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Austin Look Book


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happening happening at at Ben Ben Kweller’s Kweller’s (this (this month’s cover star) South Austin home. While his two-year-old naps in the house, his band is taking a siesta of their own in the house just across month’s cover star) South Austin home. While his two-year-old the backyard that serves as his studio and office/home base of naps in the house, his band is taking a siesta of their own in his new record label, The Noise Company, which released his new Go Fly Kite, just laststudio week.and He’s currently touring from Osaka to Nashville the house just across thealbum, backyard thataserves as his and couldn’t be happier to be doing it all on his own terms. office/home base of his new record label, The Noise Company, which released his new album, Go Fly a Kite, just last week. He’s Many of the musicians Austin like Kweller are making happen for themselves, like this month’s currently touring from in Osaka to Nashville and couldn’t bethings happier Exposed subject, Travis Newman, to be doing it all on his own terms.who works as the general manager and booking coordinator of The Parish and the drummer in his own band, The Frontier Brothers. We invited long-time and beloved Austin musician Raymusicians Benson, who recently Inn on West Sixth Street, to write this month’s Many of the in Austin likeopened KwellerThe areRattle making things joined the fascinating Perspective column, while Entertainment’s Anand shares his five bandsWe've to watch in 2012. happen for themselves, likeTransmission this month’s Exposed subject, Adi Travis world of Pinterest! Follow us at It was quite a challenge to narrow down the list of musicians whose styles we admire to just six, but we Newman, who works as the general manager and booking coordinator of The Parish for photo somehow found a way and invited Valenti to capture each one’s unique swagger in shoot inspiration, behind-theand the drummer in his own band,photographer The Frontier Alexandra Brothers. We invited long-time “Stylishly Inclined.” scenes photos and more. and beloved Austin musician Ray Benson, who recently opened The Rattle Inn on

West Sixth Street, to write this month’s Perspective column, while Transmission This month marks a TRIBEZA anniversary — 11 years sinceinwe published our inaugural issue. March also Entertainment’s Adi Anand shares his five bands to watch 2012. It was quite a challenge to narrow brings a first for us as we launch a video series that will give our readers a peak in to our processes and a down the list of musicians whose styles we admire to just six, but we somehow found a way and invited behind-the-scenes look on set at some of our coolest photo shoots. Look for TRIBEZA on Pinterest (thanks photographer Alexandra Valenti to capture each one’s unique swagger in “Stylishly Inclined.” to our designer Avalon for launching it) as well as Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the month. See in April foraour annual Spring Fashion issue! Thisyou month marks TRIBEZA anniversary — 11 years since we published our inaugural issue. March also brings a first for us as we launch a video series that will give our readers a peak into our processes and a behind-the-scenes look on set at some of our coolest photo shoots. Look for TRIBEZA on Pinterest (thanks to our designer Avalon for launching it) as well as Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the month. See you in April for our annual Spring Fashion issue! Lauren Smith Ford Lauren Smith Ford

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Rattle Inn Opening

Austin powerhouses Kevin Williamson, Matt Luckie and Ray Benson joined forces to open The Rattle Inn, one of the newest bars in Austin’s West Sixth Street District. The venue offered an intimate bar, great acoustics and a fun honky tonk vibe in Ray’s Backstage. On the rooftop, the iconic Asleep at the Wheel performed against a stunning backdrop of the downtown skyline.

Hiatus Spa Opening

Hiatus Spa + Retreat celebrated its official grand opening with panache. Hiatus offered mini spa experiences, from hot stone treatments to chakra chair massages. Throughout the evening, guests sipped beverages from Tito’s Vodka and Treaty Oak Rum and Gin, and one lucky attendee walked away with a gorgeous painting by Jan Heaton.








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Saks Fifth Avenue and Fiat of Austin hosted a special evening to unveil the new Fiat 500 by Gucci, a hallmark of Italian design. Guests got an up-close view of the elegant vehicle while shopping the latest Gucci products available at Saks Fifth Avenue and enjoying bites by Sara Belle’s Bakery.

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Austinites headed to the city's newest boutique hotel, the Heywood Hotel for a peak at East Austin's newest hideaway. The thoughtfully designed Heywood was designed by Chris Krager of KRDB.

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The advertising industry’s finest were put to the test during the annual ADDY Awards Show at The Moody Theater. Judges from the most renowned advertising agencies around the country, including Alma and Goodby Silverstein & Partners, selected this year’s standouts in Austin.


Adrian and Celeste Quesada reinvented the elementary school dance with the 1st Annual Pachanga Dance Party at Becker Elementary. Adrian of Grupo Fantasma was the DJ of the evening as Escuelita Dance and Esquina Tango kept the dance floor going.



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I gave a speech not too long ago at a luncheon, and the subject matter was “Mothers and Daughters.� I have plenty to say on the subject; since I am both a daughter and a mother, this may qualify me as an untrained expert. I was actually looking forward to giving the talk, which is rare for me. I put

together what I thought was a decent outline, dried my hair with a round brush (ugh, what a pain), and put on a pair of heels. I thought I had it together. Not so fast. My intro went okay, but the closer I started moving into authentic territory the more I could feel the internal avalanche starting to

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For as much as I love words, there are simply some subjects that are too big to fit neatly into sentences and paragraphs.

rumble. What was I thinking? That I could somehow talk about Ethel (my mom) or Grace and Isabelle (my darlings) without falling apart? The internal avalanche spilled outward, and I was a mess of tears, uncomfortable pauses and a giant lump in my throat that I could not muster the spit to swallow. It was too much. My heart overcame me, and all poise and façade tumbled down the mountain, burying me under the weight of truth. A waiter even took pity on me and brought me a box of tissues. I think I mumbled “screw it” loud enough to be caught on the mic before I honked my nose loudly and proceeded to make a production of patting my armpits with wads of tissue. It was not pretty. I told the audience that I hoped they enjoyed my speech because it was the last time I was ever going to be honest again. After the Q&A I walked through the crowd, straight past my seat at my assigned table, and made a beeline for the parking lot. I sat in my car for a long time before I had caught my breath enough to drive home. For as much as I love words, there are simply some subjects that are too big to fit neatly into sentences and paragraphs. They are not tidy, and I am not tidy when I try to go there. I can go around it, if I proceed with care, but not directly into the vortex of it. I guess it’s the red, hot molten core of who I am. And yet, music or more precisely — words with melody — can go there. Or I can go there with them. I had an experience like that driving on Windsor two months ago. When I need to relax (often) I tune into the Sirius XM radio station called Coffeehouse, which is all acoustic and wonderfully mellow without qualifying as ‘easy listening’ (aka OLD). A song came on which I had not heard before, called “When You’ve Got Trouble” by Liz Longley. I started listening to the lyrics and although they were new to me, the message of the song was so intimate it was like I had written it myself. Before the song was over, I had to pull over, because I


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was crying so hard I literally could not see to drive. The song explained everything I could not say when I stood up in front of the luncheon ladies. It took a word that I cherish but cannot sufficiently express when I try to do it on paper or in my own shaking voice. It said what I have wanted to say about love a thousand times, but have fumbled the ball. The melody is soft and tender, which allowed the words access to pierce me all the way to the lava of my heart.

So what, what, what do you need? I’ll kiss you awake when you’ve had a bad dream and I’ll tell you a story…make it up as I go Or I’ll sing you a song that I know that you know It goes My heart is tangled all around you When you’ve got trouble, I’ve got trouble too Oh my life is arm and arm with you When you’ve got trouble, I’ve got trouble too Oh my darling we’re so delicately intertwined I’ll ease your pain ‘cause you’ve eased mine Oh my heart, my heart, is tangled all around you When you’ve got trouble, I’ve got trouble too Not long after my roadside meltdown, one of my daughters had a terrible day at school. There was not a single thing I could say to fix her ache, but I suddenly remembered this song. I bought it on iTunes and played it for her, holding her on my lap in my office, stroking her hair and whispering to her, “This is how I love you, baby. Like this.” Music, sweet music, relayed the message between my heart and hers. I knew without a doubt that she understood. Music bridges the gap. It explains the inexplicable. It gives voice to that which renders us speechless. It calls to us, whispering of things too potent, too close, and too intimate for words alone.















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What has been the most memorable live music performance of your life? I got to play my favorite venue in the whole world, The Bowery Ballroom, last year with The Frontier Brothers. It was also supporting one of my favorite bands in the whole world, Black Taxi, and was a sold-out show. Who or what most inspires you? Anybody who is hustling to make things happen is an inspiration to me. I’m also inspired when I see people’s hard work pay off. A lot of bands that were playing house parties when I started booking


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shows are selling out major venues around town now, and it’s great to see the evolution. What is the one thing that really makes your day? A show that sells out presale is always guaranteed to make my day. No money to deal with at the door, you can settle early, the bartenders make a lot of money — it’s pretty much win-win for everyone. If your children could read only four books while growing up, which would you have them read? I’m going to revel in my nerdiness and say The Hobbit, followed by all three Lord of the Rings books. However, they would be strictly forbidden from watching the terrible LOTR movies. Viggo Mortenson ruining Aragorn’s character is no sight for young eyes.

