Pachanga Fest 2013 Recap + Photo Gallery

Last weekend Latin music filled the stormy air as this year’s Pachanga Latino Music Festival began Friday night with a brief storm like you see in Hollywood movies. After an opening set by Austin-based Este Vato, attendees were quickly gathered under the pavilion stage at Fiesta Gardens and given plastic rain ponchos by the staff. […]

Pablo Berger’s ‘Blancanieves’ takes Snow White to a new perspective

The 16th Cine Las America’s International Film Festival opened up on a spectacular note at the Stateside Theatre on April 16 with Pablo Berger’s Blancanieves. Blancanieves is the retelling of the Grimm brother’s classic, Snow White, set in 1920s Spain through a black and white silent film. The film has a very unique take on […]

Movie Review: Acclaimed novel ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ brought to life on big screen

Writer/director Carl Franklin takes on ‘Bless Me, Ultima’, Rudolfo Anaya’s critically acclaimed 1972 novel that has become one of the all-time bestselling Chicano books. The powerful script and images unraveled a new story that stays true to the novel’s meaning.AC

Concert Review: Outernational at Lambert’s

Friday night the New York City-based “future rock” group Outernational performed a headlining show at Lambert’s. Outernational is a band that sings about social issues and musically merges eclectic sounds to create their own. Think Gogol Bordello meets The Clash with a Latino twist. On tour in support of their new Tom Morello-produced EP, Future […]

Festival Recap: Primavera Sound 2012

Barcelona. Very few cities provoke such raw emotions. I’m not quite sure if it’s the Spanish wind or the fact that you know that all the vices—even the ones you just thought about for a split second—are just a fingertip away. A city which has been a nursery for the creative and social outcasts.

Photo Recap: Pachanga Fest Day Two

Saturday, May 13, turned out to be a pretty perfect day for Day Two of the Pachanga Latino Music Festival. With slightly overcast skies at times, the recent rains brought a few cool breezes to festival artists and attendees. The mere fact that Saturday was day two of the festival marks a growth spurt for […]

Concert Review: Rodrigo y Gabriela at Stubb’s

Rodrigo y Gabriela live at Stubb's (photo by Mari Hernandez)

RodGab. Oh, RodGab. The Mexican duo of Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero can blow away an audience without saying a word. Their most recent sold-out show at Stubb’s Saturday day was no different. This time though, they brought along some friends. As part of their tour for their latest album, Area 52, they were accompanied […]

Recap: At The Drive-In reunion concert at Red 7

Cedric Bixler of At The Drive-In

The opening minutes of At The Drive-In’s first show in a decade delivered everything you’d expect: a crowded room of sweaty bodies jumping and swaying and fist-pumping in unison. Tallboy cans launching through the muggy air and beer showering an exuberant crowd that screamed along to every word.

Album Review: ‘Futura Vía’ by Bam Bam

Bam Bam is the most promising indie rock band to come out of Mexico in recent years. Their first EP gave us a taste of psychedelic rock laced with pop-minded vocals. Blogs in Mexico began to take notice, as did the Mexican division of the indie label Arts & Crafts, which signed the young  Monterrey-based group. […]

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 […]