Who: Veteran roots-rock band Los Lobos
What: The group marks the 20th anniversary of its acclaimed 1992 album, Kiko, with a deluxe reissue called Kiko: 20th Anniversary Edition (Shout! Factory, $14) and a live CD/DVD entitled Los Lobos: Kiko Live (Shout! Factory, $25). Hailed at the time of its debut for its emotionally gripping narratives and challenging sonics, Kiko has been remastered on the reissue and will include rare live tracks, while the CD/DVD combo pack features a 2006 concert at San Diego’s House of Blues.
“As a band, we’re not very sentimental; we tend to keep moving forward,” says multi-instrumentalist Steve Berlin. “But Kiko was important for us. That’s where we found our bailiwick. Much of that record was first takes. … It’s almost this Zen quality of not knowing, and if you can somehow make that work and catch it on tape, it’s a pretty special thing. That’s why I think Kiko still resonates.”
Where: Los Lobos will be touring North America through the end of the year, opening shows for Neil Young and performing Kiko during select headlining dates. Visit www.loslobos.org for more information.
The Glorious Dead (Counter Records/Ninja Tune, $14)
“Take all my money
Take all my time
Take all the stars that hang above me