Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Alejandro Escovedo don’t need no six-string basses

By Sam Quiñones, A Reporter’s Blog Last week, in the middle of a 90-minute set in West L.A., Alejandro Escovedo hunched over his black electric guitar and splayed his feet as if he was up against gale-force winds. He leaned into his lead guitarist and a schoolboy grin spread across his face. I think the

Friday, March 30th, 2012

SXSW Music Interview With Astro Singer Andrés Nusser

One of the best parts of SXSW Music is getting to see bands that come to Austin from distant parts of the world, some of which are visiting the U.S. for the first time. This year, the...

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Happy Friday From Maneja Beto!

Maneja Beto is a band based in Austin, Texas that combines styles like cumbia and Tejano with rock and synth. They are super popular in their hometown, but have also been lauded by publications across the country....

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Happy Friday From Rage Against The Machine!

If you didn’t grow up listening to Rage Against The Machine, or at least know who they are, it’s kind of hard for me to figure out how to introduce them to you. Suffice to say that...

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Happy Friday From Chicana Punk Rockers The Bags!

The Bags was a punk rock group that formed in LA in the 1970s, with Alice Armandariz as the front woman and singer. Her stage name, Alice Bags, has stayed with her all these years, and she recently...

Friday, November 11th, 2011

Happy Friday From Ruido Rosa!

This burgeoning Mexico City quartet has got a classic rock sound in which influences of Led Zeppelin and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs can be heard. They started to gain attention after winning several battle of the bands contests in...

Friday, October 28th, 2011

El Chicano, Ronstadt Should Be In Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

After doing a little research, I discovered that only two Latino musicians have been inducted in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.   If you guessed 1998 inductee Carlos Santana, and 2001 inductee Richie Valens, you...

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Happy Friday From The Voodoo Glow Skulls

When I was in high school in the 1990s I used to listen to the Voodoo Glow Skulls and think they were the epitome of cool. As a matter of fact, I was going to be in...

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Happy Friday From Maldita Vecindad!

If you haven’t heard of Maldita Vecindad, I feel sorry for you, but I’m going to break it down for you right quick. First, their entire name is La Maldita Vecindad y los Hijos del Quinto Patio and...

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Happy Friday From Teleradio Donoso!

The defunct Chilean band Teleradio Donoso recorded only two albums during their brief existence (2005-2009), yet almost every track released is a memorable pop-rock hit made to dance or wallow in self-pity to. Since the breakup frontman...

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Happy Friday From La Vida Boheme!

Indie rock band La Vida Boheme from Caracas, Venezuela takes cues from a variety of musical influences – from salsa to ’80s punk rock – to create a unique sound. Rafael Perez, Daniel De Sousa, Sebastian Ayala,...

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Happy Friday From Carlos Santana!

The winner of 10 Grammys and three Latin Grammys, Mexican rock guitarist Carlos Santana and his eponymous band were pioneers in the fusion of rock ‘n’ roll with salsa and jazz. The band first rose to fame...

Friday, June 24th, 2011

Happy Friday From Illya Kuryaki And The Valderramas!

The name of this Argentine rap duo, which melds a character from a hit 1960s TV show and a famous Colombian footballer, represents their eclectic style that takes inspiration from rock to hip-hop and everything in between....

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Happy Friday From Mecánica Popular!

I’ve been left to my own devices today, so let me share a gem I discovered while studying abroad in Chile in 2006. A friend heard about this Chilean group from one of her English students, whom,...