Helado Negro to bring ethereal, Latin electronica to Austin

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Photo by Anna Groth-Shive

 

Let Helado Negro‘s chilled-out electronic grooves move you Sunday night (Oct. 26) at the Empire Control Room. Helado Negro, aka Roberto Carlos Lange, is the son of Ecuadorian immigrants who grew up in Miami and now lives in Brooklyn. His Austin show with Sinkane promises songs from Helado Negro’s latest album “Double Youth” as well as his signature dreamy, soundscape musical style that has turned heads in the Latin alternative music scene.

The bilingual – English and Spanish lyrics- along with genre-bending music that weaves Latin rhythms with contemporary beats makes Helado Negro another example of artists creating Latin music for a new generation of bicultural listeners.

Tickets for the 21+ show are $15. Doors at the Empire Control Room (606 E. Seventh St.) open at 9 p.m.

To get you in the mood for tonight’s show, check out some Helado Negro tracks:

 

Chicano Batman to perform at Sahara Lounge; Jarabe de Palo adds 2nd Austin show

Chicano Batman  Photo contributed by Chrisko Morales
Chicano Batman
Photo contributed by Chrisko Morales

 

Cultura en Austin readers, download Chicano Batman’s “She Lives on My Block” for FREE here.

Chicano Batman, a bilingual quartet, draws influences from 1960s Brazilian tropicália music, psychedelic rock and old-school Latin soul. It’s a nod to the past, but with a fresh take for a new generation of listeners. The LA-based band is performing on Saturday at Sahara Lounge (1413 Webberville Road) at 10 p.m.

We had a chance to chat with vocalist and guitarist Bardo Martinez about the music and awesome band name. Here’s what he had to say: shar.es/1mAE6t

Jarabe de Palo

It’s a great weekend for Latin grooves in Austin. Over at the Flamingo Cantina on Sixth Street, tickets for the Jarabe de Palo Saturday night show were so popular that it’s now sold out. A second show has been added starting at 5 p.m. Buy your tickets here. Spain’s Jarabe de Palo, which has nine studio albums under its belt, has been a major force in the alternative rock en español scene since the 1990s.

 

 

 

Recap: Best of Latin music at ACL 2014

When ACL announced its artist lineup months ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see more Latin music and acts from Latin America on the schedule than in recent years. But there’s still only a handful of artists, and much more room to grow. Let’s hope that the good turnout for all these bands nudges organizers to boost the number of Latino artists performing next year at this major U.S. festival.

All of the artists return this weekend for ACL’s second round of musical performances.

Check out reviews, photos and tweets from weekend one’s best of Latin music.

Ana Tijoux

Ana Tijoux performs for fans at the Sculpture Stage at the Austin City Limits fest in Austin, Texas. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR  AMERICAN STATESMAN
Ana Tijoux performs for fans at the Sculpture Stage at the Austin City Limits fest in Austin, Texas. Friday, Oct. 3, 2014. MIGUEL GUTIERREZ JR AMERICAN STATESMAN

She’s one of Latin America’s best MCs. Tijoux rhymes in Spanish, but you don’t need to understand the language to get into her laid-back flow. The French-Chilean artist has captivated the Latin alternative music scene and the hip-hop world with her four studio albums and great live shows.

Tijoux was the only female artist from Latin America to play at the fest. Check out what she had to say about that in my review of Tijoux’s show.

Ozomatli

Read show review here.

Zoé

Mexican alternative/psychedelic rock band chatted with us before the festival. Check out my interview with Zoé. The Mexico City quintet has been rocking around the world for more than 15 years. At ACL they also featured an excellent and animated interpreter for the deaf. Read about their memorable ACL show here.

Rey Pila

My colleague Ramon Ramirez checked out the Mexico City quartet’s blend of new wave and synth rock. Here’s why he thinks Zoé might just be the coolest band at the fest.

Juanes

Juanes performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. ASHLEY LANDIS/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Juanes performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. ASHLEY LANDIS/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

International superstar Juanes rocked ACL with an unforgettable show. Check out all our Juanes coverage including video interviews and an ACL concert review here.

