Cuco plays 'a really sick set' of tunes in The Current studio

Cuco performs 'Hydrocodone' from his album, 'Para Mi,' live in The Current studio. (Helen Teague | MPR)
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  • Cuco - Do Better 03:16
  • Cuco - Hydrocodone 02:54
  • Cuco - Far Away from Home 02:11

Cuco is a rising star hailing from Hawthorne, Calif., and he's been turning heads, garnering critical praise and selling out venues across the country. His debut album, Para Mí, was released earlier this year on Interscope Records, after Cuco — whose full name is Omar Banos — signed a lucrative contract with that label.

When Cuco and his band were in town to play a show at First Avenue in Minneapolis, they stopped at The Current for a session hosted by Sean McPherson.

Cuco forged his path in music as a true DIYer, composing, producing and recording all the music himself. Now, he's on the road with a full band and sound crew. "We're still learning what it's like to be a real, professional band," Cuco says.

They've already completed one North American tour, but Cuco says he and the band are keeping things fresh with a new set of tunes. "We have a new set for all these cities that we've already been to, and the people that haven't seen us live, I guess they're going see us for the first time in a really full experience," he says. "I think we have a really sick set right now. I think we're the best we've sounded."

Use the audio player above to listen to the complete session with Cuco.

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Songs Performed


"Do Better"
"Hydrocodone"
"Far Away From Home"
All songs from Cuco's 2019 album, Para Mí, available on Interscope Records.

Hosted by Sean McPherson
Produced by Derrick Stevens
Engineered by Michael DeMark
Visuals by Helen Teague
Web feature by Luke Taylor

External Link

Cuco - official site

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    Breeze Baltazar performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Bassist Esai Salas performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Breeze Baltazar performing with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Fernando Carabajal performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Esai Salas performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Julian Farias performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
  • Cuco performs in The Current studio
    Fernando Carabajal performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco and his band get ready to perform in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Breeze Baltazar (foreground) performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Cuco performs in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)
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    Gabriel 'Breeze' Baltazar performs with Cuco in The Current studio (Helen Teague | MPR)