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Kings of Red River 52

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Girls of Hip Hop 66



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Style Pick

100 Years of the Paramount 76 Music by Design 82



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on the cover: austin music legends: willie nelson, gary cl ark jr., janis joplin a n d s t e v i e r ay va u g h a n ; i l l u s t r at i o n b y k e lt i s m i t h .


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Arts & Entertainment Calendar


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Artist Spotlight

Dining Pick



SXSW Restaurant & Bar Guide


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: illustration by joy gallagher; qi dada photo by wynn myers; aryln studios photo by leann mueller; graham williams photo by chad wadsworth; joy gallagher & chris simpson photo by jessica pages; tibaut bowman photo by nicole mlakar.


Where would you rather be right now?

Letter from the Publisher In honor of TRIBEZA’s 14th anniversary, we enlisted artist Kelti Smith to create an original piece of work inspired by the greatest musicians with Austin roots.


appy 14th TRIBEZA! I took over as the Publisher + Principal of TRIBEZA in 2009, and I could not be happier to have

yet another year of telling Austin’s stories to mark down. It is an honor to be at the helm of something so special, meaningful and useful to so many people in Austin and beyond. Without you — our readers, advertisers, Facebook fans, Twitter and Instagram followers and our many contributors, TRIBEZA could not be Austin’s leading arts and culture magazine that it is today. TRIBEZA reaches more than 68,000 readers in a given month and our online presence is on the rise — 20,000+ visitors to our website every month, 15,500 Twitter followers, 13,000 Facebook fans and 6,500 followers on Instagram. Plus, we publish TRIBEZA in a digital format on the Issuu platform, where we have another 3,000+ readers in any given month. A heartfelt thank you to the many of you that took time out of your busy schedules to share a quote about TRIBEZA. We were touched and encouraged by the many kind comments that some dear friends of the magazine wrote in and shared with us on page 16. We hope you enjoy this special anniversary issue on Music + Film, and we look forward to many more!

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"When TRIBEZA was introduced to the Austin community, it was the first creative and upscale publication that authentically reflected Austin's true vibe. Over the past 14 years the magazine has maintained that unique style and character." Laur a Gottesman

"I know the folks at TRIBEZA. They are "real" Austin folks. The kind that crave homegrown local business and culture. TRIBEZA is downright genuine and kind. Thank you for all the years telling Austin's stories. We've both grown, but kept our core values." Beto Boggiano P u re Au s ti n

I n h o n o r o f o u r a n n i v e r s a ry, a f e w d ear f rie n d s o f t h e ma g azi n e s h are d s o me w o r d s o f c o n g rat u l ati o n s a n d t h o u g h t s o n w h at t h e y l o v e ab o u t t h e ma g azi n e . “TRIBEZA has been a very dear publication to me for the past 14 years. It is the ONE local magazine that I feel really celebrates local talent. It's always refreshing to see the unique articles on Austin's true flavor. As a fourth generation Austinite, I feel promoting the city and its creative people is extremely important. Thank you for all you do from your biggest fan!" tr acey overbeck stead i nteri o r d esi gn er

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"For 14 years, TRIBEZA has captured the zest of Austin's life and people "As Austin has wildly expanded in every way over the years, TRIBEZA has kept our focus on the defining feature of our wonderful city— its culture. By spotlighting art, design, and the people making it happen, TRIBEZA encourages vibrancy and character, rather than allowing our city to become diluted as it grows.” matt fa jkus matt fa j k u s arch itec t u re

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TRIBEZA Interiors Tour Kickoff at Four Hands Home TRIBEZA kicked off our second annual Interiors Tour with a festive party at Four Hands Home. Designers from the eight homes on the Tour were in attendance to mingle with guests. The event was sponsored by Four Hands Home and 787 Realty. DJ Tiny kept the music going while partygoers snacked on bites by Shady Grove, Henri’s and Whole Foods and sipped cocktails by Tito’s Vodka and brews by Shiner. This year’s Interiors Tour was attended by over 600 design fans. 1. Patrick & Beth Ley 2. Atif Ahmad, Patrick Hallett, & Casey Estes 3. Amy Ulmer & Blayne Kettlewell 4. Greg Vannostran & Zach Stein 5. Sarah Stacey & Erin Williamson 6. Erin Shook & Adam Dunn 7. Ian Holt & Brantley Robertson 8. Paul Galvan & Rachel Win 9. Tairy O'Toole, Mallory Kohutek & Lauren Shaw 10. Hunter & Meredith Ellis


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Texas Tribune Five Year Anniversary



The Texas Tribune, the award-winning nonpartisan and nonprofit Texas news organization, celebrated its 5th anniversary with an invite-only gala at Brazos Hall. Lamberts Downtown Barbecue served dinner to a notable guest list that included Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Melba Whatley, Luci Baines Johnson and many others. Attendees also enjoyed listening in on an intimate conversation between Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation and Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune.





Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Austin’s most delicious fundraiser, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, let guests pick from 23 dinners in private homes across the city. Diners made new friends and caught up with old pals over fine wine and cuisine. Then, everyone gathered for a dessert and champagne reception at NEST Modern. All proceeds from each reservation donation went to Project Transitions to benefit those living with HIV/AIDS.

Texas Tribune: 1. Teresa Windham & Jessie Otto Hite 2. Erin Driscoll & Tim Griggs 3. Mayor Steve Adler, Michael Gillette & Darren Walker 4. Yvonne Gutierrez & Tanene Allison 5. Patricia Mejia & Geronimo Guerra Guess Who's Coming to Dinner: 6. Richard & Rachel Carr 7. Evelyn Marquez, Hailey Butchart & Kellie Miles 8. Rusty Wilmon & Fritz Hinze 9. Matthew Redden & Thom Gehring 10. Natalie Sowinski & Adrian Gaspar


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The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce launched their #IAMBLACKAUSTIN campaign at the end of last year and celebrated the opening of the portrait gallery with a reception at Austin City Hall. The interactive campaign highlights the multi-dimensional expression of Black life in Austin through black-and-white portraits.





PrintAustin: The Contemporary Print

For the second successive year, Big Medium hosted The Contemporary Print as part of PrintAustin. The exhibition, juried by Kathryn Polk and Kevin McNamee-Tweed, is a survey of current practices of printmaking, featuring a range of traditional and innovative techniques. From over 600 entries, roughly 30 works from printmakers around the country were on display.

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Dell Children’s Light Gala



Hundreds of supporters of the Dell Children's Medical Center came together at the Austin Convention Center for the Dell Children’s Light Gala. Chaired by Sabrina and Jay Brown, guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and dancing and a program where they learned more about all of the hospital’s incredible work.





Blanton Gala

The Blanton Museum of Art hosted its biennial black-tie gala and after party and celebrated the important role the Blanton plays in Central Texas and at The University of Texas at Austin. The evening also honored UT President Bill Powers. The event commemorated Powers’ distinguished legacy of leadership and commitment to the visual arts. The gala was followed by the after-party, Art on the Edge.

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Tune Time Travel BY K R I STI N ARMSTRONG I llu s tr atio n by Joy G a ll ag h er Music strums the chord of our memory differently than other triggers like sight or regular sounds. Music is more akin to scent, I think. Smell a certain smell and you close your eyes and you are immediately transported to a very specific moment or memory of the past. It’s like the olfactory trigger has a Fast Pass or a VIP badge on a lanyard, allowing it to skip the ordinary lines to get into our memory files stored in the warehouse of our mind. Music works the same way. I can hear a certain song and close my eyes, and I am right there. I can even remember every lyric, even if I haven’t heard the song in over 20 years. And I am the same person who can’t remember names, where the hell I parked my car or what is on my grocery list, if I forget it on the kitchen counter. I don’t understand this. But I love it. It’s like Tune Time Travel. Neil Diamond croons and I am a young girl, wearing a rumpled oversized t-shirt and scruffy bed hair, peeking around the corner to survey my parents’ noisy late night party that woke me up…cocktail glasses, ashtrays, laughter, and Neil on vinyl. Sweet Car-o-line, boom boom boom, good times never seemed so good. Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Don Williams or Waylon Jennings sing, and I am always my Daddy’s little girl. We are sitting in the cabana at my grandparent’s lake house, and I can smell cigars and the lit coals of the barbecue grill. Or, we are on a road trip, and I am in the backseat of our gray Lincoln, the 8-track tape playing while I fight with my brother over who crossed the invisible line. Anne Murray or the Carpenters play, and I am in my new house in San Francisco with brown shag carpet, playing with the intercom system that I thought was so freaking cool. Journey’s "Open Arms" embraces me, and I am too tall and awkward in my middle school gym, slow dancing with a short kid named Chris whose face fit conveniently in the middle of my budding cleavage.

The Go-Go’s have the beat, and I am in Atlanta in my room over the garage, listening to my first album on my Sanyo record player. I have braces, and my friends and I dance like crazy all over my room. The Outfield reminds me that Josie is on a vacation far away, and I am at a concert at Six Flags Over Georgia, no braces, kissing my boyfriend who tastes like love and peppermint schnapps. Tesla’s "Love Song". College. Enough said. The Verve’s "Bitter Sweet Symphony" transports me to an empty apartment in the south of France. My husband and I are sitting cross-legged on the kitchen floor, eating pasta and drinking wine. "You Are My Sunshine", in my own scratchy, sleepless voice, and I can feel the weight of my infant son on my chest, his tiny head tucked softly against my neck, the whisper of his breath against my skin as we rock in a dimly lit room. I inhale his sweet scent into the cavern where my heart used to be, before he possessed it. Fleetwood Mac’s "Landslide" plays, and I landslide back to 2003 and remember my broken heart, with the peace and perspective of knowing that it will heal. AH-OOOOH Werewolves of London! Windows are down and three kids in car seats are singing at the top of their lungs. (Grace has trouble with “R’s” and “L’s.” Ah-oooh wewrwuhvs of wondon.) Sheryl Crow sings in my car, Are you strong enough to be my man? I turn her up loud, and we belt out a duet while I drive. (Usually the answer is no.) I got a peaceful, easy feelin’…Funny how this Eagles song always takes me right back to myself, wherever I am. Today my kids take over DJ duties in the house and car, and I let them spin the tunes that will make their own life playlist. But when I’m driving alone, I time travel with tunes on XM radio, flipping channels and wandering through the archives of my mind.

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at Hall and his self-titled agency moved to Austin about eight months ago, with two decades worth of musical expertise from Brooklyn and beyond.

He’s worked with the likes of David Bowie and David By-

rne and hopes to enhance the Austin music experience. He has been in the music business for almost two decades and his work spans the country — he’s spent time in Boulder, Colorado, New York City, and now Texas — under multiple independent and major labels. Now, after 17 years in the music industry, he sits with a carefully curated roster of bands under his company’s belt — Red Baraat, Delicate Steve, Saint Rich and Metal Tongues, an equally-impressive list of related consulting projects, and a light-filled, open office space in the heart of downtown Austin. And he’s just getting started. “What was true [in Brooklyn] still holds true now — I work with a really diverse, really small group of artists,” he says. “On paper they might seem very strange or difficult, but in reality they’re really accessible and have enormous futures ahead of them.” This time, though, it’s not just about the tunes for Hall. Though he’s every bit as excited about further expanding his business on new turf, he’s also ready to make a home here with one very special Austin native, Mahshad Vakili. “I was in Brooklyn for 13 years, and ready for a change,” Hall says. “As inspiring as it is and can be, like anywhere else you can go into cruise control. I needed [the move] for inspiration, but also because I was in love.” Hall calls his consulting projects “organic outgrowth” from the artists themselves; often, clients emerge because of a desired or already existing connection to a band or musician he represents. Most importantly, he values the trust and inspiration that comes from working intimately with each musician, something that, in Austin, he can continue to cultivate for years to come. E. Banks p h oto g r a p h y by A n d r e w C h a n


8 Questions f o r M at

Mat Hall

dialed in and your attitude is shitty, you're going

very lucky and grateful to work with the artists

to have a hard time building a sustainable career.

