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Culture a l’Aztlán: Zoé tours the US as Grammy-award winners of Best Latin Rock Album of the Year

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Ivan Salinas

March 5, 2019

Regarded as the most important band in the Latin Alternative scene, Zoé has been on an extensive U.S. tour since February performing their newest studio album, "Aztlán."The Mexican quintet was awarded for best Latin Rock, Urban, or Alternative Album of the Year during the 2019 Grammy Awards.Zoé is set to hit multiple stages in the SoCal region this week, including the Hollywood Palladium on Mar...

The best disco in town: A playlist curated by CSUN’s discogod

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Ivan Salinas

December 11, 2018

Students on campus may find themselves walking to class to the sound of disco music coming from a blue compact Makita Bluetooth speaker thanks to Chris Salazar, a communications major and a lover of disco. "I like seeing people bop their head as they're walking," Salazar said in regards to the simpl...

Culture a l’aztlan: Vanessa Zamora’s ‘Tornaluna,’ a colorful Mexican psychedelic pop experience

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Ivan Salinas

October 27, 2018

“I think the moon influences our everyday lives as much as it influences nature,” said Vanessa Zamora over a telephone interview. “I think humans are like 80 percent water so it could affect us the way it does with the tides. The phases of the moon resemble our feelings; sometimes we...

Culture a l’aztlan: The Red Pears share insight on early success with their second album

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Ivan Salinas

October 25, 2018

Presented in a colorful painting of a middle-class home, the newest album by garage rock band The Red Pears reflects their upbringing in their hometown of El Monte. Their sophomore work is a continuation of the music they have been producing for a couple of years. The cover art also reflects the playf...

Culture a l’Aztlan: Residente delivers powerful performance at The Hollywood Palladium

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Ivan Salinas

October 15, 2018

Residente gave a performance to LA audiences after releasing one of the most important projects he has accomplished as an artist. Last year, the Puerto Rican musician and rapper released his first solo album, titled "Residente." He is notoriously known for working alongside his step-brother Visitante...

Culture a l’áztlan presents a band you’ll love: No Te Va Gustar

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Ivan Salinas

September 14, 2018

No Te Va Gustar is Spanish for You Won't Like It, but you'll love them ... maybe.When talking about the Alternative Rock movement in Latin America, Uruguay — along with many other countries — is left out of the conversation.No Te Va Gustar (NTVG) is one of the most successful rock bands to co...

Culture a l’Aztlan: La Tocada Fest recap & the near future of Latin American music festivals

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Ivan Salinas

August 6, 2018

On its 5th anniversary, La Tocada couldn’t have opted for a better turnout. Produced by the entertainment producers of Live Nation and Frías Entertainment, the one-day event gathered thousands of people at the Los State Historic Park to share an experience of Latin American music, food an...

La Tocada Fest 2018 returns with Porter, a gem of Mexican culture

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Ivan Salinas

August 1, 2018

For all Rock, en español, music lovers out there, one of the most awaited festivals in the LA region is La Tocada Fest. A well-established name among the many festivals the country hosts every year. This season La Tocada is scheduled for this Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Los Angeles State Historic Par...

Culture a l’Aztlan: Introducing The Marías’ superclean sound at Skirball’s Sunset Concerts

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Ivan Salinas

July 27, 2018

With only two years of playing together, The Marías is one of the few bands that are rising to stardom in such a short period. It seems like they will not lose momentum any time soon since they are already working on a second EP and a full-debut album that may be released sooner than expected. This coming ...

Jenny and The Mexicats celebrate 10 years of music with “Open Sea/Mar Abierto”

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Ivan Salinas

July 20, 2018

Although many musicians travel the world, very few captivate an aventurero spirit within their sound. For Jenny and The Mexicats, it’s no surprise that their songs are personal stories accompanied by rhythms and melodies made from instruments all over the world, given that the story of the band ...

Electro-Cumbia pioneers, Palenke Soultribe, announce their “Retorno”

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Ivan Salinas

March 28, 2018

With an electronic groove combined with Latin American rhythms, the Colombian-native ensemble, Palenke Soultribe, deliver their latest single, "El Retorno". The song is accompanied with influences from the European and American electronic music scene combined with Colombian and other folkloric music. At th...

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