It wasn’t easy for Mexican alt-rockers Zoe since their 1994 inception. Like many indie bands, they took the DIY approach until they were discovered by a major label four years later—which subsequently dropped them—leaving them to fend for themselves until they finally got a distribution deal from Sony Music in 2000.
In the meantime, they made their name by playing in Latin alternative festivals and opening for established names like Gustavo Cerati (formerly of Babasonicos) and Franz Ferdinand—which helped broaden their fan base and led them to semi-superstardom in Latin America.
Zoe’s sound is a mix of sixties psychedelics with electronics with a Latin vibe. Take for instance “Zoe-Sone,” a tune from their 2003 album “Rocanlover,” a track that is mostly dominated by Jesus Baez’s keyboard and Sergio Acosta’s guitar grooves, or “Via Lactea,” a tune that could easily have been written by a young U2 (the band seems to have lifted a little bit of “New Year’s Day”’s bassline)—if they spoke Spanish. (Ernest Barteldes)
August 13 at Congress Theater, 2135 North Milwaukee, (773)276-1235, 8pm. $18.