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Introducing…DJ Ink

Hes come a long way from his cumbia mixing days in the motherland. CD’s and DVD’s are DJ INK’s media of choice, as he was one of the first to introduce the …
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Introducing…DJ Trancid

Correction, DJ Trancid is not a human jukebox but rather a musical messenger that has mastered the art of  reading a crowd and improvising a mix.  But whatever you do don’t ask …
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Introducing…DJ Charly Garcia

You can call him the father of the Festival de Musica Electronica (FMEL), the annual groundbreaking electro show that brings together some of the best international acts. This year look out for …
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Introducing…DJ Lego

He had his first club residency at the age of 19 and he hasn’t slowed down since. Homegrown in the Logan Square neighborhood, DJ Lego has taken his mixes to party hot …
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Introducing… DJ Comrade

DJ Comrade is one of the driving forces behind Xão Productions, a record label and events production company that operates in NYC and Rio de Janeiro. Focusing primarily on funk carioca (or …
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Introducing… Geko Jones

Brooklyn-bred DJ Geko Jones is bringing some of the most exciting new music from Latin America (and the world) to his home borough with a Tuesday weekly called Que Bajo. He and …
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Introducing…DJ Tanner

What happens when you mix 26th Street, B-96 and our favorite 90’s TV show, Full House? We get DJ Tanner, whose guilty pleasure includes spinning Pakas de a Kilo by Los Tigres …
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Introducing…DJ Cedeño

We can’t tell if she loves her hair more than her music, but this young lady DJ has quickly earned a name in the Chicago scene. She knows her beats and aspires …
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Introducing…DJ Marlowe

Spinning Chicago House music has taken DJ Marlowe abroad: his recent gig in Mexico City allowed  the world to sample one of our city’s most legendary sounds. A purist at heart, Marlowe …
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Introducing…DJ Nando

A usual suspect of the Chicago alternative scene, DJ Nando has been perfecting the art for over two decades. It’s hard to miss him if you’re out any happening venue. After a …
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Introducing…DJ Scarecrow

He likes to spin "what you didn’t know you wanted but you will like it," his organic look on life guides his work. Scarecrow earned the DJ part to his name as …
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Introducing…DJ Angelfuk

"Enchuuuuuuuuuuuuuuufensen, cabr****!" Sound familiar? Sandra Treviño has made Enchufate.com one of the most important music hubs in Chicago. DJ Angelfuk is just one more title to this all-knowing musical Chicagoan. She splits …
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Introducing… DJ SON & Post-Paint Boy

This New York-based dynamic duo isn’t made up of your regular run-of-the-mill indie geeks. By day, they have regular jobs and normal names, but by night they are DJ SON and Post-Paint …
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Introducing…DJ Gota Fria

Mostly known in the San Francisco Latino music scene for being one of the resident DJ’s at the monthly Latin Fusion parties since the very beginnings, Colombian party animal Gota Fría is …
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Jamming With Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan

One word: experimental. Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan from Chicago are no electro-pop party band. Most of their songs do not even contain lyrics. Their instruments? Try just about any electronic …
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Introducing… van van

LA-based fashion designer Vanessa Alonso has been obsessed with funky fashion since she was a kid, and is now dressing and styling some of the music world’s biggest names, with two clothing …
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Introducing…The Fire and Reason

New York-based multilingual electro-pop/rock band The Fire and Reason started playing around town in 2006, but have really taken off in recent months, developing a definite presence and following in the downtown …
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Keeping Quechua Alive

"Siete oficios y catorce necesidades" (seven trades and fourteen needs). That’s how Odi Gonzales, a poet from Cuzco now living in New York City, describes his busy and multi-skilled life. Yes, Gonzales …
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Wait. Think. Fast.

