Thursday, May 24, 2007

Los Duran, Deftones, and Ozomatli: Nashville Scene Critics Picks for live music

Latin music, musicians coming to town this weekend, through Tuesday

"Similar to ... Los Lobos"

"Intelligence, melody, atmosphere"

"A seamless expanse of hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk and salsa"

The Nashville Scene's Critics Picks column this week features three bands with latin sounds and/or Hispanic band members who will be performing in Nashville over the next few days: Los Duran, Deftones, and Ozomatli. Los Duran perform Saturday and Sunday; Deftones perform Saturday, and Ozomatli perform next Tuesday:
"LOS DURAN Gerard Duran and his band blend R&B, funk, jazz and guitar-centric rock for a sound at times similar to their fellow East Los Angelenos Los Lobos, though with less of a Latino bent..."

"DEFTONES ...the Deftones have from day one suggested intelligence, melody, atmosphere and an underlying yearning to reveal the delicate aspects of their voice. But, while frontman Chino Moreno and DJ/keyboardist Frank Delgado—easily one of the most understated, non-clich├ęd DJs working in a rock band today—have consistently brought a vision of ambience to the band..."

"OZOMATLI Reflecting the urban polyglot of their Los Angeles home, Ozomatli purvey a Latin dance party fueled by horns and covering a seamless expanse of hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk and salsa. The vibrant sound is impressive live, and the band won a Grammy for its third album, 2004’s Street Signs. ... Ozomatli’s new album, Don’t Mess With the Dragon, continues the 10-member collective’s multicultural explorations with a particular emphasis on its Latin pop roots...."

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