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NON-COMM Recap: Rodrigo y Gabriela show us what two guitars can do

Rodrigo Y Gabriela | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Rodrigo y Gabriela may have started off their set with a soft, lullaby-ish tune, illuminated only by a single spotlight. But don’t get too comfortable with that mellow sound, beautiful as it is, because what followed after was a loud, jarring song that gave us a taste of what heavy metal might sound like if it could only be played with two guitars. Nearly 20 years into their career, the duo is continuing to push the boundaries of guitar music, showing off the full range of what the instrument is capable of — and what they as songwriters can imagine into existence. Continue reading →

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Two to Tango: Rodrigo y Gabriela’s Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero

Rodrigo Y Gabriela | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

By this point in their long career as Mexico City’s primary musical export — nearly 20 years of a guitar-based fusion of flamenco, folk, doom metal and jazz — Rodrigo y Gabriela’s lives and sounds are thoroughly intertwined. Especially when you consider that Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero have been friends since their teens, long before forming their duo (though certainly practicing together, collaborating and admiring each other’s skillsets).

Their just-released album, Mettavolution, is as dramatic as any in their catalogue and their upcoming shows in Philly – at World Café Live’s NonComm and Franklin Music Hall, both May 17 – will show just how far their friendship has taken them. Our Two to Tango helped take them back to their youth, as well as peer into their future – all with a lot of laughter. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Rodrigo y Gabriela brings Mettavolution to Franklin Music Hall

 

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Instrumental guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela are about to return with their first album in five years. Called Mettavolution, it will be released on April 26, and the duo will head out on a US tour that brings them to Franklin Music Hall on May 17.

Mettavolution will be the sixth studio album from the long-running Rodrigo y Gabriela, who released their last LP 9 Dead Alive in 2014 and played XPN Fest that year. The new record will feature six original compositions by the Mexican acoustic musicians, plus an 18-minute cover of Pink Floyd’s “Echoes,” which is out now. Continue reading →

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Rodrigo y Gabriela add tour to 10th anniversary celebration of Rodrigo y Gabriela LP

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Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Ten years ago, Mexico City duo Rodrigo y Gabriela released their sophomore self-titled LP, a record that put their dual-guitar compositions on the map. To mark the album’s milestone, the musicians have announced a U.S. tour that stops at the Electric Factory on Saturday, June 10th.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela reissue self-titled album as deluxe, double LP

Photo by Jim Mimna/courtesy of the artist
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Jim Mimna | courtesy of the artist

Ten years ago, acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela released their self-titled, sophomore LP. It debuted at #1 in Ireland, where the pair was residing at the time, and became an instant hit stateside, particularly in the XPN universe. Now it’s getting a deluxe, double LP reissue jam-packed with new material. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Rodrigo y Gabriela bring the first day of #xpnfest to a close on the River Stage

Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com
Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela closed out the first night of the festival with a striking set on the River Stage.  The fusion / rock pair performed songs from their three albums, going for long stretches of time before addressing the audience.  That was fine by everyone in the crowd though, as they were happily wrapped in the trance of an eclectic and electrifying instrumental set.

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Download a new song by #XPNFest band, Rodrigo y Gabriela, “The Russian Messenger”

Photo by Shayne Hanley | https://www.facebook.com/ShutterhoundPhotography
Photo by Shayne Hanley | https://www.facebook.com/ShutterhoundPhotography

Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have released their first new studio album in five years, 9 Dead Alive. The band are one of the headliners for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival happening July 25-27th at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center. Weekend passes are available now here. The band has made available a free collection of five songs, The Soundmaker EP, via NoiseTrade. The EP includes two songs from the band new album, 9 Dead Alive, including “The Soundmaker” and “The Russian Messenger,” a live recording from France and two songs from previous studio releases. Download the EP below.

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Download a free new music sampler with music from Old 97’s, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Old Crow Medicine Show and more


#XPNFest artists Old 97’s, Hurray for The Riff Raff, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are four of the artists whose new singles are available to download for free on a 15 song ATO Records Spring Sampler. Other artists on the collection include Built To Spill, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kaiser Chiefs, Midlake, Benjamin Booker, Midlake and more. The Old 97’s are represented with “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive,” from their new album Most Messed Up. Below, download the sampler. Get tickets for the XPoNential Music Festival here.

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First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, playing #XPNFest, stream new album, 9 Dead Alive

Photo by Jim Mimna/courtesy of the artist
Photo by Jim Mimna/courtesy of the artist

Rodrigo y Gabriela release their new album, 9 Dead Alive, on Tuesday, April 29th. The duo are part of the over 30 band lineup for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival being held on July 25-27th on the Camden Waterfront.

Writing about the new album for NPR Music, Jasmine Garsd says:

In their newest album, 9 Dead Alive, return to their roots, reminding listeners why they fell in love with the Mexican duo in the first place. The album finds them at the peak of their musical flexibility, dexterously weaving elements of heavy metal with flamenco.

These Mexico City natives are an if-at-first-you-don’t-succeed parable. As heavy metal musicians, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero had trouble launching their careers. Making it in one of the biggest music scenes in the Spanish speaking world is as pivotal as it is nightmarish: if you break through in Mexico, you’ve made it in Latin America, but succeeding in an environment that is frequently reluctant to take risks can also be an impossible task. So they picked up to go busk in Ireland, where they perfected the guitar licks that have made them famous.

Listen to 9 Dead Alive here. Purchase tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival here.