Festival Recap: Primavera Sound 2012

Barcelona. Very few cities provoke such raw emotions. I’m not quite sure if it’s the Spanish wind or the fact that you know that all the vices—even the ones you just thought about for a split second—are just a fingertip away. A city which has been a nursery for the creative and social outcasts.

Watch: “Days Have Gone” by Late Nite Howl

Photo By Claudia Ochoa. The Las Vegas based by way of Tijuana indie-folk artist Pablo Dodero, is one of the pioneers of the Tijuana indie scene. Many will recognize Dodero as the former frontman of the Tijuana hardcore outfit Mae Machino.  Recently Dodero has been composing and writing music for his new project Late Nite […]

Fun Fun Fun Fest spotlight: Maneja Beto

If you live in Austin or read Austin Vida, you know Maneja Beto. The pioneers of “Indie-en-Espanol” in Austin, Tejas, Maneja Beto are crossbred from Talking Heads and Cafe Tacvba. If your read my blog or read my stuff here on Austin Vida, you already now how much I love these dudes. The entire staff […]

Album Review: ‘Futura Vía’ by Bam Bam

Bam Bam is the most promising indie rock band to come out of Mexico in recent years. Their first EP gave us a taste of psychedelic rock laced with pop-minded vocals. Blogs in Mexico began to take notice, as did the Mexican division of the indie label Arts & Crafts, which signed the young  Monterrey-based group. […]

Austin Vida intern crashes All My Friends Music Fest

Tijuana, Mexico, is home to Mexico’s fastest growing music scenes. Some of the most recognized indie and alternative artists have come out of the northern border town: Julieta Venegas, Nortec Collective and Ceci Bastida. In recent years the scene has expanded and become even more eclectic with artists like Maria Y Jose, Los Macunos and […]

Interview: Carla Morrison is México’s new indie sweetheart

Somewhere between being the most buzz-worthy Mexican singer-songwriter and blowing up into a full superstar lies the Tecate native Carla Morrison. Morrison began her musical career with the Latin indie band Babaluca in Phoenix, where Carla began to make a name for herself as lead singer. But after a successful  time with the group Morrison […]

Review: ‘Mientras Tú Dormías’ EP by Carla Morrison

Carla Morrison is one of the many indie sweethearts that has taken the Latin music blogosphere by storm. Her subdued voice, heart-wrenching lyrics and innocent charm have made Morrison one of 2010’s most exciting discoveries. After previously releasing a couple of EP’s, Morrison called on her friend and popular Latin Alternative artist, Natalia Lafourcade, to […]

Interview: Nortec Collective’s Bostich + Fussible talk Tijuana and beyond

Ramón Amezcua and Pepe Mogt, better known as the musical masterminds Bostich and Fussible of Tijuana’s Nortec Collective, began in the late ’90s by bringing together their love for European electronic music, American dance and disco music and, surprisingly, norteño sounds that surround their city. The impact of this fusion is far more than just creating a new genre. It […]

Interview: Nicaragua’s Perrozompopo brings conscious music to forefront

Among the new faces that have made their way onto the Latin Grammy nomination list stands Ramon Mejia, or as he is listed on the Grammy Ballot for Mejor Álbum de Música Alternativa, Perrozompopo. The singer-songwriter from Nicaragua comes from an impressive musical background, including being the younger brother to salsa superstar Luis Enrique. Though […]

Review: ‘Bulevar 2000′ album by Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible

For a decade, Nortec Collective has reshaped the Tijuana music scene and provided one of Latin music’s most exciting fusions, blending traditional norteño influences with electronic or techno elements. Following up 2008’s acclaimed Tijuana Sound Machine, Ramon Amezcua and Pepe Mogt are back as Nortec Collective Presents Bostich + Fussible. Longtime Nortec fans will find Bulevar 2000 to be […]