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2009 Stories by Christopher Lopez

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  • Pop and Indie Figure High in This Year's Best Latin Releases

    published December 31, 2009

    It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaeton continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the... More >>

  • Bilingual Pop Stars Aventura Play the American Airlines Arena on Saturday

    published December 17, 2009

    Aventura is one of the most successful Latin music acts in the world at the moment. Not "arguably" and not "possibly" — it's simple fact.... More >>

  • Pop n' Reggae Fest

    published December 17, 2009

    Call up your ganja dealer, pick up a pack of Rizlas, and break out your red, yellow, and green dreadlock cap. So it looks silly on your... More >>

  • 311

    published November 26, 2009

    It's hard to believe 311's been at it for 20-plus years, especially when listening to the band's recently released 12th album, Uplifter.... More >>

  • Rusted Root Hits Revolution for Its Second South Florida Show This Year

    published November 26, 2009

    Selling more than 3 million records worldwide is no small feat, particularly for a band like Rusted Root. The rambling, bluegrassy quartet... More >>

  • Despite His Many Hats, Ruben Blades Shines Brightest in Music

    published November 19, 2009

    Few artists in Latin music — or in any genre, for that matter — are as prolific and talented as Ruben Blades. He's a singer and a... More >>

  • Almost a Century

    published November 19, 2009

    Getting old sucks. I mean seriously. Remember what it was like being able to stay up all night drinking, then rolling into work the next day with... More >>

  • Tobacco Road Gets Old

    published November 19, 2009

    Getting old sucks. I mean seriously. Remember what it was like being able to stay up all night drinking, then rolling into work the next day with... More >>

  • Bossa Nova Baby Bebel Gilberto Takes Up Her Family's Musical Mantle

    published November 12, 2009

    Chanteuse Bebel Gilberto couldn't have been anything but what she is -- a world-class performer, singer, and songwriter. Anything less would have... More >>

  • Damas Gratis

    published November 5, 2009

    It's entirely possible, unless you reside in Little Buenos Aires (right up there between North and South Beach... where Las Vacas Gordas throws... More >>

  • After a Near Breakup, New Orleans Rockers Mute Math Reach New Sonic Heights

    published October 29, 2009

    Trying to describe the sound of the New Orleans quartet Mute Math can bring to mind that music-writing adage — it's like dancing about... More >>

  • Marc Anthony

    published October 22, 2009

    It's tough to nail down one place to start enumerating Marc Anthony's talents. He's as complete a performer as Latin music has ever known,... More >>

  • Los Amigos Invisibles

    published October 15, 2009

    Los Amigos Invisibles are anything but what they announced in the title of their 1995 debut, A Typical and Autoctonal Venezuelan Dance... More >>

  • Bela Fleck Strums the Strings Into Outer Space

    published October 15, 2009

    Over the course of his storied, nearly 30-year career as a professional musician, Bela Fleck has been recognized by many as the world's premier... More >>

  • Outernational Sounds

    published October 8, 2009

    Washington, D.C., is, of course, the nation's capital, home to the U.S. government and the hub for power brokers from across the globe. So... More >>

  • Laura Pausini

    published October 8, 2009

    Laura Pausini is considered by many to possess one of the most powerful female voices in all of Latin pop. And rightfully so. The Italian-born... More >>

  • Tropicália Rises Again as Brazil's Os Mutantes Release Their First Album in 35 Years

    published October 8, 2009

    The civil, social, and political unrest of the '60s was not exclusive to American shores. While U.S. soil was damp with tears over Vietnam and... More >>

  • Crowe Feast

    published October 1, 2009

    It’s been nearly 20 years since the Black Crowes dropped their debut album Shake Your Money Maker, which, though not exactly... More >>

  • Wisin y Yandel

    published September 17, 2009

    Puerto Rican duo Wisin y Yandel are without question the most successful reggaeton artists in the history of the genre, outselling all the... More >>

  • Gilberto Santa Rosa

    published September 10, 2009

    Calling an artist a living legend in print can be a tricky business, with the risk of vocal naysayer upheaval very real. It requires... More >>

  • Babasónicos

    published August 27, 2009

    Argentine alternative group Babasónicos boasts an impressive longevity in the evanescent world of rock 'n' roll.  Nearly 18 years... More >>

  • O.A.R.

    published August 27, 2009

    Of a Revolution, or O.A.R., as it's known for short, has come quite a long way from its humble beginnings as a college circuit band. But what... More >>

  • Stellar as Always

    published August 20, 2009

    Change in all its forms is fascinating, and particularly so in music. Bands (hopefully) change from tour to tour and album to album, even if it's... More >>

  • Poison

    published August 13, 2009

    Today, most younger folks know Bret Michaels for his part-time career of bedding a colorful array of barely legal, drunken, cat-fighting,... More >>

  • El Zolazo

    published August 13, 2009

    There's nothing like a good festival. The food. The beer. The lengthy and varied lineups of entertainers. Festivals make for an all-around damn... More >>

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