Xixa | Straight Outta Tucson

Tucson’s mystical psychedelic-cumbia-rock band led by Giant Sand members Brian Lopez and Gabriel Sullivan wanders far and wide, into the psychedelia of Amazon backwaters, the bumping grind of chicha, quirky electronics and West African desert blues (Imarhan’s and Tamashek rock legend Tinariwen’s Sadam Iyad Imarhan collaborated with Xixa to write “World Goes Away”.) You can experience it for the first time in Hungary on March 26, when they’ll perform at Dürer Kert, together with Psycho Mutants.

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Allah-Las | Melancholy and grittiness

Sands, the seas, the streets and cities of the golden state: Allah-Las
Sands, the seas, the streets and cities of the golden state: Allah-Las

Allah-Las is a Californian rock group formed in 2008 by former employees of the renowned music shop Amoeba Music. They are deserving successors to the Beach Boys, Byrds and Seeds. This quintet led by Miles Michaud exudes cool. They have a talent for taking inspiration from the sounds of the past and using them to produce hot new music, somewhere between rapid psychedelia and charming melody. And they all have great taste. After their eponymous first album released in 2012, the product of their escapades in the clubs of Los Angeles, they released the superb Worship The Sun in 2014, a selection of more experimental compositions. Allah-Las’s luminous, thoughtful surf-rock will take us on a musical journey to the ‘60s, bathed in sun with a sound that will have us dreaming of West Coast adventures. On June 29, they’ll be performing in Hungary for the first time at the A38 Ship, so we sat down for a chat with lead guitarist-vocalist Pedrum Siadatian.

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