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Los Lobos at The Flynn Center for The Performing Arts

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Los Lobos The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Burlington VT October 1, 2014 Los Lobos are celebrating four decades together by returning to their acoustic roots on tour in support of their live release of late last year, Disconnected in New York (Shout Factory, 2013). And the band certainly celebrated on their return to Burlington after a five year absence, offering an progressively loose and raucous performance that nevertheless never lost its decidedly intimate mood for the course of the two sets. Perhaps because he had missed the previous two stops due ...

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Los Lobos: Disconnected in New York City

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Recorded within the intimate confines of the Big Apple's City Winery in December 2012, Disconnected in New York City finds Los Lobos' simultaneously recognizing, anticipating and celebrating its fortieth anniversary as a band. Little wonder the performances are so sparkling on the three discs within the 'Deluxe Edition,' potent beyond their somewhat abbreviated duration. The main recording is also available as a single cd, and carries comparably more force by dint of its length alone: a baker's dozen cuts totaling approximately an hour's duration. Los Lobos' customarily impeccable sound quality highlights the purity of the acoustic textures (as ...

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Los Lobos: Kiko @ 20 (x3)

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In the twenty years since the release of Kiko, Los Lobos has made albums equally brilliant--The Town and The City (Mammoth, 2006) for instance--but it has never made one better. This eighth album from the East Los Angeles band, in fact, stands as a template for all subsequent Los Lobos albums (hear 2011's Tin Can Trust) in its seamless blend of eclectic musical styles, evocative lyrics, creative production and the savvy, seasoned musicianship.The album is a unified song cycle which has few equals in the annals of rock, but even so, the release of three separate pieces (in a variety ...

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Los Lobos: Kiko - 20th Anniversary Edition

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Los LobosKiko: 20th Anniversary EditionShout! Factory2012Looking over the punk-era rise of Los Angeles roots rock, reveals an embarrassment of musical riches. The prototypical outfit was The Blasters, a literate working class rockabilly-tinged barband whose songs (written by Dave Alvin) were knowing, compassionate stories of real American life, and they inspired a movement of imitators. Then there was X, fronted by the husband/wife team of John Doe and Exene Cervanka, whose punk aesthetic also drew on a wealth of American roots music, from Woody Guthrie to rockabilly and beyond. It seemed at the ...

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Los Lobos: Kiko @ 20 (x3)

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With a career now well into its fourth decade, and with a discography heavy on hits and light on misses, there are still sure to be certain recordings that stand out amidst a growing catalog. Yet, when Los Lobos released Kiko (Warner Bros.) in 1992, it had an album that not only stood out--if for no other reason than completely reinventing what the group was capable of and raising the bar for every album that followed, right up to its recent Tin Can Trust (Shout! Factory, 2011)--it had a recording that was as important to this band of largely Hispanic ...

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Los Lobos: Tin Can Trust

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Prolificity ain't all it's cracked up to be. With but a dozen studio releases in three decades, Los Lobos' discography may be small, but combines substance and style. Since the breakthrough How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash, 1984) and massive radio hit--a re-visioning of Richie Valens' classic “La Bamba," from the 1987 bio-pic of the same name--Los Lobos has been mining a distinctive and unfailingly honest nexus of roots and rock. They may not sell as many records as Eminem, but with each new release--the last being, ignoring the sidestep Los Lobos Goes Disney (DisneySound, 2009), the very fine The ...

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Lobos Live in Lowell: Ridin' On

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Los Lobos Boarding House Park Lowell, Massachusetts September 1, 2006

Los Lobos should be honored as a national treasure. Appearing in the home of Jack Kerouac near the end of the Massachusetts city's summer music series, this band from East LA displayed an affectionate enthusiasm for their audience that, combined with musical diversity and instrumental chemistry at their command, provided an ever so rare means of inaugurating the autumn.

Outside in the cool late summer early fall air in the middle of Lowell, Lobos let rip right from the start. ...



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