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Ok Robot

Ok Robot

OK Robot slips comfortably between the driving pop punk that they grew up listening to and playing a sound that hearkens back to the jingle jangle and buzz of acts like Superchunk, Pavement or Sonic Youth.

Bringing Back the Big Sound by Cayetano Garza Jr. • Photos by Tam Corbette • Cover photo by George Villarreal Every band has an evolution. Oftentimes the founding members are childhood friends who spent hours upon hours together sharing inspirations, learning how to play their instruments, perfecting their craft. Members come and go, gigs start to […]

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As I Walk Through the Valley Documentary

As I Walk Through The Valley documents 40 years of musical history and Mexican-American culture. It is the first comprehensive look at rock music in the Rio Grande Valley. The film is an oral history of the popular music of The Valley told by the musicians, promoters, producers, and scenesters who lived it. The Rio […]

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Sick/Sea

Sick/Sea

by John Justice On a commonly humid night in McAllen Texas, outside the famous Cine El Rey Theater, enCore publisher Daniel Wright and I pushed our way through the crowd, throwing elbows when we had to, and made our way backstage… where the rock-stars live. Hundreds of local youth, just like my friend and I, had come out to see […]

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“Blinked” by Sick/Sea

Touring in a van across the asphalt country is really not the romantic and successful journey young musicians imagine. While many yearn to create memories of success and traveling into ruby sunsets, the reality is that a hard month-long tour can change a young musician’s heart, for better or worse. Band members can feel cramped, friendships […]

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Jessica McBride

Jessica McBride

“Art is very personal to me,” said the reserved McBride about discussing her work. “You’re sharing a part of yourself with others.”

by David Gonzo Gonzalez As I entered the Harlingen downtown art gallery for my interview with artist Jessica Salazar McBride, her reticent behavior was apparent to me almost immediately. Perhaps it was because I had arrived an hour sooner than expected, but I felt it advantageous in that it gave me an opportunity to get […]

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ON THE FARM: Tony Schaub at the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

ON THE FARM: Tony Schaub at the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum

by Cayetano Garza Jr. Visitors to the latest art exhibition at The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum on the evening of Thursday, August 28th were greeted with the strains of square dance music as they browsed through the latest work of local artist Tony Schaub. His latest show – On the Farm – Schaub pays […]

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The Equations

The Equations

Carving a niche and maintaining their roots...

by John Justice My heart is filled with warmth, and my brain is filled with variations of the Mega Man theme song. No, not because I’ve been reminiscing about my Nintendo-filled childhood, but because I’ve just spent the last few hours with Mercedes-based recording artists, The Equations. By far the most fun-loving group I’ve had the chance to interview, Mibo, Robert, Rigo and Ed have […]

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The Child Forgives and Creates

The Child Forgives and Creates

“...[Since] we really don’t use vocals, we try to impact the listener as much as we can with our melodies and our style of writing.” - Nico

by John Justice Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with modern recording artists The Child Forgives And Creates. Well, I didn’t meet with all of them, only Kenny, Leo, and Nico. And we stood mostly. So aside from the fact that my opening line was pretty much a lie, right in your face, in broad daylight, possibly right in front of […]

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SUPERTREE

SUPERTREE

In the Reggae-Dub Style

by Jim A freestyle mix of reggae, hip-hop and alternative rock, Supertree has a sound that can get any bar or party up on their feet. Vocalist/Guitarist Mike Landeros, Bassist John Justice (who plays on a SEVEN string bass) and Drummer Allen Lingesjo, all from Harlingen, formed after the departure of Sons of The Beach. […]