What are you most proud of? I’m really proud of the fact that I love my job, and I get paid to be around live music nearly 24/7. Who are your favorite bands right now? Almost all of my favorite bands are local bands — Marmalakes, Little Lo, Sphynx, Fresh Millions, Ghostbunny, Smoke & Feathers, The Wheeler Brothers, Shakey Graves, with a few friends from NYC mixed in, like Black Taxi and Hank & Cupcakes. What three things would you take with you to a desert island? A boat, GPS and some good tunes to bump on my trip back to the mainland — I'm not staying on a desert island! P hPoto h oto g rgarpahpyhby y by XXX coXXXXXXXXXX dy h a m i lto n

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ravis Newman wears a stunning number of hats: he manages The Parish, plays in his own band, represents other local talent and coordinates the annual OH Snap! music festival for charity. Music is a family affair for the Fort Worth native, who plays alongside his brother in the quirky pop band, The Frontier Brothers, due to release their second full-length record this Spring. “[The music bug] kinda skipped a generation,” Newman observes. Nevertheless, his parents are the ultimate fans and have never missed a show. In 2010, when Newman heard about a potential job opening at The Parish, he leapt at the opportunity, eager to become involved in one of his favorite music venues. That same, earnest determination served him well as he worked his way up from an assistant to his current role as the venue’s manager and booking coordinator. As a musician himself, Newman has developed a unique understanding of his responsibilities to both the artists and the venue. “I have a super intense commitment to the physical structure of the room in an inexplicable way,” he remarks. “It’s almost a spiritual thing for me — how you can feel the spirit of all of the shows that have been there. I never want to let that room down.” J. rangel



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y the time you read this, I will be either celebrating or lamenting the passage of my 61st birthday and my 39th year as a resident of Austin, Texas — both significant milestones, for sure! But the one constant in my life, besides change, is my love for music. From an early age, I was blessed with parents who encouraged my siblings and me to study music: at six, I had learned to play the recorder as well as read and write music. At eight, we tried piano, which I wish I played as well today as I did 50 years ago! At nine, I grabbed my sister’s baritone four-string guitar and taught myself the local beer commercial jingle — and that was how my show biz career began! At the time, my sister had been singing with two neighborhood friends in a folk group called the 3 Gs: Guys, Gals and Guitars. I joined, and we became The 4 Gs. We sang songs by Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, The Kingston Trio, Joan Baez, Peter Paul and Mary and many more — dressed all the while in orange denim square dance outfits our parents bought from a Sears catalog! Coached by a local guitar teacher, we sang four-part harmony and played gigs all over suburban Philadelphia from 1961 until


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1965. Once, we even appeared in a concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra and sang “This Land is Your Land” and “On Top of Old Smokey” for an audience of thousands. After The 4 Gs, I went on to play in square dance and rock-n-roll bands and began writing songs. I refined my musicianship in high school, where I took advantage of every music course and ensemble imaginable: I sang in choir and played bass fiddle in orchestra and jazz band, tuba in the marching and concert band and guitar in a bossa nova group! It was after one year of college that I knew I had to pursue my true calling as a musician, so in 1970, I formed Asleep at the Wheel. All of that activity in and out of schools had given me the tools I needed to realize my dream. Today, too many educators and politicians dismiss the importance of music education in favor of a curriculum based on the 3Rs, science and math. Too many schools make athletics the main recipient of elective funds at the expense of a fine arts education. After 42 years of earning a living as a musician and music producer, winning nine Grammys and raising a family, I am so grateful for the support my parents and my education offered to nurture my interest in the arts — early musical opportunities for our children are invaluable. Don’t get me wrong: I was

a varsity athlete in three sports as well as a musician and would hate to see athletics cut to accommodate some other aspect of extracurricular activities. While my brother Hank is a genetic microbiologist with a PhD and teaches at Northwestern Medical School, I could barely grasp Algebra, Physics and Chemistry in high school. Nevertheless, music and music theory came easy to me and gave me the lifelong ability to be creative. Creativity can’t be underestimated, not only for musicians but also for productive creators in all fields and endeavors. As we wrestle with the many complex issues of growth here in Austin, I hope we all take into account the need for early opportunities for musicians to hone their craft. Remember, Stevie Ray Vaughn started his legendary career at small venues in Austin like Soap Creek Saloon, The Rome Inn and the still-vibrant Continental Club. Sooo...with all that being said, I invite y’all to visit Ray’s Backstage at The Rattle Inn, my new bar and music room. Ray’s is an intimate venue where guests can listen to and support my fellow Austin musicians in pursuit of their dream to create and perform the music that so enriches the town we call “The Live Music Capital of The World.” P h oto g r a p h y by m i c h a el t h a d c a rt er

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march Calendars arts & entertainment

Entertainment Calendar Music Maura O’Connell and Solas

March 2, 2012 Bass Concert Hall

Gladys Knight

March 2 ACL Live at the Moody Theater The Austin Symphony Presents: Denyce Graves

March 2, 3 Michael and Susan Dell Hall Chanticleer

March 4 Bass Concert Hall Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Show

March 4 ACL Live at the Moody Theater Radiohead

March 7 Frank Erwin Center Angélique Kidjo

March 8 Bass Concert Hall

The Austin Symphony Presents: Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel

March 9, 2012 Palmer Events Center

South by Southwest

Interactive March 9-13 Film March 9-17 Music March 13-18


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Experience Hendrix

March 24 ACL Live at the Moody Theater Young the Giant with Grouplove

March 24, 25 Stubb’s Deicide

March 27 Emo’s East Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

March 30 Bass Concert Hall

The Austin Symphony Presents: Bion Tsang

March 30 The Long Center

Theater Cabaret

March 1 McCallum Arts Center Montana Repertory Theatre’s Doubt: A Parable

March 6 The Paramount Theatre Romeo and Juliet

March 10 The City Theatre

Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein

March 10, 11 The Long Center

Batsheva Dance Company

March 20 Bass Concert Hall

Tarantino in Concert

March 20-May 13 ZACH Theatre


The Laramie Project

Ballet Austin‘s Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project

March 23-25 The Long Center Catalyst

March 23-25 B. Iden Payne Theatre

Film Austin Film Festival Fade In: Hans Richter, RhyThm 21

March 1 Visual Arts Center

Presents: “Monterey Pop”

March 7 Jo’s Coffee House

2012 Texas Film Hall of Fame


March 10 Salvage Vanguard Theatre


March 14 Texas Spirit Theatre

March 14 The Long Center

March 15 Salvage Vanguard Theater Austin Film Festival Presents: A Conversation with Ted Tally

March 25 Harry Ransom Center


Kevin Nealon

March 2-3 Cap City Comedy Club Bengt Washburn

March 14-17 Cap City Comedy Club An Evening with Martin Short

March 23 The Paramount Theatre Steve Rannazzisi

March 28-31 Cap City Comedy Club

What’s the Story Steve?

March 3 ColdTowne Theater

Clifford the Big Red Dog

March 4 The Long Center

The Laurie Berkner Band

March 4 The Paramount Theatre

Imagination Movers

March 10 Bass Concert Hall

Statesman Junior ’Dillo Kid’s Run

March 24

Comedy The Second City’s Laugh Out Loud Tour

March 2 The Paramount Theatre

Other Zilker Park Kite Festival

March 4

Leadership Austin Engage Series

March 6 The Long Center

Tech Career Expo

March 9-10 Austin Music Hall

Rodeo Austin

March 9-24 Travis Country Expo Center wagathon walkathon charity dog walk

March 18th Hill Country Galleria

Big Hair Country Fair

March 24 Salt Lick Pavilion

Arts Calendar MARCH 1 CHAMPION

Joseph Phillips Bethany Johnson Reception: 7-9pm Through March 31 MARCH 2 ART ON 5TH

The Art of Dr. Seuss Reception: 6-9pm Through March 31 MARCH 3 WALLY WORKMAN GALLERY

Jennifer Balkan: Peep Holes Reception: 6-8pm Through March 31


Art on the Green Through May 20 MARCH 17 REAL GALLERY

“It’s About the Music” Reception: 6-9pm Through March 22 WOMEN AND THEIR WORK

photograph courtesy of art on 5th.

Christie Blizard: When I was 16, I saw the White Buffalo Reception: 7-9pm Through April 26 YARD DOG

Jeb Loy Nichols Through April 30


Miguel Andrade Valdez:

Monumento Lima Through March 25 Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani Through April 22 Evidence of Houdini’s Return Jill Magid’s Failed States Through March 4 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

Pun Value: 4 Works by Lee Lozano Through April 22 American Scenery: Different Views in Hudson River School Painting Through May 13 Go West! Representations of the American Frontier Through September 23 FLATBED PRESS

Linda Ridgway: Winter White Through March 21 LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER

Urban Folk by Judy Paul Through March 11


Noriko Ambe: White Scape Through March 17 Tom Molloy: New World Through April 14 VISUAL ARTS CENTER

Diana Al-Hadid: Suspended After Image Justin Boyd: Dubforms Across the Divide (Im)possibilities New Prints 2011 Through March 10 WOMEN AND THEIR WORK

Laurie Frick: Quantify Me Through March 10

EVENT p i ck

The Art of Dr. Seuss Through March 31 ART on 5th Gallery


ustin’s ART on 5th gallery remembers Dr. Seuss with its most whimsical exhibition yet. Featuring an extensive collection of original pieces, The Art of Dr. Seuss is the largest exhibition of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s work ever mounted. Austinites are invited to join the celebration with an opening reception on March 2, the birthday of the beloved illustrator. Over the course of the exhibition, curator Bill Dreyer and gallery owner Joe Sigel aim to take guests on a visual journey through the nearly 70-year long career of Ted Geisel. Moved by Austin’s commitment to environmentalism, Geisel once donated his original “Lorax” illustrations to the city. In honor of Austin as the consequent “home of the Lorax,” ART on 5th will display a 700-pound, life-size Lorax sculpture alongside countless other bronzes and illustrations. However, “this exhibition is much more than a showing of Dr. Seuss art,” Sigel remarks. “This is a comprehensive retrospective of Ted Geisel’s professional life.” Guests can browse and purchase artwork from Geisel’s career as a magazine illustrator, World War II writer, filmmaker, and — of course — cherished children’s book author. In addition, guests have the unprecedented opportunity to view pieces from Geisel’s lesser-known body of work, entitled The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Housed in Geisel’s private collection until four years after the illustrator’s death, The Secret Art tends to be darker, while retaining the artist’s fantastical aesthetic. “In the end,” says Sigel, “the viewer will come away seeing [Dr. Seuss] as an edgy, whimsical and multitalented visionary.” C. hendrix

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museums & galleries

artist spotlight

Art Spaces Museums Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 AMOA-Arthouse The Jones Center

700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 AMOA-Arthouse Laguna Gloria

