Category Archives: Festival

The Future of SoCal Indie Music Looks Bright — and Latino — at Viva! Pomona

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and there’s nothing about Viva! Pomona that needs to be fixed. Founder Rene Contreras celebrated the sixth birthday of his little festival that could in Pomona this past weekend with yet another stellar … Continue reading

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The Samba Music of ’70s Brazil Did More Than Make People Dance — It Resisted a Dictatorship

My latest piece in LA Weekly: Brazilian-American musician Beto Gonzalez was too young to understand the country around him when his family returned to Brazil in the 1970s. It was only as he grew older, after coming back to the … Continue reading

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Schools Not Prisons: Buyepongo and Ceci Bastida Rally Against Mass Incarceration

Singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida has long championed political and social causes such as immigrant rights, the Zapatista movement and various issues concerning her native country of Mexico. Her most recent foray into activism, however, is undoubtedly her most personal. This Saturday … Continue reading

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Hollywood Forever Cemetery Presents 17th Annual Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Dia De Los Muertos celebration, the largest Day of the Dead celebration outside of Mexico, returns for its 17th edition. This year’s theme is “El Arbol De La Vida/The Tree Of Life,” with a focus on sculptural traditions … Continue reading

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Viva Pomona 2016 [photos]

Viva Pomona, the little festival on the border of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, returned for its fifth edition on July 16th and July 17th. Nearly 50 artists swooped in to the area surrounding the Glasshouse on 2nd/Thomas for … Continue reading

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My Coachella coverage for LA Weekly

I spent the past weekend at Indio covering the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival with a team of writers, photographers from LA Weekly & OC Weekly. It made for great times and even greater stories. Below are the three … Continue reading

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Lila Downs, Death, and Celebrity Gravestones at Hollywood Forever’s Dia de los Muertos

Check out my first piece for Noisey (Vice’s music section): Lila Downs, Death, and Celebrity Gravestones at Hollywood Forever’s Dia de los Muertos.

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