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August 25, 2023

Todo El Dia

By: Laurie Gallardo

Photo: Rafael Cardenas.

And now, a couple of recommendations for your music collection. Obviously, you need to add III, the aptly titled third studio release from East LA dynamic duo Tropa Magica, which includes today’s featured track “Todo El Dia” and AMM personal picks “Price of Life,” “Cumbia Mamon” and the album closer that would leave the cucuy beaming with pride, “Wampiro.” But make sure you give several spins to Tripiando al Infinito en Mi Rec​á​mara, in which los hermanos Pacheco (guitarist/vocalist David and drummer Rene) built a dazzling homage to a multitude of styles that shaped their sound.

The descriptions given to Tropa Magica run the gamut, from psychedelic cumbia punk, to a combo of cumbia, classic rock and grunge. It’s all of that and more. Combining these influences has been a way for the Pacheco sibs to reconnect to their culture and define their identity as Latinos, while tying in the many different music genres they grew up with. They’ve described it as “an eclectic mashup,” or creating a synthesis of everything they love.

Do not sleep on this one. Tropa Magica will be in Austin for a show tomorrow night, Saturday Aug. 26, at The 13th Floor on Red River. Doors at 7 p.m., and DJ Tropicana Joe brings the exotica-tropicana-cha cha cha to the party. Samba, bossa and balanço, baby.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.