I do. They're not only extraordinary artists, they're great people too. All the work I do is in

There is so much music out there today. How do you think

service of them. We have shared goals. So all

a song or album can better stand out from the masses?

the victories, big and small, are shared victories.

There is a spirit of possibility here that feels tan-

All day long we work on creative ways to intro-

It's hard work, but we do it together, so even the

gible to me. Austin is a town filled with entrepre-

duce the artists to new audiences. It helps if

small steps are incredibly gratifying as we help

neurs. Right now it feels like anything is possible

you're doing something unique from the start.

build their careers.

here. I do my best work when I'm surrounded by

We build a compelling story around the artist

What about Austin excites you the most?

bright, thoughtful people working hard at some-

and try to find unconventional ways to intro-

Who’s on your most-listened-to playlist right now?

thing. It stimulates my own ideas and strokes my

duce that music to the world.

A lot of Nils Frahm and Max Richter in the of-

competitive nature. I'm inspired by the creative

fice. Freddie Hubbard and Bill Withers in the car.

environment here.

You spent some time away from the music business

We're mixing a new Delicate Steve live record

a few years back and worked on President Obama’s

now, so I've been walking around the office pump-

You helped so many bands find huge success in the

2008 campaign in Ohio. How did that freshen your

ing my fist in the air to that a lot this past week.

music industry. What about a band gives it potential?

perspective and influence your return to music?

There is no science to this, so I can only speak to

Working on the campaign was incredibly inspiring

What other projects are you working on at the

the qualities I seek out in the artists I work with.

because it reinforced for me what amazing things


To begin, they are creating something that is ob-

can be accomplished when a motivated group of

Besides the work with the artists, I'm at work on two

jectively unique. This makes it easier to build their

people work towards a common goal. The sab-

Austin-centric projects that I'm very excited about,

story and to get people's attention. From there,

batical afforded me the time to recognize a lot of

which I hope you'll be hearing about soon.

it is a question of how they manage their own

the mistakes I had made while learning on the job.

talent. Their work ethic is incredible. They are

I'm still learning every day, but I came back to the

What’s a typical day-off look like for you in Austin?

self-directed, intelligent, and patient. They un-

job a different manager. I'm much happier doing

I'll take a long run through town and usually end

derstand that they are building a career, and take

the job now, and I think the people working with

up in Barton Springs. I was a polar bear swimmer in

the long view. They know how to let other people

me are happier too.

help them, and how to help themselves. You can

New York and need to be in the water often. After that, I spend as much time as I can with my partner,

be an incredibly talented artist and working with

What do you love most about your job?

Mahshad Vakili, because anything I do with her is

the best people in the business but if you're not

I love the people and the music I work with. I'm

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MARCH Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music FLEETWOOD MAC

March 1, 8pm Frank Erwin Center


March 1, 3pm The Long Center MEIKO

March 3, 8pm Stubb’s Inside JOURNEY / STEVE MILLER BAND

March 5, 6:45pm Austin 360 Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas Lucero AND RYAN BINGHAM

March 5, 7pm Austin Music Hall


March 5, 8pm Bates Recital Hall


March 5, 9:30pm Lamberts ABOVE & BEYOND

March 6, 8pm Austin Music Hall


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March 6 & 7, 8pm The Parish


March 28, 9pm The Parish





March 6, 8pm Bass Concert Hall

March 28, 8pm Paramount Theatre

March 7, 7pm Stubb’s

March 31, 8pm The Parish



March 8, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall


March 11, 7:30pm The Long Center


March 11-12, 8pm McCullough Theatre MOON HOOCH

April 1, 7:30pm The Long Center


March 5, 7pm Marchesa Hall & Theatre


March 26, 8pm Stubb’s Inside

March 12, 6pm Austin Studios, Stage 7



March 26, 8pm ACL Live at the Moody Theater THE BIG PICTURE FEATURING DAVID KRAKAUER

March 26-27, 7pm McCullough Theatre

March 26, 7:30pm Marchesa Hall & Theatre


March 1-8 The Long Center


March 6, 8pm Paramount Theatre JERSEY BOYS

March 24-29 Bass Concert Hall


March 4-7 Cap City Comedy Club BO BURNHAM

March 5, 8pm Paramount Theatre THE SECOND CITY's 55TH ANNIVERSARY

March 6 & 7 Stateside at the Paramount CHRIS TUCKER


March 1, 2pm Paramount Theatre STARRY NIGHTS

March 5, 5:30pm Girlstart Stem Center STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW

March 8, 2pm The Paramount and Stateside Theatres WOODLAND FAERIE TRAIL BY STARLIGHT

March 20-22 Zilker Botanical Garden


March 28, 12pm One World Theatre

March 7, 7:30pm Bass Concert Hall






March 11, 7pm Bass Concert Hall March 12-14 Cap City Comedy Club SEAN PATTON

March 18-21 Cap City Comedy Club

March 6-14 Oscar G. Brockett Theatre

March 12, 12pm or 6pm Ballet Austin’s AustinVentures StudioTheatre BALLET AUSTIN: DIRECTOR’S CHOICE

March 27-29 The Long Center


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MUSIC: Gavin Bryars

Princess Grace Award Winner, 2014–2016

MUSIC: Astor Piazzolla

Internationally-acclaimed Artistic Director / Choreographer Stephen Mills gives you Ballet Austin at its finest through this collection of three refreshingly contemporary ballets, showcasing his dancers’ versatility. Experience Mills’ classically innovative choreography along with worldpremiere works by two rising stars in the dance world, choreographers Jennifer Hart and Jimmy Orrante.






The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. This project is also funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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C A l e n da r s


Meredith Pardue: Wild and Free Artist Reception, 6pm Through April 4

e v e n t p i ck

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties


he Blanton Museum of Art delivers a nuanced look into the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s with their latest exhibit, Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the exhibit brings approximately 100 works by 66 artists to Austin, spanning mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, and more. Works by artists such as Barkley Hendricks, Andy Warhol, Jack Whitten, and many others offer first hand accounts of and responses to the social and cultural upheaval of the historical decade. The public is invited to explore these narratives in complex frameworks by sectioning the works into collections such as Integrate/ Educate; American Nightmare; Presenting Evidence; Politicizing Pop; Black Is Beautiful; Sisterhood; Global Liberation; and Beloved Community. Notable pieces in the exhibit include but are not limited to a special loan from the LBJ Library and Museum of Norman Rockwell’s rarely seen portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson as well as a photograph of Bob Dylan playing his guitar for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. And because there’s no shortage on things to say about social progress, on April 8 The Blanton will extend the discussion of civil rights in America by co-hosting a special panel at the LBJ Auditorium with the University of Texas’ LBJ Library and Museum and Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Don’t miss your chance to contribute and participate in this



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Fatima Ronquillo: Possession Opening Reception, 6pm Through March 28 MARCH 27

Terry Maker: Holy Fool Opening Reception, 7pm Through May 4


Phil Durst, Chris Dial: Collage March 7 – April 18 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART Wildly Strange: The Photographs of Ralph Eugene Meatyard March 7 – June 21 Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties Through May 10 Re-envisioning the Virgin Mary: Colonial Paintings from South America Through June 14


Sara Frantz: Between Borderlands Through March 19 LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

Arlene Shechet: Blockbuster Through March 21 THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN

Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective 1999-2015 Through April 19 JJ Peet: Brain to Hand to Object_ Through April 19

Umlauf sculpture garden

Sodbuster, San lsidro Through April 19


Contemporary Art Collection Through May 31 Changarrito Collection: 2012-2014 March 5 - May 31


La Belle: The Ship that Changed History Through May 17 HARRY RANSOM CENTER

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Through July 6

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Thursday, April 23, 2015 6:30 – 9:30PM FEATURED ARTIST


Paul Qui Deana Saukam MUSIC BY

Nash Hernandez Orchestra

Tom Sachs, Model One, 1999. Mixed media. 32 x 41 x 14 inches. Collection of Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons, New York. Image courtesy Tom Sachs Studio.

Also on view at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria:


John Grade: Canopy Tower


Jones Center 700 Congress Avenue Austin, Texas 78701

Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park / Laguna Gloria 3809 West 35th Street Austin, Texas 78703

Tom Sachs Exhibition Support: Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip Aarons, Tom Healy and Fred P. Hochberg, Hotel Saint Cecilia, Hotel San Jose, Jeffrey’s, Nancy and Dr. Robert Magoon, The Moody Foundation, The Nightingale Code Foundation, John and Amy Phelan, Vision Fund Leaders and Contributors Museum Support: Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation, Bank of America, Oxford Commercial, Pedernales Cellars, Vinson & Elkins LLP This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

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artist spotlight

Bob Schneider


nyone who’s been to Austin since 1999 has likely stumbled into the musical graces of Bob Schneider. It’s not hard to find yourself in his presence — he seems to be everywhere. The musician began his solo career nearly 16 years ago, and has since released several albums, started his own label, and toured coast to coast, all while keeping his long-standing Monday night gig at the Saxon Pub. And while you may be well versed with his music, you might not be as familiar with his other artistic traits. Schneider reminded us of his talent as a visual artist last month at PrintAustin, where he participated as a panelist and displayed many of his original works. Now, a selection of over 25 etchings and mixed media collages are available for purchase at Flatbed Press. No one is too surprised by his presence in the gallery though, considering Schneider studied art briefly at the University of Texas at El Paso before advancing his career as a musician. Although he’s been busy over the years launching a solo career and playing with a number of side projects such as The Scabs, The Moonlight Orchestra, and The Bluegrass Massacre, he never lost touch with the canvas. His etchings, which have been described as stream of consciousness style, were produced during a period of time spanning 2000-2008. More recently, Schneider has focused his visual artistic abilities to mixed media collages, a colorful yet haunting series that brings dozens of smaller, evocative images into one larger picture. For more information, or to preview some of Schneider’s work, visit bobschneider. com. t. mendoza


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1165 Angelina St. (512) 974 4926 Hours: M–Th 10–9, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 HARRY RANSOM CENTER

300 E. 21st St. (512) 471 8944 Hours: Tu–W 10–5, Th 10–7, F 10–5, Sa–Su 12–5 LBJ LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

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ja mes moody 's pl aylist Drop by the Mohawk during SXSW, and you may be in for a surprise. “We’re renovating the whole inside bar experience,” says James Moody, founder of the Red River outpost. With

the backyard at bee cav e

a new look and expanded offerings, concertgoers can expect small-batch whiskeys and tequilas and more than 40 beer

Look down the road a bit toward Austin’s film future, and it may be hap-

options. “We feel like a music venue can be a rad bar too, so

pening at The Backyard at Bee Cave. In December, the Bee Cave City

that's what we are working on ­— being great at both,” Moody

Council approved a re-zoning request for the project, paving the way for

says. When it comes to the music, Moody gives us a look at

its site plan to be submitted. The current plan looks to include two outdoor music venues — a large one accommodating about 3,400 people and a smaller one holding 500, a hotel, six stand-alone office buildings, two

what’s on his current playlist: 1. D'Angelo – “Really Love”

parking garages, and four 18,000 square-foot sound stages. “I think it’s

2. The Well – “Mortal Bones”

definitely a defining project,” says Lindsey Oskoui, the Director of Plan-

3. The War On Drugs – “Eyes to the Wind”

ning and Development for Bee Cave. “After the [Hill Country] Galleria

4. Angel Olsen – “unfucktheworld”

and the Shops at the Galleria…those three are the biggest projects the city

5. Roger Sellers – “Spectrolite”

of Bee Cave has approved.” Led by developer Chris Milam, of International

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Development Management, there may be a ways to go before an official groundbreaking date can be set, but the lights, camera, and action may

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Most Memorab le Moments from 14 Tex a s Film Awa rds

Late N ight snack W i t h A n dy L anger

Trying to isolate some of the most memorable moments from the past 14 years of the Texas Film Awards can be a challenge. “There are just so many stories,” says Rebecca Campbell, Executive Director of the Austin Film Society. “Every year there’s something unexpected.” Like the year that ZZ Top played and Morgan Fairchild was in attendance. “It turns out that she dated one of them years ago so they were joking about that from the stage,” Campbell says. Or, in 2003 when Farrah Fawcett was honored — “She called her

Andy Langer made his first SXSW sojourn in 1991. Since then, the

parents from the stage to tell them about the award.” Campbell viv-

intrepid music journalist and KGSR host has interviewed countless

idly remembers the very first awards. “There were 1300 people in

bands and artists, from Willie Nelson to Norah Jones to Dave Grohl.

the hangar [at Austin Studios], we had these heat lamps, and we

Here he dishes on the best spots to grab a late night bite during the

were trying to keep Sissy Spacek warm. We had an intern following

big festival:

her around dragging one wherever she went.” Now in its fifteenth

Second Bar & Kitchen: “It’s easy to tell even the most directionally

year, the event brings together some of the most notable names from

challenged out-of-town friends to meet at the corner of 2nd and Con-

the Texas film industry and beyond, with past honorees including

gress. The patio offers great non-stop people-watching. And, then

Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey, Robin Wright, and Cyd

there are these four words — Black Truffle Pommes Frites.”

