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Xenia Rubinos

“My family is from Cuba and Puerto Rico and both of those rich cultures greatly influence my music. I grew up singing children’s songs with my grandmother. When I was 5 I used to sit at the piano and write songs and music for movies. I was way into Mariah Carey then...” Xenia has traveled much since those early recitals. First to Berklee College of Music where Charles Mingus inspired her early writing of instrumental music while a love affair with Radiohead and The Pixies stirred her need to sing and write songs again. Now calling Brooklyn home, Xenia rocks a pair of synthesizers and a looping machine to create her uniquely stylistic mix of Spanglish punk, soul and electronica. Layering experimental vocal sounds, odd-timed danceable Latin rhythms, and disarmingly simple melodies, Xenia’s world of martian tribes and elephant memories is at once both foreign and familiar. Her songs can sound like a drunken hamster racing through a Bustelo can and beer bottle town... or a dreamy girl wandering down the rabbit hole... “The music of Brooklyn vocalist Xenia Rubinos is like some brilliant mash-up of Stereolab, Os Mutantes and the best tunes from Sesame Street. Borrowing from Latin rhythms, punkish experimentalism and pop playfulness, Rubinos creates an awesome sound that's as much grounded as it is otherworldly."  - WNYC “The first three influences listed by Xenia Rubinos: “Cuban and Puerto Rican children’s songs and rhymes, Gyil music of Ghana, Jose Marti.” This track sounds like all of that, a double-dutch rhyme with a little Flora Purim-style shoulder-shimmy, loads of playfulness and abstract rhythmic pauses. We first heard it in a lucid dream the other day, waking from a makeshift slumber party when a friend put it on the stereo, and it’s been embedded ever since, like a schoolyard chant we can’t shake. Anyone wanna bust open the fire hydrant and skip rope?” - The Fader

My Artists Sessions

Wednesday, March 16

8:00pm CDT