7 Must See Artists at Pachanga Fest Austin 2015


7 Must See Artists at Pachanga Fest Austin 2015

Posted by on May 14, 2015

By Marla 05.13.2015


Horizontes host, Michael Crockett, aka DJ Canoso, highlights–seven must-see artists at Pachanga Latino Music Festival 2015. For more info on Pachanga and latin music tune into KUTX 98.9 Sundays from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. as Michael brings you the best music of Latin America.


The great thing about Pachanga Fest is that you can easily catch at least half a set from every band that plays due to the proximity of everything at Fiesta Gardens. It’s only a five-minute walk between the three stages so I plan to see every band and you should too. However, I will definitely not miss the following artists (in order of appearance) this year:


numebers_sabado-01Compass: M.I.S. + Toy Selectah– I’m anxious to see what this collaboration between two great DJs produces. Camilo Lara (aka Mexican Institute of Sound) is one of the most entertaining DJs on stage I have ever seen and I love the musical treasures he brings to his turntables. I’ve never seen Toy Selectah before but I’m a fan of his Sonidero Nacional and so many recordings with other artists he has been a part of. I’m also hoping the duo might bring on a guest or two from their upcoming album recorded all over the world with 90 different artists!  Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 16: MetroPCS Hierba Stage, 3:20 – 3:50 PM

Also performs:

Thursday, March 14: Pachanga Houston 

Friday, March 15: Pachanga Dallas


numebers_sabado-02Ceci Bastida– I have seen Ceci Bastidas over the years as the backup singer and keyboardist for fellow Tijuana native Julieta Venegas but it will be a pleasure to finally see her perform her solo work which I hadn’t explored alot until her most recent release La Edad de Violencia (The Age Of Violence). I appreciate the social commentary on this album and I think the music backs it up beautifully. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below. 


Saturday, March 16: HEB Pavilion Stage, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Also performs:

Thursday, March 14: Pachanga Houston 

Friday, March 15: Pachanga Dallas


numebers_sabado-03Mala Rodríguez– After experiencing the Latin hip-hop of Ana Tijoux one year and Calle 13 the next at Pachanga Fest I can’t help but be curious to see this hip-hop artist from Spain whose song “Quién Manda” (Who’s In Charge) from her latest album Bruja (Witch) has been hard to keep off of my weekly playlists here at KUTX. I also can’t imagine that she won’t be joining Kinky onstage after her set to sing “Negro Dia” with them as she does on their two most recent albums. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 16: MetroPCS Hierba Stage, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


numebers_sabado-04Orkesta Mendoza– I get nostalgic for a time in Latin music I’m too young to have experienced when you could dance mambo and cha-cha-cha to a big band led by a Perez Prado or a Xavier Cugat. That’s why it will be such a treat to dance to Sergio Mendoza’s orquesta on the patio in front of the KUTX sponsored stage at Pachanga. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 16: Alt.latino/KUTX Stage, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM


numebers_sabado-05Kinky– Rain kept us from seeing Kinky at SXSW so I’m glad they are returning to Austin so soon. This electro-rock band from Monterrey has been making great music for 15 years and their latest album of hits, MTV Unplugged (not sure what they unplugged) gives one a taste of how good they are live. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 16: MetroPCS Hierba Stage, 7:45 PM – 9:00 PM

Also performs:

Thursday, March 14: Pachanga Houston 

Friday, March 15: Pachanga Dallas


numebers_sabado-06Ximena SariñanaI fell for this Mexican singer-songwriter’s voice when she released her debut album Mediocre back in 2008 . The album was lyrically and musically imaginative with elements of jazz as well as rock but seductively subdued. Her latest album is much less subdued which will be a good thing for the big outdoor stage she’ll be playing at Pachanga. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 16: HEB Pavilion stage, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM


numebers_sabado-07Palenke Soultribe I will be sorry to have to leave the Ximena Sariñana set but I simply must end my Pachanga Fest partying to the Afro-Colombian, electro-cumbia sounds of Palenke Soultribe. You will quite literally dance your ass off to this band so if you want to burn off some of those tacos and beer you’ve been eating all day, you’ll simply have to stop by here before leaving the festival. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 16: Alt.latino/KUTX Stage, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM


