Enrique Lopetegui Archives
- 5 West Side Ways to Experience Conjunto
Music is an integral part of the makeup of San Antonio, but if you peel off all the city’s sound layers (rock, hip-hop, metal, country, Tejano, Americana...
- South Side’s Newest One-Stop Shopping Heaven
In San Antonio there are plenty of flea markets, swap meets or mercados de pulgas, whatever you want to call them—but only one PPP.
- Current 25: Esteban 'Steve' Jordan, the Lone Ranger of accordion music
- Nasty But Fun: Netflix’s new ‘House of Cards’ season and plans for ‘Better Call Saul’
Breaking Bad was an AMC show, but when show creator Vince Gilligan accepted his Emmy for Best Drama, he had someone else to thank...
- How Netflix survived – and gave life to Breaking Bad and House of Cards
A Netflix exec on the new TV ball game
- SA Sound: Northside EDM night, healthcare for musicians, new bands to watch
THE M.U.S.I.C. PROJECT IS WORKING The second meeting of the newly formed M.U.S.I.C. Project (Musicians Uniting and Supporting in Communities) took place on...
- Welcome to Sochi, the Most Terrifying Winter Olympics Ever?
“We just say that it is your business, it’s your life,” Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, speaking on Russia’s attitude toward LGBT lifestyles, told the...
- Hardcore Punk Legends D.O.A. Say Goodbye at Limelight
D.O.A. will be dead on arrival soon, but the band’s last few shows should be as lively as they ever were...
- Phil Anselmo on His Top Bands
Superjoint Ritual. “All the intentions were really good, but I wasn’t in the best frame of mind as a person. Certain band members, I think, took advantage of...
- ‘The Invisible Woman,’ Unveils Charles Dickens’ Big Secret
Adapted from 1991’s The Invisible Woman: The Story of Nelly Ternan and Charles Dickens by Claire Tomalin, screenwriter Abi Morgan’s...
- ‘Herblock’ Documentary Highlights America’s Most Feared Editorial Cartoonist
“In opposing corruption, the political cartoon has always served as a special prod, a reminder to public servants that they are, after all… public servants.”...
- Former Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo Brings his Illegals to SA
Phil Anselmo has survived it all—Pantera’s success and tragedy, the bitter ending of Superjoint Ritual, drug abuse and back and knee surgery. Now, he’s a...
- Passafire, the U.S.’ hottest reggae band (sorry, Snoop!), returns to SA
Life is good for Savannah, Ga.’s Passafire. The four-piece reggae, dub and prog rock band’s fifth album (and first with Easy Star Records), Vines (2013)...
- ‘Las Marthas’ Documents the Weirdest Fiesta Ever
“Laredo is mostly Mexican-American, and here we are celebrating George Washington’s birthday. It’s kind of crazy. Why do we do this?”...
- Will Wild Party Stay in SA?
You know the feeling: Industry bigwigs start sniffing around a local band and it instantly becomes the toast of the town. But what happened to...
- SA Sound: Saakred worries, Colleens pack promise
SAAKRED GOES BALLISTIC On December 20, Saakred (Melissa Ruizesparza Rodriguez) released her amazing FLI HY EP at Collective. The following day, she thanked...
- Best Local Music of 2013—Music Editor’s Edition
This was a great year for local music. Since 2004, when I arrived to San Antonio, I haven’t seen so many strong albums, songs and new bands...
- Film Review: The Wolf of Wall Street
Greed, sex, and drugs abound in Scorsese’s latest
- Mala Rodriguez: 'Bruja'
It’s here, finally. Bruja (Spanish for “witch” or “sorceress”) is the fifth studio album from the Spanish-language world’s top female rapper, and her most...
- ‘Mandela’ Biopic a Manual on How to Lead
Watching the press screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (based on the 1995 autobiography by the South African leader) the morning after his December 5...
