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The Brothers Bloom
Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo are cast as the best con men in the world whose current swindle involves an eccentric heiress (Rachel Weisz) in this sophomore effort by the writer/director of Brick.
Film Review  May 29, 2009, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Rian Johnson. Starring: Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, Rinko Kikuchi, Robbie Coltrane and Maximilian Schell..."

Playback: Robert Johnson Plays Antone’s Anniversary!
Antone’s resurrects Robert Johnson for its 42nd anniversary
Music Column  June 29, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Though Robert Johnson had been dead for 37 years by the time Antone's opened in 1975, the delta bluesman has put in anniversary appearances. One of his two existing images graced the 15th anniversary poster, and Buddy Guy performed his song "Sweet Home Chicago" as part of the club's 20-year celebration and corresponding live release..."

Blues Brothers 2000
Along with It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, John Landis' The Blues Brothers remains one of my favorite screwball comedies. Both films take the notion of chaos theory and...
Film Review  February 6, 1998, by Marc Savlov
"...Driving around Chi-town in a used LTD Crown Victoria surplus cop car, Elwood patiently gathers up the remains of the band (including Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, and Matt “Guitar” Murphy) and sets out southbound. On the way, the group once again encounters various blues legends and manages to provoke the ire of everyone including the Illinois State Police, the Russian Mafia, and a white separatist militia group (sadly, Arte Johnson is nowhere to be seen)..."

Show and Tell With Rian Johnson
Revisiting the high school noir ‘Brick’ at AFF
DAILY Screens  October 26, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...They didn’t look all that remarkable – just two tiny, weather-beaten notebooks – but these artifacts steered much of the conversation at Friday morning’s Script-to-Screen discussion with Rian Johnson about his first film, Brick, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt...."

The Girl Who Met Robert Johnson
Shirley Ratisseau wrote a song with Robert Johnson
Music Story  August 3, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...When she was a little girl, Shirley Ratisseau met Robert Johnson. Kind Hearted Woman Blues..."

Garrison Brothers Distillery
Garrison Brothers pick up some impressive accolades for the new kid on the block
Food Story  May 13, 2011, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Bottles of Garrison Brothers bourbon may still be difficult to find on liquor store shelves, but the business owners fought for and won the right to serve samples to guests at the distillery. Bourbon aficionados will want to add a stop at the Garrison Brothers facility near Hye, west of Johnson City on Highway 290, to their next trip out to the Hill Country to enjoy a sample...."

10 Minutes with the Alvin Brothers
How a near-death experience became a Big Bill Broonzy tribute
DAILY Music  August 7, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...People wouldn’t think of him when they think of prewar blues. They think of Robert Johnson..."

Two Brothers, Two Paths
AFS Documentary Tour: The Oath
Screens Story  June 4, 2010, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Meanwhile, back at Guantánamo, Poitras intercuts her fly-on-the-wall footage of Jandal's life in Sanaa with the footage shot by cinematographer Kirsten Johnson, along with archival footage of the legal maneuvering then surrounding Hamdan's detention and the voiceover readings of his letters to his family. He's something of a ghost protagonist..."

The Long Con
After kicking around for months, The Brothers Bloom finally makes its mark
Screens Story  May 22, 2009, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Last September, as part of the Alamo Drafthouse's annual Fantastic Fest, writer/director Rian Johnson screened his new film, The Brothers Bloom. It's Johnson's first film since his celebrated high school noir, Brick, which was one of the true surprises of 2005..."

Harrelson dons prosthetics for this complicated biopic
Film Review  November 3, 2017, by Steve Davis
"...The biographical drama LBJ treads much of the territory Robert Schenkkan’s expertly crafted stage play All the Way traversed in chronicling the early years of the Johnson presidency. Like the Tony Award-winning production (subsequently filmed as an HBO movie), it spends much of its time focused on the 36th president’s risky decision to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an act of heresy in the eyes of Southern congressmen who mistakenly presumed him as their philosophical (read: racist) brethren, given his Texas roots..."

Crackerjack thrills, time travel, violence, humor, and action: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis are characters who share the same morally conflicted core.
Film Review  September 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...Directed by: Rian Johnson. Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Piper Perabo and Pierce Gagnon...."

