Personally, I'm much more interested in what front man Brian Lopez has been doing on his own lately. In between touring Europe with Marianne Dissard, jamming with Sergio Mendoza Y la Orkestra, Calexico and X's John Doe, he issued a solo EP, El Rojo, which finds Lopez joined by Salvador Duran, Sergio Mendoza and others, exploring Latin-tinged folk and placing his operatic vocals in in a more terse, creeping setting.
Regardless of how you like your Lopez, Friday night should make a strong case for his strength as a performer and writer, shirtless or not.
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