Calle 13, Benjamin Anaya y Los Extranos Unidos, Los Vicios de Papa | Congress Theater | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Calle 13, Benjamin Anaya y Los Extranos Unidos, Los Vicios de Papa Recommended Soundboard

When: Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. 2011

It's hard to believe that the Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 started out making reggaeton—on their fourth and latest album, Entren Los Que Quieran (Sony Music Latin), rapper Residente (Rene Perez) and musician and producer Visitante (Eduardo Cabra) churn out a range of sounds and styles that practically mocks the limitations of that genre. "Baile de los Pobres," which features some nifty beats from Diplo, collides classical Arabic strings with punchy horn licks that split the difference between Mexican banda and Balkan brass. "Vamo' a Portarnos Mal" juggles searing hard-rock guitar and hyperactive programmed merengue rhythms, and "La Bala" hijacks the twangy guitar and whistling from Ennio Morricone's spaghetti-western soundtracks. Brazil's Maria Rita, Colombia's Toto la Momposina, and Peru's Susana Baca pitch in on the chorus of "Latinoamericano," while Seun Kuti joins the group on the Afrobeat-driven "Todo Se Mueve." Residente's hectoring raps tie it all together; album by album, his lyrics have evolved from obnoxious jokes into political invective, and on the new one he critiques the capitalist co-opting of pop in "Calma Pueblo" (with psychedelic guitar courtesy of the Mars Volta's Omar Rodriguez) and decries the harshness of class disparities on "Baile de los Pobres." —Peter Margasak

Price: $18

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