March 26

The “Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet” is a side project of Rodriguez-Lopez. Taking some free time out of his busy schedule with The Mars Volta, Rodriguez-Lopez plays live shows with his quintet, which in 2005 included three members of The Mars Volta Group: Juan Alderete, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez and Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales. The self-titled album from 2005 was recorded mostly in Amsterdam. The album, Omar Rodriguez, features long, improvisational songs with Dutch titles and no lyrics. After completing The Mars Volta’s 2006 record “Amputechture,” Rodriguez-Lopez collaborated with Damo Suzuki on a 25-minute EP titled “Please Heat This Eventually.” The collaboration features members of Omar’s Quintet. Rodriguez-Lopez’ Gold Standard Labs record label released a special-edition 12? vinyl in December 2006, widely available Jan. 23, 2007. A new album, Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo, is being prepped for a May 29, 2007 release on GSL. This 10-track full-length album featuring performances by Mars Volta members Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, Juan Alderete de la Pena, Adrian Terrazas-Gonzales as well as cameos by Money Mark Ramos Nishita and John Frusciante was written and recorded in 2006 in California and Amsterdam.

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