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A Giant Dog Triumphs on A Giant Stage
Jack White plays too
DAILY Music  May 3, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...“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.”..."

Disneyland on LSD With A Giant Dog
Tripping in the “Happiest Place on Earth”
DAILY Music  October 6, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

A Giant Dog Record Review
Pile (Merge)
Music Story  May 5, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Waves of Pages (and a Giant Dog) at Blazier Elementary
PHOTO GALLERY  February 25, 2015


Take Me to a Party
Sweet Spirit pops big
Music Story  October 29, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...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..."

Guitarist Shot After a Show Friday
Löwin’s Michael Sanders won’t be playing festival week after all
DAILY Music  March 12, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space
This new anime import marks a break with the Japanese traditions and invents a wholly original and kittenish appeal.
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Film Review  September 26, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Can a Working Musician Find a Decent Job in This Town?
Musicians looking to subsidize their poverty-level passion already have one strike against them
Music Story  January 26, 2017, by Leslie Sisson
"...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..."

Hot Dog Dreams & Frankfurter Wishes
Oh I wish I were a Hotdogger for a year!
DAILY The Gay Place  March 9, 2008, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

Playback – Fun Fun Fun Fest: A Decade of Aggression
Flashing back on 10 years of Fun Fun Fun Fest
Music Column  November 5, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Headliners: M.I.A., MGMT, Snoop Dogg, Jurassic 5, Slayer, Flag..."

DVDanger: Building The Iron Giant
Tim McCanlies talks behind-the-scenes of the animated classic
DAILY Screens  September 7, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

To Marfa, on a Tuesday in December
When high art and hipness move in, what happens to a tiny Texas town?
Arts Story  December 23, 2005, by Dan Keane
"...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..."

Time to Make the Doughnuts Dog Food
Anybody can do it!
Food Story  May 11, 2007, by Kate Thornberry
"...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...."

A Town Called Panic
This whimsical, Belgian import is an animated stop-motion fantasy that uses childhood toys as characters who find themselves in all manner of goofy yet compelling adventures.
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Film Review  January 22, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

When the Dog Bites
Richard Rodgers knew well the dog's bite, the bee's sting, plagued as he was by inner demons, personal trials, and psychic pain. Yet he was able somehow to produce from this dark world music of sweetness and light.
Arts Story  November 30, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

How to Be a Popular Girl
What will shy novelist Sarah Bird do now that she's back in the limelight, Dick Holland asks in this profile of the author of The Yokota Officers Club.
Books Story  June 22, 2001, by Dick Holland
"...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..."

It's a Wrap
Lessons learned
Screens Story  October 18, 2002, by Sarah Hepola, Kimberley Jones, Marc Savlov and Amanda Eyre Ward
"..."I can't write worth a shit, but I think writing's where it all begins." -- David Allen, producer (Dog Soldiers)..."

A Republic of Indie in a Netflix Nation
How Austin's homegrown video stores are faring against the big red giant
Screens Story  January 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...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...."

Reclaiming Texas History, One Home Movie at a Time
The missionary zeal of the Texas Archive of the Moving Image
Screens Story  February 27, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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...."

Bad Dog's Good Deeds
Contrary to its name, the new Bad Dog Comedy Theater isn't a mean spoiler on Austin's comedy scene. It's about bringing things together, like improv / sketch comedy and stand-up, two veins of comedy that are almost always separate.
Arts Story  August 4, 2000
"...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..."

Playback: 2013 – That's a Wrap
Twelve months of boom recapped
Music Column  December 27, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Main Street, U.S.A.
Round Rock = Small Town, Texas?
News Story  February 9, 1996, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...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..."

The Price of a Free Trip to Trinidad Liar's Flight
  January 26, 1996, by Suzy Banks
"...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)..."

Room With a View
La Zona Rosa's Ripple Effect
Music Story  September 19, 1997, by Andy Langer
"...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...."

Glimmer Twins
Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen instigate A Giant Dog Pile
Music Story  May 5, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"..."I would be a totally different artist without Andrew," states A Giant Dog frontwoman Sabrina Ellis...."

Reckless & Romantic
Two bands joined at the lips – Sabrina Ellis
Music Story  February 15, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...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:..."

Playback: Will Johnson’s Eternal Newness
"Playback" challenges Will Johnson to a home run derby and uncovers seven things you didn't know about A Giant Dog
Music Column  February 8, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...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..."

Tear Dungeon: Black Rubber & Blood
Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog’s abrasive metal abomination
DAILY Music  March 3, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...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 Tour Diary
On the road with Spoon
DAILY Music  May 26, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Live Music This Weekend, Aug. 25-27
Your auditory agenda for the next three days
DAILY Music  August 25, 2017, by Rachel Rascoe
"...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..."

Who Let the Dogs Out?
A playlist for the dog days of summer
Music Story  July 16, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...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..."

