Café Tacvba @ The Ogden Theatre, with Flor De Toloache; Monday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m., 935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.
et’s keep looking straight forward,” Quique Rangel sings in Spanish on “Futuro,” a quirky electronic folk-rock single released earlier this year by the Latin American rock band Café Tacvba. It’s a well-tested strategy for an iconoclastic group whose second album Re
was declared the “Greatest Latin Rock Album of All Time” by Rolling Stone
in 2013. Like Manu Chao’s band Mano Negra, the Grammy-winning Café Tacvba quickly rose in the ranks of the “Rock en Espanol” movement, which was in reality not so much a movement as a way for English-speaking critics to describe bands who don’t sing in English. Over the course of eight studio albums, the four musicians’ exuberant mix of punk rock, new wave, norteño, ranchera and hip-hop has made them wildly popular at home, while earning frequent comparisons to the genre-defying approach of a certain band from Liverpool. “The fact that we are four, and we have experimented in a wide spectrum of genres, it is easy to say ‘This is the Mexican Beatles,’” a bemused Rangel once told the Chicago Tribune. “It is an honor that people think in those terms, but we are not them. Besides, you have bad luck when you try to imitate the Beatles.”