Charisse. Among the honorees at this year’s March 12 event is Tom-

Bomb Tacos: “If you’re East, the food truck at the White Horse has some of the most affordable and satisfying migas tacos in town.”

my Lee Jones. “I don’t mind telling you that this isn’t the first time we’ve asked him if we could honor him,” Campbell says. “In fact I think it’s maybe the 14th time, so the fact that he accepted and is go-

More Home Slice: “Slices till 3am. Add a giant Rice Krispie Treat

ing to appear at the event is pretty exciting.” For more information,

and save half for breakfast.”

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We built this city on rock and roll (and blues, and hip hop, and punk, and country western…)

E n g r a i n e d d ee p i n t h e m y t h o f

making it the perfect backdrop for events like

sic insiders across the city including James Taylor

A u s t i n i s t h e i d e a t h at t h e c i t y

Free Week to the Weird City Hip Hop Festival

of Holy Mountain, Graham Williams of Transmis-

w i l l n e v e r b e a s g o o d t o day a s

to, of course, SXSW.

sion Entertainment and Stephen Sternschein, Travis

i t w a s y e s t e r day. The sleepy Texas

The clubs are as diverse as the bands that play

Newman and Trey Spaw of Empire Control Room to

capital of the 60s and 70s has been replaced by

them and range from newbies like Cheer Up Char-

share their stories and give us a glimpse into the past,

a booming metropolis which can play host to the

lies to neighborhood stalwarts like Beerland and

present and future of Red River.

international playboys of Formula 1 one weekend

in 2013, Austin City Council officially declared

and the metal-loving fans who flock to Audito-

the area the Red River Cultural District (RRCD).

rium Shores for Fun Fun Fun Fest the next. It’s a

While the designation does little to curb develop-

strange dichotomy, yes, but it’s the reason that

ment, the goal is to preserve the musical history

Would there still be an Austin music scene if

so many of us love to live here. While we relish

of the neighborhood while fostering a dialogue be-

Graham Williams wasn’t in it? Yes, of course.

these cultural opportunities, we may not realize

tween music venues and developers eager to build

that all around the city small groups of business

in this desirable downtown area.

owners and civic leaders are working to protect

Graham Williams

Would it be as dynamic and well-renowned? Absolutely not. A native Austinite, Williams got his start

But despite the cultural district designation,

as “a skuzzy punk rocker” who was playing

the neighborhood is still facing an uphill battle

in bands and had a record label by the time

For years, club owners, industry folks and mu-

on everything from event permitting to sound

he was in high school. Underage and unable

sicians have been rallying to protect the swath

ordinance to infrastructure. Like so much of the

to get gigs at the 21-and-up bars and clubs

of Red River between East Sixth and East 12th

city, the neighborhood is struggling to find the

around town, the aspiring promoter began

streets which houses one of the densest collec-

balance between growth and a culture that has

throwing his own shows at local rec halls and

tions of live music clubs in the city. With relative

given birth to some of the biggest names in Aus-

ease, music fans can ditch the car and stroll from

tin’s music scene.

— and grow — these artistic enclaves.

block to block enjoying everything from local hip

To get a sense of where this neighborhood has

hop acts to internationally-acclaimed rockers,

been, and where it is going, we sat down with mu-

VFWs so he and his friends could perform. Little did he know he would go on to create one of the most successful event and marketing companies in the history of Austin. And it began on Red River. march 2015


For Williams, throwing shows is a fami-

and booking company recently expanded to

are going to be new things and developments

ly tradition. His aunt spent time booking

Dallas and is responsible locally for shows

within these areas of town — within these

musical acts at Chance’s at what is was now

at local venues like ACL Live at the Moody

culture and communities — and not com-

900 Red River St. (The space later became

Theater, Hotel Vegas and The Mohawk. Oh,

pletely push them out?” Over the past two

Club DeVille and is now the second home

and he also found time to start a little festi-

decades, Williams has bore witness to Red

of Cheer Up Charlies.) In the 90s, Williams

val called Fun Fun Fun Fest.

River’s transformation from a row of pawn

landed a gig working security at the original

Spending all of those years hanging out

shops to a live music destination. Now, he

Emo’s just a few blocks away on the corner

at punk clubs on the The Drag and working

says, it’s about making sure these venues,

of Red River and East Sixth streets. Within

at Emo’s has given Williams a unique per-

which are arguably the reason why develop-

a year or so, armed with a telephone, a cal-

spective and allowed him to tap into and,

ers are attracted to the area to begin with, can afford to stay. “They’re not bougey bars,” he says. “If it becomes really hard or really expensive and there isn’t protection, and

“I was born and raised here. I’m not as scared about the progress that happens in Austin.” - graham williams

they are just supposed to get up and move, I can see that being hard to do.” But, Williams says, even if the clubs of Red River do find themselves battling affordability, it won’t mean the end of this live music community. “We shift and change around what works,” he says. “The city is still as good as it ever was.”

James Taylor

If he’s not behind the bar at his club or perendar and a bottle of Wite-Out, he was the

arguably market, the Austin music culture

forming on stage with bands like East Cameron

full time booker for the club, a job, Williams

that enamors so many of us. Like all of the

Folkcore, there is a very good chance James Tay-

says, that was as much a labor of love as it

business owners we chatted with, Williams

lor is standing outside staring at the sidewalk.

was about financial success.

points out that more people moving to Aus-

To be fair, this a very big part of Taylor’s job.

“[The employees] treated it like our club,”

tin means more people experiencing live

As co-owner of Holy Mountain, the club

Williams says. “We would say no to a band

music. “I was born and raised here. I’m not

that took over Beauty Bar on East Seventh

that could sell it out and make us money if

as scared about the progress that happens in

Street in 2012, Taylor has quickly become

it didn’t match the brand.” By 2007, he was

Austin.” Instead of closing the city limits, he

known for his civic mindedness, playing an in-

ready to strike out on his own, Williams left

says, it’s about finding the balance between

strumental role in getting the neighborhood’s

Emo’s to open Transmission Entertainment

growth and the reason so many of us wanted

cultural district designation in 2013. But more

with business partner James Moody. Now in

to move here in the first place.

than serving as a spokesperson for the Red River

its eighth year, the production, marketing


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“The idea is how can we accept that there

Cultural District, Taylor is known for taking on march 2015


James Taylor has proved an integral part to giving the Red River Cultural District its modern identity.


march 2015

says, they’re just going to take a cab to another neighborhood. “If they’re staying in the district,

“… I don’t know how I got so lucky. But I feel some sort of responsibility about that. I got lucky, and now I’m trying to make it [better] for everyone.” - james tay l o r

they need to stay in the district.” Taylor knows that all of this work, the planning and fixing, the curating and coordinating and talking to Austin City Council will pay off. Though it remains to be seen just what protections the cultural designation will provide, Taylor knows it does provide something. “I don’t know what happens after five years, I think growth and really interesting, cool things [will continue.] A lot of beautification projects [will

the small projects (uneven sidewalks, unmarked

“I’m some lucky bastard who worked the door

loading zones) that ultimately create a better ex-

at Plush, and now I own [Holy Mountain] … I

perience for both the bands who perform in the

don’t know how I got so lucky. But I feel some

area’s clubs and the fans that flock to see them.

sort of responsibility about that. I got lucky, and

And this idea of paying attention to the small

now I’m trying to make it [better] for everyone.”

happen], and hopefully a lot of us continue to do really well. After that five years, I don’t really know. But I think what the cultural district says is you have to include live music and culture in that conversation.”

Stephen Sternschein + Travis Newman + trey spaw

projects? It’s paying off in big ways. Some Fri-

For now, that responsibility is about protect-

days, nearly every club on the strip is at capac-

ing the RRCD from meeting a similar fate as

ity, thanks to curated lineups, big name acts

The Drag, or “Dirty” Sixth Street, both of which

and special cultural events ranging from Austin

were at one time flush with live music clubs.

Facial Hair Club finals to Cheer Up dance par-

“This is it. This is what we have to decide as a

ties. “There’s something fascinating and special

city. If you let these last music venues go away

about the fact that you park once and go to mul-

that all happen to be a block of each other, then

cities both led Stephen Sternschein and Travis

tiple live music venues and see a lot of things,”

that’s a choice we made as city. If we let [this]

Newman to a new home on Red River.

Taylor says. “Live music is better experienced

area just become condos and TGIFridays and

A New Jersey native, Sternschein got his start

[when] you can feel the street is pulsating.”

Chipotles, that’s not a city I want to live in, and I

working in New York, but would make the an-

think a lot of people are going to say that.”

nual migration to Austin every March to host

Taylor’s civic mindedness is more than just

Two different paths beginning in two different

about getting people in the door of club. In a city

But that’s not to say Taylor doesn’t want to see

a SXSW event at Lipstick 24, the club he, New-

known for innovative efforts like Austin Music

development. In fact, much of his work clean-

man and business partner Trey Spaw would

People and the Health Alliance for Austin Musi-

ing up the sidewalks and installing signage is in

eventually turn into Empire Control Room.

cians, Taylor says he’s simply the latest in a long

anticipation of the renovation of Waller Creek

Meanwhile, just a few blocks away from the

legacy. “People had to fight to make sure these

currently underway, and the two hotels set to

RRCD, Newman was quickly making his way up

things happen. There have been good people

open within the cultural district over the next

the managerial ladder at The Parish, going from

involved in music for a long time in this town

two years. If those guests don’t feel safe walking

assistant to the booker to stage manager to di-

who have really put up a good fight,” he says.

from their hotel the area’s various club, Taylor

rector within a year and a half. When he wasn’t march 2015



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“We’re very cognizant that we’re the new kids on the block... but what’s special is everyone is part of the same team and the same mission.”- ste p hen sternschein on the road with his own band, Newman was

namic bills that would get people in the door.

developing a reputation within the local music

“We’re coming at it from a grassroots per-

community for his work at both The Parish and

spective, we understand what it’s like to be on

The Historic Scoot Inn.

the road, touring, sleeping on people’s floors.

