March 4th, 2014 by admin
March 4th, 2014 by admin
March 2nd, 2014 by Russ
Austin Daze: Our social network has been exploding about this iTunes festival, everyone seems to have their opinions about what’s going on but I figured I’d hit up the one person that knows about all things SXSW, and that’s you. Can you tell us what’s happening? Is it good, is it bad?
Louis Black: You know, it wasn’t our idea, they decided to come to town to do this big event, and we would have much rather had the venue to do stuff in, but they made the deal, they came to town, and then we negotiated with them, because we’d rather have something this big be part of SXSW, and not be completely separate from it. So, it’s not our ideal kind of programing or our ideal use of that venue, but we are happy, with what we have negotiated. Read the rest of this entry »
February 27th, 2014 by Russ
Margaret Moser: It is, I am excited and it’s also starting to kick in that this is the last time that I’m going to be doing a lot of this stuff, so there’s a little bittersweet quality to all of it.
AD: What are you excited about with this year’s show, do you have a favorite performer or winner?
MM: Well, as far as the performers go, we always pick them because we want a really wide variety and array of sounds that come out of Austin in any given year, and so if you look at the five, or really six, because “Minor Mishap Marching Band” is doing an opening set for us this pre-show. But each of them represent some sort of value to Austin music with ‘The Young Bloods Choir’ you have the present and definitely the future with all of these young teenagers, with Elias Haslanger and Ephraim Owens in “Church on Monday.” You have Dr. James Polk in there, who’s tenure in Austin music dates back decades. Francis Preve brings to us the burgeoning EDM sound of Austin, which has often kind of slid under the sort of, less respected title of disco, but he’s really come into his own in the last two years. Certainly the presence of people like Paul Oakenfold living here in Austin makes that so. But now you’ve got somebody like Frances who’s got his “Academik” label and he’s really charting with all of his stuff right now, and it’s really something to look forward to. And of course I asked my old friend Lucinda Williams to be on the bill because for me she represents so much of what Austin is about, not only in terms of the kind of music she does, but what kind of a place that offered her somewhere to develop that music that’s made her so popular over the years. And then I’m going to close with the “Texas Tornadoes” who are going to do the finale. As I understand it, they’re going to be doing kind of a San Antonio-centric set of their music that you can expect from them, but then I think there are going to be some surprises, that are going to be happening at the end of the show, which because it’s sort of a tribute to me, I’m not supposed to be privy to this. Read the rest of this entry »
February 24th, 2014 by Russ
Kahil el Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Featuring Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and Hamiet Bluiett at The North Door, 2/19/2014. This was an amazing night of adventurous music. Austin is lucky to have an outfit such as Epistrophy Arts, because they bring in so many talented musicians from all over the world. This gig blew my mind. I’m sure whenever there’s an Epistrophy Arts show from now on, I’ll be there.
February 19th, 2014 by Russ
Little Elmore Reed Blue Band shreds it at the Legendary White Swan 2/17/2014. What’s going on here is the reason why I’m in Austin. It was a good night.
February 19th, 2014 by Russ
February 18th, 2014 by Russ
February 18th, 2014 by Russ
Poi Dog Pondering jam into the night at Continental Club 2/13/2014. This night featured an original line up of PDP with our friend Bruce Hughes. The band got its roots in Hawaii before finding a new home in Austin over 20 years ago. As the band took off, they headed north to Chicago. When this band played it was the first time I’ve ever seen dueling “squeeze boxes.” Enjoy these other highlights from the show.
February 16th, 2014 by rockslide
I’ve been going down to Jo’s Hot Coffee since 2006 to watch Andrew Nafziger and the Jo’s House Band play originals and assorted covers—everything from Muddy Waters to Michael Jackson, and a little Merle Haggard in between.
Sunday afternoon, 12:30 to 3:00, rain or shine. They do have a theoretical 58˚ rule, but I’ve definitely seen them play with their coats and hats on, wearing wool gloves with the fingers cut off. And, they will shut it down for solid rain, but a drizzle doesn’t count.
I met up with Tina Rose in the lobby of the San Jose Hotel. She brought her dog, Lulu, and we talked for a while. It was supposed to be about Sinner’s Brunch, but we strayed a little here and there.
How did you get started with Jo’s Hot Coffee?
Liz Lambert was building the hotel, and I think she needed coffee to make it happen; so, she opened Jo’s with her brother. A friend of mine was helping with the hotel and said, “You should meet Liz Lambert—she’s looking for someone to manage the coffee shop. “ So, I just came over here, and I think she hired me on the spot because I brought my dog to the interview. I didn’t know that she loved dogs; I probably just had a dog with me like always.
