Posted by winstonrivas on October 30, 2013
“Venegas’ performances are a continuous transition in mood as she negotiates her long catalog with precision. A student of pop music, Julieta knows very well it’s not just about deciding which hits to play, but also when and where. This was best displayed in a stunning three-song trifecta of “Ilusion,” “Lento” and “Vuelve,” which served as the slow-down-please-pass-me-the-Kleenex moment of the night. The night was filled with many moments of emotional release and regathering.”-Winston Rivas our Editor’s review for the Dallas Observer. Check the rest of the review here and check the photos below.
Posted by winstonrivas on October 27, 2013
While the news of the government shutdown been clogging news-airwaves and twitter feeds and once again put the Immigration reform on the backburner for the foreseeable future, there actually has been some positive news coming out of California as Undocumented citizens can now get their driver license. With that news and the October 5th marches that occurred all around the country, we felt sharing the Ceci Bastida song to be especially timely(although anytime is a good time to share a Ceci Bastida song). “This is my Home” is filled with much of the musical textures that marked “Veo La Marea” sharp drums with an almost militant posture lay base for Ceci Bastida’s un-relentlessly feisty vocals as the TJ/LA songstress chants “This is my home i will never leave” , “Hecho en America”, a exciting preview as Ceci is set to release her follow to “Veo La Marea” later this year. Listen Below and try to fight back the tears
Posted by winstonrivas on October 7, 2013
The noisy, linear-riff driven garrrage-rock of the Costa-Rican duo Ave Negra were one of the many revelations of 2012, along with like-minded acts O Tortuga,Los Blenders and compatriots Las Robertas, a resurgence of lo-fi rawk in Latin America has taken over the continents’ blogs for a good two years now and has no signs of slowing down and with releases like this one i don’t think it will anytime soon. Ave Negra’s first follow up to “Sensaciones Juveniles” is change of pace while the last album focused on a thrashing “todo vale madre” approach, this latest snippet “Enamorados” which is a precursor to their next album set for release later is a shift to a more hook-focused garage rock that serenades with vocal grit and lyrics filled with charming one-liners that you will probably later use on the girl in your English class. Download this wonderful EP Below, it’s name your own price.
Posted by winstonrivas on September 25, 2013
Coco and Husky of the MTY bubble gum pop-rock group are set to produce an album with their new project Clubz name, which is thought to be released by mid-October. While this is a tentative date, for now we get to visit one of the finer Pop-Ballads to come our of Mexico this year. Marked with a plenty of new-wave sensations, Golpes Abajos leans in with nostalgia and mystery pushing effortless towards a singular mind-set shaped with lyrics that referential to the ever distant generation “Ya no quiero ser el amor, ya no quiero ser el amor”. Check it out below.
Posted by winstonrivas on September 17, 2013
Photos by Mayda Arista
“Cumbia,Twerk,(Repeat)”, the poignant summary of last Thursday night by our staff writer Yvette Aide. Thursday, had the recipe for something possibly ground-breaking and possibly a referential moment in the Dallas Latino-Alt music sphere. It was the first time in a long time that a pair of very note-worthy and Mipster-Apporved artists backed by a equally trendy brand Red Bull& Panamerika would come to the city to bring the Wazzap Tour to Trees at very cheap rate (5$). Even with this recipe, if you have been around the DFW scene for the last couple of years, you know that many Latin-shows have been plagued with poor turnouts, for many reasons.. But for sake of time,let’s just say the Raza in the DFW can be very fickle.. So with this in mind there was a certain sense of precarious excitement on my part as to the turn-out for this mega cumbia fiesta.
Luckily, whatever doubts I had on the turn-out were quickly eradicated as strong turn-out of a 100 or so came to catch M.I.S and Los Master Plus; two of the Mexico’s most referential artists on the Nu-Cumbia Front.
Los Master Plus in many sense were more of the unknown anomaly of the two artists.Equipped with handlebar mustaches and fashion attire that blends Banda naconess with #Couture #Eswag transmitting a “Oh shit this is going to be fun vibe” from just looking at them. Wasting little time the Duo kick started their set with a Cumbia-Refix of Daft Punk’s ”One More Time”(Una Vez Mas) that quickly served to win over anyone else in the crowd that wasn’t enamored with group by just looking at them. Los Master Plus continued with sly winks to Mexican Mainstream-ness with covers of “No No No El Coco No El Coco No” because who the hell doesn’t secretly love that song? The Duo’s cumbia appropriation of Top-40 Jams are filled with enough Cleverness and Guapachoness to please even the most stuffiest of cumbia experts. Los Master Plus smooth Papi-Chulo stage presence coupled with incredibly catchy covers had the crowd completely enthralled from start to finish which culminated with the Duo Stage Diving.