Polly Chandler


olly Chandler entitled her stunning photographic narrative series “You Build it Up, You Wreck It Down” to reflect her own professional journey: once the official photographer of the Texas House of Representatives, Chandler left the position to pursue her passion for fine art. Her latest series is inspired by the music of Tom Waits, each photograph as distinctive as the singer’s growling voice. An exploration of identity, both “spiritual and allegorical,” “You Build It Up, you Wreck It Down,” is a thoughtful, visual interpretation of Waits’ work. Forgoing digital alterations and cropping, Chandler uses Polaroid 55 film to produce instant negatives with amazing clarity. The series distinguishes itself with Chandler’s signature attentiveness to detail and meticulous composition. “My decisions in my image-making are done in the field,” Chandler remarks. “Nothing is an afterthought.” A narrative in black and white, the series possesses a haunting beauty that is at once somber and ethereal, delicate and gritty. In the words of Tom Waits, “there’s something to be said for saying nothing at all,” and “You Build It Up, You Wreck It Down,” is powerful without a single word. C. hendrix


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3809 W. 35th St. (512) 458 8191 Driscoll Villa hours: Tu–W 12-4, Th-Su 10–4 Grounds hours: M–Sa 9–5, Su 10–5 Blanton Museum of Art

French Legation Museum

802 San Marcos St. (512) 472 8180 Hours: Tu–Su 1–5 George Washington Carver Museum

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

2313 Red River St. (512) 721 0200 Hours: M–Su 9–5

Mexic–Arte Museum

200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 471 7324 Hours: Tu– F 10–5, Sa 11–5, Su 1–5

419 Congress Ave. (512) 480 9373 Hours: M–Th 10–6,  F–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 mexic–

The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum

O. Henry Museum

1800 Congress Ave. (512) 936 8746 Hours: M–Sa 9–6, Su 12–6 Elisabet Ney Museum

304 E. 44th St. (512) 458 2255 Hours: W–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5

409 E. 5th St. (512) 472 1903 Hours: W–Su 12–5

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

605 Robert E. Lee Rd. (512) 445 5582 Hours: W–F 10–4:30, Sa–Su 1–4:30

"Lay Your Head Where My Heart Used To Be," photograph courtesy of polly chandler.

arts & entertainment

arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

1501 W. 5th St. (512) 481 1111 Hours: M–Sa 10–6 The Art Gallery at John-William Interiors

3010 W. Anderson Ln. (512) 451 5511 Hours: M–Sa 10–6, Su 12–5 Artworks Gallery

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1550 Hours: M–Sa 10–5

Austin Art Garage

2200 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. J (512) 351-5934 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Austin Art Space Gallery and Studios

7739 North Cross Dr., Ste. Q (512) 771 2868 Hours: F–Sa 11–6

Austin Galleries

1219 W. 6th St. (512) 495 9363 Hours: M 10–3, Tu–Sa 10–5 or by appointment B. HOLLYMAN GALLERY

1202-A W. 6th. St. (512) 825 6866 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5 Birdhouse

1304 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only


800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Creative Research Laboratory

2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 322 2099 Hours: Tu–Sa 12–5 Davis Gallery

837 W. 12th St. (512) 477 4929 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 10–4 Flatbed Press

2830 E. MLK Jr. Blvd. (512) 477 9328 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: W–F 3–7 Gallery Shoal Creek

2905 San Gabriel St., #101 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–6, Sa 11–4 grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W–Sa 11–6, Su 12–5 Haven Gallery & Fine Gifts

1122 W. 6th St. (512) 477 2700 Hours: M–Sa 11–6, Su 11–4

Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

1009 W. 6th St. (512) 457 0077 Hours: M–Sa 10–6

La Peña

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M–F 9–5, Sa–Su 9–3 lapena– Lora Reynolds Gallery

360 Nueces St., Ste. C (512) 215 4965 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–6 Lotus Gallery

1009 W. 6th St., #101 (512) 474 1700 Hours: Mo–Sa 10-6 lytle pressley contemporary

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 469 6010 Hours: M-F 9-5

Maranda Pleasant Gallery

2235 E. 6th St. (713) 922 8584 By appointment only Mass Gallery

916 Springdale Rd. Hours: W 7–9, Sa 12–5 The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

6500 St. Stephen’s Dr. (512) 327 1213 Hours: W–F 9–5 Okay Mountain Gallery

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. By appointment only (512) 293 5177 Positive Images

1118 W. 6th St. Hours: M–Sa 10–5, Su 11–4 (512) 472 1831

Pro–Jex Gallery

1710 S. Lamar Blvd., Ste. C (512) 472 7707 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–4 Real Gallery

1101 Navasota, #3 M-Th 2:30-5:30 (512) 775 0458 Red Space Gallery

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only

Russell Collection Fine Art

1137 W. 6th St. (512) 478 4440 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–6 russell– sofa

301 E. 33rd St., #7 By appointment only Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4 studio 10

1011 West Lynn (512) 236 1333 Hours: Tu–Sa 11–5 Studio 107

411 Brazos St., #107 (512) 477 9092 Hours: Tu–Sa 1–6 Testsite

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 Hours: Su 2–5

M u s e u m s & Ga l l e r i e s

Wally Workman Gallery

1202 W. 6th St. (512) 472 7428 Hours: Tu–Sa 10–5

Women & Their Work

1710 Lavaca St. (512) 477 1064 Hours: M–F 10–6, Sa 12–5 Yard Dog

1510 S. Congress Ave. (512) 912 1613 Hours: M–F 11–5, Sa 11–6, Su 12–5

Alternative Spaces ARTPOST: The Center for Creative Expression

4704 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin Presence

2785 Bee Cave Rd., #336 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4

Domy Books

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Tue–F 1–9, Sa 12–9, Su 12–7 Julia C. Butridge Gallery

1110 Barton Springs Rd. (512) 974 4025 Hours: M–Th 10–9:30, F 10–5:30, Sa 10–4 dougherty/gallery.htm Pump Project Art Complex

702 Shady Ln. (512) 351 8571

Quattro Gallery

12971 Pond Springs Rd. (512) 219 3150 Hours: M–Tu 10–3, W–Sa 11–4 Roi James

3620 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. C (512) 970 3471 Hours: By appointment only Space 12

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 385 1670

3121 E. 12th St. (512) 524 7128 T-F 10-5

Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

United States Art Authority

Co-Lab Project Space

To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to

Big Medium

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #200 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M–Sa 10–6:30, Su 12–4

613 Allen St. (512) 300 8217 By appointment only

2906 Fruth St. (512) 476 4455

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Going Live by

Phillip Pantuso Cody Hamilton

P h oto g ra p h y by

M e e t thr e e innovativ e studios that are r e volu tionizing th e live m u sic se ssion .



usic fans have always been interested in unique presentations of the live music experience. Examples abound, from the Depression-era field recordings of ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax to John Peel’s legendary BBC Radio 1 sessions, first broadcast in 1967; from the guerilla street performances that are La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows to the backseat Black Cab Sessions in London and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. The pull of live music is that it captures something ephemeral about the artist in the process of creation, a spontaneity that is smoothed out by the meticulous process of making a record or CD. The 21st century has made it easier than ever to capture and disseminate live music and video in interesting ways, and it makes sense that Austin — if it’s going to live up to its mantle as the “Live Music Capital of the World”— would get in on the action. Here are three local outlets doing just that.


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The idea of decking out an airstream trailer with microphones and cameras is so cool that it’s a wonder no Austinite thought of it before. On-Airstreaming, a music site co-founded by J.B. Hager and Paul Boukadakis, broadcasts live sessions in pristine highdefinition video and audio from a chrome-covered studio. But it took a bit of serendipity to make it happen. In the summer of 2010, Boukadakis, a film director from Los Angeles, was in town for one day. He was introduced by his sister to Hager, a host on Mix 94.7, and the conversation quickly turned to starting a music sessions site. “I hadn’t even begun to think about shooting video,” Hager

says. “I was looking for an audio engineer and wondering if my space could even function as a studio. It ended up being better than I ever imagined.” The two combined their experience, and by the end of that summer, On-Airstreaming’s modus operandi was set: bring in an under-the-radar band for a relaxed session and interview in the airstream, all captured in high-definition. There are also interviews, a radio stream and a blog promoting up-and-coming musical acts. Bands must adapt to the limited space by paring down their songs, but On-Airstreaming has found that fans are appreciative of these strippeddown versions. “The idea is to

J.B. Hager and his partners at On-Airstreaming keep cool music cool by shooting acoustic high-definition sessions out of a chrome airstream in South Austin.

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peel back a layer of these artists and show who they really are,” Boukadakis says. “No glitz or glamour, no producers or managers. We allow the bands to come in and, for that hour, be who they set out to be.” This approach has turned On-Airstreaming into not only a trusted filter for indie music lovers, but also a destination for artists. “That inner glimpse fans are getting touches a core with a lot of bands out there,” says Sam Shah, OAS’ partner and artist relations liaison. “We’ve had bands say after a session, ‘why didn’t we record the song that way?’” Shah joined the team in December 2010 and was instrumental in helping OAS book twenty-five different groups last SXSW. Artists need good, high-quality exposure to separate themselves, says Hager. “Whenever you’re interested in a new band and search for them online, you’re always stuck with the person holding up an iPhone in a basement in New York. Our goal is to be the opposite of that.” This year for SXSW, On-Airstreaming will set up on the grounds of the Hotel St. Cecilia, where a couple dozen carefully selected upand-comers will record high-quality sessions. Music, film and technology — isn’t that what this city is about?

Backstage with the Uh Her Huh and Matt Nathanson.


