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How Helado Negro’s “Young, Latin and Proud” Became a Generational Anthem

There will be a point this coming Thursday night when Helado Negro, the musical alter ego of Roberto Carlos Lange, will kick up a wave of high-pitched sounds off his synthesizer and lead the crowd at the Regent Theater into … Continue reading

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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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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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