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Patrick O’Heffernan, Author at Gypset Magazine
“Another Observer” by Irene Diaz: her best song ever and one of the best in today’s music.
Dec30

“Another Observer” by Irene Diaz: her best song ever and one of the best in today’s music.

Ever since I first saw Irene Diaz sing in a Venice California church almost 5 years ago, I have been smitten by her ability to blend power, love, joy and pain into songs in a way that few in modern musical history have ever accomplished.  Her voice transcends any words of description; it is pure emotion.  Her songwriting is the most personal poetry possible, and yet is it completely universal. She is on a level of her...

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Muchachito vibrates Eastside Luv Wednesday night  in a “total hoot”
Apr09

Muchachito vibrates Eastside Luv Wednesday night in a “total hoot”

Eastside Luv Wine Bar, one of the focal points of the Mexican-American culture in LA, was vibrated down to its foundation Wednesday night by a Spaniard, Muchachito Bombo Infierno.   Standing at the end of the bar with his personalized acoustic guitar and an amplified zapeteado platform, he bought his frenetic energy, stomping rhythms and howling humorous lyrics to the raised stage of ESL’s long bar.  It was a not-to-be-forgotten night...

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Carlos Sé’s debut EP  introduces the Sé Sound of East LA
Dec03

Carlos Sé’s debut EP introduces the Sé Sound of East LA

Carlos Sé, a friendly East LA roquero singer/songwriter with a light touch on the guitar and a knack for clever penetrating lyrics, handed me a copy of his debut EP  Ready or Not, Here  I Come a few weeks ago at a Dia de los Muertos event and I am still playing it.  The EP’s six songs are easy to listen to and quickly get under your skin. Playing a  blend of reggae, rock, and Latino fusion born of the La Maravilla Projects in East LA,...

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COASTCITY at the Echoplex in LA:  language and musical divides disappear
May10

COASTCITY at the Echoplex in LA:  language and musical divides disappear

  There is no other way to say it: COASTCITY blew away the Echoplex Thursday night.  The Grammy-nominated multilingual Puerto Rican duo of Danny Flores and Jean Rodriguez  brought pure fun to the spacious stage of one of LA’s best sounding clubs to an audience completely at home with the band’s  parallel languages and music forms. They also brought a full band complete with horns.  And if that wasn’t enough, they brought rapper...

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Días Raros: Diamante Eléctrico’s tasty little surprise with Billy F. Gibbons
Feb24

Días Raros: Diamante Eléctrico’s tasty little surprise with Billy F. Gibbons

  Double Latin Grammy winner Diamante Eléctrico is out today with yet another surprise, an EP/download with four remixes of “Días Raros”, a song they originally recorded with ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons. The remixes feature the Mexican Institute of Sound, Ulises Lozano of  Kinky  Frente Cumbiero and Hotmode vs Andee Zeta.  This EP may or may not be a teaser of the band’s next album rumored for release later this year, but...

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