Export Amigo

Along with billions of barrels of black gold and the occasional successful stab at beauty pageants, Venezuela has a rather vibrant music scene that has flown under the radar for far too long. At the modern forefront, slowly gaining momentum and venturing into the mainstream, are Los Amigos Invisibles — blending 40 years of criollo pop sensibilities with digital know-how into a raunchy dance-floor catalyst and four well-received full-lengths. Their last, The Venezuelan Zinga Son Vol. 1, has gotten plenty of airplay through Latin rock outlets due to the six-man band's sophisticated blend of house rhythms, Latin percussion, and sex-rock overtones. Unabashed and undeterred, even as Hugo Chavez sticks his hand where it don't belong, Los Amigos push a compilation album of Venezuela's best that they produced themselves, Chill Out Venezuela Vol. 1. Time to wake up and smell el funk.

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Los Amigos Invisibles perform at 10 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at Metropolis, 950 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-415-0000.

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