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A.Chal Infuses His Hypnotic R&B With His South American Roots

A.Chal (aka Alejandro Salazar) is a tall dude who cuts an imposing figure, filling every room he steps into with silent intensity. His voice carries as much weight as the booming bass he produces for his music, but he’s soft-spoken during … Continue reading

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“You Gotta Let Us Be Humans”: Cedric Bixler-Zavala on At the Drive-In’s New Album

Would you say it’s a political record or simply a reaction to the times? I think it’s a reaction to the times. It’s done what I’ve always done. I’ve called myself the court jester of the band. I’ll give you … Continue reading

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Quetzal Urge Artists in the Era of Trump: “Say Something That Means Something”

It’s been a little over two months now since President Trump took the oath of office. His first week in office saw numerous protests worldwide, with people of all backgrounds blocking highways in Los Angeles, anarchists punching trust-fund Nazis in … Continue reading

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For Venezuelan Rockers La Vida Bohème, La Lucha (“The Struggle”) Continues

Henry D’Arthenay sits in the living room of his new apartment in Mexico City, thousands of miles from his hometown of Caracas, Venezuela. We’re a few weeks shy of four years from when the singer-guitarist for Latin rock group La … Continue reading

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How His Grandfather’s Death and Mexico City Inspired AJ Davila’s New Sound

There comes a time when most every old punk decides to grow up, at least to some degree. Though AJ Dávila, the heavy-drinking, all-night-partying, cigarette-huffing former member of Puerto Rican garage-rock sensation Davila 666, hasn’t settled into a cubicle or … Continue reading

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Finally, a Celebration of Afro-Latino Music That Doesn’t Ignore Hip-Hop

The sounds and rhythms of West African drums, the sharp slaps on the djembe and the cavernous thumps on the dunun, will echo and bounce out of the recently reopened John Anson Ford Theatres and off into the hills surrounding … Continue reading

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Buyenpongo Go Beyond Cumbia To Forge Their Own Sound, “Buyangú”

There once was a running joke among folks in L.A.’s Latino music scene that went something like this: “Wherever you are, Buyepongo’s there, too, jamming out.” For years, the group performed anywhere and everywhere it could at any and all … Continue reading

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