We remain friends. It was kind of the best thing that ever happened to me, you know.
February 13th, 2014 by Bradley Gastwirth
It might have been prudent to leave Robocop frozen on the screen from the original 1987 film. Robocop does try to stand up on its own robotic legs, falls short, and the signal is somewhat lost. Like its predecessor, Robocop takes place in the not-to-distant future in a crime riddled Detroit. Apparently, the once bankrupt city seems to be thriving with Omnicorp (OCP), the technological giant supplying soldier drones throughout the world, with the exception of the United States.
The film starts with a parodied talk show news pundit, Pat Novak (Samuel L. Jackson), who is blindly favoring one side of the political coin. Novak enlightens the world to why these super soldiers are not favored among Americans, but should be embraced. According to one politician, Hubert Dreyfuss (Zach Grenier) who oposes OCP, the People want to see the moral dilemma between right and wrong and these robotic soldiers are obviously lacking in these departments. This theme of morality is skimmed during parts of the movie, but does not completely make it to the main stage for more than a brief scene or two. Novak believes in Omnicorp, its owner Raymond Sellars (played by a long lost Michael Keaton), and their contributions to society. This version of Robocop has Alex Murphy (played by Swedish Joel Kinnaman “The Killing”) as an undercover police officer who is Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2014 by Nickie Vliet
Skating season is upon us. And whether you’ve never seen a roller derby game before or you’re a diehard fan, it’s time to mark your calendars because the skates are hitting the track. This Sunday starts the beginning of the TXRD banked track bout season. The opening game has the All Scar Army taking on last year’s champions the Cherry Bombs. The All Scar Army will consist of skaters from the pick of the litter from each league team that got their ass kicked by the Cherry Bombs last season. For you season regulars, the question is whether Cherry Bomb major point scorer Rocky Casbah is coming back or if she retired at the end of last season after a few awesome faceplants. I know I’ll miss watching her jam, but no worries, the Cherry Bombs added some new names to their roster in the last draft, like Rolla Parks who gives a mean hit and Trainwreck Trina making a comeback from an injury last season. Then there’s the “Wonder Twins,” Scrappy and Milla Juke-a-Bitch, sure to be top point scorers for the Bombs this season. Be on the lookout for Mad Maxican, a Hired Gun that’s been dedicated to becoming a TXRD skater who’s proved herself as a small and speedy jammer. She’s been picked up as an alternate for the Bombs this Sunday. TXRD banked track roller derby is sure to be a spectacle. Be at the Palmer Events Center this Sunday by 6pm to get a good seat. You won’t want to miss any of the action this season!
February 12th, 2014 by Sweet Snob
I was out strolling my neighborhood when I came across what I thought was a new ice cream shop. Fighting my way to the front of the line, I finally got to taste the sweet bliss that is gelato. Gelato is more than your everyday ice cream, it is an Italian style frozen dessert. And let me tell you folks, that this place knows how to make gelato. The menu here changes daily and includes seasonal flavors and local organic offerings. I have a major sweet tooth, and have always drawn to anything chocolate. My taste buds had an orgasm after sampling their chocolate gelato for the first time. My co-snob and also a sweet enthusiast had their vanilla from Morocco. On our second visit to Dolce Neve we had organic pistachio gelato and sweet potato and cinnamon gelato, perfect for someone with a salty tooth. Marco even recognized us on our second visit, I have a feeling we’ll be getting to know him very well. Marco and his sister, Francesca, the mastermind behind Dolce Neve learned their craft in Italy. You can find the siblings and Francesca’s husband Leo, serving up scoops themselves. They also serve Italian style espresso that looked divine, I can’t wait to try it. Luckily it’s a short stroll to South 1st and Annie St. Even in this cold weather I can’t turn down a cold sweet treat, good thing there’s plenty of indoor seating, and a front patio for when it warms up. And if you’re too far to stroll, parking is aplenty behind this new local business. It’s another good day for the Sweet Snob knowing that Dolce Neve is right around the corner here in South Austin. Visit Dolce Neve.
February 10th, 2014 by Russ
The Brewbirds live at Strange Brew Lounge Side 2/9/14. Last night, to change up my usual Sunday gigs, I fished through The Chronicle and discovered that a new band, called The Brewbirds were playing at Strange Brew. I had been looking for a reason to go back to the lounge side to grab some ‘shots.’ The Brewbirds were it. The Brewbirds are playing here every Sunday around 8. For those that don’t know, this band is basically The Warren Hood Band trying out new material on a more intimate crowd. The sounds are woven together beautifully by these accomplished musicians. Last night, I was focusing most of my attention on Emily Gimble. She is a powerhouse. The amount of soul that is channeled through her voice is incredible. I plan to be at this show often. Now I just have to figure out how to fit in The Resentments, beforehand. Enjoy these shots and keep and eye out for more on our Facebook page.
