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Music, cars, movies: Company of Thieves, Supernationals, Santa Fe Film Fest on tap

Genevieve Schatz is riding around in a van, touring the country.

Yes, it’s physically demanding. But after a few years off the road touring regularly, it’s good to be back.

“We’ve got all our gear with us in back, and we’ve had some long drives,” she says. “It’s exciting, and it feels like we’re all ready for what’s going to come next.”

Schatz is a member of the rock band Company of Thieves.

The band recently released its first single in six years, which comes after a three-year hiatus from touring.

Schatz has a new appreciation for being on the road.

“I feel physically younger and stronger than ever,” she says. “When we were teenagers, I was a vegetarian and I was getting sick all the time. Now, I’m eating like an athlete. I get enough protein to use for fuel for the day. I’m making sure I’m drinking (water) and stretching more. It’s made a huge difference.”

Company of Thieves is also preparing to release an EP at the end of February. The band is opening for Walk the Moon and will make a stop on Monday, Feb. 5, at Sunshine Theater.

The first month of the year is now in the past, and there’s plenty going on.

Read about the annual Supernationals car show. Some of the nation’s top show vehicles will be in Albuquerque this weekend.

If you want to listen to music, there are options.

I got a chance to Skype with South African guitarist Derek Gripper, who will perform two shows in New Mexico. He’s leaving his home for a U.S. tour and will return to his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, where there is a water shortage. See how he’s handling it below.

And check out the interview with up-and-coming R&B artist R.LUM.R. He will perform at the Launchpad on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

And for film fans, make sure to read about the Santa Fe Film Festival, which begins next week.

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