Category Archives: Interviews

Get Archspired! Death Metal Alive in Corpus Christi.

By Joseph Kahn

Photos: Alex Morgan

Oh geez, if someone told me I’d ever have the opportunity to not only interview the members of one of my all time favorite bands, but to also write an article about their tour, I’d have to hurl myself down a set of stairs to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.

Canadian Tech Death masters, Archspire make a round through the U.S of A for the Tech Trek IV tour with Virvum, Inferi, and Wormhole, and boy am I excited. These dudes have been making a huge impact in the technical death metal scene, with remorseless riffs and furious vocals; it’s hard to imagine them not sticking around for a long time. If you’re looking for a band that’ll make you feel like the machines are taking over while aliens simultaneously come down to masturbate and blow their cosmic loads all over your enslaved faces, this is definitely that band.

What is also pretty damn cool is the cover art for their newest release “Relentless Mutation” was painted by artist Eliran Kantor, who did a lot of work for old school favorites like Testament and Atheist. I’m going to have to stock up on extra faces, because these guys, along with the rest of the lineup, are seriously going to melt mine clean off. So if you happen to wake up without your face, don’t worry, I’m putting it to good use.

Rhymin’ N Stealin’ – The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band

Rhymin’ N Stealin’ – The Original Beastie Boys Tribute Band
Chelsea’s – September 1st, 2018.

What do you do with your life when you hit your 30’s after playing in numerous bands, traveling the world as a professional rollerblader, even competing in the X-Games and basically just having a tremendous time… obviously, you start a Beastie Boys tribute band and you do it all over again. Kyle Smith AKA Ad Rock told us how Rhymin’ N Stealin’ came to be and a little bit about how much he loves the Beastie Boys.

Vent: Since you’ve never been to Corpus Christi, let’s start by telling us what the crowd can expect from the show.

Kyle: Well, it is a high energy, punch-you-in-the-face Beastie Boys experience. We’ve been at it about 10 years, and we don’t take our selves seriously at all, but we take what we do very seriously. So it makes for a good show, and you know, we’re paying homage to – what we consider to be – one of the greatest hip-hop bands of all time. And our DJ

Not For A Million Bucks: an interview with artist Mayra Zamora.

with William Henneberger

It is becoming more and more rare these days that you meet someone whom you believe when they say they would turn down an enormous amount of money on principle. I don’t know Mayra Zamora very well, but for some reason, when she said that in this interview, I believed her. In my limited opinion regarding art, I think that may be what it means to be a true artist… just don’t tell that to Norman Rockwell.

If you like what you see or what Mayra has to say follow her on Instagram @MiraMayraArt. Also, be sure to come out and support the opening of her show Rosas Para Mi Corazon at Janet F. Harte Public Library in Flour Bluff, Saturday, March 10th from 3-6pm, or stop by anytime throughout March to see her heartfelt and enjoyable works.

What are some of the pros and cons of being an artist in a smaller market like Corpus Christi?

I love Corpus and its art scene. Since I moved to Corpitos in 2006, I instantly enthralled myself into the art community. I joined K Space Contemporary in the Fall of 2007 and they have become my art

Cheech Marin & What it Takes to Make a Great Wall

Editor’s note: It isn’t every day that you get the chance to interview an icon like Cheech Marin, let alone the fact that he has been one of my personal comedy heroes going on 3 decades (God, I’m old.). It also isn’t every day that you get the chance to pass up talking to that hero in order to let you progeny spread his celebrity interview wings and see if he flops or flys. Not so long ago, my son fully came out of the creative closet. I had my suspicions. I mean, in the past couple of years he’s been in several theater productions, created a webcomic and in his first semester of college, he confessed that he had experimented with an improv troupe. Some dads may have been disappointed but I like to think I’m pretty… You thought I was gonna say ‘woke’ didn’t you. Ha, never. Anyway, I digress, enjoy this sit down with Cheech Marin regarding, among other things, part of his current Chicano art collection now on display at the Art Museum of South Texas.

Vent Jr.: When it comes to art or being creative in general, do you believe in the concept of a muse?

Cheech Marin: A muse? I like to be “A-mused” by art. ah, you know, art like anything else is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration. You know it’s a discipline, you have to get up and do it every day, just like anything.

Los Real Henrys of South Texas

As someone who fancies himself a South Texas satirist, I have to admit that this time around the family of local superstar attorney Thomas J. Henry officially has me beat. Hangin’ with Los Henrys launched on Youtube in mid-December and has garnered local as well as regional fanfare. The brilliant mocumentary series lands a poignant blow on the face of a generation fueled by ego and materialism. It is heartwarming to see a family come together like this for the common cause of making the world a better place.
The show follows the planning of young Thomas’ 18th birthday party which has a budget of $6-million. Through this tale, the family shows us what it truly looks like to disgustingly throw oneself into a world of frivolous spending and nauseating entitlement. It’s a cautionary story for anyone who dreams of owning cars and timepieces worth more than many people make in a lifetime.
Of course, after watching the first four parts of this amazing project, I had to sit down with the family and hopefully learn how to step up my game to help make people more aware in as big of a way as they have done.

Thomas J. Henry
Thomas J. Henry: First off, let me say that I want these interview to come out flattering. I don’t want to have to sue the shit out of you… [laughing] I really had you going for a second, didn’t I…

V: Haha, good one. Luckily, in case you were considering it, I’m poor AF.

TJH: Haha, that’s ok. I’ll don’t need money, I’ll take your miserable soul… I’m kidding. Relax.

The Vent is Going To Bug You So Much When You Win

An interview with possible Congressman Eric Holguin:

First off, why did you decide to run this year?

With everything that has happened since the 2016 election, I felt it was time for me to step up. As a millennial, we are always being told to “wait your turn”, and I was getting so angry, not only with where our country is headed, but where Texas and the 27th Congressional District of Texas are headed. It became abundantly clear that new energy, fresh faces, and effective ideas were needed to get our community moving forward – I have the thick skin and experience to do this. In this district, we’ve been stuck in the past and it shows all around us. So it’s time to take things into our own hands.

How would you try to convince a Trump supporter to vote for you?

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