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INDIE-ELECTRONIC WITH A HINT OF LIME

osblog_weeklyrhythm_trial052Electro-indie-rockers Limón Sutil have been making  music together since the dawn of the new millennium. For the past nine years, the trio has been grooving away in their native Paraguay, a country where—in their words— “a gold record is only 1,000 copies and you’ve probably never heard of [us] unless you have an Internet connection…”

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(It means "key lime," not "subtle lemon," you Babelfish-heads.)

Their music fluctuates between electronic-infused rock tracks (like their killer cover of John Lennon’s “Love” ) and more straightforward pop rock tunes (check out “Vestigio.”) Woven throughout their diverse repertoire are definite hints of a Café Tacuba vibe (most prevalent in the ethereal, moody vocals of “Subterraneo.”)  For most latino artists, that’s quite a big compliment!

Although their music is “mostly in Spanish,” Limón Sutil’s sound can easily be enjoyed by English-only or other non-Spanish speaking audiences, whether it puts you in a trance or gets you moving on the dance floor. Limón Sutil is the first “Weekly Rhythm” band who lacks the traditionally present “Latin” feel or instrumentation in their music. Rather, they’re a latino group making music that translates just beautifully to rockers, indie kids and everyone in between.

THE LATIN ROCK FLAVOR OF ORBITA

Orbita is without a doubt one of New Jersey’s most exciting up-and-coming Latin Rock bands. Their influences run the gamut from multilingual, classic artists like Manu Chão, to punk/reggae/ska acts like Sublime and Los Rabanes, all the way to modern Latin favorite Café Tacuba. Traces of all these artists can be found in Orbita’s energetic brand of rock music. As for Orbita’s members, they share a variety of Latino backgrounds, hailing from Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador, as well as the Garden State itself.

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Vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Gio tells us that the band has been playing “a lot over the last seven years, places like B.B. King, festivals, benefit concerts, college shows, and private parties everywhere in the tri-state area. We’re currently concentrating on the album and preparing new songs for next year.”

After a lot of hard work, their new, highly-anticipated disc—Masca chicle y no hagas bomba—is slated to come out in October. Right now Orbita is also getting ready for their upcoming shows, which you can take a look at here.

“We really appreciate your help for band like us that are underground in the Latin Rock scene! Gracias again and looking forward to post more new songs on OurStage.com!”

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS WITH CAFE TACUBA LIVE AT NYC’S HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM

Sunday night I witnessed one of only three US stops on Café Tacuba‘s 20:20 Tour. This pivotal Mexican band has been together for twenty years and is celebrating this milestone by playing shows in twenty cities all over North and South America as well as Europe. When I found out they weren’t coming to Boston, I bought a bus ticket to New York City and reserved my room in the closest hostel without missing a beat. It would be my third time seeing the band and the show turned out to be worth way more than what the trip cost. Manhattan was pulsating from start to finish with the Hammerstein Ballroom as its heart.

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It also happens to have my lucky number on the cover.

I first fell in love with Café Tacuba’s unique sound in 2003 when their album Cuatro Caminos came out. I was bored with the music I found in Newbury Comics‘ negligible Latin section. (Love the store guys, but Latin music isn’t all Shakira and Maná!) After reading the sticker on the front of the CD (a quote from some music review hailing Cuatro Caminos as “The Latin Kid A“), I bought the album. It quickly became one of few CDs I consistently enjoy listening to from start to finish. Unfortunately for me, the band almost never played shows further north than Texas and California since the bulk of their fan base was, logically, Mexican. I assumed I would never see them live… until Sino came out in 2007, and they began to tour once again. I didn’t just get to see them live: I got to see them twice in as many years.

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