Butterfly Bar at the Vortex
"...Beerland, a Red River cornerstone for the Austin punk and garage scenes since 2001, will change ownership at the end of the year. Founders Randall Stockton and his wife Donya Stockton have handed off the business to the local group that stages the popular Austin Jukebox music series, both parties confirmed Sunday afternoon...."
"...You may have already noticed it, but you most likely haven't heard about it; the city of Austin's first bike corral – an innovative on-street bike parking design originally pioneered in Portland, Ore. – was installed last Friday in front of Beerland, just north of Seventh on Red River...."
"...2000 saw the release of their self-titled debut on Sympathy for the Record Industry, followed by a couple of tours of the West Coast and Midwest. Their next release is right around the corner, April 2, a cooperative effort on Beerland owner Randall Stockton's fledging Beerland label..."
"...Donya Stockton, co-owner of Austin’s Beerland and Rio Rita and King Bee and the Aristocrat and other popular clubs, is too decent of a human being to take a tire iron to the head of some idiot who makes a crack about “Underwater Basketweaving 101.”..."
"...My account of last night's At the Drive-In spectacle at Red 7 appears in Thursday's Chronicle, but in the meantime, here's a recap of last week's Feedtime revving at Beerland...."
"...Austin’s psych rock gods smiled down on Levitation’s Thursday kickoff for an amiable rendezvous across Red River. In a double feature of established local explorers, Holy Wave commemorated an album release at Cheer Up Charlies, followed by Ringo Deathstarr’s homage to astral rock down the block at Beerland...."
"...Wednesday's Free Week offering at Beerland belonged to the Red River venue's regulars – the gritty, propulsive punks that have served as the mainstay venue's lifeblood for more than a decade...."
"...Especially for grassroots Austin rappers – working a genre that necessitates consistent bursts of energy. The homegrown local bill at Beerland Friday night also had a nearby Dâm-Funk set to contend with...."
"...“Beerland? Ah, shitsyeah! I like the sound of that place.” Ross Knight’s spirits were high when he called from Australia to talk about the Cosmic Psycho’s trip to Austin – a better mood than when filmmaker Matt Weston interviewed him for the Cosmic Psychos doc Blokes You Can Trust...."
"...Of course Max Dropout is becoming a wrestling promoter. The long-time booker at Red River institution Beerland has the perfect name for the sport of brawlers and high fliers..."
"...By the time the crowd gathered on the Lamar Pedestrian Bridge early Sunday morning, after the last official night of Ground Zero Texas stumbled to a close, there were lots of glassy eyes and half-heartedly chugged beers and embarrassed exclamations (“I feel like I’m 16 again!”). Then, the sound of breaking glass, a cheer, and someone screaming something like "Yallsowassed!!!!" Pissed Jeans had turned in a short, slobbering set at Beerland a few hours earlier, and live, there were even more Jesus Lizard similarities: Korvette got shirtless pretty quickly, made ugly faces, blew his nose, dumped a bottle of water down the back of his pants, and huffed and puffed like a last call drunk..."
"...It counts as one show, for example, the many different acts coming together to produce Room 710's "Gong Show" on Monday nights. At any rate, the number of weekly offerings should soon cross the century mark when Beerland, a onetime garage and cathouse between the Red Eyed Fly and Atomic Cafe, opens tonight, Thursday.Lullaby of Beerland Everything changed two years ago...."
"...Many local club owners and music lovers, especially those for whom the lifeblood of the Austin music scene stems from the DIY aesthetic of Red River, shuddered when the results came in. Was this an outright attack on the live music venues of our city? Was this the end of a fertile breeding ground where musicians young and old tune their creativity? Most businesses that still permit smoking are either bars or live music venues, Red River rock havens like Room 710, Red Eyed Fly, Beerland, etc., businesses with nonexistent profit margins easily affected by any change...."
"...Red 7, 9:40pm Latest LP Welcome New Machine (Dirtnap) checks in with this Austin/Denton New Wave whirlwind, featuring Riverboat Gambler Mike Wiebe, Marked Men guitarist Mark Ryan, and members of the ubiquitous Bad Sports. – Audra Schroeder Showcase Spotlight: Beerland..."
"...Violent Affair (Thu., TBA, Beerland) A "live today/fuck tomorrow" ethos, this Oklahoma City quintet expands on tourmates the Casualties...."
