Today marks the celebratory release of Ocho, the new album from Felix y los Gatos. Mel Minter wrote about the band’s South Valley gris-gris in this week’s music section.
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The Cool Cats
Felix y Los Gatos bring it
South Valley Gris-Gris
Felix y los Gatos conjures spellbinding sounds
Judging from Ocho, the new album from Felix y los Gatos, Felix Peralta (guitar, vocals) has been knee-deep in some hard times lately: relationship problems, too much partying, trying not to party, homesickness (living in the Heights and aching for the South Valley), car trouble and so on.
Guitarist and vocalist Felix Peralta is releasing a new album—Ocho—with his band, Felix y los Gatos. We asked the multigenre-influenced musician to give his catalog of songs a spin. Here are the random results.
Mexico City to Burque
Festival Cervantes opens tonight with graffiti from south of the border
In its first year, the Festival Cervantes is a series of events put on by the Instituto Cervantes of Albuquerque with the aim of spreading the Spanish language through the medium of art. The fest kicks off this evening at UNM’s Latin American and Iberian Institute with a graffiti show from Mexico City artist Miguel Mejía (aka Neuzz), who’s come in specifically for the event. See the above link for a full schedule of events, which go through Monday.
If you've read one book in Spanish, chances are it's Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote. The classic account of delusional heroism is taught in high schools around the country, and it’s many a Spanish-as-a-second-language student's gateway into literary art set to a foreign tongue.
Music to Your Ears
Le Chat Lunatique Unveils Nouveau Vintage Video
A Note by Any Other Name ...
Musicians comment on their place in the global scene
The term irks me like a pebble in the shoe. If it’s in the world and it’s music, literally all music is world music. Or, maybe the term applies to anything non-Western. As David Byrne says, “Western pop is the fast food of music,” so perhaps if music is complicated or has substance it’s “world.” But what about vapid French pop? World. If it comes from somewhere you’ve never been, or it’s in a language you don’t understand, world.
All-ages SOS Music Fest is tomorrow! Buy cheap tickets today!
The Alibi’s Group Hug Events presents live music, beer, food, vendors and art at Expo New Mexico’s Spanish Village. Pace yourselves—there’s a lot to do at this all-day, all-ages affair tomorrow. Let the sun worship begin!
You can buy your tickets in advance for only $10 up until noon tomorrow when the gates open. They’re $15 at the door. (Kids 10 and under get in free.)
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The Cat Goes to the Dark Side
Felix Peralta’s Gato Malo
“Damn right I have the blues,” proclaims singer/songwriter/guitarist Felix Peralta in a burst of enthusiasm about his new, almost solo CD, Gato Malo, Acoustic Blues for the Grave, Volume 1. The front man for Felix y Los Gatos, Peralta is better known for the consistently upbeat dance music that band pumps out. But he has another side, one he’s been more in touch with recently.