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May 31, 2007 | Elijah Wald, Special to The Times
THE first track on Calle 13's new album sounds like a lovely Baroque chorale -- unless one speaks Spanish, in which case it becomes immediately evident that it's an ornate canon of the filthiest words in Puerto Rican street slang. That segues into a blend of hip-hop beats and Argentine tango, with the catchy chorus, "Turn up the satanic music!"
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December 26, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Listeners tuning in to KCSN's new HD2 radio station will notice something once unheard of but increasingly common in American culture: Spanish and English being spoken - and sung - together, almost interchangeably. One day recently, for example, the Cal State Northridge public radio station played "Hypnotized," an erotically chill trip-hop track by the British band Morcheeba, sung in English, with Chile's Ana Tijoux adding a Spanish-language rap. A quarter-hour later, KCSN fired up "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" (Five Minutes With You)
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
As the hours ticked down to the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in November, the pheromone level was rising fast at the Eyecandy Lounge. Mexican pop stars cooed and preened for the cameras. Spanish-language TV reporters burbled into their microphones about which celebs were wearing whose designer labels. A DJ detonated blasts of rock en español across the cavernous Mandalay Bay casino. At a cocktail table a few feet away, Tomas Cookman took in the spectacle with the relaxed air of a man who in eight years has quietly built one of the most taste-shaping brands in contemporary alternative Latin music: North Hollywood-based Nacional Records and its parent company, Cookman International.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013
Of the many festivals putting down roots at L.A.'s State Historic Park in Chinatown, the H20 Fest might be the most curious. A melange of modern hip-hop and Latin music, this year sports headliner Pitbull alongside A Tribe Called Quest, Big Boi, La Santa Cecilia and scads more. Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St., Chinatown. 3 p.m. Sat. $39.50-$95. ticketmaster.com .
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2012 | By Ernesto Lechner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For the last 14 years, local concert promoter Albert Torres has been something of a local hero for salsa aficionados in Los Angeles. Torres, who spends most of the year traveling around the world hosting salsa festivals, regards his annual L.A. Congress as a labor of love. "It's my baby," Torres said proudly on Friday, his face reflecting the deep blue lights of the ballroom at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown L.A. Behind him, thousands of couples celebrated the second evening of the four-day event, dancing to the beat of "Anacaona" - a jazzy salsa classic from 1971 - awaiting an appearance by Venezuela salsa legend Oscar D'León.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera knew how to get people talking with her bold, outspoken lyrics and stage presence -- but by early Sunday, the talk would take a grim turn as word spread that a small plane carrying the singer went missing in northern Mexico, with the singer believed to be dead.  Rivera had performed a concert in Monterrey on Saturday night. Though the 43-year-old songwriter became a force in Latin music with her female-empowered songs, Rivera had also become a growing presence on television.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 1999
As usual, I enjoyed Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez's perspective on this fascinating wave of Latin music and Latino artists that is crashing on the shores of the U.S. (" 'Latin Sound' Faces a Defining Problem," Sept. 11). The traditional thinking in the music industry still influences everything, but it just doesn't fit reality anymore, especially in cities like Los Angeles. I don't know how long KIIS-FM Music Director Michael Steele has been here, but with L.A. County now about 44% Latino, he had better jump on the wave or move to Minneapolis.
NEWS
August 14, 2003 | Ernesto Lechner, Special to The Times
The preeminent annual celebration of rock en espanol is coming home, but don't cue the fireworks just yet. Yes, the Latin Alternative Music Conference is moving to Los Angeles after three years in New York City. But fans who dreamed of a string of shows featuring the likes of Cafe Tacuba, El Gran Silencio, Julieta Venegas, Ely Guerra, Molotov or Aterciopelados might be disappointed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Todd Martens and Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, the "diva de la banda" whose commanding voice burst through the limits of regional Latin music and made her a cross-border sensation and the queen of a business empire, was believed to have died Sunday when the small jet carrying her and members of her entourage crashed in mountainous terrain. Rivera, a native of Long Beach, was 43. Mexico's ministry of transportation did not confirm her death outright, but it said that she had been aboard the plane and that no one had survived the crash.