In October 2012, Sternschein got a call that

And I think that lends some authenticity to

the owners of Lipstick 24 would be canceling

the shows we’re doing,” Newman says. That

his annual SXSW event and would be selling

authenticity quickly garnered the support of

the business on East Seventh Street. Though

both the local music scene and the Red River

he had plans to open a music venue in New York,


Sternschein decided to pack his bags and

When Empire opened in 2013, not only did

move to Austin instead. “As soon as I got the

music fans come out in droves, but neighbors

opportunity, I said, ‘we can do something great

like James Moody of the Mohawk and Gra-

here.’” Sternschein enlisted Spaw, who owns The

ham Williams were among the first in line.

Side Bar next door, and Newman, whom he had

“We’re very cognizant that we’re the new kids

met the summer before through a friend work-

on the block,” Sternschein says. “James [Tay-

ing for SXSW.

lor] and Moody and Graham have been here

The idea was simple, but revolutionary.

for a while, but what’s special is everyone is

Empire Control Room, a nod to the Empire

part of the same team and the same mission.”

Automotive garage that once called the build-

And that mission has meant continuing the

ing home, would be a music venue for musi-

neighborhood’s musical legacy. “There’s some-

cians, by musicians. “We just sat down, and it

thing really special about this scene that we

became clear that we shared the same vision

have here. We have to support it and do every-

The brains behind the newly

for building a community, paying attention

thing we can to stay true to everything it has

opened Empire Control Room:

to local artists and making sure they have a

been and everything it could be,” Sternschein

great experience,” Sternschein explains. The

says. [We have to] start working...harder to

tor of entertainment) and Trey

team packed the space with high-quality au-

protect this important space that we have. It

Spaw (partner and director of

dio equipment and went to work crafting dy-

really deserves that.”

Stephen Sternschein (managing partner), Travis Newman (direc-

operations). march 2015


A group of music biz power houses come together with the red-headed stranger himself for a new television project sure to dazzle audiences everywhere. 60

march 2015

Meet the tribe of Arlyn Studios—pictured from left to right: Jacob Sciba, Nick Shuley, Lauren Bissell, Lisa Hickey, Autumn Rich, Jeff Muckleroy, Lisa Fletcher, and Freddy Fletcher.

B y E m i ly B oy d | P h o t o g r a p h y b y L e A n n M u e l l e r

o Austin, it is the city’s music his-

ing about Inside Arlyn, a new television project

tory incarnate, where platinum re-

hosted by Willie Nelson that will feature various

cords hang nonchalantly from exposed

guest artists and an intimate performance inside

brick walls and Willie Nelson’s personal

the studio itself. Although still dating around for

parking space waits out front. To Freddy

the perfect network, the show is already off the

Fletcher, Willie’s nephew and the stu-

ground running with two pilot episodes and two

dio’s owner, it is a part of his family history, going

freshly made records under its belt. And with

back to 1966 when his mother played piano in a

Merle Haggard and Gary Clark, Jr. as the show’s

restaurant dining room that now acts as one of

first two headliners, it’s safe to say that Inside

the studio’s three recording spaces. To Jacob Sci-

Arlyn will play host to some of music’s finest.

would work if we didn’t like each other.” autumn rich

ba, Arlyn’s lead engineer, it is a masterpiece, a re-

Arlyn Studios breathes life into the music creat-

cording haven, and home to his pride and joy — a

ed inside it, and it draws people into it that share a

where he and Lauren have a video production

custom made vintage NEVE/API hybrid console.

same, deeply rooted passion for music. After meet-

company and regularly work with major artists.

To marketing wizard Nick Shuley, it is a time cap-

ing with the team that creates the magic behind the

Jacob Sciba has been working as the studio’s en-

sule, preserving the way Austin used to look, with

scenes, that fact could not be more evident.

gineer since he was seventeen, and he and Lisa

its pared back, welcoming atmosphere, ceilings

Sitting down to interview Arlyn’s founders,

Fletcher now run the day-to-day studio man-

of bold wooden beams and sparkling chandeliers

managers and partners was like sitting down with

agement. Jeff Muckleroy has a small side job as

that swing above a vintage acoustic guitar and a

old friends. And that’s exactly what the eight peo-

he calls producing the Houston Rodeo, and Lisa

half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels. To event gurus

ple behind Inside Arlyn are…old friends. “None

Hickey and Autumn Rich are the studio’s event

Lisa Hickey and Autumn Rich, it is a ground-

of this would work if we didn’t like each other,”

masterminds, coming from a background with

breaking chance to pull back the curtain of the

Autumn Rich says with a laugh. And as I sat lis-

C3 Presents and currently running their own mar-

music world, giving people a privileged glimpse

tening to their stories, it sounds like they have

keting firm. Nick Shuley worked with them while at

inside, as Lisa Fletcher would call it, just everyday

had plenty to laugh about. The group has worked

C3, and Nick and Lisa now run the marketing and

life. To Jeff Muckleroy, the richness of its music

together in a myriad of ways over the years, cul-

branding efforts for Arlyn.

history seeps through the walls. Vibrations left by

minating in this long-awaited project that finally

“It’s literally about, you know, just doing busi-

artists like Neil Young, Sublime, Merle Haggard

brings them all together. The amount of interaction

ness with the people you’d want to have a drink

and Bonnie Rait still echo through the wooden

and overlap in their individual careers is enough to

with,” Muckleroy says. The table nods in universal

rafters, and you feel them from the moment you

make your head spin. After searching through vari-

agreement. Sciba chimes in, “Yeah, when all your

set foot in the door. Over the course of its exis-

ous descriptors that accurately portrayed this eclec-

friends are bad-asses in their industry, it’s not

tence, Arlyn Studios has been many things — a

tic crew, we landed on the word “tribe.”

hard to put a project together.” He’s not exagger-

family restaurant, an extension of the Austin Op-

Lauren Bissell started as an intern for Freddy

ating. From the moment the team cracked open

era House, a renowned recording studio and now,

and Lisa Fletcher during their band management

their contact books to garner supporters, they

the home of Austin’s next music phenomenon.

days, and followed along into the Arlyn fami-

were all shocked by the overwhelming eagerness

ly. Freddy moonlights as a partner at ACL Live,

awaiting them at the end of each phone line.

For months, the city of Austin has been buzz-


“none of this

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Freddy Fletcher sits admiring the studio’s prized possession, a one-of-a-kind NEVE/ API hybrid console—one of the many things that makes Arlyn unique. march 2015


Since its opening in 1984, Arlyn Studios has played hosts to artists like Stevie Ray Vaugahn, Sublime, Coldplay and more.

“it’s organic, it’s austin, it’s family, it’s real.” lisa fletcher


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“This is the most fun I’ve had, maybe ever,” Freddy Fletcher says on working with his Inside Arlyn team.

“It really was so organic,” Rich says. “We just

cloaked in mystery, is finally revealed, and puts

are simply allowed to be themselves. The magic

went around to all the people we knew were music

on a show like no other. Studio B, or as the Arlyn

shines through when you capture these genuine

lovers and said, you will love this, and they trusted

tribe refers to it, “the Living Room,” is designed to

moments. Moments that happen all the time but

us.” The “tribe’s” main priority was finding part-

make the artists feel right at home. In these inti-

no one gets to see.

ners who believed in the project, and who were as

mate performances, 70 people sit on floor cush-

If you’re searching for any clues as to the show’s

passionate about the concept as those who start-

ions, surrounded by candles and old oriental rugs,

lineup, just take a look at Willie’s own music his-

ed it. They found that passion in partners like Ti-

mere feet away from where Merle Haggard and

tory. No matter the genre, from reggae and pop

to’s and Ranch 616, who were simply eager to be a

Willie Nelson stand strumming along to Poncho

to hip hop and jazz, the team will always be

part of the project. And the support continues to

and Lefty.

searching to book an artist that can bring more.

roll in. No strict partnerships with endless qualifi-

As viewers will see once it airs, Haggard stops

“The show is a lot about Willie, but it’s a lot

ers, just an ever-growing list of people that cannot

the audience halfway through his performance of

about the guest,” Freddy says. “They bring the

wait to hop on board. “And that’s what we don’t

“Okie from Muscogee,” and says — “How ‘bout a

flavor to each episode.”

ever want to change, no matter who we pick up as

little more reaction?” He prompts the crowd, ac-

There is a saying at Arlyn Studios, coined

a distributor,” Lisa Fletcher says. “It’s organic, it’s

cording to Muckleroy, and starts the song again,

by Willie, that goes: “If it ain’t fun, don’t do it.”

Austin, it’s family, it’s real.”

this time to ample hoots and hollers. That’s the

From my time spent with the Arlyn team, and

There is certainly something novel about In-

goal of Inside Arlyn, creating an atmosphere of

the brief introduction they shared on this in-

side Arlyn that instantly draws people in. The

comfort and ease, allowing the viewers to see

credible project, this is just the beginning for

show pulls back the curtain on a world music lov-

these music legends in their natural state. Ab-

Inside Arlyn, and we are behind anything this

ers have long wondered about. The studio world,

sent of stiff staging and murky scripts, the artists

tribe collaborates on. march 2015


From the buzzy Weird City H i p H o p F e s t i va l t o t h e stylish ladies on the mic, Austin’s urban music scene

Part performance artist, part lyr-

is on the rise.

Riders Against The Storm brings

icist, and part healer, Qi Dada of her magical energy to audiences across the Austin music scene.

B y T i ff a n y M e n d o z a Photography by Wynn Myers It’s all any local talks about these days : the ghost of

Under the direction of Adam Protextor, Leah Manners, and Aaron Mill-

ACL past…the glory days of SXSW…and we admit we already feel ourselves

er of AMX, the festival debuted this past September after three months of

getting nostalgic for when Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn’t so…crowded. It’s both

intense planning. The three-day event brought much needed attention to

a blessing and a curse to live in a city defined by its unmatched music

the city’s under appreciated hip hop and rap scene with 85 artists includ-

scene. But still, we can’t help but reminisce about the early days of our

ing national and local acts. Taking place at venues including Beerland, Holy

favorite music festivals, before seeing emerging new talents meant turn-

Mountain, The North Door, Red 7, and festival partner Empire Control Room,

ing downtown into this city’s worst nightmare. And secretly, we just take

the inaugural festival also hosted educational panels and workshops on song-

pleasure in knowing we were first to discover the next big artist. Well,

writing, performance, production, break dancing, and street art. We caught

don’t despair. By the grace of Austin Mic Exchange (AMX), a community

up with a few emerging women who showcased their talent at this year’s fest.

that fosters a network of hip hop artists working together in Austin, there’s

Keep them on your radar, and mark your calendars for this coming year’s

now a brand spanking new festival for music lovers to flock to: Weird City

Weird City Festival, September 18-21. You’ll want to be there before it’s at-

Hip Hop Festival.

tracting festival goers from all over the world. march 2015


Q i Dada o f Riders Agai n s t th e Storm Divine intervention brought Qi Dada and husband Chaka Mpeanaji to Austin, she says, where they refocused their creative energies to form the popular hip hop band, Riders Against The Storm. Known for their heartfelt spirit and infectious live performances, the group has earned some serious attention and accolades in the last three years. Austin Chronicle crowned them Band of the Year, as well as Best Hip Hop Band for 2013-2014, and last year they took Band of the Year at the 32nd annual Austin Music Awards. Even still, anyone who has been graced by Qi Dada knows that the duo is not in it for the awards, but for the spiritual connection forged between their music and their fans. In fact, teaming up with DJ Chorizo Funk to form Body Rock, an underground dance party that takes place each month at Sahara Lounge, is their most celebrated accomplishment. “Body Rock is an all souls church — the most diverse community of people you can find under one roof,” Qi Dada says. “People from all walks of life in Austin join us to dance, to release, and to heal.” For her, being on stage is akin to being responsible for the souls in the room, and it is a job she holds sacred. Add expanding the Body Rock experience to Empire Control Room later this year, as well as a new album set to release this summer, and Qi Dada’s agenda is looking packed. But she doesn’t mind. She embraces it with open arms. She says, “I’m always happy about what the divine brings through me for people.”


