First Listen: Grupo Fantasma, ‘Problemas’

Grupo Fantasma‘s raucous, good-time mix of funk, cumbia and soul emerged from the clubs of Austin at the start of the century, bringing with it a fresh sensibility for Tejano music. Now, the band faces a challenge: How do you make that great idea even better?

Problemas answers the challenge with Grupo Fantasma’s best songs yet. The album doesn’t break away from the way the group does things normally; it’s another danceable record, with lots of musicianship in its grooves. But there’s something about the way Grupo Fantasma pulls it off. Everything seems to come to the band with ease, as genres burst apart in the most organic possible ways.

It’s one thing for musicians to mature over the course of years and decades. It’s another to do so while maintaining and building on a childlike sense of wonder. Grupo Fantasma is a band built to last — always growing, but always joyful, too.

-NPR MUSIC

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 http://www.austindiadelosmuertos.com/ This year's Dia de los Muertos concert features Austin-based, 9-piece band Grupo Fantasma! Don't miss Grupo Fantasma, Bombasta, Tiarra Girls, James Keith and the Moondogs and DJ King Louie of Peligrosa bring down the house at Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater on November 4. We'll be celebrating a full day of festivities including Texas Wrangler's annual City Wide Hold Up, Disability Awareness Day with a proclamation from Mayor Adler at our fifth annual Dia de los Muertos Concert. All proceeds benefit Easterseals Central Texas's mission to to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.​  HOUSTON! Catch us in action this Friday at the Karbach Brewery! We'll be joined by Houston legends Los Skarnales. All proceeds benefit K9 angels pet rescue/Harvey relief
 We're heading up I 35 this Friday Oct 6th for a show in Waco at Musicfest 2017! The whole event is FREE and we take the stage at 830 PM. Come party with us! https://www.wacoartsfest.org/2017-website-pages/musicfest/ #waco #musicfest #freeshow #streetfest #blockparty #grupofantasma #latingroove #cumbiafunk  We're hitting the road again this weekend! Help us spread the word! July 14th at Tricky Falls in El Paso July 15th at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe
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