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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Rock Music, Urban/Global Politics

Who Was Sylvia Morales?

Last Sunday we found out that Lou Reed had died after what seems like a difficult battle with liver disease, and a predictable flood of obituaries followed, paying tribute to a “rock original,” a musician credited with laying the groundwork for what would become punk rock. While that genre has been characterized by nihilistic excess […]

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Urban/Global Politics

Rodriguez Schools Me in the Cold Facts

Meeting Rodriguez, dressed head to toe in black and wearing sunglasses seemingly designed to protect him from the glare of a Western sunset, is like meeting a super-hip uncle you never knew you had. He presents the crinkled hand that looks like it has lifted a thousand cinder blocks and strummed endless gentle guitar chords, and […]

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