What to see at UMS, according to Enrique Jimenez of Altas
Enrique Jimenez is a man about town -- if you've been to more than a handful of local shows over the last several years, chances are you've crossed paths with him. His own band Altas (formerly Panal S.A. de C.V.) is an experimental instrumental rock band par excellence and can be caught at Eslinger Gallery tonight, July 25th, at 10 p.m. and at Mutiny Information Cafe on Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.. Because of his expertise (born of his natural curiosity about the local music scene), we caught up with the affable guitarist about his own top picks for the UMS this weekend. He provided a rather extensive list, but we asked him about ten of his favorites as a kind of shortened user guide for anyone attending the festival.
Adam Rojo Enrique Jimenez
Friday, July 25th
Tjutjuna - 6 p.m. - Hi-Dive: They're just super intense. Last time I saw them they opened for Acid Mothers Temple and the entire show was just driving. It kind of pummels you when you watch them. And Fernando Guzman on drum is intense. It's a bigger sound than you expect from three guys. I really like psychedelic rock and noise.
StaG - 8 p.m. - Hi-Dive: I was introduced to them through the guys in Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. Their music and the way they compose it is well thought-out melodically. I like their use of vocals with the electronics with a live band. That's very appealing to me because we do kind of the same thing but on a different level. They have more melody with the vocals and the way they've gone about it is impressive.
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers - 9 p.m. - 3 Kings Tavern: I saw them at the Skylark after they got off tour about a month ago. They had just set up and started playing and I was blown away by their intensity and they are showmen. They are technically-proficient musicians and they get the crowd involved. It reminds me of a more intense Jason Anderson kind of thing.
People Under the Stairs - 9 p.m. - Main Stage: They don't play that often and I've been wanting to see them for a long time. I like their lyricism. They're from a different time in hip-hop. When I was growing up I would listen to that era of hip-hop and I want to see what they're all about. Hopefully I'm not disappointed. With hip-hop shows I'm either blown away or unimpressed.
The Knew - 11:55 p.m. - 3 Kings Tavern: They're still an interesting band to me because they find new ways to keep things fresh with their sound. It's not the same thing every time. Obviously it's a continuation of what they're doing. They're also a very lively, crowd-involved type of band and fits in with old school rock type of stuff. Almost along the lines of stadium rock.
Continue reading on the next page for the rest of Jimenez's UMS picks.