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- 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...
- Summer Movie Preview 2013
Summer is a grim reminder of San Antonio’s arbitrary — and unfair — status as a “secondary market:” some of these films won’t open here on their official...
- Seven Key Summer Concerts You Can’t Miss
Seven key summer events you can’t miss, depending on your level of coolness.
June 29 // BARRY MANILOW...
- Lively ‘Funeral’ for Bite Lip Bleed
I had been hearing a lot about Bite Lip Bleed, and I caught a glimpse of them at last year’s Lennon Lives tribute at Boneshakers — I was hooked...
- Summer Movie Preview 2013
Matinees in a cool, dark room are never more appealing than at this time of year
- 'Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire,' an NRA Love Letter
Once and for all, here’s the meaning of “the right to keep and bear arms.” “They’re mine, you can’t have them, and I got some on me right now — and...
- Girl in a Coma Singer Nina Díaz' Spiritual Makeover
“What’s up with Nina?” I asked Faith Radle, Girl in a Coma’s manager, looking at the band’s lead singer, Nina Díaz. It was pouring rain...
- Going To 11: Why 'Spinal Tap' is the Hardest Rocking Comedy Ever
The Merciless Book of Heavy Metal Lists ranks 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap as second in a list of “5 Awesome Heavy Metal Movies” (after Heavy Metal Parking Lot). I completely disagree, and this goes beyond heavy metal: This Is Spinal Tap is the best rock ’n’ r
- Opening in Orlando
Find out what’s playing in local theaters this week
- Mutemath keeps the faith…to themselves
Even though singer Paul Meany comes from openly Christian (and short-lived) outfit Earthsuit, New Orleans’ Mutemath is not the type of band that flaunts...
- Six Famous Followers of Hare Krishna
George Harrison: The former Beatle was a great friend of the Hare Krishnas. He paid for the publication of the first edition of the Krishna book...
- Hell Bibles: Mandatory reading for real metalheads and posers alike
Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal. By Jon Wiederhorn and Katherine Turman. It Books. 718 pp., $32.50
- Seth Rogen's 'This Is The End' Is Crude, Bloody and Riotously Funny
When it comes to comedy, is there such a thing as too much? Is it OK to play soccer with a decapitated head and for five guys to discuss “a rapey vibe” in...
- 'This Is the End'
Crude, tasteless, bloody and funny – a comedy of excess
- Film Review: Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer
The infamous Russian all-girl punk band is profiled in this HBO documentary.
- Apache '65: 'La Belladonna Di Morti'
I’ve dug Austin’s “spaghetti-surf” of the late ’90s, but I’ve never heard a whole concept album based on an imaginary movie Sergio Leone wished he had directed...
- Pussy Riot Won the War
The Sex Pistols have nothing on Pussy Riot. While Johnny Rotten and co. changed the course of music with only one album and two years of live performances...
- SA Sound: A Quick Glance at the Local Scene's Near and Not-So-Near Future
ABSTRACT RUDE, legendary L.A. rapper, will be at the Korova (107 E Martin) on May 30. Tix at ticketfly.com. See pp. 18 for more details...
- Sam's Burger Joint and Local Indie Rock: Closer Than They Appear
“We just asked,” Use of Time guitarist/singer Mike Valadez told the Current when asked how they were able to get a gig at Sam’s. The power...
- Erik Christensen, Promotions Director/Show Manager/Talent Buyer at Sam's talks to the 'Current' about the venue's position on local indie rock booking
What is Sam’s strategy when it comes to local bands?
- Is Piñata Protest Ready for Bigger Things?
“It might get a bit loud,” Álvaro del Norte tells me, as I proceed to sit in the middle of Piñata Protest’s 8 x 10 rehearsal space at a secret storage...
- The life of legendary movie producer Richard D. Zanuck
“If you want to be a producer and you want to do it right, I would study Richard D. Zanuck,” says Johnny Depp in Laurent Bouzereau’s Don’t Say No...
- A Punk Rebel's Defense of the Pit Bull
Christine Rebel always liked dogs, but her love of pit bulls became an obsession after she met Farrah Fawcett. Not the Charlie’s Angel, but Rebel’s...
- Savages: 'Silence Yourself'
The dark songs come at you like a bulldozer and embrace you like a black octopus. Singer Jehnny Beth is a Patti Smith-meets-P.J. Harvey wailer...
- Lucas Jack: 'Sun City'
Chicago piano man Lucas Jack recently moved to San Antonio, and we can thank him for that. More Billy than Elton, he shares with both a penchant for...
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