Born in Denver to a Mexican mother and an American father, Teri Gender Bender (Teresa Suárez) grew up bilingual and moved to Guadalajara when she was 14. There, she teamed up with a female drummer (Auryn Jolene) and sang in English to stunned crowds for a few years. Her fierce but radio-friendly artsy garage rock had as many fans as detractors until she fought with Jolene, left Mexico, relocated to L.A., and regrouped. Omar Rodríguez López (Mars Volta) flipped when he heard her music, producing and playing all the bass parts on the upcoming Sin Sin Sin, her first full-fledged album (out May 10 on Rodríguez’s own label, Rodríguez López Productions).
“I got tired of hearing, ‘If you’re Mexican and are in Mexico, why do you sing in English?’” she told the Current. “My answer was always the same: I speak Spanish, but I never learned how to write or read in Spanish. But one day I said, ‘You know what? Screw it. I’m going to be who I am.’”
She’ll play with her brand-new band: herself on guitar and keyboards, bassist Jonathan Hischke (Broken Bells, Hella), and drummer Gabe Serbian (The Locust). One more thing: If you see photos of her wearing a bloody apron and French-kissing a dead pig, don’t worry — she’s a veggie.
10pm, Thu, March 17
Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th
21 & over
11:15pm Sat, March 19
Emo’s Annex, 600 Red River
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