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Beyond Maná: 9 Mexican Bands The White House Should Have On Its Radar

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Once again, Mexican rockstars Maná have been invited to perform at the White House for Cinco de Mayo, making this the third time they played for President Obama (who happens to be a huge fan of theirs).

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It’s an awesome opportunity for any band, but seriously? Again? Is the White House unaware of just how many awesome Mexican and Mexican-American bands there are out there? We love Maná just as much as the next person, but here are nine other bands who should totally be on the White House’s radar. (And not just for Cinco de Mayo, either. Because, believe it or not, Mexican-Americans exist in the U.S. all year ’round!)

1. Molotov

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Maybe the reason the White House hasn’t invited Molotov to play is because they can’t handle those GUITAR RIFFS!?! Talk about badass rock & roll. Molotov, whose songs blend Spanish and English, have been around since 1995 and would totally rock it out with their energy and guitar skills.

2. Café Tacuba

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A staple of the Latin American rock scene, Café Tacuba could easily get an invite to perform at the White House. Their 2013 Coachella performance (featured above), is pretty magical, and their alt-vibes/style has been beloved since the ’90s.

What we’re saying is GET ON IT, WHITE HOUSE.

3. Carla Morrison

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OK, so she’s technically a solo artist, but still, she’s iconic and deserves a spot on this list. We believe the phrase here is, “YAAAS, SLAY QUEEN!” This indie-pop artist is pure heaven. It’s impossible to listen to her ethereal tones without feeling so many things. We’re pretty sure she’d crush it at the White House, leaving everyone teary-eyed for days.

4. Zoé

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Come on now! These guys are incredible live. Don’t believe me? Just watch the above video. The White House better wake up and invite Zoé to hang sometime soon. Their rock music is top notch, and they have the Grammys to prove it.

5. Caifanes

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Caifanes’ unique and iconic sound would make them an excellent musical guest at the White House, especially because, you know. That place can get pretty tense, and Caifanes’ music would help everyone chill a little. Politics could use a little new wave-y vibes!

6. 3BallMTY

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A Mexican pop DJ trio?! YAAAS. These dudes have been around since 2009, and their sound is super catchy. The kind of catchy that you can’t get out of your head for a very long time, but it’s totally worth it. Not only are they so freaking cute, but their music is addicting. INTO IT.

7. Sin Bandera

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Have you ever listened to music that made you say DAMN? Sin Bandera is that band. Are those vocals carved from sunshine and angel tears? Who knows. All we know is Sin Bandera #can #get #it. Plus, performing at the White House would be a great time to announce the band is officially back together and touring again. Hey, we can dream.

8. Jesse & Joy

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Hiiiii. Yes, this is our ghost typing these words because we are dead over how much we love Jesse & Joy. A brother and sister pop duo?! What more could we ask for? I guess them performing at the White House. Yes, that’s exactly what we’re asking for. SOMEONE MAKE THIS HAPPEN.

9. Mint Field

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While Mint Field hasn’t been around for long at all, they’re definitely on the rise and absolutely worth keeping an eye on. Having recently performed at the 2016 Coachella music festival, this Tijuana-based indie trio is making quite a name for themselves.

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Who are some of your favorite Mexican and Mexican-American bands you’d love see play at the White House? Comment – mitú wants to know!

This Mexican Beer Brand Is Winning Awards For Their Can Design And What It Means For The Environment

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This Mexican Beer Brand Is Winning Awards For Their Can Design And What It Means For The Environment

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Let’s be real, plastic waste is a huge problem. And it’s one that has recently taken over our collective consciousness as we try and cut back on our waste – in particular, single-use plastics. 

One of the most obvious and unnecessary plastics are those pesky rings that hold cans together. Whether you’re drinking Coke or cervezas, these plastic rings are terrible. They often end up littering landscapes all over the place and animals like turtles and birds can get them wrapped around their little necks. 

So, the news from Mexican-beer company, Grupo Modelo, that they’re working to replace this plastic, is huge. 

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The beer world had one of the earliest plastic problems: six-pack rings. Getting rid of these rings became a big concern when word got out that they could entangle marine life. And yet, here we are, decades later, and – despite some interesting efforts like sticking cans together with glue or rings that are actually edible – the six-pack ring problem still hasn’t been definitively solved.

But thankfully, Corona is working towards a couple of solutions.