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Megz Kel l i of Magn a Carda “You can count on Magna Carda to be true and genuine to our craft. We strive to be as authentic as possible,” promises Megz Kelli, the rapper and co-founder of the emerging hip hop group. Listen to one of their tracks and you’ll be happy to find that it’s a promise they have kept. In a city overflowing with musicians, Magna Carda affirms our faith that it’s still possible to find a distinct sound amidst all the noise. For those unfamiliar, their hip hop is infused with musical elements from different time periods and genres. “If you’re picking up on the jazz or the blues or the soul, you’re picking up pieces of the past that we like to incorporate into our music,” Kelli says. “There’s a lot of history in it.” As for their own history, the group came to be after Megz met her creative partner Dougie Do at St. Edward’s University in 2012. After creating together and earning loud praise from their first mixtape, the duo decided to expand and added members Eric Nikolaides, Derek Van Wagner, and Alvin Warren. Currently, the group is catching their breath after just putting out two major projects in a matter of months, (“Van Geaux” release this past fall and “Like It Is” in DecemBorn into the legendary

ber) before the March music mayhem begins.

New Orleans music

Seasoned veterans to SXSW (last year they

scene, Megz Kelli has found a second home in

played eight shows!), they’ll return this year

the live music capital of

at BMI’s showcase, scheduled for Thursday,

the world.

March 19. march 2015


“I find inspiration everywhere,” Anya says. “I try to write what I know and what I’ve seen, so anything I write about is going to be a true-to-life experience.”


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Anya “Sometimes the stars just align, and the result is magical.” You needn’t any formal lesson in astrology to see that the cosmos have certainly been shifting for Anya, the Austin-based lyricist and hip hop artist who was just nominated as a contender for Emerging Artist of 2014 in indie music blog The Deli. Her self-titled album is soon to be released, and much like her debut album, The Unkind Summer, her lyrics return to a message of self-empowerment — a message she says “a lot of us need to hear.” At a young age, she found her confidence and power standing in front of a microphone when her father taught her how to deliver the legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. “Learning that speech taught me more about dynamics and expression than anything else,” Anya says. “In learning that speech and delivering it around Austin as a kid, I got to see how the audience responded to the rise and fall of my voice or how they reacted to certain verbal cadences. I think that’s where it all started for me.” She continues to deliver powerful messages in her music today and can be found playing at some of her favorite venues such as Empire Control Room, Flamingo Cantina, and Mohawk, where she shares her life with audiences. “Anything I write about is going to be a true-to-life experience,” she says about her music. “I do love watching well-written movies and TV shows, and every now and then I’ll mix in an interesting turn of phrase I pick up,” she adds. “We could comb through my first album and literally pick out all the Game of Thrones references!”

The emerging hip hop scene in Austin has always been a tight knit community, KB says. “Getting to see other artists perform, that’s what gets me most excited about this scene.”

KB th e Bo o Bonic “I never want anyone to be like ‘Oh she’s good for a girl,’” the young rapper says. “I want them to be like ‘Damn. She’s a really good emcee!’” Over the last 10 years, KB the Boo Bonic has gained a nuanced insight into the Austin hip hop scene, watching it develop and flourish and finally begin to garner some of the attention it deserves. But she wasn’t just passively witnessing the changes; she was making them. Ever since tapping into her gift for putting words together in high school, the ‘femcee’ has been freestyling her way to the top. Her big break came when she met an inspiring producer and recorded her debut album at F.A.M. Studios in San Antonio. Just last month, she released her sophomore album Farrah Flossit — an album where she turned more to themes of female empowerment. But at the end of the day, her music is universal. “It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female.” Her message is for people who are chasing their dreams, she says. “I’m about people who are raising their kids, people who are working hard,” she says. “Just people who are doing positive things.”


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march 2015

Batman film premieres at the Paramount in 1966 with stars in attendance.

Li k e the f or m idabl e Sc a r l et t O’ Har a h e r se l f, The

they still show in their theatres today. He sits just outside his office

Paramount Theatre is a defiant survivor; transversing a century full

in front of a large conference table where several folders are fanned

of technological and social changes that had rocked so many of her

out, some containing details for upcoming celebratory events that


will unfold over the coming year. He reflects on the magic of the last

Its secret to survival? “There is only one way that a theatre stays

century which has enabled him to sit where he is today, navigating

open for 100 years...that covers a span of five generations, that means

the current history in a long legacy that is The Paramount Theatre.

five generations of Austinites have deemed it sufficiently important

The story starts in 1915 with the design of John Eberson, one of

to keep it open,” Jim Ritts, Executive Director of the Paramount and

1,200 theaters he developed over his prolific career and one of only

State Theatre and master of ceremonies for the year long party, says.

25 that stand today. Built in only eight months by Ernest Nalle, the

Ritts is a transplant who re-rooted back to Austin in 2006. He and

theatre opened as “The Majestic” in October of 1915. At that time

his wife were Century Club members (The Paramount’s most ded-

the 1,300 seat theatre could house four percent of Austin’s 1915 pop-

icated group of contributors) before he took the reigns from Ken

ulation — Ritts is quick to point out the absurdity of this business

Stein in 2011. His office is the old projection room of the neigh-

model. “Who in their right mind builds a business like that?” he asks

boring State Theatre, riveted metal doors still hang as a constant

while at the same time acknowledging this foresight is what enabled

reminder of fragility (and flammability) of the 35 and 70mm film

The Paramount to stay in the same footprint as the city grew around march 2015


One block of Congress Avenue boasted three thriving movie theatres in 1942.


it. Originally a vaudeville house, the stage was home to such acts

pulls out a rendering of the new blade, “It looks like something

as Harry Houdini and the Marx brothers. With the rise of motion

out of an action comic!” exclaims Ritts. Three years of dedicated

pictures, The Paramount met its first of many tests of time. Answer-

research were required in planning for the historically accurate re-

ing the challenge in 1930 with an interior facelift which introduced

construction, in conjunction with a successful community campaign

the ornate art deco design that is still prevalent today. And no re-

“Give Us the Green Light”, which made this dream into a reality.

branding would be complete without a name change: The Majestic

Boasting over 1,400 bulbs and standing 50-feet tall, the new beacon

was now officially The Paramount. To complete its coronation as

is scheduled to be unveiled on The Paramount’s actual birthday in

Austin’s Premiere Movie Palace, The Paramount was crowned with

October of this year.

an almost 50-foot tall beacon of light, erected above the theatre’s

The celebration of the building’s rich heritage in film has already

marquee and affectionately known as “the blade.” The predominant-

begun with the Paramount 100 Film Series. Stephen Jannise, Film

ly green sign was topped with yellow and orange lights. Rivets ran

Programmer for The Paramount, is in the midst of curating this 18-

down along the sign to match the ones along the marquee and were

month long series. “Celebrating the fact that we have been around

synchronized to act as a glowing runway drawing people inside to

100 years, which is pretty close to also being the length of time

see the pictures. The blade was in operation until 1964 when it dis-

that film has been around, I thought it was the perfect excuse to do


something like [the Paramount 100].” Taking inspiration from the

The iconic blade will be returning to the skyline of downtown

historic space and creating opportunities for visitors to see movies

Austin this year, admittedly one of Ritts’ most exciting projects. As

they may already know from TV, in an elevated experience. “It just

the topic comes up he shuffles through the files on the table and

feels like it is all one piece — showing that movie from that era in

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“Celebrating the fact that we have been around 100 years, which is pretty close to also being the length of time that film has been around, I thought it was the perfect excuse to do something like [the Paramount 100].� - Stephen Jannise march 2015


Paramount Theatre continues to attract large crowds as it did in the 1930s and 40s.

“Creating new memories for people and creating new favorites for people, I mean all my favorite memories are actually seeing movies here for the first time that I fell in love with and I couldn’t believe I spent my whole life never seeing.” - Stephen Jannise

a theatre from that era,” Jannise explains. “Creating new memories

theatre with a 6th generation of Austinites.

for people and creating new favorites for people, I mean all my fa-

Ritts is often stopped by patrons who want to share their

vorite memories are actually seeing movies here for the first time

unique bond with the theatre, he collects them, cherishes them,

that I fell in love with and I couldn’t believe I spent my whole life

and keeps them along with his own connective tissue, and with

never seeing.”

each story it strengthens his own ties to the theatre. The stories

Film is only part of the story: “The movies and the live [events]

are of love, childhood, family, and memories from years past or

always worked hand in hand, that’s how it was meant to be. In its

new experiences. One such story was shared at the Q&A follow-

most troubling period of time that [balance] gets out of whack…”

ing last year’s SXSW screening of Boyhood. When asked to give

acknowledges Ritts. Several years ago the powers that be recognized

their impression of the experience, Lorelei Linklater connect-

that Austin was witnessing a golden age of comedy and there was

ed her experience with the film to the theatre — “I have grown

a niche to be filled for a new generation of patrons. The Moon-

up going to this theatre, it’s a really sentimental place for me

tower Comedy Festival was created to fill this need, and in only

and seeing [Boyhood] on the big screen is a lovely experience.”

four years, has grown to be one of the largest comedy festivals in

Ritts holds back tears recalling this moment, which he lists as

the country. “[The Paramount] always paid attention whenever

one of the best of his past four years at The Paramount. “There is

it could to the patrons and to the artist, everything else will take

nothing [she] could have said that could have meant more to us,

care of itself and all that, and Moontower is a logical extension

and the reason is because that is the essence of the generational

of that.” Ritts credits the Moontower Festival in connecting the

transference that happens here.” march 2015


Musician Will Johnson and designer Christian Helms sit in the front space of Helms Workshop, where a nostalgic wall of collected hammers greets clients opposite the front door.


march 2015


Christian Helms + Will Johnson The first album package that Will Johnson and Christian Helms ever designed together happened quite naturally, over “a few beers” (a com-


mon theme between the two artists) and a faith in Johnson’s art that


come. Helms also managed to come up with what might be the most


would continue to define their collaborative relationship for years to ingenious business plan to date: “I let Will do all the work!” The album, Candidate Waltz for Johnson’s band Centro-matic, was a roaring success. “We have no set recipe for each album,” Johnson says. “It’s a matter of mood and the feel of the record.” Helms adds: “It’s really casual and conversational. Other projects I have are very long, layered and involved, so it’s fun to make art together in a natural way.” Apart from Centro-matic, Johnson heads another band, South San Gabriel, and also records under his own name. As for Helms, to say he keeps busy with his company, Helms Workshop, is an understatement—he’s designing for bands like Spoon, Modest Mouse, The Hold Steady and Wilco, as well as big name brands like Austin Beerworks march 2015


Musician Chris Simpson

and Jack Daniels. “I think so much of the energy between us is driven

chalks up his and Joy Galla-

by the fact that we both grew up total rock n’ roll kids,” Johnson says.

gher’s working relationship quite simply — “Really, it’s a

“I was always looking at layouts and designs — music is important too,

collaboration between Joy

yes, but the other element, visually transmitting a sound onto an album

and the music.”

cover, is just as important.” Both have called Austin home since the early 2000s, and lucky for us, they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Catch Johnson on his Living Room Tour now with his solo album, Scorpion. Catch Helms on

Chris Simpson + Joy Gallagher

South 1st Street at the Helms Workshop.

