Originally from El Paso, the Dirty River Boys wanted a name that best described not only where they come from, but also the sound they produce. The band's simple licks and Southern-fried acoustic performance can best be described as a ragged vibe that straddles the borders between Bluegrass, outlaw ... More >>
Attorney General Greg Abbott, in an ironic twist of timing, has struck down the ability of cities, counties and school districts to offer domestic partner benefits. By almost any measure, today was a landmark day for the GLBT community, with all eyes focused on basketball player Jason Collins, the ... More >>
Lorenzo Garcia and Damon Murphy led distinguished careers in the Spring Branch Independent School District. Now both are linked to a cheating scandal in the El Paso Independent School that has left Garcia serving a 42-month sentence in a federal prison and Murphy resigning in disgrace from his job i ... More >>
Mexicans pay in blood for America's War on Drugs.
El Paso natives Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and Cedric Bixler-Zavala of The Mars Volta have long been known for their bombast and progressive-rock self-indulgence. Ever since they departed the seminal post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, they've spent their time making what can only be described as "epics." ... More >>
What's wrong with a little PDA? If you're in El Paso -- and gay -- it may get you threatened with arrest over a nonexistent law, a group alleges in a suit. A trial court ruled the four men, led by Carlos Diaz de Leon, could not sue the city over the incident, but the 8th Court of Appeals has now ru ... More >>
Lorenzo Garcia: Contract with Houston company leads to indictment.The head of the El Paso school district has been indicted over charges he steered a lucrative no-bid contract to a Houston company owned by a woman with whom he had a personal relationship. Lorenzo Garcia, a former assistant s ... More >>
Dedicated mountain lion says Yes We Can, learns otherwise.We know not the name of the mountain lion who was chased through the downtown streets of El Paso this morning, continuing to escape pursuers even with two tranquilizer darts in him. We only know the cat must have really wanted to see ... More >>
The latest chapter in Mexican pop singer Kalimba's life saddens us for a number of reasons, but the possibility of never hearing his music again is not one of them. If you haven't heard, while recording his latest album in El Paso, Kalimba was held by the U.S. Border Patrol on suspicion of ... More >>
Juarez kids surrounded by violence, dead bodies.
Unlike refugees from other troubled countries, only a fraction of Mexicans seeking U.S. asylum are accepted no matter how horrible their wounds or their stories.
On the front line of the U.S. war on drugs, a Mexican city bleeds to death.
Two of the better known roots producers on the scene have radically different memories of the first music of their childhoods that gripped them by the ears and heart. Gurf Morlix, whose notable production credits include Lucinda Williams' Grammy-winning Car Wheels on a Gravel Road as well as stella ... More >>
He's hot, he's fluffy, he's - Biscuit Man?
She Said has something she wants to admit. Here goes nothing. We... like... country music. No big deal, right? You wouldn't think so, unless you grew up in a town filled with racist rednecks who thought the glitz of '90s Nashville qualifies for the only music worth listenin' to. She Said rebelle ... More >>
The right-wing got the gift it had been howling for -- today President Bush commuted the sentences of two Border Patrol agents who shot an illegal alien and then tried to cover up the incident.Conservatives have made the case a cause celebre for years, saying the agents had been railroaded.Not every ... More >>
Local South Texas officials didn't like Homeland Secretary Michael Chertoff too much to begin with and then when he pushed forward with the border wall despite every political and ecological plea they could make, the dislike morphed into something very akin to hatred. That hasn't passed, apparen ... More >>
Tom Waits may not come from around here, but a good chunk of his favorite music does
Amid flailing swords and flying shields, these modern-day knights fight on
Glory Road relives the season when college hoops smashed the color barrier
May 5 fun for drunkards and sober folks alike
Federal turf fights and deals mark the legacy of a union bribery case
Thursday, September 11
De-Loused in the Comatorium (Gold Standard Labs/Strummer Recordings/ Universal )
Now playing At the Drive-In: The Rise of Sparta
Plus: No Apologies, El Paso's Best
Ricardo Lara spent 19 years in Texas prisons. He got out the other day.
Let's rap about...black music
Luis Jimenez approaches the intangible by depicting the flesh