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"...“Last time we played here was for one girl in a Korn shirt,” announced A Giant Dog guitarist/vocalist Andrew Cashen, recalling the locals’ scarcely attended X Games gig at the Circuit of the Americas Amphitheater in 2015. “This is a lot better.”..."
"...On a recent afternoon off from tour, A Giant Dog front-people Andrew Cashen and Sabrina Ellis did what so many visitors to Southern California do – spent a leisurely day at Disneyland. Except they were tripping on acid...."
"...Staff photographer David Brendan Hall picks his favorite photos from last week's local shows. Pictured here: A Giant Dog at Beerland on September 8, 2018..."
"...As the popularity of Sweet Spirit froths the ears of even casual observers to Austin's music scene, Andrew Cashen and Sabrina Ellis' pre-existing punk band gets drafted by an important record label and releases their most inspired work. A Giant Dog's fourth punning platter – House, Fight, Bone, and now Pile – arrives comparatively light on melodrama, brimming with live fast/die young missives instead, anthems of restless spirits who drink love and life from the same red plastic cup..."
"...After what Ellis describes as a "farm-fresh dinner" and a good night's sleep, about the closest thing to rock debauchery any Sweet Spirit member has committed here is keyboardist Jake Knight falling out of a canoe on the property's lake. The 29-year-old Houston native, singer for local punk-pop favorites A Giant Dog and ex-frontwoman for the like-minded Bobby Jealousy (revisit "Reckless & Romantic," Feb..."
"...This isn’t how any local musician imagines the week of South by Southwest starting. Sanders, lead guitarist for indie rock quartet Löwin, walked home alone from A Giant Dog’s Friday night performance at Hotel Vegas when three masked men – two armed with handguns, one with an AR-15 rifle – jumped out from some bushes near his house on Leona Street, pushed him up against a car, and stole his money and cell phone...."
"...Directed by: TOL Collective. I’m tempted to call this the best film of the year so far based on its sheer originality alone, but my dog would never speak to me again..."
"...John Valley, the actor, writer, director, editor, and music video auteur who's known in Austin's music scene for making strange and audacious clips for bands like A Giant Dog and Whiskey Shivers that viewers will never forget. What's the project?..."
"...Moving Panoramas regularly receives show offers it can't take, so the alternative's sometimes a side project, like my country band the Rated Exes, or playing solo. This caught the eye of Sabrina Ellis from Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog, who approached me to play shows with her for extra cash between tours, sparking a new project we're calling Glad Girls..."
"...Oh, you can have me for a song, corporate America! As long as the song goes: "Oh I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weeeeeeener " Yes, I did get to ride in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile (TM) along with two towheaded imps named Dan and Suzanne, Hotdoggers, as it were, the official job title of those lucky enough to secure the year-long gig driving the giant frank across the U.S. The 'mobile and crew are back in Austin (after a recent visit to UT a few weeks ago) for the Star of Texas Rodeo..."
"...Headliners: M.I.A., MGMT, Snoop Dogg, Jurassic 5, Slayer, Flag..."
"...What A.X.L presupposes is this: What if that killer robot ... looked like a dog? Based on Daly’s 2015 short film "Miles", A.X.L follows Miles Hill (Neustaedter), an amateur motocross racer who, by his own admission, sucks at everything that isn’t a dirt bike..."
"...As told by McCanlies and his co-writer/director Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), the 1999 animated classic is in many ways the story of a boy and his dog. Only the dog is a massive alien war machine...."
"...There'll be ice on the road once or twice this season, and no one will know how to drive on it. On the porch the dog's water bowl freezes over some nights..."
"...It was easy enough to do and undoubtedly extended his life. I continued to make homemade food for our other dog, Traveller, after Rex died; but one day Traveller turned up his nose at it, and continuing to make it seemed pointless...."
"...That's as it should be: A Town Called Panic is nothing if not original (although you may have seen a snippet of it at the most recent Spike & Mike animation fest), combining as it does the autonomous magic inherent in stop-motion with a decidedly Belgian sense of the absurd. Fans of Belgian genre cinema, a niche group if ever there were one, will note and applaud the vocal participation of Benoît Poelvoorde, who was last seen stateside as the attention-starved psychopath in 1992's disturbing and brilliant Man Bites Dog..."
