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Even before Silver Spring rock-en-español hangout Renzo’s recently closed its doors, Alexandria’s Nazca recording studio was searching for more places for local Latin rockers to play, as well as for ways to expand the music’s media presence. Now, the studio is releasing a 14-song compilation CD, and today it presents the 12-band D.C. Latin Rock Festival at Jaxx. To judge from the disc, locating the fest at the metal mecca was the right move: Controversia’s bombastic melodies, Mama Cesta’s punky grind, and Filtro’s nü metal should feel right at home no matter what language the vocalists are shrieking in. The event will also showcase other Latin-rock sounds, including the political punk of longtime Positive Force/Dischord favorites Machetres, the bilingual ska of Nayas, the emo-folk of Sur Ground, the tropical pop of Duende Camaron, and the new wave of Lafacha and Papas Underground. Doors open at 2 p.m. at Jaxx, 6355 Rolling Road, West Springfield. $15. (703) 569-5940. (Steve Kiviat)