Cafe Tacvuba | Aragon Ballroom | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Sept. 13, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $49.50
When Cafe Tacvba—arguably the greatest rock band Mexico has ever produced—released El Objeto Antes Llamado Disco (Universal Music Latino) last fall, it had been five years since their previous album. In a certain sense it represented a return to their roots: on El Objeto they switched back to the same sort of crude drum machine they used for their best albums in the 90s (after recording and playing with live drummers for much of the past ten years), and on the spry “Olita del Altamar,” among other songs, they once again toyed with Mexican traditional music such as son jarocho. When you’ve been playing together for nearly 25 years, though, it’s hard to turn back time, for better or for worse—even if you can keep reinventing yourself, as the band did throughout their first decade, you can’t unlearn what you’ve absorbed or get less competent. So while El Objeto captures a familiar-sounding Cafe Tacvba (the group changed the “u” in “Tacuba” to a “v” a few years ago), with sometimes painterly, sometimes watery collages of effects-heavy guitar behind Ruben Albarran’s theatrical, sweetly lyrical singing, at the same time the band are more inspired than they’ve been since Cuatro Caminos a decade ago—and they prove it with the skittering veneer of African pop on the breezy “Espuma,” the melodramatic bolero feel of “De Este Lado del Camino,” and the seductively catchy pop of “Aprovechate.” Another thing that hasn’t changed over the long haul? They’re still a furiously energetic and thoroughly satisfying live band. —Peter Margasak



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