Los Amigos Invisibles perform at the Highline in New York City in 2011
Starbucks Serves Up Cafe Con Musica
By Latina Staff | 06/20/2012 - 13:10

By Amaris Castillo for Univision News

If you visit Starbucks this week and you hear Los Amigos Invisibles or Nortec Collective playing, you’re not dreaming or caffeine-deprived.

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Monica Lionheart
Exclusive: Nacional Records’ Monica Lionheart Debuts New Video
By Jesus Trivino | 04/17/2012 - 11:01

Here’s a calming visual to go with you over your Tuesday blues. Monica Lionheart, lead vocalist for electro trip-hop band Zigmat and Pacha Massive, exclusively debuts her music video for “Let Go,” off her debut solo album Indian Summer.

 “The idea was to portray that everything that ends, starts again,” Lionheart says of the clip, which was filmed in upstate New York. “All that does begin soon will end much like life, seasons and an Indian Summer.”

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Introducing Polock
Introducing Polock
By Smriti Mundhra | 03/21/2011 - 14:30

Warmer weather is coming, and as we put together our summer playlist we’re 120 percent sure Spanish indie pop quintet Polock will be on it. Their debut single “Fireworks” is the kind of up-tempo ditty that defines backyard bbq's and long drives with the top down while rocking neon Wayfarers en route to La Costa del Sol. The synth-laden hooks take us back to the 80s—possibly our favorite musical era ever— and remind us a whole lot of France’s Phoenix.

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DJ Afro
EXCLUSIVE: DJ Afro of Los Amigos Invisibles Makes His Solo Debut
By Grace Bastidas | 03/16/2011 - 09:30

Los Amigos Invisibles’ primary songwriter and guitarist, Jose Luis Pardo (aka DJ Afro), is making his solo debut this week with Free (Nacional), an eclectic album that coasts a wide musical landscape. So what can we expect from the man responsible for many of the hits that made the Venezuelan party band a sensation over the last 20 years? The answer is anything, as the record’s title implies. We caught up with Pardo ahead of the release and here’s what he had to say:

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Mexico Bicentennial
Mexican Classics Get a Rock Makeover for Bicentennial
By Grace Bastidas | 09/02/2010 - 18:00

Bésame, bésama mucho… Sound familiar? The lyrics belong to one of those Mexican oldies that have withstood the test of time, like all of the tracks on Bimexicano: Nuestros Clasicos Hechos Rock (Nacional Records; out September 7 on iTunes), an upcoming compilation celebrating 200 years of Mexican Independence.

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Sound Check: Nacional Records Release Benefit Album for Chile
By Grace Bastidas | 03/18/2010 - 16:00

Anyone who has visited Chile in the past knows that Chileans are some of the most hospitable people in the world—always willing to lend a hand to someone in need. I’ve been to both Santiago and Valparaiso and I’m always surprised how friendly locals are, especially as a native New Yorker since we’re taught from an early age to keep to ourselves. Not in Chile. I’ve had folks walk me to the metro station when I looked hopelessly lost and even invite me over to their homes for dinner with their friends and family. That’s just the Chilean way.

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