–Michael Crockett


Photo Credit: Marla / CC BY

10 Memorable Music Moments on Sábado Gigante

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10 Memorable Music Moments on Sábado Gigante

Posted by on May 8, 2015

By Marla 05.08.2015

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English: You’ve probably heard by now (from one of a thousand sites online) about Sábado Gigante’s last days on air. If you haven’t heard just Google ‘Sábado Gigante’ and you’ll obtain information on the subject till your heart’s content. For the sake of celebrating the 53 years of joy, music and entertainment that Mario Kreutzberger, aka as Don Francisco, brought to millions of Spanish-speaking viewers, we have created a list of 10 memorable music moments on Sábado Gigante.


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Español: A estas alturas probablemente haz oído hablar (en uno de los miles de sitios en línea) sobre los últimos días de Sábado Gigante al aire. Si no estas enterado sólo pon ‘Sábado Gigante’ en Google y obtendrás información sobre el tema a tu antojo. En aras de celebrar los 53 años de alegría, música y entretenimiento que Mario Kreutzberger, mejor conocido como Don Francisco, trajo a millones de televidentes de habla hispana, hemos creado una lista de 10 momentos inolvidables de música en Sábado Gigante.



Psy with Gangnam Style – 2012

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numebers_sabado-02Jenni Rivera – 2001

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numebers_sabado-03Rocio Durcal – 1999

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numebers_sabado-04Jennifer Lopez – 1997

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numebers_sabado-05Shakira – 1996

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numebers_sabado-06Selena – 1995

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numebers_sabado-07Alejandro Fernandez – 1994

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numebers_sabado-08Gloria Trevi – 1994

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numebers_sabado-09Menudo – 1992

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numebers_sabado-10Luis Miguel – 1987

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Podcast: Before Gaga and Cyrus there was Trevi: ‘Gloria’ the film

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Podcast: Before Gaga and Cyrus there was Trevi: ‘Gloria’ the film

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015

By Marla 03.30.2015

Scroll down to listen to the podcast below and follow along with the transcript.


Marla: If you’ve ever lived in a Spanish-speaking country you’ve most likely come across this [music]. She was rocking those bras before Lady Gaga [even nick-named mounstra (Spanish for monster) by her manager], rocking that tongue before Miley Cyrus and was often referred to as the “Mexican Madonna”. Although I might add, some refuse to listen to her music as a form of protest because during the peak of her career in 1998, Gloria Trevi, was accused of human trafficking.

This is an interview with film director, Christian Keller, director of the film “Gloria”, a movie based on the story of Mexican-pop singer Gloria Trevi. Now I’m not here to talk about her story, I’m only here to share the making of “Gloria”, a movie depicting her controversial career. The U.S. premiere took place this past week during the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. We had the chance to hear what both the director of the film and Gloria herself had to say. Here’s what the director had to say:

Christian Keller: “So I’m from Switzerland. That’s not what you would expect from somebody who made a film about Gloria Trevi…but, I’m Swiss, from the Swiss Alps.”

Marla: Swiss? Who would’ve guessed? But he has a good point being an outsider telling the story of Gloria.

Christian Keller: “So I read an article in the LA Times just after she was released from prison and being Swiss I had no idea who she was, but I think that was a good thing because I was able to just look at it more as a story without preconceived notions of who Gloria Trevi is. So we tried to keep that throughout the process, with me being a foreigner, the writer Mexican…we had two editors for example, a Mexican one and a French one and a Scottish composer.”

Marla: What was the process like to complete the movie?

Christian Keller: We did a gigantic amount of research, especially me together with our screenwriter, Sabina Berman, and we interviewed Gloria Trevi, Sergio Andrade, a lot of the people in the story. We spent years actually trying to put together all the information because there were some many versions of the story out there.”

Marla: How long did it take to complete?

Christian Keller: “So when I first read about it I was 19 and I thought it would take 1 year and it took 10 actually.”

Marla: There’s different versions of this scandalous story, but which one is true?

Christian Keller: “We certainly believe it’s as close as possible as…as it’s possible to tell.”

Marla: and the question everyone wants to know…what does Gloria think about all this?

