Dennis DeYoung spent a fair chunk of his solo career denying the very sound of Styx (not quite the same thing as denying their songs, which he would continue to sing), going as far as Broadway to distinguish himself from the band and writing concept albums. One Hundred Years from Now, initially released in Canada in 2007 and appearing two years later in the States, retains some dramatic elements, but despite some heavy themes, it's more notable for its sound.
Like most Spanish maestros de capilla, Puebla, Mexico, Padilla composed a great number of chanzonetas or villancicos. These charming and melodious works encompass exquisite charm and refined elegance to unabashed humour; they are frequently framed with dance rhythms, often in a characteristic uneven triple time with abundant syncopation. All the words in this gender have melodic instrumental lines and accompaniments with great variety of possibilites: from a solo voice to a full choir.
The instruments were characteristic of Renaissence music: recorders, dulzian, shawms, cornets, voils, organ, crumhorns, etc. In Mexico, villancicos achieved such popularity that they were published even when paper was very scarce, and important works such as some writings of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz could not be printed.
Mariachi los Gavilanes [Hawks] de Oakland were a San Francisco Bay Area institution since before 1992 when they were first released by Arhoolie on cassette. Lupe Madrigal usually playing guitarrón and singing provided most of the organization and a lot more than his share of the spirit that made this 10 piece mariachi shine out among the other mariachis that made their living playing for private parties and working the tables of the bars and restaurants of the Bay Area barrios of East Oakland and Redwood City California. The band has not been active in recent years.