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Thursday, February 20, 2014

USC Jazz Quintet performing at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena in 2012 - CHRISTINA LIMSON O’CONNELL
  • Christina Limson O’Connell
  • USC Jazz Quintet performing at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena in 2012
Eddie Cota and Carlos Rodriguez had been working for Levitt Pavilions for several years when they began to sense change in the air.

A nonprofit organization aimed at building community and supporting diversity, Levitt Pavilions was established in 1972 by philanthropists Mortimer and Mimi Levitt. Each of its six venues - from the original in Connecticut to the ones opened in Pasadena in 2002 and in Mac­Arthur Park in '07 - hosts at least 50 free concerts a year. The National Endowment for the Arts has been a sponsor.

As artistic director, 30-year-old Cota was responsible for the organization's summer concert series in MacArthur Park and Pasadena. The Los Feliz resident was working to invigorate Levitt's shows, says Jeffrey Shapiro, who was Levitt's executive director for MacArthur Park from 2010 to 2012.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Latin Alternative

Rafi El and His Native Tongues

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  • Rocio Rodriguez Salceda
  • Rafi El
A few years ago, L.A.-based producer and vocalist Rafi El met up with a Peruvian shaman, with whom he tried ayahuasca for the first time. While under the influence of the psychedelic drug, the shaman's music triggered some early childhood memories in Rafi - folk music from the Andes Mountains his Argentine parents listened to.

Rafi took those native folk sounds, incorporated electronic music, and today releases his full-length debut Ay De Mi.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Latin Alternative

This Cumbia Band Won't Reveal Their Identities

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Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 3:15 AM
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  • Courtesy of El Conjunto Nueva Ola

L..A. cumbia rockers El Conjunto Nueva Ola have a reputation for bringing the party. Their songs are extremely danceable, and plus they wear Lucha Libre (Mexican wrestling) masks on and off the stage, making it a point not to reveal their identities.

The mysterious masked men parody songs like The Knack's "My Sharona" (as "Chicarrona") and Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger," with alternate lyrics like "a mi me gusta el chango" (meaning, I like the monkey). You can hear the latter below.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Latin Alternative

Behind the Scenes of Las Cafeteras' New Video

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Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 3:15 AM

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Piero F. Giunti
Eastside Luna Luv
By Gabriel San Roman

Las Cafeteras, a seven-piece son jarocho inspired ensemble from East Los Angeles, are beaming after the release of their latest music video "Luna Lovers," which we debuted last week.

The song is the second single off the band's It's Time debut. Directed by John Cantú, "Luna Lovers" can be seen by everyone on Vevo today (it's below). We spoke with Cantú and group member Hector Flores on how it all came together.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Las Cafeteras - PIERO F. GIUNTI
  • Piero F. Giunti
  • Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras don't bow to tradition, and it's hard not to love them for it. In 2011 we wrote about how the seven-member east side group was taking flack for playing Veracruz-style Son Jarocho music in ways that some conservative musicians found upsetting; the story got a lot of people in music and academia talking.

See also: Las Cafeteras Defy Tradition

Now, the collective is back with a video for a new song called "Luna Lovers," which is something of a cross between a Dali short, a Michel Gondry film, and a childhood dream. Whatever the case, it's a pleasure, and West Coast Sound is thrilled to be presenting it for the first time on the internets. Behold!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Latin Alternative

Super Old Songs About L.A. Are What's Up

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Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 3:15 AM
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Before Tupac vowed to live and die in L.A. there was "Angeltown" a wistful ballad that was considered by some to be the official anthem of Los Angeles. It was written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1959.

This track will be resurrected on Friday when multicultural fusion band Ozomatli -- whom Randall Roberts traveled with to Burma for a cover story a few years ago -- performs it and other lost classics at a free concert at California Plaza downtown. (Also on the bill will be buzzed-about Latin alternative act La Santa Cecilia, I See Hawks in L.A. and The Petrojvic Blasting Co.) The event features a modern spin on the L.A. love songs from the 19th to mid-20th century.

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Alvaro Del Norte of Piñata Protest - DAVID MONNICH
  • David Monnich
  • Alvaro Del Norte of Piñata Protest

Piñata Protest with La Resistencia and The Do-Its

The Satellite

06/08/2013

The Satellite hosted San Antonio norteño punk outfit Piñata Protest's album release show Saturday night. South Gate skacore band La Resistencia and L.A.'s The Do-Its joined them on the bill for what turned out to be a rowdy time. The club's intimate space and hypnotic lighting helped create an atmosphere akin to an '80s grunge club, and the deafening sounds of electric guitars, horns and accordion permeated the air. Despite the half capacity turn out, each band captured the audience's attention in their own peculiar way.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last Night

Mexican Dubwiser - Viper Room - 05-10-2013

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  • Mexican Dubwiser

Mexican Dubwiser (with live band)

Viper Room

05-10-2013

Better Than...his DJ sets

Mexican Dubwiser, the stage name of producer Marcelo Tijerina, celebrated the release of his debut album Revolution Radio in the U.S. with a live set at the Viper Room Friday.

Tijerina, who's lived in L.A. since 2000, takes his name not after the beer but from elements of his life: He was raised in Monterrey, one of Mexico's hotbeds for new music and the pointy boots craze, and has devoted the past few years of his life to mixing Mexican cumbia with dub reggae. (His handle sounds better in Spanish: el Mexicano sabio del dub.)

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos - DAVID MONNICH
  • David Monnich
  • Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos

By David Monnich

Los Lobos Cinco De Mayo Festival

Greek Theatre

May 5, 2013

Despite the spotty weather, droves of Angelinos headed out to the Greek Theatre on Sunday afternoon for Los Lobos' second annual Cinco de Mayo Festival. Last year's event proved that the East L.A. veteran group are master curators, and they again put together a diverse roster of artists with both traditional and modern sounds.

Featuring two stages, six bands and numerous guest artists, the festival brought together some excellent roots and alternative talent, and was a great way to mark the beginning of the Greek's 2013 season.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Ollin
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On St. Patrick's Day at the Satellite, venerable East L.A. band Ollin performed Pogues songs, per their long-standing tradition. A Chicano spin on Irish classics? It makes a lot more sense than you think, and West Coast Sound was there to talk with Ollin about what the two cultures have in common. You can see our exclusive video below; you may find yourself suddenly craving some green Modelo.

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