America and Race, Artists in the hood, Latin Music, Latinos in Media, Puerto Rico's Colonial Status, Rock Music, Urban/Global Politics

Calle 13’s Transformative Space

The sold-out crowd at Times Square’s Best Buy Theatre last Saturday night could not control itself as their hero, René Pérez a/k/a MC Residente of Calle 13 took the stage with his typical buoyant boxing stance, ready to slay the dragon of indifference with lyrics spat and batucada attack. The backing band, now so well-rehearsed […]

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Latin Music, Urban/Global Politics

Call and Response: A Conversation

Let’s have a conversation. About death. It’s been on our minds lately. Everyone seems to be talking about it. This is the culmination of a season where, according to a panelist last night at the Viajero-Borish Dia de los Muertos Collective event at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, we have been observing the slow […]

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Latin Music, Urban/Global Politics

The Song They Should Play for Mariano

Man this whole Metallica thing really doesn’t make any sense to me. Mariano, I guess, being the gracious guy he is, accepted the whole thing like everything was cool. But I really don’t get what “Enter Sandman” has to do with anything. Just because they played the Apollo last night means they got soul I […]

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