Best Rock en Español: Chicano Batman
Dressed in matching beige shirts with black bow ties, Los Angeles-based Chicano Batman have the look of a party band that hasn't gone to sleep from the night before, playing Latin soul fueled on their love for the La Fania Records label and flaming Jimi Hendrix electric guitar. At noon on Sunday, the quartet opened with an instrumental "La Tigresa" drenched in groovy organ played by singer Bardo Martinez. Bassist Edwardo Arenas switched to guitar and sang "La Manzanita," and there were a couple of English-language songs. It worked equally in any language. At this hour on the final day of Coachella 2015, the audience was small, but the soul ran deep.