Christian Keller: “Actually you know, she just wanted to hear how I felt about the story, what I was going to tell, and I told her that being Swiss I just saw this very human story and this love story also at the end of the day, an inspiring story and that’s what I wanted to focus on and I think she agreed with that and connected with that. She told people to go watch it so I think that’s a great thing.”

Marla: This is what she had to say in a panel session during SXSW earlier the day of the premiere:

Gloria Trevi: “No es fácil ver cuando quieren reflejar tu vida.”  translation: It’s not easy to see when they want to portray your life.

Marla: Gloria shares some insight on how the movie made her feel.

Gloria Trevi: “Me hizo llorar, me hizo reír, me hizo enojarme. Para mi es creo que mas difícil que para la mayoría de la personas por que hay cosas que me recuerdan, cosas que viví. Hay otras que tal vez no son como las viví pero que me hicieron pensar en lo que realmente si sucedió, y si te puedo decir que fue difícil verla, pero me di cuenta que esta película, con todas sus licencias y todo, tiene un mensaje positivo.” translation: It made cry, it made me laugh, it made me angry. I think it’s more difficult for me than for most people because there are things that come back to me, things that I went through. There are things that may not have been exactly the way I lived them but they made me think on what really happened. And I can say it was hard to watch, but I realized that this movie, with its licenses and all, does have a positive message.

Marla: She also relives the time when she performed live for the first time on Mexico’s timeless variety show, Raul Velasco’s Siempre en Domingo.

Gloria Trevi: “Y me acorde también mucho de toda la ilusión que yo tenia de cantar en televisión y cuando me dijeron que me iban a vetar porque se me veían los calzones pues fue doloroso y también fui muy rebelde en ese momento que dije, “Si quieren me quito los calzones pero peinar no me voy a peinar” (laughs) por que me decían que me peinara bien y que no se me vieran los calzones. Cuando vi eso tuve momentos que recordé la niña que yo era.” translation: I also remembered the illusion I had to sing on TV and when they told me they were going to take me off because my underwear were showing, it was painful and I was very rebellious at that moment that I said, “If they want I can take off my underwear, but I am not going to comb my hair” because they told me to fix my hair and to cover my underwear. When I saw that, I had moments when I remembered the girl I used to be.

Marla: So just how well did the actress, Sofia Espinoza, portray Gloria’s character?

Gloria Trevi: “Fíjate que mas que nada hubo escenas que si me reconocí en la actriz. Sobre todo yo creo que en las escenas mas dulces o las mas como traviesas y creo que Sofía hizo muy buen trabajo sobre todo tomando en cuenta que nunca pudimos juntarnos, nunca pudimos hablar, pero la chava tiene mucha carisma, y creo que es una muy buena actriz. Logro transmitir emociones y te hace reír. Es muy difícil interpretarme por que soy como una tragicomedia. Ósea hago reír y hago llorar. Es parte de lo que soy y ella logro hacerlo muy bien.” translation: More than anything there were scenes when I did recognize myself through the actress. Especially the sweet scenes or the ones that were more mischievous and I think that Sofia did a very good job, especially taking into consideration that we were never able to get together, we were never able to talk, but the girl has lots of charisma and I think that she is a very good actress. She was able to convey emotions and she makes you laugh. It’s very difficult to play me because I’m like a tragicomedy. I make people cry and I make people laugh. It’s part of who I am and she did it very well.

Marla: The background track you’re listening to is actually Sofia Espinoza herself.

Christian Keller: “I think more than just the looks I think Gloria has this really unique energy and strength about her and finding somebody who could embody that was really hard and when we found Sofia it was clear immediately that she was the right fit, but also she had never ever sung before this film and she sang all of the songs herself which was really impressive.”

Marla: So come and watch it and appreciate the talent of Mexico’s rule-bending queen, the one who changed the music scene for so many Spanish-singing women.

Christian Keller: “Please go see the film in theaters June 5th and I hope you’ll enjoy it. Thank you so much.”


Photo Collage: Marla / CC BY

20 Latin & World Music Recommendations At SXSW 2015

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20 Latin & World Music Recommendations At SXSW 2015

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015

Photo Credit: Marla / CC BY


Horizontes host, Michael Crockett, aka DJ Canoso, highlights–twenty latin & world must-see artists at SXSW 2015.

