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1999-2000 Award Winners
Music Story  March 17, 2000
"...5. Alice Spencer & Will Walden..."

Listening Outside the Lines
Kevin Curtin spends four days on the fringes
Music Column  February 1, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Approaching songwriting with all the ingenuity of a homemade spaceship, virtuosic vocalist Alice Spencer (Shinyribs, the Barkers) alternates between resonator ukulele and piano, often tossing in whistling or vocalized trombone solos over the slippery fretless bass of Brian Beattie (Glass Eye). Meanwhile, longtime Robert Palmer drummer Dony Wynn redefined the entertainment value of percussion with a cleverly employed arsenal of rattles, mallets, and shakers...."

The Barkers
Barking at the Moon, except not with Ozzy
Music Story  March 3, 2000, by Christopher Gray
"...Other aspects of the Barkers' appeal are easier to divine -- Alice Spencer's voice, for one. Capable of carrying an entire symphony, her voice instead lights on Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" and the band's own "October Trains" with stirring, pitch-perfect poignancy..."

An Austin Salute 2 Prince
PHOTO GALLERY  June 2, 2016
"...Alice Spencer doing “Sex and the Single Girl” with Grupo Fantasma...."

Unsane Banter
Chemistry, scars, and “Slayer! Fuckin’ Slayer!”
DAILY Music  May 19, 2016, by Michael Toland
"...NYC noise trio Unsane plays former Emo’s GM and Buzz Mill owner Jason Sabala’s new club Grizzly Hall on Friday, joined by local cronies Honky and the Fuckemos. Austinite of two years, bassist Dave Curran runs sound at the Hall, perfect spot for him, guitarist/vox Chris Spencer and drummer Vinny Signorelli to rehearse and warm up for a European tour...."

Texas Platters
Music Review  November 29, 2002, by Margaret Moser
"...As their name suggests, Victrola is more a cabaret act than your typical Austin band. That makes sense, as vocalist Alice Spencer fronted nouveau cabaret group the Barkers..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 8, 2002
"...Austin already has ... Asylum Street Spankers for bawdy laughs and a raunchy good time." Hernandez claims vocalist Alice Spencer's rendition of "I'm Confessing" has "....."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  March 1, 2002
"...Austin already has ... Asylum Street Spankers for bawdy laughs and a raunchy good time." Hernandez claims vocalist Alice Spencer's rendition of "I'm Confessing" has "....."

Texas Platters
Music Review  February 22, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Victrola Former Barkers bite Alice Spencer has a howl on her, no doubt about it. Her finger-wagging delivery of ale hall standards "Puttin' on the Ritz," Kurt Weil's "Alabama Song," and Cole Porter closer "In the Still of the Night" have Spencer's hair smelling of a long evening down at the speakeasy..."

Music Review  February 23, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Pauls never met a soul lament they couldn't oversing. And whatever Russell paid harmonic twosome Alice Spencer and Sally Allen wasn't enough..."

Dancing About Architecture
The Live Music Capital threatens another stake in the heart of live local music.
Music Column  August 3, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...The TV spots have been running nationally and feature local songwriters and performers who created 15-second "mini-songs" at Austin's Tequila Mockingbird Studio. The tunes range from a WWII-sounding number by TM's Wally Williams and sung by ex-Barkers singer Alice Spencer with former Asleep at the Wheel keyboardist Danny Levin and Tequila regular Jon Blondell on horn and bass, to a mock-techno tune by Ben McDonald of the Real Heroes..."

Dancing About Architecture
Bush's balls drop.
Music Column  January 26, 2001, by Ken Lieck
"...The Barkers have announced they're disbanding after pulling out of what would have been a high-profile gig following Bob Schneider's Universal Records showcase at Antone's on Friday, for which 60 or so media types chowed down at Sullivan's on the label's tab. Barkers drummer Steve Balgooyen says that Alice Spencer will continue to play her compositions with a different lineup, but the "family affair" element of the act is over and done with..."