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Transistor Six The evocative dreaminess of amateur point-and-shoot photography, with its lens flares, washed-out hues and inviting ease, has enjoyed a popular resurgence lately. If the Hipstamatic and Instagram apps for the iPhone are any indication, the vintage look reminds us of the impermanent physicality of objects no longer present in today’s age of infinitely reproducible art. The guys who founded Transistor Six attempt to capture that instantly nostalgic feeling by mixing traditional live music sessions with a Gizmodoesque appreciation of analog gadgetry — but set in, say, 1978. As a result, their sessions look and feel immediately warm and beautifully flawed. Cofounder Daniel Northcutt says, “a lot of companies out there produce outstanding high-definition sessions. We wanted to do something different.” Inspired by a love of analog sound and film, Northcutt started Transistor Six in November with co-founders Cory Llewellyn, marketing director, and David Peris, the company’s webmaster and social media guru. All three come from music industry backgrounds: Llewellyn and Peris worked together at Sony Music, while Northcutt worked for Transmission Entertainment before taking over production and event booking of live acts at Frank, which he co-owns. Each Transistor Six

session consists of six songs played to a live audience at the eatery, followed by an interview with a local music personality. One song per set is filmed on Super 8mm, and each band has a lomography photo session with cameras provided by the Lomography Gallery Store on 9th and Congress. “Someone asked me why we don’t go digital,” Llewellyn says. “My thought was, ‘you’re just not a romantic.’ There’s a magic in capturing a moment, in not taking a hundred photos to get that one perfect shot.” Keeping operations small, flexible and analog means that it takes a lot of “last minute passion” to make Transistor Six what it is, says Northcutt. The sessions themselves are laid-back affairs, with an open bar for the bands and tons of energy. “The bands have been pretty gung-ho about it,” he says. “They get to play with cameras and interact with fans.” In the future, Transistor Six hopes to branch out to other locales — “we’re romantically tied to London,” says Llewellyn — but for now, they’ll be content with super-cool analog sessions at their home base. There are “big surprises” lined up for SXSW, but they won’t spill the beans. Instead, Llewellyn asks if I remember last year’s unannounced Jack White/Third Man Records show outside Frank with a wink. “It’ll be something like that.”


A lot of companies out there produce outstanding high-definition sessions. We wanted to do something different.� da niel north cutt, cofounder, tr ansistor six

Thrilling live music, the accidental charm of analog photography and hot dogs plus cold beer at Frank — add it all up and you get the Transistor Six sessions.

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When he's not on the road with his band, you can often find Matt Oliver behind the vintage soundboard at his East Austin recording studio, Big Orange, engineering sessions to tape by the dozen.


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You have no time, so you better make it work... By being extremely limited, I’m forced to be really creative. That’s not something I’d experience in a genteel record-making environment.”

Big Orange “It’s an absolute cosmic miracle that I’ve been able to find some of this stuff,” says Matt Oliver. He nods at a fully operational half-inch two-track tape machine formerly owned by producer Butch Vig, whose credits include Nirvana’s Nevermind. The engineer at his studio in Madison, Wisconsin had thought it was kaput. “People fetishize gear, but I don’t have money to throw around. Normally, when I find something, it’s wrecked.” Oliver is the proprietor of Big Orange, a recording studio on E. 4th Street. When Oliver and former Sound Team bandmate Bill Baird bought the space in 2003, it was a junky concrete block with leaky tin roofs, situated on the back lot of what looks like an auto parts salvage yard. “There was a lot of post-apocalyptic style recording in the

out of Illinois beginning,” he that hosts live says. When analog recording Sound Team sessions in the was signed to mat t o l i v e r, ow n e r , b i g o ran g e mold of the Peel Capitol Records Sessions. Because in 2006, they of its strategic used part of location, Big their advance Orange became a satellite studio of sorts for on an electrical upgrade and roof repairs. Daytrotter. Oliver and a revolving litany of Slowly, Oliver began to amass a collection sound engineers recorded and mastered a of analog equipment. He records live few dozen sessions per year for the site. Over directly to tape, musing that he doesn’t “even time, the partnership grew, peaking in 2011, know how to use a computer to record.” when just over 1,000 songs were recorded The piecemeal nature of the process suits for Daytrotter at Big Orange. On his blog, his natural inclination to tinker, and the, Oliver is running hundred-year-old building imparts a sonic down his 25 favorites. color to the recordings. “What makes this Juggling so many music sessions place different from other studios is that it with his own band and a family can be wasn’t purpose-built for recording music,” he hectic, but Oliver says that working with says. “There’s tons of vibe.” Daytrotter was a huge chops-builder. “You In late 2007, after Sound Team broke up, have no time, so you better make it work,” Oliver started a new band, TV Torso, and he says. “By being extremely limited, I’m took over sole ownership of Big Orange. forced to be really creative. That’s not Shortly beforehand, he’d developed a something I’d experience in a genteel working relationship with Sean Moeller, record-making environment.” who runs Daytrotter, a popular music site

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Ben Kweller

Who’s the Boss? After 15 years in the ‘biz, Ben is, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. B y P h i l l i P Pa n t u s o P h oto g r a P h y B y R a n da l F o R d

When I finally get Ben Kweller on the line, he’s at a friend’s vintage clothing store in New York, the night before the final stateside show on a whirlwind international promo tour for his fifth album, Go Fly A Kite. Many of the shows have been at mom-and-pop record stores — an attempt, says Kweller, to reinvigorate fans to the pleasure of purchasing physical music. And the CD/LP packaging is something to behold: a minimalist blackand-pink quadruple gatefold that expands to reveal an apocalyptic illustration in which an army of cartoon Ben Kwellers battle business suit-wearing skeletons, as characters from Kweller’s songs run for their lives. “If someone’s going to spend their money on my music, I want to make the product cool,” Kweller insists. Now more than ever, he can ensure that his vision of coolness is the one that makes it to record store shelves. The label he founded, The Noise Company, is the lone force behind Go Fly A Kite — which means, for the first time in a long, long time, Kweller’s only boss is himself. The Noise Company has three fulltime employees, including Ben’s wife, Liz. “We can move quickly, make decisions quickly, call all the shots,” he says. “It’s kind of crazy, but completely reinvigorating.” The word “reinvigorating” pops up often in Kweller’s speech these days, usually in close proximity to the term “full circle,” and it’s easy to pick up on his delight at being independent once more. Kweller, who’s 30, has spent half his life as a major label artist; he dropped out of


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high school in 1997 when his Greenville-based band, Radish, was scooped up by Mercury Records in the music industry’s frenzied search for the next Nirvana. Kweller was slapped with the “boy wonder” tag, but Radish only lasted one album. Ben and Liz eventually settled in Brooklyn, where he signed to ATO Records and began his solo career with Sha Sha, a catchy power-pop record with blithely quirky lyrics, sort of Weezer-meets-the-VioletFemmes. Albums in 2004 (On My Way) and 2006 (Ben Kweller) gently expanded the mold. In 2008, the Kwellers moved back to Texas, where Ben released a self-produced collection of country-tinged Americana songs, appropriately titled Changing Horses. “Mentally, Go Fly A Kite has been in the making since then,” Kweller says. But his record deal with ATO was up, which left him with a tough decision: re-up with the only label he’d known as a solo artist, or set out on his own? “If I’d stayed with ATO, we probably could have put out Go Fly A Kite pretty quickly. But I took the harder path, fortunately or unfortunately.” He laughs. “I’m supporting a family, and that changed things. I wanted to take control.” If his output heretofore sounds like Kweller trying on different musical hats — teenage rocker, power-pop savant, lonesome rambler — then Go Fly A Kite is his stylistic emporium. It encapsulates each of his previous records, their earworm melodies, acoustic jangle and propulsive piano synthesized into a musical menagerie. Spanning his last few months in New York to the break with ATO,

the lyrics deal with relationships frayed and strengthened by a variety of pressures: fatherhood, getting older, touring, jealous lovers. “There have been a lot of ‘coming full circle’ moments in my life the last few years, starting with the move back to Texas,” Kweller notes. “For this album to happen the way it did is kind of perfect, on a cosmic level.” I ask him what his biggest takeaways are, and he says he’s learned that friends and family are the most important thing. “I’ve had this messed-up lifestyle on the road for 15 years. When you move that much, it’s hard to find people to really bond with.” Someone in the vintage boutique 2000 miles from home hands Kweller a green tea. He recalls a scene from Martin Scorsese’s documentary about George Harrison, Living in the Material World, in which Paul McCartney describes how the Beatles would sometimes share a large hotel room, and there’d be mobs of people outside on the street. “There was one night when the four of them went into the bathroom and shut the door,” continues Kweller. “They looked at one another, sitting on the floor, and thought, ‘we only have each other.’ There were only four Beatles, and they were the only ones who knew what they were going through. It’s hard to lay down roots when you’re always traveling. I’ve made great friends and lost many others. You have to be grateful for what you have and count your blessings — that’s something I’ve tried to stay true to over the years.” t e x t i l e ava i l a b l e at j m d ry g o o ds

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Bands to


By Adi Anand Photogr aphy by Annie Ray

Transmission Entertainment’s Adi Anand gives us the lowdown on the most interesting bands to look out for in 2012. fr ank smith

It’s not easy whittling down Austin’s considerable band roster to five. After much deliberation, I decided on five that are primed for a shot at further glory in 2012, five that showcase the inherent variety in Austin’s music scene, and five that, simply put, create incredible music. Put these guys on your playlist or muster up the energy to catch ‘em live next time they play – it will be well worth it! 48

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pearheaded by the versatile Aaron Sinclair, Frank Smith formed in Boston in the early part of the last decade, releasing four records before the Houston-raised musician relocated back to Texas in 2006. Now, with its most polished album in tow, the band is poised to make a substantial splash in town this year. Before You Were Born is Frank Smith’s third full-length since it reasserted itself in Austin, and like the prior two, was recorded at The Bubble with Alex Lyon at the helm. The new album finds the band honing and perfecting its gritty Americana formula to deliver a well-refined product ready for mass consumption. The line-up has changed often over the years, with Sinclair quarterbacking a revolving cast of characters. But if the cohesion on the new album is any indication,


the latest incarnation, spot on and in sync throughout, will surely be sticking together for some time. Sinclair’s sincere vocals relay tales of torment and feelings of angst via accessible country-rock ditties and mournful ballads that impeccably incorporate the complementary sounds of the harmonica, pedal steel, and keys as needed. And while there may well be a plethora of country flavored bands plying their trade in Tejas, Frank Smith distinguishes itself with an innate ability to take things up a notch and float into the realms of raw rock ‘n’ roll. This band is not afraid to go to eleven, a trait that further enhances its appeal to fans of harder music like me. Next time you’re in the mood for a quality Americana band that can serve up that poignant ditty but can also just plain rock out, give Frank Smith a whirl.

