Author Archive for Alfredo Flores

Novalima @ Black Cat

Although most of the members of percussionist troupe Novalima danced during the group's Black Cat show last week, it was a guy with thick blue-rimmed glasses sitting on a box who managed to captivate the audience.
It was no ordinary box, though—it was a cajón, the square wooden instrument that provides a thunderous boom and [...]

Latin Alternative Music Conference Wrap-Up

Many established and up-and-coming artists in cumbia, rock, electronica, funk, soul, reggae, hip-hop, and various other  genres attended the 10th Annual Latin Alternative Music Conference, which took place July 7-11 at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel.
While most of the artists at the LAMC spent their days in the hotel mingling with record executives, the nights [...]

Photos: Anthony Hamilton and Musiq @ Constitution Hall

Anthony Hamilton is a trooper. While many performers have canceled performances because of illness or fatigue, Hamilton hobbled on one leg for the majority of his soulful 45-minute set played to a sold-out crowd at D.A.R. Constitution Hall on Friday evening.

Photos: Ximena Sariñana @ the 9:30 Club

Ximena Sariñana—a jazz-pop sensation in her native Mexico—performed a soulful set at the 9:30 club earlier this week. She sang exclusively in Spanish, but charmed the crowd between songs, speaking in English and explaining what each upcoming song was about and what it meant to her.

Photos: Los Fabulosos Cadillacs @ Hammerstein Ballroom

It was appropriate that Señor Flavio, co-writer of most of Fabulosos Cadillacs' hits, teased the sold-out crowd at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Sunday night by pretending his bass guitar was a rifle. Near the end of the group's nearly two hour set, Flavio Cianciaurlo pointed the instrument at the audience, as if to say, "Bang! We just [...]

Sugalumps & Epileptic Dogs:
Flight of the Conchords’ Top 10 Songs from the 2009 Season

The Flight of the Conchords can barely make ends meet. It must be hard to make rent when your genre’s as obscure as “obscure guitar-based digi-bongo a cappella-rap-funk-comedy-folk” (apparently so popular in New Zealand that FOTC is only fourth best at it there). It certainly doesn’t help when your dimwit of a band manager—Murray Hewitt—refuses [...]

Review: Los Fabulosos Cadillac’s La Luz Del Ritmo

La Luz Del Ritmo
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
Nacional Records
What's life like without breathing? It's a metaphor Latin rock legends Los Fabulosos Cadillacs have used in song to describe lost love. It's also a feeling familiar to LFC's fans, who've been holding their collective breath for nearly a decade waiting for a new album from the group.
The [...]

2008: Latin Urban Music Wars, Hip-Hop Renaissance, and Digi-Bongo-A Cappella-Funk-Comedy-Folk

It's been an interesting year in music: Latin urban music wars, an emo-turned-Latin pop star, evolution of an R&B crooner, a hip-hop Renaissance, the continuation of the "outernational" movement, and Kiwis wooing the ladies. One of the most diverse Top 10 list—a little something hopefully most can enjoy. I certainly have...
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