"...Although labeled "Murder Incorporated" by Onward Austin political consultant David Butts, Keep Austin Free is a conglomeration of 29 (and growing) business owners, all of whom have huge stakes in the local smoking game and none of whom have anything to do with Big Tobacco (www.keepaustinfree.com). Wickham and Beerland owners Randall and Donya Stockton are leading the fight in the live music trenches...."
"...Dat Boy Supa at Beerland..."
"...This Land Is Beerland, This Land Is Bandland..."
"...Body/Head (Kim Gordon and Bill Nace) at Beerland on September 15, 2018..."
"...Ben Snakepit – who grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and moved to Austin in 2000; who toured the world playing bass with punk band J Church when he wasn’t busy working at I Luv Video or Sound Exchange on the Drag; who adopted his beloved pooch Peeber from the Austin Animal Shelter; whose brief goofy rivalry with Tim “Nakatomi” Doyle is a thing of the past; who drew the latest cover for the Austin Beer Guide; and whose diary-comic work has been mentioned in, of all places, Gentlemen’s Quarterly – is having a music-fueled book release party for his Manor Threat collection on Saturday, June 11, at Beerland...."
"..."There's always a lull in the later part of the year when it comes to people getting out to shows," observed veteran Beerland booker Max Dropout. "People resist the weather and everyone's saving money for travel and gift-getting..."
"...Elliott Turton of Indiana's Waxeater was severely shocked onstage at Beerland on Sunday evening, requiring cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Paramedics rushed Turton to Brackenridge Hospital, where he was stabilized in the intensive care unit and became responsive on Wednesday morning..."
"...In July, Coleman marathoned a weeklong residency at Beerland with different bands every night. This Saturday, he's playing no less than three times during his 12-hour album release at Beerland, and is possibly emceeing..."
"...There is no doubt that bar and club owners are truly concerned that the ban will snuff out their livelihoods. "I don't have any reason to believe that Beerland will survive a smoking ban," says Beerland owner and Keep Austin Free member Randall Stockton..."
"...ALLEY-CATTING My good friend Barbara Chisholm, actress/writer/mother and genuine bon vivante, once told me that she thought Beerland was the best club name in town. After last Saturday night, I am also inclined to sing praises, not only to the very apt name, but to the club itself..."
"...As of 11:30am Tuesday, Randall Stockton sounded positively dazed after having cleared the final hurdle with city inspectors and getting his club Beerland green-lighted just an hour earlier. Seeing that Stockton and his wife Donya have sunk every penny they had into Austin's newest live music venue, maybe they should have called it "the Money Pit" rather than its current moniker..."
"...Beerland Fri., June 29, 10pm..."
"...Red River remains vibrant, he stresses, pointing to growth at Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlies, and noting Elysium owner John Wickham taking over Red Eyed Fly. Beerland owner Randall Stockton sympathizes with Red 7 and Holy Mountain...."
"...Divine Fits, the new band featuring Spoon's Britt Daniel, Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, and the New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown, will play its first show at Beerland on Aug. 1, followed by dates in Montreal, Chicago, and Columbus, Ohio..."
"..."That's not the only constituency that the Union is supposed to serve. It's also about faculty, graduate students, and yes indeed, it's about the community." Greetings From Beerland, Texas..."
"...The compilation, which features two Denton acts (Tre Orsi and Bad Sports), documents the depths of Austin's underground rock scene in the tradition of Ward-9's Cottage Cheese From the Lips of Death in 1983 and Trance Syndicate's Love and Napalm collection a decade later. That said, the spirit of Casual Victim Pile more closely resembles that of 1979 local sampler Live at Raul's in the way it bottles the garage-punk movement fermenting at Beerland..."
"...Beerland: The Bellrays, Broken Gold, Black Panda..."
"..."We were told that we're guaranteed police protection under the Constitution," relates Beerland owner and major Keep Austin Free player Randall Stockton. "Therefore we have at our disposal this option to dial 911, and in fact, it's the final and ultimate necessary step in order to cover our butts."..."
"...Last year's Treble & Tremble (Palm) is an impressionist painting, both quieting and inspiring. Melanie HauptTHE PAPER CHASE11pm, Beerland After stellar production work with Explosions in the Sky and Baboon, John Congleton's spastic Dallas institution dropped their fourth LP, God Bless Your Black Heart, last year on Kill Rock Stars..."