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Bands to Watch

eagle claw ver since Tony Iommi’s injured hand conjured up the first “heavy” riffs in Birmingham, England in the late ‘60s, metal music has endured a rollercoaster journey up and down the seams of popular culture. Over the course of the last four decades, some metal bands have managed to persevere through changing times while many others have been buried; some sub-genres have flourished, others flattened. Austin’s Eagle Claw may only have been around for five years but its bludgeoning instru-metal is sure to stand the test of time. Built upon a steady stream of ingenious guitar riffs and a dynamic rhythm section, the band concocts pummeling soundscapes that shake you loose, pound you down and leave you with that “what just hit me feeling.” In a good way, of course. Passages of slow burning stoner-rock and moments of old school thrash-metal are all part and parcel


of this pulverizing package. All in all, it’s an aural onslaught that could fly the flag for the metal genre in any decade. But it took a little time to get there. According to drummer Bart Butler, “the stuff was super raw” in the early days: “It was just Luther (Smalls), Matt (Rade) and I hammering out ideas at my house, then Matt added more melody and the riffage, and we started to get a feel for where we wanted to head.” Now with a stellar debut full-length Poacher already under its belt, the Eagle Claw plans to soar even higher in 2012. Butler states, “After SXSW, we’re recording with Bryan Richie again. Poacher was a look at where we were from our early days to 2010; this new record will have more of a cohesive sound than the first one. We’ve been writing the new material with a concept in mind musically.” Fortunately, we get to enjoy the fruits of this talented band’s labor right here in town year round, and for years to come.

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Bands to Watch

hundred visions hen all is not right with the world, it only takes one melody to brighten the day and alleviate one’s worries. Armed with undeniably catchy tunes, the four-piece known as Hundred Visions is here to supply just that. Childhood friends Ben Maddox and Wes Turner, along with drummer Eric Loftis formed the band a few years ago and a new, second guitarist John Krueger was enlisted recently to round off the current lineup. The Last Cab From Tunis release, containing three faultless gems, landed in April of 2011. And although I’ll willingly admit that the title track is my favorite single song released by an Austin band last year, it’s worth noting that both “Red Tide” and “The Light That Starts The Day” more



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than hold their own as well. The seven-inch floats between the realms of fuzzy garagepunk and funky powerpop, and is marked by a steady stream of irresistible hooks and some stirring guitar work by the duo of Maddox and Krueger. If this enchanting three song effort is any indication, all signs point to a bright future for this outfit. Permanent Basement, Hundred Visions’ debut full-length, was recorded at Cacophony Recorders with James Jones and should have hit streets by the time you read this. The band plans to stay busy during SXSW, so be sure to keep an eye out for its performances during the festival. A tour is also in the works, and by the end of this year, Hundred Visions expects to be back in the studio to record a second LP.

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Bands to Watch

hard proof afrobe at e’re fortunate to live in a city blessed with a seemingly unending amount of talent. On any given night, we can drive short distances to find that memorable country band, sizzling blues outfit, exciting Latin ensemble or vivacious punk group. Austin’s musical landscape truly is limitless. And over the last few years, the all-star collective known as Hard Proof Afrobeat has stretched it further, in fact, all the way across the Atlantic. The band was officially founded in 2008 after a few successful brunch meetings between Joe Woullard (Ocote Soul Sounds, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears), Derek Phelps (BJL & the Honeybears), Michael Faircloth (Sea Legs) and Stephen Bidwell (The Calm Blue Sea). By fall of that year, the foursome had recruited a number of capable instrumentalists, and together, they cut a 4-song demo at Cacophony Recorders in town. Faircloth departed the following year, but HPA soldiered on. In early 2010, the band recorded its truly amazing self-titled debut album, fusing funk, jazz, and elements of traditional African music to conjure up mesmerizing medleys that take turns to soothe and exhilarate. It’s the soundtrack to that daily rush-hour drive, the setting for that enticing exotic voyage and the backdrop to your next psychedelic trip, all rolled into one. In fact, this music should really be a part of your life, and 2012 is as good a time as any to make that happen. Hard Proof’s second fulllength is due later this year.


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obn iiis n this day and age, there is no shortage of options available to the casual listener. Be it an American Idol winner topping the charts, the next teenage sensation turning the world upside down, or a radio-ready pop outfit moving towards omnipresence, we’re inundated with an endless amount of music from countless avenues. And while most are quite content to be force-fed these tunes deemed fit for a generation by a higher power, there are many that simply don’t take to mainstream pop very well. Instead, these folks find solace in a brand of rock ‘n’ roll that stems from unbridled enthusiasm, accommodates rebellious tendencies, sticks to D.I.Y. philosophies and is largely, a big middle finger to the establishment. The OBN IIIs’ brand of raw garage-punk would effortlessly appease this niche but there’s no reason it shouldn’t invigorate a



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larger audience. Tailor-made for fist pumping and feet stomping, the band’s pulverizing anthems are brilliantly noisy on record and take on a life of their own in concert. Singer Orville Bateman Neeley III is a legitimate rock star front-man, prancing around stage, even jumping into the crowd at times as he rampages through nugget after nugget. Neeley formed the band in late 2009 in Austin after relocating from Denton. Already a member of A Giant Dog and Bad Sports at the time, he states The OBN IIIs got its start somewhat unexpectedly: “Max Meehan and I needed to fill a date on the calendar at Beerland in early January 2010, and I said ‘F*ck it, I’ll put a band together in two weeks and fill the date.’” The rest, as they say, is history. Currently, the band is finishing up a few singles and plans to have a new full-length ready for release on Tic Tac Totally Records later this year.

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i l lu s t r at i o n by ava lo n m c k en zi e

Lead singer of Electric Touch, Shane Lawlor looks to Serge Gainsbourg, Alexander McQueen and Keith Richards for style inspiration.

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Band: Electric Touch What’s the best part about being a musician?

I love the freedom that the life of a musician brings. I love that I’m allowed to think a little differently. I’ve seen all sides of life, from the gutter to the stars, and I get to write songs about it. And of course, performing on stage is a rush unlike anything else — it’s the stuff I dreamed of as a kid.

Describe your personal style.

Working Classy. I dress sharp, because I like to be taken seriously. John Lennon meets Julian Casablancas.

Who are your style icons?

Serge Gainsbourg, Alexander McQueen and Keith Richards.

What do you like about style in Austin?

I love the variety, and it all seems to work as one. Wonderful juxtaposition. One foot planted firmly in the coolest city in the south and the other striding off into the future...

What is your most prized style possession?

I have an old black leather jacket, which I bought used many years ago. We’ve seen a lot together, and no matter how bad I may have looked on occasion, the jacket has always come through for me. I also have a fantastic Black Velvet Ted Baker blazer which makes me feel like James Bond.

Where do you shop?

Online. Top Man. Helm Handmade. STAG. Nordstrom.

What was the worst trend you participated in?

I would get funny looks walking around London wearing the cowboy boots I bought on my first visit to Texas.

Where to see Lawlor perform in March: March 29 at La Zona Rosa with Hot Chelle Rae.


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Lawlor's favorite Austin shops include STAG (top) and Helm Handmade (left). The Helm Handmade spring collection, which includes this "James" boot, launches this month.

stag, photography courtesy of helms workshop, photography by brent humphreys; "james" boot, photograph courtesy of helm handmade, Photography by chris bilheimer. Facing page: hotel san josé, photograph courtesy of hotel san JoSé.stetson open road hat, photograph courtesy of allens boots.

Shane Lawlor

Bands: The Dan Dyer Band, The Coveters and Kinky Machine and has been playing on and off for 20 years.

What’s the best part about being a musician?

The beautiful people I get to play with and play for.

Describe your personal style. Urban Appalachia

Who are your style icons?

Clint Eastwood, Bobby Johns, Amy Cook and Alejandro Escovedo.

What do you like about the general style in Austin?

That almost anything beyond running attire is considered “dressing up.” It’s also what I hate about it.

What is your most prized style or musical possession?

My black Stetson Open Road and handmade hatband — both gifts from my lovely girlfriend. Dyer will be playing the South by San José show on March 17, during South by Southwest.

Dyer's Stetson Open Road hat is a wardrobe staple. Available in black and silverbelly (right) at Allens Boots.

Where do you shop?

The sale racks at STAG, Service Menswear and thrift stores.

What was the worst trend that you participated in?

Gutter Credits

1987 through 1999.

Where to see Dyer play in March:

March 2 at the Continental Club, March 7 at Hotel Havana in San Antonio, March 17 at South By San Jose (Jo’s Coffee parking lot), an official SXSW showcase (TBD) and a few more SXSW parties and events TBA.

Dan Dyer

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Bands: Leopold and his Fiction & Cowboy and Indian What do you love most about being a musician? Continuing to be a musician after 20 years of playing and mostly, living a lifestyle that revolves around songwriting and live shows. Describe your personal style.

It is heavily dependent on the music and culture of time periods. It is influenced by mostly 1940s and early 1970s.

Who are your style icons?

Paul Newman, Cary Grant and vertical stripes.

What do you like about style in Austin?

It’s coming along rather fine. I just moved here from San Francisco. There are definite cultures revolving around style in both places that share similar references, but for the most part unique from one another. I like that Austin pronounces its southern accent in its day-to-day wardrobe distinctions.

What is your most prized style possession? Leather ankle boots.

Where do you shop?

Mostly on tour. So many vintage shops and boutiques to sort through. In Las Vegas, it’s Gypsy Den. In Austin, it’s Gypsy Sun and New Brohemia.

What was the worst trend that you participated in? Baggy anything.

Where to see Leopold perform in March:

Gypsy Sun styles Austin musicians and offers a variety of vintage goods for men and women.

March 2 with Cowboy and Indian at Antones for their EP release show, March 13 with Cowboy and Indian at Cheer Up Charlies, March 14 with Leopold and his Fiction at 29th Street Ballroom, March 15 with Leopold and his Fiction at Skinnys Ballroom.


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gypsy sun photograph courtesy of lindsay lipscomb. facing page: minnetonka moccasins, photograph courtesy of nordstrom; sisters of the black moon, photography by alexandra valenti, courtesy of sisters of the black moon; magnolia family vintage photograph courtesy of sarah dean.

