Spider House Ballroom
"...The movie is a blend of comedy, music, and just plain hanging-out time that can’t really be described as a concert film, although it does feature some great performances by Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Kanye West, Dead Prez, Jill Scott, the Roots, and a reunited Fugees. As great as it is to see choice moments like the film’s scorching West performance of “Jesus Walks” or Lauren Hill’s moving rendition of “Killing Me Softly” or Badu chucking off her mightier-than-Angela-Davis ’fro in the midst of a rainstorm, Block Party’s most memorable scenes belong to the impromptu comedy of Chappelle..."
"...Naturally, this isn't the first time activism has connected with music. Most would point to Joe Hill as the originator of protest songs..."
"...Okay, as the opening to an epic tale, it’s no “Sing, Goddess, Achilles’ rage,/ Black and murderous, that cost the Greeks/ Incalculable pain, pitched countless souls/ Of heroes into Hades’ dark,/ And left their bodies to rot as feasts/ For dogs and birds, as Zeus’ will was done.” Still, it works well enough in setting the stage for the saga of Lance – he of Gary, Indiana, born the king of black metal (“and a ton of other shit, too”); genius behind Witch Taint, the blackest black metal band anywhere (including Norway), whose music is so black that when you listen to it, Lance says, you better not have any sharp objects around because you may want to kill yourself...."
"...Directed by: Tim Hill. Starring: Jason Lee, David Cross, Cameron Richardson and Jane Lynch..."
"...Starring: Elizabeth Mcgovern, Neil Stuke, Charlotte Coleman, Eusebio Lazaro, Mark Strong, Gustavo Salmeron, Penélope Cruz, Douglas Henshall and Lena Headey. Two films set in London's quaintly upscale Notting Hill neighborhood within one month (the other being, of course, Notting Hill), and neither one quite succeeds like it ought to..."
"...Directed by: Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Dave Franco, Rob Riggle, Ice Cube, Ellie Kemper, Nick Offerman and Chris Parnell...."
"...Directed by: Hunter Hill and Perry Moore. Starring: Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Rebecca Romijn, Dave Matthews, Drea de Matteo, Colin Ford, Keith Carradine and Barry Corbin..."
"...The answer is hopefully “yes,” because Dave Hill – the comedian and writer whose Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live! packed the Hideout Theatre with SXSW attendees on Sunday – depends on his audience knowing the name of at least one semi-mainstream metal group to push his warped two-man show through successfully. Like a twisted Burzum concert staged in the manner of A.R..."
"...S: Yeah, Patrik Berger, Hit Boy, Sam Dew, John Hill, [Vampire Weekend’s] Rostam Batmanglij, and Zeds Dead. Honestly, it was great..."
"...Ray and Dave Davies had been pissed off since 1964’s “You Really Got Me,” so by the late 1970s they were bemused by UK punks shoveling dirt on their coffins. Beginning in February 1977, on Sleepwalker, and continuing through Misfits (’78), Low Budget (’79), live laceration One For the Road (1980), and peaking perfectly on Give the People What They Want, the Kinks defined Ray Davies’ “Prince of the Punks.” Picture Book, the new 6-CD overview of the Muswell Hill(billy) quartet, isn’t quite perfect, but it sneers in all the right places and faces...."
"..."This event appeals to the Old Austin sensibility and traditional sense of humor, the people that moved here for Barton Springs, the Hill Country, and all that stuff that's going away. But we've kept the younger generation involved and that's the way to keep it alive...."
"...This year’s Festival will also feature a variety of independent shows, like • Good Trip w/ Shane Mauss, which explores the comedian’s life-long relationship with psychedelics that’s part stand-up, part storytelling, and part TED Talk; • Would You Bang Him?, a comedy game show in which hosts Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane, with the help of female judges, aims to answer the titular question for a batch of competing male comedians; and • Witch Taint, a comedic live reading and concert detailing Dave Hill's account of posing as a black metal guitarist online and trying to get signed by a record label...."
"...The Night is Young World Premiere Writer/Directors: Matt Jones, Dave Hill Over one night, two guys meet two girls and explore what it's really like to have a drink in L.A. Or two drinks ....."
"...Every year they select a few OGs who deserve a little recognition, and then they bring out a few more corresponding YGs to pay tribute to the heads who set them on the right foot. This year’s honorees included Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Naughty By Nature, Too $hort, and Slick Rick, and showing them love were myriad current artists, including Ghostface, Bun B, the Roots, Q-Tip, MC Lyte, EPMD, and Kid Rock...."
"...Who would've thought that the company that brought us The Toxic Avenger, Sorority Babes in the SlimeBall Bowl-A-Rama, and Surf Nazis Must Die would pick up a local product like this? Just a hunch, but I'll wager it had something to do with the working title of the production being Teenage Catgirls in Heat and the oodles of topless Texans prancing across the screen and meowing like, well, teenage catgirls in heat. When a mysterious sphinx-like statue is unwittingly uncovered by a crazed Hill Country gramma one day, all the cats around town commit mass kitty suicide by leaping to their deaths from whatever high place they can scramble to (telephone poles, hilltops, roofs)..."
"...These days, grapes are crushed by state-of-the-art machinery, but some Hill Country wineries like to recreate the crushes of the past with grape stomp parties after harvest every summer. Festivities always include wine, food, and music, plus a souvenir t-shirt with grape-stained footprints to document your contribution to the new vintage...."
"...The Night is Young World Premiere Writers/Directors: Matt Jones, Dave Hill..."
"...In an incredible year for beats and rhymes Lauryn Hill proved she could wreck any emcee on the mic and Talib Kweli and Mos Def joined forces to make backpackers everywhere scream "Loooooooord, have mercy!" That said, Aquemini was next level, a true work of genius and the duo’s finest moment...."
"...In Cimarron Rose (Hyperion, $24.95 hard), his new protagonist is Billy Bob Holland, a former Houston policeman, Texas Ranger, and Assistant U.S. Attorney who is back in his fictional Hill Country hometown of Deaf Smith practicing law..."
"..."This is beautiful land. It's every bit as pretty as the Hill Country..."