"...That's not to suggest that you should like the song any more than you already do, that the traumas in Richard Rodgers' life somehow justify that song -- or any of his bad behavior, for that matter. The story is offered simply to point out how sharply Rodgers himself felt the dog's bite, the bee's sting, and how he was still able somehow to produce this music of remarkable buoyancy, joyful and radiant with hope..."
"...Then follows a dozen or so made and unmade films and television shows. Two of the highlights for Bird were her adaptation of the novel Dog of the South, which placed her in proximity to her literary hero, the quietly hilarious Charles Portis (True Grit, Norwood), and a location shoot that landed her in Borneo with Isabella Rossellini..."
"..."I can't write worth a shit, but I think writing's where it all begins." -- David Allen, producer (Dog Soldiers)..."
"...Her son, my grandfather, was a five-term Texas state legislator and two-term Tarrant County judge. My mother, who now lives west of Fort Worth, is a self-proclaimed yellow dog Democrat..."
"...Online or off? Netflix or Vulcan? Miraculously, VHS isn't really dead, and neither is the independent video store. And at least we won't have to book passage to Sicily the next time we want to bring home feral cinematic strays such as Buñuel's Un Chien Andalou or Sam Fuller's White Dog...."
"...Well, how about "Small Boy Runs Dog Circus"? Filmed in a back yard in Dallas and screened as part of a Universal Newsreel in 1935, this 37-second, black-and-white silent movie has no fistfights, no drunkenness, no Dimitri Tiomkin soundtrack (no soundtrack at all), and no Elizabeth Taylor. But it does have a 9-year-old kid in a cowboy costume coaxing a dog across a tightrope while six of his friends look on in sombreros...."
"...Before the Bad Dog Comedy Theater opened its doors to the public, Marc Pruter, co-owner and artistic director, came up with a bizarre idea. That in itself is not surprising; Pruter is full of bizarre ideas..."
"...2013 also witnessed several struggling venues get purchased by recognizable figures in the music scene, like Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, which closed in August and reopened three months later under the guidance of Dale Watson. The Poodle Dog Lounge shut down in November, though Beerland owner Randall Stockton bought the historic dive and will reopen its doors soon..."
"...What of old Round Rock? The Chisholm Trail historic district has the requisite olde-towne street signs, but they point the way to vacant properties and for-sale signs, bowed lanes of vintage dog-trots, sheds, and Sunday houses being peddled in the booming Williamson County real estate market. The Main Street drag itself -- with its own nostalgic signage that confusingly (until you know the above bit of history) dubs the commercial district "New Town" -- does not look quite as forlorn, although there are some empty storefronts..."
"...I lied to entertain, like my stories about my daughter, Assie, who was flushed down the toilet and lived in Buffalo Bayou, or the one about the beady-eyed man who followed my sister and me everywhere. I lied to protect myself, like swearing I ate my hamburger patty that was so dry it tore the gums from my teeth when I really fed it to Sam our dog, or blaming the beady-eyed man when the rabbit hutch fell over (because I was climbing on it to spy on our neighbors)..."
"...Nevertheless, Pratz and Stubb's co-owner Charles Attal recently unveiled plans to join forces and occasionally "co-promote" shows at each other's venues, beginning with October dates for Rusted Root and Dog's Eye View at Liberty and David Lindley at Stubb's. And in what constitutes an announcement equally surprising, Direct Events president Tim O'Connor has declared that he would like to meet with both Pratz and Attal to discuss a potential ceiling for what local mid-size venues will pay artists and agents in the case of highly contested bidding wars...."
"...Then the music erupts. As a graceless crowdsurfer passes over me, A Giant Dog singers Andrew Cashen and Sabrina Ellis hit a double-barreled harmony:..."
"..."I would be a totally different artist without Andrew," states A Giant Dog frontwoman Sabrina Ellis...."
"...Marie/Lepanto plays in-store at Waterloo Records before opening for reunited indie giants Pedro the Lion Tuesday at Mohawk. [image-2-right] Seven Fascinating Facts About A Giant Dog..."
