REGIONAL RAMBLINGS: Four musical gems on YouTube

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis last week of May, we are going to take a look at four gems you can find on YouTube.>> Paul Simon...

MOVIE REVIEW: Mistakes, oversights and visceral carnage in new ‘Alien’ film

BY BROOKE CORSO“Alien: Covenant,” formerly “Alien: Paradise Lost,” is awash in religious images and text and symphonies of creation and debasement and destruction. It...

ZZ Top set to perform at State Farm Arena on Tuesday

Festiva recently caught up with ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons via email. The band will perform Tuesday at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. The show...

SOUND ‘ROUND: Are we humanz, or are we androidz?

BY JON LaFOLLETTEGORILLAZ — HUMANZ (WARNER BROS.)There’s a fine line between unbearable misanthropy and macabre satire. It’s a dichotomy Damon Albarn has long juggled...

MOVIE REVIEW: Buddy comedy ‘Snatched’ exhausts chances

BY BROOKE CORSO“Snatched,” a star vehicle for Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn’s return to the screen after 15 years, is a hodgepodge of wasted...

Chulita Vinyl Club founder Claudia Saenz talks collective of female DJs

BY EDUARDO MARTINEZThis week, I talked to Claudia Saenz, founder of the Chulita Vinyl Club. This collective regularly plays music that a lot of...

TOP SHELF: Late Spring round-up

BY DAVID BOWLESI read more books than I get a chance to review in this column, so let me take a moment to highlight...

Comedian seeks to expand understanding of Mexican culture

McALLEN — Touring comedian Eric Schwartz grew up with monthly visits to his mom and Mexican stepdad — who introduced him to Spanish slang,...

MOVIE REVIEW: “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is fun, colorful, vulgar look at...

BY BROOKE CORSO“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” is about manipulation: of people’s feelings or actions, of DNA strands and artificial limbs, of rose-colored...

TOP SHELF: The conquest through native eyes

BY DAVID BOWLESAs late as the 1950s, the world primarily knew the story of Mexico’s conquest by the Spanish through the accounts of the...