"...Singer Geoff Martin, who earned acclaim for 2002 solo album Something Good, might just be on to something. Melanie HauptTHE KODIAKS9pm, Beerland If Austin's Kodiaks make it all the way through a set without breaking anything, it's an off night..."
"...Two very different Texas institutions are set to spar over an image almost as seminal as the state flag. Last month, Red River punk/garage nexus Beerland received a notice from attorneys for cosmic cowboy shrine Luckenbach, informing them Luckenbach considered Beerland's logo an infringement on their trademark..."
"...Warning: You better try this at home, or else risk losing the hard rock, techno, dance punk, and country that sets River City apart from Bayou City.Beerland7111/2 Red River; 479-ROCK; www.beerlandtexas.com (6:30pm) Walking into Beerland during daylight hours is always disorienting, but tonight it's worse. There stands owner Randall Stockton by the pool tables with two buddies the only folks in the joint..."
"...Reigning SoundBeerland, Saturday, March 20 Think about Memphis. What comes to mind? Beale Street, the Stax/Volt record labels, Elvis, Graceland, Sun Studios, various blues shouters, right? Well, you're mostly correct..."
"...Some people are satisfied to simply play a gig -- others insist on making it a real event. The latter is definitely the case with the Chainsaw Kittens, who have elected to have their SXSW showcase on Friday (3/17) at Beerland double as a gay wedding between singer Tyson Meade and "international pop star" Skip Handleman Werner..."
"...Greg Beets: Pere Ubu, Beerland..."
"...In late November, officers at the Austin Police Department exacerbated the concerns of venue operators when a few were interviewed for a KVUE-TV news segment warning Austin residents against walking alone Downtown at night, citing an increase in violent crime. Weeks later, Beerland's Max Meehan still took issue with the edict..."
"...Pleasure Venom guitarist Anna Sawyer mentions punk vanguard Beerland...."
"...Greg Beets: Richard Papiercuts, Beerland..."
"...Saturday at midnight, a line spewed outside Beerland. Some in the queue, attracted by the promise of a "special guest" headliner, had no clue what awaited them..."
"...The list of live music venues that would be impacted by a "no smoking on the patio" rule is longer than a Virginia Slim 120: Saxon Pub, White Horse, Hole in the Wall, Sidewinder, Mohawk, Empire, Barracuda, Lost Well, Sahara Lounge, Flamingo Cantina, Spider House Ballroom, Strange Brew, Beerland, Badlands, Swan Dive, Radio Coffee & Beer, Dozen Street, and the Skylark Lounge – to name a few. For bars like Cheer Up Charlies and Hard Luck Lounge, with giant patios and tiny interiors, the restriction would be particularly troublesome...."
"...AC: That venue’s history is often overlooked locally, but like Beerland or Hole in the Wall, it was an important entry point to Austin music. Anybody who wanted to play could get a gig...."
"...A UT grad, educated in classical civilizations with a concentration on ancient religion, Wickham named the bar for the hereafter of mythical Greek heroes. Elysium grooved on dance music, but after nine months, inspired by neighboring Beerland, began incorporating live bands..."
"...Orville Bateman Neeley III sits in the kitchen of the East Austin house he shares with two others, including Flesh Lights guitarist Max Vandever. He's been up an hour this frigid February day, having played the night before at Beerland, which hosted the January 2010 debut of the band bearing Neeley's initials, the OBN III's..."
"...Foreign Mothers, the Dead Space, Horse + Donkey, Ghetto Ghouls, Feral FutureBeerland, Jan. 3..."
"...Certainly there was no shortage of mayhem during the four-day carousal last weekend, yet the whole crazy affair ran on schedule and without any reported injuries despite countless circle pits kicking up more collective dust than the 2005 Austin City Limits Music Festival. Before reuniting with his NYC outfit Citizens Arrest, Ted Leo launched a solo suite at Beerland on Thursday that transitioned from Hüsker Dü's "Could You Be the One?" into the Misfits' "Angelfuck." The following night Syrian wedding singer Omar Souleyman left Antone's in a dizzying trance of Middle Eastern house music concocted by his one-man band of gypsies, Rizan Sa'id, who balanced fluttering high-octave arpeggios across two keyboards and a drum pad..."