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.