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So how does it work? According to Mexico News Daily, the top of each can screws into the bottom of another, creating an interlocking tower up to 10 cans high. The format makes the product even more portable than before, meaning you don’t even really need a plastic bag to carry it. 

Of course, stacking cans end-to-end isn’t always ideal. Ten standard cans stacked on top of each other would be four feet tall. That’s far more conspicuous and unwieldy than holding a couple of six-packs under your arms. But at the same time, since these Fit Pack cans can be twisted apart and put back together at will, they provide an advantage six-packs don’t: You can stick together as many or as few cans as you want at any given time.

The plastic-free packaging concept, dubbed the Fit Pack, made the shortlist of the Innovation category at the Cannes Lions international awards show this year.

In a promotional video for the new cans, Carlos Ranero, Marketing VP for AB 1nBev, says, “In the beverage industry, there have been many solutions for cutting back the use of plastic; however, none has been fully adopted because they require the use of other materials. This solution has a very simple approach that can bring great financial benefits thanks to the complete removal of plastic materials in packaging.”

Fit Packs are currently being tested in Mexico only, but the company is planning for a wider rollout in the future.

Not only is the company testing out stackable beer cans, they’ve also been testing out biodegradable rings in Tulum, Mexico – obviously a major beer mecca.

Last year, the company also tested six-pack rings made from plant-based biodegradable fibers with a mix of byproduct waste and compostable materials. These were designed to break down into organic matter that won’t hurt wildlife. The plastic-free rings were first launched in Tulum, Mexico, with plans to expand at a later time. For the sake of Mother Earth, we’re hoping these products earn a spot on grocery store shelves.

Beer drinking Twitter was totally here for the news.

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Anything that makes drinking beer easier and better for the environment, yes please!

Others were already thinking of how much fun this could be…

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Like, let’s be real, you were totally thinking the same thing.

And many were glad we may no longer have to hear about the horrors of plastic waste.

Like all too often you turn on the news and hear about animals being stuck, caught, wrapped up in plastic rings. Many even suffocate.

While at least on Twitter user thought about the implications for beer can furniture…

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Because why not?!

And for the one person on Twitter who had their doubts…Twitter was ready with the truth.

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Like for real though, I don’t know where you live that you thought you carry 24 cans of beer with plastic rings…

A Mexican-American Flag Serape Has Twitter Abuzz And It’s All Thanks To This California Artist

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A Mexican-American Flag Serape Has Twitter Abuzz And It’s All Thanks To This California Artist

There’s a couple of ways you can pigeonhole someone of Mexican descent. You can say we like tequila, you can wear a sombrero to poke fun, and you can buy a serape on your Mexico vacation to show off your so-called love for our culture, especially from luxury brands.

Mexican pride is much more than that, and we’re here to reclaim our history, our heritage, and our absolute right to Mexican aesthetics! That’s why when we see independent Latinx artists beautifully crafting Mexican history into a modern way, we’re here to celebrate it.

Meet Monica Marie, an artisan with a shop in San Juan Bautista, CA.

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According to Latin Live, Monica has been creating art in some way or another her entire life. She began posting her creations on social media and got so many inquiries that she decided to open her own shop, selling all original artwork.

She’s brilliant at meshing Mexican art with American pop culture.

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We love her Star Wars mugs, her Day of the Dead art, and her Virgen de Guadalupe stained glass. But there’s one piece of art that is getting everyone’s attention.

One of her most popular items is a sarape American flag.

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From the looks of her Instagram page, it looks as if she first launched this big seller around 2017. And we can only assume it’s her most popular because she’s always selling out!

The flag retails for $65 and it’s 3 feet by 5 feet handmade with American and Mexican materials.

“Due to the overwhelming demand and that each flag is made to order there is a 2-3 week wait time (usually not more than 10 days),” her website states.

According to Latin Live, “Each blanket was uniquely decorated with a design that identified the person’s family, hometown, and social status, kind of like Scottish plaid. (In Scotland, each region or clan has its own specific plaid pattern or ‘tartan.’)” So fascinating!

She makes other incredible items that embody the serape textile. Here are some of our favorites.

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Yes, please.

Serape pillows!

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You cannot go wrong with these.

While we’re window shopping, we’ll take these too.

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Such gorgeous wall decorations.

And pretty much everything else in her shop.

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We could spend hours here. Anyone down for a road trip? Click here to support her artwork.

What do you guys think about the serape flag? Let us know in the comment section below.

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