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Café Tacvba 

When: Thu., Aug. 9, 8 p.m. 2012
Price: $39.50

Some old-school acts will always have staying power, even as their peers recede and vanish. One such perennial is Café Tacvba, a Mexican quartet that dropped its most memorable hits -- songs like the petulant, ranchera-influenced "Ingrata," the folksy "OjalaQueLlueva Café," and the impassioned, borderline-desperate "Como teExtraño Mi Amor" -- in the early- to mid-Nineties. Singer Rubén Isaac Albarrán Ortega brings his own anxieties to lyrics about failed relationships and contemporary politics, making his vocals sound coarse and persuasive. But the group's song structures often draw on older traditional forms, using instruments like the jarana and melodeon for stylistic effect. The band has a wandering palette, stitching together influences from different cultures and time periods, and referencing many disparate antecedents. Its songs always dazzle. Café Tacvba plays The Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave., Oakland) on Thursday, Aug. 9. Local Latin hip-hop group Bang Data opens. 8 p.m., $39.50.

— Rachel Swan


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