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Feliz Día De La Independencia 2011: Our Third Annual Mexican Musical Primer

By Arturo R. García

It’s Sept. 16, which means it’s Mexican Independence Day – please remind any friends who might be confused about the occasion that it’s not in May – and also time for our annual peek at musical goodness from the (personal) Motherland.

Kicking it off in the clip above is Molotov, rock en español‘s longtime agent provocateurs, who are celebrating their 15th anniversary this year with a tour, and are expected to drop an album later this year.

Overall, though, this year’s spotlight is a bit different from our 2010 and 2009 installments, mostly because of the rise of a new genre, ruidosón, a successor of sorts to the Nortec movement from earlier this decade, which fuses old-school rhythms with modern tech to create a sound that, while retaining some familiarity, is exploring new territory. More beats than you can handle are under the cut.
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Feliz Día De La Independencia 2010: Mexican Pop/Rock Primer II

By Arturo R. García

Apologies for the one-day delay, but after the positive response to last year’s Mexican Independence Day post, here’ s another look at some Mexican artists worth keeping track of.

Kicking things off is perhaps the most glaring omission from last year’s list – and I apologize for that – Lila Downs, the Oaxacan-Minnesotan who was nominated for an Academy Award for her contribution to the film Frida. This year, Downs released Live A FIP, a concert album recorded in Paris. So it’s appropriate we spotlight her onstage here, singing “Paloma Negra.”

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