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No. 71 (Summer 2017)


Summer 2017

Viva Big Bend VI
Music fans eager to escape the stifling Texas heat during late July know they should head west - to the mountains of far West Texas, that is, where Viva Big Bend, now in its sixth year, is held. The festival, which features more than 50 acts spread around four communities - Alpine, Marfa, Marathon and Fort Davis - continues to grow, adding venues like Saint George Hall in Marfa and Come & Take It BBQ in Alpine this year.

At the Drive In

On May 5, El Paso's most famous band, At the Drive In, released in-tera-li-a , which picks up precisely where the band left off following the success of its 2000 breakthrough, Relationship of Command. It's fast, complicated and tuneful over a turbulent foundation, forceful but also familiar. "We had to respect our fan base," vocalist Cedric Biller-Zavala says. "We needed to honor where we left off sonically last time, and we need to honor how we used to paint outside the lines."


For many musicians, Denton, in the northeast corner of Texas, is a musical mecca, a welcomed alternative to Austin, Houston and Dallas that's produced Brave Combo, Sarah Jaffe, Slobberbone, Norah Jones and Snarky Puppy. But just as those larger cities have struggled with balancing thriving artistic communities with business and development, Denton now finds itself at a crosswalk.

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