Piñata Protest @ 924 Gilman

(Courtesy of the band)

Fronted by Alvaro Del Norte, Piñata Protest takes loud and brash punk and spices it up with some true south-of-the-border flavors. Del Norte’s accordion floats over scratchy guitar, while his lyrics flit between Spanish and English proving that no matter the language, fist pumping is a universal reaction. The band, which peaked at No. 7 on the Latin Billboard charts for its 2013 album El Valiente, has popped up on numerous movie soundtracks, and there’s even a beer named after them. So brush up on your Spanish, but you can probably leave the blindfold at home.

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