Natalia Jimenez on Her Cancelled Wedding: "I Am Divine, Single and Stupendous"
By Monica Herrera | 04/07/2009 - 14:21

Natalia Jimenez is defintely not crying a river over her cancelled wedding. According to LatinGossip, the Quinta Estación frontwoman just spoke out for the first time since splitting with her fiancé on the day they were supposed to be married, and she sounds happier than ever.

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Free Download: Mexican Institute of Sound, "Yo Digo Baila"
By Monica Herrera | 04/02/2009 - 17:35

I know it's not quite the weekend yet, but I'm in the mood to dance! Maybe it's because I'm still on a high from my '90s-themed birthday party last week (Mariah and Fergie weren't the only ones celebrating)—whatever the reason, I know what my soundtrack will be this weekend: Soy Sauce, the new album by Mexican Institute of Sound that dropped this week. Don't be misled by the official-sounding name. MIoS is but one man: Camilo Lara, a big-time record label executive at EMI Mexico and EMI Latin America who also happens to be an obsessive cratedigger.

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New Music: Fat Joe Channels Jimi Hendrix—and It Works
By Monica Herrera | 03/31/2009 - 17:00

You've got to hand it to Fat Joe. In a world where most slightly above-average rappers enjoy 10 minutes of fame, max, the boricua cubano MC proves that he can still maintain his street cred while making radio-friendly bangers and has developed into a star in his own right (not just the guy who introduced us to one of the G.O.A.T., Big Pun).

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Happy Birthday to Mariah and Fergie!
By Monica Herrera | 03/27/2009 - 16:15

Two very special ladies are toasting their birthdays today: Mariah Carey and Fergie! The pop stars are turning 40 and 34, respectively...but that's not the only thing they've got in common. Mimi and Fergie both changed their lives in huge ways this past year by getting married to the men of their dreams—Nick Cannon and Josh Duhamel—and both are gearing up to release new albums later in '09.

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Live from SXSW: Garotas Suecas
By Monica Herrera | 03/24/2009 - 16:56

The beauty of SXSW is that you can walk into a show not knowing a
single thing about an artist and walk out a fan—maybe even with some
new music to add to your playlist. That's pretty much how I feel about Garotas Suecas,
a funky rock band from Brazil that caught my attention with their
set at Emo's Jr. They're not overly Euro (read: electro) like Bonde do
or CSS, but they've still got hipster cache thanks to their penchant for cigarette-thin jeans and one comely female bandmate (keyboardist/tambourine woman Irina Bertolucci).

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Live from SXSW: Choc Quib Town at Sounds of Colombia
By Monica Herrera | 03/20/2009 - 17:00

It's Day 3 of SXSW, and I am bizarrely happy to be sitting down at a computer right now—my feet are killing me. Remind me never to wear anything but sneakers to a music conference from now on! But enough about me being a weenie...let's talk about Colombians.

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Live from SXSW: Girl in a Coma
By Monica Herrera | 03/19/2009 - 18:00

I didn't really know what to expect when I touched down in Austin yesterday for the kickoff of SXSW, but the past 24 hours have been a mindblowing, eardrum-obliterating whirlwind.  Here are my stats after one night:

Shows seen: 5

Kickass sets by Latina artists: 3

Late-night pizza slices/empanadas consumed: 3 (yikes!)

Bedtime: 4:00am

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Exclusive: Cucu Diamantes—"I Am a Woman Under Construction"
By Monica Herrera | 03/17/2009 - 20:36

Cucu Diamantes has officially gone solo. The multi-culti Yerba Buena frontwoman's debut album, Cuculand (produced by her creative and life partner, Andres Levin) drops this week after two years in the making, and its ecstatic collision of global beats—from salsa and tango to hip-hop and flamenco—proves that it was well worth the wait.

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3 Questions for Sr. Flavio of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
By Monica Herrera | 03/16/2009 - 17:00

As you may or may not know, I've unabashedly hearted Los Fabulosos Cadillacs since the tender age of 12, when I first heard "Matador" thanks to my rock en español-savvy cousins in Costa Rica. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Sr.

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Wisin y Yandel and 50 Cent Make Sweet Music Together
By Monica Herrera | 03/12/2009 - 18:11

50 Cent is known as much for his beef with other artists as he is for his music, but when it comes to Wisin y Yandel, he's got nothing but love. The rapper reuinted with El Duo Dinámico yesterday in a Brooklyn, New York warehouse to shoot the music video for "Mujeres in the Club," the first single from WY's upcoming album, La Revolucion (dropping May 26), and they spent much of the day posing and flexing side by side for the cameras. Qué cute!

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