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It used to be Spanish rock equaled covering Norteamericano bands. That’s how it was when Miguel and Brenda Avina’s dad was shredding metal in the 80s in Mexico, and that’s what Rock En Tu Idioma meant: you translated the lyrics and did songs by Whitesnake or The Cure. Miguel didn’t want to do that when he started Izcalli in 2005 with an acoustic guitar and dual hand-percussionists Luis Galaviz and Raul Chavelas. Under the banner of RETI=Rock En Tu Idioma, he wanted to do original Rock in Spanish — or in English, too, if he felt like it — and he had a vision: that there was a need for the kind of music he wanted to make, with a swath of influences ranging from flamenco to Zeppelin, and a community of musicians just waiting to unite. The idea caught hold and scored the young band an opening gig with Spanish act BEBE; playing at the Gothic before that sold-out crowd, Miguel had another vision: "Hay que Rock Harder". A Les Paul replaced the acoustic, Galaviz switched from djembe to the kit, and Miguel recruited his sister Brenda on bass. RETI rounded up nine other bands and released a compilation — Rock en las Rocas Vol. 1, featuring early iZCALLi tunes “Me Siento Solo” and “Que Debe Fallar (Marybel) — the band’s first official release. A proper LP followed in Pintas en Pasteles, which replaced Galaviz with Madafra’s Mario Gonzales on drums. The band went on tour not long after with Hombres G, and has gigged with a slew of nationally renowned artists, such as Jaguares, Los Enanitos Verdes and Julieta Venegas, Molotov, Bomba Estereo and Elefante just to name a few. iZCALLi's sound drilled through the folk-based rock of Pintas and into deeper beds of Alt-rock, Indie, Latin sounds and Ska for Despiertame, the band’s second LP. The same year, RETI launched Rock de Mayo, a sonic Cinco de Mayo celebration iZCALLi has curated ever since, bringing acts like Eldren and the Photo Atlas to a crossover crowd — the same crossover iZCALLi has been reaching at coveted spots in festivals like Westword Music Showcase and the Underground Music Showcase several years running and recently by opening shows for Devotchka, The Stone Foxes, Night Riots and In the Whale. iZCALLi continues to grow, bringing in Luiggy Ramirez on drums, and spreading the message via collaboration with Fort Collin’s Spokesbuzz, a nonprofit dedicated to the goal of transforming the Front Range into world-class music scene, plus multiple appearances at SXSW. The band also celebrated its 10th anniversary in August with a sold-out show at the Walnut Room and the release of III, a deeper exploration of the same roots that made Despiertame grow. It’s a big deal, but it’s also just another step in iZCALLi's never-ceasing mission to bring you Rock En Tu Idioma — and an ever-expanding definition of what Rock En Tu Idioma can be.
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iZCALLi added a new photo to the album: 2017 Shows.May 28th, 2017 at 3:16am
Ready for this awesome show! Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas / iZCALLi / Fri Jun 2nd its 16+ show starts at 9pm! See you there!
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iZCALLi shared Casa en la Playa - Media Productions's post.May 28th, 2017 at 3:16am
Here it is..."Y es que solo asi"
Shot this Video at EightyEight Studios this past winter, special thanks to Casa en la Playa - Media Productions for the awesome work in this collaboration! #RETI #izcallirock
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Casa en la Playa - Media Productions
Y es que solo así te das cuenta bien de quien soy... Gran colaboración con iZCALLi & EightyEight Studios.
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iZCALLi shared Mile High Flea Market's event.May 28th, 2017 at 3:16am
Mañana los esperamos a pasar un rato con nosotros en el Mile High Flea Market de 12-3pm! A disfrutar de un bonito día y música con iZCALLi presentado por RETI #izcallirock #RETI
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iZCALLi updated their cover photo.May 28th, 2017 at 3:16am
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iZCALLiMay 28th, 2017 at 3:16am
The long and dark reach of depression/suicide knows no barriers. It will grab hold of celebreties, creatives, family, friends, people of all walks of life. If you know someone battling, please reach out and touch them, let them know you care. We lost a great one today... RIP Chris Cornell
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iZCALLiMay 28th, 2017 at 3:16am
About last night...thanks so much for coming out and rocking with us! Shout out to Ophelia's and their rad crew for holding it down! #rockdemayoVI #IZCALLIROCK #RETI