Sunday, October 26, 2008

Win a Guitar Signed by Beto Cuevas!

Beto Cuevas conquered the Latin Alternative music scene as the voice and creative force behind the Grammy (and Latin Grammy) award-winning Chilean pop rock group, La Ley [1987-2005]. Now, to celebrate the release of his solo album Miedo Escenico [September 2008], is giving you the chance to win a guitar signed by Beto Cuevas.

Click here for your chance to win.

To learn more about about Beto Cuevas visit his offcial website.

Spend Halloween with Cafe Tacvba

Cafe Tacvba has a special treat for their New York City fans on the night of toil and trouble: a Halloween show. The kings of Latin Alternative will be playing Terminal 5 this Friday at 8pm. Click here for more details.

This show kicks off a whole string of concerts around the US to promote their latest album, Sino. They might be coming to city near you!

US Tour Dates (November 2008):

1st - Boston: Club Lido
2nd - Washington DC: State Theatre
4th - Charlotte: Amos Southend
6th - Detriot: St. Andrews Hall
7th - Chicago: Aragon Ballroom
8th - Kansas City: Beaumont Club
9th - Denver: Ogden Theatre
10th - Salt Lake City: Karamba
14th - San Francisco: Warfield
15th - Ventura: Fairgrounds
16th - Anaheim: The Grove of Anaheim
17th - Anaheim: The Grove of Anaheim
18th - San Diego: 4th and B
19th - Phoenix: Celebr
21st - Loredo: Cananas
22nd - Macallen: Civic Center
23rd - Austin: Stubb's
25th - Dallas: Far West Rodeo
26th - Oklahoma City: Ok Corral
27th - Houston: Arena Theatre
28th - New Orleans: Tipitina's
29th - Atlanta: Far West Rodeo
30th - Orlando: Club Eternity

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Ragin' Invasion

The College Music Journal (CMJ) kicked off their annual Music Marathon and Film Festival last night. For the 28th year in a row, indie artists from April Smith to Zimbabwe Legit have invaded the big apple, taking over the city's hottest music venues.

Much like the Latin Alternative Music Conference, the CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival brings together fans, artists, filmmakers, and industry pros the world over through panels, events, and, of course, performances.

Though the artists span a variety of genres, Latin Alternative acts are not in short supply. Zigmat, Monareta, Cuchillo, Maniqui Lazer, Los Fancy Free, and Todosantos are just some of the artists bringing the LA flavor to this year's marathon.

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for more info on show times and venues. The conference ends this Saturday, the 25th.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vamanos Pa'l ...RIO!

Today marks the release of the highly-anticipated 11th album from Latin Alternative pioneers, Aterciopelados. Recorded in their hometown of Bogotá and mixed by Hector Castillo [of Brazilian Girls, Gustavo Cerati and David Bowie fame], Rio [River] is a passionate, socially-conscious album that continues to stay true to the duo's signature rock sound.

Like their Latin Grammy award-winning album, Oye [Listen], Rio calls fans to action. "Errante Diamante" [Wandering Diamond] is the theme song behind "Destierro y Reparacion" [Exile and Reparation], a Colombian project focused on forced displacement and its effects on society, and "Bandera" [Flag], another single on the album, takes on immigration. "Rio," the albums first single, takes its inspiration from a Colombian referendum dedicated to the basic rights of the country's bodies of water.

There's a certain soulfulness to "Rio" that keeps me playing it over and over. It's definitely worth a listen. Andrea Echeverri, the voice behind the duo, says musically and lyrically, the track is unlike any previous Aterciopelados song. "I'm even singing in a different way than in the past. With this one, we reached an entirely new place," she adds.

Echeverri and Hector Buitrago make beautiful music together and with a unique range of guest artists [Gloria "Goyo" Martinez of the Colombian hip hop act Choc Quib Town and the Andean group Kapary Walka to name a few] Rio will not only meet Oye's success - it will surpass it!

First single: "RIO" *Note: this is not the official video. It's just a fan video I found, but the audio is authentic.

Here's what the critics are saying:

“A Spanish-language Patti Smith, Colombia's Andrea Echeverri offers prayers for the polluted Bogotá River over the sultry, syncopated funk rock of "Río"... Girl's got flow, like Rio itself.” -- Rolling Stone

“Aterciopelados audaciously and convincingly reinvent themselves like no one's business... On "Rio," the garage punks turned trip-hopsters turned folk-rock fusionistas musically sound like an amalgam of themselves... Andrea Echeverri’s spunkiness is cool, contemplative, mature and poetic, as well as unabashedly confrontational.” -- The Washington Post

So what are you waiting for? Rio - a la venta ya!

Fun Facts:

* Aterciopelados will be touring the U.S. to promote Rio in 2009, so be on the look out for concert dates.
* Echeverri gave birth to her second child this past week - felicitaciones chica!

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