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If You’re Into Rock Music, These Latino Bands Are Essential Additions To Your Playlist

Santana. Digital Image. Something Else!. September 10, 2018.

Rock music has captured a special place in the Latino community. Just think of bands like Morrissey and you’ll get the picture. The influence of rock music is felt strongly in the Latino community, especially when you consider how many Latinos are in the rock music industry. Here are 20 Latin based artists and bands to rock out to. Who know. They might be on your next playlist.

1. Tom Araya

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The lead vocalist for Slayer, Tomás “Tom” Enrique Araya Díaz was born in Viña del Mar, Chile and came to the US when he was 5 years old. Raised in Maywood in Los Angeles County, the band was formed in Huntington Park.

2. The Mars Volta

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The band might no longer be together, but The Mars Volta’s one band you should learn about. Four out of the five members have Mexican roots and you can feel it in their music. The band was formed in El Paso, Texas.

3. Zack De La Rocha

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Zacharias Manuel de la Rocha is deeply connected to the Chicano community. The lead singer for Rage Against the Machine is someone that should be in your playlist if he isn’t already.

4. Teri Gender Bender

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Teresa Suárez Cosío is a Colorado native who performs with the Le Butcherettes, a Guadalajara-based group. She is also part of Bosnian Rainbows with The Mars Volta’s Omar Rodríguez-López.

5. Union 13

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If you’re looking for an underground, local vibe, Union 13 is the band for you. The Boyle Heights-based band is ver engaged on social media and love interacting with their fans.

6. Viernes 13

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Viernes 13 was founded in Los Angeles by Mario Luna and Jose Luis in the 1990s. The original members might not be around anymore, but like Menudo, they keep the heart and soul alive with new members.

7. Las Cochinas

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An all female punk band, Las Cochinas has a hip-hop and poetic feel in their music. If you haven’t heard about them, well, now you know.

8. Cannibal And The Headhunters

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Originating from East LA, Cannibal and the Headhunters was the opening act on The Beatles’ second American tour. Talk about a career goal.

9. Aurelio Voltaire

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Cuban born Aurelio Voltaire Hernández is a dark cabaret musician. You might not recognize him immediately, but this man created some of the music we love from “The Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy.”

10. Thee Midniters

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An East LA band, Thee Midniters were one of the first rock bands to use Chicanismo in their music. That’s how you elevate a movement.

11. Ritchie Valens

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Richard Steven Valenzuela was a Pacoima, California born musician who paved the way for Chicano rock. He died tragically in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959 along with Buddy Holly, J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson and the pilot.

12. Los Lobos

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Los Lobos originated in East LA and were nominated to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. The band will instantly connect you to your Mexican identity.

13. José Feliciano

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José Feliciano was born in Puerto Rico blind at birth. Exposed to music at a young age, he played the guitar in his youth and became a household name.

14. Santana

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Founded in San Francisco by Carlos Santana, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have both Grammys and Latin Grammys.

15. Los Lonely Boys

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The Chicano Rock group from San Angelo, Texas, keeps it all in the family. The brothers have made a name for themselves in the music industry. They even have a song in the Santana album “All That I Am.”

16. Filoxera

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A Guatemala-based band, Filoxera also produces music in English. Their latest single “Fuel” released in June 2018 and is definitely worth a listen.

17. Pierce the Veil

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Brothers Mike Fuentes and Vic Fuentes formed Pierce the Veil in San Diego’s intense punk scene. They tend to stick to the heavier stylings of rock with metalcore and emo music as their genres of choice.

18. The Zeros

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The Zeros is a punk rock band founded in the Chula Vista, California. They have performed multiple covers including Sator’s “Black and White.” If you have some time, might as well give them a quick listen and see what they’re all about.

19. Xenia Rubinos

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Xenia Rubinos’ music uses an overlapping of different musical genres. Particularly, if you’re into funky indie-rock, Rubinos is the musician for you.

20. Chicano Batman

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Chicano Batman has been on the rise since 2008. All but one member is from Los Angeles; drummer Gabriel Villa is from Cali, Colombia. The group has performed at some of the biggest music festivals giving Latinos representation on stages like never before.


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A Large Mural of Frida Kahlo in Traditional Mexican Dress Has Just Been Unveiled and She’s Never Looked More Electric

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A Large Mural of Frida Kahlo in Traditional Mexican Dress Has Just Been Unveiled and She’s Never Looked More Electric

Frida Kahlo is the most recognizable Mexican painter of the past century. That bold brow, traditional Mexican garb and piercing stare are undeniably Frida in a way that makes her completely unique among other artists. She’s also one of the most widely portrayed Mexican figures of all time. Her image adorns everything from tee-shirts and jewelry to murals and makeup. Her image is so recognizable that flower crowns, red lipstick, and ungroomed eyebrows will forever have an association with the artist.

To add to the Frida imagery in our world, a new mural featuring the famous artista has just been unveiled in Mexico and she has never looked better.

Painted by Irish artist Fin DAC, the mural portrays Frida Kahlo in bold primary colors and traditional Mexican dress.

