It was on Kiko where Los Lobos decided to throw caution to the wind and just follow their muse to produce an experimental and psychedelic classic. Now, 20 years later, the band finds itself honored with an invite to perform the album in its entirety at the Grammy Museum's ultra-intimate Clive Davis Theater.
Kiko is at once a typical Los Lobos album -- full of hard-luck tales and hopes for a better future -- but it's also the only Los Lobos album that might be a little "touched" (as some of our grandmothers might have put it).
Like punk rock and heavy metal, country music has a formula and violating that formula is a kind of betrayal, a heresy for which one may not be forgiven. In Americana, such betrayals and unexpected turns are often welcomed.
Despite their disparate dates of inception, it appears that the time for these two Latino-influenced bands to join together for a co-headlining tour has arrived, and there aren’t many double-bills on the road this summer that can match the high-quality tandem of Los Lonely Boys and Los Lobos.