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After two years of touring the world, burned-out Cafe Tacuba members thought they needed a new way to create their music. So when this Mexican rock en espanol quartet re-entered the studio, it switched around instruments and added new ones, made and sampled some field recordings, hired the Kronos Quartet, and emerged with a largely instrumental post-techno art-rock effort that its label was afraid to release. Determined to get the album out, the band agreed to issue a more conventional song-oriented CD with it. Thus Reves/Yo Soy was born. While Reves’ 11 soundscapes emphasize the combo’s interest in Robert Fripp-like noise and rhythm, Soy brings out its melodies—on both ballads and New Wave rockers alike. With local punkers Los Machetres at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (SK)

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