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Hot Half Dozen April 6, 2021

My six picks fro 91 submissions this week

91 submissions this week

Acoustic (3D Audio for Headphones) EP by Vale. Something different in Latin pop from the twins duo known as Vale.  Hypnotic, crystal clear sound.  Glass-smooth composition, captivating vocals in any language. Stream on Spotify . Follow Vale (Valentina and Valeria Perez) on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.  

Negra del Sur by Diana Burco.  I have always had a thing for girls with accordions, and Burco is that and plays cumbia and blends it with hip hop by Austin Dean Ashford, African-American rapper and actor. It is subtle, exciting, addictive from her new album RioAbajo.  Stream  on Spotify, follow on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Scallywag by The Lancasters Band.  Funny send up of the  phony aspects of modern life,  these Italian guys will make you snap your fingers and bob your head while you laugh. Great rock, great commentary. Stream on Spotify and Bandcamp.  Follow on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.

Buena Vida, limited edition 45 rpm vinyl  by  Los Masters Plus with Pato Machete. Mexican cumbia and it rocks.  Clever, fun, moving in a video with little hidden jokes.  Stream on  YouTube.  Order the vinyl on Bandcamp at

Sick Of You by Ida Marie.  Blow your mind (and your speakers) with this female Norwegian Viking punk rocker who belts out a screaming kiss-off to her tumultuous past with chaotic musical energy that echoes how most people felt about 2020. Stream on Spotify, YouTube. Follow at

Violent Delights EP by Caro Juna. Brooklyn-based Juna explores her many identities and roots in Japan and Korea in this EP of clever beats and rhymes, floating vocals,  and synths that blend her classical piano training with jazz,  gentle rock, and moving poetry.  Listen over and over and hear something new each time. EP release date April 16, 2021 on Google Play and Apple Music.  Stream her current music on Spotify.


Sleep Like You Mean It by Valentine Byrne. Haunting, beautiful. Check out the video on YouTube and  Stream on Spotify.



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About musicfridaylive (302 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist and radio broadcaster based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is a cyclist, dancing fiend and also likes to watch his friend drag race. He has relaunched his LA-based radio show Music Friday Live as Music Sin Fronteras- Music Without Borders - from Mexico - tune in every Friday at 1 pm Central

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