[Note, this show has been moved to Proof Rooftop Lounge.]
Adopting the D.C. Comics Dark Knight as an avatar for their suave, seductive brand of lava-lamp music, L.A.’s Chicano Batman are not the rabble-rousing crusaders their name might suggest. Rather, this crew of crate-digging collector types in matching tuxes mostly wants to create the chillest after-hours party imaginable, a safe space for Caetano Veloso lovers in a most inhospitable world. This being 2017, however, their latest single is a woozy and joyful version of “This Land Is Your Land” which works on two levels: a partially en español revision of the beloved Woody Guthrie anthem and a stirring rebuke of an administration that has made its views on all things Chicano horribly apparent. This year the decade-old quartet released their third full-length LP and first for ATO Records, Freedom Is Free, which adds another layer to the group’s soft-focus tropicalia — a ‘70s soul and funk vibe heavily influenced by acts like Funkadelic and Curtis Mayfield.