For a touring musician, there’s nothing quite like hearing the songs you’ve worked so long to perfect come to life in the midst of a crowd of strangers. Chris Simpson knows the feeling all too well. After his band, Mineral, took a two-decade-long absence from the mu-

Will Johnson is currently

sic industry, they’re back for a 20-year reunion tour, and playing to

traveling on the Living

crowds that are larger and more familiar with Mineral’s music other

Room Tour for his latest

their ‘90s bands. What’s more, friend, fan and graphic designer Joy

album, Scorpion, which was also designed in collaboration with Christian Helms.

Gallagher is tagging along for the ride; this duo’s potential knows no bounds. “It’s pretty simple: Chris contacts me when he has a specific project that he wants me to help with,” Gallagher says. “I’ll spend some time listening to the music, focusing on the lyrics and coming up with concepts. I’ll typically email him several, which we’ll discuss and revise together based on his input.” For Simpson, it’s all about the music; Gallagher follows up with a mix of his and her interpretations. When not designing for Mineral, she’s working with her main client, Whole Foods Market. Simpson also spends time with Zookeeper, a largely solo recording and writing project. “The process has to be its own reward,” Simpson says. “Having hardships in a musical career is not a guarantee of triumphs. And having triumphs isn’t a guarantee that you won’t have hardships again. It has to be a passion.” Simpson knew from the start that that’s exactly what it was: a passion he couldn’t temper. It’s what drives both his and Gallagher’s creative work: an excitement for not only the end result, but everything it takes to get there. “I feel like I kind of always knew that I wanted to make music,” Simpson says. “I loved that it could make people sing passionately at the top of their lungs on the way to the grocery store with their two small children in tow.”


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Chris Simpson and Joy Gallagher are equally dedicated to what they cherish most: music, design, and their families (both are parents to youngmarch children). 2015


Longtime friends and collaborative partners, musician Darden Smith (pictured left), and designer DJ Stout, share a tremendous love of all things Texas; it’s this focus on a sense of place that grounds their work together.


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A body of collaborative work many years in the making; this table is scattered with the likes of album covers (Marathon and

DJ Stout + Darden Smith There’s an art to collaboration that DJ Stout and Darden Smith have just about mastered: letting go. Arguably, it’s in their DNA; Stout and Smith are both Texans, through and through, so it’s not surprising that they both have an easy-going, humorous nature that pairs well with the collaboration process. And there’s a wit about them as well; no conversation would be complete without talk of the Texas myth, folk humor and why one shouldn’t let the facts get in the way of a good story. It’s tradition, after all. “I’m a fifth-generation Texan,” Stout says. “I work all over the world, but because I’m such a part of Texas, and Texas is such a part of me, I think it influences my work no matter what I’m doing.” The Texas perspective is a unique one and has been a vital part of Stout and Smith’s friendship since they met over 20 years ago right here in Austin. Introduced by friend and photographer Michael O’Brien, the pair didn’t start working together until the release of Marathon in 2010, Smith’s 13th album that went right back to his roots, with a tribute of sorts to West Texas. “I’m a Texas singer-songwriter,” Smith says. “If you get too far removed from where you come from, you’ll lose the thread of your work. I’m part of the Texas tradition…I just can’t imagine that Texas wouldn’t be a part of it.” At the time of their first meeting, Stout was the award-winning art director for Texas Monthly. He eventually left in 2000 to become a partner at the world’s largest independent graphic design firm, Pentagram, and is now anticipating the arrival of his second book, Variations on a Rectangle, out this fall. Smith continues to write music and perform across the country, while also devoting his time to SongwritingWith:Soldiers, a program that pairs writers with soldiers to collaborate on songs about combat and returning home. Stout and Smith have since collaborated on another album, Love Calling, and together performed their keynote presentation on Cowboy Poetry, The Importance of Place, for the American Marketing Association 2014 symposium. Once again, never far from their roots.

Love Calling, specifically), posters and lyric books.

The Health Club for All Seasons

Both of the Bowmans brought an extensive record collection into the marriage, and thanks to recently added bookshelves designed by Claire Zinnecker, they too have now found a home.


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Heather Winn Bowman & Tibaut Bowman

A c r e at i v e c o u p l e r e t u r n s to t h e i r r o o t s a n d s h a r e s a p e e k i n s i d e t h e i r l i g h t- f i l l e d a n d minimalist chic West Austin home. On the verge of starting

their family, Heather Winn Bowman

work on their respective crafts.

and Tibaut Bowman moved cross-country from Brooklyn back to

Coming out of a busy year with a big move, having a baby, and

Austin after six years of being away. Heather, a textile designer, and

making a house a home, the Bowmans are enjoying a new rhythm

Tibaut, a musician, explored almost every part of the city in their real

of life for 2015. "We had time to recalibrate everything, and now we

estate search, so they felt lucky when they stumbled on a charming

are starting to get in our groove... and get a little more sleep," Tibaut

house, just west of downtown, early in their quest.

says. Heather is working on new products for her store and accept-

A year later, the Bowmans love being home with their five-month-

ing more commissioned pieces. Tibaut plans to release more music

old baby girl, Lola. Decorating the space became a celebration of

than he has in years, starting with a new album from Auto Body fol-

their return to Texas with the help of Heather’s mom who makes

lowed by a tour this March. Tibaut reflects on how his music has ma-

frequent trips with random selections of assorted knickknacks and

tured and lovingly attributes the growth back to his wife: "My music

treasures from Heather’s youth. All items are carefully edited and

was always really noisy and just lots and lots of layers and I looked

displayed with intent, and without clutter. There is a consistent or-

closely at her designs and the way she makes things, and there is no

ganic color palette in the home with reserved pops of bright colors.

wasted thread, everything has a purpose. So I am trying to do that

Textiles hold each room together as they cover seats, pillows, walls,

with my music and not just fill every second with noise but be more

and floors — also present throughout the home is a connection

deliberate and have space in it.”

to music as guitars and records occupy corners and shelves. Both

For more information on the Bowmans, visit heatherwinnbow-

Heather and Tibaut have their own work space at opposite ends of and Follow Heather’s adventures

the house, which they take turns retreating to so both have time to

on Instagram @heatherwinnbowman. b. ann edwards

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3. 1. New touches like soft organic bedding from Wildflower Organics ( and graphic wallpaper from Cavern Home ( mix with vintage pieces like the cat rocker, which was Heather’s brother’s chair as a baby. Artwork from a multitude of places, including photography by a house favorite: Katrina Jane Perry. 2. Heather is thankful for the luxury of working from home, close to both her husband and daughter. 3. Tapestry loom and heddle loom Heather uses to create her pieces. 4. Almost every item in the home has a unique story like this 19th century monastery table, found on 1st Dibs, and the tapestry on the wall


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that Heather found at Uncommon Objects, tucked away in a cabinet in the back of the store. 5.Tibaut has paired different guitars to specific spaces in the home, matching the sounds of the instruments to the various room acoustics. Here in his office he has a variety of acoustic guitars to work out compositions. 6. Purchased in a thrift store in Dallas (Forestwood Antique Mall) years before Heather was even thinking of kids, this vintage suede jacket now hangs in Lola’s room. 7.This is the one of the oldest parts of the home which was built in the 1930s. The mirror is an original fixture, preserved by the past six owners. P h oto g r a p h y by n i co l e m l a k a r march 2015


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Breakaway Records With one of the l argest collections of 45s in the ci ty, Gabe Vaughn and Joshua LaRue are always invited to the party.

If you’re looking to get into the record game but don’t know where to start, Breakaway offers quality vintage playing equipment such as turntables and receivers.


reakaway Records celebrates seven years in Austin this month. Run by vinyl aficionado Gabe Vaughn and partner Joshua LaRue, the store houses a collection of roughly

50,000 LPs and 45s across almost every genre imaginable. From records to cassettes, and everything in between (In need of a stereo? Turntable? Needles? You’ll find it here), the shop is meticulously curated to ensure customers find only the very best. If you swing in and spy Vaughn behind the counter, chances are you’ll walk out with an album or two and an education about the vinyl scene happening in Austin these days. Years after getting his start hunting down records in high school, Vaughn set out to open his own store, a small shop on the East Side. After just three years though, it was evident the collection was rapidly growing. “We were bursting at the seams,” Vaughn says. “The space was about one-third the size of where we are now, so it was time to upgrade.” Their move to North Loop proved to be not only a much needed upgrade, but also somewhat of a homecoming. “I grew up right over here. I shopped at all these surrounding businesses when I was a little kid,” Vaughn explains. “My mom lives three blocks away and often comes over.” When he’s not manning the shop or spinning as Secondliner, you might catch Gabe Vaughn at Rio Rita’s on Monday nights, where guests can bring in their own records to play.

With one of the largest selections of 45s in the city (somewhere in the neighborhood of 25,000) Breakaway has retained a steady flow of followers throughout the years. As Vaughn calls them — “45 people” P h oto g r a p h y by da n i el b ro c k

As this retro medium gains popularity again, the store's tape collection has grown steadily. Breakaway even sells tapes by local bands to promote the Austin music scene.

Vaughn hits the road frequently to scope out new stock for the store. With a soft spot for New Orleans, he trades with a store there to bring more diverse selections to Austin.

flock to the store to scour the shelves for old and new finds. While there’s a little bit of everything from country to 90s electronic, the store specializes in soul and R&B, and by extension jazz and blues. And that has a lot to do with Vaughn himself, whose established reputation as a DJ drew crowds to the store in search of the best soul and R&B on vinyl. Today, still spinning as Secondliner, Vaughn holds down regular gigs around town including the 1950s/60s inspired dance party “Second Sunday Sock Hop” at White Horse and an old-school hip hop night “Cold Lampin’” at Hotel Vegas. In fact, the entire staff shares an affinity for DJing their favorite vinyl, and takes turns spinning at Hotel San José on Wednesdays. In the last few years, the store has expanded its reach even further by launching their label, Drop Shadow Records. “Our original intention was to be a re-issue label,” Vaughn says. They kicked off their project by obtaining a license for a pair of rare singles that they reissued. Left: While no concrete plans have been made, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for an in-store showcase during SXSW. They’ve been known to host free shows during the festival. Right: Slightly smaller, but still significant, Vaughn’s personal record collection approaches 7,000.

