When: Thu., July 14, 9 p.m. 2016
In the early ’80s, Miguel Mateos gave even further edge to the always strong Argentine rock scene. In the late ’80s through early ’90s, something terrible happened to him: He succeeded, but in the process of becoming a hit machine he was the target of the “serious” rocanrol press that stopped praising him as soon as he started selling records. Mateos was a key force in the “Rock en tu Idioma” revolution that exploded in Mexico in the late ’80s and bounced back strongly in Los Angeles and other major American cities. His legacy: over five million copies sold of his 18 albums, a major influence in the movement that gave birth to groups like Maldita Vecindad and Caifanes, and classic albums like 1985’s Rockas Vivas, 1991’s Kryptonita and 1995’s Pisanlov. Unjustly best remembered for lightweight tracks like “Obsesión” and “Atado a un Sentimiento,” he’s in town to promote his brand new Electropop, a synth-heavy, ’80s-flavored album that, again, proves he has nothing to apologize for.