"...For Andrew Cashen, guitarist/vocalist for pop powerhouse Sweet Spirit and melodic punks A Giant Dog, the question’s long been which of his local acts will hit it big first? That remains undecided, but I’ll wager against option number three: Blood drooling, gimp mask-sporting, garage-metal Austin quintet Tear Dungeon...."
"...Sweet Spirit, the high-energy pop group led by Giant Dog members Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen, are deep into a two-week tour opening for fellow Austinites Spoon. The former sent us dispatches from the road that she scrawled on toilet paper and delivered to the Chronicle via carrier grackle...."
"...In June, the former model and dancer teased her second LP Resilient with “Intentions,” featuring firestarter MC G-Jet. – Kahron Spearman [image-4-right] A Giant Dog Record Release..."
"...I got trampled but good. One time, descending Spring Road – the dog replaced with my best friend Steve – we thought we had run over a canine on a curve when barks sounded all around us..."
"...Gibson reverts almost to his primeval Mad Max days as the unstoppable, amoral Porter, a wandering Ronin intent only on getting his cut. With his junkyard-dog good looks and scrappy leather jacket hanging off-kilter on his frame, Porter looks like the gutter come to nasty life..."
"...Austin’s own musical ranks are represented by enthusiastic ambient composer Roger Sellers, synth squadron Survive, heavy shoegaze trio Ringo Deathstarr, golden-voiced John Dowey’s Think No Think, melodic punks A Giant Dog, speed-sludge partiers American Sharks, and anarchist orchestra East Cameron Folkcore...."
"...Locally, glammy punks A Giant Dog, electro eclectics Octopus Project, and Goth-y synth personality Mr. Kitty top a list that also includes All in the Golden Afternoon, Arkansas Dave, B1, the Bad Lovers, Baggage Boys, Khali Haat, Mluna, Murdocks, Justin “Dat Boy Supa” Porter, and Théorie Ornery...."
"...Given the last month of music, I’d forgotten that Sabrina Ellis, known for her dearly departed heavy pop eccentrics Bobby Jealousy and still-fierce Austin punk quintet A Giant Dog, had dropped off the demo for her latest band, Sweet Spirit. I’d neglected to give it a spin...."
"...Staff writer Kevin Curtin received recognition for his breaking news blog coverage of the Austin music scene, in particular these five posts: “Guitarist Shot After a Show Friday,” “Days Numbered for Threadgill’s WHQ,” "Margaret Moser, 1954-2017,” “Disneyland on LSD With A Giant Dog,” and “Sound on Sound Fest Canceled." Curtin was previously an AAN finalist in 2016 for his weekly column, “Playback.”..."
"...Pooneh's Birthday Party ft. A Giant Dog, Annabelle Chairlegs, Batty JR, Party Wizard, Sounds Del Mar @ Barracuda A Giant Dog, Annabelle Chairlegs, and Batty JR..."
"...Wed. 15, Dirty Dog Bar, 9pm Blind Pets boast a raw trio energy nostalgic for beer brawls and mosh pits..."
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"...We used to wonder why this event is held in winter, but now we dig its haute frigid, slightly dark distraction. Music provided courtesy of The Flesh Lights, OBN III's, and A Giant Dog...."
"...Bobby Jealousy front woman Sabrina Ellis leads two bands of boys, doubling as the lead screamer for local punk outfit A Giant Dog. In that band as well as ACL first-weekend guests Bobby Jealousy, she shines as the undisputed star..."
"...Sun, Jan 10: -A Giant Dog, Bad Sports, Cause for Applause, Elvis at Emo's..."
"...“About eight years ago, a friend took me to see A Giant Dog play at the old Emo’s,” says Skeleton singer/drummer Victor Ziolkowski (Plax, Nosferatu, Enemy One), who plays alongside his brother, guitarist David Ziolkowski (Army, Residual Kid), and bassist Alex Recide (Nosferatu, Recide). “I looked at Orville as being one of the only drummers I enjoyed watching in that whole realm of music..."
"...Booked for years by Max “Dropout” Meehan, the club grew into a crucial ground for loud Austin acts, fostering breakout bands including Riverboat Gamblers, White Ghost Shivers, Sound Team, A Giant Dog, and OBN IIIs, while also becoming a central place for the city’s noise scene. Shows always favored local music, but Beerland also introduced national acts like Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees to Austin audiences...."