played a hand in the production. If you wish you knew more about the opera, SFR wrote about it in the lead-up to the world premier in 2017.
Speaking of the Grammys, following her shitload of Grammy wins the other night, Kacey Musgraves' AMP Concerts show at the Santa Fe Opera this August is just about already sold out. This one's for all you country music fans. We're also pretty pumped on Childish Gambino's historical win for both song and record of the year. If you haven't seen the video for "This is America," you're living your life wrong. Not local, we know, but still—Donald Glover is incredible.
Palmer's Mobile Now
As we reported last September, longtime Frogville Studios producer/engineer/jack-of-all-trades Bill Palmer had planned on taking his skills on the road following a mysterious breakup with the studio. He's done just that, and by being Facebook friends with the guy, we know he's working on the debut album from country up-and-comer Simon Lee-Plunket, another debut from psychedelic funk-ish band J Reynolds and the High Vibes and who even knows what else. Turns out homeboy needn't be tethered to one spot to make a killer record.
We've been seeing some pretty cool photos from reggae act Innastate as they tour around and make friends with other reggae bands at shows like Arizona Roots Festival. We haven't heard the band's self-titled release just yet, but it's on the list. Additionally, local reggae hero Mister Kali released a brand new video through website topshelfreggae.com. "Hungry" features backup from Dub Gideon and challenges us to eat fresh. Word, Mister Kali—the FDA is indeed pretty messed up. I'll also say that reggae usually doesn't work for me, but something about the video and the driving bassline on "Hunger" is pretty tight.
Red Lights and Road Maps
Albuquerque indie rock act Red Light Cameras is joining forces with El Paso, Texas' indie rock act Sleepspent for a mini-tour of New Mexico and Texas this March. Sounds like friendship to us! You'll find them at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery (2791 Agua Fria St., 780-5370) on Sunday March 24. We'll obviously remind you again when we get closer through our culture calendar and such, but if you can't wait that long, Red Light Cameras are scheduled to play Meow Wolf (1352 Rufina Circle, 395-6369) on Friday Feb. 22.
Me Not Against!
And while we're talkin' Meow Wolf, you should probably hurry up and get your tickets to see Laura Jane Grace on Tuesday March 19. You may remember her as the founder of Against Me!, and Grace might just be the coolest ever. Also coming to Meow Wolf in the not-too-distant future are amazing acts like Mono (Saturday June 1) and American Football (Tuesday June 25), a band that we probably wouldn't have gotten through … anything without. Trust us—their shows sell out incredibly fast.
If you're gonna be hanging around midtown this month anyway (or if you, like, live around there), be aware that Portland, Oregon's Y La Bamba returns to Santa Fe's favorite DIY space Ghost (2899 Trades West Road) on Tuesday Feb. 23 (dang, there are a lot of Tuesday shows around here—which is because Santa Fe will always be the "let's go through there instead of taking a day off, maybe?" tour routing destination while bands head to bigger markets, in case you were wondering why). If you wanna know more, SFR spoke with Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza back in October ("Don't Tell Me Who I Am, Oct. 30 2018).
The Best … Around—NOTHING'S EVER GONNA KEEP YOU DOWN!
Our Best of Santa Fe nominations are open right now through Sunday March 17, which I mention to you because I'm sick of everyone yelling at me about what bands and DJs and venues win every year. For the last time, I don't choose anything—you do. Just go to sfreporter.com/bosf and nominate your favorites. This isn't final voting, it's noms, and I'll also point out that the people who actually bother to mention they want to be nominated and then also mention that people should vote are usually the ones who win. I know you all like to think that the townsfolk are sitting someplace right now clutching your framed band photo to their collective chests, but people don't really think about you unless you remind them. Or they're looking right at you. Or they're trying to remember what the name of the most boring band they ever saw live was. Kisses!