The Latin Alternative Music Conference is back in New York City this week, here to satisfy your curiosity of what’s happening in Latin alternative music. Starting on Tuesday, July 7th, acts from all over the the US and Latin America will descend on the city, bringing their latest musical creations to the general public. The sheer volume of concerts, showcases, and after parties can be overwhelming, so of course, we’re here to help.
Much like SXSW (but on a way smaller scale), a whole ecosystem of unofficial showcases and club nights spring up around LAMC week (they’re the alt to the alt, if you will). These are often the spaces where the freshest, most exciting bookings can be seen, and we’ve got some tasty selections for you below.
(And if you need a break from the underground, there’s always the Romeo Santos concert on Saturday….)
NRMAL, SuperCrush Studio, Epicentro, and Remezcla are not messing around for their Solo Dame Indie Pop! showcase series during LAMC week. On July 7th, the opening night brings you none other than Chileno indie pop duo Dënver, ruidosón dark prince/pizza obsessor María y José, and Bogotá/Brooklyn dream pop outfit Salt Cathedral. Grab your $10 tickets while they last.
Together, Camilo Lara and Toy Selectah are known as Compass. Camilo Lara is the founder of Mexican Institute of Sound (M.I.S) and has released 4 albums since its formation in early 2000. His music is a visionary mixture that flirts with electronic, hip-hop, dub, cumbia and punk. Globetrotter, DJ, Producer and visionary, Toy Selectah has established a hybrid sound of Latin and world rhythms. Toy is a pioneer and essential character of the new Mexican and Latin American music scene. Artists Helado Negro & Systema Solar will also be joining them on stage this night, along with DJ’s from the Pirotecnia Label. This one is free and open to the public!
Dominican indie pop singer/songwriter Alex Ferreira is celebrating the release of his newest album, Cinema Tropical, with a release party on July 8th at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Joining him are Chileno indie rock band and Nacional Records artists Astro, plus a DJ set from Brian Cid. Tickets go for $15 in advance, $20 the day of the performance.
Welcome to the House Party! NYC’s famous Webster Hall has 4 parties going off at once every Thursday night. Just Blaze holds it down in the Grand Ballroom tonight with DJ Soul, Oscar & Va$htie keep the 90’s alive in the Marlin Room with 1992, and of course, Melo X and Jasmine Solano keeps it vibes in the Balcony Lounge with Electric Punanny. Downstairs in the Studio, Remezcla & Webster Hall are hosting the latest fiesta to join the House Party team, PERREO. Residents Nina Sky & False Witness are djing with special guests Toy Selectah, Riobamba & Izla, featuring all things Latin Urban to perrear to. House Party is 19+ and ladies are free all night. Check out False Witness’ summer mix for the party below:
LatAm indie label Ponk, based in Brooklyn, hosts a showcase during LAMC at Cameo Gallery, highlighting some of the borough’s freshest sounds. Check out the dreamy sounds from Colombia/Puerto Rico-rooted band Balancer and shoegaze outfit Parrot Dream, plus DJ sets from Dutty Artz/Picó Picante’s own Riobamba and label founder Sokio. The show starts right at 8 PM.
The Highline Ballroom is hosting their 2nd official LAMC Indie Showcase this week with a string international latin talent. This lineup touches all genres. This night includes Chilean singer/songwriter Gepe, along with Miami’s Mr. Pauer, Puerto Rican rapper and Remezcla favorite Alvaro Diaz, Pedrina y Rio, Ceci Bastida, and Torreblanca. And the best part is tickets are only $12.
This should be a truly special night: Los Wemblers, live and direct from Iquitos, Peru, make their first appearance in the U.S. at Pioneer Works on July 9th. With more than 40 years experience as a group, the five Sanchez Brothers will perform iconic chicha tracks like “Sonido Amazonico” and “Danza del Petrolero.” Don’t miss opening sets from cumbieros DJ Sabroso and DJ K Conan.
Right in the heart of LAMC week, NRMAL, SuperCrush Studios, Epicentro, and Remezcla are bringing you a packed Solo Dame Indie Pop! showcase on July 10th at Baby’s All Right. Check out headliners/retro-tropical outfit Buscabulla alongside San Juan’s indie pop outfit Los Walters, plus Galicia’s Triángulo de Amor Bizarro and DJ Payola. Tickets start at $10 in advance.
Afrolatino Fest NYC and Que Bajo?! are joining forces to perform at The Wick on July 11th. The party include Brooklyn based DJ’s Uproot Andy and Geko Jones from Que Bajo, along with special guests Riobamba (Pico Picante)and Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto. This event is strictly 21+. Get 15% off the price of admission by entering the code RMZCLA when buying your tickets online!
July 12th is a big day for the AfroLatino Festival of NYC. This event brings together an entire day of live performances and showcases. From “Carnaval” in the morning to Que Bajo in the afternoon, expect big names like Kafu Banton, Les Nubians, and Cultura Profetica to storm the stage at the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza. Tickets are starting at $40.