However, when they came across a contemporary psychedelic soul band, Chicano Batman, they decided to put out a 45 for the group. Today, that band is touring with Jack White and will be performing at the Coachella music festival. Whether it’s an up-and-coming band, or a quality product, it’s clear Vaughn has an intuition for music, and passion. t. mendoza march 2015



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Karen Skloss P ro du c e r / D i r ec to r , The Folding Animals “Since I can remember, I’ve always loved performing and storytelling. I think my eureka moment was a preschool play where I played a Christmas present, wrapped inside of a box with a bow (with arm and leg holes), while singing and dancing,” filmmaker Karen Skloss says. Growing up in Austin, she could often be found writing screenplays and shooting videos starring the neighborhood kids. Her first big break in the film business came after college when she landed an editing gig working with the filmmaker Ellen Spiro. From there, she edited a short documentary for her called Atomic Ed & the Black Hole which won an award at SXSW, screened at the MOMA and was expanded for HBO. Then, it was editing the film Be Here To Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt and she was well on her way. Her career in film, as a visual artist and a musician (Skloss is the drummer in a band called the Panoramas) has all been influenced by Austin. “I feel like Austin has grown up with me. Sometimes I worry that we’re just going to become another Dallas or Houston, but honestly, I think there is something in the water (or maybe it’s the Springs) that won’t ever let that happen,” she says. “The narrative film scene is exploding right now and it’s terribly exciting. It’s a very nurturing community, bursting with talent. People work hard and are truly happy to see each other succeed. And there’s been a lot of success. The music scene is similar.” This spring, Skloss is directing the feature The Honor Farm, a teen thriller set on the prom night that she describes as kind of “Twin Peaks meets Dazed and Confused meets Donnie Darko.” With Skloss involved, it is sure to be delightfully and authentically Austin in every way. l . smith ford


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1. Young Whitetail Deer Skulls, Honor Farm movie props 2. Yard Chard 3. A dragonfly I found dying on my back porch when a new friend came to visit. We saw it die together. It was bright blue and green then. 4. A bird's nest from a fallen tree. 5. A soot gremlin toy (character from the Miyazaki films Totoro and Spirited Away) 6. Pyrite, better known as fool's gold 7. Me and my papoose — she's always been able to roll with me and inspires me every day 8. Navajo dolls my dad brought home from a business trip to NM when I was a little girl. 9. Deer sheds 10. A favorite page of Carl Jung's The Red Book 11. Garden flowers 12. Laura's necklace, an Honor Farm movie prop 13. My shaker stick — a large part of my drum sound

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ean Greenberg knows South Congress Avenue. He can tell you the bustling street that it is today. Decades away from food trucks that the building that now houses his family’s one-stop-Western- and First Thursdays, the area was seedy, Greenberg remembers. “I wear-shop, Allens Boots, was a furniture store when his father, used to love to walk down to Terra Toys (now Big Top Candy Shop) Steve Greenberg, purchased the brick-and-mortar in 1977. And 75 years and it was a rough two blocks,” he remembers. Such grit only adds before that, it was a grocery called Checker Front. The store’s self- character, and lasting businesses like Allens become landmarks rich proclaimed “Man Cave,” which was previously a separate building with memories and tales. Greenberg can tell you about a slew of charthat has since been acquired to accommodate a growing inventory, acters that have passed through their doors, like Yoko Ono and Sean was once (perhaps ironically) a bakery, and before that, a flower shop. Lennon. “She came in and bought every Swarovski crystal boot we Nearly 40 years after establishing its own history as the place to had,” Greenberg recalls. “Sean bought a hat.” get your first (or twelfth) pair of cowboy boots, Allens still resides at If crystals aren’t your style, there’s a boot for everyone as Allens the corner of Monroe and South Congress. At one point the business offers an endless selection to choose from. In fact, you might want to expanded to six locations across the great state, with four in Austin, block out a good chunk of your schedule if you’re planning on stopone in San Antonio, and one in Wichita Falls. Today, they’re back ping in to try on a pair or two. You’ll need it. The store is stocked down to two, but have grown a thriving online store that ships in- floor to ceiling with boots with both new and vintage styles and leadternationally. Besides, the family-operated business has no interest ing brands such as Lucchese, Old Gringo, and Justin’s. Stay tuned, in becoming another faceless chain store — and with that attitude, Greenberg says, for Allens to launch its own brand of boots this year. they’re right at home on one of the most eclectic streets In the meantime, pay the legendary store a visit on 1522 South Congress Ave. your next SoCo excursion. You can’t miss it. It’s the in Austin. (512) 447 1413 But SoCo, as it is affectionately called, wasn’t always one with the big red boot on the roof. t. mendoza


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Peached Tortilla


From on wheel s in to a brick and mortar , this new eatery is full of fl avor and fun.

ext time you’re in a funk, head to The Peached Tortilla. This cheerful new spot elevates your mood and taste buds and sends your melancholy packing. Its infectious happy vibe infuses the entire little restaurant. The staff is friendly. The food is fun. The atmosphere is playful. And, everyone’s having a good time. Walk in the door, and you find yourself standing in the dining room. No grand foyer. No pretentious hostess stand. This place is small. And popular. So expect a short wait — but expect the affable staff to make it as painless as possible by escorting you to the cozy bar or texting you when your table’s ready if you prefer to wander. But I recommend the bar. Tucked in a back corner, the white marble counter and mirrored backsplash make for a stylish, welcoming retreat. It’s manned by some seriously talented, laid-back mixologists who whipped me up a perfect Templeton Rye Old Fashioned and dispensed a refreshing glass of French rosé for my


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hubby. The extensive whiskey list is their calling card, but there are also creative cocktails and a respectable selection of beer and wine. The Peached Tortilla (TPT) started as a food trailer and catering truck. But don’t let its modest roots fool you: this place is serious about food — even if nothing exceeds $20. Its influences come from around the globe, with a healthy dose of Asian and Southern influence. We started with a scrumptious riff on shrimp toast: Texas toast topped with a shrimp and pork mixture, fried until light and crispy, then nestled on a bed of shredded lettuce and herbs and drizzled with a lip-smacking gochujang chili sauce. A must order. Next came Brussels sprouts. I know, I know. They’re ubiquitous these days. But these are some of the best in town: charred and smoky and tossed with bacon jam, parmesan and lemon oil. For entrees, Southern Fun is another terrific Eastmeets-West mash-up: soft, wide rice noodles tossed with tender shredded brisket, fresh herbs,

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bean sprouts, scallions, and bits of kale. It’s comfort food with a kick. Everything that came out of the kitchen looked tempting: Kimchi Arancini Balls, Thai Chop Chop Salad, trio of cauliflower, hangar steak, Bacon Jam French fries and TPT’s signature tacos. But those will have to wait until our next visit. We’ll also return for happy hour, the only time they serve their legendary sliders. Throughout our meal, a trio of exotic homemade condiments sat on our table, untouched. They were superfluous since everything was perfectly balanced. The staff was engaging and obliging and painstakingly explained each dish upon arrival, but never in a laborious or pompous way. TPT’s ambiance is as eclectic and gleeful as its food. There’s groovy orange ‘70s wallpaper and white clapboard tables. The only piece of art is an enormous portrait of Lady Bird Johnson. It’s quirky, unexpected, unpretentious. And I can’t wait to go back, in any mood. k. spezia P h oto g r a p h y by i n k ed f i n g er s

downtown dining

BENJI’S CANTINA 716 W. 6th St. | (512) 476 8226 Take in stunning downtown views from the rooftop of this upscale Tex-Mex favorite. Stop in for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch to taste Benji’s fresh approach to Mexican fare, as well as the abundant seafood offerings. CONGRESS 200 N. Congress Ave. | (512) 827 2760 Enjoy refined cuisine, excellent wine pairings, and the option of a nightly tasting menu in Congress’ elegant dining room. The modern-American fare comes expertly crafted, with a focus on cur-

searsucker 415 Colorado St. | (512) 394 8000 Savor American classic comfort food with a modern

rent seasonal offerings. Congress is the perfect choice for a special occasion or for a sophisticated evening in the heart of downtown. DRISKILL GRILL

307 E. 5th St. | (512) 428 5442

604 Brazos St. | (512) 391 7162

The vodka shots are plentiful at the Russian House, a nos-

This classic Austin establishment features local game and

“Farm.” Don’t pass up the duck-fat fries or the creative

talgic downtown spot that harkens back to the days of the

produce on its nightly chef-selected menus. Choose from a five

cocktail infusions at this social dining spot.

or seven course tasting menu with wine pairings, or elect to

USSR. Serving traditional Eastern European cuisine, the

twist featuring selections from the “Ocean,” “Ranch,” and

sample a few items from the à la carte menu. The experience is ANNIE’S

bound to be the best that Austin’s fine dining scene has to offer.

319 N. Congress Ave. | (512) 472 1884 This downtown café offers traditional French and bistro-style favorites in a warm and inviting atmosphere. With a focus on local,


farm-to-table ingredients, Annie’s is a delightful spot for breakfast,

310 Congress Ave. | (512) 472 7555 |

lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch. Grab a quick midday bite or lin-

Manuel’s is a locally renowned restaurant with a reputa-

ger over Croque Madame and strawberry brioche French toast on

tion for high-quality interior and coastal Mexican food.

Sunday morning.

You don’t want to miss their delicious hand-crafted cock-


Mar – a blend of Texas Gulf Shrimp, fresh scallops, and

With its modern warmth and industrial interior, Arro was a

Jumbo Blue Lump crab.

sics, like mussels with frites and chocolate pot de crème, or any of the seasonal specialties coming out of the wood-fired oven. the backspace 507 San Jacinto | (512) 474 9899 Reservations are necessary to grab a coveted seat at this intimate pizza joint. Pies range from traditional margherita to a more adventurous roasted mushroom with capers, but all come with perfectly blistered crusts straight from the wood-burning oven. Half-price antipasti and drinks make happy hour the place to be on weekdays.

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restaurant offers the expected bowls of borsch, along with authentic plates of shashlik (kebabs) and pirozhki. EASY TIGER 709 E. 6th St. | (512) 614 4972 At this bake shop and beer garden, selections range from homemade sausages and pretzels to carefully crafted baguettes and croissants. Open until 2am every night, Easy Tiger will satisfy every midnight beer and salt craving at its indoor bar or charming outside patio.

tails and margaritas. We recommend the Chile Relleno del

601 W. 6th St. | (512) 992 2776 welcomed addition to West Sixth Street. Enjoy French clas-



FIXE 500 W. 5th St. | (512) 888 9133 Newly-opened Fixe invites diners to sit down to “Sunday Supper” and enjoy refined Southern classics. With plenty of biscuits and grits to please traditionalists, the dinner menu also includes a more adventurous lobster pot pie and duck breast. FRANK 407 Colorado St. | (512) 494 6916 Serving “hot dogs, cold beer,” and a variety of other diner-style items, Frank is a downtown Austin institution. With house-made sausages, gourmet dog toppings, and chocolate-covered bacon for dessert, there is nothing ordinary about this joint. As an added bonus, Frank also offers plenty of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options.

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nightly live music, Lamberts is contemporary, cool, and one of the best in the Austin ‘cue scene. The “fancy” barbecue is anything but stuffy, with family-style sides and a variety of mouth-watering meats, either smoked or grilled over an oak fire. PARKSIDE 301 E. 6th St. | (512) 474-9898 Patrons flock to this downtown hideaway for its wide selection of oysters and other modern-American specialties. The 6th Street locale is filled with industrial details and plenty of natural light, so it’s no wonder that reservations are often necessary to get a table in the inviting space. PÉCHÉ 208 W 4th St. | (512) 494 4011

due forni 106 E. 6th St., Suite 106 | (512) 391 9300 Featuring two brick ovens, Due Forni makes both Neopol-

The bar shines at this French-influenced spot, which harkens back to a “pre-Prohibition” age as one of Austin’s few servers of absinthe. The food is also a standout — the nightly changing menu offers up a seasonal variety of updated French comfort classics.

la condesa 400A W 2nd St. | (512) 499 0300 Serving food that can only be described as Mexican street

itan and Roman-style pizzas to please every Italian-lover’s


chic, La Condesa puts a modern spin on authentic Mexican

palette. Whether you prefer a thin, crispy crust or a soft

200 N. Congress Ave. | (512) 827 2750

favorites. The trendy atmosphere and unparalleled selec-

and chewy pie, this casual, inviting spot offers the best of

This swanky spot offers something for everyone on its contempo-

tion of top quality tequilas make this the ideal spot for a

both pizza-worlds, along with an impressive wine list. FRANKLIN BBQ 900 E. 11th St. | (512) 653 1187 Franklin BBQ is arguably the best BBQ in all of Texas, so be pre-

rary American menu. Small plates are easily sharable as starters and the “Black and Bleu” pizza is a must-try on any visit. The extensive wine and cocktail list puts Second over the top, making it an ideal choice for a fun Friday night.

fun night on the town. SWIFT’S ATTIC 315 Congress Ave. | (512) 482 8842

pared to come early in order to taste the renowned brisket before


it sells out. Open for lunch only, friendly patrons line up hours in

400 Colorado St. | (512) 482 9000

advance to try the various smoked meats.

