Language Barrier

Casa de Locos has the audience, it just lacks the gigs

It's ironic that at a time when so many bands gig regularly and struggle ever to win an audience, the Rock en Espanol scene has the audience, but few chances to gig.

"We're looking at hitting the American market, but we're not sure of the reception," Pulido admits. "When we've opened for American groups, we've gotten a good reception, but club owners want to know how to package you, and I don't know how that's gonna be. It's rock 'n' roll. It's just music, and hopefully, it's enjoyable."

Who's in Town
I'm still feeling pangs of guilt about not doing any kind of recommendation for Ron Sexsmith's absolutely wonderful, but sparsely attended, July 8 show at Nita's Hideaway. With that in mind, from now on, Soundcheck will devote a bit of space to tips about roadshows not otherwise mentioned in the music section.

This week, for instance, R&B devotees will want to check out Ann Peebles July 18 at the Rhythm Room. A former labelmate of Al Green's at Hi Records, she's still in peak vocal form, as I found out when I saw her in Memphis three months ago.

Of course, the H.O.R.D.E. Festival rolls into Desert Sky on Friday, July 18, and even if you've seen Neil Young a million times, and you're not quite into the whole nuevo-hippie H.O.R.D.E. vibe, this year's festival is worth it for the outcasts on the bill: Ben Folds Five, Morphine, and Squirrel Nut Zippers.

--Gilbert Garcia

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