Daniel Leopold

Sisters of the Black Moon (above) and Magnolia Family Vintage (right) are among Mills' favorite shops.

This Quartz Claw necklace by Sisters of the Black Moon is just one of their many statement pieces.

Bands: Cowboy and Indian & Leopold and His Fiction.

What’s the best part about being a musician? Being able to speak the universal language of music.

Describe your personal style.

Sometimes I wear a muumuu with moccasin boots and a medallion, or all black, or maybe sporty clothes — anything. I look different every day, and the only thing that one day has in common with the next is red lipstick.

Who are your style icons?

Jazz Mills Hair by Christina Sven of Ricky Hodge Salon, Wardrobe by KT Cewe of Gypsy Den.

Dana Longuevan

What do you like about the style in Austin? You can’t tell the difference between hobos and bohos.

What is your most prized style possession?

I have a headdress that was handmade by my friend KT Cewe (owner of Gypsy Den in Las Vegas).

Where do you shop?

I luckily have many friends who work in fashion. Most of my clothes come from Gypsy Sun and Gypsy Den. I also love Sisters of the Black Moon, Laced with Romance, Filin Austin, Black Swan Theory, Magnolia Family Vintage, and Gillian Courtney.

What was the worst trend you participated in?

I wore overalls almost every day in 7th grade, and it wasn’t trendy then either — I was pretty proud of myself, though. Mills loves wearing moccasins. This style by Minnetonka is available at Nordstrom.

Where to see Mills perform in March:

March 2 with Cowboy and Indian at Antones for their EP release show, March 13 with Cowboy and Indian at Cheer Up Charlies, March 14 with Leopold and his Fiction at 29th Street Ballroom, March 15 with Leopold and his Fiction at Skinnys Ballroom.

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Band: Nic Armstrong What's the best part about being a musician?

Catching a sniff of a classy tune and the ensuing hunt is one of my most favorite things (as a musician).

Describe your personal style.

The best-dressed Englishman in Austin. Clean. Get the shoes right and you'll have good lovemaking.

Famous alcoholics, Nilsson album covers, Chuck Berry, Ken Currie, flotsam and jetsam, Cole Porter songs, Cops, Boy George, Hieronymus Bosch, beaches.

What do you like about the general style in Austin?

The sea of pretty faces. The general kookery. Art scene. Music scene.

What is your most prized style possession?

Taxidermied trophys with X-ed out eyes. Tight euro-style underpants. I go nuts for stockings.

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Where do you shop?

Online, in person and in secret. Strike a balance between local and multi-national. Odd, one off stores, thrift, vintage, hand-me-downs. I tend to avoid the logos on clothes crew.

What was the worst trend that you participated in? Threesomes. Hypercolor T-shirts. Smoking.

Where to see Armstrong play in March:

The outside stage at Whip In on March 15. Rock and roll and a curry!

facing page: photographs courtesy of laced with romance; ax + Apple, photography by Callie Hernandez.

Who are your style icons?

Bands: One of five members of The Saint James Society.

What’s the best part about being a musician?

I’ve always been a performer, not necessarily in a band, but I grew up on stage, and I used to be a pest with my childhood girlfriends at this community open mic. We would dress up like Courtney Love and yell out horrible songs until our parents dragged us off the stage. I think I was eight years old when that was going on. I would say The Saint James Society is the first real band I’ve ever been in, and there’s nothing like traveling with your best friends and husband (he is the singer/bassist). I love going on adventures and meeting people — and what better way to reach out to people than by playing in front of them?

Describe your personal style.

Elza Burkhart

A collage of everything I love. I like French New Wave characters and gypsy princesses. I love to borrow from the past and marry it with the present. I like strange contrasts like beaded dresses and motorcycle boots. I like to imagine myself as a character of a kooky novel and dressing up as she might.

What is your most prized style possession?

I have a dress that Slash’s (guitarist of Guns and Roses) mother made. She was a designer for a little fashion line in Malibu. It’s really beautiful. I’ve been collecting antique jewelry from Asia too. I have some really amazing belts and cuffs from the mountains of north Thailand, my mother grew up in the Sahara so I have some of the pieces she kept forever. My absolute most prized piece must be my wedding dress though — it’s from the 1930s. It’s sheer dusty brown chiffon with golden art deco beading all over it. That travels with me in a little silk bag wherever I go. In case something happens, I’ll always have it with me.

Where do you shop?

Locally, I love Laced With Romance and Ax + Apple jewelry. My favorite clothing line is American Gold. It’s all vintage inspired, but made with the most beautiful fabrics. It’s perfect for touring because even if you’ve been driving all day, you slip into one of her dresses or capes and you are instantly transformed! Burkhart's favorite shops include Laced with Romance and Ax + Apple Jewelry.

Who are your style icons?

I’m very inspired by Anais Nin, Anna Karina, the Hells Angels, Anita Pallenberg and Robert Mapplethorpe.

What do you like about the style in Austin?

I’ve seen a lot of different styles in Austin. It’s not the dressiest city: however, the people that do express themselves through their clothes are really impressive and inspiring.

What was the worst trend you participated in?

The entirety of the 1990s is something I wish I could erase.

Where to see Burkhart perform in March:

March 4 at Cheer Up Charlies, SXSW at the Tee Pee Records showcase at Swan Dive.

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It’s not about the hits for Lawrence Boone and his blog (covertcuriosity. “I don’t deal with the analytical side of my blog — the numbers, traffic, etc. — it’s just my little musical diary,” Boone says. “But it’s cool to strike up a conversation with someone after a show and have them recognize the blog. I never really know who’s looking at it, but when I find out who is... that’s just cool.”

Behind the scenes with three of Austin’s most popular music bloggers By Jacqueline Rangel Photography by Chad Wadsworth

It o n ly mak e s s e n s e that the “Live Music Capital of the World” should have its fair share of blogs dedicated solely to the best and brightest that this city (and the music industry at large) has to offer. Austin Writes

Music, Austin Bloggy Limits and Covert Curiosity are just that — online outlets and resources that provide both blogger and reader a place to explore Austin’s unique music culture.

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covert curiosity Lawrence B oone

SXSW Must- Sees by Covert Curiosity

1. Diamond Rugs. This is a new super group that contains members of a handful of my favorite bands, including Deer Tick frontman McCauley, Black Lips guitarist Ian Saint Pé and singer-guitarist Hardy Morris of Dead Confederate. Their first single is a rambling country-rock tune all about the swilling of beer. I’m betting this crew will provide a great live show. 2. Sleepy Sun. This emerging group out of San Francisco is soon to release their third full-length album, recorded with producer Dave Catching (exguitarist for Queens of Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal.) The 5-piece band has become known for their slow-burning brand of psych-rock, celebrated both for its softer folk moments and hefty guitar jams. 3. Built To Spill. Even though this band has been around for nearly 20 years, they are a recent discovery for me. A couple of friends led me to their show in Austin at Emo’s in late 2010, and it was one of the best shows saw that year. The Boise-based band crafts anthemic, jam-friendly indie rock with catchy guitar hooks. 4. Peaking Lights. This Cali-bred husband and wife duo makes trippy, laid-back electronic music that is addictive and hypnotic in equal measures. I included the band’s latest album on my best of 2011 list. Labeled dub-psych, it’s the perfect soundtrack for lying in the grass and staring up at the sky. Peaking Lights will also be appearing at Austin Psych Fest this year. 5. Thee Oh Sees. This San Francisco garage rock band is always entertaining. Their shows are like miniature rock ‘n roll riots, full of sweat and overwhelming angst, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. I missed their performance at Fun Fun Fun Fest in 2011, so I’m looking forward to catching them during SXSW this year.


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he “senior” blog of the bunch, Covert Curiosity (covertcuriosity. started carving out its niche as a trusted source for local music information in July of 2006. “There weren’t really any specifically music blogs in Austin at the time, and I wanted a place to expose some of the interesting things I was getting into and discovering,” says Lawrence Boone of his blog. Boone, who has been the Music Editor for Do512 since 2007 (a role he was hired for largely due to his pre-existing blogosphere presence), cherishes the little moments of serendipity that Austin’s hyper-creative music scene tends to create. In fact, it was one such evening, a small non-hyped show at Trophy’s Bar & Grill on South Congress, that convinced him that sharing his finds was a necessity. “I saw Ghostland Observatory, White Denim and Lions at this small hole in the wall with maybe 30 other people and I kept thinking, ‘Why did I not know more about this? People should know where to find these things!’ That’s the type of stuff I set out to share,” he says. So what type of music can Covert Curiosity readers expect to learn about on the blog? “My taste in music is pretty much all over the place,” says Boone with a chuckle. This nondiscriminatory approach is one that he hopes to continue to expand upon, especially as he highlights even more local talent. Originally from Bellmead, Texas (a small town just outside of Waco), Boone is all too familiar with what it’s like to have limited

musical choices. “Early on, I listened to all classic rock like Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix because that’s what my parents liked, and growing up, I went through phases just like everyone else. But you can tell on the blog when there is someone I get excited about, and it’s typically rock and roll.

a u s t i n w r i te s m u s i c Caitlin Wittlif


or Caitlin Wittlif, blogging came naturally. It was (and still is) the perfect outlet for creative expression, combining her love of writing, music and digital media. Having graduated from the University of Texas in 2009 with a double major in Media Studies and Multimedia Journalism, the San Antonio native was ready to hit the Austin scene and chronicle the bands she loved best via her blog, Austin Writes Music ( After becoming involved with (UT’s student radio) during her freshman year, she pursued working at The Daily Texan (UT’s student newspaper) as a sophomore. “That’s when I started to do writing. That was the time when I thought, ‘OK, I want to interview people about this now,’” she remembers fondly. The blog itself was born in late 2009 out of an assignment for one of her classes. And although she originally launched Austin Writes Music with her friend Brittany Rodriguez, Rodriguez has since scaled back her involvement, instead focusing

SXSW Must- Sees by Austin Writes Music

1. The Drums. Since the Drums’ sophomore album, Portamento, was released last year, it has been living in my record player/car stereo/Spotify work playlist. It is a perfect blend of melancholy and throwback sock hop rock, with honest, straightforward and easily relatable lyrics and insanely catchy melodies. To top that off, the Drums are killer live performers – when they hit the Parish on their last tour through town, the second “Money” began, the entire crowd was kickstarted into a wild pogo-ing mass. Any show they play will rock, no question. 2. What Made Milwaukee Famous. I embarrassingly thought this band had broken up, and was devastated. However, Austin’s own is still alive and well, and they were the show to beat during Free Week. They sound tighter than ever, and as always, keep you smiling start to finish at a live show. It’s been a long while since we’ve been able to enjoy What Made Milwaukee Famous. Indulge. 3. Sarah Jaffe. Sarah Jaffe is fierce. Her debut album is full of folksy goodness, but as she continues on in her career, she’s already begun to experiment with live voice looping and sick hip-hop beats. Her voice is always the show-stealer, though, as it engulfs you in this heart-stopping, brain-melting way. She’s a force you should try to experience in a venue with amazing sound, because her music commands it.

