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As you may or may not be aware, San Diego CityBeat staff writer Dave Maass recently live-blogged, live-tweeted, live-videoed, and generally lived through the Dustball Rally, an epic three-day, 2,000-mile road rally through the Southwest:
I’m cramming myself into the backseat (multiple backseats, actually) on the Dustball 2000…Leaving El Paso at the crickety-crack of dawn Wednesday morning, the scavenger-hunt-style adventure runs along a mystery route across the American Southwest to Las Vegas.
We at Owl and Bear, among others, sponsored Dave’s doings, and that’s why we’re proud to post this video recap of his adventure, complete with a soundtrack by San Diego’s own indie rockers New Mexico. If you like what you hear — and really, why wouldn’t you — head over to Soda Bar on August 25 to see New Mexico headline this month’s SoundDiego Live event.
Two loud bands got uncharacteristically quiet for a semi-acoustic show at the Habitat on Sunday.
First, New Mexico dialed it down for a set that included cuts from their Have You Met My Friend? EP and a singalong cover of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.” If you missed them this time around, you can make up for it on Saturday at Bar Pink, where they’ll will play this month’s edition of The Rumble.
Next, The Old In Out — appearing as their mellow alter ego Let’s Make Out — delivered a smoking set of psychedelic goodness that crescendoed into an intense, not-so-quiet finale.
Seeing New Mexico play is like walking into a tornado. No matter how much you brace yourself or tell yourself you can withstand the force, you’re still going to get knocked on your ass. The San Diego trio’s explosive garage rock assails and enchants the listener with serrated guitar lines and rapid-fire drumming. And, at the eye of the storm, Rob Kent’s tipsy vocals exude danger and rock and roll bravado. Continue reading…