Making Movies is a psychedelic Panamanian band that makes American music with an asterisk: because Making Movies’ sound encompasses the entirety of the Americas. It’s through this broader perspective that Making Movies crunches classic rock into Latin American rhythms — African-derived percussion and styles like rumba, merengue, mambo and cumbia — in a way that feels oddly familiar, yet delivers the invigorating chills of hearing something singularly special.
Over the course of their career, the quartet has turned heads as a Tiny Desk newcomer (with “A La Deriva”), a voice for immigrant rights (with “I Am Another You” which reached #3 on Billboard’s Latin Pop Album chart), and as a co-writer alongside salsa icon Rubén Blades (with Latin GRAMMY nominated song “No Te Calles”).
Making Movies has toured extensively, appearing with the likes of Arcade Fire, Rubén Blades, Los Lobos, Hurray For the Riff Raff, Bomba Estereo, Galactic, Flor De Toloache, and Thievery Corporation. The band’s fourth album XOPA was just released on L.A.-based label Cósmica Artists.
THE BRAIDED JANES
The Braided Janes is a three piece, Latin Alternative band from Chicago, IL.
Founded by family members Jessica Rodriguez (vocals, keys, guitar), wife Juny Alvarez (drums, percussion), and brother-in-law Andrew Doyle (bass, electric guitar), The Braided Janes have made an undeniable impact in the Latin scene with their statement-making music and shared vision for social change.
Bilingual and multicultural, their music transcends through language and genre barriers to create a unique sound of their own. Their powerful debut album addressed important topics such as gun violence, femicide, and the war on immigrants and POC, and the song “Fuego,” featured on the 2019 project, achieved attention from NPR, which included the track as one of their Best Latin Alternative Songs of 2019.
In March 2022 the band traveled to Minca Colombia to record their 2nd studio album, “Renacer” (Reborn) with Grammy award winning producer Christian Castagno of Sonido Selva Studio ( (Iggy Pop, Bomba Estéreo, Arcade Fire, Systema Solar, The Tom Tom Club) “Renacer” is a Latin roots album which braids a new wave of sounds into the eclectic, musical syntax of The Braided Janes.
The rhythmic and upbeat album best described as, “Tropi-alt rock” features seven songs all in Spanish. No Puedo Más was the first single released late 2022 followed by Mi Canto, Paraíso and their latest single Por Una Mujer released June 30th in celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. The full length album Renacer will be released September 22nd, 2023 on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms and the official album release party will be September 23rd at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Pilsen, Chicago. RSVP details TBA.
The Braided Janes are currently on their first ever, Corazón Migrante U.S Tour 2023 with performances in over a dozen cities throughout the U.S. alongside an incredible visual display of art, featuring 40 paintings of various mediums, two paper mâché sculptures, and a fashion show, all created by the CORAZÓN MIGRANTE collective of multidisciplinary artists of Mexican descent in the United States with the goal of highlighting the vibrancy found within the Mexican migrant community in the U.S. The Braided Janes’ Jessica Rodriguez is the artist representing Chicago.
CHÉBAKA (No Sé Discos)
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