The Hype: Surviving for 15 years on a steady mix of rhythmically infectious World music, LA's Ozomatli come out with Fire Away, their first album since 2007 as well as as their debut release on Downtown Records/ Mercer Street. The new record comes to us on one of the music world's holiest of holy days, 4/20. Surely a coincidence.
To celebrate, LA fans can see the group play live at Amoeba Music in
Hollywood at 6 p.m. If you can make it, we suggest you get your ass up there. Don't forget your Birkenstocks, a pair of comfortable
shorts and a durable hacky sack.
The Judgment: Even though most Ozoheadz are sure to spark up a celebration for Fire Away, those who favor the band's socially conscious bent are in for a disappointing trip. Sure, their screeching horn section and percussive power are still enough to start a street parade, but it sounds like they've chosen to bring party favors instead of picket signs.