Ran­dom Acts

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The Justin Brans­ford and Ko­dama trios split the bill at Cen­ter Stage Santa Fe; Deer­hunter and La Sera take the stage at Meow Wolf; and The Vil­lalo­bos Broth­ers play the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter

Two by three: Justin Brans­ford and Ko­dama trios

Two jazzy trios split the bill at Cen­ter Stage Santa Fe (505 Camino de los Mar­quez) start­ing at 5 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 9. In the Justin Brans­ford Trio, the bassist is joined by Sean Buck­ley, guitar, and Mor­ris Roberts, drums. The Ko­dama Trio (Mil­ton Vil­lar­ru­bia III on drums, Jeremy Ble­ich on bass, and pi­anist Robert Muller) ex­plores spon­ta­neous com­po­si­tion. “Peo­ple will hear lots of in­ter­est­ing time sig­na­tures and phrases that you might not hear in main­stream mu­sic — good mu­sic for peo­ple with ac­tive imag­i­na­tions,” Brans­ford said. “I think the first half of the con­cert will con­tain lots of in­ter­est­ing sub­tle mo­ments, and Ko­dama will sur­prise and chal­lenge us all with mu­sic they have been work­ing on for years.” Tick­ets are $10 at the door (free for kids twelve and un­der). For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-501-2606 or go to www.cen­ter­stage­santafe.com. — P.W.

Alien grooves: The Vil­lalo­bos Broth­ers

The Vil­lalo­bos Broth­ers, a su­perex­u­ber­ant and vir­tu­osic Mex­i­can en­sem­ble, hail from Xalapa in the Mex­i­can state of Ver­acruz, where they grew up hear­ing their grand­mother sing and play ac­cor­dion and guitar. The broth­ers Ernesto, Al­berto, and Luis, all vi­o­lin­ists and singers, share the front line, all hav­ing taken up mu­sic as chil­dren. They are joined by gui­tarist Hum­berto Flores, drum­mer Rosa Avila, and bassist Leo Sher­man in their reper­toire, which is cen­tered in Mex­i­can folk mu­sic but in­cor­po­rates jazz, pop, and clas­si­cal in­flu­ences. The group has one al­bum to its credit, the self-pub­lished 2012 disc Aliens of Ex­tra­or­di­nary

Abil­ity. They play the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7:30 p.m. on Sun­day, Oct. 9. Tick­ets are $20 to $55, avail­able from www.tick­etssantafe.org and the Len­sic box of­fice (505-988-1234). — Paul Wei­de­man

Dreamy duo: La Sera

Ryan Adams pro­duced La Sera’s in­fec­tiously boppy new al­bum, Mu­sic for Lis­ten­ing to Mu­sic To (Polyvinyl Records), the band’s fourth and its first since singer Katy Good­man mar­ried Todd Wisen­baker and added him to the lineup. La Sera is a gourmet cock­tail of com­ple­men­tary in­flu­ences — punk and cow­punk, New Wave, and early 1990s al­ter­na­tive, gar­nished with a bit of dreamy surf mu­sic. The tracks are dance­able and hap­pi­ness-in­duc­ing yet far from mind­less, an­chored by Good­man’s voice, which can be cute and girl­ish in one song and ex­pe­ri­enced and res­o­nant in the next. La Sera plays at the Meow Wolf Art Com­plex (1352 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-780-4458) on Mon­day, Oct. 10, at 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.). Tick­ets to the fif­teen-and-over show are $14 at the door, $12 in ad­vance, avail­able at www. me­ow­wolf.com. — Jen­nifer Levin

Muted roar: Deer­hunter

It is easy to imag­ine a flaw­lessly hip-look­ing crowd lis­ten­ing to Deer­hunter while sway­ing gen­tly back and forth with their arms crossed, star­ing at their shoes — or their smart­phones, or at some un­fixed point in the dis­tance — while soak­ing in a pool of ambient rock that is nei­ther high- nor low-en­ergy but a muted, mid­dle-ground state of emo­tion. Deer­hunter emerged from At­lanta in 2001 and strug­gled with the death of a band mem­ber, in­jury, and up­heaval be­fore set­tling on its cur­rent lineup of Brad­ford Cox, Moses Archuleta, Lock­ett Pundt, and Josh McKay. The boys play the Meow Wolf Art Com­plex (1352 Ru­fina Cir­cle, 505-780-4458) on Tues­day, Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:30 p.m.), joined by Al­dous Hard­ing and Jock Gang. Tick­ets to the twenty-one-and-over show are $25 at the door, $20 in ad­vance, avail­able at www.me­ow­wolf.com. — J.L.

Sean Buck­ley

Mor­ris Roberts

Justin Brans­ford

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