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Last October Cafe Tacuba celebrated its 15th anniversary with a pair of Mexico City concerts that were recorded for the new Un viaje (Universal Latino). An energetic and stylish testament to the band's uncanny range and pop smarts, the two-disc set (a limited-edition version adds a third disc and a DVD) cements Cafe Tacuba's rep as one of the finest rock bands in the world. Every facet of the group's history is here--tunes from its covers EPs, instrumental experiments from 1999's Reves/Yosoy, loving tweaks of regional styles from its 1994 breakthrough album, Re, and straight-up alt-rock from its latest studio disc, Cuatro caminos (2003)--and the performances are characteristically sharp and effervescent. The record also reflects the quartet's fierce pride in its roots: though Cafe Tacuba has always had significant crossover potential, it's made little effort to appeal to non-Latino audiences (there are no English subtitles available for the interviews on the DVD, for example). But I don't speak much Spanish and I've been knocked out by the presence and effortless charm they bring to the stage. I'm certain this show won't be anything less than fantastic. Kinky and Ely Guerra open. Fri 6/24, 8 PM, Aragon Ballroom, 1106 W. Lawrence, 312-666-6667 or 312-559-1212, $37.50.


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