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Tin Can Trust

August 3, 2010

When Los Lobos write their own songs, life is good. The East L.A. roots rockers' 18th album runs from the smoldering atmospherics and righteous indignation of "I'll Burn It Down" to the slinky instrumental "Do the Murray," with two Spanish-language stops...

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The Town and The City

September 29, 2006

With the exception of U2, no other band has stayed on top of its game as long as Los Lobos. But while U2 constantly reinvent themselves and compete with new generations of bands, these East L.A. vets just keep on making the same golden blend of blues,...

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The Ride

April 26, 2004

On The Ride, Los Lobos veer back and forth between their two main modes: the East L.A. band's catholic mix of rock, soul, country and Latin music, and its more recent dalliances with experimental textures. Along the way, Los Lobos pick up guest spots...

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Just Another Band From East L.A.

October 18, 2000

When Los Lobos appeared on the national scene in 1984, with How Will the Wolf Survive?, the band had already been playing for eleven years. For the first seven years, they were Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles, a drummerless, acoustic quartet that specialized...

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Colossal Head

February 2, 1998

In 1992, when Los Lobos veered from roots rock to art rock on Kiko, it was as if Chuck Berry and Willie Dixon had adopted Genesis and Leonard Cohen as their role models. With its obscure lyrics, lack of grooves and ethereal mysticism, Kiko was a bold...

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The Neighborhood

October 4, 1990

In a period when grace is a rare commodity in popular music, the new Los Lobos album, The Neighborhood, soars with it. Songs such as "Angel Dance," "Little John of God," "Deep Dark Hole" and "The Giving Tree" sound like secular hymns, a tribute to the...

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How Will The Wolf Survive?

January 17, 1985

Mixing the soul of rural Mexican music with good-rocking American roots, How Will the Wolf Survive? is one of the best records of 1984. Singer David Hidalgo, who will break your heart with two gorgeous tunes called "Will the Wolf Survive?" and "A Matter...

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Ride This: The Covers E.P.

September 22, 2004

Earlier this year, Los Lobos were joined by a gaggle of impressive guest artists and admirers on The Ride. On Ride This, they return the favor by covering seven of their favorite tracks by said friends, including pieces from Tom Waits, Richard Thompson,...

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Good Morning Aztlan

July 2, 2002

Good Morning Aztlan finds Los Lobos dispensing with the atmospherics and experimentation that marked much of their Nineties work and returning to their early bread and butter: roots rock spiked with R&B, soul and folk sounds they absorbed growing...

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This Time

August 19, 1999

Los Lobos started out playing weddings in East Los Angeles, a career phase that culminated with a hit cover of "La Bamba." In the decade since, they've been making music for the postnuptial stragglers and burrowing into the subconscious. Teamed once again...

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December 17, 1996

For Los Lobos, breaking out of the bars and barrios was a cinch compared to escaping the Mexican-folk tag that has cast this East Los Angeles quintet as more of a torchbearer than a groundbreaker. But the band's soul-drenched 1990 album The Neighborhood...

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By The Light Of The Moon

February 26, 1987
Not Rated

David Hidalgo of Los Lobos is the latest chronicler of the American jitters. The seven songs Hidalgo co-wrote for By the Light of the Moon form the topical core of the LP and stand as poignant, impressionistic portraits of economically hard-hit working-class...

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And A Time To Dance

December 8, 1983

Part traditional Mexican music, part American rock & roll, part country and R&B and everything in between, Los Lobos' seven-song minialbum is the kind of hybrid that has steadfastly managed to stay outside of the rock mainstream ever since Ritchie...