Feature: Chicano Batman on what inspires their sound, touring Japan and returning to Austin

Last year Chicano Batman had a brief encounter with the city of Austin. They enjoyed the city’s culture, vibe and of course the tacos! Now they are on a quest to bring their groovy-funky-psychedelic sounds to next year’s South By Southwest Festival (SXSW). I talked with Chicano Batman’s—bassist and songwriter—Eduardo Arenas to get the scoop […]

Feature: Eddie Gomez brings work ethic and compassion to L.A. singer-songwriter scene

The way singer-songwriter Eddie Gomez stumbled upon music, and what he plans to do with his talent and growing fame, is just as compelling as the music he creates.

Interview: Irene Díaz, from Kickstarter to Latina indie darling on the rise

When you look at singer-songwriter Irene Díaz you would never guess that such a big and soulful voice comes out of that petite figure, but trust me it does. We met up at the Downtown Rehearsal studio—east of downtown Los Angeles—where she told me all about the whirlwind of a life she’s had in the […]

Joey ‘Coco’ Diaz is Coming to Cap City This Weekend

Cap City Comedy Club welcomes comedian and actor Joey Diaz to the stage this Thursday, May 2 through Saturday, May 4. Diaz—who was born in Cuba—was raised in New Jersey and brings that Jersey flair to the comedic stage. He got his comedic start in prison—where he was serving time for aggravated robbery and kidnapping—when […]

Comedy Central to Premiere New Hour-Long Special—Al Madrigal: Why Is The Rabbit Crying?

You may remember Al Madrigal for his The Daily Show correspondent work. This month Madrigal is back on Comedy Central to debut his very first one-hour stand-up special titled Al Madrigal: Why Is The Rabbit Crying? tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The special was filmed at our very own Moody Theater and will showcase his […]

The Crumbles will screen in Austin as part of the Awkward & Awesome Movie Tour

The Texas bred CTB Productions and Los Angeles life and arts magazine Brooklyn & Boyle will host a premiere screening of the award-winning feature film The Crumbles this Friday, Mar. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Santa Cruz Center for Culture. The film centers around a group of friends and their developing relationships as they […]

Comedian Spotlight: Felipe Esparza on his childhood, auditions and upcoming comedy special

Comedian Felipe Esparza—who will be headlining at the Cap City Comedy Club on Feb. 20 through 23—grew up in the diverse Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles. It was a place that resembled a fortress because of its barred up windows and doors. Esparza tells Austin Vida that in elementary school they often had to […]

[1/27] Preview: ‘Bay of All Saints’ at Alamo Drafthouse Village

Bay of All Saints—the 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature — will be screening as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series on Jan. 27. This award-winning documentary focuses on the lives and stories of three single mothers as they face harsh living conditions in their […]

Octavitas: A Puerto Rican Celebration

The rhythmic and infectious sounds coming from the barrel-shaped drums called barriles. The melodious chants from the chorus line. The colorful dresses swaying to and fro in the air. The smiling faces on the lovely dancers. If that is not enough to get you out to the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance and Cultural Center to […]

[1/27] Preview: Bay of All Saints at Alamo Drafthouse Village

Bay of All Saints—the 2012 South By Southwest Film Festival Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary Feature — will be screening as part of the Cine Las Americas Signature Series on Sunday, Jan. 27. This award-winning documentary focuses on the lives and stories of three single mothers as they face harsh living conditions in their […]