Payback
Here's the set-up: Bagman and driver Val and Porter (Henry, Gibson) steal $140,000 from an Asian syndicate, and then Val double-crosses Porter, steals his cut, and runs off with his...
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Film Review  February 5, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...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..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 Lineup Astounds
Wu-Tang Clan, Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo, and Venom top the list
DAILY Music  May 28, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

SXSW Unloads Headliners
Avett Brothers, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan plus 134 more
DAILY Music  February 24, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

First Listen: Sweet Spirit
Gripping demo from members of A Giant Dog & Bobby Jealousy
DAILY Music  April 7, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

The Austin Chronicle Earns AAN Awards Nominations
Cover design, music coverage singled out for excellence
DAILY News  June 20, 2018
"...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.”..."

Cure the Post-Holiday Blues with Austin Free Week
Not ready for festivities to end? These are bound to lift your spirits.
DAILY Chron Events  January 3, 2017, by Thomas Danh
"...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..."

100 Local SXSW Music Acts
A-Z list of 100 Austin acts showcasing at the Fest
Music Story  March 16, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...Wed. 15, Dirty Dog Bar, 9pm Blind Pets boast a raw trio energy nostalgic for beer brawls and mosh pits..."

No Holes in this Schedule
Longtime HITW booker Paul Minor packs a week's worth of punch
Music Story  June 19, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...A Giant Dog..."

Playback: Charlie Pierce Burns It Down
Charlie Pierce, the Gibby Haynes of piano, speaks out; Sweet Spirit serenades Spoon in a tour diary excerpt; and Phil Anselmo says maybe next year for a Housecore Horror ATX return
Music Column  May 28, 2015, by Kevin Curtin


F-F-FASHION FREAKOUT F-F-FIVE on F-F-Friday, March 2
Fashion Freakout takes over Mohawk on Friday night
DAILY Design  February 29, 2012, by Anne Harris
"...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...."

ACL Saturday: Ladies Day?
Under-represented music fest sex triumphs!
DAILY Music  October 3, 2013, by Abby Johnston
"...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..."

Free Week Picks 2010
Oh yes, it's free.
DAILY Chron Events  January 4, 2010, by Logan Youree
"...Sun, Jan 10: -A Giant Dog, Bad Sports, Cause for Applause, Elvis at Emo's..."

Skeleton Dystroys
New EP precedes transformation into … metal
DAILY Music  June 18, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...“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..."

Beerland Handed Down
Austin Jukebox group takes over Red River punk cavity
DAILY Music  December 17, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...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...."

Levitation Materializes 2018 Lineup
Slowdive, Electric Wizard, Black Angels, etc. à la carte
DAILY Music  December 7, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Slowdive The Black Angels Electric Wizard Ministry Brian Jonestown Massacre Ty Segall Panda Bear Thee Oh Sees Parquet Courts Om Survive Chelsea Wolfe Dan Deacon Baths Dead Meadow Föllakzoid Wooden Shjips Windhand Geologist The Garden La Luz Waxahatchee Hurray for the Riff Raff Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith The Men Golden Dawn Arkestra Acid Mothers Temple Imarhan Ruby the Hatchet Omni A Giant Dog Stonefield Mien Annabelle Chairlegs Botany Al Lover Dallas Acid Vuelveteloca Prettiest Eyes Rishi Dhir Lake of Fire..."

Sound on Sound Fest Pops!
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Electric Wizard, and king Stooge himself
DAILY Music  June 20, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin acts tapped for Sound on Sound 2017 include experimental noise punk trio USA/Mexico, both Sabrina Ellis/Andrew Cashen bands Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog, analog synth squadron Survive, funky disco dudes Capyac, LNS Crew rappers Kid Jones and Tank Washington, Aaron Behren’s project Midnight Stroll, electro-noise act Street Sects, DJ crew Flying Turns, indie/Afrobeat/guitar-pop group Growl, female fronted slacker pop charmers Alex Napping, psych melters Holy Wave, and eclectic soul singer Mélat...."

Five Questions for Carson McHone
Old residency, old songs redone, and the old, Deep South
DAILY Music  November 6, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...AC: Your debut full-length, Goodluck Man, came out over two years ago. I understand you’ve already recorded a new album with Spoon, ...Trail of Dead, A Giant Dog producer Mike McCarthy..."

Austin Music Awards’ Message of Love
35th annual local prom sets a new standard
DAILY Music  March 13, 2017, by Doug Freeman
"...On harmonies stood Thievery Corporation muse LouLou, who then dished a dreamy and seductive French ballad. Kelly Willis’ soulful twang on “What I Deserve” called the Trishas to the stage for the set’s monumental close, which recalled not only Joe Cocker’s incendiary Mad Dogs & Englishmen revue but also Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at Woodstock...."

Sweet Spirit: Masters of Puppets
Heavy pop locals premiere “Baby When I Close My Eyes”
DAILY Music  January 11, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...“I took very modern issues and slapped them on these relationships,” explains Valley, who previously directed a delightfully demented clip for Sweet Spirit’s 2015 single, “Baby Doll,” and is working on a pair of videos for Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen’s other band, A Giant Dog. “We weren’t preoccupied with the three plots leading you to a final message, yet the characters all go through a life-altering experience and come out the other end scarred but still in love.”..."

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