June 6, 1990 |
Chicano Song Contest: Twenty-three semifinalists of the first Nuevo LA Chicano Musicworks song contest were announced Tuesday by the sponsoring Plaza de la Raza. The songs--in classical, folk traditional, contemporary Latin and contemporary pop categories--were selected from more than 300 entries by a panel of judges chaired by members of Los Lobos, John Avila of Oingo Boingo, Tito Larriva of Los Cruzados, and salsa musicians Tito Puente and Celia Cruz.
January 9, 1989 |
Pop music, like sports, has its major and minor leagues--and the veteran Cruzados and Rave-Ups displayed different, though equally flawed approaches Friday night at the Coach House to dealing with life in the minors. Once considered one of the Southland's bands-most-likely, the Rave-Ups now appears resigned to going unheard.
September 4, 1987 |
Cruzados has endured a string of false starts and bad breaks that would cause most bands to pull out of the rock rat race altogether. But by the looks of things, this story may have a happy ending. In the local band's fiery, frequently stunning show Wednesday at the Roxy, singer-guitarist Tito Larriva and lead guitarist Marshall Rohner constructed frameworks for well-crafted songs over a variety of crunching, muscular rhythms.
October 27, 1985 |
"CRUZADOS." Cruzados. Arista. Yer basic AOR aquatic zip-gun boogie-woogie, "Motorcycle Girl," is getting all the airplay, but at least three tracks on Cruzados' first album are more interesting, original and representative of the El Lay quartet's meat 'n' tortillas approach.
May 17, 2008
RE "REBELS With a Cause" (by Agustin Gurza, May 10): While the "Vexing: Female Voices From East L.A. Punk" exhibition will no doubt add another layer to the rich history of L.A. music, I'm perplexed at the assertion in the article that Chicano punks were somehow rejected from the Hollywood punk scene (ditto the idea that the scene was male-dominated: The all-girl Go-Go's and female-fronted X, Alley Cats, and the Eyes were among the definitive bands of...