Recap: Rodrigo y Gabriela at ACL Live

“We don’t have a fucking set list tonight.” Rodrigo of Rodrigo y Gabriela said this over the audience’s cheers and yells at Thursday’s show at ACL Live. The Mexico City duo kept their performance intimate and passionate…exactly like their latest album 9 Dead Alive. The fourth studio album is stripped down to the duo’s furious […]

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 […]

Review: Amy Cook, Nina Diaz concert at Lamberts

Amy Cook’s residency at Lamberts on West 2nd Street is one of those things where you sit back in your chair and think, ‘I’m so spoiled by the this town’s music scene.’ Cooks stylized folk makes her a local favorite and rightly so. She played an energetic set, lots of foot stomping and huge smiles. […]

Pilar Diaz, a songwriter with ‘estyle’

Pilar Diaz has the kind of style and talent that could make a person cry. As the former front-woman for the now disbanded Los Abandoned, Diaz would work a stage within an inch of its life. She delivered the band’s high energy bilingual pop-rock with such fervor that it’s no surprise she would wear leotards […]

La Santa Cecilia let’s it simmer

Hanging out with Los Angeles’ La Santa Cecilia is the same as hanging out with a group of brothers and sisters. The uni-named lead singer, Marisoul, sits comfortably on the couch at In the Flesh Tattoo Parlor on Sixth Street. The boys, accordionist Jose Carlos, bassist Alex Bendana, percussionist Miguel Ramirez and drummer Hugo Vargas, […]

The legendary Texas Tornados return

Ray Benson, of Asleep at the Wheel fame, said it best: “I think the lesson here is don’t try to stop a Tornado.” And with the release of the new Texas Tornado album, Está Bueno, it seems even the deaths of Tornado members Freddy Fender and Doug Sahm couldn’t stop them. Released on Benson’s label, […]

Austin-based nonprofit thinks musically, acts globally

To be clear, Dart Music International is none of the following things: a production company, a promotion company, a booking company or a band services company. “We’re really a strange animal, in that we do a lot of band services but we’re not a band services company, and that really confuses a lot of people,” […]

‘Monólogos de la Vagina’ returns for a fourth year

V-Day Español Austin returns for a fourth year with a performance of playwright Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” translated into Spanish. The local production of “Los Monólogos de la Vagina” runs this Friday and Saturday at the Radisson Hotel near the Highland Mall (6000 Middle Fiskville Rd.). The performance was originally scheduled for the nearby Monarch Event […]

Getting Twangy with Davíd Garza

Davíd Garza weaves easily through the crowd at the Continental Club on South Congress and heads to the small “employees only” area near the stage. To say he’s a regular within Austin’s local music scene is an understatement. Garza’s been putting out music every year since his undergrad years at the University of Texas in 1989. […]