Quetzal’s new Album Quetzanimales and 20 year Anniversary Celebration!

What went down:

Quetzal had a listening party for their new album Quetzanimales at Espacio 1839 and an engaging Q&A on July 2, 2014 about the concept of the album. They discussed how the challenges and struggles of the urban animals in their songs are really symbols of our own trials happening now in our communities.

There was a lot of great dialogue about issues of gentrification and encroachment upon Boyle Heights as well as a reminder of the importance of actually taking the time to stop and get to know your own community and life and inhabitants that maybe we are too busy overlooking.

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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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Interview with Marisa Ronstadt

Photo by: Chicano Soul (Art Meza)

I first saw Marisa Ronstadt performing as a vocalist in the tight knit son jarocho community, with members of Grammy-winning East LA band Quetzal. Little did I know at the time, that she was at an exciting juncture in her life: having just become a new mother and successfully crowd-funded her first debut album, entitled Blueberry Moon, after her newborn daughter.

It wasn’t until her album release party on June 1st at Eastside Luv Bar, in Boyle Heights, that I discovered her last name is not coincidental — Marisa comes from the distinguished Ronstadt family which includes her legendary cousin, singer Linda Ronstadt and father,  television host Jose Ronstadt, who was there to support his accomplished daughter on her big night. Well, Marisa is a tremendously talented and sultry singer and songwriter in her own right and she really had me and the entire crowd from the very first song, the very soulful pop song Sweetest Memory. Her whole album lyrically is a personal, intimate portrait of her life here in Los Angeles since she moved here from Arizona and musically is an homage to so many of her influences from soul and R&B to latin ballads and modern pop. Here are some excerpts from my interview with Marisa and the full audio interview below!

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