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Chicano Batman

Aside from being natty dressers, the Los Angeles quartet Chicano Batman bring a stylish sound—and astute socioeconomic observations—to their excellent third album, Freedom is Free.

The group, which toured the country with Jack White in 2015, delves deeply into the psychedelic flourishes of Sixties and Seventies Latin rock and soul, liberally mixing essences of shimmering cumbia, Tropicália, organ-drenched prog, and effervescent funk to their songs, like "Friendship (Is a Small Boat in a Storm)" and "Angel Child."

Chicano Batman's perceptive observations about the state of American life runs through their English and Spanish lyrics, reflecting this turbulent time in history.