LAMC Wrap Up: Diana Fuentes

So much went down over a frenzied 3 days at LAMC that I’m going to pop in with small write-ups of artists, showcases, etc that left an impression on yours truly.

Diana Fuentes @ SOBs
Diana Fuentes @ SOBs

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Maria Rita @ City Winery 02/06/14

Maria Rita played 2 nights at Chicago’s City Winery this past week as part of winter tour through the US, her first appearance in Chicago since 2006.

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If ya don’t know, Maria Rita is Brazilian musical royalty.  The daughter of legendary MPB singer Elis Regina and famed pianist/composer/producer Cesar Camargo Mariano, Maria Rita launched her singing career in 2004 with an excellent self-titled debut and in the years since has recorded 3 studio albums and won 8 Latin Grammys.  Her most recent release was a live album, Redescobrir (Rediscover), of her mother’s songs in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of her passing. 

On this rare tour through the US Maria Rita is joined by pianist Tiago Costa and the venue added another layer of intimacy to the stripped-down show as she covered her now decade-long career in the roughly 90 minute set.  She sang a wide range of MPB, ballads and Brazilian standards, putting a great spin on her mother’s classic songs.  Maria Rita is the kind of singer that actually feels the songs she sings, she responds to the audience and engages with playful banter and musical improvisation.  After the show, about half a dozen of us were escorted backstage for a meet & greet that was absolutely delightful.

Please come back, Maria Rita! Hopefully next time the weather won’t be so awful.

 

 

 

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Oh man, you made friends with ’em. See, friendship is the booze they feed you. They want you to get drunk on feeling like you belong….Because they make you feel cool. And, hey, I met you: You are not cool… We are uncool. Women will always be a problem for guys like us. Most of the great art in the world is about that very problem. Good-looking people, they got no spine. Their art never lasts. They get the girls, but we’re smarter… Great art is about guilt and longing. Love disguised as sex and sex disguised as love. Let’s face, you got a big head start… I’m always home, I’m uncool… The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool. My advice to you—I know you think these guys are your friends; if you want to be a true friend to ’em?—be honest and unmerciful.

Diego Garcia: Paradise

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Through all of this time
There’s been heartbreak and pain
Those years left apart
Isolated in vain.

 

Beggining again
A new life on the ride
Let’s make it a point to remember
To live with the joy in our life

“Sunnier Days”

 

Diego Garcia’s debut solo work, Laura, found the former Elefant frontman navigating the brutal waters of a break up.  After reuniting with the album’s namesake, marriage and a child, Paradise finds Garcia singing about the joys of love.  Although released this fall, Paradise invokes a warm summer breeziness, a chill vibe that emanates pure joy.  There’s something familiar about Garcia’s music that reminds me of the Spanish-language pop from the 60s and 70s Mama Bee would rock back in the day.  This album is a delight.   Paradise is absolutely charming.  I’ll shut up but encourage you to listen!

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Obsessed with: Trixie Whitley – Breathe You In My Dreams

I am SLAIN! This song. This video. That voice. Straight out of Brooklyn via Annie Lennox, Trixie Whitley‘s Breathe You In My Dreams (from new album Fourth Corner) is a devastating and gorgeous song, Whitley possesses a gorgeous instrument and this video is absolutely mesmerizing. Watch. Now.