Friday, April 20, 2012

Extra Bilingual Newspaper - Thalia Hall’s commitment to its artistic surroundings.

My first ever cover story. Thank you, Extra Newspaper, for this wonderful opportunity and for believing in me. You can pick up the physical copies at any Extra News stand around the city.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pastilla Presents: Dopamina

PASTILLA presents: 

"Victor Monroy is Dopamina’s lead vocalist and music & lyrics writer. He is also the lead singer of Pastilla, a group that revolutionized music in Los Angeles by being one of the first rock and alternative bands to sing in Spanish. Victor continues to write music for Pastilla and Dopamina as well as for several other bands in Los Angeles. His songs are featured on MTV Latin America’s new telenovela show “Popland.”

César “Vampiro” López is considered by many to be one of the premier rock guitarists from Latin America. He played with Maná and his band Azul Violeta as well as other groups such as Belanova. He has influenced a generation of guitar players with his unique style. Currently he is the guitarist for the Mexican rock group Jaguares, which has won two Latin Grammys.
Enrique “Bugs” Gonzalez is the drummer for his band Jumbo and Dopamina. He has also recorded albums for artists from different musical genres such as Aleks Syntek, Alejandro Fernandez, Pepe Aguilar, Ana Torroja, La 5a Estacion, Eduardo Cruz, RBD, Reyli, Gloria Trevi, Alex Ubago, Timbiriche, Paulina Rubio, Pambo y Gian Marco, among others. Currently, he is the musical director and drummer of the multifaceted band of composer and producer, Aleks Syntek.
Now these 3 musicians, who share a Mexican sensibility, have formed Dopamina: A fusion of Spanish rock and pop at its best." - Pastilla

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Latism + Hello Seahorse! + P-Mosh

Overall it was a great night at Chicago's Navy Pier for the opening of this year's Latism Conference. The event, which caters to Latinos in Social Media (osea, Latism, get it, get it?) will be presenting workshops and panels geared toward professionals looking to expand their audience within the Latino market and beyond. "LATISM, the largest organization for Latinos and Latinas engaged in social media, is a 501(c) 4 nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing the social, civic and economic status of the Latino community."

The two day conference takes place at Chicago's Navy Pier (in the Grand Ballroom) and will provide key information on how to "use social media to amplify the impact of business leadership, personal influence and public service campaigns within the Latino community, in addition to exploring case studies in the areas of Health, Education, Economic Development and Civic initiatives." If you snoozed you lost as the conference is already sold out... but don't you worry, you pretty little thing. Myself and a few other savvy media specialists will be actively taking notes and absorbing every bit of information we find useful and then reporting back to you. This is what we do. (By the way, we'll discuss the unfortunate perpetuating of stereotypes at this event later. Eeek!)

Also taking place last night at Navy Pier's WBEZ Studios was our weekly Enchufate segment during The Music Vox (which airs Monday through Friday, 6-8PM CST) and we featured music from Colombia's Sexy Lucy as well as Chicago's own ska fiends Malafacha. If you tuned in, you would have found out the deal for winning passes to the upcoming Hello Seahorse! concert which takes place the Wednesday before Thanksgiving at Congress Theater. If you weren't listening, pues ya tu sabe. Don't be asking for tix day of or a SMACK is all you'll get. You know you love it... and I love you so you'll have one more opportunity to win passes. Tune in next Wednesday (11/16/11) to 89.5FM around the 7:30PM mark for another chance to win tickets. Next week's featured song comes from Chicago rock'n'rollers, one of my personal favorites, Wonderland Honey. Oh yes.

For those bands and DJs interested, we'll be booking Thursdays at Funk (5 W. Division) and Saturdays at Junior's (2058 W. Cermak). Send us an email to with your band name, link to page with music and contact information and we'll provide you with a handful of dates to choose from. Genre doesn't matter as long as you know how to do what you do. You dig?

Tonight at Funk, DJ Ron Solera and Victor Lua will be spinning some tunes for your listening pleasure and as an added bonus for showing up they'll be giving away tickets to the November 19th Plastilina Mosh concert. Asi si, digo yo.  The Official After-Party for the P-Moshers will be at Bar 10 Doors with a live performance by [.DESCARGA.]

Monday, October 31, 2011

Song Conundrum + Molotov

Say what? Yes, it's a post about a song conundrum and also this weekend's long-awaited (well, for those of us who are fans of the band) Molotov concert at Congress Theater. I can't help but loving those goofy boys and their unexplained energy. Where the heck does it come from? Have you seen them away from the stage? It's quite the transformation, let me tell you.

So to repeat myself, this Friday is the Molotov concert at Congress and also includes performances by Cuadro Azul, [.DESCARGA.] and Monte Negro. It's a solid line-up, that's for sure. I like all three bands individually and I think this line-up will showcase them even better. They complement each other well.

This Wednesday I'll be sharing new music during Enchufate's segment on The Music Vox, 89.5FM For those outside the Chicago/Indiana listening area you can always stream it live on  The Music Vox airs Monday through Friday, 6-8PM CST. Our segment airs Wednesdays at 7:30PM CST. Tune in anytime!

As for the song conundrum? It's [.DESCARGA.]'s 'The Funeral'. All I know is it makes me really happy and really sad at the same time. Now you understand my conundrum? Ush.

You listen and let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 15, 2011