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Mars Volta leader paints new colors with Bosnian Rainbows

For Journal Register Newspapers

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It's fair to say Omar Rodriguez-Lopez is always looking for the next thing -- musically, at least.

He's been a member of At the Drive-In, co-led the Mars Volta and has recorded as a solo artist, film composer and producer. Now he's leading a new quartet called Bosnian Rainbows. "There's so much to do, and we're luckily we get to do it as a living," says the El Paso, Texas-based Rodriguez-Lopez, 36. And, he adds, he revels in the different characteristics that each of his endeavors has had over the years.

"You do something and you move forward," he explains. "Everything can co-exist, of course; the Mars Volta was co-existing with At The Drive-In for a time. I'm not really into closing doors. One valuable lesson I've learned after years of being negative and saying, 'I'll never play with those guys again...' is you don't know anything. Just shut up and enjoy life and be happy people still care about what you're doing."

Bosnian Rainbows -- which includes Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, keyboardist Nicci Kasper (who also works with Parks in Dark Angels) and Le Butcherettes singer Teri Gender Bender -- came together last year, initially known as the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group. But the collaboration, which began with a month of living together in Germany, proved so strong that the he opted for a group identity, with the first Bosnian Rainbows album due in May and a second already in motion.

"It's been very organic," Rodriguez-Lopez says. "I wanted to have a group where everyone's writing. Everyone here is an engineer. Everyone's a producer and (records) tracks. We really do quite a bit of throwing stuff around as well as throwing stuff away. It gets kind of messy -- but in a good way. It's a very, very creative situation."

Bosnian Rainbows and Marriages perform Sunday, Feb. 24, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.SaintAndrewsDetroit.com.

Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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