Bill Duke's take on the Harlem numbers racket in the early Thirties is so clichéd that you half expect Paul Muni to pop up every now and then. At the...
Film Review  September 5, 1997, by Marc Savlov
"...At the very least, Hoodlum might have been better off had it been filmed in monochromatic black-and-white instead of the garish color palette (and plenty of gore) that Duke opted for because they, unfortunately, only reinforce the hamminess of the picture. Fishburne plays the historical figure Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson, a low-level street thug just released after a stretch in Sing Sing, who finds himself running the numbers when Harlem's longtime “Queen,” Stephanie St..."

Dark Money
Campaign finance reform as true-life political thriller
Film Review  August 3, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Still, Reed (The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson and Prodigal Sons) and her team have boiled down their presentation to a manageable 99 minutes that’s fascinating, absorbing, and mind-altering..."

Strawberry Letter 22 …
Our 2001 review of Shuggie Otis' Inspiration Information
DAILY Music  July 10, 2015, by Kate X Messer
"...Otis' "Strawberry Letter 23" became a hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977, a high school year for me. The Bros..."

Strawberry Letter 23
Cult soulman/guitarist Shuggie Otis returns from decades of mystery
Music Story  July 9, 2015, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Lead single "Strawberry Letter 23" twinkled celestial soul, a psychedelic love note littered with rainbows, orange birds, blue flowers, and cherry clouds. Producer Quincy Jones oversaw the Brothers Johnson taking it to No..."

The Sound and the Fury
Monsters of Folk drummer Will Johnson continues demonstrating monstrous musical and compositional gifts
Music Story  October 8, 2010, by Austin Powell
"...By his own account, Will Johnson plays drums like a frustrated guitarist...."

Dwayne Johnson is an ex-con out to avenge his brother's death and Billy Bob Thornton is the junkie cop on his tail.
Film Review  November 26, 2010, by Marc Savlov
"...Directed by: George Tillman Jr.. Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Tom Berenger, Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Mike Epps, Michael Irby and Oliver Jackson-Cohen..."

Spike & Mike's Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation 2000
Going on 10 years and still as vile as ever, Spike & Mike's annual fest o' skank actually manages to top itself for this, the millennial edition, racheting up the...
Film Review  January 28, 2000, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a winning short not only for its almost gleefully vaudevillian sense of comic timing, but also because it's one of the few shorts here that shies away from the pure gross-out, something Spike & Mike have never been able to resist. Breehn John Burns and Jason Johnson turn in another in what appears to be a continuing series with Beyond Grampa II, utilizing the elderly and their occasionally off-putting personal habits in ways only a true fan of the sick and twisted could appreciate..."

Hill Country Whiskey Maker Nabs Top Honors
Small batch of speciality Cowboy Bourbon highlights Texas distillery
DAILY Food  December 20, 2013, by Gracie Salem
"...Founded in 2006, the distillery has sold more than 80,000 bottles statewide. Tucked away along Highway 290 between Johnson City and Stonewall, tours of the distillery can be made by reservation..."

A New Life for 'A Band Called Death'
Detroit rock & rollers resurrected through Drafthouse Films
DAILY Screens  June 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Jeff was a musician in a hardcore punk band," explained Bobby. "I organized this show at Johnson, Vermont, which was called the mud bogs..."

Hammett Meets Hughes
Writer-director Rian Johnson on high school noir and Austin Film Festival highlight 'Brick'
Screens Story  October 21, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...Then, it's a matter of life and death, and worse. Rian Johnson's debut feature, Brick, is set in that universe, where bad girls mix it up with brains, jocks and heshers assail all comers, and Sydney Greenstreet droops lazily in the corner, chuckling to himself while pulling the strings..."

New Graphic Novel The Divine from Asaf & Tomer Hanuka
Note: Never fuck with spooky child-soldiers in Southeast Asia
DAILY Arts  July 15, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If we weren’t going to give the Hanuka Brothers’ The Divine the description it deserves, we’d go all media shorthand and say it’s a mash-up of parts of Apocalypse Now and Princess Mononoke and that Rian Johnson sci-fi thing called Looper...."

Centro-Matic Packs It In
With a sprawling, sold-out show at the Parish Thursday
DAILY Music  December 12, 2014, by Doug Freeman
"...When Centro-matic formed in Denton in 1996, bandleader Will Johnson didn’t give the band much prognosis for success. Yet nearly two decades and 11 studio LPs later, the original quartet of Johnson, Matt Pence, Scott Danbom, and Mark Hedman brings the group to an end on Dec..."