Although their lyrics span a wide range of emotions, don’t call them emo. Genre-bending breakout band Wait. Think. Fast. is a foursome that sprouted in Echo Park and blend alternative rock, dream …
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Soneo: Street and Elegant

Choco Orta, 48,  has been changing the game of salsa for over two decades as a singer, percussionist, actress and dancer. Orta’s originality and love for her island have taken her to …
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Margarita Jimeno Non-Stop

Up-and-coming Colombian filmmaker Margarita Jimeno met us for a cup of mint tea and conversation minutes from her apartment and not too far from our headquarters here in Willyburg. We were eager …
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Introducing… YOUNITY Founders AM and TOOFLY

The all-female art collective known as YOUNITY has only been around since the summer of 2007, but it has already hosted a major graffiti/mixed medium exhibition called Crossover, and is currently hosting …
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Mario Lopez Gets Interview with Obama

As if the former Saved by the Bell star's career comeback couldn't get any better—his Dancing with the Stars fame was quickly followed by a host gig at Extra—dimpled cutie Mario Lopez …
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Introducing…Salvador Jiménez

There’s art and then there’s provocative work by individuals like Salvador Jiménez who use their creativity and intuition to spark debate on issues like immigration and identity. Jiménez became a well known artist …
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Introducing… The Fire and Reason

New York-based multilingual electro-pop/rock band The Fire and Reason started playing around town in 2006, but have really taken off in recent months, developing a definite presence and following in the downtown …
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Introducing…Dulce Maria Mora

Don’t get fooled by Dulce Mora’s heavy-weight title as the News and Public Affairs Director for Radio Arte 90.5fm Chicago. The 26-year old is in charge of producing news segments every day …
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Introducing…El Pueblo

El Pueblo plays this Sunday at Rehab, but we got a piece of them first. Founding member Robert Julian and latest addition Chino Sing share a few random facts via email from …
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Calle 13 With Lubrication

Calle 13 has been the best thing in Latin music since they quietly burst out of Puerto Rico three years ago with their self-titled debut. And there hasn’t been a musical act …
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Introducing…La Sovietika

En España la gente no se baña....and Russian girls are all whores.  At least that’s what they say in the Dominican Republic, where the term "sovietica" refers to "sexually promiscuous" …
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Still Smokin’ After All These Years

Over two decades strong, Cypress Hill continues to be the #1 Latino rap act in this country.  As hip hop culture took shape in the 80’s and 90’s, Sen Dog, B-Real and …
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Coffee, Nicotine, Germs

Born on the Cancer/Leo cusp (making him super creative and romantic) to Mexican-born parents, 27-year-old Chicano artist Jaime Zacarias is most popularly known on the streets as Germs, a nickname coined by …
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Making This Election Personal

Contrary to stereotypes still lingering in the 2008 election- Latinos speak English, we are Republicans, Democrats, Independents and we do vote. Maria Teresa Petersen, Executive Director and co-founder (along with Rosario Dawson) …
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A Tale of Two September 11

Writer and human-rights crusader Ariel Dorfman has multiple homes, multiple identities, three languages, at least three countries. Since the military coup in Chile – on September 11, 1973 – he has carried …
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The Eletric Touch of Sao Paolo

In the era of the home studio, software and laptops, you can record music anywhere around the world. But just a few places on earth have the electric touch of Sao …
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From the Puerto Rican Underground with Love

Recently, we went out on a weekend bender with Puerto Rican garage-punk band, Davila 666, a relatively new band that has been capturing the attention of the underground (and not so underground) …
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La Verdad According to Locos Por Juana

Locos Por Juana, the funky musical collective that has been jamming all over Miami for the past decade, recently released their first major label album, La Verdad (Machete Music.) Y aunque parezca …
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A Chicana Warrior Goes to Palestine

My homegirl and Pittsburg, Califas native Nancy Hernandez teaches art at June Jordan School for Equity (a high school in San Francisco committed to social justice) when not volunteering at H.O.M.E.Y (Homies …
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Zack de la Rocha Breaks His Silence

He hasn’t spoken to the press for a while, but today I got a taste of what’s been brewing inside the mind of Zack de la Rocha in the L.A. Times. Check …
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Escape to Pinkerland

Barcelona may be known for its prime location on el Mediterráneo, Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, and the backdrop of the new Woody Allen movie, but it’s also the home of the sunglass-wearing, globe-trotting …
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Q&A with Astra Heights

After a sweet two-hour open bar at the House of Blues on Sunset (and really the only way to tolerate the $15 parking!) I recently got a chance to sit down with …
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