SOUND ‘ROUND: Making music whilst they still breathe

BY BY JON LaFOLLETTEORCHESTRA BAOBAB — TRIBUTE TO NDIOUGA DIENG (NONESUCH)This ain’t no typical tribute record. Though original member and album namesake Ndiouga Dieng...

REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Songs for your summer playlist

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis week, I’m going to recommend four great Rio Grande Valley jams to check out this summer, to add to your Tejano...

MOVIE REVIEW: Film creates a lot of noise and clashes of metal, not much...

BY BROOKE CORSOThe fifth film in the Transformers series, “The Last Knight,” opens with a mighty battle between King Arthur and his knights and...

SOUND ‘ROUND: In celebration of the dark arts

BY JON LaFOLLETTETHE MOUNTAIN GOATS — GOTHS (MERGE)Unless your name is Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking or Paul Allen, odds are John Darnille is...

San Juan native Cristela Alonzo provides voice for Cruz Ramirez in new ‘Cars’ film

BY JILL MICHAELSThe Valley's own Cristela Alonzo is the voice of Cruz Ramirez in 'Cars 3.'Cristela Alonzo shines in “Cars 3” as her character’s...

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘It Comes At Night’ a shadowy, pulsating blend of terror, dread

BY BROOKE CORSO“It Comes At Night,” directed by Trey Edward Shults (“Krisha”), begins and ends with shots of people painfully struggling to perform life’s...

REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Rio Jordan, Juanito Castillo videos

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis weekend is the return of Galax Z Fair VI, and I’m most excited about seeing Rio Jordan and Juanito Castillo on...

TOP SHELF: Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’ explores core self

BY DAVID BOWLESIn 1987, author Toni Morrison published “Beloved,” a powerful tour-de-force that snagged her the Pulitzer Prize and that opened the door for...

Inaugural Mix Summer Jam to feature Migos, Yandel

Hip-hop trio Migos and reggaeton artist Yandel will headline Mix Summer Jam State on July 18 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.Migos got a...

SOUND ‘ROUND: A working class hero is something to sing about

BY JON R. LaFOLLETTEMATT NORTH — ABOVE GROUND FOOLS (MATTNORTH.NET){{tncms-inline alignment="right" content="<p><strong>A+</strong> Rare masterwork</p> <p><strong>A</strong> Near flawless</p> <p><strong>A-</strong> Run-of-the-mill good</p> <p><strong>B+</strong> Flawed but notable</p>"...