- Scorsese Outdoes Himself with ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
Only Martin Scorsese could’ve followed the magical Hugo with The Wolf of Wall Street...
- ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ is a Great Study of a Flawed Character
Somewhere in the first act of Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest in the Coen brothers’ long list of instant classics, our perennially broke...
- Garrett T. Capps: One man, two years, three very different music projects
“Yeah, I’m all over the place,” says Garrett T. Capps, but I’m not sure which one is talking.
- Bombasta Celebrates 10 Album-less Years
It’s hard to keep a band together, especially if it’s a nine-piece combo. Without an album, the task is next to impossible. Unless, of course, the name of...
- SA Sound: The best SA band you’ll never see?
TOY STORIES We all know the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, which every year collects, well, toys for children in need during the holiday...
- Liestrong: ‘The Armstrong Lie’ doc details sports’ greatest fraud
The most telling moment in The Armstrong Lie isn’t his January 14, 2013, conversation with Oprah Winfrey, during which Lance Armstrong finally...
- Film Review: The Armstrong Lie
The colossal fall of an American hero
- Augie Meyers on Kissing Death Goodbye and the Eternal Hustle
Every time I get together with Augie Meyers, I want him to lead with a joke. Yeah, yeah, we’ll talk about your new album, whatever, but make me...
- 5 Must-have Augie Meyers Moments
Ask five Augie fans for their favorite Augie Meyers album, and they’ll give you five different answers. These are my choices, all easily found online or in...
- Steve Vai: The Complete Current Q & A
Legendary guitarist Steve Vai will perform at Backstage Live on Wednesday, November 20. He spoke with the Current on the phone from his home...
- SA Sound: Miley Cyrus twerks in SA, Hydra Melody opens for Third Eye Blind
IN DEFENSE OF MILEY It’s official: just when we needed her, Miley Cyrus will be stopping at the AT&T Center on March 15, 2014, as part of the...
- Mexico’s Award-Winning Critical Darlings Zoé Rock Out at Club Rio
Psychedelic, space-rock en español band Zoé was perfectly happy being a well-established, semi-underground act in Mexico. León Larregui’s...
- ‘The Day Kennedy Died’ is a Chilling Account of JFK’s Last 24 Hours
“Oh, Jack, what have they done?” screamed First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the presidential limousine, her bloodied husband collapsing after getting hit...
- Pezzner Brings His Smart EDM to SA
“The dance music community in San Antonio typically goes in a couple different directions: there’s the more soul/house sound, the jack-and-house...
- Cumbia: How Colombia made Selena a star
When I heard someone on NPR say cumbia was “the musical backbone of Latin America,” I almost crashed my car into a light post. “You wish!” I thought...
- Master Blaster Sound System Brings Electrocumbia to the People
Master Blaster Sound System is a good example of how you get the cumbia bug depending on where you live. Austin-based guitarist/vocalist Brian...
- 10 Cumbias That Don’t Suck
Let’s face it: cumbia (traditional or not) can be really cheesy. So thank God for the fusionistas. The good ones, that is...
- Los Master Plus: The life of the party
Little is known about El Comanche and Larry Mon, the mustachioed Guadalajara duo behind Los Master Plus. Better to just listen to their Sin Llorar...
- Hacienda on Their New Line-up and Rare 502 Gig
When classically trained brothers Rene (violin), Jaime (guitar) and Abe Villanueva (piano) moved to Boerne, their high school had no orchestra—so...
- Creating Coheed and Cambria’s Conceptual Adventures
For someone whose band only releases conceptual albums (one of which is titled Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the...
- ‘Thelma & Louise’ Screenwriter Dishes on Sex, Guns and Writer’s Block
Picture this: You were born in San Antonio and moved away shortly after your fifth birthday. You studied theater in college and were ambivalent...
- Austin Film Festival 2013
It’s been 20 years already? The Austin Film Festival, which pays special attention to the art of screenwriting, is celebrating its first two...