Enjoy lump crab, fresh seafood, and prime steaks at this chic

fare, from a “Chocolate and Cheese” appetizer to a goat shoulder


downtown restaurant. Nightly, live entertainment and 360

entrée to “Popcorn & a Movie” for dessert.

73 Rainey St. | (512) 480 2255

degree city views make for an unforgettable Austin evening,

After gaining traction as a food truck, G’Raj Mahal is now in a

but the fine-dining experience is not complete without a slice

modern and eclectic space. If the cool atmosphere isn’t reason

of Truluck’s decadent carrot cake.

enough to visit this authentic Indian spot, then the food is definitely worth a trip — be sure to sample the coconut naan. GUS’S FRIED CHICKEN 117 San Jacinto | (512) 474 4877 This no fuss, no frills joint has been serving the ultimate in fried chicken for over sixty years. With a very crispy and slightly spicy exterior, yet an incredibly moist and juicy interior, it’s no wonder this chicken is now “world famous.” The fried green tomatoes are also worth a visit to this Southern institution. LAMBERTS 401 W 2nd St. | (512) 494 1500

The cozy, upstairs space, filled with industrial lighting, brick walls, and plenty of artwork, makes Swift’s Attic one of the coolest spots in town. The menu offers an eclectic mix of innovative

TRACE 200 Lavaca St. | (512) 542 3660 This stylish spot sits inside the downtown W Hotel and serves inventive farm-to-table plates. The menu fuses Southern classics with local Texas produce to craft modern dishes that are uniquely Austin. Weekend brunch always draws a crowd, with its hearty and wholesome options and live soul or jazz music. TRIO 98 San Jacinto | (512) 685 8300 Tucked inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Trio serves fine steaks and seafood in a contemporary setting. Sit on the patio to enjoy views of stunning Lady Bird Lake and savor an afternoon sip from the expansive wine list, which even includes bottles from the local Texas region.

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air seating, perfect for Austin’s sunny days and warm nights. Try the upscale bar food with a Southern flair and enjoy a few hours with old friends at this downtown watering hole. DRISKILL BAR 604 Brazos St. | (512) 391 7162 Step inside the historic Driskill Hotel to listen to nightly live music at this classy bar. The daily happy hour offers good deals on classic cocktails, as well as half-price wine. GARAGE 503 W. Colorado St. | (512) 369 3490 Take one glance at this hidden cocktail bar and you may not know what you’re looking at. Follow the signs for “cocktails,” however,

J Black's 710 W. 6th St. | (512) 433 6954

and you walk from the inside of a downtown parking garage and right into an elegant, upscale bar with perfectly-dim lighting and superior drinks.

115 San Jacinto | (512) 296 2188 Enjoy nightly live music and rustic Italian dishes at this

J. Black’s offers modern warmth, gracious service and a fresh take on classic bar food to the downtown crowd.


downtown locale. Choose from either the energetic jazz

Try one of the signature cocktails or “local Texas brews”

75 1/2 Rainey St. | (512) 391 1877

club or the intimate ballroom to experience two unique

at this social hot-spot.

Half Step has been serving up modern charm at the end of Rainey

entertainment options, great for hosting intimate celebra-

219 WEST 612 W 6th St. | (512) 474 2194 The rooftop lounge at this contemporary restaurant and bar of-

Street for just over one year, and its original cocktail menu continues to keep patrons coming back for more. The indoor-outdoor space and pleasant bartenders make for an always-enjoyable evening.

tions to large special events. MIDNIGHT COWBOY 313 E. 6th St. | (512) 843 2715

fers stunning skyline views of downtown Austin and features

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local DJs on weekends. The daily happy hour specials are also

500 East 4th St. | (512) 682- BREW (2739)

in a quiet atmosphere. The discreet entrance and private tables

A Texas Tavern serving up a twist on pub favorites and

offer patrons a welcome change of pace amidst the usual Sixth

worth a visit, and the extensive menu pairs food options with the diner’s drink of choice.

comfort foods with 12 rotating local beers, three cocktails


on tap, and plenty of Texas spirits. Serving breakfast, lunch

200 N. Congress Ave. | (512) 827 2760

and dinner. Be sure to catch SXSW’s Second Play Stage

This swanky spot caters to a sophisticated crowd, with its handcrafted cocktails and sleek décor. The bar menu offers gourmet small plates and snacks by Chef Bull, who is also the talent behind the highly-acclaimed Congress and Second Bar + Kitchen. DEPARTURE LOUNGE 311 W 5th St. | (512) 322 9399 In a class of its own, Departure Lounge is a coffee shop and wine bar that lets customers sample sips and treats from around the world, while working with travel advisors to book their next trip abroad. If you’re not in the market for a getaway, this ultra-modern spot still offers an excellent daily happy hour with affordable wine flights and gourmet cheese plates. THE DOGWOOD 715 W 6th St. | (512) 531 9062 The Dogwood is a casual, dog-friendly bar with plenty of open-



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This reservations-required, sit-down bar serves craft cocktails

Street bar scene. RATTLE INN 610 Nueces St. | (512) 373 8306

nightly at 6, 7, and 8pm. Conveniently located in the Hil-

Rattle Inn is one of Austin’s most diverse bars, with a rooftop

ton Austin across from the Austin Convention Center, in

deck, whiskey lounge, and “backstage” room offering live music

the heart of Austin.

most nights each week. The relaxed atmosphere, spacious seating areas, and good selection of beers on tap make this a top-notch weekend spot.

We’re all mad here. Join the madness at

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worth the drive BUFALINA


1519 E. Cesar Chavez St., #200 | (512) 524 2523

2032 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 363 5622

This bustling pizza joint serves authentic, Neapolitan-style

Lick prides itself in making “honest ice creams,” using fresh,

pies, topped with local ingredients and plenty of homemade

locally-sourced ingredients and creating flavors inspired by the

mozzarella. The praise for Bufalina’s thin, flavorful crust

seasons. Austinites can get their ice cream fix by sampling the

draws quite the crowd, so be prepared to grab a seat at the

ever-popular “caramel salt lick,” a seasonal “fresh oranges & fen-

bar while you wait, and enjoy watching the 1000 degree oven

nel” flavor, or even the vegan “coconut chia chai.”

churn out pizzas in just sixty seconds. GOURDOUGH’S


1503 S. 1st St.

11506 Century Oaks, #128 | (512) 834 4111 |

Gourdough’s is nothing short of pure decadence. Fudge-filled, strawberry-glazed, and fried chicken-topped, the doughnuts from this food trailer serve up every flavor combination imagin-

This contemporary and cozy eatery at the Domain wants guests to feel like they are at a “gourmet backyard cook-

ODD DUCK 1201 S. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 433 6521 Creative small plates and Southern hospitality abound at this chic South Austin eatery. Relying on local produce, the menu changes monthly, and always manages to surprise even the most experi-

able. Come hungry or be prepared to share because these sumptu-

out,” enjoying delectable dishes and friendly conversa-

enced eaters. Sunday brunch is a stand-out with seasonal offer-

ous sweets manage to be a meal and a dessert, all in one.

tions. Diners sit, welcome and at ease in the trendy din-

ings of a bone marrow omelette and mushroom pot pie.

ing room, eating everything from baby back ribs and wedge salads to grilled steaks and decadent sides. LENOIR 1807 S. 1st St. | (512) 215 9778 Enjoy a $40 three-course “Hot Weather” meal at this enchanting, globally-inspired spot in South Austin. Almost every ingredient served at this restaurant comes locally-sourced from Central Texas, making the unique, seasonal specialties even more enjoyable. Sit in the wine garden for happy hour and enjoy bottles from the top wine-producing regions in the world.

fonda san miguel 2330 W. North Loop | (512) 459 4121

gusto italian kitchen 4800 Burnet Rd. | (512) 458 1100

the steeping room 4400 N. Lamar | (512) 467-2663

At Fonda San Miguel, authentic Interior Mexican food is

This casual, neighborhood eatery serves modern Italian

lovingly served inside of a colorful hacienda-like building.

food, with a focus on seasonal and local ingredients. The

The Domain | 11410 Century Oaks | (512) 977 8337

The art-adorned walls and indoor, plant-filled courtyard

pastas are fresh, the pizzas are crisp, the polenta fries are a

Tea reigns supreme at this local café. Committed to

provide a pleasant escape in North Austin. Visit the Sun-

must-try, and everything else is undeniably delicious.

serving healthy fare and unique tea blends in an inviting

day brunch buffet for the best in “interior Mexican” cuisine.

space, The Steeping Room is the perfect place to enjoy non-traditional tea sandwiches or salads, and delicious


pastries. The carefully-crafted menu even seeks to serve

4710 E. 5th St. | (512) 385 2900

those with various dietary restrictions.

Justine’s is a quaint French brasserie deep in East Austin. Don’t let the short drive deter you — the experience of eating traditional French plates and daily specials under decorative string lights makes for one idyllic evening with a significant other.

1600 E. 6th St. | (512) 436 9626 The innovative, nightly seven-course tasting menu at Qui has oft


been called the “best of the best” since the restaurant first opened

1501 E. 7th St. | (512) 391 1888

in 2013. If excellent, globally-inspired, small plates served in

An outstanding wine list and inspired French plates give this east-

an open, airy space aren’t quite your style, stop by the patio bar,

side restaurant an air of sophisticated elegance. Enjoy modern takes

Pulutan, and get mouthwatering “Filipino pub food,” instead.

on classic French food in the chic dining room or choose from the thousands of bottles of wine and have a drink at the lively bar.



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the salt lick 18300 FM 1826 | (512) 858 4959 The original Driftwood, TX outpost serves brisket, pork, ribs, sausages, and more, slow-cooked over an oak wood fire. Travel out to the Texas countryside and visit this cash-only, BYOB barbecue institution. UCHIKO 4200 N. Lamar Blvd. | (512) 916 4808 The little sister to Japanese-favorite Uchi, Uchiko serves up the same high-quality sushi and fresh, innovative plates, in a “farmhouse� atmosphere. With careful craft, Uchiko manages to inspire diners through its modern preparations of meats, fish, and vegetables. VIA 313 1111B E 6th St. | (512) 939 1927 61 Rainey St. | (512) 609 9405 Detroit-style square pies start with a thick, chewy crust, and are then layered with cheese, toppings, and fresh tomato sauce before baking in traditional steel pans.

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last look

SXSW Staff Picks W e w e n t s t r a i g h t to t h e s o u r c e to f i n d o u t a b o u t a l l t h e c a n ’ t m i s s e v e n t s o f t h i s y e a r ’ s F e s t.

gabe van amburgh Film Exhibition Manager Film Screening: Ex Machina kelly krause Head of Interactive Publicity, SXstyle sarah garcia Interactive Festival Programmer, SouthBites

Andrew McNeill Interactive Festival Coordinator, SXsports

Dinner: SouthBites Presents: A Culinary Crossroads with Sean Brock, Nathan Myrvhold and Paul Qui. If this sells out, try the session, "The Future Role of Tech in Dining and Food. A conversation with David Chang and Matt Buchanan."

New for 2015: SXstyle programming at the new JW Marriott, exploring the complex ties between fashion and technology. Be sure to check out "How We Shop: The Presentation of Curation with eBay's Dave Lippman and Michael Phillips Moskowitz."

Session: "The Basketball Tournament: A New Model for Sports"

rebecca feferman Head of SXsports & Convergence "The convergence programming hub at the Four Seasons March 1317, open to multiple badge types and is ground zero for all-things related to the future of sports and the evolving nature of television."


stacey wilhem SXSW Music Programmer "There's a fantastic representation of females in music including Hinds, Courtney Barnett, Bully, Slothrust and Alvvays."

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cristina fisher Project Manager, Special Projects Film Screening: Love & Mercy

Shown: The NEW Join™ coffee table.




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