The North Door
"...Via the piano, over the piano, under the piano, and within the music itself, people with bodies, complicated bodies of carbon and water, tension and release, and with histories and potentials collide. Composer-musician Catherine Davis, seated at the piano bench, leans into a resonating note, and dancer Oliver Greene-Cramer, leans into her, pressing against her shoulder...."
"...Hardwicke’s film doesn’t have a lot of plot to go around, but Lords of Dogtown works best when it seems like it’s not working at all. Cinematographer Elliot Davis (along with legendary skate-DP Lance Mountain) captures the lowdown speed of skateboarding, the grinding skraaw of itty-bitty wheels on asphalt, the windy rebel thrill of curb-hopping abandon, and the pure delight of what was and is essentially surfing on land..."
"...Directed by: John Madden. Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis and Roshan Seth..."
"...A few days before the release of Zykos (austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2004-10-08/music_phases.html), the eponymous second album from Austin's latest breakout hopefuls, and this late September release party has turned into a surprisingly big deal. Booher's parents are here from Houston, as well as keyboardist Catherine Davis' folks..."
"...6) THE ILLUSORY IMPRESSIONS PROJECT (Catherine Davis & Michelle Thompson Ulerich) Wandering about a West Campus mansion, seeing and revisiting five original dance/music collaborations set in different rooms made this a movable feast, where you felt closer to, and looked deeper into, the art...."
"...Austin quintet Zykos makes another interesting study. Singer/guitarist Michael Booher, keyboardist Catherine Davis, bassist Michael Roeder, and drummer Jerod Cykoski all grew up together in the Klein area northwest of Houston..."
"...Movement Natasha Davison, The Wild Party Nick Demos, Evita Erica Gionfriddo, Gusev Danny Herman & Rocker Verastique, She Loves Me Dominique Kelly, Sophisticated Ladies Allen Robertson & Korina Lurie, Tortoise & Hare..."
"...You can hear it in tense opener "Mrs.," singer Mike Booher sneering and growling about mealy-mouthed co-dependents and apathetic losers in front of the TV. It's there in Jerod Cykoski's drumming and Catherine Davis' silky keys on "George Eliot," the tale of a bored scenester cruising through the nightlife..."
"...We imagine this night of musical and tech-wracked wizardry will be pretty damned sweet, a night of sonic exuberance that even your great-grandparents would enjoy several parts of (if the more recent rock & roll portions didn’t freak them the fuck out). The band’s lineup includes Laura Scarborough (Golden Dawn Arkestra) and Catherine Davis (Illusory Impressions, Zykos) on synthesizers, supported by a rhythm section featuring Josh Robins (Invincible Czars), Gary James (Bell Tree), and Andy Beaudoin (The Eastern Sea)...."
"...(Also on the bill was a wealth of local bands like What Made Milwaukee Famous and Shearwater, in addition to visitors Castanets and Great Lake Swimmers.) Zykos frontman Mike Booher took full advantage of the empty bleachers to string up his guitar and spill the beans about his band's imminent plans. First off, he and keyboardist Catherine Davis are going on the road as a stripped-down version of the fivepiece at the invitation of Ben Lee and Har Mar Superstar..."
"...ZykosComedy Horn (Post-Parlo) Make room next to ZZ Top on the CD racks; Zykos has arrived. The young Austin fivepiece's sound is far-reaching on its debut, the driving piano and lush keyboard tableaus of Catherine Davis setting the mood for a series of tight grooves and gray-sky dynamics that emanate from a meridian halfway between Chicago and Manchester..."
"...Don’t think I can handle 1988 hit Beaches, but we’re running out of Touchstone titles after the septet mentioned here. Dreyfuss and Bill Murray in Frank Oz vehicle What About Bob? was almost as good as last week’s take-home of non-Touchstone title Quick Change, again with Murray, but also a luminous Geena Davis and lovable Jason Robards...."
"...After last year's venue, the Salvage Vanguard Theater, became standing-room-only, Califa moved this year's performances to the AustinVentures StudioTheater, largely gifted to the group by Ballet Austin. In four free shows, 13 Ballet Austin company members, apprentices, and trainees will perform works choreographed by Jennifer Hart, Michelle Thompson, Reginald Harris, and Lisa del Rosario to live music by Catherine Davis, Wino Vino, and Boff Hoffnar..."
"...9pm, Maggie Mae's This Austin quintet remains committed despite label and personnel shake-ups, unveiling a retooled rock sound with its post-hiatus EP, Keep It Light, released by local label Cult Hero Records. Cully Symington now sits at the drum kit, and Alex Lyon has taken over lead guitar, while Mike Booher and Catherine Davis do the dark-light dance on vox..."
"...Zykos' Keep It Light EP (Cult Hero) is too long overdue for a mere four songs to suffice, however good they may be. "What You Know" balances jumping piano rhythms and fuzz-box guitar like Bowie circa '73; "Keep It Light" capitalizes on the stark contrast between lead singer Michael Booher's forceful sneer and the soft accent of pianist Catherine Davis..."
"...After disappearing in the wake of 2004's eponymous sophomore release, Zykos re-emerged this year with a stunning set of songs, collected on brand-new EP Keep It Light (Cult Hero). The Austin quintet retains the intensity embedded in Mike Booher's charged songwriting, emotive vocal sneer, and high-pitched surges on songs like "Autographin' Bibles," while keyboardist Catherine Davis' harmonies soften the edges of the title track..."
"..."Four of the five of us grew up together," nods Mike Booher, the band's singer and lyricist. "I even lived on the same street with [keyboardist] Catherine [Davis] and [bassist] Mike [Roeder]."..."
"...Overall, Zykos offers up a nice, big no-frills, neo-New Wave sound. These kids have a good ear for how everything fits together, from the base ingredients (Cykoski and Roeder's rhythm section) to the icing (Catherine Davis' keys) and everything in between..."
"...ZYKOS: The newest signing to Austin's Post-Parlo label, Zykos' chief asset is the pained delivery of vocalist Michael Booher, a Murmur reminiscent of a certain other Athens, Ga., frontman named Michael. Keyboardist Catherine Davis adds either piano or interesting synth layers, depending on whether the band is in the mood to show off their powerful popcraft or their more layered emo-rock side..."
"...D: Andrew Davis; with Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, David Suchet, Sarita Choudhury...."