Re­turn of the wolves

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS - — Jen­nifer Levin

The mem­bers of the Grammy Award-win­ning band Los Lo­bos have been play­ing to­gether for 40 years, since David Hi­dalgo, Louie Pérez, Ce­sar Rosas, Con­rad Lozano, and Steve Ber­lin met in high school in East L.A. Now the rock­ers are the sub­ject of a new book, Los Lo­bos: Dream in Blue (Univer­sity of Texas Press, 2015), by Chris Mor­ris, a mu­sic jour­nal­ist who has writ­ten for Rolling Stone. (The ti­tle takes its name from the first track of their crit­i­cally ac­claimed 1992 al­bum, Kiko.) Mor­ris ex­plores the evo­lu­tion of the band’s sound — part rock, part punk, part blues, part coun­try — and the cre­ation of ev­ery al­bum, though the book ends be­fore the record­ing of their new­est, Gates of Gold. Hi­dalgo and Rosas still sing like young men, al­beit young men who have seen the world and per­fected their vo­cals. Los Lo­bos play at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Fran­cisco St.) at 7 p.m. on Satur­day, Oct. 24. Tick­ets, $49 to $59, are avail­able at www.tick­etssantafe.org.

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