Andi Teran is a writer from El Paso (and a Loretto Academy alum) currently based in New York. Tune into CCLG at 9 a.m. on 920 AM KQBU on 4/8/09. Teran will discuss her life as a freelance writer, performer and ex-El Pasoan. Read her work below, published on

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The Best Little Music City in Texas
by Andi Teran

March 26, 2009, 1:54 PM

At the close of another South by Southwest festival, Austin continues to stake its claim as Texas’s music capital; however, a quiet challenge is being mounted all the way across the Lone Star State in El Paso, the rough-and-tumble border city just across the Rio Grande from the manufacturing and drug-trafficking hub of Ciudad Juárez. Whether it’s because of the abundant sunshine, tequila-soaked nightlife, or desperado folklore, musicians have embraced the “Sun City” and its live-and-let-live mentality. “There’s a weird charm to this place that is very outlaw,” says Al Jourgensen, the father of American industrial metal and former lead singer of Ministry. “No one asks questions because they all have a history and a past—and so do you.”

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¿Qué Onda, Guero? Beck’s Secret Show in El Paso, TX
Vanity Fair gets an armslength view of Beck’s surprise midnight performance in an El Paso, Texas coffee shop.
Published September 2008