Café Tacuba It is impossible to overstate the influence of Mexico’s Café Tacuba in the world of Spanish-language alt-rock. Often called “the Mexican Beatles” or “the Latino Radiohead,” those labels — though highly complimentary — do not come close to fully capturing the band’s freewheeling eclecticism and worldly pop craftsmanship for English-speaking audiences. In the 1980s, when trade restrictions loosened and American rock’n’roll finally crossed the border, many young Mexican groups immediately abandoned their country’s folk heritage in favor of the music they had been barred from hearing for years. Not the members of Café Tacuba, however. Instead, they married the sounds they had always known to those everyone was just beginning to hear, finding where their heritage fit inside rock’s history. Nearly 20 years on, their discography is among the most adventurous and wide-ranging of any band from any country, and their enduring immense popularity both in Mexico and beyond speaks to their genius. Cafeta, as their fans know them, perform at the Ventura Theater on Nov. 30 in support of their just released sixth album, Sino.
Creep Division With the Alpine about to go down, the county’s always-vibrant hardcore community will suffer a tremendous loss. Whether the mall-bought Ill Repute T-shirt wearing kids want to admit it or not, it was as close to a home for the younger members of that scene as there has been in years. Enter Mai’s Café (formerly the American Legion Hall) in Midtown Ventura. Doing shows sporadically over the past few months, expect it to kick into high gear with the heavy stuff after the loss of the Alpine. The concert on Dec. 3 is a perfect example of what’s to come, when Creep Division, a new hardcore supergroup featuring members of Good Riddance, Sick of It All and Fury 66, take time off from their opening slot on the Suicidal Tendencies tour to bring their self-described “third band on a six band bill at VFW show in 1982” old-school thrash punk to town. Opening the bill is current local hardcore staples the Fucking Wrath along with Broken Needle and Dogends.