This week’s blog post on music will feature several songs with geographic locations in the title. We start with a song from Kristin Hersh, who is best known for her time as lead singer of alt rock group Throwing Muses. As NPR notes, her solo career dipped into different styles of music though her most recent incarnation is as the head of punk rock group 50 Foot Wave. “
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs are an Argentine group who is one of the biggest names in rock en español. Their heyday was in the early- to mid-1990s though the group continues to perform today. Their lead singer- Vicentico- recently released a critically acclaimed solo record. Anyway, “Arde Buenos Aires” comes from 1991 and it’s a delightful, toe-tapping blend of ska and salsa.
We’ve featured Manu Chao before and described him as an “eclectic and critically acclaimed artist” in June 2006. His French/Galician/Basque background comes through in his music which dabbles in many different genres and, therefore, makes it difficult to describe in few words. Listen to “Welcome To Tijuana” and you’ll hear what I mean.
Alfredo Gutierrez is one of the best vallenato musicians in the world, beyond a shadow of a doubt. His musical career has spanned nearly half a century, and it has been one filled with lots of recognition and success. I’m not a 100% sure if his song “Festival en Guarare” has to do with a folkloric festival in
The Lilys are a much underrated indie rock band based in
Links- Wikipedia, NPR, CNN, Fabulosos Cadillacs, Rock.com.ar, YouSendIt, ManuChao.net, The Latin Americanist, Bonnaroo, La Vallenata, ColArte, Guarare.com, floodwatchmusic.com, Yahoo! Music, JoeVasconcellos.cl, World Music Central, Tierramérica