In any other line-up Los Master Plus would have been the highlight of the night but Camilo Lara and M.I.S had enough tricks up their sleeve for three sets. Leading in with the Hitazo’s Cumbia, Es-Toy and Mexico, it was a frenetic start that never would slow down. Camilo showed to be the ultimate party master, coupled with his backing band of Bass and Drummer, Camilo utilized them to create unique riffs off his Cumbia laced song, this no more evident than during El Jefe which was shifted from a brassy number on the record to a Surf-Cumbia combination which propelled the already size-able Mosh-pit to full-on Slam. In between’s songs’ Camilo charmed with his very particular sense of humor, a 100% Chilango, often interacting with fans asking “Tu, la de gorra porque no bailabas?” which would spark the chants of “Culero” from the crowd. Camilo proved once again why he’s one of pilars of the Mexican-Electronic scene, creating a wild visceral Cumbia fiesta that perfectly encapsulated the past and future of the genre.
Congrats Dallas Latinos, I honestly didn’t think there were enough hip Chilangos,Mipsters, Post Cholos and general cumbia lovers to take over a Thursday night in Deep Ellum. But we did it. For as long as this blog has been up I as it’s editor have struggled with the eternal question “Does Dallas Have Latin Alternative Music Scene?” this question by all means it’s not easy to answer after-all what constitutes a Scene? But at the very least Thursday served as a warm reminder that there are enough people who are looking for something alternative, a simpler approach to Latino Concerts-far removed with the Uptown stuffyness and V.I.P exclusivity of other Latino Parties in town. Perhaps a shift in the city is on the horizon,one where smaller,cheaper,alternative shows take the place of shows that seemed to be stuck in the Yesteryear of Rock en Espanol. Whether this change will come sooner than later is yet to be seen but just looking at pictures from last Thursday, you can’t help to be a little optimistic.
Posted by winstonrivas on September 10, 2013
For the last four years All My Friends Music Fest has curated one of most creative,forward-thinking and cheap festivals(at a miserly 7.50$ USD) in Mexico. Bringing together the plethora of talent the Baja California region has to offer with bands from Latin-America,Europe and United States. All My Friends deeply rooted D.I.Y aesthetic and spirit has helped separate it self from other festivals in Mexico that are aggressively sponsored-based and seemingly filled with the yesteryear of Mexican music scene. AMF is the type of festival that bridges D.I.Y scenes from Latin-America and United States, a festival that creates an open exchange of culture through the most universal format; A Music Festival. This year’s AMF is headlined by Chilean Rockers Ases Falsos, Maria Minerva and Monterrey’s White Ninja who killed it earlier this year at Festival Nrmal. Also rounding up the lineup is Josue Josue, Surf Punk Los Blenders and Tijuana’s Dream-Pop darlings IbI Ego.
If you your thinking about escaping Dallas and looking to make the trip to TJ, Fly Spirit Airlines(Currently 178 Round-trip, for November 14-17) to San Diego and from San Diego take the trolley to San Isidro, cross the border y Voila your in Tijuana! As for Festival Tickets, they are only 7.50 Usd and can be purchased on Festival Website.
Posted by winstonrivas on September 4, 2013
For the last Decade Camilo Lara’s project Mexican Institute of Sound has been producing some of the most forward thinking Cumbia to come out of Latin-America, mixing and matching sounds that you hear at your Tio’s birthday party with avaunt-grade beats that stem from the underbelly of electronic dance fields. Beyond the fantastic records Camilo has put out the last several years its the boisterous live shows that have propelled M.I.S’s status beyond just another Nu-Cumbia act to the Mexi-Elite and has seen him take stage at festivals such as Coachella, SXSW and SummerFest. While Camilo is no stranger to our neighbors down south (Austin) M.I.S much like many of other favorites he has never made his way up to Dallas, until now.
Thanks to our friends at Red Bull and Panamerika, M.I.S will be bringing the DF Cumbia to Dallas next Thursday at Trees, along side with “Hipster Cumbia with Handle-Bar Mustache”(How my bff Ana Describes them) duo Los Master Plus(who have cumbia-fied everything from Daft Punk to Kings of Leon), we should expect a sweaty fiesta unlike anything the scene has experienced this year. You can Purchase tickets via Trees Website. Also Rsvp to show here..
Posted by winstonrivas on August 28, 2013
It’s with supreme excitement,joy,surprise that we share the first single from Juana Molina in 5 years. Now, if you have not been acquainted with Molina’s work, well then consider this your introduction as well as a massive plea from our part to go back and check out her riveting catalog. The Argentine songstress returns seems especially timely given the likes of Helado Negro, Empress Of and Xenia Rubinos have been forging a triage of Latin Artists who have smashed the dichotomy of language and have leaped in and out of both Latin and worldly consciousnesses. (Note: “The Best New Music:” tag from P4K on this song, if your into that sort of thing..)
“Eras” is a continuous shift through genre’s and musical formats, entering with dense beats that would suggest something dark perhaps industrial is heading our way but just as any sense of comfort is reached you are quickly pulled in another direction with Molina’s succinct vocals that never waste a breath underneath an reverberating jazzy guitar-riff. An ever-flow of seemingly improvised loops and experimentation fill the four-minute song in such brisk pace you will have to repeat over and over to fully digest the combination of resentful, charming and fascinating moments this song has to offer. Listen to the song below, Wed 21 will be released on October 29 through Crammed Discs.
Posted by winstonrivas on August 15, 2013
Posted by winstonrivas on August 6, 2013