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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

CREDIT: The Zeros. Digital Image. San Diego Reader. September 10, 2018.

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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J.Lo's 'Shades Of Blue' Has Us All Shades Of Worked Up And We're Here For It

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J.Lo’s ‘Shades Of Blue’ Has Us All Shades Of Worked Up And We’re Here For It

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We all know that Jennifer Lopez is the queen of the entertainment industry. She dances, sings, acts and is the host of her own reality competition show. She is also a producer with her own production company. Her production company, Nuyorican Productions, is best known for producing the show, “The Fosters,” and now “Shades of Blue.”

“Shades of Blue” wrapped up in its third and final season just days ago and we were not ready to see how crooked cop, Harlee Santos, walked out of this mess. Watch out because there are some spoilers ahead.

“Shades of Blue” isn’t a unique police drama but it’s definitely binge-worthy.

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There isn’t some spectacular plot twist, where Harlee Santos has a twin sister or anything. It’s not a telenovela, after all. However, it is about your typical shady NYC cop drama with sh*t going down. Basically, this group bends the laws to serve “the greater community,” which is obviously illegal.

Jennifer Lopez never planned to play the star on the show she produced.

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The story goes that when Lopez went to pitch the concept to NBC executives, they asked her why she wouldn’t play the lead role of Harlee Santos. Lopez confessed that she didn’t really think of it, but when she agreed to do it, NBC agreed to air it.

The show ran from January 2016 to June 2018.

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She had a good run, and it plays like a watered down telenovela, with Harlee Santos as the bad cop turned FBI informant. Obviously she also had to deal with her own financial and family problems.

The show is even donating proceeds from their auction to Hurricane Maria victims who are still recovering.

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Talk about a good use of show props and costumes. It’s nice to know that she is able to do some good when her projects come to an end.

Santos is a single mother to her daughter, Cristina.

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Santos takes the payouts from neighborhood businesses who pay for extra police protection to help send Cristina to private Catholic school. Cristina is a brilliant cello player, who sees Santos’s police unit as family, though she never knew her father.

Sarah Jeffrey, who plays Cristina, was casted in a “Charmed” reboot.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jeffery is Mexican-Italian. We are so stoked that the charmed three is going to get the Latina spice of life.

When Cristina’s father, Miguel, is released from prison after Santos set him up for murder, things gets messy.

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Oh, and Miguel used to abuse Santos. He was an abusive, calculating, sadistic man, and he immediately starts to spy on Cristina and Santos within hours of his release. He even manipulated Cristina into turning against her mother and going away with him for a night.

When Miguel breaks into Santos’s apartment to rape her at gunpoint, Santos casually snaps his neck.

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It might give you some “Enough” flashbacks and that would be a fair critique. However, setting up your ex for murder and then murdering him and covering it up has to catch up with you at some point.

FBI agent Robert Stahl is the officer who’s assigned to handle Santos as an informant.

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He threatened to haul her off to prison and ruin Cristina’s life if she didn’t help. Oh, and he ends up developing a very sick obsession with Santos. She knows because she set up a camera in his bedroom and watched him pay a sex worker to dress and act like her.

Agent Stahl ends up stalking Santos before she kills him.

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I mean, to be fair, he showed up in her apartment with a gun, all bitter that Santos heisted millions of dollars from the DEA, killed her ex-boyfriend and got away with it. But Cristina brought her mom a gun in her back pocket and she was able to use it to shoot Stahl half a dozen times in the chest.

The real star relationship in the series is the one Santos has with her boss, Woz.

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Lieutenant “Woz” Wozniak was the detective who initially put Miguel away for life, knowing that Santos planted a murder weapon with Miguel. The two met as dirty cops and their loyalty grew from there. Both tried to protect the other when working as informants for the FBI, and their father-daughter relationship is fiery AF.

Initially, Santos was asked to take down Woz, and it screwed with her identity as a loyalist.

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Now, she was a rat by coercion. She was forced to wear a wire to help take down the man who Cristina calls “Uncle Woz.” Rough.

The show is based on a novel by Michael Rudolph, “Shades of Blue: 30 Years of (Un)ethical Policing.”

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From the very first episode, we could see everything wrong with Woz’s unit. They “protect their own” and that doesn’t mean the community. When a new detective shot an unarmed black man, Santos immediately covered it up, making it look like the man shot at the detective. That is one very light shade of blue.

Ray Liotta, who plays Woz, said that towards the end of the series, J.Lo started showing up late to the set.

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He said that working with her was fantastic and always knew all her lines (and his), but that towards the end, she showed up late a couple times, setting the whole production back.

If you Google “Shades of Blue Jennifer Lopez” the next word is “hair.”

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People have been obsessing over her hair in this show for the last three years. FBI Agent Stahl even paid a sex worker to wear a wig that looked like her own hair. That hair is everything.

In the series finale, Santos becomes hell bent to come clean.

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Santos arranges for Cristina to move in with Woz and his wife Linda while Santos serves time in prison. Santos comes clean about all the shady police work she’s seen in the NYPD, hoping to clean up the force as her one final act as a police officer.

The show received mixed reviews during its three-season run.

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Metacritic has it scored at 58/100 based on 28 critics and Rotten Tomatoes rates it as 56 percent. Slate reviewer Willa Paskin was a major critic with one compliment: that Lopez’s performance was “hugely appealing” and “the show’s one reliable pleasure.”

J.Lo put her heart into the show, and was by far the crown jewel of the whole production.

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The Unit’s catchphrase: “Home safe. Safe Tomorrow.” There are no more tomorrows for “Shades of Blue,” but thankfully there are many more for the most treasured content of all: Jennifer Lopez.


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