"The Bridge," the El Paso-Juarez set murder drama that will air this summer on FX, is building some pretty good press.
Entertainment Weekly named it one of its "12 Killer Summer Series" and features a picture of stars Demian Bichir, who plays a Chihuahua state cop, and Diane Krueger, as an El Paso police detective, on one of its alternate covers.
The magazine ranks it No. 5 among its killer dozen, calling it "a story you'll be talking about all summer."
The show, about what happens when a body turns up on both sides of the border, debuts July 10 on FX.
The EW story notes that executive producer Elwood Reid and Krueger walked across one of the bridges into Juarez as part of their research.
"It was actually really nice. To be fair, we didn't go to buy drugs or to pick up a hooker, and it was daylight," she said.
Reid said he was scared and worried about losing his job, since he didn't tell anyone at the network about it. "But we had great tacos," he said.
Rolling Stone also singled the show out in a summer cable preview in its new issue, noting that it's a remake of a Danish series "except with better weather and smarter suspense."
"The run-of-the-mill TV sadism is hard to take. Yet the anguish feels real, and it stays with you," the mag said.
I've seen the pilot once and will watch it a few more times before writing a review of it. But I will tell you that there's plenty of exterior footage, particularly
nocturnal aerial shots, of the border and border highways and bridges.
There's one quick insert in which the star on the mountain has been photoshopped into a higher position.
I also had to laugh at Matthew Lillard's character, a cynical, hard-drinking El Paso Times reporter. I laughed because (a) he's driving a BMW (most Times' journos can't afford one) and (b) he's shown with another reporter in what looks to be a spacious office, not a cramped newsroom.
But don't let that scare you away. The show is compelling, a la "The Killing."
Tickets for this summer's El Paso Streetfest are now on sale.
This year's event will include sets by Bush on June 28 and Third Eye Blind on June 29, plus dozens of local and regional acts on three other stages, a car show in the convention center and fireworks around 10 p.m. each day.
Tickets are $20 a day or $35 for a two-day pass in advance at 7-Eleven/Alon stores; $30, plus tax, at the gate. Admission for children costs $5 at the gate only.
Go to klaq.com or elpasolive.com for more info.
Ticket prices for Nine Inch Nails' El Paso show in November will range from $32.50 to $89.50. They go on sale at 10 a.m. June 28, but a presale will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 27.
The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Don Haskins Center, part of the Trent Reznor-led band's "Tension 2013" tour.
Texas' Explosions in the Sky will open.
Tickets, plus service charges, will be available at the UTEP Ticket Center and through Ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
Looks like Cedric Bixler Zavala has gotten pretty comfortable running his own band.
The At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta singer has taken to Twitter (the guy's stuff is hilarious) to post pix and updates of his new band, Zavalaz, and even a snippet of new song "Blue Rose of Grand Street."
He's joined in the band by The Mars Volta bassist Juan Alderete, plus Dan Elkan on guitar and Greg Rogove on drums.
They'll open their first tour Saturday in Las Vegas. They've announced 12 West Coast shows through June 30.
The band is the result of the solo album, as yet unreleased, that Bixler Zavala's been making since angrily quitting The Mars Volta in January after guitarist and bandmate Omar Rodriguez Lopez opted to work with his new band, Bosnian Rainbows, who played this year's Neon Desert Music Festival. The Rainbows' self-titled album comes out June 25.
Bixler Zavala has described the solo stuff as mostly songs and ballads he wrote for his wife. No news on when, or if he'll bring the group to his hometown.
Check 'em out at zavalaz.com and facebook.com/zavalazmusic.
Thomas in town
Thomas the Tank Engine will make a pit stop at the Outlet Shoppes of El Paso in Canutillo.
A four-hour one, actually.
The wheeled star of PBS' "Thomas & Friends" will roll into the mall to pose for photos and meet kids from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Families can sign up for a chance to win a trip for four to one of two Hard Rock Hotels in Mexico.
The show airs locally on Channel 13-KCOS.
Veteran Venezuelan pop singer Ricardo Montaner will headline an intimate show at 7 p.m. June 30 at the Coliseum.
The venue will be cut in half for the show, much like it was for the recent Juanes performance there.
Tickets for Montaner's show, in support of his 2012 album "Viajero Frecuente," cost $49.50, $79.50, $99.50 and $150, on sale at the box office and through Ticketmaster, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
Fans of left-of-center guitar music can get their twang on with a couple of shows headed to Tricky Falls.
Hungarian psychobilly band the Silver Shine headlines a triple bill at the club at 9 p.m. Thursday. Brutally Frank and Wreckin Katz open. It's an all-ages show.
Surf punk duo Dean & Dale, guitarist Laramie Dean (who has toured with surf guitar legend Dick Dale) and drummer Jimmy Dale (Dick Dale's son), headline their own triple bill at 8 p.m. July 6. Former bandmate Trevor Lucca's band, Hardship Anchors, and Los Satanicos open. It's an all-ages show. Tickets cost $10.
Both shows will feature raffles for Sun City Round Up tickets. That will be at 5 p.m. Aug. 17 at Tricky and will include sets by the Quakes, 12 Step Rebels, Stellar Corpses, Kitty in a Basket, Rocketz and Returners. Those tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
-- Will Sheff and the rest of his Austin band, Okkervil River, will make their Tricky Falls debut on Oct. 18. It's part of their fall "Silver Gymnasium" tour, named for the band's seventh album, due Sept. 3. Tickets cost $16, on sale at 10 a.m. today at the box office, All That Music & Video, Bowie Feathers, Eloise, Maria's Closet and holdmyticket.com.
-- The Inn of the Mountain Gods has lined up a tantalizing taste of Texas roots music with the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Texas Tornados at 8 p.m. July 31. Tickets cost $25, $35, $55 and $65. The Inn also has booked British chef and "Restaurant: Impossible" host Robert Irvine for 6 p.m. June 29 ($50), rappers Baby Bash and MC Magic for 8 p.m. July 5 ($20, $35, $45, $55 and $65) and a Highwaymen tribute act at 10:30 a.m. July 7 (no ticket info). Tickets are available at the box office and through Ticketmaster.
-- Most people know comedian Bill Burr either from his appearances on "Chapelle's Show" (he co-hosted the race draft) or his popular "Bill's Monday Morning Podcast." Local audiences will get to know him a little better when he performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Chavez Theatre. Tickets are $25, plus service charges, on sale at 10 a.m. today at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.
-- Oakland hip-hop vets Souls of Mischief will play hits and new material when they bring their "Still Infinity" 20th anniversary tour to Tricky Falls at 8 p.m. Aug. 4. In fact, they'll perform their "'93 'Til Infinity" album in its entirety. It was released in 1993. Better yet, it's free. But you've got to get tickets at Happy House or zanytickets.com.
This is a roundup of concert and other event information from Doug Pullen's blog, Pullen My Blog, at elpasotimes.com/blogs. Follow him on Twitter @dougpullen and on Facebook at facebook.com/dougpulleneptimes.
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