Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013

Best Public Swimming Pool

Best of 2013: 4/24/2013
Get Board: The cheapest, easiest way to sample SA’s best flavors

Get Board: The cheapest, easiest way to sample SA’s best flavors

Flavor: As San Antonio slowly but surely turns into a food destination for hungry travelers, chefs across the city are highlighting some of their... 11/6/2013

Best Place to People Watch

Best of 2013: 4/24/2013
New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

New Sensation: SA’s Austin Mahone and teen pop superstardom

Music: Like the bulk of Austin Mahone’s Instagram account, this one’s a selfie. In a white tank top, hair coifed up real big, Mahone arranges... By Matt Stieb 7/22/2014

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Aural Pleasure Review

Los Texmaniacs: 'Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds'

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When it comes to condensing everything that's great about Tex-Mex into a CD that pleases both the people and academia, nobody does it better than the Texmaniacs and the Smithsonian. The second collaboration between the Smithsonian and Max Baca (bajo sexto, vocals), David Farías (accordion, vocals), and multi-instrumentalists Oscar García and Lorenzo Martínez (after 2009's Grammy-winning Borders y bailes) continues the formula of polkas, waltzes, boleros, redovas, and corridos of its predecessors. Even at its most crowd-pleasing, the playing is so tight and the sound so crisp, that this is mandatory for anyone who is a fan or merely curious about Texas roots music. Hot scoop: There is a good chance this album will be released with a Gruene Hall show in late August with the Texmaniacs, Los Lobos, and guests. Can't wait.

★★★★ (out of 5 stars)

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