Mexico’s Molotov saw the impending apocalypse of late ’90s rap-metal without fear simply because they knew the diversity of their music would save them. How else could they sing so cheerfully that “El mundo se va a acabar” on 1999’s aptly-titled Apocalypshit? They always matched their American peers’ macho juvenilia, but Molotov transcended their purported genre with a sound that took cues from El General’s proto-reggaetón, the groovy Latin Rock of Maná, and Mano Negra’s multilingual musical mélange as much as from the Beasties, Rage, the Chili Peppers, and Mr. Bungle. No other rap-rock band could write songs as groovily anthemic as “Voto Latino,” “Gimme tha Power,” or “Frijolero.” For this reason, Molotov endures.
Tue., Aug. 27, 7 p.m., 2013

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