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Calendar, Night&Day Heavy Hitters

Heavy Hitters

The Puerto Rican band Puya plays a blend of metallic salsa and powerhouse rock so good it doesn't matter what language it's in. The group fuses Spanglish rap vocals with sexy island rhythms, luring a large crossover audience of metalheads…
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Music, Cannonball

Cannonball

When bebop revolutionaries challenged the jazz status quo in the '40s, their melodic and harmonic ideas were considered musical anarchy. Despite being denounced by many critics, musicians, and listeners, players like Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell eventually prevailed…
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Calendar, Night&Day Doctor's Orders

Doctor's Orders

One of the key elements of funk is the pump of the trap drummer -- the steady pulse of syncopated energy that creates the almighty groove along with electric bass, guitar, and keyboards. In the Bay Area, we have a…
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Music, Women  on Top

Women on Top

On a rainy night in late January three mostly female bands held a "Women in Salsa" summit at a packed La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Headlined by Texas transplant Marina Garza and her Orquesta D'Soul, the event was an…
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Calendar, Night&Day ¡Viva Mexico!

¡Viva Mexico!

Historically, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, when a ragtag force of townsfolk and Mexican soldiers under the direction of Benito Juárez, the country's first indigenous president, held the French invasion of Napoleon III at bay in 1862.…
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Calendar, Night&Day Mambo Kings

Mambo Kings

What is mambo? In the '40s and '50s, it was the work of Perez Prado ("the king of the mambo"), Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente, who sparked an unprecedented wave of mambo fever. Their music had a heavy instrumental component…
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Music, Northern Exposure

Northern Exposure

Last year American television audiences got a taste of "Latin Alternative" music when the first Latin Grammies were broadcast nationally. Over several hours, viewers watched Colombian pop queen Shakira perform her tunes, Emilio and Gloria Estefan smile for the cameras,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Piano Man

Piano Man

With his fifth album as a bandleader, Motherland, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez clearly displays the instrumental chops and melting-pot ethos that have made him a generational icon. Since his emergence in the mid-1980s with Dizzy Gillespie and Paquito D'Rivera, Pérez…
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Music,

Hear This

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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Recordings

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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Ponche

Los Van Van, Los Compas Maritime Hall Saturday, Jan. 18 With cries of "Viva Cuba," thousands packed Maritime Hall over two nights to greet the Cuban supergroup Los Van Van and savor a rare taste of Caribbean musical nirvana. (Their…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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