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Diamante Eléctrico: Pan Caliente

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 1,224 views]

Colombia is a land rich in musical styles: Cumbia, Vallenato, Champeta, Salsa, and Rock have thrived independently.
Many of these traditional genres have recently seen a revival as fusion music thanks to bands like Bomba Estereo, Systema Solar, and Quantic.
But despite the musical depth in Colombia, it would seem that traditional Rock reigns supreme on the alternative side of things.
[Quick fact: even Colombian heavyweights Juanes …

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Pan Caliente: SXSW Preview Edition

Posted March 6, 2014 by | 1 Comment | 1,179 views]

That beast of a music conference in Tejas is fast approaching. Ten million bands, Twelve million venues, crazy branded parties you didn’t RSVP for and a round the clock schedule of all the music you can consume in a 4 day period.
So if you’re headed out to SXSW this year and if for some reason you don’t get in to see say Coldplay, Imagine …

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Guadalupe Plata: Pan Caliente

Posted February 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | 751 views]

Not sure about you, but every once in a while, amidst all the great avant garde music I listen to, I have this need to take it back to the basics and hear some gritty, blues inspired, garage rock.
You know that mood when you just have to listen to something that wows you with it’s bare simplicity, be it a something from John Lee …

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Franny y Zooey: Pan Caliente

Posted February 7, 2014 by | 3 Comments | 1,284 views]

The best part of finding new music from different parts of the world is constantly finding bands that defy preconceived notions of what music from those regions should sound like.
Take, for instance, the Carribean & Tropics. They are territories associated with raucous party musical styles such as Reggaeton, Merengue and Bachata with strong roots in Reggae, Dancehall, and traditional African music.
But like most parts …

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Pan Caliente: Top 5 Albums You Might Have Missed in 2013

Posted December 18, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,336 views]
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Amidst the fervor of Year End lists, we thought it prudent to hit you up with our own. Since the Pan Caliente is in its infancy — we’ll call it the “pre-heating stage” — we focused our list on five albums you might have missed in 2013.
1. El mato a un policia motorizado – La Dinastia Scorpio: Yet another standout amongst the new Indie scene in …

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Xenia Rubinos: Pan Caliente

Posted December 9, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,380 views]
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Xenia Rubinos first came to my attention via a text message KCRW DJ Chuck P sent me asking what I thought about her recent release. I was at a loss and a tiny bit embarrassed that I hadn’t yet heard of her. (I don’t know how Chuck P always hears about bands light years ahead of everyone else!)
Well, it didn’t take me long to …

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424: Pan Caliente

Posted November 25, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,316 views]
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Allow me to introduce you to a band with the musical talent, drive, and chops of any great rock band out on the global market.
They’re called 424 and hail from the beautiful sub-tropic country of Costa Rica.
There’s nothing super fancy about this band. It’s your straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll quartet configuration: guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. But what they execute with this simplicity reminds …

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Introducing: Pan Caliente

Posted November 11, 2013 by | 2 Comments | 2,429 views]
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Check out the first post on Pablo Malaurie
There’s always a bit of skepticism from my friends when I tell them, “I heard this great new rock band in Spanish!”
It takes the form of a frightened look that is exactly the same on both the faces of my Anglo hipster friends as it is on my friends of Latin American descent. And I really can’t …

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Pablo Malaurie: Pan Caliente

Posted November 11, 2013 by | 3 Comments | 1,994 views]

(This is the first post in a new series entitled Pan Caliente — highlighting young bands producing amazing music in Spanish-speaking countries)
We kick off this feature with an artist that I first wrote about for KCRW three years ago.
Back then he had released a heartfelt ode to Japanese folk music in the form of “El Festival del Beso”. It had a minimalist intensity that …

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LAMC Preview: Torreblanca

Posted July 10, 2013 by | 0 Comments | 1,406 views]

(Writer Jose Galvan will be previewing a handful of bands in anticipation of the Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) taking place in NYC July 9 – 13)
Three years ago I came across an EP with a muzzled dog on the cover and black letters on it that read Torreblanca. It opened up like an accordion and had lyrics artfully laid out over five interesting faces.It …

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