I Am the Jellyfish That Walks Upon the Land
The Mother of all pop bands
Music Story  June 30, 2000, by Christopher Gray
"...Enough people, including members of Pong, Morningwood, and the Meat Purveyors, picked up on it last month to pack the Continental Club for the Big Blue House release party, where the Mothers welcomed the Barkers' Alice Spencer and Grand Champeen's Michael Crow -- who both appear on the CD -- onstage to help them entertain and amuse the audience. Enlisting other musicians to perform their songs is a long Mothers tradition dating back to their very first show..."

SXSW Music Festival
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 17, 2000
"...54 SECONDS: That leader Spencer Gibb is the son of a Bee Gee (Robin) isn't so much a secret anymore, nor is it the real reason to see 'em. See 'em because Gibb's one of the town's most inventive guitar players and his haunting songs are full of surprising depth and passion..."

Live Shots
The Barkers
Music Story  June 3, 1999
"...Dipping into a well-stocked medicine chest of American roots music and pop, Austin's Barkers concoct musical creations as potent, unique, and addictive as any under-the-counter homemade headache powder. The electric-piano bounce of opener "Mary" was an infectious doppelganger for the juicier cuts off Wilco's Summerteeth, but after a hard right into the lurching waltz "Drive to Nebraska," echoes of "Stardust" surfaced in Alice Spencer's languid, commanding vocals as she swept luxuriously through supple phrases that fit the dreamy lyrics "maybe the moon will sing you a tune." The rest of the set followed suit as the group veered back and forth between cabaret and roadhouse..."

Glover Gill’s Last Tango
Smithville swing savant explains why he’s throwing in the towel
DAILY Music  December 28, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...One of several songs that orbits in and out of the tracklist, “Dreamhouse: Cantus Firmus,” features a brilliantly creepy vocal from gravel-throated bard Jon Dee Graham. He’s one of 20 top-notch Austin musicians who contribute to the record, among them: Bob Schneider, Alice Spencer, and Ricky Ray Jackson...."

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
Music Column  December 6, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Soulful swamp funk spectacle Shinyribs invigorated the 500-strong audience jam-packing T-Gill's comfy beer garden, and their final three songs cast a legendary send-off. Alice Spencer and Kelley Mickwee, aka the Shiny Soul Sisters, led a rousing sing-along of Janis Joplin's "Mercedes Benz" before Kevin Russell emerged solo to conjure a brilliant version of Doug Sahm's "At the Crossroads," the audience roaring every time he sang, "You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lot of soul." Shakey Graves, aided by Stephanie Hunt and Fastball co-frontman Miles Zuniga, joined Shinyribs to deliver the venue's omega moment: a joyous rendition of Gary P..."

Viper Moon
Jazz guitarist Slim Richey recovers
Music Story  April 20, 2012, by Doug Freeman
"...Richey and Meaux Jeaux moved to Austin in 1992, settling in Hays County. He began playing regularly at the Elephant Room on fiddle with the Jazz Pharaohs, and he and Meaux Jeaux eventually formed the Dream Band, which pivoted through a succession of vocalists including Julie Lowery, Alice Spencer, Lady Lacynica, Leeann Atherton, and others...."

So Much Good Music Happening
Postmarks  September 19, 2008
"...19]. OK, Alice Spencer and Asylum Street Spankers are good, but how about Mitch Watkins, Tony Campise, John Mills, Patrice Pike, Ephraim Owens, Redd Volkaert, Kat Edmonson, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck, Elias Haslanger, Abra Moore, Red Young, Brannen Temple, Yogi, Bob Meyer, James Polk, J.J..."

Why Austin Sucks
Postmarks  September 13, 2008
"...It’s truly depressing. 3) The music “scene”; there is a handful of truly talented musicians (i.e., Asylum Street Spankers, Alice Spencer, etc.), but having genres that cater mostly to twenty-nothings with little class and certainly no taste (as shown by the hugely successful yet depressingly homogeneous South by Southwest) really sucks for us middle-agers here in the self-proclaimed “live music capital of the world”! Oh did I mention the dirty, dilapidated clubs that smell like piss (Broken Spoke and Sixth Street)? Why don’t we just leave? Believe me, it ain’t for lack of trying, been trying for more than a year..."

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