(photo: Fernando Rodriguez Photography)

Gilberto Rodriguez y Los Intocables is a side project led by Almas Fronterizas vocalist Gilberto Rodriguez. When a few members of Almas couldn’t make it to a recording session for the project, Rodriguez brought in a bunch of musicians from the Mission to record, and their creation feels like it was made for the San Francisco neighborhood.

Sabor Maracuyá Desnuda is first and foremost defined by the pulsing rhythm at the heart of every track. Rodriguez sings plenty, but he also chants, shouts, and becomes as crucial to the rhythms as the percussion. Fittingly, the album is available via Mission-based label Empty Cellar. I recommend you buy the record, put on some headphones, and take a nice long stroll down 24th Street while you listen. And then head over to Oakland for Los Intocables’ debut Bay Area show at the Legionnaire Saloon October 19.

Gilberto Rodriguez y Los Intocables, DJ Sin Amores
The Legionnaire Saloon
October 19, 2018
9pm, $10