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Listen to MondoCon
Remember when local print empire Mondo was just dedicated to filling up your wall space? With MondoCon, its annual gathering of film poster and paraphernalia fans, coming up this weekend, the team is taking over your record player, too.

9:00AM Fri. Oct. 21, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

ACL Fest Official Late Night Shows Venue Guide
ACL Fest crams a whole lot of acts into its two weekends at Zilker Park, but sometimes live musicgoers need a change of scenery.

3:00PM Wed. Sep. 21 Read More | Comment »

Rio Rita Moves to Badlands
It seems like too many of Austin's clubs and bars are either closing or moving because of rents. The latest shift sees the owners of two well-loved venues – Badlands and Rio Rita – exchanging fire via Facebook.

11:19AM Fri. Sep. 16, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

And on Keyboards, John Carpenter!
“I direct horror movies. I love horror movies. Horror movies will live forever.” At 68, John Carpenter could stay home in Los Angeles and live off memories of an unmatched career as a terror auteur. Instead, he commanded the ACL Live at the Moody Theater stage on Thursday night as a born again rock legend.

12:30PM Fri. Jun. 24, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Obamas for SXSW
Remember when it seemed like interesting timing when it was announced that President Barack Obama will be in Austin for a fundraiser on the first day of SXSW? Now the other piece of the puzzle has appeared, as both he and First Lady Michelle Obama have been added to the schedule as speakers.

10:00AM Wed. Mar. 2, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Author & Punisher Pummels
The first time audiences see Tristan Shone, aka Author & Punisher, they’re as transfixed by his heavy engineering instruments as they are by his doom-drone-industrial fusion. Yet he stresses that every element is essential to how the machine works. “I’m sure I could make a lot more money if I were a lot more ridiculous.” Catch him tonight at Sidewinder.

4:30PM Tue. Nov. 17, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Frizzi 2 Fulci Haunts Austin
Italian composer Fabio Frizzi defines his music as having “a melodic, nostalgic approach.” Considering he’s best known for his collaborations with Italian gore auteur Lucio Fulci, that may seem strange. Even more bizarre may be that today – Friday – Frizzi and his band perform highlights of that work in a church.

12:30PM Fri. Oct. 2, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Slipknot Devastates COTA
Every touring act plays up the Keep Austin Weird schtick – in a pandering way. For Slipknot, it’s thrown down as a challenge. “Wanna get weird with me, motherfuckers?” leered frontman Corey Taylor from under his dead skin mask to a packed Circuit of the Americas on Wednesday night.

3:33PM Thu. Sep. 3, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

The Wrong Kind of Rebel Rock
In 1994, Primal Scream released fourth LP Give Out But Don’t Give Up. “Why does a Scottish band have a Confederate battle flag on its cover,” I wondered. Seemed as silly as the moment Dublin’s U2 discovered its Delta blues roots on The Joshua Tree. A deeper unease permeated Primal Scream using a symbol so drenched in a legacy of racial conflict and oppression.

12:30PM Wed. Jul. 22, 2015, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

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Chris Cubas: King for a Month How comedian Chris Cubas talked his way into being one of the wealthiest people in Austin – temporarily
First Look: Eberly Victorian and mid-century modern meet in contemporary space