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Gig Alert: Mariachi El Bronx

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mariachi El Bronx
“48 Roses”
Playing Tuesday at Brooklyn Bowl
(61 Wythe Ave., Williamsburg)
Get: Tickets (Free with RSVP) | Directions

Mariachi El Bronx sounds like the kind of musical project that might have started as a comedy sketch: hard-edged Los Angeles punks surprise fans by being true to their hearts and releasing a traditional mariachi album. But that’s precisely what The Bronx did.

Sure, there’s something gimmicky about seeing a bunch of SoCal white guys decked out in glittering mariachi suits and singing in English over soaring trumpets and violins. But there’s something about it that actually works. And considering how long regional Mexican music has been thriving in the American West, it's kind of a travesty that this kind of rock-mariachi mash-up hasn’t happened sooner.

On “48 Roses,” Mariachi El Bronx shows they did their homework with an upbeat tune filled with tasty string runs and just the right dose of melodrama.


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Lilly Oros from Alhambra Ca LA

As if just The Bronx weren't amazing enough, they've taken it to mariachi and its awesome. Always a fun night in Los Angeles when they play. SUPER excited about their second Mariachi El Bronx album.

Jun. 28 2011 04:23 PM
p lamont from London

the first album was sensational, saw them perform twice in the UK, once as a headliners, the second as support to the incredible gogol bordello. Have also seen them perform as the Bronx, and I have to say that in both incarnations they ROCK. This track seems to pick up exactly where the last left of, and is catchy and further delivers on the notion that punk is a mindset not a music genre... I just hope it evolves a bit musically and that the distinction between the first and second albums can really be felt and heard. Love it!

Jun. 28 2011 12:49 PM

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