Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Saturday, 17 September 2011 17:10

Mariachi El Bronx 9/17/11

Mariachi El Bronx 9/17/11
Written by James Kaegel
Rate this item
(3 votes)

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: September 17, 2011
  • Artist / Band: Mariachi el Bronx
  • Hosting Show: The Mixtape
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Like the masked Mexican wrestlers of lucha libre, the musical identity of Mariachi El Bronx is hard to pin down. The band will dazzle you with deft moves and put you in a paralyzing hold before you fully realize what's happening.

As you listen to the traditional Latin sounds, you would never guess that this is the alter-ego of L.A. punk band the Bronx. And it’s no goof -- the band is quite sincere in its approach to these time-honored musical conventions. The band employs all the authentic instrumentation of violins, trumpets and indigenous Mexican guitars. They even look the part as they perform on stage in the formal charro suits.

Though the majority of the band's lyrics are sung in English, the songs echo the heritage of mariachi ballads. Themes revolve around love and loss, highlighting the universality of not only the human condition, but of pop songs and folk music in general. Whether performing a cover like the Prince song "I Would Die 4 U" or, as in this Live at KDHX session, a tongue-in-cheek original like "Litigation," they all sound as if it i they're genuinely part of the canon of Mexican balladeers.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

KDHX Recommends


New Music Circle presents Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman Duo

Swiss pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and NYC violinist Mark Feldman have been collaborators for more than fifteen years.Their music involves an integration of modern classical, avant-garde jazz, and European improvised styles. Sylvie...


Folk and Roots Sessions: The Honeycutters

The Folk & Roots Sessions, a 10-concert series spanning August, 2015 to May, 2016, will bring you new folk, bluegrass, old-time, Americana or country. Each month the Folk & Roots Sessions will feature one concert we think you...


Cory Branan

Throughout his career, Cory Branan has been too punk for country, too country for punk, too Memphis for Nashville, and probably a little too Cory Branan for anyone's damn good.   Ticket information


Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook