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Coming to a Theater Near You 58

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Thomas Turner Digs a Crowd Response 70

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Profile in Style:

Column: Kristin Armstrong


Sarah Ann Mockbee & Sam Douglas


Exposed: James Taylor


Behind the Scenes




Inspiration Board: Sarah Hickman


Eat, Drink, Sleep Music 74 Max Frost is Hot 82 Vintage Sounds Abound 92 In Praise of the Pompadour 100 Liz Lambert: What I'm Listening to Now 106 14


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Arts & Entertainment Calendar



Artist Spotlight


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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:sarah ann & sam mockbee photo by wynn myers; max frost photo by leann mueller; katie graham photo by matt rainwaters; c-boy's photo by jessica pages; dale watson photo by leann mueller; Tame impala cover photo by bill sallans.


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Paula Disbrowe

Paula disbrowe photo by wynn myers; hair + makeup by franchska bryant. Dale watson photo by leann mueller.

s luck would have it, my first issue as editor of Tribeza dovetails with SXSW—talk about baptism by fire. Top: Photographer LeAnn Mueller and I’m proud to take the reins from the assistant Ali Clem shooting the stylish Max Frost thoughtful and talented Lauren Smith at Whisler's on East 6th Ford, who spent eight years crafting St. Bottom: Easy Rider: Dale was a natural at our a respected brand and a beautiful photo shoot, and arrived publication. And my new charge of covering the creative class in with excellent props (including his sweet ride). our growing, endlessly inspiring city? Dream job. One of my favorite Austin music moments happened early. When my husband and I first moved to Texas from New York, we spent four years cooking on a ranch in the Hill Country. Whenever we had a break, we’d head to Austin—where we instantly felt at home—for music and margaritas. On one such occasion, we ended up at The Continental Club. I spotted a lanky guy playing pool who looked vaguely familiar, but I couldn’t put my finger on where I’d seen him before. Then it hit me. I approached him and asked, “Has anyone ever told you that you look like Townes Van Zandt?” “Yep,” he answered, in a rich, deep voice that sounded disarmingly like his father’s, “Ever since I was a kid. He’s my dad.” Since then, the thrill and surprising accessibility of Texas music legends has continued to shape our history here. In Austin, live music creates the fabric of our daily lives. We run into rockstars at Whole Foods, and they attend our kids’ birthday parties. We dash past bands at the airport. My neighbor Rick McNulty, a DJ on KUTX, keeps me company on my drive home from the office. In the last decade I’ve seen some great music. There were Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis at Scholz Garten and Lucinda Williams at the Paramount. Terry Allen made me laugh at the Cactus Café, and Guy Clark made me cry. I’ve interviewed Lyle Lovett over a slice of coconut pie (best assignment ever!). Our creative community includes a growing number of leading filmmakers as well. Like music, their work is ours for the enjoying. (I can’t wait to catch the Austin Film Society’s series, “Jewels in the Wasteland: a Trip Through 80’s Cinema” hosted by Richard Linklater, at the new Marchesa Hall and Theatre.) We celebrate the talents to watch in this month’s issue in Jaime Netzer’s profile of local up-and-coming filmmakers (page 64). I also sat down with Max Frost (page 84), a young musician with a red hot hit on his hands. We’re betting he’s poised to take the industry by storm. The current music scene is not all internet-fueled forward movement, either. In “Vintage Sounds Abound” (page 94), writer Dan Gentile explores how bands devoted to the music of the early 20th century have amassed a growing fan base in some of the hippest venues in the city. There will be a lot of flash and sparkle this month, and predictions about “the next big thing.” We’re eager to learn what’s coming down the pike, but in the end, our hearts remain true to our troubadour past. Even though Austin is growing like a wild fire in a drought, the rustic spirit of Texas roots music (and unlikely pastimes like chicken shit bingo) still flourish with enthusiastic audiences. Few locals embody that irreverent spirit more than legendary troubadour Dale Watson (page 58). Join us as we raise our longnecks high and salute the sheer joy of toe-tapping Texas music.


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artist Charles Long’s work with a reception at the Jones Center, which included a

Thinkery, Austin’s new children’s museum.

preview of the show, a curator walk-through, and a live DJ set by Young Pharaohs.

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The Contemporary celebrated the opening of its winter/spring exhibition of

Form:Function: 1. Jessica Escobedo & Anna Escobedo 2. Sheryl Cole & Chris Noack 3. Richard & Kelly Weiss 4. Lina Murillo & Sergio Henslee 5. Kelly Henson & Cassie Gresham Charles Long: 6. Michael Hargens & Jack Murphy 7. Lana McGilvray & DJ Stout 8. Erin Ivey & Cam Rogers 9. Madeline Hart & Collier Bailey 10. Lauren Stacey & Melina Cortez


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TRIBEZA Interiors Tour Kick Off Party at Scott + Cooner TRIBEZA kicked off its first Interiors

Tour with a party at Scott + Cooner. As guests lounged in the modern showroom, they enjoyed food and drinks from Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Duchman Winery.





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TRIBEZA celebrated the launch of the February “Love” issue with a party at Departure Lounge. Guests mingled with the issue’s featured Austinites over bubbly, chocolates, and sweets from featured confectioners Chocolate Makers Studio and Coco Paloma Desserts.





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Ben Kweller live at the Black Fret Launch Party

Black Fret Launch Party at Gibson Brands Showroom An endowment for local m usicians As any musician knows, pursuing a passion is not a likely path for getting rich (or even paying rent on time). But a handful of recent Austin nonprofits recognize the value in cultivating such passions, especially for this music-minded city. The newest take on this is Black Fret, a nonprofit that aims to create an endowment for local musicians that will fund and help sustain their work. “Local music is truly an art form that needs to be recognized and supported,” says co-founder Matt Ott. “And just like you would support the opera or symphony, we want to create a group of patrons of local music.” Black Fret, which officially launched in January by Ott and Colin Kendrick (the pair also started the education and business-minded organization Austin Music Foundation), allows for the opportunity for members to “create a musical ecosystem,” Ott explains. The way it works, nonprofit members will nominate and select more than 40 musicians each year to be recipients of grants up to $25,000. In return, the musicians will be present at exclusive, members-only shows and events. And with founding membership limited to 1,333 spots, the opportunity guarantees members intimate opportunities to experience local music. As for the name? As Kendrick explains, a fret—a divider spaced across the neck of a guitar—provides “the support needed to create complex chords and meld them into beautiful music.” And the search for a nonexistent “black fret” (“there is no metal that can sustain a metal-on-metal contact and remain black”) extends the analogy: Black Fret’s recognizing the preciousness of the creation of music, and eventually “becoming a pillar of the community to support it.” More information about the organization, membership, and their upcoming SXSW events are at





Black Fret: 1. Jacob Stetson & Taylor Ellison 2. Dave Madden, Sarah Perez & Mike Meadows 3. Heather Alden, Amanda Garcia & Jennifer Vocelka 4. Ashley Ryan & James Taylor 5. Amber Lafrance & Heather Wagner Reed 6. Alissa Durham & Lincoln Durham


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LAND party at Billy Reid

Billy Reid hosted Austin design duo LAND—Caleb Everitt and Ryan Rhodes—for a showing of their new work. The evening also featured music by Shakey Graves, and refreshments from



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Coffee, and Easy Tiger.

KUTX VIP Birthday Concert at Bass Concert Hall

KUTX 98.9 hosted its first birthday with a celebration at Bass Concert Hall, including performances by Neko Case, Iron and Wine, and Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.





Dell Children's Gala Over 1,000 guests attended the annual Dell Children’s Gala, an annual event providing more than $1 million to the medical center’s area of greatest need. The evening, held at the Austin Convention Center and hosted by members of the Dell Children’s Council and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, included live music, silent and live auctions, dinner, and dancing.





LAND: 1. Clifton Mooney, Kristie Ferriso & Tyler Dunson 2. Emma Kohlmann & Mikaylah Bowman 3. Alex Park & Seth Rosson 4. Michaele Smith & Kelly Dugan KUTX: 5. Jim Scarborough & Christina Shipley 6. Bob Schneider & Laura Moore 7. Michael Scott Jr. & Ivan Wagner 8. Steve Chaney & Shakey Graves Dell Children's: 9. Elena Mcginnis, Todd & Stephanie O'Neill 10. Kim Cone & Nicole Kissler 11. Dave Steakley & Brette Butterfield 12. Marissa Tarleton, Laura Craddick & Cameron Breed


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Chavez Preview Party

Alexandre Renoir Meet and Greet

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Guests enjoyed a sneak peek of the restaurant's Southwestern cuisine,

Impressionist artist, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Alexandre was in Austin to show

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his own modern Impressionist paintings.

Austin food-lovers celebrated the launch of chef Shawn Cirkiel's new

Austin culture seekers gathered to meet Alexandre Renoir at the Russell

Chavez: 1. Armando Zambrano & Brian Gardner 2. Amanda Boman & Bo Duncan 3. Caroline Ittner, Amanda McArthur & Anne Campbell 4. Jacob Kalbfleisch & Rebecca Gamache 5. Scott Lawrence & Kevin Smothers Renoir: 6. Lisa Russell & Alexandre Renoir 7. Domenic Valldejuli & Alexis Schnalzer 8. Susanne Reh & Cory Gossard 9. Briana McKeague & Brian Schwarz 10. Cory Lathem, Eric Hart & Julia Fratantuono


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Heart Songs BY K R I STI N ARMSTRO NG I llu s tr ation by Joy G a ll ag h er

When I’m settling into a new house, one of the first orders of business is to get my music connected. Who wants to unpack boxes without tunes, obviously? But it’s more than that. Music creates an atmosphere, a mood, a background, a theme. I have certain things I like to listen to when I work, when I clean, when I cook, when my kids are doing homework, when I have friends over for a cocktail or a dinner party, when I have my someone special over for wine. Certain playlists are approved when the pool and hot tub are filled with teenagers. Other selections fill my house with peace and good energy when my kids are with their dad. I need music when I’m getting dressed to go out, or taking a bath to stay in. Music calms, energizes, reminds, uplifts, and restores. It brings rest and romance. It speaks to us when we don’t feel like listening to anyone else. Sometimes when I’m having an off day, I’ll ask God to make my playlist, and I’ll pick random stations on XM and settle in for my endless rounds of car pool and kid shuffle. It never fails. I’ll get the best mix, the perfect reminder of who I am. An old AC/DC song reminds me of high school and warming up before a soccer game. Big Head Todd takes me back to Ohio and barhopping in college. Sheryl Crow crooning in my ears reminds me of walking in France when I was pregnant. I might be transported back to a crazy night of dancing at a Paris disco. Or a personal Lyle Lovett concert by our bonfire at the ranch. Or an old Neil Diamond, Waylon, Willie, or Johnny Cash song that reminds me why I love my dad so much. Or a Tom Waits or Leonard Cohen song that mandates I call my brother. Dido reminds me of breakup tears and how far I’ve come. Bob Marley always reminds me that no matter what, it’s all good. I think we all have an internal mix tape. Some of our songs we may have completely forgotten, until they surprise us again and we crank up the volume and somehow, still, know every single word and feel compelled to sing them all loudly. My kids are very disturbed by this. The best is when there is a new rap song that’s a remake or remix of an old song, and when I belt out the words my son looks at me and clearly has

grave concerns about what I do when they are away. Ha. Do not put your mother in a box. Maybe our internal mix tape plays behind that question “What makes your heart sing?” It’s an important question and the sooner you know the answer, the more joyful life becomes. When I was younger, the things I thought made my heart sing were big things. Big dreams and big ideas and big goals along the lines of “I’ll be happy when . . .” When I graduate. When I get a job. When I get a better job. When I have a boyfriend. When I buy a house. When I get engaged. When I get married. When I get pregnant. When I finally have this baby. When I lose five pounds. When my kids are out of diapers. When I get published. When my divorce is over. When I remarry. When I sell my house. When I finish this project. If “the thing I want to happen happens” then “I will finally be happy.” Happy When statements are bullshit. And they certainly do not make my heart sing, even when they come true—because there is always another one ready to take its place. Today I can tell you what makes my heart sing, and it’s nothing big and it’s nothing that involves Happy When. It’s more along the lines of Joy Now. It’s my word for the year, and I might just make it my theme song. The word is “Present.” Being present makes my heart sing. When I am present I am not able to dwell in the past. I cannot replay scenes and relive situations and comment on what I should or could have done differently. When I am present I cannot anxiously peer into the future and worry about what may happen. I cannot pretend to have the power to control outcomes. When I am present, I am merely, blissfully in the now. I am with the people I’m with. I’m doing the thing I’m presently doing. I’m listening, for real, because I can’t think about what brilliant thing I might say next. I’m playing without thinking of working. I’m working without thinking of playing. I’m loving who I’m with and I’m with who I’m loving. I’m being. And simply saying that is music to my ears.

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ustin is still a place where people can pursue crazy ideas and turn a passion into a paycheck,” says James Taylor, the general manager of Holy Mountain, a bar and live music venue in the heart of downtown’s Red River Cultural District. Between sips of Pearl Snap, we are chatting about the breakneck speed of Austin’s growth. With his buzz cut, plaid shirt, and crisp, dark denim, Taylor has the retro charm of a 1950s comic book hero. But he’s firmly committed to the future of his favorite city. “Our rich history means that many other music communities around the country and world are looking to see how the creative class will address this growth,” he says. “Can Austin stay affordable? Can the cool that entices companies like Google and Facebook and X Games stay relevant, so those industries stay? We’re at a pivotal time with the opportunity to develop a model that works here and for other creative cities.” For his part, Taylor, a Houston native who graduated from the University of Texas in 2004, is keeping his knees bent. After years spent booking and managing bands, he found himself yearning to launch his own venue. Holy Mountain (named for a 1973 film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky) opened last year. With spare, woodsy decor (it’s modeled after a Midwestern basement where you might steal a nip with your grandfather), solid drinks, and an eclectic roster of music, Holy Mountain is poised to evolve with the imminent development (and subsequent shifting demographics) of Waller Creek. p. di s b row e

10 Questions for james

When and where are you happiest? There’s a two-part answer to this. I genuinely love SXSW because I get to see so many friends from around the country in one place. It’s a great feeling to pick up conversations with people like you just saw them yesterday, even if it’s been a year since you were in the same room together. Fast-forward a week or so later, and you’ll find me and my girlfriend on a plane, taking our annual post-SXSW vacation to wherever, with months of hard work in our rearview. What musician rocked your world in high school? I was a huge Rage Against the Machine fan—my


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first band was a Rage Against the Machine cover band! If you could see any musician, living or dead, perform live who would it be? Oh man, Miles Davis in the year 1970. What is your favorite decade? If I could have worked for Blue Note Records in the early 1960s…I can’t imagine anything better. Who or what inspires you most? My friendships and the people around me. I have so many great friends who work in the music industry, doing what they love. That inspires me and motivates me. What are your favorite bands right now? Locally it’s Mighty Mountain, Growl, and Otis the Destroyer. Nationally I can’t stop listening to Volcano Choir.

What are you most proud of? The day we opened the doors at Holy Mountain, I honestly felt like my life had changed completely. It became, “Alright, better strap in.” I felt an immense sense of pride—and stress. What’s your favorite Austin venue? Other than my own?! Haha, ACL Live at the Moody Theater for sure. And about that other musician with the same name? My family is British so I actually go by my middle name, Wesley, at home. It’s more common in Britain for men to go by their middle name. My parents never put two and two together that if I decided to go by James my full name would be James Taylor. It’s 5:02 p.m. on a random Tuesday. Where do you want to be? Sitting on the front porch at The Blackheart enjoying a glass of scotch and a Coors yellow belly. p h oto g r a p h y by c h a d wa ds wo rt h


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1. The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14yr scotch: I spent some time behind the bar at The Blackheart while we were building out Holy Mountain. Jeremy and Matt have curated an outstanding whiskey and scotch selection over there and always have something new to try. The Caribbean Cask is my go-to. 2. Houston Rockets Tee: I grew up in the Houston suburbs but moved away fast. In the past couple of years, a lot of good people in Houston are doing amazing things in food, drink, and live music. I'm really impressed. Holy Mountain Houston—coming soon? This is my cliche, where-I'm-from nostalgia tee. 3. Chemex Pour Over: The only way to drink coffee. I work from home a lot so one of these is almost always full—preferably with Flat Track coffee beans. 4. Anonymous Choir "After the Gold Rush": I picked up this record when I was in Minneapolis for the holidays. Absolutely incredible—they cover Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" from front to back. It's been on the record player all "winter." 5. Vans Era: My shoes are always getting trashed hanging around bars and music venues. Zaul at Nice Kicks always makes sure I have a clean pair of shoes on my feet. These Vans Eras are my new favorite. 6. Service Menswear: Service Menswear is where I shop for my uniform —dark denim and Ben Sherman plaids. 7. Benny Gold: The best bag for weekend travel. march 2014

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Entertainment Calendar

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March 1 Emo’s Austin


March 1 Emo’s Austin


March 1 Lamberts


March 1 Stubb’s (Outdoors)


March 2 The Long Center for the Performing Arts LORDE


March 5 Emo’s Austin SXSW

March 7-16 Various Locations G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE W/ KRISTY LEE

March 7 Stubb’s (Outdoors) SNOOP DOGG

March 11 Emo’s Austin


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March 19 McCullough Theatre ROBIN THICKE W/ DJ CASSIDY

March 20 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre LEANN RIMES

March 21 ACL Live and the Moody Theatre FLOGGING MOLLY W/ THE DROWNING MEN

March 21 Stubb’s Outdoors



March 28 The Parish


March 29 The Parish


March 30 ACL Live at the Moody Theatre



March 6-9 B. Iden Payne Theatre


March 7 McCullough Theatre


March 28-29, 8pm; March 30, 3pm The Long Center for the Performing Arts LIGHTWIRE THEATRE PRESENTS: DINO-LIGHT!

March 30 The Paramount Theatre

March 21-22, 8pm The Long Center for the Performing Arts








March 22 Austin Music Hall


March 25 Emo’s Austin



March 1, 8pm Stateside at the Paramount March 4, 7pm Stateside at the Paramount

March 5, 6:30pm AFS Screening Room


February 27 – March 9 The Lab Theatre HAIR

March 4, 7:30pm The Long Center for the Performing Arts THE WHISKEY SISTERS

March 5, 7:30pm The Long Center for the Performing Arts

Comedy March 5-8 CapCity Comedy Club

March 12-15 CapCity Comedy Club JON DORE W/ JOHN MCKEEVER

March 19-22 CapCity Comedy Club

March 27 – 29 CapCity Comedy Club CHEALSEA HANDLER

March 30 Bass Concert Hall


March 31 CapCity Comedy Club


Through May 3 Zach Theatre


March 2 Zilker Park


March 2, 12pm Bullock Texas State History Museum JIM HENSON’S DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE!

March 23, 3pm The Long Center for the Performing Arts


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March 24 CapCity Comedy Club March 26-29 Stateside at the Paramount

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Tally Marks: 30 or So Recent Painting by Philip Harrell Through March 22 ART ON 5TH GALLERY

Gabe Leonard One Man Show Through March 15 BLANTON MUSEUM OF ART

Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt Through May 18, 2014 Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance Through May 18, 2014 Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes Through August 17 DAVIS GALLERY

Living in the Layers: Peggy Weiss and Micky Hoogendijk Through April 5 FLATBED PRESS

Broken Brushes: German Expressionist Prints by Hitler’s Degenerate Artist’s Through April 5 HARRY RANSOM CENTER

The World at War, 1914-1918 Through August 3


Adela Andea: Lux, Lumens and Candelas Through March 20 LORA REYNOLDS GALLERY

Alexandra Grant: Century of the Self curated by Sara C. Bancroft Through March 15 Vishal Jugdeo: A Weight Dangles Above Your Head curated by Sarah C. Bancroft Tom Molloy: NATIVE March 22- May 10 THE CONTEMPORARY AUSTIN

Charles Long Through April 20


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event pick

March Music Series



arch is Austin’s hottest music month of the year, and this time around we had to join in. This month, TRIBEZA will debut its first ever Music Series, with three different Austin artists showcased at awesome venues around the city, over the course of three weeks. For each of these Thursday evening events, we will be working with the LiveVibe Collective (read more about LiveVibe founder Christina Shipley on page 132) to book new artists at new venues, offering the chance to experience the Austin music scene at its finest. We're also excited to partner with Deep Eddy Vodka, Crown Imports, and HAAM. To top it all off, our March 20 grand finale concert will double as TRIBEZA’s birthday bash, with T-shirt screen printing on-site (now that, you just can’t miss out on).

THE SIDEROOM SOCIAL March 6 @ Billy Reid | Christopher Denny & Dan Dyer Tickets, $20, includes appetizers from Clark’s Oyster Bar and specialty cocktails & beer To kick off the Music Series, we’re going to the secret side room of Billy Reid, for a cocktail-filled, candlelit, and unmistakably intimate evening. The first act of the night is artist-on-the-rise Chris Denny: called “The Voice of Arkansas,” Denny’s music combines storytelling and Southern charm, with a warble and lyrics that transport you to a different time. Act two is local favorite Dan Dyer, who has been a staple of the Texas music scene for over 15 years. Coming out of a two-year hiatus, Dyer will share powerful new material from his forthcoming record— coming out later this year—at our live show. LIVE AT GAR AGE March 13 @ Garage | Tameca Jones & Ephraim Owens Tickets, $75, includes dinner and drinks For the Music Series’ most elegant night, we’re going to Austin’s newest bar, Garage, inconspicuously tucked away under (you guessed it) a downtown parking garage. After bubbly and elegant small plates, the evening will be capped off by the lovely Tameca Jones. Jones will perform her signature style of pure gold funk: cover songs spun to her own version of seduction and soul with special accompaniment from trumpet player Ephraim Owens of Mumford and Sons. THE GET DOWN March 20 @ Getaway Motor Club | Music by Dale Watson Tickets, $30, includes cocktails and appetizers The finale of the music series is also doubling as TRIBEZA’s 13th Birthday Party, hosted by the brand new Getaway Motor Club in East Austin off on Airport Blvd. Loot Vintage will style vintage lounges throughout the venue and guests will enjoy treats from local food trucks, cocktails, and beer. And what better way to cap off the series than with our coverboy, the legendary Dale Watson? Watson has been an icon of Texas honky tonk and Americana rockabilly for the last 20 years. Both an internationally recognized musician and a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, we’re proud to call Watson one of our hometown heroes. Come celebrate with us! e. banks More about the series and tickets available for purchase at

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JOIN US FOR 5X7 Hundreds of artists will create unique works of art on 5x7 inch boards. Each artwork is available for sale for $150 ($100 for museum members). With hundreds of works to choose from, this is a fantastic way to build or enhance your art collection. All proceeds from Five x Seven benefit The Contemporary Austin’s exhibitions program.

Five x Seven 2014 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Brazos Hall 6:30–8P Cocktails and art preview 8P Art sale 8:30–10P Five x Seven Social with live music and a chance to mix and mingle with artists and collectors Five x Seven tickets $150 Five x Seven Social only $45 Tickets available at COLLECTION SPONSORS Janet and Wilson Allen Kelley and Gary McClure Lynne Dobson and Greg Wooldridge PORTFOLIO SPONSORS Susan and Richard Marcus Juli and Mac McGinnis

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY Goodall’s/Hotel Ella TRACE/W Austin TRIO/Four Seasons Ben E. Keith Beverages Ranch 616 CSI- Communication Specialists As of 2.4.14

museums & galleries

Art Spaces Museums The Contemporary austin: laguna gloria

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 the contemporary austin: Jones Center

artist spotlight

Leslie Wilkes


eometric patterns. Minimal brushstrokes. Rorschach blots. “A dynamic, sight-based sensory experience.” These are tropes in the work of artist Leslie Wilkes, a Marfa, Texas–based painter who explores symmetry and color with arresting, complex, and kaleidoscopic results. Wilkes, whose solo show Optic Nerve opens this month at Women and Their Work gallery, explains that much of her vivid imagery is influenced by the patterns in 1960s graphic design. “Some of the things that inspire me most are in the fashion and design world,” she says. “Colors and patterns . . . wallpaper and textiles.” This is combined with her own mathematical method of creating pattern-based but sensory-driven paintings, based on sectioned-off, repeated, and mirrored geometric templates. Wilkes, who attended art school at UT in the late 1980s, currently works out of Marfa. The West Texas geography, she explains, also contributes to the way she works, requiring intentional self-discovery in the palettes she chooses. “There’s not a lot of color in the far West Texas landscape,” she says, “but I’ve always had an imagination for it and can’t seem to suppress it, even if I try.” Marfa’s sheer isolation also factors in—its remoteness allows unfettered work time and fosters a continuity that wasn’t sustainable in a more urban setting. That’s not to say that desolation begets disengagement. “2013 was a great year,” Wilkes says, with shows in Dallas at Barry Whistler Gallery, in Houston at McMurtrey Gallery’s Project Space, and in Milan at Spazio Orso, for a show titled Marfa to Milan. Optic Nerve runs March 29–May 15 at Women and Their Work (1710 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701, 512/477-1064), with an opening reception on March 29 at 7pm. More information at and l. patterson


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700 Congress Ave. (512) 453 5312 Hours: W 12-11, Th-Sa 12-9, Su 12-5 Austin Children’s Museum

201 Colorado St. (512) 472 2499 Hours: Tu 10–5, W 10–8, Th–Sa 10–5, Su 12–5 austin galleries

5804 Lookout Mountain Dr.

(512) 495 9363 By Appt. Only

Blanton Museum of Art

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

The Bob Bullock Texas State History 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 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

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

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

image courtesy of leslie wilkes

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arts & entertainment

Galleries Art on 5th

3005 S. Lamar Blvd. (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 capital fine art

1214 W. 6th St. (512) 628 1214 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 champion

800 Brazos St. (512) 354 1035 By Appt. Only 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: M-F 10-5, Sa 10-3 Gallery Black Lagoon

4301-A Guadalupe St. (512) 371 8838 Hours: Sa 1-5 Gallery Shoal Creek

2832 MLK Jr. Blvd. #3 (512) 454 6671 Hours: Tu–F 11–5, Sa 10–3 grayDUCK gallery

608 W. Monroe Dr. (512) 826 5334 Hours: W 11-6, Th 4-8, F-Sa 11-6, Su 12-5 Jean–Marc Fray Gallery

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

(512) 474 1700 Hours: M–Sa 10-6

Hours: Tu–Sa 10–4

Mondo Gallery

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

4115 Guadalupe St. Hours: Tu - Sa, 12- 6 The Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery

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

1619 E. Cesar Chavez St. Sa 1-5 or by appointment (512) 293 5177

Wally Workman Gallery

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

Women & Their Work

Pro–Jex Gallery

Yard Dog

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

1203 W. 49th St. By appointment only

Russell Collection Fine Art

Lora Reynolds Gallery


1009 W. 6th St., #101

502 W. 33rd St. (512) 453 3199 By Appt. Only

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

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

Lotus Gallery


1118 W. 6th St. (512) 472 1831 Hours: M-Sa 10-5, Su 12-4

Positive Images

227 Congress Ave., #300 (512) 477 6007 Hours: M-F 8-5, Sa 8-3 lapena–

360 Nueces St., #50 (512) 215 4965 Hours: W-Sa 11-6

studio 10

1319 Rosewood Ave. By appointment only Stephen L. Clark Gallery

1101 W. 6th St. (512) 477 0828

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

330 Bee Cave Rd., #700 (512) 306 9636 Hours: Tu–F 10–6, Sa 10–4

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

Bay6 Gallery & Studios

Roi James

5305 Bolm Rd. (512) 553 3849 By appointment only

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

Big Medium

Space 12

5305 Bolm Rd., #12 (512) 939 6665 Clarksville Pottery & Galleries

4001 N. Lamar Blvd., #550 (512) 454 9079 Hours: M-Sa 11-6, Su 1-4 Co-Lab Project Space

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

913 E. Cesar Chavez St. (512) 476 DOMY Hours: Mon-Sa 12–8, 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

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

Fredericksburg AGAVE GALLERY

208 E. San Antonio St. Hours: M-Sa 10-5 (830) 990 1727 ARTISANS AT ROCKY HILL

234 W. Main St. (830) 990 8160 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 11-3 FREDERICKSBURG ART GALLERY

314 E. Main St. (830) 990 2707 Hours: M-Sa 10-5:30, Su 12-5 INSIGHT GALLERY

214 W. Main St. (830) 997 9920 Hours: Tu-Sa 10-5:30 WHISTLE PIK

425 E. Main St. (830) 990 8151 Hours: M-Sa 10-5 To have your gallery considered for listing in the Arts Guide, please send a request to events march 2014


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beer me . meanwhile , in drinking news . . . The Beerists: For the second year in a row, this Austin-based beer podcast ( took home a national Podcast Award for Best Food and Drink-Related ’Cast.

New brewery on tap: The Oasis, TX Brewing Company will begin brewing beer in the former Uncle Billy's Lake Travis location this April (6550 Comanche Trail), and will begin releasing beer in kegs and cans in June. The brewery reports that its core lineup will include a trio of “chug-worthy classics”: including a kellerbier, an American pale ale, and a hoppy English-style session ale.

Jester is King: A recent beer-ranking tally from beer geek resource revealed farmhouse brewery Jester King (13187 Fitzhugh Road) as the highest-ranked Texas brewery of 2013; JK’s Atrial Rubicite brew—a barrel-aged sour beer flavored with raspberries—also won the honor of highest-rated beer.

Welcome to Austin, please don’t move here: A handful of revered out-of-town beers will be available in Austin starting this spring as they launch their inaugural Texas distribution: Odell Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO), Atwater Brewery (Detroit, MI), Elevation Beer Company (Poncha Springs, CO), No-Li Brewhouse (Spokane, WA), and SweetWater Brewing Company (Atlanta, GA).

New Digs: Austin’s Independence Brewing (3913 Todd Lane) has upgraded its facilities in a major way, completing a 10,000-square-foot brewhouse expansion, just in time for the company’s 10th anniversary. Cheers! “Because Real Bitches Know Beer”: For staying plugged in to the local beer scene, one of our favorite resources is, a womenrun blog sharing up-to-date Austin beer news, from tasting events to navigating the Whole Foods craft beer cooler. And with a book deal (Austin Beer: Capital City History on Tap came out in September) and national press (the Cooking Channel, the Huffington Post, and Glamour magazine, among others) already under their belt, the two-year-old Bitch Beer has come a long way from when “we decided on a whim to start a beer blog with our girl friends after a fun-filled day at Thirsty Planet,” cofounder Caroline Wallace says.

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You’ve probably seen the new Austin bike-share program B-cycle popping up around downtown, or as they call it, “magic bikes that are there when you want one and gone when you don’t.” In other words, see a bike, swipe your card, and ride! With 40 projected bike-share stops set to open this month, the newly launched app makes using the program even more accessible, and real-time stats tell whether there are available bikes or docks. Better start coming up with a new excuse for skipping an event because you “couldn’t find parking downtown.” Find the app in the iTunes store or more at

go fly a kite

7. Put a dot about one-half to three-quarters of an inch in from the point you

T h e Z ilk e r P a r k K i t e F e s t iva l

just made, cover the dot with tape, and use the hole punch to make a hole. This

t e ac h e s u s h o w to m a k e a co m p e t i t i o n - w o r t h y k i t e u s i n g e v e r yd ay m at e r i a l s .

8. Tail! Turn the kite over to the back. Tape a four-foot piece of crepe paper to the center of the bottom. 9. Tie your kite string in the hole punched in the keel in step 7. Go fly


• one 11x17-inch piece of paper • one soda straw (non-bending) • office tape • crepe paper • kite string • scissors • hole punch • markers / paint / colored pencils

is where the kite string goes. Tape the cut together at the top of the fold.

your kite! Instructions based on a guide provided by Bunnie Twidwell. This year’s festival takes place March 2. The 2014 event marks the festival’s 85th anniversary, making it the oldest continuously running kite event in the United States. More information at


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T h r ee lo c a l t h i n g s


HA AM Executive 8 6


Director Reenie Collins

can’t get enough of 1. Moscow Mules from Second Bar and Kitchen “They serve them icy cold in these fabulous old copper mugs! We love to go there and grab a drink and bite to eat before walking to Austin City Limits Live or The Elephant Room.”

1. Decorate the paper and fold in half horizontally so the front faces the outside. 2. One-third of the way down from the folded edge at the top of the paper, fold the paper again diagonally. 3. (Not shown) Turn the paper over so the fold faces the bottom. Leaving the fold in place, open up the paper like a book. 4. Tape across the back seam, which will tape the two sides together. 5. Tape the straw one inch down from the top (horizontally). Do not tape the straw in the middle. Put tape on the ends only! 6. Turn the kite over to the front to make the keel—with the scissors trim two inches off the fold from the top.

2. “New Old Austin” “As a native Austinite, I love seeing the older central city neighborhood revitalization. Areas such as the South Lamar Corridor, Second Street, East Sixth and East Fifth Streets, Rosedale/ Burnet Road. All of these are seeing a great resurgence of live music venues, funky shops, and great food. 3. The new Whole Foods in The Domain “I go probably three times a week just to see what great local products they are featuring.”

Collins is the new executive director of HAAM— Health Alliance for Austin Musicians—which provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. HAAM is also a beneficiary of TRIBEZA’s March Music Series. march 2014





Connect with your sense of wonder 2 N D A N N UA L BA L LO O N S OV E R H O R S E S H O E BAY R E S O RT


D o n ’t d is re g ar d th e fl o p: K at ie G ra h am ’s c ar ee r an d la te st pr o je c t w er e bo th in sp ir ed by a c am py c u lt c la ss ic .

-b as ed om in g, Au st in Th es e up -a nd -c ch (c on si de r e on es to w at ar s er ak m lm fi SW ). l vi ew in g at SX th em es se nt ia The Austi n film scene is a cozy one, familial enough that at their Tribez a photo shoot, even the director s who hadn’t previous ly met knew of one another, and

discovered that they shared

friends or actors. Though Austin is growing , its film scene remains collabor ative, tight-kn it, and warm—w hen asked what they loved about making movies in Austin, every single filmmaker responded that the commun ity was support ive or ego-less or even a little

maveric k. The six projects

and nine director s, writers, and produce rs featured in these pages are wildly differen t, but they share the same goal: To move, inspire, ignite. We’ll be ready to cheer when

they catch fire.

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In praise of nerds Katie Graham and Andrew Matthews are self-proclaimed nerds, but not in the hip, mimicked-by-the-mainstream way. They’re people who met in their high school’s media department and bonded in college on public access sets. Their first dates were spent watching bootlegged copies of Troll 2 (widely regarded as the worst movie ever made) or Mr. Show on VHS. And though they’re from L.A., they left the land of the slick for Texas—and never looked back. In fact, Graham and Matthews’s movie careers really took off thanks in large part to Troll 2. They loved the terrible cult classic, and by posting a mock trailer—back then, Graham explains, a novel tactic—they impressed the film’s former child star (turned director of a documentary about the film). They were brought on as DP and editor, and that’s how they ended up in Austin (pulling a reverse commute, of sorts, from the typical Hollywood trajectory to L.A.). The doc, called Best Worst Movie, premiered at SXSW in 2009. And, yes, Graham and Matthews do heartily recommend both the flick and the doc it inspired. Leaving the West Coast wasn’t a tough choice for them. “We grew up in L.A., and for Andrew and me there’s something about the place that is so deeply uninspired,” Graham says. “There’s just something in Austin that’s kind of electric.” In L.A., Matthews explains, the Industry looms everywhere physically (via endless billboards) and mentally, emotionally. They feel much more at home in Texas, in a


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w ndre ma, A aris er h C n is in Zero th h rch d wi s e esea u t r o c i o T er nne me s s co hew ed so n s. t k o t c g a o a M cl Dr and and k s c n o l eo wa r ung ing D p l ay time

film scene they call not necessarily ambitious, but definitely “hungry to create stuff.” Their most recent creation is a film called Zero Charisma , about a Dungeons & Dragons–playing, metal-

loving nerd whose character is based on countless people Graham and Matthews have met over the years. “We’ve always known and loved the character of the know-it-all nerd,” Graham says. “You don’t like them; they’re kind of vulnerable and obnoxious at the same time. We just kept talking about how they never had their own movie or a spotlight on this particular kind of character, where he’s not just comedy.” In fact, Graham and Matthews have both played—and still play, with a group including several other area filmmakers—D&D. “I wouldn’t have tried to make this movie if I didn’t play,” Matthews says. They’ve found a warm reception to Zero Charisma in Austin (it won the audience award at SXSW in 2013). “Austin is a town that celebrates nerdery, unlike L.A., which is a little more ‘cool,’” Matthews says. The duo is currently writing a couple of screenplays together. And even though it might be tough to cobble together the funds to bring these future projects to fruition, they wouldn’t have it any other way. “I’d rather be constantly making small things than having meetings about the same project for ten years,” Matthews says.

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Small Towns, Hidden Stories Yen Tan clearly remembers some of his early road trips through Texas, driving from Houston to Austin or Austin to Dallas. The Malaysian-born director and writer was shocked at the number of small towns along the highways. “I thought, ‘People actually live in these small towns,’” Tan says with a laugh. In Malaysia, Tan had always lived in big cities. He came to the United States for college in Des Moines, Iowa, but nothing prepared him for the truly rural landscape in between Texas’s major metropolises. He started wondering about the people who lived in these towns, about their lives. Then he had a thought: What would it be like to be gay in a small town? “It was a mind-boggling thing to imagine,” Tan says. “So from there, I started some research. I reached out to people in the LGBT community who lived in small towns, and I got a sense of what kind of lives they had. I then wrote and crafted a story out of what they were telling me.” The result is Pit Stop , a feature that premiered at this

know movies could actually do that to you, and I just want-

year’s Sundance Film Festival.

ed to be a part of that process.”

Among the storylines that emerged: Many gay men in

But his parents had something more practical in mind,

small towns were married to women. A number of them

which was partially a matter of cultural expectations, he

had children. “So those were things we explored in the

says. “Growing up in Malaysia, creative stuff was so over-

film,” Tan says. He heard over and over again about the de-

looked, and frowned upon,” he says. So he majored in

sire of small-town LGBT folks to leave, but also about the

advertising and mass communications as a compromise,

strong ties of home. “They want to leave, but at the same

and worked for years as a copywriter for Neiman Marcus

time they feel very grounded there, and that was very fas-

in Dallas. Three years ago he moved to Austin and quit

cinating to me,” Tan explains.

his corporate job to pursue his passion. The experience in

Film itself has long fascinated Tan as well—when he was

marketing has been beneficial to his filmmaking. “In an

just six, his mother took him to see The Elephant Man, and

ideal world, a filmmaker wouldn’t have to worry about that

he still remembers the experience, and the reaction he had

kind of stuff,” Tan says, “but it helps when you’re develop-

to the imagery. Then at 16, he saw Thelma & Louise, which

ing your film to think about who it’s meant for.”

pretty much sealed the deal. “During the last five minutes

Pit Stop is available for download and on DVD. For more

of that movie, my skin was crawling,” Tan says. “I didn’t

info, visit

to aw n as dr Ta n w s ie r d s to n to l s. the u Texa own t l l a m s of


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movies, like Cocaine Angel (2006) and Septien (2011), the untold stories of his youth tugged at him. “Every winter I would say, ‘I’m going to make Ping Pong Summer this summer,’” Tully says. “Then by March I’d realize I was broke and couldn’t do it.” His break came after Septien made it into Sundance and he sold it to Sundance Selects, a label under IFC films. An IFC rep picked Tully’s brain at Sundance, asking if there were any other movies he wanted to make, any pet projects. Tully explained the Ping-Pong movie, and the rep was thrilled. “He said, ‘Wait, your dream project is an ’80s movie with Ping-Pong and hip-hop in it?’” It was both accessible and a reasonable financial proposition, and the rep promised to help Tully raise the funds necessary to make it. In the end, the time it took to make the movie was a good thing, Tully explains. “Because I started it in 1992 and rewrote it every year, it became a kind of Rorschach test of where I was in my life. And luckily, I got far enough away from it where I thought, what can make this distinct is if I get very personal. It’s not 100 percent autobiographical, but it’s Tw o c o m in g

-o f- ag e

obse ss io n s, pi n g po n g a nd h ip h o p, in sp ir ed M ic h a el Tu lly ’s late st pr oje c t.

Garage Sports with a Beat

very personal, and if I’d made the movie when I was younger

Michael Tully had wanted to make Ping Pong Summer ,

I would’ve shied away from that stuff.”

his latest feature film, which debuted at Sundance in February,

Born on the East Coast, Tully spent years living and making

since he was in high school. Growing up in Maryland, Tully

movies in New York City before moving to Austin about a year

worshipped two things: hip-hop and Ping-Pong. “The pitch

ago. All of his films have screened at SXSW, and each year he’d

or premise of Ping Pong Summer is to take an ’80s movie like

come to Texas, escape the East Coast winter, and meet more and

Karate Kid and insert my own personal upbringing, which

more people. “I was badly looking for an excuse, and when my

consisted of playing Ping-Pong in the garage and hip-hop

wife [Holly Herrick, associate artistic director at the Austin Film

before it was really mainstream,” Tully says.

Society] was offered this great job, I thought, ‘Thank you, world.’

Even after the creative satisfaction of making his other


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That was the nudge we needed.”

movie theater magic From the age of 15--and all the way through college--

live in the world of the film, she spent some time in southeast

Kat Candler worked at a movie theater in Jacksonville,

Texas, hanging out with refinery workers and interviewing

Florida. “I’ve lived and breathed movies for as long as I can

barbershop owners and police officers. “I tried to immerse

remember, and I had no clue that it was possible to actually

myself as much as I could to get the details right,” she says.

make them,” Candler says. But a few things changed that.

The film will screen at SXSW, and Candler and her producer,

First, a creative-writing professor told her a piece of her

Kelly Williams, are currently ironing out distribution details.

short fiction might make a great screenplay. Then, while

Candler is also at work expanding Black Metal into a feature.

still at the theater, she started working on the film sets of

Find more on Hellion at

l e r ’s Cand res x p lo ion e Hell ing pell co m the a y of s to r b ac k d ear she h ta l e ut o h ug thro d. o o dh chil

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the Florida State kids who also worked there. “It was kind of a one-two punch, getting in on their sets,” Candler says. “I realized, this is actually pretty magical.” As she began working on her own projects, Candler was confident—at least at first. As a creative-writing major, she knew storytelling, after all. But, she says, “when I moved to Austin and started to make movies, I thought, ‘I know everything, I can totally do this, no problem.’ I hadn’t studied screenwriting and I was quite shaken. I had to go back and study all of that, immerse myself in books and even good and bad movies both, making sense of what makes a story compelling or not.” Candler took two film workshops, but the rest was trial and error. She wrote and directed Love Bug (2009) and the 2013 short Black Metal. She also wrote and directed a six-minute short film called Hellion , which screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. That film morphed into her most recent project, a feature-length film of the same name that just premiered at this year’s Sundance. The story is based on a real-life tale her uncle Frank would often tell: “He and my two other uncles set fire to my grandfather’s Jeep when they were little,” Candler explains. “I always had this very jovial image of my grandfather as a sweet, kind man, but as I got older my mom started telling stories. He was a very fallible man and made mistakes and struggled as a working-class parent.” As she developed and deepened Hellion into a feature, the complexity of his stories resonated with Candler. In order to

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The unlikely heroes of flag football


Andrew Disney says everyone has one “epic-if-only-to-them”

touting the reasons why they should come to Austin and be in

sports moment, whether it’s a game-winning three-pointer or

the film. It worked—they nailed actors including The Office’s

just a perfectly aimed beanbag toss in a game of cornhole. “We’ve

Jake Lacy, Nikki Reed (Twilight), and Kate McKinnon and Jay

all had these moments; we’ve all felt like there’s a thousand fans

Pharoah from Saturday Night Live.

in a stadium watching us,” Disney says. And those moments are

Austin played a big part in the movie, both on location

exactly what Intramural , a film in which “fifth-year seniors

and after. “When we were cutting the film, the very first thing

go for one last shot of glory in intramural football,” is all about.

we did was take it to the Austin Film Society and have a test

“The thing I always say about this movie is it’s an epic sports

screening there,” Disney says. “It was so great to show that cut

movie for guys who don’t deserve one,” Disney says. “We

because so many other filmmakers came out to watch it and

thought we could film these epic flag football scenes just like it

gave us great feedback. It was so much fun to see the filmmak-

was Any Given Sunday.”

ers, too—they’re genuine and they want to help you and share

Disney and the film’s writer, Bradley Jackson, had several

ideas.” Thanks to the advice he received at AFS, Disney was

mutual friends when they met on the festival circuit years ago.

able to cut more than 15 minutes from the film, leaving it at a

Eventually, Jackson shared the script for Intramural with Dis-

lean 1 hour, 35-minute run time.

ney. “I thought it was hilarious,” Disney says. “It reminded me

When we spoke, Disney was in the final production stages of

of Wet Hot American Summer or Hot Rod, the kind of fun, cult

Intramural (the film will debut later this year). After spending

movies you can’t stop quoting.”

10 days in Los Angeles finishing the color correcting on Intra-

If the first essential for a truly funny film is good writing,

mural, he was happy to return to the land of breakfast tacos

then a close second is the actors who bring those words to life.

and “filmmaking magic.” “People are making movies here in

Disney hunted down talent he thought worthy of the materi-

Austin because they love it,” Disney says. “Texas just has this

al. He and his team sent out video offers to actors they loved,

kind of maverick quality about it.”

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The Confluence of Old and New Texas It’s no secret that Austin is changing. A new film written and directed by Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund and produced by David Hartstein explores just that—alongside a whole heap of psychological drama and suspense, too. Th e la n d sc a pe o f Th e Te x a s H il l Co u n try a n d th e le g ac y o f a d ec ea se d so n g w ri te r fu el th e n a rrati v e o f La Ba rr ac u d a.

Set in the Hill Country, La Barracuda is the fictional story of the daughter of a deceased singer-songwriter and what happens after the day a strange woman appears on her doorstep, claiming to be her half sister. “It’s a suspense story, and a narrative revenge ballad,” Cortlund explains. But it’s also a metaphor of sorts: Old Texas vs. New Texas, the first generation of singer-songwriters who rose to fame in this town vs. their children. In the mold of writers like Patricia Highsmith and Jim Thompson, Cortlund and Halperin explore the intense psychological relationship between the two women as a way to look at a town they’ve called home since the mid-’90s. “We’re more interested in the observational approach to film,” Cortlund says, “and making more character-driven stories.” In case you think “character-driven” means short on plot or suspense—it doesn’t. David Hartstein, director of Along Came Kinky and producer of La Barracuda, says even the movie’s outline sucked him in when Halperin and Cortlund approached him with it. “There are these really visceral film elements, suspense and explosions of violence, in addition to this emotional relationship between these two really great, amazing, strong female characters, and it’s an exciting thing to explore.”


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Longtime admirers of one another’s work (Halperin and Cortlund previously wrote and directed 2012’s Now

“It was an accelerated process,” Cortlund says. “It helped weed out the weak.” “And strengthen the strong,” Halperin adds.

Forager, a fictional love story about mushroom foragers

Next, the trio will work out producing elements.

in New York), Hartstein and the pair had often shared

Halperin says they hope to begin shooting in about a year.

works-in-progress as unofficial consultants. They got the

“We want it to be about this place,” she says. “This is our

chance to work together officially, and in close quarters,

chosen home and where we’ve lived for the better part of

after winning entry to the 2013 Biennele College Cinema

the last two decades. You don’t want to make a film about

projects. For two weeks, the three worked on the script in

Texas and have somebody from L.A. score it—this is very

what Cortlund describes as a “pressure cooker.” They got

much connected to the landscape here and the connection

input from mentors, and did exercises like using Legos to

between Austin and the Hill Country and what’s changing,

help explain and tweak their story.

and what’s good and bad about that.”

a dram eful pens s u s c ne The co n “the out s t in is a b u A een betw t r y, t io n oun il l C H e Th d in g ,” n a hang t ’s c wha ). f and (le t e r in Halp r ta H s ay s a v id cer D u d Pro t ). ( r ig h s t e in

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After a breakneck beginn i n g , G h o s t l a n d O b s e r va tory took time off to rec h a r g e. F o r t h e b a n d’ s c a p e d k e y b oa r d i s t a n d l a s e r l i g h t w i z a r d, t h e f a l l o w s e a s o n has been fertile. It’s the early eighties and this flamboyant dude in Minneapolis is singing about fruit cocktail, banana daiquiris, sex, and raspberry berets. People don’t quite know what to make of him, or his mix of funk, dance, and rock rhythms, but they are riveted. “People think he’s a freak!” Thomas Turner says, obviously delighted. Prince is that increasingly rare thing—an utterly unique industry game changer. It’s 2003 and success is calling their bluff. Within a matter of months, the Austin duo Ghostland Observatory, (a.k.a Turner and lead singer Aaron Behrens), went from playing tiny rooms of, say, five people to auditoriums of 500 to major markets around the globe, including Tokyo and Dubai. “It was everything we wanted to achieve, but there was also a feeling of full speed ahead, with no brakes,” Turner remembers. Early last year, Ghostland Observatory (locally known as GLO) did hit the brakes. The two musicians who came together so effortless-

thomas turner a crowd response

ly (after meeting through a classified ad) without rigid, preconceived rules about what kind of style or genre that they wanted to embody, parted ways. Because I’ve long admired Turner’s smarts and thoughtful decision making (not signing


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Turner at home (literally and figuratively) in his Allandale studio, where a sea of synthesizers mingle with vintage LPs.




“My main goal is to continue to have fun with music—good things happen when you do that.”


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For the past year, refining production skills has been paramount for the musician, but Turner still hankers for the intensity of live performance.

with a major label in favor of self producing, in-

then hop in a car, fight traffic, and zip over to

Greg Beato, a teenage producer from Miami. I

corporating the UT Marching Band into a GLO

Silver Lake or Santa Monica to a different stu-

also like No Rules, the Dutch electronic musician

performance, volleying emails with industry

dio. It’s crazy, but it’s a lot of fun. I like going

Legowelt, and both Kyle Hall and MGUN from

legend Rick Rubin), I was curious to hear what

nonstop until song is finished.


What kind of music is capturing your imagination these days?

What to you think provided just the right pixie dust

I have my ear to the deepest underground ex-

When GLO first started, there was a definite di-

he’s up these days. So on a recent Saturday afternoon, we hung out in his studio, a dusky man cave of synthesizers and speakers. The light is dim but Turner’s eyes flash with enthusiasm when he talks about Prince, or Queen, or anyone that came along—especially in the 1980’s—and shook up the industry by defying easy description, freaking people out, and playing music on their own terms. You’ve had more time to get out and see music lately. What’s the best thing about being in the audience? I like seeing peoples’ reaction to music and studying a crowd. You can have this passive crowd with arms folded, but I like seeing movement and a physical response. As a performer, I know that every show is an experiment; you never know how it’s going to play out. You’ve been doing a lot of studio work in Los Angeles. What do you like about that process? I’ve been working with eight or nine different songwriters, some have some shiny brass (Grammy’s) and some people are just starting out. The schedule is pretty intense. You might start at nine in the morning and do one session in Hollywood,

for Ghostland?

perimental dance music. What I’m interested

vide between the camps of rock and electronic.

in is young producers taking chances, revisiting

Those people didn’t really hang out. We brought

older styles and mixing them with new ones.

them together and didn’t lean too much either

It’s not the polished sound that defines most

way. It’s how both Aaron and I were as people. We

of the industry. There’s been a backlash against

wanted to be different, and not lukewarm.

that homogeneity, and a movement towards a

Sometimes it’s just the right time and place, and

different kind of electronic dance music.

a band catches on. They create something that’s

What are some examples?

never been heard. It’s pretty magical when it does

There are musicians recording to cassette, and others who are not afraid to blend psychedelic with house, or experimental music with drone.

come together. When I met Aaron, it wasn’t a typical classified that said you must be into…a certain style of music. We were willing to explore outside of

The best new producers are trying to get a re-

our comfort zones.

sponse, a reaction, rather than simply blending

Your loyal fan base wants to know—what’s next?

in. When I go out, I want to see something that I haven’t seen before. There’s no one like Queen these days that really stands out.

For GLO it’s hard to say, we’ve toured for so long that it’s nice that we don’t have that grueling schedule anymore. If a show sounds fun and we’re both up for it,

Who are you listening to?

we’ll do it. Over the past year, I’ve started to enjoy mu-

There’s a label called Long Island Electrical Sys-

sic again and dig into what other people are doing. My

tems, a noise punk sound produced by Ron Mo-

main goal is to continue to have fun with music—good

relli that carries artists like Delroy Edwards and

things happen when you do that.





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Over a two-fisted burger, I find myself

staring into the winsome face of jazz songstress Kat Edmonson. She’s calmly watching me eat, while companions Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett look on. Normally I’d offer them a bite—especially Willie, because you know he’s likely got the munchies—but not this time. Two-dimensional images hunger for little more than admiration. The walls of Hopdoddy Burger Bar are covered with the portraits of beloved local musicians. They make good company, and like the signed actor headshots that adorn many an L.A. diner, they speak to our pervasive culture. Austin doesn’t just pride itself on music—from sunup to sundown music permeates every nook and cranny of our lives. “We all embrace the idea that music is such a staple here,” says W Austin Hotel’s Living Room Greeter Lani Thomison, who helped create the Spin/ Spun music night (Tuesdays at 9:30pm) at W Austin Hotel, where the Records Room features more than 8,000 selections on vinyl. “The first thing I do when I get in to work each day is check local show listings, because guests ask on a nightly basis where they can go see some bands. It’s part of the Austin experience,” she says.

From your morning latte to last call, here’s how to spend every moment in the unique rhythm of Austin.

Indeed, Austin businesses can’t help but use our greatest local export to create a distinct atmosphere, and in many cases, the actual decor. Here are some of our favorite spots where you can have your basic needs met (hot coffee, cold beer, comfy bed) without having to miss a single beat.




from lucy’s collection Choice record selections on Lucy’s wall range from old school Willie to vintage Jerry Jeff Walker, The Austin-born Fabulous Thunderbirds to Houston-hailing Amplified Heat, and crooners Merle Haggard plus the late George Jones.


Southern comfort fare and Texas troubadours

Inside Out food trailer. When Bibby picked up

ters from The Alarm are on this year’s roster.

are easy allies. That’s not lost on Lucy’s

gigs cooking for musicians, Holmes jumped at

Where else in town can you have your Austin mu-

Fried Chicken, where the walls are cov-

the chance. “I was like, ‘You’re cooking for Wil-

sic and eat it too? Definitely food trailer Honky

ered in music paraphernalia, with Merle Hag-

lie Nelson this weekend? I will work for free.’”

Tonk Hot Dogs, where dogs are named

gard and the Fabulous Thunderbirds grinning

So began an organic mutual admiration soci-

after Bob Cole (cheesy with macaroni), Dale

from vintage LP covers, and iconic songwriters

ety between Holmes and Texas artists, who regu-

Watson (a button-poppin’ chili dog), and Jesse

like Freddy Fender on the jukebox. And it’s not

larly stop by Lucy’s south location post-show. It’s

Dayton (Southern and smothered in deep-fried

surprising, either, given Chef James Holmes’s

not unusual to spot Texas royalty like Ray Wylie

bacon). Owner and country music singer Scott

fondness for Texas music.

Hubbard and Charlie Sexton hunched over a hot

Angle even built a mini dance floor out front

“It’s like this. If Mario Batali came into Lu-

bucket of fried chicken, or even guys like Jack

(appropriately covered with peanut shells) for

cy’s, I’d walk up and bullshit with him,” says

Black and Dave Grohl, who toured the kitchen

two-steppin’ while he serenades the crowd. Not

Holmes. “But when James McMurtry or Hayes

last year during SXSW. Speaking of which, each

far away, Italophiles can pair their Chianti and

Carll comes in? I love those guys so much that

year Lucy’s south hosts the “Fried Chicken Reviv-

house-made pasta with local singer-songwriters

I choke up and get all nervous.”

al” during SXSW, a Wednesday-through-Sunday

at Winflo Osteria in the hushed, candlelit

Ten years ago, Holmes was teaching at the

day party that starts at noon and hosts five mu-

“listening room” that’s tucked away downstairs.

Texas Culinary Academy and living behind the

sical acts a day. Mark your calendars: Alejandro

Look for Dan Dyer, Suzanna Choffel, and Sara

house of Luke Bibby, now the owner of Luke’s

Escovedo, Peter Buck from REM, and Mike Pe-

Hickman there this month.

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Slide on up to the bar, pardner: Notable Lucy’s diners include Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Norah Jones, and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.

Feed me: Following the success of his south eatery, Olivia, Chef James Holmes wanted a restaurant that “felt like Texas” from the moment you walk in the door. Which, as any self-respecting Texan knows, should include crispy fried chicken and hot saucesplashed Gulf oysters. Chef Holmes’ carefully curated jukebox (with a heavy rotation of Texas musicians) creates the perfect vibe for soulful eats and toe-tapping relaxation.

When a musician like James McMurtry walks into Lucy’s post-show, Chef Holmes admits to getting “all nervous and choked up.”




Over 13,000 record selections line the walls of Vinyl, where guests can choose a selection and deliver it to the DJ.

Vinyl’s corridors glow red with the suggestion of sultriness and secrecy. To get inside, guests must first gain access through a secret entrance.

Monday nights at Vinyl are reserved for “Motown on Mondays,” where guests jam out to Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, and more.


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Upstairs, the Chicago House focuses on craft beer; downstairs the spirits menu at Vinyl is all about artful cocktails. We like the “Love Hangover,” made with Jack Daniels, fresh lime juice, just-cut strawberries and a splash of Moscato.

from v inyl’s collection Vinyl’s selections reach deep into the 60s and 70s vault, with The Beatles, The Supremes, and Earth, Wind & Fire holding court until 2 a.m.

In Austin, you can basically throw a longneck bottle and hit a killer bar jukebox. Casino

ration speech in the stacks, and guests simply

El Camino, Horseshoe Lounge, and

pluck records off the wall to play. Monday nights

Longbranch Inn are the most publicly re-

are devoted to “Motown on Mondays,” a dance

vered, but sometimes you’re in the mood to enjoy

party concept that started in San Francisco’s Ma-

tunes in a more intimate setting.

drone Art Bar five years ago and now reaches six

“There’s a hidden door to get to our place, and

different cities, from Hawaii to Berlin. Austin

once you push it, you’ll follow a red-lit tunnel,”

is the latest, and for it, Vinyl cranks up the Su-

says Kaitlyn Starbuck, the venue marketing co-

premes, the Jackson 5, and contemporary remix-

ordinator of Vinyl, a just-opened living room–

es, with old dance videos projected on the wall.

like bar and music lounge underneath Chicago

But let’s say you had a little too much fun at Vi-

House (6th Street and Trinity). “It’s a mix of a

nyl. You can detox at Juiceland’s Hyde Park

speakeasy and an underground London secret

location; or simply wake up with caffeine and

society, and our design relies wholeheartedly on

cranked amps at Strange Brew Coffee.

vinyl,” she says.

Last year the former installed Exploded Records,

Chicago House is a trip in itself. An 1800s

a funky little record shop adjacent to its juice

building that was once a boardinghouse, its his-

counter, while the latter was voted “Best Acous-

tory-soaked walls are the perfect container for

tic Venue” in the 2013 Austin Music Awards. The

Vinyl, whose record collection reaches 13,000—

stage-equipped 24-hour coffee shop regularly

even more than W Austin’s massive collection.

books the likes of Slaid Cleaves (catch him this

There’s everything from Jay-Z to JFK’s inaugu-

month) and Jon Dee Graham.




from the w hotel collection Every Tuesday night at The W Hotel is Spin/Spun night, featuring a menu of music both new (Gary Clark Jr., Twin Shadow, Daft Punk and Tame Impala) and classic.

Austin is a fiercely local city, so it’s no surprise

the front desk offers a ’70s-inspired vinyl collec-

Up north in the Domain, the newly opened

that its leading boutique hotels rely on music to

tion for checkout, with selections ranging from

Lone Star Court is a blend of “rustique”

create a sense of place, reflecting their owners’

Marvin Gaye to Led Zeppelin. Hotel San José’s

(rustic chic) and throwback motor court,

tastes in lovingly framed concert posters and

hallways double as a gallery for handsome post-

with live music in the Water Trough bar every

vintage record players or thoughtfully curated

er art, and at the front desk, you can peruse the

Wednesday through Saturday. With its sliding

sound tracks. On the east side, guests of Hey-

perfectly curated library of Texas film and music

barn doors and mesquite-laced fire pit, the ho-

wood Hotel (rates from $179/night) collec-

for room enjoyment.

tel gives off a modern honky-tonk vibe, drawing

tively create a hotel-wide sound track, courtesy

Back at the W Austin, the amply stocked

from the days of rambling Texas musicians, who,

of an “Internet jukebox” with access in every

Records Room isn’t the only attraction for music

as we all know, work up quite an appetite on-

room. That means you can sip your nightcap

geeks. The sultry Secret Bar is tricked out with

stage. After the show, they (and you) can mosey

while chilling out with Johnny Cash or Shakey

a McIntosh MT5, i.e., the Ferrari of vinyl record

on over to the Feed Store, the hotel’s very own

Graves (not literally, but you know—audibly).

players (it’s powered by a Swiss-made motor

food trailer stable with rotating local trucks.

Hotel San José (rates from $150/night)

and very expensive magnets). Upstairs in the

When music has found its way out of the

and Hotel Saint Cecilia (rates from $295/

AWAY Spa, the treatment room’s black walls

speakers and up onto the walls, you know you’re

may appear to be uniquely textured wallpaper,

in an enthusiastic—okay, obsessed—city. But

with grooves and ridges that rise beneath your

perhaps food, drink, and sleep aren’t one’s only

fingers. Look closely, though. Those walls?

survival needs after all. In Austin, we depend on

They’re actually covered in vinyl.

music for nourishment too.

night), both famously immersed in Austin music culture, weave the listening experience into guests’ hotel stay: every one of Hotel Saint Cecilia’s 14 rooms is equipped with a turntable, and


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The Records Rooms at The W, where guests can cozy up to the fireplace while listening to a favorite vinyl selection.

The ultra-fancy McIntosh MT5 record player uses magnets to create a crystal-clear sound.




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Don’t be fooled by his age and the Hollywood handsome; this native Austin crooner has chops.

hen Max Frost arrives at Whisler’s, a bar on Austin’s gritty east side, for our photo shoot, he’s straight from lunch with his dad. A bartender recognizes him and squeals. “I remember seeing you perform at Hyde Park Grill when you were like, 12,” she says. “I’m so glad you’re doing what you’re doing. Tell your mom hi!” Not everyone can forge a career in his hometown, from the uncensored control of his laptop, with family and tacos nearby. Max Frost, the 21-year old musician, producer, and songwriter was born the same year as the Internet, but he grew up to a soundtrack of the Beatles, Sinatra, and Tony Bennett that his parents played on vinyl. He developed his own eclectic style in his teens, inspired by artists like Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, and playing with everyone from Bob Schneider to hip-hop producer MC Kydd. Last year he released “White Lies,” a hard-driving, infectious song about the paranoia of betrayal. Last spring, after the song went viral, he found his career on the move. His debut EP Low High Low was released in October. For the next couple months, he’ll divide his time between Los Angeles and NYC, wrapping up his first yet-to-be-named LP that will be released in May and kick off a national tour. We sat down with the emerging talent and asked about striking the balance between realistic expectations and the brink of fame.

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“Music was the only thing that felt valuable.

How did you get into music?

have now. He was just this

I was always in love with music, I had this weird connec-

local guy who does his gui-

tion to the older stuff that my parents would play. I final-

tar thing. But this guy could

ly started playing when I was eight. But when it came to

be a Hendrix. It took so

choosing music as a career, there was a constant echo of

much proof and national

“it’s a tough life, you’ve gotta be a smart kid and go to col-

recognition before he was

lege.” I felt I had to be realistic. Then when I got to college

revered locally. Now that

I was like, this doesn’t interest me at all. Music was the

he’s won a Grammy, everyone loves him.

only thing that felt valuable. Music is an obsession that has

Is SXSW the ultimate launch pad?

never exhausted me.

Music is an obsession that has never exhausted me.”

Playing SX is kind of like showing up at a football stadium

You’ve been described as a blues guitar player, hip-hop producer, and soul singer—how did your style emerge?

and trying to tell the crowd something. Everyone is there

I spent time playing with Blues Mafia and Gary Clark Jr.

a wave going, that’s when you seal it. If you’re trying to get

We were a young band in 2005, and I thought our style

a tire to the road, it’s such a costly thing energetically to

was so retro that it was only fun for us and only cool in

even get into it.

Austin. Then this huge shift happened with the whole on-

You’ve spent a lot of time on stage with Bob Schneider, what have you learned from him?

line presence. Radiohead dropped their record for free. The Internet had crash-landed, but it had actually set a lot

to promote, no one there to listen. But once you’ve gotten

Bob is so good at engaging an audience. I think his most

of stuff free and scrambled the egg.

valuable asset is holding their attention. I love that he stays

What’s your take on growing Austin?

in Austin and packs it out every time. His shows are still

One part of me misses the late nineties. The best things

a blast because he’s just being himself, no bullshit. Bob is

that people love about Austin had started to flourish, but

an example of the future of a successful musician. If you’re

they hadn’t become overgrown. The city was just starting

the real deal [the industry] won’t get lost on you.

to appear on all these lists as a great place to live…As a

Look into the crystal ball and tell me your dream future.

local artist my presence rises as the city grows, but it’s difficult to maintain the same culture.

I’m more passionate about writing and producing. I would have my career be more about making records than play-

Any gripes about the local music scene?

ing shows for a living. These days music is more like a col-

Austin can be too quick to put a ceiling on its own stuff,

lage. Success is going to have to come from the energy of

and the rate of recognition here is slow. When Gary Clark

the art itself, not the medium. Today, all that matters is

Jr. first started out, the blues hadn’t come back like they

great songs.





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The members of the East Side Dandies often contribute to other pre-WWII bands like the Thrift Set Orchestra.


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F r o m h ot j a z z to B e n n y G o o d m a n , b a n d s d e vot e d to t h r o w b ac k m u s i c a r e pac k i n g h i p v e n u e s a r o u n d t h e c i t y. S u s p e n d e r s , m u s t a c h e w a x , a n d a n a b i l i t y to t w i r l e n co u r ag e d ( b u t n ot r eq u i r e d) .

Westen Borghesi traded punk rock for banjo picking.

O n e o f t h e g r e at e st t hin g s about music is its ability to

transport the listener to another time and place, but with social media and technology proliferating flash in the pan musical trends, it’s only natural that crowds would start gravitating towards the type of timeless sounds that date back to when a Facebook was a collection of black and white portraits. For those looking to journey into the revelry of the Roaring Twenties, there’s no better venue in Austin than the Eastside Showroom (1100 E 6th St; 512.467.4280). Since 2009 the East 6th street cocktail bar has served as a breeding ground for a tight-knit scene of Austinites who breathe life into genres of music that were once ubiquitous, but are now rarely heard outside of old movies. The venue’s small corner stage hosts preWWII music ranging from obscure jazz, to standards from golden era Hollywood films, to experimental original songs indebted to the sounds of Eastern Europe. Any given night at the

Showroom is a stumble through a different decade dating to the heyday of most listeners’ grandparents. “We wanted to create an environment where people felt like they were stepping back in time,” says Mickie Spencer, interior designer and owner of East Side Showroom. “To somewhere they’d never really been, but had thought about. The music elevated that to another level.” In the early years of the Showroom, musicians claimed weekly and monthly residencies and when their bandmates couldn’t make the gigs they’d often create new groups for one-off shows. Like any good jazz scene, Austin’s is an incestuous one, so pulling together a few friends to perform standards wasn’t hard. Two of these impromptu collaborations have become regular acts at the Showroom: the East Side Dandies and the Hollywood Revue. The East Side Dandies are a hot jazz sextet inspired by the sounds and energy of the mid-1920s, when the booming economy led to high-spirited melodies and horn players gravitated toward more complex syncopated arrangements. The most famous examples of this style include Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five and Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang, whose bandleader died before achieving much recognition, but whom jazz historians applaud for his rebellious and uncompromising character. “Hot jazz isn’t a term that a lot of people are familiar with, and even when I got into this it wasn’t a term I’d heard before,” says Dandies tenor banjo player Westen Borghesi. “It isn’t exactly a particular style—it’s sort of an attitude, a feel.” Despite coming from a metal and hip-hop background, Borghesi is a constant presence in Austin’s pre-WWII music scene—and

Ryan Gould’s string bass playing is a large part of the East Side Dandies signature sound.




The Hollywood Revue performed at the opening party for the Great Gatsby at the Alamo Drafthouse.

at seven feet tall he’s hard to miss. He can also be seen performing with the White Ghost Shivers, Thrift Set Orchestra, and Oxblood Meridians, in addition to helming the turntables at the beloved Second Sunday Sock Hop. “The dancing is really important. There’s a great camaraderie between the dancers and the musicians in the jazz scene now,” says Borghesi. Another band that first premiered at the Showroom is the Hollywood Revue, which formed when ukulele player Brian Rise’s Hawaiian quartet, Combo Mahalo, had a schedule conflict. Rise pulled together a few friends, including vocalist Kacy Todd (referred to by the band as “America’s Sweetheart”), and the Revue was born. The group dresses exclusively in formal black and white and plays music popularized in 1930s films. “So many of those songs came out in a musical with Gene Kelly or Judy Garland, and then if it was a hit, Glenn Miller or Benny Goodman had a recording out within a month of the movie release,” says Rise. “A lot of the great songwriters introduced their material that way to the American public.” While the East Side Dandies and the Hollywood Revue focus on reviving vintage songs, the seven members of Wino Vino take a more creative approach by appropriating styles like Eastern European folk music and Balkan brass for original compositions. When




More places to soak up the sounds of the early 20th century Russian House 307 E 5th St | 512 428 5442 Take a kitschy trip into Soviet Russia with a huge selection of vodkas, all-you-can-eat brunches, and monthly performances by vintage-minded bands like Blue Squeeze Box. Elephant Room 315 Congress Ave | 512 473 2279 Austin’s most iconic jazz haunt will occasionally let an old timey band through the doors. Swan Dive 615 Red River St | 512 614 4235 Every first Saturday the retro Red River venue hosts the Eastern European antics of the Flying Balalaika Brothers. Central Market various locations Grab a bottle of wine, their outdoor venues frequently feature vintage bands like the Thrift Set Orchestra and Hollywood Revue. Forrest Johnston plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and sings.

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pean folk music and Balkan brass for original compositions. When the band formed in 2007, their kitchen sink mentality of combining different genres resulted in an avant-garde style, but over time they’ve reeled in the sound to become one of the tightest groups in town. It’s earned them a fervently dedicated following. “Sometimes people will go nuts and start dancing on tables and moving the furniture. They’ll get rowdy, and you don’t really know what to do,” says Wino Vino singer and mandolin player Forrest Johnston. “When the Showroom first opened up people would actually crowd-surf.” With fans exuding the type of enthusiasm usually reserved for punk rock shows, it’s safe to say that even as this music becomes more obscure outside of Austin, our throwback music scene will continue to roar.

Wino Vino originally formed through responses to a Craigslist ad.





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Few people rock hairspray and denim better than Watson. Hear him roar: His white Indian Chief motorcycle is a fixture outside of the Longhorn.




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“ My music is a blend of honky-tonk, western swing, outlaw, and rockabilly. Four genres that don’t necessarily fit into any existing categories the industry celebrates.”


t’s an overcast Sunday afternoon and the staff at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon on North Burnet Road is preparing for their busiest night of the week. The chickens that live in a coop out back are fed, escape, and a brief

parking lot chase ensues. A rustic, hand-painted bingo table is set up in the back. Fragrant barbecued brisket tacos are delivered and everyone gets hungry. In a few hours Dale Watson and His Lonestars will play to a packed house that will include old-timers, tattooed hipsters, and bus-loads of Dutch, Croatian, Australian, and French tourists. Watson has been playing Ginny’s for more than 15 years. He immortalized the bar in the song “Honkiest Tonkiest Beer Joint,” with lyrics taken from a sign that hangs behind the place (“no fussin’ no cussin’; no hasslin’ no wrestlin’”). And then earlier this year, he bought it. Watson’s bio reads like that of a country star in the making. He was born in Birmingham, raised in Pasadena, just outside of Houston, and has been writing songs since he received his first guitar when he was seven years old. His 1995 debut album, Cheatin’ Heart Attack, and its anti-industry “Nashville Rash” song spread his fame across the Atlantic. His latest album, El Rancho Azul, is a Valentine to his honky-tonk life (half of the songs are devoted to drinking, including “I Lie When I Drink” and “Thanks to Tequila”). We sat down with the legendary troubadour to ask how honky-tonk music melds with the new and growing Austin.

Last month you hosted the first annual Ameripolitan Music Awards in Austin. Tell us about that event. I started the process about a year ago because I wanted to have an annual celebration devoted to a new genre of original music with a prominent roots influence. Americana music has roots in Woody Guthrie, and prominent folk and rock influences. Ameripolitan music traces back to artists like Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. What prompted you to create an entirely new category of awards? It all started when CMA vocalist Blake Shelton accepted an award, and told the music industry how he felt about my style of music, describing it as “music for old farts and jackasses.” The statement let the proverbial cat out of the bag and really set the Internet abuzz. I’m trying to brand our style of music, which doesn’t fit into a preconceived notion of what it should be. The notion caught fire quickly. We raised $26K on, and the sold-out awards ceremony featured the likes of Johnny Knoxville and Mojo Nixon, among other great artists. How do you describe your particular style? My music is a blend of honky-tonk, western swing, outlaw, and rockabilly. Four genres that don’t necessarily fit into any existing categories the industry celebrates.

What else are you up to these days? I just got back from Australia; it was summer there, so we got to go to the beach. Australia reminds me of Texas in the ’70s—all that wide-open space. Now I’m back in the studio recording Trucking Sessions 3, the last album of a trilogy that will be released this summer. In addition to playing ACL and touring, it’s been a busy year. What has touring in Europe taught you about life? How much I love America. Also, that mayonnaise on French fries ain’t too bad. What inspired you to purchase Ginny’s Little Longhorn? As with music, a place can grow and change, but it doesn’t have to leave its roots behind. In the same way that I’m trying to preserve the roots of Texas music, with Ginny’s I’m trying to keep the roots of Austin alive. That process doesn’t need to be stagnant or passive. We installed a new stage and a better sound system, started offering draft beer, and took out the pool table to accommodate more people. We’re bringing in the new, but exposing people to chicken poop bingo and roots music. For the same reasons, I also just purchased Big T’s Roadhouse, outside of San Antonio, so I’ve been spending more time there.




The infamous chicken shit bingo—how did that begin? I think the biggest surprise of the whole thing is how long it has lasted! It started with a culmination of many things. I’d already been playing for Ginny and her late husband, Don, on Thursday nights for about 12 years. They asked me to play Sunday nights too, but I didn’t want it to be “just another night.” So I suggested playing in the afternoon, since people work the next day. When I spent time in California, I played a bar that offered free hot dogs, and another that ran a very illegal chicken poop bingo—that’s where I’d seen it for the first time. We decided to do both and make it legal; we don’t allow any betting. We only thought it would last a month or so, but from the get-go it packed the place out. I have no illusions of grandeur; I know the real star is the chicken. How do you feel about growing Austin? There’s good and bad to it. It’s good that more people want to come here and hear Texas music. The bad is, well, the traffic. A lot is changing in the neighborhood, with new condos going in across the street and a new traffic light about to be installed. But some of the new celebrates older Southern traditions, like our neighbor Lucy’s Fried Chicken. Our communal picnic table area features tables donated by several local businesses that support what we do. What’s your happy place in Austin? Honestly, it’s Sunday nights at the Longhorn. It’s truly amazing seeing so many people enjoy it so much. Everyone gets along; in all the years I’ve been doing it there’s never been a fight. People from nine to ninety come here and make friends right away. I think we’ve got a bit of the old Armadillo. This is old Austin and new Austin together.


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Watson and his aptly named band The Lonestars love their Texas brew (the singer is a spokesperson for Lone Star Beer).

Watson covered his guitar with German, French, and other European coins “on the brink of being worthless” before the conversion to the Euro in 1999, and ended up with a collector’s item. Shirt ($99) from Allens Boots.




L LIIZZ T R E T B R M E A B L M LA M T II’’M AT W HA WH G N I G N N E I T N S E I T L S LI W O W N O O N T O T b y pa u l a d i s b r o w e Anyone who’s had the pleasure of sipping cava at the Hotel San José (with wisteria in bloom and a killer sound track overhead), thumbing through vintage vinyl at the sumptuous Hotel Saint Cecilia, or standing under a West Texas sky watching Tift Merritt or Barbara Lynn kick up some dust at El Cosmico, an 18-acre trailer, tent, and tepee hotel and campground in Marfa, knows that Liz Lambert’s beloved boutique hotels are inspired by and devoted to music. SXSJ, her annual music festival concurrent with SXSW (held in the parking lot behind Jo’s Coffee) features artists like Billy Jo Shaver and Alejandro Escovedo and icy cans of Modelo, no wristband required. Since the chance of getting a room at her Austin hotels this month is about as likely as discovering no line at Franklin Barbecue, we were thrilled when the reigning queen of modern Texas style offered to share her personal playlist of songs she’s loving right this minute. Hotel San José (1316 South Congress or Hotel Saint Cecilia (112 Academy Drive or El Cosmico (802 S Highland Avenue, Marfa, or

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CREATION BY DAVID GARZA | HUMAN TATTOO —David Garza, my friend, the magician. This is the first song off his new record, just out, Human Tattoo. Catch David with Charlie Sexton on Thursday night at the San José during SXSW.

GOT TO HAVE ROCK AND ROLL BY HEARTLESS BASTARDS | ARROW (BONUS TRACK )— You’ve got to have rock ’n’ roll, and nobody brings it better

than the Bastards on their latest release.

TALK ME DOWN BY WILLY MASON | CARRY ON —I love this whole record. SOONER OR LATER BY PATTY GRIFFIN | SILVER BELL —“Silver Bell,” shelved by her label in 2000, finally saw the light of day in 2013. We are all so lucky. BROKEN BY JAKE BUGG | JAKE BUGG —Elegant, beautiful songwriting from a British teenager. DRIVE ON UP BY BLITZEN TRAPPER | VII —Blitzen Trapper’s aptly titled seventh album get’s a little funky. MA STE R H U NTE R BY LAU R A MA R LING | ONCE I WAS AN EAGLE —“I don’t stare at water anymore, water doesn’t do what it did before.” More young

British acoustic-folk.

PRETTY SARO (SELF PORTRAIT ) BY BOB DYLAN | THE BOOTLEG SERIES VOL. 10 —Who says Dylan can’t sing? Check out this track from the1970

album of unreleased recordings that came out in August.

DON’T SWALLOW THE CAP BY THE NATIONAL | TROUBLE WILL FIND ME —Indie rock at its finest. HISTORY ERASER BY COURTNEY BARNETT | THE DOUBLE LP —Lo-fi meanderings about romance, travel, art school and getting drunk. JACQUES COUSTEAU BY DAVID LEMAITRE | LATITUDE —Ethereal electronica. RATTLESNAKE BY ST. VINCENT | ST. VINCENT —Rattlesnake was written at my ranch. SONG FOR ZULA BY PHOSPHORESCENT | MUCHACH —One of my favorite records of 2013: This song is getting a lot of play, and I can’t stop listening. CALLING CARDS BY NEKO CASE | THE WORSE THINGS GET, THE HARDER I FIGHT, THE HARDER I FIGHT, THE MORE I LOVE YOU —One of the

quieter tracks from her most recent record, a lovely song about loss.

STEADY AS THE RISING SUN BY ROBERT ELLIS | LIGHTS FROM THE CHEMICAL PLANT —A brand new record of folk-pop from a country boy, no

one has a sweeter twang than Robert Ellis.

SPRING BY BILL CALLAHAN | DREAM RIVER —“I see the true spring is in you.” This record is on a whole lot of folk’s best-of-2013 lists, and for good reason. SYNTHETIC WORLD BY SWAMP DOGG | TOTAL DESTRUCTION —Gonzo soul from Swamp Dogg’s, debut album, released in 1970, a lost classic. TENERE TAQQIM TOSSAM BY TINARIWEN | TASSILI (DELUXE EDITION) —This Tuareg-Berber band will be headlining Saturday night at South by San

José, and this cut from an album recorded live in the Algerian desert, will give you an idea of just how mind-blowing that’s going to be.

OYSTERS BY MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO | WEATHER —Granted, this record is a couple of years old, but this sensual, vulnerable Meshell track, “Oysters”

keeps migrating from one playlist to the next.

HOMESICKNESS BY TSEGUE-MARYAM GUEBROU | ETHIOPIQUES, VOL. 21 —This record is from the expansive Ethiopiques series, dedicated to docu-

menting the thriving Ethiopian music scene of the late ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Here is a majestic piano solo composed and played by an Ethiopian nun.




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Sarah Ann Mockbee & Sam Douglas When Sarah Ann Mockbee,

a sixth-generation Mississippian, moved

to New York City in 2001, she became accustomed to her father, the architect Samuel Mockbee, helping her make friends by introducing her to his former students. When he encouraged her to meet filmmaker Sam Douglas, she thought it was, you know, just another one of those things. But on their first date, over cabbage rolls and pancakes at a Russian coffee shop, they fell in love. Douglas had already passed the parent test: he’d gotten to know Sarah Ann’s father while making a documentary about him, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio. The couple transitioned to Austin in 2006, and immediately felt right at home, thanks to industry friends, six degrees of the South, and tacos round the clock. March is a big month: Sarah Ann, the deputy director of the Austin Film Society since 2011, is working on the Texas Film Awards, a red carpet evening honoring Texas legends of cinema and television (it takes place at Austin Studios on Thursday, March 6). Sam is gearing up for SXSW, when his latest project, No No: A Dockumentary, a film he edited and co-produced, will have its Austin premiere on Saturday, March 8, at the Paramount Theatre. They’ll spend the rest of SXSW supporting other Texas filmmakers, and slipping into spectator mode for music week. As for April? That’s when they catch up on sleep. P. disbrowe

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n n A h Sara ee & b k c o M ouglas D m a S What are the ups and downs of

The Perfect Evening at Home A perfect evening would mean making it home in time to sit on our front porch, watch the light fade, catch up on the day, and sip our version of a gin and tonic—the Golden Sash. We’ll have gumbo left over from the previous night (it’s always better the next day) so we don’t have to eat supper too late. Of course, we’ll end the night with a movie (but that happens every night regardless).

working in the same industry?

The Perfect Dinner Party: guests 1. Freddie Mercury 2. LaDonna Harris 3. Shane MacGowan 4. Joan Rivers 5. Richard Pryor 6. Eudora Welty 7. Les Blank 8. Carol Burnett

The Perfect Dinner

Ups: Sam’s office is at Austin Studios, which is operated by Austin Film Society, so we commute to work together, along with our dog, Cadillac. Our schedules are in sync and our professional networks overlap, so we can divide and conquer when there is a lot going on. Downs: Our schedules are in sync and our professional networks overlap, so we spend a lot of time together and we’re often insanely busy at the same time.

Party: Menu Drink: Golden Sash (good quality gin and tonic, a splash of grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, served in a “Mississippi Julep” tumbler). Appetizers: toasted pecans and cheese straws. Salad: anything from Mindy Fox’s Salads: Beyond the Bowl. Main course: deer meatballs (adapted from Mario Batali’s turkey meatball recipe; deer compliments of Sarah Ann’s sharpshooting at the Heart of Texas Trophy Whitetails Ranch in Brady) Dessert: pots de crème

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Sam—2001: A Space Odyssey, dir. Stanley Kubrick Sarah Ann—The Rules of the Game, dir. Jean Renoir

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Brooklyn, with a side of breakfast tacos

We love our dining room table. It was originally Sam’s great-grandparents’, and we inherited it from his grandmother. We eat dinner here every night we’re home—whether it’s just the two of us or a dinner party with friends. It sets the tone for conversation and appreciation. We recently had Smithers Furniture give it a once-over, and it’s never looked better. We want it to last for the next four generations of Douglases.

1. Bookshelves are coming! Until then, they're piled high in the living room. 2. Sam's grandmother, Mazelle, gave us this piano. It is not fun to move. 3. Our dog

Cadillac, the Escalade of terriers. 4. Our favorite city documented by music photographer William Claxton. 5. The dining room table was originally Sam's great-

grandparents. Dan Asher photograph and Jack Sanders prints in the background. 6. Big scissors are essential. 7. Sam's diesel Mercedes. You can hear it coming a mile away. 8. Sarah Ann's dresser, with family photos.


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Past performers who have graced the ACL Live stage include Ray Charles, Etta James, Sting, Merle Haggard, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Mos Def, and Coldplay.

J a c k M c F a dd e n books ba n ds for AC L L i v e at the M oody T heater . Y eah , we ’ re jealous of his job , too.


ack McFadden comes to Austin by way of Brooklyn, where his life was every bit as hip as the borough’s reputation would have you believe. He went on a juice cleanse with a couple of

members of The National. He and Michelle Williams frequented the same bar. And he booked shows for bands like Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend in the 100-person venue he owned with friends. But after the birth of his second child, McFadden’s wife heard the siren song of her sisters’ and mother’s company in Austin. “The second baby was the deal breaker,” McFadden laughs. McFadden is happily settled in Austin since 2011, thanks in large part to having one of the coolest jobs in town: He books bands for Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, supporting the general manager and director of booking, Colleen Fischer. McFadden is responsible for the majority of the acts that grace the Belmont’s outdoor stage, and he also books shows for ACL Live. While he’s booking bigger shows now, McFadden has long a soft spot for what he calls the “baby bands.” “To have these relationships with bands, to watch them go from nothing to blowing up is just


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Booking agent Jack McFadden has spent a lot of time backstage at the Moody Theatre, where music legends (like Aretha) grace the walls.

everything,” he says. “It means more than anything to know that you booked a band and they played in front of 15 people—it’s just so gratifying to see them have success.” P h oto g r a p h y by l e a h ov er s t r ee t

To manage the baby and big bands alike, McFadden spends the majority of his time managing complicated, intricate calendars. Bands want to play shows on tours they’ve already routed, for budget reasons. He has to keep the theater’s schedule in mind, but also the larger schedule of the city itself. And in festival-happy Austin, that isn’t always easy. “We’re managing the calendar for the agents, but also for ourselves,” McFadden explains. “We have to understand how the city breathes and avoid conflicts.” It’s a lot of work and wrangling for a very short-lived payoff. But that’s actually what McFadden loves most: “It’s very rewarding that way because there’s lots of behind the scenes drama, blood, sweat,

Jack on stage: The Moody Theater seats 2,750 comfortably, but also retains an intimate vibe.

and tears that can go into just one sold-out night.” j. netzer Jack’s most memorable Austin moment—so far When ACL Fest rained out in 2013, McFadden found himself suddenly onslaught with offers from bands to play ACL Live that night. “My phone was ringing off the hook and it was every agent for every band that was in town saying, “can you guys do a show over there?’” McFadden says. He wanted to pull it off, but was worried: Booking the venue and prepping for a show there, he explains, is like “steering a yacht. You’ve gotta start turning early!” Despite some initial confusion—Franz Ferdinand thought they had been confirmed to play, but they hadn’t—Atoms for Peace ended up performing that night, and later on, performing an exclusive after show for about 25 people—McFadden included, of course.

Jack McFadden's calendar is necessarily in constant flux, to accomodate band schedules and the city's routines and festivals alike.

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Sara Hickman A conversation with Austin musician Sara Hickman is a refreshing reminder that more often than not, the most significant inspiration lies within arm’s reach. “My influences are all around me,” she says. “More than musicians, it’s the people. . . and what they are listening to that influence me. Or when I see live music, I’m inspired to go home and emulate the style.” And from her daughters’ sketches—reminders to lose yourself in the moment—to her father’s handmade wooden toy—a reminder to laugh—Hickman’s thoughtful awareness comes through in the approach she takes to her own work. “I have a song called ‘The Trouble with Boxes,’ and it describes how I’ll never fit in,” she explains. “I’ve been called a folk, jazz, rock, alternative, country singer, but I just consider myself ‘eclectic.’” This year Hickman will be focusing her attention on a diverse assortment of music-related endeavors, including a women’s “song-a-week” writing project called “Real Women, Real Songs” ( realwomenrealsongs), a 30th anniversary recording with the African Children’s Choir, commercial and voice-over work, and personal projects with family (“My husband, our daughters, and I are performing together in song swaps for live audiences. Pure magic happens and, boy, if I may say—it’s quite entertaining!”). More about Sara Hickman at L . patterson

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1. “It’s Later Than You Think” sign: “I found this in Uncommon Objects, my favorite shop; I was inspired to write a song because of this telling phrase.” 2. “My mom bought me this guitar when I was six. At ten, I sold it to a girl for $10. I regretted that decision for 29 years. One day, a giant vacuum cleaner box was delivered to our house. I opened the box and [inside] was [my first] guitar! It’s a mystery how my guitar came home, but it proved you can long for something/someone, and be tangibly rewarded!” 3. “Petey”— stuffed anteater toy: “Petey was under my head at BOTH the births of my daughters; he comforts me when I need to relax, rejuvenate.” 4. Handmade journal: “My once-in-alifetime friend, Caryl, made this exact replicate of a journal we shared. She gave it to me before she died; the original was never found.” 5. King Crimson backstage pass: “I am blessed to have recorded with Tony Levin and Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and to call them my friends. Tony brought me to this show in Austin.” 6. “Have Faith, Everything is All Right” card from Gurumayi Chidvilasananda’s Catskill Mountains ashram: This card and [my daughter] Lili inspired my song “It’s Alright, It’s Ok.” 7. Earrings: “My sister, Jenny, is a fantastic jeweler [and] made these. They remind me to be fearless on stage because my sister is fearless!” 8. Sketch pad from Hickman’s youngest daugher: “Our youngest daughter, io (13), inspires me because she is in total flow when she draws her creative, one-of-a-kind fashion designs.” 9. Pencil drawing: “My daughter Lili (17) made this drawing for me on Mother’s Day last year.” 10. Frog and Toad Are Friends: “Inscribed Inside: “It’s those special friendships that can only be immortalized by children’s literature. Don’t ever lose them. 12-16-86. Love, Mark [Stewart].” 11. Pull-string man with cigar: “Wooden toy my dad made of himself. He had a great sense of humor!” 12. “Since we started dating, my husband and I have kept journals. This is our first one (we are on our fifth). Inside, there is the receipt from our first date, drawings, photos, and lots of writing about our life together.”

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Top: A flashy stage setup, complete with metallic gold backdrop. Bottom: Moody red lighting at the bar

A little camp never hurt anyone: heart-shaped fluorescent lights frame a section of the bar setup.

C-Boys South Congress Ave. exterior

C-Boy's O n South Co n gress , a former di v e bar gets a retro cool makeov er


onna’s, Big Mamou, Blue Bayou, Trophy’s Bar . . . whatever plenty of records, photos, abundant red accents, and low lights. (bourbon-soaked) association you have with the inconspic- Upstairs is another story: the lounge-y “Jade Room” is inspired by uous space on South Congress Avenue and Leland Street, Japanese GI bars from the 1950s, complete with sake and bottles you’ve never seen it like C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, the funky, red-lit of Japanese beer. Equally present are the intentional reminders of Austin’s past, soul bar from Continental Club owner Steve Wertheimer that from wall pieces left intact from the Trophy’s days to the bold redopened on New Year’s Eve. Wertheimer, who owns both Continental Club locations (Aus- and-white outside awning—a nod to the original 1970s Continental tin and Houston) and is part owner in a number of other Austin Club facade. Most notably, the name: it pays homage to C-Boy Parks, businesses (including Elizabeth Street Café, Jeffrey’s, and Perla's the beloved cook-turned-music-manager of Austin’s late-1970s resSeafood & Oyster Bar), invested more than half a million dollars taurant/venue Rome Inn. It’s this eclectic mix that results in C-Boy’s and 18 months into flipping the divey Trophy’s into something underlying MO: you can’t quite wrap your head around everything very different. With the help of designer Jennifer Long, architects that’s going on in there. It’s a funky cocktail of soul, camp, and histoClayton & Little, and Burnish & Plumb Construction, the interior ry that makes it totally different from anyplace else in town. Whatwas almost completely stripped and rebuilt to become its current ever the interpretation, Wertheimer and company continue to make incarnation: a bar and weekends-only soul music venue that feels being totally cool look completely effortless. C-Boys Heart & Soul is located at 2008 S. Congress like stepping into another decade. 2008 Ave. Open seven days a week. More information at faceDownstairs, C-Boy’s feels like a classic neighborS Congress Ave L. patterson hood bar: no frills, decorated with old-school posters,


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Three dishes (L to R): The Duck Confit Pizza on Neapolitan crust, the Piccante Pizza on Roman crust, and the Polipo appetizer.

Due Forni


hat happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Except when something sneaks out—like Due Forni. This Sin City eatery decided to roll the dice and open an outpost in Austin, in December, much to our good fortune. Located in the Littlefield Building’s long-vacant Louie’s 106 site, Due Forni combines Las Vegas sizzle with a menu rooted in authentic Italian flavors. Sleek and stylish, the interior resembles chic Milan more than rustic Tuscany. Translucent tangerine tabletops pop beside industrial metal chairs. Vintage Spaghetti Westerns are projected on soaring walls, their muted sound tracks replaced by eclectic Italian jazz. Due Forni’s menu is grounded in Italian classics that have been interpreted with updated executions. The restaurant’s menu is devoted to its namesake twin ovens (due forni means “two ovens” in Italian). Each behemoth cooks at a different temperature, thus cooking some items slowly and others quickly, at a much higher heat. Roman-style pizzas cooked in one oven offer a crispy, cracker-like crust, while Neapolitan-style


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A corner of the Due Forni dining room, lit with single strands of hanging Edison bulbs.

pies from the other have a softer chew. Both versions are tasty, but we especially enjoyed the classic Margherita from the latter, topped with creamy imported bufala mozzarella made from Italian water buffalo milk. Due Forni may have gained fame in Vegas for its pizza, but to overlook the rest of its extensive Italian bounty would be a shame. I can’t stop thinking about its semolina gnocchi: small, al dente morsels tossed with smoked bacon, peas, and black truffle cream. A delicious pasta special one night was a comforting classic of red sauce with house-made sausage. There are also oven-roasted entrées like game hen, whole branzino sea bass, and a succulent filet, roasted to perfection and served with roasted potatoes drizzled with a hint of truffle oil. For starters, don’t miss the Chef’s Platter. Due Forni has taken this menu cliché to new heights with expertly sliced meats and cheeses, plus olives, peppers, and outstanding homemade bread. The Caesar salad is simple, bright, and crisp. Less successful was the carpaccio, rolled sushi-style and overwhelmed by black

Due Forni Executive Chef and Partner Carlos Buscaglia (L) and Managing Partner Alex Taylor (R).

106 E 6th St (512) 391 9300

truffle vinaigrette. The Casatica, a pool of pleasantly creamy mascarpone polenta, was topped with flabby speck bacon. Things bounced back with dessert. Don’t miss the beautifully simple Sweet Bufala Ricotta drizzled with local Round Rock honey and topped with toasted pistachios. It’s creamy, crunchy, and not too sweet. If you’re into Italian wine, you’ll have a ball sipping your way through Due Forni’s well-curated list. All selections are sold by the glass or bottle, including gems like a 2011 Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe nebbiolo. After dinner, there’s homemade Limoncello made with Meyer lemons. The founders of the original Vegas Due Forni divide their time between their flagship restaurant and their new location. Operating partner Alex Taylor has Austin roots and graduated from UT. Chef-partner Carlos Buscaglia was born to Italian parents and has cooked in some of the top kitchens in New York and Las Vegas. They’re having some fun at Due Forni, but they’re also delivering some serious and satisfying food. k. spezia P h oto g r a p h y by b i l l s a l l a n s

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Dinner & Drinks

dining guide

From brisket to brussels sprouts, our edited picks of the best places in town to eat and drink 219 WEST



and bar hotspot stays

octopus is a perfect dish,


612 W 6th St


507 San Jacinto

open until 2am on the

as are the potatoes bravas.

1115 E 11th St

(512) 474 2194

4800 Burnet Rd

(512) 474 9899


Reservations recom-

(512) 542 9542

Lively warehouse district

(512) 371 1600

Delicious thin crust pizza


A cozy, French-inspired

hangout, with a rooftop

Apothecary’s calm ambi-

and wine selections in a


bar and some of the best

ance and excellent wine

cozy setting.

(at the downtown Whole


happy hour tapas in town.

selection make for a classy

Foods Market)

2024 S Lamar Blvd St

spot to get wine and a 34TH STREET CAFÉ

quick bite with friends.

1005 W 34th St

fast, lunch, and dinner.

525 N. Lamar Blvd

(512) 394 8150


(512) 345 5000


Chef Bryce Gilmore offers

1321 S Congress Ave


Grab a bottle and a snack

small plates with locally

(512) 916 1315

79 Rainey St

to share, then the Whole

sourced ingredients which

An inviting trattoria with

(512) 371 3400


Consistently good Ameri-

601 W 6th St

(512) 386 1656

Foods bartenders will

pair with craft beers and

warm Tuscan colors.

can fare that toes the

(512) 992 2776

Banger’s brings the Ger-

uncork it and provide

fine wines, guests sit at

Small bar up front and

casual/fancy line—good

From Easy Tiger and 24

man biergarten tradition

glasses for you at no extra

communal high top tables.

cozy booths in back.

for weeknight dinners

Diner’s ELM Restaurant

stateside with an array of


and weekend indulgences

Group, this recently

artisan sausages and over



alike. Order the chicken

opened spot offers rich

100 beers on tap.

716 W 6th St

1900 S 1st St


French favorites and an

800 W 6th St Ste 100

(512) 476 8226

(512) 416 1601


(512) 436 9633

Rooftop dining on West

Affordable wholesome

200 Congress Ave

Another unique addition

6th, Benji’s offers a fresh,

vegetarian cuisine, includ-

excellent wine list. 360 UNO TRATTORIA



bistro serving up break-




(512) 827 2755

to Austin’s dining scene

innovative approach to

ing soups, salads, and

3801 N Capital of TX Hwy

8650 Spicewood Springs

A classy middle ground

from Chef Parind Vora. A

Tex-Mex where seafood


(512) 327 5505

Rd, Ste 115

between downtown eater-

diverse and approachable

and Mexican influences

Great espresso bar and a

(512) 331 5788

ies Second Bar + Kitchen,

menu with rice bowls,

adorn the menu.

mostly-Italian wine list,

Authentic Chinese cuisine

and the upscale Congress

sandwiches, cioppino, and

complete with an outdoor

in a comfortable atmo-

restaurant, Bar Congress

more, with a patio offering


(512) 382 1189

patio for sipping.


stirs up classic cocktails

a view of bustling down-

500 W 6th St

Argentinean specialties

and delicious upscale fare.

town Austin.

(512) 477 2377

like meat sandwiches on

A rustic, underground

baguettes, empanadas,




319 Congress Ave

408 E 43rd St



restaurant owned by

and tasty pastries. Inti-

(512) 472 1884

(512) 451 1218

206 Colorado St

1500 S Lamar Ste 150

Sandra Bullock serving

mate patio seating.

Classic American offer-

The chic little Hyde Park

(512) 382 5557

(512) 473 2211

up French-inspired dishes

ings in a charming spot;

trattoria offers delicious

A great place to stop when

Hoppin' Spanish tapas

with Southern twists: The


perfect spot for a decadent

Italian cuisine, like saf-

you’re going out for a night

restaurant in a modern

fried green tomatoes are

1519 E Cesar Chavez

downtown brunch.

fron risotto with seafood.

on the town, this sushi

South Austin setting. The

the perfect indulgence.

(512) 524 2523

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Wood-fired pizza in an

(512) 637 8888

and hamburger are leg-

elegant, trendy vibe; get

Some of the best tradi-


the Fresca pie.

tional Chinese food in town. Fast service in the


dining room and delivery

1200 W 6th St

is available.

(512) 322 9226 Innovative and flavorful


plates with fresh ingredients.

1200 W 6th St (512) 297 2525

Due Forni

this year to create a (liter-


106 E 6th St Ste 106

al) farm-to-table concept

2307 Hancock Dr

(512) 391 9300

restaurant on the East

(512) 371 6840

Serving up Roman and

side, serving a seasonal

A café and grocery with

Neapolitan style pizza

prix fixe menu under a the

both Louisiana and

from two specially de-

canopy of a majestic Texas

French sensibilities by

An East Austin haven for

signed brick ovens, Due

elm tree.

Thomas Keller-trained

vegans and vegetarians.

Forni combines the art of

COUNTER CULTURE 2337 E Cesar Chavez St (512) 524 1540

CRU WINE BAR 238 W 2nd St


Small and typically

201 W 3rd St

crowded, Clark’s’ extensive

(512) 472 9463

(512) 542 9670

caviar and oyster menu,

An excellent place for a

An excellent upscale

sharp aesthetics, and

date; drink a bottle of

Mexican restaurant with a

excellent service make it a

wine at one of the cozy

late-night happy hour.

refreshing indulgence on

sidewalk tables.

West Sixth Street. Indoor Chavez

and outdoor seating is

111 E Cesar Chavez


(512) 478 2991


An exploration of aromat-

200 Congress Ave

used to be a drab TGI

(512) 827 2760

Friday's into Austin's hot-

An upscale dining expe-

test new dining venture.

rience with great wine

Chavez boasts homemade



gorgeous view overlooking


(512) 369 3897

Lady Bird Lake.

2027 Anchor Ln (512) 614 2260

1025 Barton Springs Rd


(512) 609 8923

509 Hearn St

Chef-driven, authentic

(512) 236 0642

Mexican cuisine.

A husband and wife team

EAST SIDE KING 1618 E 6th St (512) 422 5884 Chefs Paul Qui, Moto Utsonomaya and Ek Timrek offer out-of-this-world pan-Asian food from three

ic curries across the Asian continent, from India to Thailand.

612-B E 6th St Rich chicken broth-based ramen and a simple,

cook up delicious EuropeEL NARANJO

an-style dishes like pork

85 Rainey St

schnitzel and paella.

(512) 474 2776 Husband and wife team


Iliana de la Vega and



Ernesto Torrealba serve

2905 San Gabriel St

1100 E 6th St

up authentic cuisine from

(512) 474 2905

(512) 467 4280

Mexico’s interior. Dine al

Mediterranean plates for

Delicious vintage cocktails

fresco on the charming

sharing. Sip a handcrafted

in an eccentric space.

Rainey Street patio.

cocktail al fresco on the

(512) 574 3691

Cirkiel has turned what


timeless, easy wine.



mole and tamales, and a


2209 E Cesar Chavez St

Local celebrity chef Shawn

Sarah McIntosh.

simple, delicious food and

lovely patio.

Enjoy local art, music, and cuisine by Sonya Cote. EASY TIGER 709 E 6th St

ELEPHANT ROOM 315 Congress Ave (512) 473 2279 Cool jazz in a dark base-

(512) 614 4972

ment; go early for an inti-

Ranch-to-table cuisine

veggie-friendly menu from


Delicious bake shop up-

the owners of the popular

mate cocktail, or late for

and an elegant take on

stairs and beer garden

8650 Spicewood Springs

bar fare.

Kome Sushi Kitchen on

jams in a packed house.

downstairs. Enjoy the

Airport Blvd.

signature house-made




Rd, Ste 127 (512) 336 8889


Don’t let the small size

626 N Lamar Blvd

fool you, this hidden gem

(512) 708 8800

provides some of the most

It’s nothing fancy, but

authentic fresh noodles in

this tiny shotgun-style


diner has some of the city’s

CHINATOWN 3407 Greystone Dr, (512) 343 9307 & 107 W 5th St

best breakfast offerings (and the lines outside to match). Both the pancakes

DRISKILL HOTEL BAR 604 Brazos St (512) 391 7162 With a blend of history, class, and charm the Driskill Bar is unbeatable if you want a classic, oldschool Austin experience.

EDEN EAST 755 Springdale Rd

1501 S 1st St (512) 291 2881 A charming French-

(512) 428 6500

Vietnamese eatery with

Weekends at the farm

a colorful menu of pho,

have never been more deli-

banh mi, and more. Vi-

cious: Chef Sonya Cote of

brant and comfortable

Hillside Farmacy teamed

surrounding patio.

FOODHEADS 616 W 34th St (512) 420 8400 Fresh, inspired sandwiches, soups, and salads in a charming, refashioned cottage and porch. FONDA SAN MIGUEL 2330 W N Loop Blvd (512) 459 4121 An Austin institution for over 30 years, serving up delicious interior Mexican menu and a killer brunch. Reservations recommended!

up with Springdale Farms

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A flavorful modern Mexi-

4800 Burnet Rd




900 E 11th St

can menu inspired by the

(512) 447 7688

1209 E 11th St

1204 W Lynn St

419 Colorado St

(512) 653 1187

kitchen of Chef Garrido’s

No frills tacos and one of

(512) 628 0168

(512) 4775584

(512) 320 8883

Crowned Best BBQ Res-


the most famous patios

Part-grocery store, part-

This historic Clarksville

Popular downtown spot

on South Congress. Try

casual eatery, Hillside

favorite got a welcome

for some of the best sushi in town.

taurant in America by Bon Appetit, Aaron Franklin’s


the Queso Flameado with

Farmacy is located in a

facelift this year from

eponymous eatery is a

3309 Esperanza Crossing

chorizo and jalapenos.

beautifully restored 50s-

Larry McGuire, all while

true Austin institution. Go

Ste 100

style pharmacy with a

maintaining the execu-


early and be prepared to

(512) 833 6400


perfect porch for people

tion, top-notch service,

4917 Airport Blvd

wait! (It is worth it.)

Perfect for a date night


watching on the East Side.

and luxurious but wel-

(512) 712 5700

at the Domain, Gloria’s

4800 Burnet

Oysters, cheese plates, and

coming atmosphere that

More than just sushi, this


serves upscale Mexican

(512) 458 1100

nightly dinner specials.

makes Jeffrey’s an old

eatery serves up Japanese

407 Colorado St

cuisine and a spacious

Upscale-casual Italian;

Austin staple.

comfort food, including de-

(512) 494 6916


solid pasta specials, in-


credible desserts (orange

3110 Guadalupe St

Their official motto proclaims, "Hot dogs and


olive oil cake!), and an

(512) 537 0467

1601 Waterston Ave


cold beer," and...yep, that's


interesting wine list.

A gastropub with French

(512) 477-5584


basically it. Bacon-infused

1900 Rio Grande St

inclinations, a beautiful

Rustic, continental fare

2700 W Anderson Lane

bloodies, a dozen different

(512) 495 1800


patio, and unique cocktails.

with an emphasis on fresh,

Ste 501

artisan hot dog options,

Modern spins on Ameri-

2310 Manor Rd

local and organic ingredi-

(512) 458 2477

and one of the best beer

can classics and locally-

(512) 243 6702


ents. Serving lunch, after-

Grab a four-top and cook

lists in town: Frank is

sourced veggie sides inside

It's comfort food meets

5111 Airport Blvd

noon snacks, and evening

your own bulgogi in the

both a markedly more

the new Hotel Ella.

sports bar meets beer

(512) 600 4999

cocktails, the shady porch

middle of the table.

pub in Cherrywood, an

A choice pizza place for

is the perfect spot for a late-afternoon paloma.

civil alternative to dirty


downtown night and your


easygoing place to get a

a spontaneous night out.

hangover's best friend.

91 Red River St

craft beer and elevated bar

Fresh and simple. Try the

(512) 480 2255

food. Get the namesake:

roasted olives and the kale


(512) 275 0852

With an extensive yet

salad too!

4230 Duval St

Healthy, tasty Korean

2402 San Gabriel St

The Haymaker is an open-

cozy covered patio, G’Raj

(512) 452 1040

options like bulgogi and

(512) 220 0953

faced roast beef sandwich,

Mahal offers a surprising

topped with flavorful slaw,

An old school, family-run

curry dishes all served up

Classic barbecue from a


amount of ambiance for a

tomatoes, a fried egg, deca-

310 Colorado St

Tex-Mex favorite in Hyde

by the friendly staff.

historic, converted home

food trailer.

dent gruyere sauce, and—

(512) 472 6770

Park. Cash only! Order the

wait for it—french fries.

A Warehouse District

green chicken enchiladas.


in West Campus. FRESA’S 915 N Lamar Blvd (512) 428 5077 Tasty chicken al carbon, refreshing agua frescas, and the best guacamole around. GARRIDO’S 360 Nueces St (512) 320 8226


licious, homemade ramen. JOSEPHINE HOUSE

march 2014

GREEN PASTURES RESTAURANT 811 W Live Oak St (512) 444 4747

621 E 7th St

LA BARBECUE 1200 E 6th St

highlight, Delectable PeHENRI’S CHEESE &

king Duck and memorable


(512) 605 9696


specialty cocktails.

4710 E 5th St

In the heart of South First,

(512) 385 2900

La Barbecue whips up

2026 S Lamar Blvd

Feast on continental

(512) 442 3373


With its French bistro

classic barbecue with free

brunch under the patio’s

Equal parts charcuterie,


fare, impressive cocktails,

beer and live music.

majestic oaks. Try the

cheese, and wine shop,

7720 Hwy 71 W

and charming décor inside

milk punch: it’s legendary!

Henri’s offers a cozy space

(512) 852 8558

and out, Justine’s has Aus-


to explore new wines or

Savor country favorites

tin looking east. Expect a

400 W 2nd St

take a bottle home.

from Chef Jack Gilmore

crowd, even late at night.

