To many students, Columbus Day is just another Monday. But to others, it is a sanctioned holiday celebrating the oppression and genocide of indigenous peoples, and on Monday they took to campus and demanded change.Around noon, a group of students from numerous organizations and clubs, carrying signs with “F**k Columbus” written in bold letters, led a tour of campus to celebrate sites of past campus resistance and to point out examples of what they called UNM’s “complicity in colonization and oppression against native peoples.”
It took 11 months of toil in Popejoy Hall, but for four UNM students, putting out their debut album ‘do it yourself’-style was worth it. Great States frontman and guitarist Morgan Ching said the process started during finals week of May 2013 and finished in January of this year.
For siblings Matt and Grace Rolland, music had been a part of their family long before they were born. As fiddler and cellist, respectively, for the Tucson-based band “Run Boy Run,” the two said they are the latest in a long line of respected musicians.
Kevin “Kookie” Jones said he wakes up every morning to music playing in his head — after he finishes his morning prayers. He said being a member of a church has been a substitute for the gang violence and other troubles his family was surrounded by while living in Houston.
Local alternative band Sweet Weapons is going on tour this week through Arizona and California, having kicked things off in Albuquerque at the Gasworks Sunday night. “It’s like a short little run,” said drummer Jake Lang. “It’s just a week of mostly California shows.
Tampa-based metal band Iced Earth started 2014 off right when it released its 11th studio album, “Plagues of Babylon.” “Plagues” sees the band’s one consistent member, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Jon Schaffer, lead the way on an uncompromising album embodied by tales of death, disease and a one-for-all attitude.
Jak Bailey has been in music for nearly 30 years, on both the performance and business sides of an illustrious career. Now that he’s released his latest album, “Electric Noize,” Bailey is taking some time to reflect on his musical past.