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The artwork is named “Magdalena” and is located in Guadalajara — the capital of Jalisco. In the mural, Frida is represented with a full-body image, hands placed together in front of her as if in prayer. Vibrant flowers and butterflies adorn her like a crown in true Frida fashion.

She wears a huipil (a multicolored blouse traditionally found in southern Mexico), a pink shawl and a long blue skirt accentuated with various-sized skulls. The ten-story mural also depicts the artist with a blue mask across her eyes. This is artist Fin DAC’s signature that he adds to all of his pieces and works to enhance the dark stare that Frida gives viewers.

The artist responsible for this mural has lots of experience creating urban art in Latin America.

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Between 2012 and 2017, Fin DAC visited Latin America several times. He created six murals total in Colombia and Brazil during that time. This is his first time creating art in Mexico. The artistic is known for his style — called “Urban Aesthetics” —  and has made art on the streets of five different continents. His images also include women dressed in the native costume of their countries and are finished with his signature mask.

The artist explained the reasoning for his attention to national traditions to Mexanist. He said:

“No matter the culture and nationality for me, I am more interested in the type of clothing typical of each place, each country and each place has something to offer and show in this sense.”

For Fin DAC, the choice to depict Frida on this wall was an easy one. The artist explained that her own artwork always sought to exalt the women it depicted — much like his own. Frida’s own famous way of dressing always incorporated traditional Mexican costuming too so the decision to paint the famous Mexican for this piece was “almost obvious” to the painter.

The artist was invited to create this mural as part of celebrations for the Despertares Impulsa dance festival.

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Created by famous Mexican dancer, Isaac Hernández, the Despertares Impulsa dance festival began as a way to gather and stimulate the creative industry in Mexico. With the backing of the Mexican National Institute of Fine Arts, the event offers performances, workshops, lectures, master classes and meet and greets. The festival also offers opportunities for free auditions to different international dance companies.

Fin DAC was invited to create this piece by the director of Despertares Impulsa. The image was painted on a wall facing Chapultepec Avenue — a busy street that receives lots of traffic in the urban area. Fin DAC choose this location purposefully for this reason.

“When you see a spectacular advertising pole,” he said, “You see an image trying to sell you something you don’t need, but it makes you feel like you want it. (On the other hand) when you see a piece of art on the street it brings you a moment of happiness and peace, nothing from the advertising you see will make you happy, but art can definitely do it.

The mural was officially unveiled on July 15th, 2019 as part of the festival’s celebrations.

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The unveiling comes at a time of year significant to Frida fans. July 6th was the 112th anniversary of the artist’s birth. The 65th anniversary of her passing also happened this past month on the 13th of July. As such, this beautiful mural is an appropriate gift to honor the late Mexican artist.

Here’s Why Frida Kahlo’s Style Was Cyclical And Ever-Changing Flirting With Femininity And Masculinity

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Here’s Why Frida Kahlo’s Style Was Cyclical And Ever-Changing Flirting With Femininity And Masculinity

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo is an iconic member of the Latino community. As an artist, she continues to inspire millions of people from around the world. She stood up for herself and her sexuality in a time when people just didn’t allow for people to be themselves. Kahlo is a controversial figure at times but, overall, she shows the world that we can do anything we want as long s we have the drive and determination to get there.

Her style is one thing everyone remembers about the artist. She was a fashion icon without trying. Everyone has seen Kahlo in her floral crowns and dresses. We also know her in her suits and cropped hair. Her drastic changes in her style were all intentional.

Frida Kahlo first started dictating her dress based on her deformities and injuries.

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Kahlo was the victim of several health issues that altered her body. To hide these imperfections, Kahlo altered her clothing to create illusions that hid the physical manifestations of her health issues.

One clothing alteration Kahlo relied on was a heel on her right shoe.

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As a young child, Kahlo contracted polio in her right leg. The disease, which has been largely eradicated in the world thanks to vaccinations, caused her right leg to be smaller than her left leg.

She also layered her socks to help hid her right leg.

Credit: Guillermo Kahlo

Her ingenuity with her clothing and her vision on how to create the form she wanted you to see is very telling. Her art was something she clearly always felt.

Young Kahlo would also wear her suits to challenge society.

Credit: Guillermo Kahlo

She refused to be defined by society and the mainstream vision of femininity and womanhood. She wanted to be defined as herself and wearing a suit provided the artist with a way to stand up for herself.

Diego Rivera was a major factor in how the artist portrayed herself to the world.

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When Rivera and Kahlo were together, Kahlo wore flowers in her hair and traditional Mexican dresses. She offered Rivera what he thought was beautiful.

Kahlo’s life without Rivera saw her living as the opposite of his desires.

Creidt: Frida Kahlo Portrait With Cropped Hair

When Rivera, who was frequently cheating on Kahlo, was out of Kahlo’s life, she would wear suits and cut her hair short. She knew that Rivera disliked her looking like this so she intentionally did so to displease him when they were apart.

Kahlo’s style evolution was cyclical and ever-changing. She constantly blurred the line between femininity and masculinity always leaving society scratching their heads.

Watch the video of Frida Kahlo’s style below.

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