ONSTAGE THIS WEEK
Earlier this week, Brooklyn (by way of Phoenix) indie rockers
Miniature Tigers released Fortress, their second full-length album on Modern Art Records. The band’s expanded sound — let’s call it “space pop” in the tradition of Animal Collective but with less emphasis on synths — oozes with instrumental experimentation and psychedelic meanderings, while frontman Charlie Brand trades his heart-on-my-sleeve tone for a more upbeat lyrical approach. Miniature Tigers performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 31, at Santa Fe Brewing Company (37 Fire Place, 424-3333). The Spinto Band opens. Tickets are $9 in advance from SFBC and Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic (988-1234, www.ticketssantafe.com), $10 at the door. Macau-born pianist
Kuok-Wai Lio is a busy fellow at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival this week. At noon on
Tuesday, Aug. 3, at St. Francis Auditorium (New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.), he performs Robert Schumann’s
Davidsbündlertänze — an 18-movement celebration of the imaginary music society Schumann invented to give voice to his radical artistic ideals — and Haydn’s F-minor Andante and Variations. At 6 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Aug. 1 and 2 (also at St. Francis Auditorium), he appears in ensemble performances of a Haydn piano trio and a Mozart piano quartet. For tickets ($15 and $20 for the Tuesday recital, $48 and $62 for the other performances), call the SFCMF, 982-1890, or Tickets Santa Fe at the Lensic, 988-1234.
Jazz legend Miles Davis’ famous plugged-in period — 1969 to 1975 — is the inspiration for Electric Miles 2: Yester now,
happening at 8 p.m. Friday, July 30, at the Little Wing performance space at The Candyman Strings &
Things, 851 St. Michael’s Drive. The nonet playing consists of Peter Breslin, keyboards; Sean Woodyard, winds; Dan Pearlman, trumpet; Casey Anderson, bass; Ross Hamlin and Sean Buckley, guitars; J.A. Deane, electric dulcimer; and Dave Wayne and Milton Villarrubia III, drums. Admission at the door is $10, $7 students. Call 699-5470 for information. Local drummer John Trentacosta and Albuquerque bassist Michael Olivola hook up with New York jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone (seen here) for a pair of Northern New Mexico gigs. The Joshua Breakstone Trio plays at the College of Santa Fe’s Tipton Hall (1600 St. Michael’s Drive) at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 31; admission is $15 at the door; call 428-1527 for information. The band also plays at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos (575-758-2233) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4; there’s no cover charge.