"..."Second Helpings" offers tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were updated by Erin Mosow..."
"...Independent Meat Markets These companies are our local stalwarts of the old-style butcher shops, the kind of shops that used to be in every neighborhood before the advent of the supermarket, which brought us the convenience of one-stop shopping, later hours, slightly cheaper pricing, and mediocrity of product. Couple that with families cooking less at home, smaller families, less demand for larger cuts of raw meat, the proliferation of prepared to-go foods, and a decline in knowledgeable butchers, and you have a crisis when it comes to getting quality meats..."
"...In the recent past, this was the job of the butcher, a trade that required years of apprenticeship to master. Today, the butcher is quickly being replaced by assembly-line meat cutters, working in huge processing plants, who would become rapidly befuddled if they had to make more than a few specific cuts on a carcass...."
"...When we eat at some of the better local barbecue temples around town, we take serious note of any sausage that has that old-school taste: The sensory buds activate, we perk up, and we smile. It's this great taste that is disappearing as the flavor of sausage gets dumbed down for the lowest common consumer..."
"...DAMNATIONS TX: With Half Mad Moon (Sire), the Damnations TX are poised to take over the world. The album is an outstanding collection of songs that inject rock & roll lifeblood into folk and country structures, beautified by the vocal harmonies of sisters Deborah Kelly and Amy Boone, and bolstered by Rob Bernard's rock-perfect guitar and banjo work..."
"...Waterloo Brewing Company, Wednesday, March 18..."
"...Arguably the most popular film ever, Gone With the Wind was released theatrically in 1939, but it wasn't until 1954 that the first recording of its soundtrack was available. Its appearance even then was something of a miracle -- in 1939 (the year that also saw The Wizard of Oz), the scoring of soundtracks was less than a decade old and the notion of recording them unthinkable..."
"...Don't even think about it, just do it. There's nothing better than getting your hands on the best bootleg around, and that's what this 2-CD collection often feels like..."
"...Utter the words "Herb Alpert tribute compilation" too loud in my neighborhood and you'll get more than a "Taste of Honey," bub. To devotees of the Tijuana Temple, the thought of covering Herculean Herb is akin to flag burning..."
"...It couldn't have been just a coincidence that the Cowboy Junkies show opened with only siblings Michael and Margo Timmins stepping out on stage for a completely stripped-down version of "Sun Comes Up It's Tuesday Morning." With slight apologies to their brother Peter, the group's drummer, as well as bassist Alan Anton and the other three rotating musicians who helped out in various spots, Michael and Margo held absolutely nothing back on their rendition of the song, and from that moment on, at Wednesday night's La Zona Rosa performance the two Timmons siblings were the band; the supporting cast adeptly filled out the sparse scenery, but the show was Michael and Margo's production. Michael set the stage with the faint brightness of his subtle guitar stokes, and Margo played all the lead parts perfectly -- the desperate apologist of "'Cause Cheap Is How I Feel," the committed romantic of "Anniversary Song," the regret-tinged wife of "Horse in the Country," and the bad-girl wannabe of "Misguided Angel." Hands draped at the wrist over the top of the microphone, perched on a stool with head swaying side to side in a V-pattern, Margo, with her delicate, wispy voice, was sexy as all get-out no matter what the role..."
"...Dir/scr: Roland Tec; Prod: Catherine Burns & Roland Tec; DP: Gretchen Widmer; Ed: Jon Altschuler; Cast: Peter Bubriski, Jay Corcoran, John-Michael Lander, Jeff Miller, Paul Outlaw, Merle Perkins, David Vincent...."
"...South by Southwest is a game of numbers: approximately 845 showcases/bands, divided by five nights, divided by you. And that's not counting the attendant acts the conference sweeps in every year..."
"..."But that was then, this is `Now,'" she says. Yeah, sort of. On a record deep with the tricky irony of sexual politics, the real irony worth dissecting is how Prince's trademark fat-bottom funk and sex-cum-political uplift of "Now" and the rest of The Gold Experience says more about the Prince of old than the new direction of the name-changing symbol..."
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"...THE CORNELL HURD BAND..."
"...Monte Warden has recently released two albums. The first, Chamber Works, shows Bozzio flexing his composition muscle in orchestrated pieces focused on the drumkit, while the second, Drawing the Circle, records Bozzio playing tongue-on-the-floor tom rolls, cymbal splashes, and snare snaps over recorded-live ostinatos..."
"...A.SCOTT MILLER: Onetime member of the V-Roys, A. Scott Miller's solo work has a natural appeal for its stark lyrical content and his penchant for melodies that recall the best work of John Prine and Loudon Wainwright..."
"...Fitting that the latest from über-guitarist Jeff Beck contains the cut "THX138," a fitting nod to über-filmmaker George Lucas' first film THX-1138, because Beck's hour-long Who Else! -- like Lucas' 1970 sci-fi drama -- is futuristic without being formulaic. In "What Mama Said," the British string slinger quivers over a jungle beat osmotically procured from London's underground scene..."
"...Determined to grow her business with the rapidly developing South Lamar strip, Austin taco queen Maria Corbalan is now expanding the focus of her eccentric eatery, Maria's Taco Xpress, to include a greater live music element...."
"...The confusion was evident. It was showtime out at the Backyard on a cool and clear April evening, but the silent stage, normally bustling at this point with last-second soundchecks and guitar tunings, was bare except for a long table toward the back, filled with water bottles and harmonica braces..."