(512) 499 0300

GUERO’S TACO BAR 1412 S Congress Ave &

on the covered patio.

Delectable cocktails, tasty

sons’ lobby bar, where they

Grab a gelato and un-

delicious main courses,

whip up both classic and

wind on the patio over-

all inspired by the hip and

adventurous cocktails.

looking the Triangle.



1303 S Congress Ave

310 Congress Ave


(512) 444 8081

(512) 472 7555 &


A futuristic dining experi-

10201 Jollyville Rd

401 W 2nd St

ence on Congress, inspired

(512) 345 1042

(512) 494 1500

by the vibrant culture and

Definitely not your stan-

Not your standard BBQ

cuisine of Tokyo.

dard Tex-Mex, upscale

bohemian Condesa neighborhood in Mexico City.

fare, meats are given an

Manuel’s hits all the

Austin twist, like the rib-


right notes for it’s upscale

eye glazed with brown


Mexican cuisine, cleanly

sugar and mustard. Tucked

5408 Burnet Rd

presented in a classy

away in the historic Schnei-

(512) 514 0664 &


der Brothers Building in the

2218 College Ave

2nd Street District.

(512) 297 2423


This year the South Con-

4636 Burnet Rd


gress favorite opened a

(512) 458 6200

314 Congress Ave

new outpost off Burnet

Fresh and classic sushi,

(512) 479 8131

Road. Different loca-

sashimi and bento boxes,

Authentic Italian in a

tion, same straight-up

in an intimate settings.

simple but cozy down-

Southern goodness, from

town setting; known for

Moon pies to fried green


their wickedly rich and

tomatoes to corn muffins

507 Calles St

delicious Spaghetti alla

to the crème de la crème:

(512) 236 1022


fried chicken.

Created by Rainey



Street proprietor 1807 S 1st St

Bridget Dunlap, Mettle

97 Rainey St

offers a diverse, often-

(512) 469 0400

experimental menu

A gorgeous spot to enjoy a

The original hotspot on

exciting for omnivores

luxurious French-inspired

Austin’s popular Rainey

and vegetarians alike.

prix-fixe meal in an inti-


(512) 215 9778

mate dining room and table


that seats just 34 diners.

313 E 6th St

LOBBY LOUNGE AT THE FOUR SEASONS 98 San Jacinto Blvd (512) 478 4500 Pass time in the luxurious confines of the Four Sea-

©2013 Bob’s Steak & Chop House

tacos and appetizers,

MANDOLA’S ITALIAN MARKET 4700 W Guadalupe St (512) 419 9700 Casual Italian fare and a well-stocked gourmet grocery, alongside a deli, bakery, and espresso bar.

(512) 843 2715

Austin’s prime spot for prime steaks. We know you’ve heard about us … the food, the

atmosphere, the service. Bob’s Steak & Chop House exceeds its reputation from the moment you walk in

the door. Come in and see for yourself. Don’t be the last one to become addicted to Bob’s.

A hidden speakeasy with cocktails that can’t

301 Lavaca Street Austin, TX 78701 512-222-2627

be beat; make sure to make a reservation in advance.

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inviting setting of one of

eat oysters and people-

Quickie Pickie

shop lunch favorites. Any-


303 Red River St

Austin’s famous landmark

watch on their fantastic

1208 E 11th St

thing chef-recommended

415 Colorado St

(512) 236 9599

homes. A spacious patio

front porch.

(512) 479 0136

from the meaty offerings

(512) 394 8000

Both a popular din-

overlooks Lady Bird Lake.

From the owners of Whip

is sure to be both top-of-

Southern fare from San


In, it's another "is it a

the-line and delicious.

Diego celebrity chef Brian

ner and brunch spot, Moonshine’s decadent


4729 Burnet Rd

convenience store? Is it a

Southern comfort food is

301 E 6th St

(512) 436 9605

restaurant?" hybrid that


dent small plates: duck fat

a downtown favorite.

(512) 474 9898

Was there every anything

brings a welcome mix of

1917 Manor Rd

fries with tomato jam and

This downtown spot

better than pizza and beer?

easy bites, cold draft beer,

(512) 391 2337

prosciutto "dust," farm bird


is always crowded, but

A welcome addition to

and curated groceries to

Salty Sow serves up cre-

lollipops with bleu cheese,

11506 Century Oaks Ter

the happy hour–with

North Burnet, Pinthouse

East Austin.

ative signature drinks,

and the “cowboy caviar.”

(512) 339 4440

half-price oysters and

offers house-brewed beer

Guests enjoy modern

tasty cocktails—is a local

on draft, consistent pies,


berry-Lemon Thyme


Italian cuisine in a sleek


and great lunch specials.

8557 Research Blvd Ste 126

Smash. The food menu,


(512) 339 0855

heavy with sophisticated

200 Congress Ave

interior at this Domain

including a yummy Blue



Japanese comfort food at

gastropub fare, is perfect

(512) 827 2750

208 W 4th St

2004 S 1st St

its finest in Austin’s first

for late-night noshing:

Another venture from


(512) 494 4011

(512) 441 5446

brick and mortar, ramen-

think triple-fried duck fat

Chef David Bull, Second

87 Rainey St

Enjoy prohibition-style

Between the salsa bar,

centric eatery.

fries and crispy Brussels

offers a swanky bistro

(512) 382 5651

cocktails at Austin’s first

patio seating, and deli-


experience in the heart of

Subtle design elements

absinthe bar, alongside

cious margaritas, this is


make the space cohesive

standout dishes of smoked

one of Austin’s beloved

616 Nueces St

and modern, and its

duck salad and citrus-

Tex-Mex icons.

(512) 479 7616

creative twists on classic,

dusted salmon.


the 2nd Street District. SALVATION PIZZA 624 W 34th St


Eclectic and spicy! Mmm,

(512) 535 0076


comforting dishes from a


the crispy oysters, or the

A cozy spot that serves up

6203 Capital of Tx Hwy

pork belly/sirloin burger


Ranch Slice of Ice, best

delectable flavor combina-

(512) 349 7667

908 Congress Ave

in town.

tions of New Haven style

Set in a Tuscan-style villa,

pizza pies in an inviting

Siena captures the essence


of its namesake region.



to seasonally topped flatbread pizza are downright delicious. OLIVIA 2043 S Lamar Blvd (512) 804 2700 A brunch favorite emphasizing fresh and local produce; an exciting and diverse menu, from foie gras to French toast. PAGGI HOUSE 200 Lee Barton Dr (512) 473 3700 Eclectic fine dining in an


Malarkey. Go for the deca-

march 2014

PELONS 802 Red River St (512) 243 7874 Elegant Mexican cuisine in a rustic home with an enchanting patio. PERLA’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 1400 S Congress Ave (512) 291 7300 A South Congress staple: Expect the freshest fish and oysters flown in daily from both coasts, carefully prepared with simple yet elegant flavors. Go early on a nice day to

(512) 476 3131 Downtown Italian restau-


rant dishing up delicious


antipasti and huge por-

1308 E 6th St

tions of Italian fare; great

(512) 524 0384


date-night spot.

A cozy coffee shop during

1206 W 38th St

1600 S Congress Ave

the day and a romantic

(512) 419 7482 &

(512) 447 3905

dinner spot in the evening.

5900 W Slaughter Ln

A south Austin hotspot,

Ste 550

we recommend South

QUI 1600 E 6th St


(512) 436 9626


(512) 288 5100

Congress Café’s legend-

Chef Paul Qui’s new HQ

1912 E 7th St

Fresh ingredients, tradi-

ary brunch: carrot cake

is one of the hottest new

(512) 524 1383

tional recipes, and out-

French toast and migas

spots in town for Japanese

The farmer's market salu-

standing margaritas com-

are to die for.

food: an unparalleled

meria opened its brick and

bined with bright décor,

dining experience set

mortar outpost early this

attentive service, and solid


under an airy, beautiful

year, and now offers din-

menu offerings.

801 Red River St


ner in addition to butcher

(512) 480 8341

v i e w t h e e n t i r e r e s ta u r a n t g u i d e o n l i n e at tribeza .co m

Known for its legendary

Exquisite pizzas hot out of

At W Austin, TRACE fo-



and the wine cocktails are

music venue as much as its

the wood-fired brick oven

cuses on responsibly- and

4200 N Lamar Blvd Ste 140

2015 Manor Rd

a welcome surprise.

barbecue, which is tradi-

straight from Naples and

locally-sourced ingredients

(512) 916 4808

(512) 482 0300

tional and satisfying.

classic antipasti.

from Texan farmers and ar-

The sensational sister

Fresh plates with a lighter


tisans. Great outdoor seat-

creation of Uchi, helped by

hand. Enjoy the dog-friendly

1315 W 6th St

ing and excellent service.

Top Chef Paul Qui. Try the

outdoor patio on a nice day.

(512) 582 1027

SWAY 1417 S 1st St (512) 326 1999 The culinary masterminds behind La Condesa cook up Thai cuisine with a modern twist. An intimate outdoor area, complete with a Thai spirit house, makes for an unforget-

THE CLAY PIT 1601 Guadalupe St

13308 FM 150 W


lunch or settle in for a long

Driftwood, TX

1500 Barton Springs Rd

609 W Sixth St

dinner of contemporary

(512) 894 3111

(512) 428 5175

(512) 542 3380

Indian cuisine.

Nestled in the Mandola

Featuring cuisine by Chef

This cute downtown café

Estate Winery in Drift-

George Thomas, Umami

serves a mean morning


wood; expect hearty por-

Mia boasts a full bar and

shrimp and grits; your

(512) 493 0963


tions of rustic Italian food.

open patio.

perfect hangover remedy.

Come for a coffee and



It's small plates and (in-

Avenue, Swift’s Attic draws from global inspirations and serves up inventive cocktails in a historic downtown building.

sourced ingredients.

Zip in for a buffet-style

(512) 458 3900

Overlooking Congress

simply and with locally-



9070 Research Blvd

(512) 482 8842


(512) 322 5131

table experience.

315 Congress Ave

Classic Italian fare made

bacon tataki!

stay for a beer. The res-

pastries, fresh brewed

taurant/bar serves up

3600 N Capital of

1610 S Congress Ave

coffee and some killer

simple espressos and cof-

tentionally) slow service at

Texas Hwy

(512) 441 6100

sandwiches for lunch.

fee from Flat Track, an

the Dojo, a new Japanese

(512) 328 7555

Daily rotating menus offer

izakaya restaurant near

Delicious and fresh Ital-

the best of the season and


Burnet and 183. A great,

ian, with lots of gluten-

the freshest from Vespaio’s

1808 E Cesar Chavez St

but tasty food menu in a minimal, industrial ambiance.

ovewhelming assortment

vegetarian-friendly spot to

free options. Nice spot for

bountiful garden and local

(512) 524 0464

go with a group and order

brunch or happy hour.

markets. A longtime Aus-

Cozy and intimate inside,

tin favorite.

and laid-back outdoors

everything on the menu; TRIO

dishes are superb, and the

98 San Jacinto Blvd /

507 Pressler St

beet and avocado tempura

Four Seasons Hotel

(512) 436-8226

is a deep-fried treat worth

(512) 685 8300

(512) 939 1927

Chef Alma Alcocer is

indulging in.

This sleek space with a

seating, bartenders creed drinks from scratch.

1704 E 5th St Step out for a drink and stay

Deep-dish, Chicago-style


pizza from an East Austin


delicious food overlooks

food truck- perfect for a

1950 S IH-35

industrial space.

6317 Bee Cave Rd

Lady Bird Lake from its

late night out.

(512) 442 5337

(512) 327 8822

perch in the Four Seasons

Lively, popular Westlake

Hotel. Indoor and outdoor


satisfies keep Austin weird

wine bar and Italian

seating is available.

4119 Guadalupe St

with offbeat décor, copious

(512) 465 9282

beer, and cheap, tasty food.

with ingredients imported straight from Mexico; cozy outdoor seating. THE BACKSPACE 507 San Jacinto St (512) 474 9899

This funky minimart-café

boasts more than 250


Two words, Mussels and

wines by the bottle.

801 S Lamar Blvd

Fries. This classic, dim-lit


(512) 916 4808

wine joint offers excep-

519 W Oltorf

Chef Tyson Cole has creat-

tional shared plates and has

(512) 487 1569

TRACE 200 Lavaca St

ed an inventive menu that

the some of the friendliest

Tapas on Oltorf in a cozy

(512) 542 3660

puts Uchi foremost among

service around.

setting: rich small plates

sushi spots in Austin.


1111 E 6th St

lovely trellised patio and

restaurant. The wine list



Southwest in this modern,

Bold, authentic flavors

of craft beers, and a small

ate high-end, handcraft-


serving up a taste of the

(512) 628 4466

500 San Marcos, Ste 105


all of the kimchee-rice

1411 E 7th St


Also an array of delicious




(512) 480 9572 for the classic fare, from sandwiches to frittatas. Z’TEJAS GRILL 1110 W 6th St (512) 478 5355 & 9400-A Arboretum Blvd (512) 346 3506 Austinites wait hours to get into either the funkier downtown locale or the northern spot.

are spins on old favorites

march 2014



austin icon

Christina Shipley founder & owner of LiveVibe Collective


march 2014


his is the way Christina Shipley thinks: “Last year, restaurateur Rick Engel hired me to book his newest restaurant, Umami Mia Pizzeria,” she explains. “But right off the bat, I thought: music series! I only wanted to go big.” The resulting project was the KUTX Free Music Series, an eight-week Sunday lineup of Austin’s freshest talent. “Going big” is an apt way to describe Shipley’s modus operandi: as owner, founder, music manager, booker, promoter, talent buyer, and marketing agent for LiveVibe Collective, Shipley’s work spans the Austin music scene as she takes on both traditional industry roles and creates untraditional opportunities that allow her various projects to connect.

After moving to Austin from LA in 1995, Shipley founded LiveVibe five years ago when a chance Lollapalooza encounter led to work developing “high-end house concerts” for the music-based cancer charity Love, Hope, Strength. Shipley, combining an “obsession with music and knowing how to throw a good party,” rose to the challenge. “I hired Bob Schneider to perform at two concerts that very first year, [and] at the end of the second concert he asked me to be his booking agent,” she explains. From there, “it just took off,” with her management role leading to more connections, “gathering more artists to work with and [meeting] everyone there is to know in Texas.” Other artists LiveVibe works with include The Roosevelts, Dan Dyer, Ben Kweller, Fastball, Tameca Jones, and Danny Malone. Today, LiveVibe is a full-scale company—managing and promoting bands and venues, as well as coming up with unique, unexpected ways for people to experience and discover music in Austin. For example, the newest piece of Shipley’s music-minded puzzle has been the creation of a new West Austin venue, The Listening Room, which is in the basement of Winflo Osteria on West Sixth Street. With a 75-person-cap, The Listening Room was designed to create a collaborative experience that combines two things at the center of Austin’s attention: music and food. The Room offers guests a three-course dinner from Winflo’s kitchen followed by a one-hour music set by a different artist each week. Despite the momentum surrounding her current projects, Shipley’s eyes are on the future. 2014 projects include running all the events, promotion, and talent buying for new music nonprofit Black Fret, and putting on two large SXSW showcases. LiveVibe will also gain several new stages to regularly book and promote throughout the year, including the casual listening spots Little Woodrows, Uncle Billy's, and Ski Shores. And while Shipley is all energy, she is also acutely selfaware of her role in the complicated industry she works in. “The life of a female promoter and manager is pretty crazy. I'm home at 3am on a regular basis.” But if she’s learned anything, it’s to keep looking ahead—and keep being herself. “I don't do anything that I don't put my full heart and effort to,” she says. “It's worked so far.” l. patterson P h oto g r a p h y byj e s s i c a pag e s

Shown: the tasty Varenna Artex kitchen.




115 West 8th Street Austin 512.480.0436