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Mexican Institute of Sound electrifies traditional Latin rhythms

Camilo Lara, who makes music as Mexican Institute of Sound, is hardly the only Latinx artist to meld traditional rhythms with contemporary electronic dance genres (Colombian group Bomba Estéreo, Ecuador-based producer Nicola Cruz, and fellow Ruido Festers Los Amigos Invisibles immediately come to mind). Lara is one of the most high-profile, though; he’s done production […]

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Xibalba plunge into new depths of metal and hardcore on Años en Infierno

Named after a Mayan term that roughly translates to “place of fear,” Southern California trio Xibalba have been blending strains of metal and hardcore for nearly 14 years. They’ve increasingly leaned into their Latino heritage (they sing in both Spanish and English) and their death-metal influences, while expanding into new moods and song structures; on […]

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The Sor Juana Festival shares vintage vibes for cruising in hot rods, warm summer nights, and nonstop dancing

Rockabilly probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when somebody says “Latin roots music,” but several generations of artists on both sides of the southern U.S. border have taken doo-wop, boogie-woogie, and early rock ’n’ roll to heart. The music—and its associated hot-rod imagery—has long connections to the Mexican American community (particularly on […]

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[PHOTOS] Fiesta del Sol

Last Saturday,  Josué Briones photographed Fiesta del Sol, a festival held July 26-29 along eight blocks of Cermak Road. What started as a block party celebrating the building of Benito Juarez High School in Pilsen back in the 70s has grown into an annual fundraiser organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. Fiesta del Sol features music, community […]