Xenia Rubinos drops video for “Mexican Chef”

Xenia Rubinos shares new video for "Mexican Chef"
Photo by Shervin Lainez

Xenia Rubinos has​ premiered a provocative new lyric video for the track “Mexican Chef” off her new album Black Terry Cat.

The accompanying lyric video offers a spirited visual homage to Judy Garland’s dance routine from the 1950 film Summer Stock and the “Queen of Latin Soul”, La Lupe’ with Rubinos dancing defiantly before a vivid background as her propulsive funk song details the immense contributions and systemic devaluation of the many labourers of colour in America.

As Rubinos says, “In making the lyric video for “Mexican Chef” I took inspiration from two of my all time favorite performers Judy Garland and La Lupe. The set we created is my take on Judy Garland’s performance of “Get Happy” from the 1950 film “Summer Stock”. In that song she’s essentially singing about dying, but she does it in such a joyful over the top song and dance type of way that you might miss it. Known to many as the “Queen of Latin Soul”, La Lupe’s performance style carried a lot the same exuberance and tragedy but unlike Judy, she wasn’t choreographed or measured. She was a master freestyler who fell into her own flow and let it all go, she was raw magic. Some of my moves in this video are a nod to La Lupe who while performing would often pretend to be washing her clothes, throw off her jewelry, and pull at her shirt collar. There’s something wildly joyful and tragic about both of their performances, they transmit so much soul power.”

​Xenia Rubinos Fall Tour Dates
8/31 Boston, MA Great Scott
9/1 Burlington, VT ArtsRiot
9/2 Montreal, QC Newspeak
9/3 Toronto, ON The Drake
9/4 Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern
9/5 Columbus, OH Big Room Bar
9/6 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle
9/7 Cincinnati, OH Ice Cream Factory
9/8 Madison, WI Frequency
9/9 Minneapolis, MN Icehouse
9/10 Grinnell, IA Gardner Lounge
9/11 Denver, CO Moon Room
9/12 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
9/14 Portland, OR Holocene
9/15 Seattle, WA Barboza
9/17 San Francisco, CA Independent
9/18 Los Angeles, CA Echo
9/20 San Diego, CA Soda
9/21 Tucson, AZ 191 Toole
9/23 Austin, TX The Mohawk
9/24 Mcallen, TX Yerberia Cultura
9/25 Houston, TX White Oak Upstairs
9/26 New Orleans, LA Gasa Gasa
9/27 Atlanta, GA The Earl
9/28 Durham, NC Duke Coffeehouse
9/29 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
9/30 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brenda’s
10/1 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
​10/24 London, UK Birthdays
10/27 Manheim, DE Enjoy Jazz Festival @ Alte Feuerwache
10/28 Hambrug, DE ​ Mojo
10/29 Berlin, DE Kantine am Berghain