You can listen to some of these artists through our post of  Latin SXSW 2015 Spotify playlist.


Danay Suarez– I first heard this singer on Gilles Peterson’s Havana Cultura compilation few years ago and have sought out her every recording since. Her music ranges from hip-hop to reggae to Afro-Cuban to jazz. Listen to her profile and catch her shows below.

Wednesday, March 18: Half Step, 12:40 midnight (official showcase)

Thursday, March 19: Flamingo Cantina12:00 midnight (official showcase)

Diana Fuentes– A new Cuban singer to my ears with a new album produced by husband Eduardo Cabra (aka Visitante from Calle 13) that shows her ability to sing and write in many styles of Latin music. Listen to her profile and catch her shows below.

Thursday, March 19: Departure Lounge, 10:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Friday, March 20: Emo’s, 10:00 p.m. (free) 

Macaco– Barcelona singer represents the diversity of the music scene in his city with a sound that mixes rumba flamenco, reggae, and pop with smatterings of English, Portuguese, Italian & French mixed in with Spanish. Fans of Manu Chao will like this guy. Listen to his profile and catch his shows below.

Thursday, March 19: International Day Stage Austin Convention Center (Ballroom G), 1:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Friday, March 20: Lucille (Sounds of Spain), 12:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Centavrvs– Mexican “neoregional electronica” is what they call their music that mixes cumbia as well as other Mexican  musical genres with electronic music. Of the plethora of electro-cumbia and cumbia-rock bands out there these guys are the best. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Wednesday, March 18: Icenhauer’s, 12:00 midnight (official showcase)

Thursday, March 19: International Day Stage Austin Convention Center (Ballroom G), 4:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Thursday, March 19: Palm Door on Sixth, 1:oo a.m. (official showcase)

La Guacha– Chilean groups are making some very catchy pop music these days and this band has songslike “Amor Platonico” that you can’t get out of your head. Go ahead and get infected like I am. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Saturday, March 21: MaggieMaes (Sounds of Chile), 1:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Saturday, March 21: International Day Stage Austin Convention Center (Ballroom G), 1:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Tunacola – Another great Chilean band providing a party atmosphere with a mashup of funk, hip-hop and a bit of Sergeant Pepper’s thrown in as well. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below. 

Saturday, March 21: Maggie Mae’s (Sounds of Chile), 11:00 pm (official showcase)

 Monophónicos– Colombia band likes to repurpose classic pre-stereo Latin cumbia, mambo, bolero radio hits with electronic beats and samples. You should tune them in. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Thursday, March 19: Speakeasy, 9:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Saturday, March 21: Flamingo Cantina (Sounds of Colombia), 11:00 p.m.

La Inédita– Peruvian band plays what they call “Chicha muffin” an urban mix of Peruvian cumbia called “chicha” and  “ragamuffin” reggae. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Thursday, March 19: Russian House, 1:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 21: Flamingo Cantina, 8:00 p.m.

Famasloop – This Venezuelan group plays an entertaining rock/pop/electronic mix they call “Cucu Pop” with some witty and biting social commentary. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Friday, March 20: Flamingo Cantina, 10:30 p.m. (official showcase)

El General Paz Y La Triple Frontera – Rock fusion with a positive vibe from a Buenos Aires-based group with members from Brazil and Uruguay as well as Argentina. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Friday, March 20: Russian House, 1:00 a.m. (official showcase)

Saturday, March 21: Flamingo Cantina, 10:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Fede Graña Y Los Prolijos – Uruguayan rock group has a softspot for American bluegrass which shows on their latest album, “Pasto Azul” where they play some Uruguayan rock hits acoustically. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Wednesday, March 18:  Speakeasy (Sounds of Uruguay), 8:30 p.m. (official showcase)

Friday, March 20: Russian House, 9:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Raquel Sofia – Puerto Rican rock singer-songwriter looks to bedeservedly on the verge of stardom. Catch her here before she’s playing in less intimate venues. Listen to her profile and catch her shows below.

Thursday, March 19: Departure Lounge, 11:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Friday, March 20: Half Step, 11:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Silva – Brazilian singer calls his music “dream pop” and his songs do have an ethereal quality which will creep up on even a Brazilian music traditionalist like me. Listen to his profile and catch his shows below. 

