Monolith on the Mesa is the Southwest’s premiere heavy music experience featuring an all-encompassing aural environment, sick bands, and great brews. Since 2020 decided to stage dive on its face, Monolith on the Mesa took it to the digital realm and provided us with sick new content, flashbacks, and an exclusive tour around Taos. 

Akron, Ohio’s Relaxer (members of The Party of Helicopters, Drummer, Teeth of the Hydra, Harriet The Spy, etc.) was scheduled to play the live festival, but still came through with this full set at Akron Roller Derby, filmed during a socially distanced lifestyle. Their music has been described as passive-progressive, but we just think it rocks. 

Watch it below:

Relaxer is comprised of vocalist/guitarist Joseph Scott, bassist Corey Haren, and drummer Brad Thorla, guitarist Stillman who previously performed with a variety of celebrated underground acts including The Party of Helicopters, Harriet The Spy, White Pines, Teeth of the Hydra, Sofa King Killer, Drummer (with Pat Carney of The Black Keys), etc.

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Tim Anderl is an American journalist from Dayton, Ohio, whose work has been published in Alternative Press, Strength Skateboarding Magazine, and Substream Music Press. He was previously the web editor of and is currently the editor of, a host of Sound Check Chat Podcast, and a contributing writer for New Noise Magazine, Ghettoblaster Magazine and Dayton City Paper.

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