NEWS
July 21, 2005
Top 40 has its KIIS-FM Wango Tango, alt-rock its KROQ Weenie Roast and R&B it's "The Beat" Summer Jam. And when it comes to Latin music, Reventon Super Estrella is the sunny season's radio-sponsored star parade. For its eighth annual showcase, the station known as Super Estrella (107.1 FM) has summoned Colombian rocker Juanes, a wide range of Mexican acts including Thalia, Alejandro Fernandez and Julieta Venegas, reggaeton star Ivy Queen and more. Reventon Super Estrella, Arrowhead Pond, 2695 E.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 1, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Worldly synth-pop act Tanlines, atmospheric electro-pop act Yacht and politically minded dance artist Robert DeLong are among the artists slated to headline June's free Make Music Pasadena . The all-day event, set for June 1, will feature more than 150 concerts spanning indie rock, Latin music, folk and jazz, and will continue to announce participating artists in the coming weeks.  Among the more than 30 confirmed acts revealed thus far are...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Music doesn't get much more profoundly festive than what the Mavericks delivered Tuesday night at the El Rey, the L.A. stop on a tour supporting the group's reunion album, “In Time.” Over nearly 2½ hours, the Miami-born, Nashville-based country-rock-Latin-pop-folk-gospel group dispensed with any sense of artifice or calculation that's so often at work in the pop music world. The core quintet, augmented on tour to nine pieces with horns and accordion, cut straight to the heart with effervescent songs celebrating life and love, even when all isn't sunshine and roses.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
As the hours ticked down to the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas in November, the pheromone level was rising fast at the Eyecandy Lounge. Mexican pop stars cooed and preened for the cameras. Spanish-language TV reporters burbled into their microphones about which celebs were wearing whose designer labels. A DJ detonated blasts of rock en español across the cavernous Mandalay Bay casino. At a cocktail table a few feet away, Tomas Cookman took in the spectacle with the relaxed air of a man who in eight years has quietly built one of the most taste-shaping brands in contemporary alternative Latin music: North Hollywood-based Nacional Records and its parent company, Cookman International.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Todd Martens and Richard Fausset, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera, the "diva de la banda" whose commanding voice burst through the limits of regional Latin music and made her a cross-border sensation and the queen of a business empire, was believed to have died Sunday when the small jet carrying her and members of her entourage crashed in mountainous terrain. Rivera, a native of Long Beach, was 43. Mexico's ministry of transportation did not confirm her death outright, but it said that she had been aboard the plane and that no one had survived the crash.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera knew how to get people talking with her bold, outspoken lyrics and stage presence -- but by early Sunday, the talk would take a grim turn as word spread that a small plane carrying the singer went missing in northern Mexico, with the singer believed to be dead.  Rivera had performed a concert in Monterrey on Saturday night. Though the 43-year-old songwriter became a force in Latin music with her female-empowered songs, Rivera had also become a growing presence on television.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012 | By Reed Johnson
The hothouse flowers of Latin-alternative music are popping up everywhere these days, not only in Bogota, Lima and Mexico City, but in Brooklyn and Austin as well. Friday night, two of the most intrepidly progressive of those bands -- Brooklyn's surfer-psychedelic-pop band Chicha Libre and Austin-based southwest Latin-funk Grupo Fantasma --  share a bill at UCLA's Royce Hall. We spoke by phone earlier this week with Greg Gonzalez of Grupo Fantasma. Here's an edited transcript of the conversation.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2003 | Don Heckman, Special to The Times
At the start of his performance Sunday at Tamayo Restaurant in East Los Angeles, pianist Otmaro Ruiz made a simple but vitally insightful statement. "Latin music," he said, "is everything between Tijuana and the tip of South America. And it's not all Tito Puente." Ruiz meant no disrespect for the great bandleader, but he was determined to establish a receptive environment for a program of music reaching from the U.S. to Cuba to Venezuela, Brazil and beyond.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2001 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Miami is a town that takes things too personally. Its residents went through a painful song and dance this week after Latin Grammy officials suddenly pulled the plug on their second annual awards show, which was to be held at Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena. Producers decided that planned protests by anti-Castro Cubans would pose a security threat to artists and guests, so they moved the Sept.
TRAVEL
September 30, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
NEW ORLEANS - The cab careened past Washington Square and onto Frenchmen Street. It was close to 10 p.m., and the neighborhood was filled with locals adorned with tattoos, piercings and lots of ragged black accessories. "The cab drivers call this 'Freak Street,'" our driver said. "Because a lot of crazy characters hang out here - guys in skirts with huge holes in their ears, that kind of thing. But we mean it in a good way. This is where all the music happens. " My Australian friend, Jordan, and I had spent the last few days finding novel ways to avoid Bourbon Street, where I had twice been accosted by drunken frat boys in flip-flops who wanted to ply me with foot-tall Hurricanes and make me listen to bad cover bands playing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2012 | McClatchy Newspapers
Jose Curbelo, a Latin jazz bandleader, agent and promoter who helped popularize the cha-cha in the United States and made Tito Puente a star, has died. He was 95. A resident of North Miami Beach, Curbelo died Friday of heart failure at a hospital in Aventura, Fla. Curbelo was born Feb. 18, 1917, in Havana to a Cuban mother and a Cuban American father who played violin with the Havana Philharmonic Orchestra. He began formal musical training at age 8 and by 16 was playing with the orchestras of Los Hermanos Lebartard and flutist-composer Gilberto Valdes, and he co-founded Orquesta Havana Riverside.
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