02 / 15 / 13
Los Crudos 2


LOS CRUDOS 2nd Profile. This is the second part to Los Crudos profile. This part covers the latter years of Los Crudos while also exploring significant themes and the influence they had on a new generation of punk bands from Pilsen and Little Village.


Part 2 of Los Crudos story by Alex Rojas. Alex was in our last storytellers workshop. Just think of what you might be able to produce by applying!

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02 / 11 / 13
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 52 - Portrayal of Muslims in Western Media, Los Crudos Pt. 2, J Dilla Tribute


In this episode: Shows like ‘Homeland’ and ‘24’, or movies like ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ might make us think “this must be how it really goes down” - but how do you separate truth from fiction in media? Aymen Abdel Halim, the Communications Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago, and Media and Islam professor at DePaul says the state of media portrayals of Muslims has worsened in recent years. He talks terrorism, religion and Abu Nazir with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon.

Vocalo contributor Alex Rojas continues his documentary on Pilsen-based hardcore punk band Los Crudos (1991 to 1998). Being all Latinos, they paved the way for later Spanish-speaking punk bands and helped to increase the presence of Latinos in the predominantly white punk subculture. The second part of the series focuses on the band’s influence abroad.

J Dilla (Feb. 7, 1974 – Feb. 10, 2006) was a hip hop artist, producer and pioneer who’s life and career was tragically cut short by Lupus. We pay a tribute to the great artist with a special all-Dilla DJ set from Vocalo DJ collective member Joc Max.

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12 / 24 / 12
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 45 - Los Crudos, Music Therapy, Jesse De La Pena

In this episode: HAPPY HOLIDAYS everybody! While we take a short break, we bring you stories from Vocalo Storyteller Workshop contributors and interns.

First up: Meet Alex Rojas. Our new Vocalo Storyteller. He produced a story about Los Crudos an American hardcore punk band from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood (1991 to 1998). Being all Latinos, they paved the way for later Spanish-speaking punk bands and helped to increase the presence of Latinos in the predominantly white punk subculture.

The MusicVox intern Liz Griewe wanted to learn more about music therapy, so she visited the Institute for Therapy Through the Arts in Evanston. There, she spoke with therapist Jeffrey Wolf and a patient’s family member about music therapy and the different ways it can be used to help patients.

Lastly, our own Jesse De La Pena plugs into the mix with his DJ magic!

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11 / 14 / 12
Los Crudos pt.1

Los Crudos

Los Crudos was an American hardcore punk band from Chicago, Illinois that existed from 1991 to 1998.[1][2][3] Being all Latinos, they paved the way for later Spanish-speaking punk bands[2] and helped to increase the presence of Latinos in the predominantly white punk subculture.[4]

This is a part I of a series that Alexander Rojas produced for Vocalo’s storytelling workshops.  


Alexander Rojas

Why did you want to become a Vocalo Storyteller?

Vocalo provides a great platform to share stories that would otherwise never have the opportunity to reach a wider audience. I wanted to share a story from a community that is often overlooked and undervalued.
Your piece in 20 seconds:

As several youth subcultures were clinging to their existence amongst a gang riddled neighborhood, a group of young punk kids broke through with a fast, loud and confrontational style of music that connected with a disenfranchised community.
Why did you decide to tell this story?

I wanted to explore how this particular style of music came to be in a community that was riddled with gangs and consumed with dance music and ultimately the effect it had on the community.
In what ways are you a better storyteller and/or producer?

Coming from a background that’s very dependent on the visual form, I found myself trying to find dialogue and sounds that created a sense of place and time that would enable the listener to visualize the words, the descriptions and the voices through their imagination.

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