More than 40 years later, Los Lobos haven't just survived. No, the east L.A. quintet has thrived on a rare blend of spirit, perspective, musicianship, ingenuity, songwriting prowess, and camaraderie. The last has allowed original high school friends David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, and Conrad Lozano to remain intact through the decades, the only lineup change being the early addition of saxophonist Steve Berlin. The band's eclectic influences — rock 'n' roll, norteño, blues, R&B, jazz, country, Tex-Mex — have provided abundant room for tradition, innovation, and rocking out, whether it's via Mexican folk music or flirtations with punk and avant-garde. Last fall's Gates of Gold
, Los Lobos' 17th studio album, touches all those bases with stylish assurance, élan, and lyrical richness. New treasures run the gamut from the cumbia of "Poquito Para Aqui" to the quirky soulfulness of "There I Go" to the glorious roll of "Mis-Treater Boogie Blues." Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers open.