January 31, 2013 |
Human beings have trouble sitting still when the Mexican techno-funk band Kinky fires up its hit song "Más" (More), with an insinuating bass line that recalls '70s Philly-soul classics like the O'Jays' "For the Love of Money. " But what's the message conveyed by the tune's increasingly frantic refrain, "Vamos queriendo más y más" (We keep wanting more and more)? Is it an invite to a group love-in, or a commentary on consumerism run amok? It's no wonder that "Más" has been used in Nissan commercials as well as in Tony Scott's brutal vigilante thriller "Man on Fire.
December 29, 2011
The Mexican electro band Kinky plays its signature Latin-rock-funk-techno blend for this pre-New Year's Eve celebration. The quintet has earned an international following touring with Modest Mouse, the Flaming Lips and De La Soul and playing festivals including Mexico City's Vive Latino and Austin City Limits. The Conga Room, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. $35-$65. (213) 745-0162. http://www.congaroom.com
December 2, 2010 |
When legendary Cuban group Los Van Van played Miami in October 1999, about 3,000 angry anti-Castro Cuban American exiles pelted fans with eggs, soda cans and rocks. In 2001, the Latin Grammy Awards did a last-minute shift from Miami to Los Angeles to avoid any similar uproar over Cuban nominees like Los Van Van, who've been supportive of Fidel Castro's communist government. The scene is likely to be far more tranquil when Los Van Van appear Thursday and Friday evening at the Conga Room in downtown L.A. ?
May 26, 2010
Staples Center Lady Gaga, March 28, 2011 (Wed.) Gibson Amphitheatre Alejandro Fernandez, Sept. 3 (Fri.) Mayan Theater Gogol Bordello, June 21-22 (now) El Rey Theatre Cynic, July 22; Yoshida Brothers, Aug. 1; Boris, Aug. 27 (now) House of Blues Everytheory, June 17; Hollywood Live, June 18 (Thurs.); Highway 61, June 9; Thrash and Burn featuring Asking Alexandria and more, July 27 (Sat.) House of Blues Anaheim Tainted Love, July 29 (Fri.
May 12, 2010
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre KROQ Weenie Roast 2010 with Paramore, Sublime with Rome and more, June 5 (Sat.) Staples Center American Idol Tour Live, Aug. 13 (Sat.); Roger Waters' the Wall Live, Nov. 30 (Mon.) Honda Center American Idol Tour Live, Aug. 17 (Sat.); Shakira, Oct. 25 (Fri.); Roger Waters' the Wall Live, Dec. 14 (Mon.) The Wiltern Broken Social Scene, Oct. 19 (Fri.) Hollywood Palladium Billy Idol, Aug. 14 (Sat.) Gibson Amphitheatre Straight No Chaser, Dec. 4 (now)
January 30, 2010 |
With early-bloomer musicians such as Natalia Lafourcade, there's sometimes a thin but crucial line between precociousness and preciousness. When this gifted Mexican pop-rocker released her self-titled solo debut in 2003, she was not yet 20 summers old. But Lafourcade -- a daughter of musicians who grew up singing mariachi and who plays guitar, piano and several other instruments ably and writes or co-writes most of her material -- already had...