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Tijuana No, Psychosomatic, Lodo y Asfalto Since its emergence in the early '80s, Spanish-language rock 'n' roll has fought its way from the streets of Mexico, Latin America, and Spain onto the pop charts. While bands like Mana and Cafe…
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Dirty Three Horse Stories (Touch and Go) Why Australian instrumentalists Dirty Three should have piqued the interest of higher-profile supporters and tourmates like Pavement, Sonic Youth, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Nick Cave, the Beastie Boys, Beck, and Rickie Lee…
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Sergio Mendes As the Beatles and Motown blanketed the AM airwaves in the '60s, Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 broke onto the charts with a cool samba groove called "Mais Que Nada." An upbeat break from his jazzy bossa nova…
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Wammies 1996

SF Weekly's Alternative Music Awards Saturday, November 16, 1996 7:30 p.m. at the Transmission Theater Celebration and Awards Ceremony hosted by M.I.R.V. Live performances by Jim Campilongo, Liar, and the Invisible Skratch Picklz Open-to-the-public Music Showcase starting at 10 p.m.…
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Chico O'Farrill Though rooted in the secular music of the Congolese, mambo was distinguished by modern Latin big bands (like that of Perez Prado) as a form where brass and sax riffs played against each other. Arrangers like Arturo "Chico"…
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Tish Hinojosa/Flaco Jimenez/Dr. Loco and His Rockin' Jalapeno Band Texas Chicanos first heard accordions through German and Czech immigrant neighbors, who played polkas and schottisches. Intrigued by the funky squeeze-boxes, they learned the forms and instrumentation; the results evolved into…
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