Friday, March 20: BD Riley’s, 10:00 p.m. (official showcase)

 Levante – Italian indie-pop singer came out of nowhere in 2013 with a Top 10 hit in Italy called “Alfonso”.  Listen to her profile and catch her shows below. 

Friday, March 20:  Esther’s Follie’s, 10:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Mighty Sparrow  – In minor disbelief I saw the name of this calypso/soca legend appear on the bill of SXSW first ever Trinidad music showcase. Listen to his profile and catch his shows below.

Saturday, March 21: Karma Lounge, 11:00 p.m. (official showcase)

 Mungal Patasar – In Trinidad, the large East Indian population calls its soca music “chutney”.  The sitarist/leader of this band adds reggae and jazz into the mix as well. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Thursday, March 19: Flamingo Cantina, 8:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Saturday, March 21: Karma Lounge, 8:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Mekaal Hasan Band – South Asian jazz-rock fusion with Sufisinging closes an all-Pakistan music showcase at the Victoria Room at The Driskill on Wednesday night. Listen to his profile and catch his shows below.

Wednesday, March 18: Driskill, 1:00 a.m. (official showcase)

Thursday, March 19:  Russian House, 8:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Toffee– Taiwanese group plays what they call “mandopop” a wonderful fusion of Chinese traditional music with western pop music. Listen to their profile and catch their shows below.

Thursday, March 19: International Day Stage Austin Convention Center (Ballroom G), 3:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Saturday, March 21: Icenhauer’s (Taiwan Music Night), 12:00 midnight (official showcase)

 Serge Beynaud – Ivory Coast singer croons sweetly over French West African “soukous” music at an all-African showcase. Listen to his profile and catch his shows below.

 Friday, March 20: Palm Door on Sixth, 11:00 p.m. (official showcase)

Ibeyi  –  French/Cuban sister duo, the daughters of Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz , sing songs in English and Yoruba, the African language brought to Cuba, with one sister on piano and the other on percussion. Listen to his profile and catch his shows below.

Friday, March 20: Central Presbyterian Church, 9:30 p.m. (official showcase)

Saturday, March 21: Bungalow, 10:00 p.m. (official showcase)


–Michael Crockett

KUT HD3: SXSW Latin Playlist

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KUT HD3: SXSW Latin Playlist

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015

by Marla 02.27.2015

English: You’ve probably heard him on KUT HD3 or on KUTX 98.9 playing some seductive bosso novas or perhaps a vibrant mix of reggaeton with latin folk music. Austin-based host, Michael Crockett, airs two programs: Global Grooves on Fridays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Horizontes every Sunday from 7 to 10 p.m. He has put together a playlist to showcase some of the Latino talent at this year’s SXSW 2015. Listen to the Spotify playlist below.

If you have an HD Radio in your car or at home, tune in to 90.5 in Austin and flip to channel 3 for your weekly spin of the best new Latin alternative music.

Don’t have an HD Radio? No worries! You can just click the LISTEN button on the menu above, then on Play for KUT3. You’ll also find Alt.Latino on iTunes and iHeart services. We’re also working on an app so you can take this groove wherever you go.

Español: Probablemente lo has escuchado en KUT HD3 o en KUTX 98.9 tocando algunas bosso novas seductoras o tal vez una vibrante mezcla de reggaeton con música folclórica latina. El locutor, Michael Crockett, basado en Austin, transmite dos programas al aire: Global Grooves los viernes de 2 a 6 p.m. y Horizontes todos los domingos de 7 a 10 p.m. Ha creado un playlist para presentar algo del talento Latino del SXSW de este año 2015 . Escucha el Spotify playlist de abajo.

Si tienes HD radio en tu coche o en casa, sintoniza al 90.5 en Austin y busca el canal 3 para tu rotación semanal de la mejor música nueva alterlatina.

¿No tienes HD radio? No te preocupes! Puedes simplemente darle clic al botón de Listen en el menú de arriba, luego hazle clic en Play para KUT3. También encontrarás Alt.Latino en iTunes y servicios iHeart. Estamos trabajando en una aplicación para que puedas llevar este ritmo a donde quiera que vayas.