Like a classic mariachi song, the story of Flor de Toloache is a yelping triumph of love over tribulations. Named for a Mexican plant that shamans made into a love potion, Flor de Toloache has taken Mexico’s traditional male-dominated mariachi and reinvented it into something as contemporary, sophisticated and worldly as the group’s hometown of New York City.
Cosmic Thing: 30th Anniversary Expanded Edition The B-52s Rhino 28 June 2019 The B-52s' music is candy-colored, effervescent fun -- maybe more Pop Rocks than pop-rock -- slightly tempered by dabs of deadpan silliness from frontman Fred Schneider. The group evolved from a group of partying friends at the University of Georgia at Athens, and their eponymous first album became a post-punk, new wave hit on college campuses.
It was hard times for black musicians in the decades following the Civil War, but that didn't stop them from shouting out some soulful and joyous music. Today, the young musicians of the Carolina Chocolate Drops are reviving interest in these old tunes -- not by re-creating them as precious museum pieces, but by celebrating them -- getting smartphone-toting audiences clapping, singing and dancing to gut strings and clacking bones.