Concert Review: Café Tacvba at La Zona Rosa

If the steam on the windows was any indicator, Café Tacvba’s show at La Zona Rosa was a hit. Look around the crowd at a Tacvba show and you’d swear their fans must jump higher, dance harder, singalong louder than any other fans out there. And why not? The Grammy Award-winning Mexican-quartet has had 20 […]

Concert Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela at Stubb’s

For the uninitiated, a Rodrigo y Gabriela show is pretty dangerous. Their performance is a two-guitar aural assault with fingers flying and palms slapping. Such was the case at their most recent show at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. It was a typical, funky fall-ish night where a flash of rain leaves an uncomfortable mugginess. By […]

Alex Cuba’s beautiful life

Alex Cuba calmly strums his guitar backstage at Stubb’s. His tour manager, Dennis, bustles around him. It’s almost time for Cuba and his two-man backing band to hit the indoor stage. But before he does, I take a seat next to him on the low black couch. Austin is just one stop on his tour […]

Interview: Del Castillo reflects on latest album

Photo by Anna Oakley for Del Castillo It’s an hour before Del Castillo comes to the stage at Antone’s and already the venue is packed in anticipation. Even among the faces, lead singer Alex Ruiz is easy to spot. In black leather pants, vest and long sleeve button down, he shakes hands and talks with […]

Interview: Este Vato, scene stealers

Este vato. That guy. It’s a phrase that’s common to say around Hebronville, Texas, and it was also supposed to be a temporary name for the Latin/fusion project that Este Vato bassist Rocky Reyna started in 2008. “It just sort of stuck,” Rey Trevino who mans the turntables for the group. What could be said […]

Interview: Miguel Maldonado artist profile

Photo by Mari Hernandez It’s a Saturday night in East Austin, and artist Miguel Maldonado stands behind a makeshift art bench. Two large, blank canvasses hang loosely on sheets of lumber. He’s unpacking for the night’s show, the cold wind making his fingers look white as he lays out small paint cans. Miguel was there […]

‘Monologos’ help women break silence and taboos

Of all the topics not to bring up to a Latina mom, vaginas are pretty much at the top if the list. But the production of Los Monologos de la Vagina this month aim to help women break  a lot of the silence and taboos in the Latino community. “In our community, I believe domestic […]

Review: Grupo Fantasma concert kicks off Pangaea Live

Photo by Mari Hernandez You’ve got to admit. We’re spoiled here in Austin. We’ve got the luxury of seeing live music in so many venues around town on any given night. So after checking out Grupo Fantasma play at Pangaea in the Warehouse District on Thursday, I’ve got to recommend you add this club to […]

Interview: Vinyl Dharma, a band on the rise

It’s early 2008, and Vinyl Dharma is still glowing from playing in New York on Tila Tequila’s New Year’s Eve bash after winning MTV2’s Bands on the Rise contest. Then they came home. “We came back, we’re all pumped up like ‘yeah we got some exposure, let’s go do some shows, do a little tour […]

Column: Live music comes to Pangaea

Maybe I watched too much of the BBC’s Absolutely Fabulous on Super Bowl Sunday (not a football girl, sorry), so bear with me. Anyway, the main character Edwina Monsoon loves the beautiful things, is obsessed with names and gets herself in outrageous situations trying to obtain them. So, when I hear her crying for, “Names, […]