Psych rockers Crystal Antlers will entertain All My Friends in TJ.
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Hailed by Spanish magazine Plástica as “one of the most important happenings in Latin American music [and] in general for Mexican music,” the third annual All My Friends Music Festival, set for November 17 this year, is extending a hand across the border for the first time to include bands from sister city San Diego to as far away as Brooklyn.

“This year AMF proudly becomes a festival accessible to the community,” says coordinator Marty Preciado, who began booking acts with the festival last year, effectively turning an overcrowded house party into an internationally acclaimed mini-fest with over 2000 in attendance.

“[This year] we become an all-ages show and will invite bands from the United States, in this manner serving the rich cultural and musical exchange lived throughout the U.S.-Mexico border,” says Preciado. “We are striving to become a festival that continues to empower not only our local scene in Tijuana but all of Mexico.”

The lineup is a who’s who of more than 35 prominent and underground indie acts on four stages in an all-day showcase that will serve as a blueprint for festivals for years to come.

“We are sure this event will have a positive effect in our beloved Tijuana,” says AMF’s general director, Argenis Garcia.

Highlights from the north include Brooklyn’s whimsical one-man Latin electro-folk innovator Helado Negro, Los Angeles occult drone-folk artist Chelsea Wolfe, Long Beach Touch and Go psychedelic act Crystal Antlers, San Diego sunny-day treats Tropical Popsicle, and El Centro/Mexicali fronteracore post punks Batwings.

Mexicali no-wave/dance-punk trio Maniqui Lazer will be out representing Baja’s capital along with the ambient desert soundscapes of Vampire Slayer, aka Valentin Torres of Maniqui Lazer and experimental/dance/punk/electronic label Indiangold Records.

Recently reunited post-rock outfit Ambiente will be flying the Tijuana banner in addition to, among many others, TJ/Chula Vista hardcore crusties Bumbklaatt, TJ/Vegas doom-folk troubadour Late Nite Howl, ruidoson ambassadors Los Macuanos and Maria y Jose, power-violence outfit Calafia Puta, and moody darkwave duo Dancing Strangers (members of the Electric Healing Sound and Shantelle).

Last year’s location — the tack-fabulous Millionaire’s Mansion in the hills over-looking downtown TJ — will be hard to beat, but the historic Casa de la Cultura looks to be a promising alternative.

One of Tijuana’s oldest buildings, Casa de la Cultura is a former World War II espionage center that now serves as an art school capable of accommodating the expected 2500–3000 attendees.

With presale tickets ( at 100 pesos and the rest at 150 (that’s roughly $8 and $12 USD, respectively), you’ve got no excuse not to head south, rock out, and whoop it up.

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