WASHINGTON -- Os Mutantes was once a band record store nerds would to cite to sound cool. Their albums were out-of-print, hard to find and buzzed about. Thanks to re-issues by David Byrne, praise by Beck and Kurt Cobain and a 2006 reunion tour, the Tropicalia band is now known for its sound.
One of the most influential psychedelic music groups of the late 1960s, the Brazilian act is back on the road. In 2009, the band released its first new music in more than 30 years, "Haih or Amortecedor." Continuing to explore new sounds, the group has morphed into an eight-piece world music act.
Now Os Mutantes is headed to D.C. with a performance at The Hamilton on Thursday.
Click through the slideshow below to listen to what Os Mutantes sounded like in 1969, hear who they've influenced and see who they're worked with.
A live version of "Bat Macumba" on French television in 1969. Originally released on their self-titled debut in 1968.
"I made records like Odelay because there was a certain sound and sensibility that I wanted to achieve and it was eerie to find that they had already done it 30 years ago, in a totally shocking but beautiful and satisfying way." Beck
Of Montreal cover Os Mutantes for "Red Hot + Rio 2."
"Arnaldo, best wishes to you, you and beware of the system they swallow you up and spit you out like the seed from a marachino (sic) cherry." -Kurt Cobain
St. Vincent, Sergio Dias (Os Mutantes), Julian Gross (Liars), Beck, Angus Andrew (Liars) and Brian Lebarton cover "Never Tear Us Apart," originally by INXS.