Meet the Guy Who is Not Part of the Latino Indie Movement

Roberto Lange, a.k.a. Helado Negro, creates music inspired by all kinds of other music he listened to while growing up. Music that fits nicely into genres, like salsa, rave, rap and R&B. His music, however, doesn’t fit into any one category.

His tunes are an amalgamation of electronic waves, soothing Spanish lyrics, static and rhythmic beats. There isn’t a beginning, climax or end to his songs. They could go on forever.

Some are calling this Latino Indie, even if he doesn’t agree.

“We’re not purposely avoiding the clichés in the music, we’re just not aligning ourselves with them,” says Helado Negro. “We’re Latinos because we’re Latinos. That’s the commonality.”

READ: Chill Tunes and a Warm Heart: Helado Negro

The “we” he could be referring to are artists like Xenia Rubinos and Algodón Egipcio.

Just when you thought you could pigeonhole Latino artists, they turn around and do their own thing!

Discover more about Helado Negro and the new genre here.

Watch his video “Ojos Que No Ven” below:

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One Comment On Social Media Confirmed That This Iconic Latino Punk Band Is Finally Giving Us All More Music


One Comment On Social Media Confirmed That This Iconic Latino Punk Band Is Finally Giving Us All More Music

In 1994, a powerful sound filled with electricity came from El Paso, Texas. The music came from At the Drive-In, a band made up of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López, Paul Hinojos, Tony Hajjar, and Keeley Davis. Their sound was pure punk rock, and they were captivating. Although the band’s life span would be an off-and-on kind of thing for years to come, another prolific entity came out of it: Mars Volta. The group was captivating thanks to Bixler-Zavala and Rodríguez-López, two fro-y-haired Latinos that commanded rock n’ roll. Now, the guys are back!

Seven years after Mars Volta disbanded, they are working on new material and, OMG.


Over the weekend, Bixler-Zavala responded to a fan who said: “I dream of you guys giving TMV a new chapter.” Mars Volta lead singer Bixler-Zavala told them “It’s happening.”

Bixler-Zavala elaborated by saying their reunion isn’t anything new, and that they’ve been working on music for a while.


In a tweet (which have been deleted), Bixler-Zavala said that the band is re-releasing some old material and working on new stuff as well.

“What it’s NOT going to be is your ‘fav member lineup’ playing their ‘classic records’ in full etc,” Bixler-Zavala tweeted, according to Consequence of Sound. “Maybe we’ll play old shit, who knows how we feel. Just remember our past campaigns never relied on playing requests or going fully backwards …it’s new shit, new people, left turns, tangent inconsistencies, mazapan dreams and churro wishes. I will say this though, when ORL played me a grip of new shit I fucking cried. Like Claire Daines in Romeo & Juliet cried. Yeah it was fucking weird. It’s in its infancy right now. No deadlines, no ball tripping, no drama, just 2 grown ass men using essential oils and bold new perfumes shooting ideas and scooting their ass across the fucking lawn trying to get rid of these worms.”

Needless to say, fans are super psyched about the new projects in the works.

That basically translates to, holy shit and we agree.

Fans are in a perpetual gasp since the news broke about the band getting back together.

Honestly, yeah. That is every Mars Volta fan across the world. How did this happen? When was the decision made? There are so many questions that are not being answered and the people demand answers.

it has been a really hard and weird two and a half years so this is some of the most welcomed news.

This couldn’t have come at a better time. We need this! Not only do we need this, the world needs this. There is so much negative news right now as government strips citizens of rights and wars rage. It is nice to know that something good is happening.

Fans are not holding back on their unbridled excitement.

What a wonderful time to be alive. Thank you Mars Volta for giving us something to look forward to right now.

Some people are afraid and we are low key curious about why and can’t wait to find out.

Whatever Mars Volta is planning, you know it’s going to be good. Even if you get a little scared, just breathe and know it is all going to be okay.

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

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Helado Negro’s ‘Come Be Me’ Brings Super Chill Summer Vibes


Helado Negro’s ‘Come Be Me’ Brings Super Chill Summer Vibes

A new Helado Negro track is finally here!

The Brooklyn-based indie producer released “Come Be Me” last week as part of the Adult Swim singles series.

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This year, cable TV network Adult Swim partnered with 52 different acts to release one free song a week. It’s the first bit of new music from the Florida native since his 2016 breakthrough album, “Private Energy,” which featured the anthemic single “Young, Latin and Proud.”

We love everything about this electro-chill track! And, hopefully, this release is an indication that more new music is on its way.

Helado Negro also recently performed on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and there were no synths or drum machines to be found:

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The versatility of his songs was on full display.

Helado Negro, aka Roberto Carlos Lange, is currently on tour. Check out some of his U.S. tour dates below:

July 27 – New York, NY @ Nosotros Fest – Lincoln Center

August 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

August 20 – Durkee, OR @ Atlas Obscura Solar Eclipse

August 31 – New York, NY @ MOMA

September 15 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater

September 16 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE

September 17 – Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot Ballroom

September 19-20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!

September 20 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

September 22 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium

September 29 – Asheville, NC @ ExploreAsheville.com Arena

September 30 – Pittsboro, NC @ Shakori Hills

READ: From Punk To Reggaeton, Here Are 12 Acts To Keep You Eye On In 2017

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