¿Remember Me From the Party?, Very Be Careful have always shown a lot of underdog heart and soul, even as they’re filling dance floors with Arturo’s nimble rhythms and Ricardo’s swooning waves of accordion. Cutty Flam are a thoroughly charming trio from the San Fernando Valley who give rootsy garage rock and vintage Latin soul an oddly compelling new spin, evoking Ritchie Valens and Mickey & Sylvia but mixed with lead singer Cutty’s surges of punk and surf guitar.
For 20 years, Very Be Careful have been pumping out their own inexorably bewitching version of vallenato. Formed in L.A. by brothers Ricardo Guzman (accordion) and Arturo “Brickems” Guzman (bass), the quintet take the rollicking rhythms and unfolding melodic sequences of traditional cumbia and vallenato from northern Colombia’s Caribbean coast and infuse them with a surge of punky California energy. From their early recordings with Beastie Boys producer Money Mark to 2012’s