Caitlin Wittlif of got her big break when she scored her own radio show on UT’s student radio station, She says: “That was a defining choice for me — it changed everything after that.”

4. Teitur. The last time I saw Teitur was at SXSW 2007, when he performed on my birthday and promised to play me “Amanda’s Dream” but then forgot. I will forgive him that, of course, because his voice is as soothing as a baby’s coo, and his music plays with all different kinds of folk rock that you will totally enchant you, start to finish. Plus, I have to see him and reclaim my song. 5. The Black & White Years. This is one of my very favorite Austin bands. The Black & White Years craft electro-rock tunes that are made to make you dance. Lead man Scott Butler is fascinating to watch, with performance quirks that are entrancing. They’re due for some new material, so their performances should not be missed.

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on individual identity and design projects as needed. As a result, AWM content is developed solely by Wittliff — but she’s up to the challenge. “I’m insanely passionate about the bands I love. I want them to succeed and want everyone to know about them so that they can be as positively effected by their music. That’s why I got into this whole crazy business,” she says. With the mentality that more diversity in coverage and voice only increases the odds of new music discovery for her readers, Wittlif is eager to have other enthusiastic music aficionados contribute to the site. “My hope is to make it a vehicle for a lot of Austin writers who don’t have a place to put their stuff — to put it all together and develop a readership.” Wittlif’s content is a healthy mix of show previews and reviews (primarily rock-based and local), with a heavy emphasis on storytelling, on translating the pulsing experience of a live show into a digital narrative “that makes you feel like you were there, even if you weren’t.”

austin bloggy limits B en Wintle


n Ben Wintle’s mind, Austin was a mythical city, full of live music, fun festivals and sunshine. So much so, that he moved here, sight unseen, from coastal Maine in 2006 after reading about SXSW and watching an Austin City Limits episode with Arcade Fire. “I remember thinking, ‘I’m missing


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everything! It’s all happening there,’” he says with the conviction of a die-hard music fan. Wintle’s Austin Bloggy Limits ( was created in mid2008 with two-fold intent: to reinvigorate his predictable daily routine of “waiting tables, going home, hanging out and going to shows” and to more efficiently disseminate his music culture knowledge to his friends. “It got to be where I was pretty much a verbal blogger, so I thought, ‘I’ll just collect all of this in one spot so that when people ask me for tips, I can send them to a website.’” Considering the fact that his tagline is “a blog that bloggers read,” Wintle stays true to a unique voice by providing a nuanced and filtered look at upcoming shows and albums. Similar to Austin Writes Music, Austin Bloggy Limits is less a go-to source of concert information and more a place for expository exploration. Unlike Wittlif, who most enjoys penning reviews, Wintle’s favorite posts are previews, helping readers make decisions based on the experiences they might expect to have with certain albums and bands. Wintle smartly utilizes a multimedia approach that spans supplemental digital platforms as well. Most notably is his active participation on the popular social music network, Spotify, where he has created an extensive playlist dedicated solely to official SXSW acts, but he’s also a frequent tweeter as well, under the handle @AustinBloggy. “There are so many facets to social media — it’s not like you can just do the writing.” On the blog, he is resolute in including audio or video samples of a song for each artist he profiles, with 95% of the posts featuring embedded YouTube videos. “Ideally, the way I’d like for everyone to read it is that you hit play on the song and then read it, because that’s how I write it. I’m all about mood descriptors. Music to me is a tone-setter.”

“Ideally, the way I’d like for everyone to read it is that you hit play on the song and then read it, because that’s how I write it. I’m all about mood descriptors. Music to me is a tonesetter.” — ben wintle —

SXSW Must- Sees by Austin Bloggy Limits

1. Electric Wire Hustle. They’re from New Zealand, and they really blew me away. It’s just like soul music on top of hip-hop break beats and it’s really cool. 2. North Highlands. I’m super excited about this one. It’s fun indie power pop from Brooklyn. They made my top albums list last year, and I didn’t get to see them perform. 3. Caveman. I just fell in love with CoCo Beware — it was my #1 album last year — but I didn’t see them either. It’s almost like Grizzly Bear: really moody, textured indie. 4. Solander. I’m pretty sure they’re from Norway, and they’re just really nice textured indie pop. 5. Purity Ring. They’ve only released three or four songs on the Internet right now but they blew my mind at FunFunFun Fest. It’s just two people with female vocals and the guy plays drum machines and MPC sequencers. He created this system of welded brass pipes that he hits at different places to make different sounds. They were by far my favorite band at FunFest.

“It’s funny, my Twitter is more popular than my blog,” says Ben Wintle of “I think that it speaks to short attention spans, and it’s almost perfect for my style of humor, because I have a very flat, two-sentence approach.”

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— E d Ba iley , VP Brand Development, Au stin City Limits


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second bar + Kitchen, photography by casey dunn; Pizza, photography by scott walker, ed bailey, photography by joel Salcido.

Get the scoop on where our favorite Austinites fill their post-party cravings.

“The 2nd Street District is the new home for Austin City Limits. After shows I often head straight Second Bar + Kitchen (200 Congress Ave.) for a wood-fired pulled pork and green chili pizza. Plus, David Bull and team always aim to please — no matter what time you drop in. I live on the East Side, so hitting Justine’s (4710 East 5th St.) on the way home for a heaping plate of their signature Bolognaise will cure any ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down.’”

aaron & stacy franklin, photography by jeff stockton; yvonne lambert, photography by Angel Ceballos; motoyasu utsunomiya & Paul Qui East side king. photography by jay b. sauceda; chicken photography by marshall wright; joanna wilkinson, photograph courtesy of keep austin stylish.

Late Night Bites “My favorite late-night dining spot is East Side King (1618 E. 6th St.). Being a huge fan of Uchi/ Uchiko, I was extremely excited when Paul Qui opened up these trailers. Pretty much everything they serve is amazing, but I’m partial to the Thai Chicken Karaage and the Fried Brussels Sprout Salad. So delicious! They have three locations (each with different menus!), but I usually frequent The Liberty trailer. I think I’m going to have to eat there tonight!” - Y vo n n e Lam b e rt , Th e O c topus P roject

“We love to dine out! Justine’s Brasserie (4710 E. 5th St.) is our favorite little neighborhood restaurant. It’s a bit out of the way, but they always have great dinner specials, great music playing and delicious libations. Don’t be afraid to try the burger — it’s damn good. Or, there’s The Liberty (1618 E. 6th St.). Okay, so this is really a bar, but East Side King is a great trailer out back. We normally get a couple draft beers and then order. The menu is pretty small, so you could easily try one of everything. The Brussels Sprouts are great, and the Thai Chicken Karaage is delicious. Just don’t ask me to pronounce that. Piedras Negras, a trailer at Pleasant Valley and Cesar Chavez. is another East Side spot that is easy for us to hit up on the way home. Tacos and gorditas come with cilantro and onions. Try the carnitas.” —A a ron & Stacy F ra n k l i n, Ow n e r s of Franklin BBQ

East Side King's Thai Chicken Karaage is a favorite among hungry Austinites.

“ W h e n I s e e “ f r i e d” a n d “c h i c k e n ” i n the d e sc r i p t i o n o f a m e n u i t e m , i t ’ s p r etty much a g ua r a n t e e t h at ’ s w h at I w i l l o r d er (especially a f t e r a f e w be e r s ) . B u t t h e Th a i Chicken Ka r a ag e at Ea s t Sid e K i n g ( 1 6 1 8 E. 6th St.) is so m u c h m o r e t h a n a t y p i c a l f r i e d s nack. T he u n i q u e m e l d i ng o f ta s t y f l avo r s, com bined with t h e l a i d -bac k at m os p h e r e o f Th e Li b erty, makes E a s t S i d e K i n g t h e p e r f ec t l at e- n ight meal, with o r w i t h o u t a b e e r .” — J oa n n a W i l k i n so n, B logg e r , Ke e p Austin Stylish

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— K e i t h Dav i s Yo u ng, D esi gner “When asked about late-night dining during SXSW, the very first thing that comes to mind is Frank (407 Colorado St.). I almost exclusively order the Jackalope, which is a hot dog made of antelope, rabbit and pork sausage with huckleberry compote, sriracha aioli and cheddar. I order a corn cup on the side, which is delicious. In addition to these mouth-watering artisan sausages that they make in house, they offer vegetarian hot dogs as well as gluten-free buns (and gluten-free beer, thank you very much). Frank is a place that you’ll want to sit and stay awhile. The feeling during South-by is festive and fun, whether you’re seeking late-night food or brunch to help your hangover. Make sure you hit up Frank at least once to complete your SXSW experience. Almost immediately after Frank, I think of

Kebabalicious (450 E. 7th St.), a Turkish kebab food trailer. There will be a long line, and it will be worth every minute of waiting. I get the beef/lamb kebab with tzatziki. They put it in a bowl and provide utensils for their gluten-free clients, like me. They are planning on opening a store front at 7th and Navasota on the east side. More kebabs for everyone!” — Ashle y Ga r m o n, Ph oto gr a p h e r