February 5th, 2014 by Russ
Bruce Hughes & the All Nude Army live at The Saxon Pub, 2/4/2014. My Tuesday night took a whole new direction in order to celebrate my friend Bobby P’s 28th birthdaze at The Saxon Pub. Bobby plays bass with BHANA. I had never seen BHANA before and I was unsure how the band would work with two bass players. Bruce Hughes is one of my favorite bass players. To my surprise, Bruce did not play the bass, but he and Scrappy Jud played the guitar, with John Chipman on drums and Stefano Intelisano on keyboards, and the sound was something new to my ears, in a good way. While I’m more used to Bruce’s other work, I really dug his rock and roll. It’s really weird to me to think that life outside of what you’re usually doing, happens. It was great to branch out from the norm and experience this fresh new sound. By the way, there was no nudity. Although there’s always next time. Check out the rest of these shots on our Facebook page.
February 3rd, 2014 by Russ
Austin Carnaval Brasileiro at The Palmer Events Center, 2/1/2014. Hands down, the best party of the year! Every year it is always a feast for the senses, from the pulsating samba drums from Austin Samba School, to the extremely scandalous costumes, and the nonstop dancing. This is the place to be. Inside the Palmer Events Center we were all transported to Rio. The energy of the crowd was hot and intoxicating. I was right in the middle of it when the crowd surged in around me, and I was thrust through what felt like the gates of my own personal heaven. There were beautiful woman dancing in flashy costumes, their bodies in sync with the beat of the drums. This must be why I’ve been coming back to this party ever year. This celebration has been happening in Austin for 37 years, and we cant wait for next year’s spectacle.
February 2nd, 2014 by Russ
Casper Rawls and Shelley King Live at Sessions on Mary, 1/31/14. Casper Rawls is one of the greatest guitar players in Austin. He has the power to mesmerize audiences as he dances his fingers across the guitar. Casper is trying to put together his first CD and all of his musician friends are coming out to help him raise money. Let’s help him reach his goal. He is touring Austin house by house, and on this night we saw Casper play with one of the Daze’s favorite song writers, Shelley King. This intimate living room was the perfect setting for her animated storytelling, which was one of our favorite parts of the evening…good ol’ Timothy Wicky…You can find out more about how you can help Casper here, or about upcoming shows at Casperstarter on Facebook.
January 31st, 2014 by Russ
The Whiskey Sisters live at The Continental Club 1/30/14. We’ve been hibernating for the past several days but finally made it out of the house to catch The Whiskey Sisters tonight. We have caught this band doing their Thursday residency for over a year at the club. Last year they took home the “Best New Band in Austin,” at The Austin Music Awards. Every time we see these gals and their band, they seem to be having as much fun as their audience. Tonight ‘The Daze’ caught the electricity that was in the club to share with you in our shots below. We look forward to what they’ll be doing next. You can follow their journey, which will be taking them to Europe soon, on their Facebook page which will give you updates on their tour. Cheers!
January 26th, 2014 by Russ
I go to Jo’s Coffee shop every Sunday, but today I pulled up and was surprised by the tents and crowds of the 8th Annual Chili Cook Off, benefitting Sustainable Food Center. Chili tasting, dancing and live music from Jeff Hughes and Chapparal and the Jo’s House Band, with special guests. 1/26/2014. Big thanks to Rockslide and Caity for the great shots.
January 26th, 2014 by Russ
Barfield The Tyrant rocks C-Boys Heart & Soul 1/25/2014. This is the first double digit entry of the ‘Shots of the Daze,’ and seeing Barfield at C-Boys was a great way to celebrate getting it off to a great start. Barfield is an act that must be seen to be believed. So much funky soul emanates from his body. He is a white cowboy who becomes James Brown when the music starts. You can’t help but feel pulled into the energy force field. Barfield shakes his booty so much, the best shots we got were really of his behind. But here are a few we managed to capture among the frenzy. Make sure to get out there and see Barfield live.
January 25th, 2014 by Russ
Topaz and the Golden Dawn Arkestra live at The Sahara Lounge 1/24/2014. It was a ground shaking performance. The creativity was overflowing. Besides the stellar sounds, there were the costumes and dancers, this was truly a piece of performance art. This band is one to watch. They just put down their first recording this week. Enjoy these shots of one helluva photogenic band (there are so many members we couldn’t capture them all.)