So you love Chicano Batman. Here’s 6 more amazing LA indie bands to watch.


by Tom Nguyen

LA’s underground Latin indie and rock scene is the most vibrant and explosive I’ve seen in years. Sure, Chicano Batman put the scene on the map and kudos to them…Coachella twice and 3 back-to-back sold-out shows this September wow! They’re such the hip, in-demand darlings right now, eager fans chased them to their cars after their performance to an over-capacity crowd at One Colorado in Pasadena this summer. I see posts on Facebook like a 60-something white CSULA professor gushing about playing their music to her class and wondering why her Latino students hadn’t heard them yet…so I had to ask her besides the Johnnie Walker commercial she saw, can she name any of the many talented and unique bands with Latino musicians playing amazing music in LA right now? Nope.

So Chicano Batman bandwagoners, take note. It took them nearly a decade of playing before the white mainstream music industry noticed, and LA Weekly recently wrote a great piece about LA’s Latin alternative music continuing to break down barriers, thanks in large part to visionary promoters like Viva Presents and Qvolé Collective. The thriving multicultural scene can be summed up by Qvolé’s motto…The Future is Latin. So in addition to great acts promoted by Qvolé like Buyepongo, Brainstory, Cutty Flam, here are six upcoming independent bands I think you should check out: Earth Arrow, Sin Color, The Altons, Twin Seas, Weapons of Mass Creation, Welfair. Continue Reading →

2nd Annual Supersonico Fest brings Latin Alternative Legends to the Hollywood Palladium

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Andrea Echeverri, lead singer of Aterciopelados

Story and Photos by Oscar Bautista

Last week the Hollywood Palladium hosted the second annual Supersonico music festival. This event held together one of the best collections of Latin Alternative and Chicano artists to grace the ears of LA audiophiles.

The day long show was a beautiful mix of indie, rock, hip-hop and electronica all courtesy of some of the best Latin acts of today. Taking up two floors of the Palladium, artists would switch back and forth from the main stage, which housed the larger bands, to the second floor balcony where the DJs performed.

What was exciting to see was how quickly the crowd of close to 4,000 would embrace this transition of music. The bopping and crowd-pleasing energy from artists like Mariachi El Bronx and Chicano Batman quickly turned into a bumping nightclub, once the bass of DJs like Mr. Pauer, Chancha Via Circuito and Dengue Dengue Dengue! began to fill the Palladium’s walls. Continue Reading →

1st Ever Supersonico Lineup Announced & Why LA deserves more World Music Festivals like this!


by Tom Nguyen

(Update 7/10/14: Did some research and found out this festival have been long in the making by Latin Alternative Music Conference and Nacional Records founder Tomas Cookman and Coachella promoter Goldenvoice. They get why LA needs this so bad and we thank you!)

We couldn’t believe our eyes at first when we saw the lineup. You know those fake Coachella lineups that appear every year as people fantasize their dream lineup? This 1st ever Supersonico pretty much sums up our wet dream of a Latin Alternative festival!

Cafe Tacvba, Calle 13, Ana Tijoux, La Vida Boheme, Bomba Estereo, Nortec Collective presents Bostich & Fussible…like Anthony Valadez of KCRW said, “the promoters could have stopped with the 3 of the names and this would have been huge but instead they went deep.” Yeah no kidding! Great to see them also feature some of our favorite local acts like La Santa Cecilia, Ceci Bastida, Jungle Fire, Subsuelo, Kita Klane, LA tastemakers DJs Valadez and Raul Campos and incredibly, more artists are to be announced!

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