- Soul Hippie Allen Stone Doesn’t Want Your Sex
“Don’t you get it, lads?” asks the manager of an aspiring whiter-than-white Irish soul band in Alan Parker’s The Commitments (1991). “The Irish are...
- Music Journalist Robert Hilburn Talks About His Book, 'Johnny Cash: The Life'
As the Los Angeles Times’ pop music critic for more than three decades (1970-2005), Robert Hilburn was the type of editor that would edit with...
- ‘The Graduates’ Highlights Latinos’ Fight for the Right to Education
Is education a right or a privilege? If you’re poor, it’s a nightmare; but if you get the proper help, you (whether you’re a dyslexic boy or a teenage mother...
- Avenged Sevenfold Headlines Terrific Triple-header at AT&T Center
Avenged Sevenfold is guilty of two acts of heresy: In spite of the band’s name and multiple Biblical references (songs like “Shepherd of Fire,”...
- Augie Meyers: 'Loves Lost and Found'
“No matter where I’ve ever been, my heart has always been in the country,” wrote Augie Meyers on the inside cover of his latest...
- ‘Machete Kills’: Más murder
When Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu released his acclaimed Amores Perros (2000), the comparisons to Quentin Tarantino were as inevitable...
- Robert Rodríguez, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega talk ‘Machete Kills’
Agreeing to an itty-bitty 10-minute interview with Robert Rodríguez, Danny Trejo and Alexa Vega shows you how much we care about anything Machete. I hustled my...
- Ice the Lounge Welcomes Japanese Acts; ICE the Federal Agency Doesn’t
The Pandemonium Tour, stopping in San Antonio Sunday at the Ice Lounge, was supposed to be another unforgettable night honoring Japan’s most androgynous...
- The Dream Team: The year’s best musicians all in one place
Mea culpa: in my excitement for adding new categories in this year’s San Antonio Music Awards poll (Best Sound Engineer, Best Sound Person)...
- Bekah Kelso Wins Best Singer-Songwriter and Best Song
In 2013, you did it all. Thanks a lot, Bekah. When my wife had a baby it was the perfect excuse for me to miss deadlines, show up late at...
- DJ Tone Wins Again as Best Club DJ
In a back-to-back display of pure awesomeness, and a confirmation of the fact that the DJs get more votes than any category, DJ Tone crowned a fantastic...
- Bombasta Wins 3 San Antonio Music Awards
It’s official: Bombasta has earned bragging rights as the baddest Latin alternative band in San Antonio, even though they don’t see it that way.
- Music Awards Showcase: Heavy and experimental at Boneshakers
You know these guys: The Grasshopper Lies Heavy is a local institution, Lonely Horse arguably the hottest SA band this year and Bright Like the...
- Music Awards Showcase: The Guadalupe
For the Current’s first-ever event organized in conjunction with the historic Teatro Guadalupe, three young but well-established bands and a 24-year-old...
- Music Awards Showcase: Americana and folk at Leon
The Americana/folk showcase at Leon (formerly known as Revolution Room) unites the Current’s 2010 Best Americana Artist/Album winner...
- Music Awards Showcase: Indie rock and pop at 502 Bar
The indie-rock/pop night at 502 offers four of the best local bands (two heavyweights, two up-and-coming) in what’s arguably the best sounding venue...
- Music Awards Showcase: Punk y mas at Nightrocker Live
This is supposed to be the punk, ska and reggae showcase, and you will get just that with Bite Lip Bleed (who released their Settle for a Funeral debut EP...
- Diego Bernal and Ernest Gonzales Present ‘Atonement’ at the Aztec
This is the story of how Ernest Gonzales (Mexicans with Guns) saved Diego Bernal and how the Current saved them both...
- Music Awards Showcase: Rockabilly, Texas Twang and Rock at The Mix
One-man band Joe Buck Yourself!, former guitarist for Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, is one bad motherfucker; The In & Outlaws are a bunch of hillbillies that...
