Thursday night’s show at the Sunshine Theater was kicked off by the band Astronauts, etc., which is the side project of Toro Y Moi’s keyboardist, Anthony Hopkins. They warmed up the crowd with soft, melodic tones that were contrasted with some extremely groovy guitar riffs. Guitarist, Derek Barber was indeed the standout with and energetic style of play driving the others in the group to follow. The group also threw in a tasteful cover of Elton John’s infamous “Rocket Man” to help wind down the set. The small, yet lively crowd was pleased with Astronauts, etc.’s first show in Albuquerque.
Toro Y Moi was also playing their first gig in the ABQ and they did not disappoint. Once again, the small and energetic crowd was swaying back and forth from start to finish. The group has perfected their alternative-psychedelic sound that’s driven by lead vocalist Chaz Bundick’s smooth voice. That being said, these guys still know how to rock, with songs like “High Living,” energized by guitarist Jordan Blackmon’s wild style of playing and brought together by Anthony Hopkins perfectly timed and lively keyboard playing. Overall, the group’s sound was just on point. There was a sense of togetherness that displayed how well they work and feed off of each other. Definitely worth a listen.