January 15, 2011 |
First of all, what's up with that name: Hello Seahorse! (Yes, exclamation mark included.) Don't expect a simple answer regarding its meaning from the Mexico City indie rock band, whose songs often are as unpredictable and enigmatic as its appellation. "We didn't even know what it means," said Denise Gutierrez, a.k.a. Lo Blondo, the band's lead vocalist and lyricist, speaking by phone earlier this week. "It's weird, because we never know what to say when people ask us that question.
December 15, 2009 |
When the nominations for the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards were announced, the absence of Aventura seemed like a glaring omission. After all, for the last 16 weeks, the Bronx-bred quartet has held the No. 1 spot on the Latin album charts with "The Last," their latest recombination of spit-polished R&B grooves, frisky reggaeton beats and bachata(music), the angst-ridden genre of rural romantic music born in the countryside of the Dominican Republic. So far, the record has spun off three hit singles and helped the group sell out concert arenas across the country, including tonight's gig at Staples Center, with a second show Wednesday evening.
November 7, 2009 |
Puerto Rican alt-hip-hop duo Calle 13 swept all of its nominated categories Thursday at the 10th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. The act went five-for-five at the awards, which were held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and took home trophies for record and album of the year, winning the top prize for its politically charged third offering, "Los De Atras Vienen Conmigo." Accepting the record of the year trophy for "No Hay Nadie Como Tu," Rene Perez, who raps as Residente, said from the stage, "This award, I have to dedicate to many people."
November 5, 2009 |
Calle 13, the Puerto Rican half-sibling, alt-hip-hop duo, is a group that hardly needs more accolades to make its presence known. If not at the pinnacle of their careers, the stepbrothers RenÃ© PÃ©rez Joglar, the lead singer known as Residente, and Eduardo JosÃ© Cabra MartÃnez, a.k.a. Visitante, surely are entering into Andean altitudes. Building on their huge Puerto Rican following, they've been playing to sell-out crowds in South America and the United States. Already a multiple Latin Grammy and one-time Grammy award winner, Calle 13 leads the pack of this year's Latin Grammy nominees with five.
September 18, 2009 |
Alternative reggaeton duo garnered five nominations, the most of any artist, for the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards announced Thursday at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Among the nominations, the Puerto Rican half-brothers are up for album of the year for their third studio offering, "Los de Atras Vienen Conmigo." They'll compete against Andres Cepeda, Luis Enrique, Mercedes Sosa and Ivan Lins & the Metropole Orchestra. "It's great -- we're up for album of the year!
November 14, 2008 |
Colombian rocker Juanes ruled the Latin Grammys on Thursday, sweeping awards in five categories -- including record of the year and album of the year -- and setting a record for total wins. Juanes' joy-filled love song "Me Enamora" won record of the year, song of the year and best short-form music video. He also took trophies for the year's best album and best male pop vocal album for "La Vida . . . Es Un Ratico." After taking the top honor and final trophy, Juanes spoke to U.S.
November 13, 2008 |
Remember the "crossover" craze in Latin music? Just three years ago, the music press was buzzing about how Shakira, Ricky Martin and other Latin superstars were raising their game and their album sales by making discs in English. The long-term results were mixed. Shakira, the Colombian pop princess, emerged on the strength of her albums "Laundry Service" and "Fijacion Oral" (Oral Fixation) Vols. 1 and 2, as a bilingual marketing property on par with Madonna.
September 11, 2008 |
In recognition of the continuing influence of rock and alternative styles on the Latin music industry, Mexico's pioneering Café Tacuba garnered six nominations, the most of any artist, for the 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards announced Wednesday at the House of Blues in West Hollywood. The cutting-edge rock quartet is up for album of the year for its ethereal, artful CD "Sino" (If Not). The album yielded two separately nominated tracks, "Volver a Comenzar" (Start Again) for record of the year and "Esta Vez" (This Time)
April 9, 2008 |
Houston, you've got the Latin Grammys. The ninth annual edition of the international music awards show moves to Texas for the first time after alternating between East and West coasts since its debut in Los Angeles in 2000. The ceremony showcasing music from across the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking world will be broadcast live on Nov. 13 from Houston's Toyota Center, home of the NBA's Houston Rockets with a capacity of 19,000. Nominations will be announced Sept. 10. But why Houston?