Wait. Think. Fast. – Luces Del Sur

From the chiming opening of “Si Es Por Amor,” alongside its 80s guitar riff and swelling progressions, you’d think it was one of Café Tacvba’s liveliest jams. The pound of the drums, the clanking of the piano and the typical sing-along chorus always make for fantastic results; the game-changer being Jacqueline Santillan’s impressionably terrific … [Read more...]

Sones de México Ensemble – Fiesta Mexicana: Mexican Songs & Stories for Niños and Niñas and their Papás & Mamás

When I was a young child, growing up I experienced both the traditions of coming from a family deep in Mexican culture while being born in the United States. Living on the U.S./Mexican border in one of the largest border cities also added an influx of strong culture from all sides. Through years of schooling where I transitioned from a bilingual … [Read more...]

Mark Matos & Os Beaches- Words of the Knife

The guy on the cover looks just like Carlos Boozer from the Utah Jazz. And Mark Matos & Os Beaches sounds just like Wilco! I'm exaggerating a little bit, but Matos and his mates sound an awful lot like Summerteeth-era Wilco, even right down to vocals and delivery (akin to Tweedy's melancholy croon). The only difference is Matos adds in a couple … [Read more...]

The Good Graces- Bring On The Tambourines EP

The Good Graces EP, Bring on the Tambourines, begins with the indefensible "Bad Driver." The decision to record and release that song is, like I said, indefensible. Maybe it's a joke, or tongue-in-cheek, but that's still no excuse. "Bad Driver," like all of the other songs on the EP, run through simple chord progressions and nasally singing. … [Read more...]