There's nothing quite like the spice of Latin-funk music, rich in vitality, infectious in beat. All Good Funk Alliance manages to capture all of those musical pleasures in a remix of Samba Soul's classic song, "Mambo #5."
Don't be fooled by the opening of "Maladrino" -- Eugene Hütz hasn't gotten soft. He's just setting up what's to come: a giddy sing-along in some cantina south of the border of the borderless world of crazed, speed-punk polka drinking music that is Gogol Bordello.
Latin-infused dance music doesn't get much more insanely catchy than "Como Te Vas" by Oakland, Calf. band Trails and Ways. For the bilingual among you, this is an "oreja gusano supremo."
Hipster jazz, old-school electronica, classic hip-hop and Latin soul all come together in the sound of Elastic Bond and its debut album "Real."
Carlos Jove hosts "Latin Hemispheres" every Sunday from 1-3 a.m. Central, providing a variety of Latin tunes for late-night listeners.
Inescapably cool, Calexico's approachable "Algiers" blurs the lines between Americana, rock and Tejano.
As the audience roared and gave Los Lobos a standing ovation, guitarist Cesar Rosas joked, "You know we're Los Lobos? Not Los Lonely Boys right?" The St. Louis crowd, fully aware of who they were about to see, were genuinely thrilled and the air filled with electricity.
A year and six months after the release of his Latin Grammy award-winning album "Chucho's Steps," Chucho Valdés continues to leave an indelible impression on Latin jazz.
My attempts at Spanish may be atrocious, but my feelings toward the Mexican pop artist Ximena Sariñana are anything but.