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Jesse "Chuy" Varela

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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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    Les Thugs Strike (Sub Pop) Just because a culture's good at throwing rocks doesn't mean it will necessarily excel at playing rock. Considering that the French are, off and on, so talented at mass revolt, I'm surprised at how truly…
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    Pleasure of the Andes

    "There is no voice like it in the world today. It has a greater range than any female voice of concert or opera. It soars into the acoustic stratosphere, or it plumbs sub-contralto depths of pitch with equal ease. Such…
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    Angel Heart

    It's Saturday night at the Paradise Lounge, and Los Angelitos are gearing up for a set of "leftist-acid-Latin-funk." Members mill around the stage as lead vocalist Piero Ornelas walks in with a milk crate full of cassettes he says he…
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    Various Artists Offbeat (Red Hot) What if Beat Generation artists had access to the sampling and collage technologies today's hip- and trip-hop jazzbos enjoy? Imagine On the Road as an interactive CD-ROM, "Howl" as a video clip, Charlie Parker with…
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    Lo Maximo

    When Los Super Elegantes played the Kilowatt a few months back, the bloodcurdling screams of frontwoman Milena Muzquiz could be heard halfway down the block. Inside, a capacity crowd was moshing wildly as Muzquiz did a perverted hat dance while…
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    This Is for La Raza

    "Vatos, cholos, call us what you will/ You say we are assassins, truly trained to kill/ It's in my blood to be an Aztec warrior/ To go to any extreme and hold no borders/ Chicano! And I'm brown and I'm…
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    The Book of Lists

    James Sullivan's Best Music, 1995 1. Insurgent Country/Twangcore/Cowpunk: Two of my favorite records of the year -- the Geraldine Fibbers' Lost Somewhere Between the Earth and My Home and Tarnation's Gentle Creatures -- took white trashdom to new extremes. The…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    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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