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Irish accents

Although Ireland has produced a number of prominent pop acts–U2, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, World Party, and Irish Brits the Pogues and Declan Patrick McManus (aka Elvis Costello)–few of them have successfully incorporated the island’s traditional music. Given that music’s emotional and lyrical richness, this neglect is disappointing, but it may be that Irish culture […]

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A grimmer America: Los Lobos turn a corner

As Latino members of their east Los Angeles community, the founding members of Los Lobos–bandleader/multiinstrumentalist David Hidalgo, bassist Conrad Lozano, drummer Louie Perez, and guitarist Cesar Rosas–have always stood both within and somewhat outside U.S. culture. Before Kiko was released last year, this status was manifest in their music, a spicy, robust gumbo of traditional […]