Latino-Power Pop at its Best

Concert at Tower shows how far we?ve come, September 25

By Marco de la Paz
Published on LatinoLA: September 23, 2005

Latino-Power Pop at its Best

Remember when you would drive by Tower and all you would see were giant posters of Pearl Jam or Shania Twain? Well La Gente has arrived.

On Sunday, September 25, at the Tower Records in Monterey Park, there will be no less that a Latino concert festival. And it?s not just the same-old same-old. They actually are featuring L.A. Bands that are part of what?s happening.

The lineup is Latin-Alt stars Afixi?n, Southwest stars Stoic Frame, Ecuadorian heavy metalists Profecia and punk-influenced Cab?la (sometimes called the best live band in L.A.).

Maybe the most intriguing of the bands is Stoic Frame (pictured), which was the hottest band coming out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, a couple of years ago and took the SxSW Festival by storm. Rooted in the civil-war pain of Salvadoran ancestry, the praise for their lyrics has only been matched by the passion for the live shows. While some may think they are already big, they really may be the next big thing.

Equally impressive is Cab?la, who have been a staple of the L.A. Latino alternative scene. Cab?la fans will tell you they have never had an off night on stage. Their sets blaze with punk and percolate with pop. Not a band to miss.

Afixi?n is a Valley band that should prove interesting set in this lineup. The band?s reputation of hard-edged alternative sounds has taken them throughout Southern California and Las Vegas, performing at venues such as the Roxy, Whisky A Go Go, El Rey, Hard Rock Cafe, Key Club, Knitting Factory and more.

Perhaps metal fans can submit their stories about Profecia, but they have made a strong following in L.A. as well.

Show starts Sunday at 1 p.m. and Tower Records will have discounts as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Tower's address is:
2331 S. Atlantic Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 262-1211

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