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Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta

Carolina Sánchez

Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta 

When: Sat., Oct. 1, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $10, $15 (includes CD)
On its new EP Fonografic (Electric Cowbell) Chicago’s Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orquesta broadens its cumbia and chicha sound, handing off the car keys to new guitarist Nathan Karagianis and encouraging him to drive the sturdy outfit along a scenic coastal road with the top down. Produced by Beto Martinez of Austin’s Grupo Fantasma, the record features a much stronger presence from Karagianis, who shows his predilection for vintage Carlos Santana and pushes the surf-tinged flavor of chicha straight into Ventures territory (until it gets funky, “Camino Infernal Phantom Weight” is reminiscent of Dick Dale). The combo still dabbles in furious cumbia, as on the trombone-stoked “¡Cafeteando!,” but it also shows great pop savvy, with singer Alex Chavez bringing a lounge-lizard cool to the hooky “Santa Clara.” In the end this quintet still knows how to rock the party—and now they have more tactics.
— Peter Margasak

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