More Music

Enjoy a playlist showcasing ACL Latin music:

Juanes elevates visibility of Spanish-language rock at ACL

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Juanes performs at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival on Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX. ASHLEY LANDIS/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Colombian rock star Juanes was the biggest Latino act booked at the 2014 Austin City Limits music festival. His performance rocked the Austin Ventures stage on Saturday night, and he’ll be back next Saturday for what should be another memorable show. Check out my review of Juanes’ ACL show, and watch an English and Spanish interview he did with our sister paper ¡Ahora Sí!

Juanes chats with ¡Ahora Sí!/Statesman reporter Liliana Valenzuela in English before his ACL performance:

Juanes interview in Spanish:

“Austin Gente” Special Screening & Reception Oct. 9

Latinos in the U.S. don’t fit neatly into any one box. Diverse backgrounds, language skills, religion and skin color make it difficult for everyone — from politicians to advertisers — to wrap their heads around the Latino experience.

 

Austin Gente,” an American-Statesman and ¡Ahora Sí! video series explores what it means to be Latino in Austin. Come meet the three artists behind the inaugural episode, which features spray can artist Nathan “Sloke” Nordstrom, singer Leticia Rodriguez Garza and poet Ire’ne Lara Silva. All of them have a unique identity story, but they all make up a part of the diverse Latino reality.

 
The free special screening and reception will be on Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. with food, music, poetry, art and an engaging Q&A panel discussion at the Black Box Theater of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 Red River St.).

 
We’d love for you to join us. Please RSVP to the event, presented by the ESB-MACC in collaboration with the American-Statesman and ¡Ahora Sí!, at http://austingente.eventbrite.com.

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Latin music at ACL

Colombian rock star Juanes will perform at the ACL festival. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images
Colombian rock star Juanes will perform at the ACL festival. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

 

There are many ways to approach a huge event like the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This year, in addition to our regular critics’ picks and artist spotlights, we’re offering gameplans, various strategies for how to approach the festival depending on what kind of experience you’re looking to have. For each gameplan, we’re providing both a suggested schedule and a playlist.

Today, the gameplan is for those who mostly want to catch some Latin favorites.

The strategy: Go off the beaten path and explore the global grooves of Latin America.

The playlist:

Essential gear:

Comfortable dancing shoes: No one is judging.
Twitter: Share the news about these lesser known bands with the world and tell fest organizers how much you enjoyed them. Maybe we’ll get more Latin beats next year.
Non-essential gear:

ACL App: Since unfortunately you can’t make an entire weekend out of only listening to global grooves from Latin America, check out the line-up for other world music artists like Beats Antique who play Middle Eastern rhythms with an electronica twist.
The gameplan

Friday

4:15 p.m.: Anita Tijoux (Sculpture- Weekend one) (Zilker-Weekend two) Don’t miss the chance to catch one of Latin America’s best MCs. She rhymes in Spanish, but you don’t need to understand the language to get into her laid-back flow. The French-Chilean artist has captivated the Latin alternative music scene and the hip-hop world with her four studio albums and great live shows.

6:15 p.m.: Ozomatli (Sculpture- Weekend one) (Zilker-Weekend two) Get ready for the pachanga that’s guaranteed to make your hips shake with cumbia goodness. The LA-based band’s infectious genre-blending beats range from hip-hop to salsa.

Saturday

1:30 p.m.: Zoé (Miller Lite) Kick off your afternoon with a cosmic experience filled with psychedelic rock and experimental beats to loosen you up for a fun night of music ahead. You’ll be in good hands with the veteran Mexico City quintet who has been rocking around the world for more than 15 years.

2:30 p.m.: Rey Pila (BMI) Spend some afternoon chill time with this Mexico City quartet’s blend of new wave and synth rock. They even have their own alternative version of “Lady in Red.”

7:30 p.m.: Juanes (Austin Ventures) There isn’t a better way to end your ACL Latin music experience than with Colombian pop-rock superstar Juanes. With 19 Latin Grammys under his belt and more than 16 million albums sold worldwide, Juanes, who is also known for his global humanitarian work, brings an energetic live show and draws plenty of loyal fans.