Tropicalia, the Toronto band, is a group of musicians and friends who have one thing in common: they don’t wear underwear. Well anyways, that is what their myspace says. They do also share a love for the genre of music known as Tropicalia that came out of Brazil in the 60s and 70s. They are Amy Medvick- vocals, flute. Dave Atkinson- keyboard. Graham Campbell- guitar. Sam McLellan- bass. Jon Maki- drums. Eric Woolston and Christian Ingelevics-percussion.

They formed in May of 2010, when they unleashed themselves at Duffy’s Tavern, and this bunch of homey Canadian music nerds can definitely rock a show. They will play on the Sunday of the Uma Nota Festival at Lula Lounge at 7:15!

The album that started it all! Tropicalia ou Panis et Circencis

Tropi-what?

Tropicalismo is a Brazilian art movement that arose in the late 1960s and encompassed theatre, poetry, and especially, music. It is the psychodelic convergence of several movements floating around the urban centers of Rio and São Paulo in the sixties. These trends, combined with the outside world’s counter culture movements headed by the Beatles and the Stones, peaked the interest of the likes of Gil, Gal Costa, Caetano Veloso, and Tom Zé. These four were all “new style” creative musicians from Bahia state in the Northeast. These artists were driven by socially aware lyrics and political activism following the Brazilian military coup of 1964. The right wing dictatorship, their feathers ruffled by these trends, incarcerated and exiled Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil in 1968. This marked the beginning of the end of the Tropicalismo. Even though it only lasted for a few years, the movement had profound effects on Brazilian popular culture and identity and is in part responsible for the formation of the MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) genre.

I love Novos Baianos, sorry I put two videos of just them up.