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“Given I am biased because one of the owners is my brother-in-law, but when I am out on the East Side of town I love to pick up a slice of East Side Pies. The Guiche (goat cheese, green chilies, sundried tomatoes, spinach and garlic) is heavenly, and I thought that before they were family. They will also deliver pizza to bars so you never have to leave your stool — or more importantly, your frosty beverage.” — J e n n i f e r Pe r k i n s, N aug h t y S ecretary Clu b

“Every year is different, but the calmest spots during SXSW are the ones that are simultaneously local, accustomed to quick service, and provide shelter from constant revelry, light and sound. To that end, Las Cazuelas (1701 E. Cesar Chavez) basically satisfies every need you may have: a welcome interior, piles of delicious food and drinks that combat dehydration, caffeinewithdrawal or sobriety. Complimentary green and red salsas, heaping helpings of fish, tamales and tacos served whenever. Try the nopales. Far enough down Cesar Chavez to give you a respite from the din of SX, but not so far away that you won’t feel at home. Late hours, welcome’s basically perfect, given that you aren’t hoping to overpay or leave hungry.” — A da m Sc h rag i n , Co - E d i to r, Austinist

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“ I’ m u s ua l ly wo r k i ng long h o u r s at t h e s t u d i o in East Au s t i n . By t h e t i m e I g et back to m y h o u s e i n H y d e Park, it ’s p r e t t y l at e a n d c h oices are s l i m . My favo r i t e l ate dinner s p ot wo u l d h av e to be Maru ( 4 6 3 6 B u r n e t R d. ) . Their sushi is i n c r e d ib l e a n d s u p er cheap. I a lways o r d e r t h e J -Bom b.”

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“Go to 24 Diner (600 N. Lamar Blvd.) for their Veggie burger. It’s made with beets and topped with goat cheese and arugula. It’s amazing! — Jo e l M oz e r s k y , In t e r i o r D eco r ato r

“I just got into Bomb Tacos (97 Rainey St.) recently after going over to the White Horse for the first time. They’re open super late (‘til 3am), which is great for me because I usually eat dinner after midnight, plus it’s also only about 100 yards from my doorstep at the Hotel Vegas. I haven’t tried all the tacos, but the Al Pastor, Steak Fajita and BBQ Chicken tacos are awesome, and they’re only $3 each.”

“El Taquito (1713 E. Riverside Dr.) for the barbacoa tacos. So tender. Fresh salsa bar. Fresh pico de gallo. This place has the Mexican food that I never knew existed growing up in Philly and living in Boston. When you see the horchata and aguas frescas made from cantaloupe and watermelon behind the counter, you know you’re in the right place. AND, it basically never closes. Have I mentioned the barbacoa?” — Nan o W h i t m a n , m usician

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“For 12 years, I was a Texan living in New York City and every time I came home I headed straight to Magnolia Café (1920 S. Congress Ave.) for the big breakfast taco regardless of the time of day. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love a breakfast taco. I have been back in Austin for six years now and I have a lot of favorite places but come 2am, I will almost always head to Magnolia Café for a little bit of heaven in a flour tortilla.” — Ela i n e Ga r za , G i a n t N o i s e

Sometimes my job makes me a kind of superhero. By day, an adventurous food editor, eager to try whatever food trailer crosses my path or the latest buzz-shrouded restaurant. By night, a comfort-seeking music editor, who wants to rest her feet and relive the evening’s mind-blowing or ear-numbing entertainment over a plate of pancakes. (Pancakes are the ultimate super food: They make everything better.) My late-night go-to is any outlet of my favorite Austin 24-hour restaurant—the great Kerbey Lane (3704 Kerbey Ln.). They offer more than breakfast fare, of course, but I am unable to resist their pancakes, which always arrive cooked to perfection: golden on the outside and spongy in the middle, neither too eggy nor too dense. If they’re in season, try the pumpkin! I prefer the drama of one big Kerbey pancake vs. the short stack.” — Sh a ro n C h a p ma n , f o o d a nd music editor, Au s t i n A m e rica n-S tatesm an

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— C ha r l i e J o n e s, Pa rt n e r , C 3 P r e s e n ts

"For late-night dining, I head straight for The Backspace (507 San Jacinto Blvd.), a cozy, always-crowded trattoria in the heart of Austin. The Neapolitan pizzas are the real deal here — thin, chewy crusts, served hot out of an Italian brick oven. I usually go with white anchovies and Gaeta olives or the roasted mushroom pizza with ricotta, tomato, capers and thyme. Add a farm egg to almost anything for an extra couple of dollars. The Backspace will close during SXSW when dough runs out — at 12:30am. It’s next to impossible to go wrong at this hip yet affordable Austin haunt." —Laura Kelso , Fo o d & Tr av e l F r e e l a n c e W riter and Co - Fo u n d e r , D i s h o l a .co m

“I t ’s impos s ib l e to g e t a ca b dow n tow n durin g SXSW, so I’ l l usually wa l k h o m e to C larks v i l l e, sometimes s to p p i ng at my favo r i t e w i n e bar, M ul be r ry ( 3 6 0 N ueces St. ) , o n t h e way. I t ’s so coz y and the fo o d i s delicious! I lov e the meatba l l s o r any of th e g r i l l e d sandwich e s. T h e y have a new s e a so n a l specials m e n u to o with some y u m m y surprises.” — E l iza beth Gibson , Ow n e r of Eliza Pag e

“My go-to East 6th comfort food is a Pad Laos Noodle Bowl with spicy peanut sauce from Me So Hungry (1104 E. 6th St.) behind Cheer Up Charlie’s, but lately, I’m more likely to hit up my friendly neighborhood taco truck Piedras Negras. While it’s a little out of the fray at Cesar Chavez and Pleasant Valley, you’ll rarely find a tastier barbacoa or al pastor taco, especially at 4am. Make sure to choose corn tortillas with onions and cilantro and smother it in their very-spicy green salsa. Ask for red and they’ll immediately know you’re an out-of-towner.” —Dan Gentile, Editor of the Austin Thrillist & Member of Flying Turns DJ Crew


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photographs courtesy of charlie jones, elizabeth gibson and laura kelso, respectively; backspace pizza, photography by chris patunas; dan gentile, photography by jimmy kim.

“For late-night dining, it depends on my mood. It’s a toss-up between a long-time favorite Magnolia Café (1920 S. Congress Ave.) for the Mag Mud Queso or Justine’s (4710 E. 5th St.) for the Steak Frites.”

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Late Night Bites

“I'm crazy about the margaritas (Don Julio, Cointreau, Whisper of Agave) at La Condesa (400 W. 2nd St.), especially alongside their tuna tostadas and lima bean tacos. The wine bar at Wink (1014 N. Lamar Blvd.) always serves a great sparkling wine by the glass and is a great place to catch up with friends. For drinks with an el rancho vibe, I love Contigo (2027 Anchor Lane) and the beer garden at Lucy's Fried Chicken (2218 College Ave.). When it comes to music, I'm lazy about wrist bands so all roads lead to SXSJ (Billy Jo Shaver always makes me cry) and icy cans of Modelo, please.” — Pau la D i s b row e S e n i o r E d i to r , Southern Living

“If you’re looking for a little late-night Mexican food, wander across I-35 to the corner of 6th and San Marcos. In the back of the food court located there, you’ll find one of the best street taco vendors in the city, called Pueblo Viejo (1006 E. 6th St.). Cool your well-worn SXSW heels with a Mexican Coke and one of their taco plates. I recommend you try the Al Pastor. You’ll be glad you did.” —Jay B. Sau c e da , Ph oto g r a p h e r

One of my favorite late night places is East Side Showroom. Their menu is ever changing and always includes the freshest organic local ingredients. They recently had goat samosas on the menu that were so good that I had three orders! The kitchen is open most nights until midnight, and you really can't go wrong with the menu!” — Ma s ha P oloskova, Ow n e r o f F e athers & Moss

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“...a powerful, emotional theatrical experience that doesn’t let go when you leave the theater.”


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Concept/Choreography by Stephen Mills Music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass One of the most talked about Ballet Austin works, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project brings heartbreaking beauty to the stage and a timely reminder that injustice to one is injustice to all.

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ollo Rico is no secret to my friends and family. After a long day at work, school or soccer practice, this funky Mexican chicken spot is a weekly stop for quick, delicious comfort food that everyone can agree on. I have been a South Austinite for over 20 years, and Mexican food joints can be found on every corner. We have so many favorites like lazy Saturday morning breakfasts at Arandas #4 or the warm empanadas de camote from La Mexicana Bakery…but Pollo Rico has the top spot in our heart, and I have yet to meet anyone who didn’t become an instant convert. We have chef and foodie friends who have asked us to bring some over for football watching, coworkers who request it for work meetings and guests who beg for the address of that Mexican chicken place. The word is out.

Although Pollo Rico has a number of other tasty items on the menu — we heart the tortas and quesadillas — the true star is the whole chicken combo. The juicy, charcoalgrilled chicken arrives with a steaming-hot stack of corn tortillas, amazing green and red sauces, beans, rice, a whole grilled onion, jalapeno and lime — all for $13! We often opt for picking up some Pollo (and some margarita fixings!) for a hassle-free, family-style party. The chicken comes wrapped in white butcher paper, and when we get home, we simply place it on a big platter with the paper underneath for easy cleanup. Friends with kids? Hungry musician friends? Ravenous teens? Pollo Rico is the perfect solution for an impromptu get together! I’m betting you will never go back to grocery store rotisserie chickens again. We mostly use the drive through, but Pollo Rico also has picnic tables out front if you want to enjoy your chicken on the spot. The intersection there is busy and the atmosphere is overflowing with local color — but sometimes, you just won’t want to wait. ROSE REYES Rose Reyes is the Director of Music Marketing for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also serves on the board of the Texas Music Hall of Fame and is an active volunteer with the SIMS Foundation and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. This year, Reyes will be co-chairing the Corporate Battle of the Bands for the organization. A mother of three, Reyes also interviews local musical talent for the blog, 20 Questions 4 Austin.

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