The Infinite Loop: Allá
On a regular basis, the Time Out Chicago music staff will sit down with one (or two) of our fair city's fine local musicians. We’ll keep each episode of "The Infinite Loop" short enough to listen to on an El ride downtown, and direct enough so you can plan your weekend quickly and easily. Each episode contains a little backstory, a little sense of the artist’s personality and, of course, The Infinite Loop’s own exclusive live performances at our State and Jackson studios.
This week we sit down with Jorge Ledezma and Lupe Martinez of the local pop act Allá, who seamlessly blend disparate genres such as Brazilian Tropicalia and Krautrock. The band has spent a considerable amount of time (four years!) creating their pop opus, which lyrically reflects their Mexican-American heritage. Jorge and Lupe tell us how they feel about being labeled the “Chicano Portishead,” why they love Kanye, and what their record label doesn’t want people to know about their new album. You can also read more about them in our story "Time on their side."
Allá plays a record release show this Friday at Schubas, featuring guest appearances by Quartet Parapluie and the horn section of the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International—broadcast in quadraphonic sound, no less. Their outstanding debut, Es Tiempo (Crammed Discs), hits record store shelves today.
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