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Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Everything but the Bowie in \'David Bowie Is\'

Everything but the Bowie in 'David Bowie Is'

Screens: People love David Bowie more than you are capable of loving your family. But that’s OK—people love Bowie to an extent that your family would quite frankly... By Jeremy Martin 9/17/2014
Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive

Music: Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... By J.D. Swerzenski 9/17/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host

News: A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/17/2014

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Ana Tijoux: 'La Bala'

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French-Chilean MC Ana Tijoux's second solo album (and third overall) isn't an album, it's a Molotov cocktail assembled by a girl who doesn't rap, but spits fire. Even though she was too young to go through the worst years of Pinochet's dictatorship, she knows her history and the reason her parents had to flee to Paris. But she goes beyond Chile, and in her first single, "Shock," she joins Chilean student's calls for fair education while mixing in a lethal indictment of modern global capitalism in the most effective musicalization of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine. (Even Klein herself tweeted about Tijoux's "terrific" NPR interview, mentioning how the rapper talked about "shock doctrine and resistance.") The first half of the album is all out, with each line a bullet, each word a knife. The more relaxed, not-as-explosive second half is Tijoux at rest after having set the world on fire. On February 13, La Bala (the bullet) reached the triple crown: number one on iTunes Latino hip-hop charts, Amazon, and eMusic. With all due respect to the overrated 1977, La Bala is the ultimate Ana Tijoux album and a lesson on great hip-hop writing in any language.

★★★ ½ (out of 5 stars)

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