How Los Blenders Grew Up and Became the Next Great Mexican Garage Band

In theory, artists that follow the Los Blenders formula aren’t supposed to become big. The garage act from Coapa – the home of Mexico City cover bands – has spent most of their journey getting drunk and playing no-frills garage punk odes to alcohol, inspiring slam dancing every time they take the stage. Yet, after U.S. tour dates, numerous festival appearances, a non-stop gigging schedule in Mexico, and the ever-growing momentum of 2015’s Chavos Bien LP, here they are in 2017, playing Coachella, on the verge of becoming the nation’s next great rock band. How did that happen? Continue reading How Los Blenders Grew Up and Became the Next Great Mexican Garage Band

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What To Know About Richard Oakes, The Man Honored In Today’s Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle honors the life of activist Richard Oakes, on what would have been his 75th birthday. During much of the ’60s and ’70s, Oakes peacefully protested for the rights and independence of Native Americans.

The Doodle depicts Oakes in the foreground with the Pit River, the Akwesasne reservation, and Alcatraz Island — three significant locations in Oakes’s life — behind him. Oakes was born in Akwesasne, a Mohawk Indian reservation that encompasses land in both New York and Canada. He went on to attend San Francisco State University, which is where, according to the Google Doodle blog, he came up with the idea to create one of the country’s earliest American Indian education programs.

But Oakes is probably best known for his leadership in the Alcatraz takeover and the Pit River resistance. In 1969, Oakes and dozens of young indigenous college students occupied Alcatraz Island for a period of 19 months. Their protest had two goals: To create a cultural community center and make the government recognize the Sioux Treaty of 1868, which gave American Indians the power to claim unused federal land.

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Shakira to Host the First Spanish-Language Episode on Beats 1 Radio

Leading up to the release of her 11th studio album El Dorado on May 26, fans will be happy to learn that Shakira is opening up about the project on three episodes of Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio. Shakira will host a three-part bilingual series where she will shed light on the creative process behind the record and her development as an artist. Alongside major releases like Drake’s Views, Beats 1 interviews have become high-profile events for superfans to learn about albums for the first time. Following two wildly successful collabs with Prince Royce and Maluma, and a three-year break since her last album, Shakira’s appearances on Beats 1 should be no different. Continue reading Shakira to Host the First Spanish-Language Episode on Beats 1 Radio

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In Her L.A. Neighborhood, Playwright Josefina Lopez Creates a ‘Casa’ for the Performing Arts

osefina Lopez has an amazing story: she grew up in a modest neighborhood in the heart of the city’s east side and went on to co-write a hit movie that made America Ferrera a star. Since then, she has harnessed her success to give Latino youth a space to explore – and succeed – in the performing arts. Continue reading In Her L.A. Neighborhood, Playwright Josefina Lopez Creates a ‘Casa’ for the Performing Arts

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