- Grammy-winning Pianist Ramsey Lewis Should Make Waves at JazzSAlive
You would think a 30-year celebration of anything would merit a huge fanfare, big names and a lot of noise. That’s just not the style of Jazz’SAlive, a festival...
- 'Latino Americans' Documentary Shows the Pueblo's History of Immigration
Latino Americans, a six-hour documentary with its first two chapters airing Tuesday on KLRN (out on DVD in complete form October 1) is...
- The International Accordion Festival is Back, Hoping for Sunshine
After two consecutive years of rain caused financial losses and forced the cancellation of the 2012 edition, the International Accordion Festival...
- International Accordion Festival: the full schedule
SATURDAY. 1pm Harmonouche 2:30pm Petrojvic Blasting Company 4pm Los...
- Chicha Libre: psychedelic cumbia at the International Accordion Festival
The International Accordion Festival has never been this psychedelic: Chicha Libre, a Brooklyn-based band of musicians from France, Venezuela...
- Major Lazer Leads Mad Decent Block Party to New Braunfels
One stage, nine bands, an inflatable cooling station, free T-shirts and even sponsored mascots (a walking taco, a walking pizza) are some of...
- The Clash: 'Hits Back'
Released simultaneously with Sound System, but separately, Hits Back is a collection of studio tracks following the set list of the band’s legendary...
- The Clash: 'Sound System (12- disc CD/DVD set)'
“When we came to the U.S., Mick [Jones] stumbled upon a music shop in Brooklyn that...
- Chris Pérez, Selena’s Husband, Faces His Past and Looks Forward, Musically
Chris Pérez never saw it coming. “All I ever wanted to do was play guitar,” he told the Current. “I never thought I’d be the subject of an interview...
- Will This Be The Year Of Festival People en Español?
The second annual Festival People en Español returns to San Antonio with something to prove: that last year’s poor attendance...
- Boxer Sergio "Maravilla" Martínez Comes to Potentially Hostile SA
For years, 38-year-old Argentine boxer Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez (51-2-2, 28 KOs), middleweight champion of the World Boxing Council, was considered by...
- An email exchange with People En Espanol publisher Monique Manso
Last year’s ticket sales were disappointing, to say the least. What went wrong and what will be different this...
- The acts you can't miss at Festival People en Español at the Alamodome
If you think Gloria Estefan comes to SA as a nostalgia act, wait until you hear her next...
- Gratis! Best Of The Fest's Free Events
If you have time and energy to spend, go to the Convention Center (200 E Market) Saturday and Sunday and enjoy a super kid-friendly atmosphere with a...
- People en Español: Festival at Night
Sat Aug 31-Sun Sept 1
Illusions Theater at the Alamodome
6:30pm: Maite Perroni
7pm: Bobby Pulido
8pm: Jencarlos Canela
9pm: Gloria Estefan
10:30pm: Alejandro Fernández
- Lidón Patiño Fires Up SA’s Flamenco Scene
Little by little, San Antonio flamenco continues its sincere, unpretentious race to earn credibility through the efforts of different...
- Cate Blanchett Shines In Woody Allen’s ‘Blue Jasmine’
Depending on which side you’re on, every Woody Allen film is either time for celebration, evaluation or neglect. Blue Jasmine won’t earn Allen’s...
- Rise of the Female Breadwinners: Cynthia Muñoz
Cynthia Muñoz 48; single. Job title: President of Muñoz Public Relations, producer of Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza...
- Rise of the Female Breadwinners: Burgundy Woods
Burgundy Woods 32; serious relationship. Job Title: Account executive*
Estimated household income: $50,000-$75,000 (2012)...
- The Night SA Became L.A.: Molotov, Piñata Protest, and more | The Korova | Aug. 6
OK, let’s get the garbage out of the way: as usual, the sound at the Korova sucked last week, to the point that, just before Molotov’s set, a roadie for the...
