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Sheila E. Wins "Gone Country!"
By Norell Giancana | 03/09/2009 - 16:30

Believe it or not, Sheila E. is only the second famous Latino to win the reality country star contest. Julio Iglesias, Jr. (yes, the son of Julio Sr. and brother of Enrique) won the first season of Gone Country in 2008.


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Flashback Fridays: Acceso Total MANA
By Angie Romero | 03/06/2009 - 16:50

I caught U2 live in concert this morning on Good Morning America and even though Bono was a little off-key, he still is the man, forever and ever, amen. It reminded me of Maná, who have always been compared to U2—the former may not have its own iPod, but you gotta admit, Fher and Bono do share a lot in common, particularly their devotion to causes that matter.


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Get Your Jaguares Tickets Now!
By Angie Romero | 03/04/2009 - 17:00

Now that the weather’s turning around, there seem to be way more things happening—concerts and such. Or maybe there’s just more of a willingness to leave home, so you start noticing them more. Either way, Mexico’s alt-rock band Jaguares kicks off the second leg of its U.S. tour around its latest album, 45, tomorrow in Salt Lake City.


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I Have "Mucho" Love for Babasónicos
By Monica Herrera | 03/03/2009 - 17:23

With so many rock en español bands out there, it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. After all, they pretty much share the same uniform—4-6 nerdy 30-somethings sporting flock of seagulls haircuts and the skinniest jeans known to man!—and that makes it tough for any one group to actually stand out from the pack.


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Are You Into Digital Cumbia?
By Monica Herrera | 03/02/2009 - 17:00

I can get down with salsa, merengue, bachata, samba, flamenco, duranguese...you name it! But cumbia? Ehhh.


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Free Download: Diego Bernal's Low-Riding Hip-Hop Album, "For Corners"
By Monica Herrera | 02/24/2009 - 16:42

Proving that it is possible to hold down a day job while creating dope beats by night: Diego Bernal, a San Antonio-based civil rights attorney who today is releasing his debut hip-hop instrumental album, For Corners.


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Did Narciso Rodriguez Find Fashion Inspiration in Café Tacuba?
By Monica Herrera | 02/19/2009 - 18:00

Is this just a crazy, random coincidence, or was Narciso Rodriguez's Fall 2009 collection partially inspired by Café Tacuba? The Cuban American designer, who is a favorite of First Lady Michelle Obama, sent his models down the runway earlier this week in eye-slit headgear that bore a strong resemblance to the low-brimmed hat that's become a signature look for Rubén Albarrán, a member of the Mexican alt-rock band.


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Playing Catchup with Ximena Sariñana
By Monica Herrera | 02/18/2009 - 18:49

My biggest regret from last year's Latin Alternative Music Conference is definitely missing Ximena Sariñana's performance. I'd chalk it up to "conflicting schedules," but the truth is I'd seen about 15 bands perform that night already, and I just didn't have the stamina for an uber-late night set at the Bowery.


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R.I.P. Joe Cuba, Who Gave Latin Music Its Soul
By Monica Herrera | 02/17/2009 - 16:31

Hardly a week goes by without the world losing yet another Latin music legend, from Buena Vista Social Club founder Cachaito to his uncle, Cachao. It's easy to grow numb to those losses when they never seem to cease, but the passing of Joe Cuba this weekend is an especially heavy one to bear.


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NEW N.A.S.A.
By Angie Romero | 02/17/2009 - 15:10

I always loved the concept of N.A.S.A., which stands for North America South America, because it´s all about unity—two friends, Squeak E. Clean, a DJ/producer as well as Spike Jonze´s brother, and Brazilian producer DJ Zegon, decided to get together in L.A. and make music with all sorts of worldly influences and invite their quirky musician friends to join the party.


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