SOUND ‘ROUND: Women staking their claim with a burgeoning sound

BY JON LaFOLLETTEAMBER COFFMAN — CITY OF NO REPLY (COLUMBIA)A brief backstory concerning the lives of the semi-rich and semi-famous. Coffman first split with...

TOP SHELF: ‘Travel Light,’ a feminist answer to ‘The Hobbit’

BY DAVID BOWLESIn 1954, J.R.R. Tolkien published his massive follow-up to his 1937 children’s book, “The Hobbit.” The three-volume work of fantasy known as...

REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Anticipated cultural events

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis week, we’re going to have a round-up of some of the most anticipated Tejano, conjunto, and cultural events of the month...

Sweet retreat: New downtown McAllen coffee bistro offers vegan menu, live poetry

BY AMANDA A. TAYLORTucked away inside the Art Village on Main in downtown McAllen is a tiny coffee bistro aimed at promoting social interaction...

TOP SHELF: Book makes it enjoyable to be lost in translation

BY DAVID BOWLESI have spent most of the summer translating work from English into Spanish and Nahuatl (a reverse of the normal direction of...

In the Studio with Arcanedisplay

Local musician Rudy Cerda adjusts levels behind a large studio soundboard while his bandmates take turns playing to test their mics on the other...

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...