Much like his moniker, Mexicans with Guns is a weighty affair on your speakers. The San Antonio-based Chicano electronic artist—who recently told an NPR blogger that his loaded name is meant to create dialog about issues like immigration and stereotypes—creates cross-pollinating tunes perfect for beer-soaked dance-offs or pensive nights at home. His hybrid sound is refreshingly distinct and never bores.
Dancefloor smasher "Dame Lo"which includes a wicked video on YouTube you should check outpits Herculean dubstep-style bass lines and beats with bits of Latin percussion, a smooth melody and plenty of rugged attitude. It brings to mind an epic Wild West gunfight set in the future on some desolate planet starved of water. On "Death and Rebirth," things turn contemplative with a hauntingly gorgeous chord progression set to some seriously funky polyrhythms. It's the perfect soundtrack to the Day of the Dead Parade.
You should also be glad to know Mexicans with Guns brings the goods in a live setting. His laptop set at the Palace in 2011 was a gloriously sweaty dance party. He triggered glitched-out effects over an array of aggressively edgy dance beats, all while wearing a lucha libre mask. It was, quite simply, badass.
Mexicans with Guns plays the Palace Fri., Sept. 14, at 9 PM with Nominus and Lecture. $10/$7 advance, with a $5 surcharge at the door for ages 18-20.