Interview: QUITAPENAS made SXSW a little more tro-pi-cal

The music of tropical Afro-Latin band QUITAPENAS is here to take all your worries away, which is exactly what their name means in Spanish – ‘Quita’ meaning taking away and ‘penas’ meaning embarrassments or worries. “I feel like it’s very appropriate to what we are able to provide to people who come to our shows,” […]

Interview: Buyepongo brought the ruckus from Los Angeles to SXSW

Buyepongo’s aim is pretty simple – to cause a ruckus. Their Latin American roots show in their music, a complex fusion of Afro-Cuban rhythms mixed with merengue, cumbia and punta. “We started off with a cumbia-flavored sound, and cumbia is still a big part of our foundation, but we evolved to different sounds,” Modesto said. […]

Photos: Austin Vida Free Week – “Futuro De Indie” at Stubb’s

Saturday, Jan. 3, we presented our annual signature Free Week showcase at Stubb’s. This year we focused on young Latinos doing big things in indie rock, a genre more and more young bi-cultural  Latino musicians will play in the future. To prove this theory, we curated a lineup that included young bands from not only […]

Q&A Interview: Los Rakas Speak On Why Oakland and Panama Are Central To Everything They Do

It’s impossible to know Los Rakas and not respect, or at the very least appreciate, their hustle. Behind what many fans see as glitz, glamour, and the rockstar lifestyle lies a work ethic that’s taken them from the youth centers of Oakland to festivals worldwide in just eight years. Los Rakas signed to Universal Latino […]

Q&A Interview: Roberto Lange aka Helado Negro

Roberto Carlos Lange is one busy guy. Years ago, Lange moved from his home in south Florida to New York where he turned the dial up on his artistic endeavors. However, it wasn’t until about four years ago when he put much of the painting and sculpture to the side and focused solely on his […]

Recap: Rodrigo y Gabriela at ACL Live

“We don’t have a fucking set list tonight.” Rodrigo of Rodrigo y Gabriela said this over the audience’s cheers and yells at Thursday’s show at ACL Live. The Mexico City duo kept their performance intimate and passionate…exactly like their latest album 9 Dead Alive. The fourth studio album is stripped down to the duo’s furious […]