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.
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.
By Angie Romero | 02/16/2009 - 10:00
Los Tigres del Norte are not just the biggest norteño band in history (aka the Rolling Stones of Mexico)—they’re also the hardest working. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the 40-year-old band (brothers Hernan, Luis, Jorge, Eduardo and cousin Oscar) is hitting the road again for tireless nights of ¡Ajuaaa! and ¡Viva Mexico!, fresh off their third consecutive Grammy win for Best Norteño Album.
By Monica Herrera | 02/10/2009 - 20:56
While most people stayed in to watch the Grammys on Sunday night, NYC fans of Molotov decided they'd rather release a little tension and weave a tangled mosh pit at Irving Plaza, inspired by the Mexican band's aggressive rap-rock sound (the System of a Down kind, not the Limp Bizkit kind). Lucky them. The more Molotov got into its heavily anti-establishment repertoire, the more they set the crowd free of any pent up emotion...perhaps anger over real rock music's absence from that silly awards show on TV.
By Monica Herrera | 02/09/2009 - 17:22
Boy, could the Grammys have used some Mars Volta on their telecast last night. Outside of Radiohead, there was no real rock on the show! Of course, they would have you believe otherwise, since they showered "rock" artists like Coldplay, Robert Plant and The Jonas Brothers with trophies throughout the night. But I see right through you, Recording Academy.
By Angie Romero | 02/09/2009 - 17:00
Have you booked your Coachella trip yet? If you’re a master procrastinator, like moi, then the answer is, “Of course not.” However, given the fact that the full line-up for this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (April 17 – 19) has just been announced, I feel it’s my duty to urge you to get on that, like, today. Airplane tix to Palm Springs (the closest airport to Indio, Calif., where the Empire Polo Field is located) are only going to go up—
today they were $300 and change from NYC.
By Monica Herrera | 02/02/2009 - 16:38
When I first heard that Curumin—a Brazilian artist who melds samba-funk with hip-hop and looks like Gael Garcia Bernal's long lost cousin—was performing in NYC this weekend, I had to add him to my Friday night plans. (Though, I have to confess, the excitement briefly morphed into doubt as I stood outside of Mercury Lounge for 20 minutes in the freezing cold, I managed to channel my inner 21-year-old and rallied for what turned out to be an awesome show.)
By Angie Romero | 01/30/2009 - 18:00
I hope I don’t come off as mean here, even though I have no problem being a grouch if the situation requires it, but I am what you call a Flex hater. Yes, that guy who called himself N*gga for the better half of 2008 and then changed his name to Flex. Really, that’s what he decided to go with? Anyway, that’s just the first of my issues with the 29-year-old Panamanian reggaeton sensation. I find him almost entirely devoid of talent. At least Daddy Yankee can rap quickly over a beat, and Don Omar can croon his ass off.
By Monica Herrera | 01/05/2009 - 13:35
Looks like the new year is off to a great start for Kat DeLuna! The Dominican pop singer, who left Epic Records last October, reveals exclusively to Latina.com that she has found another major label to call home--Universal Motown--and will drop a new single featuring rapper Lil Wayne
in the first quarter of 2009.
By Monica Herrera | 12/12/2008 - 17:02
We're used to seeing Jaslene Gonzalez out on the town with her girlfriends, but this week the top model stepped out with a new accessory: R&B crooner Ryan Leslie. The pair attended the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Youth holiday event in NYC, and Blogamole dutifully posted photos of them cuddling on the red carpet for all to see.