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Chicano Batman: Show Preview 

Wednesday, Jun 26 2013

The history of Chicano rock is long, contested, and filled with psychedelic guitar solos. But you can easily trace a line from legends of yesteryear like L.A. staples Thee Midnighters and Nor-Cal faves Santana and Malo to Chicano Batman, a studious young quartet from the City of Angels. The group's unpredictable melange draws from bossa nova, cumbia, and samba, and dabbles in surf-rock, psychedelia, and dreamy soul. There's a heavy dose of '60s and '70s nostalgia and plenty of laid-back jamming, but in the case of Chicano Batman, that's a good thing: This group is keeping alive a sound that never should have gone away in the first place.

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