Among the rising stars of the Latin Alternative movement—the growing trend of mostly Spanish-language performers who do not play traditional beats—Mexican-born Ximena Sariñana is the one to watch. Daughter of a behind-the-scenes show-business couple (her father is a film producer, her mother a screenwriter), the 26-year-old singer and songwriter started out as a child actress, playing several roles in telenovelas in her native country until 1998. Since then, while she continues to act (mostly in feature films), Sariñana has devoted most of her time to music and last year released the extremely well-received debut “Mediocre” (Warner Music Latina).
She is currently touring in support of her self-titled English-language debut. “Shine Down,” the first single off the album, is a club-ready uptempo tune filled with smart keyboard riffs and drum loops that blend both her Latin and North American music influences. Sariñana’s voice has a bit of Alanis Morissette’s anger coupled with Sarah McLachlan’s softer notes; according to her online bio, both Tracy Chapman and Paul Simon were early influences. One can hear a bit of jazz in her style as well, which probably crept in while Sariñana studied at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. (Ernest Barteldes)
July 22 at Metro, 3730 North Clark Street, (773)549-4140, 7pm. $24. 18+.