- Singer-Songwriter Bekah Kelso’s Long Way Home
Want to have a career in the music business? I don’t recommend you try the Bekah Kelso way. Born in San Antonio, she went to school in...
- Melina Narezo Reinvents Herself and Wins
“To give you all my love is all I want,” sings Melina Narezo on “Anything You Want,” included in her impressive debut, Melina. She didn’t just give us love...
- Sexto Sol's Sam Villela Flies on His Own
Don’t panic: while Sexto Sol continues to do occasional recordings and live shows (the last was August 3 at Luna), singer/keyboardist Sam Villela has been...
- SA Sound: A quick glance at the local scene's near and not-so-near future
DANDEWOLF WON’T TOUR OR PERFORM… FOR NOW: Remember Budian? If you do, you’ll know who Janiene Bishop is. The singer, violinist and...
- Molotov Cocktail Party at the Korova
“Don’t call me gringo, you fuckin’ beaner/Stay on your side of that goddamn river/Don’t call me gringo, you beaner /No me digas beaner, Mr. Puñetero...
- Almodovar's Latest, a Near Miss
Pedro Almodóvar’s “return” to straight-ahead comedy (all his movies, to different degrees, are comedies at heart) brought me back to something he...
- Marc Anthony: '3.0'
In 1993, a Nuyorican kid named Marc Anthony came out of nowhere and released Otra Nota, a superb salsa album produced by the renowned producer Sergio George...
- Three Underrated Almodóvar Gems
Unlike his breakthrough, Oscar-nominated Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (which put him on the international map in 1988) and the acclaimed All About...
- Cryin' D.T. Buffkin and the Bad Breath Don't Want Your $13
How fitting that, on the night of June 14 at Hi-Tones, just as Cryin’ D.T. Buffkin & The Bad Breath were about to present their brand-new...
- Eureka the Butcher Pays Tribute With New Album
“My mother is a very special woman with an unbelievable sense of God,” Omar Rodríguez-López (The Mars Volta, Bosnian Rainbows) told the Current on March 12...
- The Liberation of CSS
When CSS (“Cansei de Ser Sexy,” Portuguese for “tired of being sexy,” supposedly something Beyoncé once told the press) set out to record...
- Leticia Rodríguez, Eva Garza’s Niece, Presents ‘La Americana’ at Esperanza
Leticia Rodríguez has big shoes to fill — those of her aunt Eva Garza (1917-1966), the San Antonio singer who achieved international fame in the ’40s and ’50s with...
- Repent Now: Christian Metalheads Take Over SA
As part of the mostly Christian Screaming the Prayer heavy metal tour, Dallas’ Fit for a King comes to S.A. as proof that, at the very least, praying doesn’t hurt...
- 5 Reasons to Attend the Josiah Media Festival
Named after Josiah Miles Neundorf, a local media artist who passed away in 2006 from osteosarcoma (a form of bone cancer), URBAN-15’s Josiah Media Festival is...
- SA Sounds: A Quick Glance at the Local Scene's Near and Not-so-near Future
DEE DEE ROCKS… BUT STILL NEEDS HELP: Dee Dee Williams, former singer of Lost in Space, promoter, original owner of Texas Trash, and...
- Mrs. Howl: 'Dance Inertia'
Mrs. Howl came and went like a comet. In just two years in SA, they became one of the strongest and more active local acts...
- 'Dirty Wars' shows what Obama won't
Here’s a movie both Obama-hating Republicans and disappointed progressives can enjoy: Richard Rowley’s powerful, deeply disturbing Dirty Wars...
- Kemosabe wasn't such a bad guy after all
The cheesiness, the Native American put downs, the rewriting of history in regards to what really happened to the Native Americans here… Forget about all that...
- Joss Whedon Updates ‘Much Ado About Nothing’
Is it an attempt to force some culture onto the Comic-Con nerds? William Shakespeare did, after all, invent the notion of meeting-cute. And who...
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