Interview: The ritmo of José Cónde

From the time José Cónde spent growing up in Miami to the life he leads now in Brooklyn, New York, Jose has been surrounded by cultural and musical diversity. According to José, when living in Brooklyn, “you are a little bean in a melting pot and you have access to other flavors so it’s a […]

Interview: Rene Lopez, the king of shing-a-ling

I don’t care if the skies are grey and the rain is falling down. I don’t mind if an earthquake rumbles beneath my feet. And if Hurricane Irene is keeping me under house arrest, I am still not bothered. This is not because I am apathetic or crazy; this is because I am listening to […]

Preview: ‘Somos lo que hay’ at Alamo Drafthouse Ritz

The Cine las Americas film series is bringing Mexican director Jorge Michel Grau’s first feature film to the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz screen on Monday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. Following the high standards set by contemporary Mexican cinema, Somos lo que hay (We are what we are) makes Hollywood look like a child’s playground. Somos […]

Album Review: ‘Taurus’ by Ocote Soul Sounds

The men that form Ocote Soul Sounds must be air and earth signs because those two together form the smooth waters of music on their new album, Taurus, that I want to drink up, enjoy, and share with my friends.  Adrian Quesada and Martin Perna have created an album of strength and peace, jazz and soul, and a whole […]

Concert Review: Federico Aubele at The Parish

Before Federico Aubele’s show began, I stood outside of The Parish and talked to a man from Argentina who recently moved to Austin and was excited to finally see Aubele perform. I asked him if Aubele was well known and loved in his home-country and the answer was a quick and resounding “No!” which was […]

Album Review: ‘Sabor Tropical Remixed’ by Empresarios

Based out of Washington DC, the Empresarios make music to dance to. Influences cross genres ranging from dub and funk to salsa and bossa nova.  Their debut album, Sabor Tropical, was released in January 2011 and now they have released a remix EP that is rather weak in comparison to their original album. Talented DJs […]

Interview: Teri Gender Bender of Le Butcherettes breaks it down

Lead singer of Le Butcherettes, Teri Gender Bender (Teri Suarez), is disarmingly enchanting with those bright red lips, commanding voice, and boundary pushing performances. Straightforward and unapologetic lyrics along with notorious stage performances have already made Le Butcherettes a force to be reckoned with. Regardless of if you get her of you don’t, one thing […]

Interview: Carmen Marron Inspires with “Go For It!”

When I hear the term “inspirational” in conjunction with movies, I usually stop listening. Too many times I have gone to see an uplifting film and then left feeling annoyed and asking the same questions: Was a rose colored lens the only one available? Why is the majority of the audience white collar? What is […]

Teatro Vivo Comes to Life at the Austin Latino New Play Festival

Rupert Reyes, Joanne Reyes-Carreon and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce of Austin’s own, Teatro Vivo, changed my mind about contemporary theater. I ignorantly have written off theater as a lost art form that is beyond resuscitation due to the publicity that is currently accessible in the U.S.  Large scale productions such as Jersey Boys, Shrek the Musical, and […]

Review: ‘Lejos. No tan Lejos.’ by Hello Seahorse!

Since we don’t have a Pop and Rock en Español radio station in Austin, we aren’t aware of all of the innovative, new bands coming out of Mexico. Hello Seahorse! became one of those groups when they released their lighthearted and playful first album …And the Jellyfish Parade in 2006 followed by Bestia in 2009. Those days […]