Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Saturday: Cuco, Helado Negro, and Lido Pimienta @ Grog Shop

This is such a powerhouse of a night at the Grog Shop!  Opening the night is the 2017 Polaris Prize winner, Lido Pimienta!  I recently saw her in the video from A Tribe Called Red I posted on a Video Tuesday


"'It's pretty amazing what you can do when people are not watching,' said the classically trained, Toronto-based, and Colombia-born singer and producer Lido Pimienta of the creative process behind her album La Papessa, the freshly named winner of this year's Polaris Prize. The prize, which includes $50,000, is intended to recognize the 'best Canadian album of the year based on artistic merit without regard to genre, sales history or label affiliation.'"

(Via Lido Pimienta Takes The Polaris Prize Over Leonard Cohen, Feist : The Record : NPR.)

Then up next is Helado Negro, who I’ve been following for some time - and was recently thrilled to catch him opening for Sylvan Esso back in September (at House of Blues).  I would have thought he’d be headlining this show.  Still, I’m even more excited to be seeing him up close and personal.  Also make sure to check out his Tiny Desk performance!


The headliner on Saturday is the artist I know the least about.  Still, his albums sound pretty good - besides, I would have already gotten my money’s worth by this point of the night.  It’s all gravy from here.


"The 18-year-old Chicano’s two EPs, Songs4u and Wannabewithu, are dreamy compilations of cosmic love from someone seemingly untainted by the toxic machismo that often plagues Chicanxs. Cuco’s music recalls lowrider classics like Ritchie Valens’ ‘Donna,’ at the same time evincing Tame Impala’s psychedelic daydreaming. Cuco’s two EPs reject rigid genre boundaries, as mariachi trumpets blaze over 808s and reverbed vocals evoke Morrissey’s weary romance. Cuco’s tracks are sometimes sung in English, sometimes in Spanish, sometimes in Spanglish – but they’re always tinged with a touch of humor and tenderness."

(Via Meet Cuco, the 18-Year-Old Making Cosmic Chicano Love Songs.)

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