In his highly stylized fashion, Derek Jarman explores the mind of the 20th century Viennese philosopher.
Film Review  February 18, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Derek Jarman. Starring: Karl Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Michael Gough, Clancy Chassnay and John Quentin..."

No Dagwood
Blondie Chaplin and more thump Friday night at Antone's
DAILY Music  August 24, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...That he’s playing with Stephen Barber, our own Renaissance man about town, plus drummer J.J. Johnson, bassist Chris Maresh, and guitarist Derek O'Brien, is just too good to pass up...."

SXSW Picks and Sleepers
Music Story  March 14, 2003
"...KIMCHEE RECORDS SHOWCASE: Started by smarty-pants DJs at M.I.T.'s radio station in Cambridge, Kimchee Records slices and dices a pickled dish of dark Boston rock, strong voices, and glowering guitars. A whispering torrent called Torrez evokes Lisa Germano and Giant Sand slammed headlong into some sweet psychedelic soul riffs that could rouse the Brothers Johnson..."

Nakia Gets Tied to the Whipping Post
New video previews covers collection
DAILY Music  April 2, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Several of those vintage, micro label singles account for material more obscure than “Whipping Post.” Artie White’s “Gimme Some of Yours” and Luther “Snakeboy” Johnson’s “Woman Don’t Lie” are both slated for inclusion on the late-summer arrival...."

ACL Live Shot: Benjamin Booker
Fast-rising blues-punk phenom gives off a “Violent Shiver”
DAILY Music  October 5, 2014, by Thomas Fawcett
"...Raised on a diet of Bad Brains, Black Flag, and the blues brothers Johnson (Robert and Blind Willie), Booker and his band play with reckless abandon, a steam train that shakes the shit out of the rails without ever careening off the track...."

Happy Feet!
'You listening to the ooold school – KUTX, nine-eight-nine!'
Music Story  November 29, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Indeed, at 5:30pm on a Friday – now that Hanson's just run through songs by Parliament, the Brothers Johnson, Patrice Rushen, and Janet Jackson – it makes perfect sense...."

Shuggie Otis
Music Story  October 4, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Best known for writing "Strawberry Letter 23," a hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977, the reclusive Shuggie Otis surprised everyone with this 2-CD set: his final studio album, 1974's Inspiration Information expanded with four bonus tracks, plus Wings of Love, a planned follow-up featuring 14 tracks recorded between 1975 and 2000. Inspiration Information has been reissued before, and fans of blues great Johnny Otis' guitarist son might be familiar with its trippy brand of psychedelic rock and soul, sampled by OutKast, Beyonce, Digable Planets, and others..."

This Season's First Classic 30 for 30: 'Benji'
The inspirational & heartbreaking story of Ben Wilson's life and death
DAILY Sports  October 23, 2012, by Will Eidam
"...It’s one thing when a few childhood friends say Benji was “Magic Johnson with a jump shot,” but when Nick Anderson, Mike Wilbon, and countless other celebrities back up that story, you have to wonder if he could have been the rival Michael Jordan never had. And with Benji hailing from Chicago, the stories of this rivalry could have been legendary, surpassing Larry and Magic..."

AFF Teases 10 Titles
Duplass Bros.' latest comedy gets regional premiere
DAILY Screens  August 23, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...ALBERT NOBBS Writers: Glenn Close, John Banville Director: Rodrigo Garcia (in attendance) Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson Glenn Close stars as a woman who must disguise herself as a male butler in order to find work in 19th century Ireland...."

Big D, Little D
Little Doyle Bramhall all grown up
DAILY Music  July 11, 2008, by Margaret Moser
"...He cited J.J. Johnson (“I want him involved in anything I do), Jeremy Stacy, and Abe Laboriel with little hesitation, prompting the question, is there an inner drummer in you?..."

Day Trippin'
More day parties than you can shake an iPhone at
DAILY Music  March 11, 2008, by Audra Schroeder
"... IN-STORES Backspin Records WEDNESDAY: Dr. Delay (2pm), Percee P (3), Bird Peterson & Tittsworth (4) FRIDAY: The Little Bicycles (2pm), Ume (2:45), Xcella (3:30), the Fall Collection (4:15), El Paso Hot Button (5) SATURDAY: Super Soul Saturday with Mingering Mike & Dori Hadar, Wiley & the Checkmates, Ralph "Soul" Jackson, Herman Hitson (1pm) Opera House WEDNESDAY: Oh, Pyramid (6pm), Diamondhead (7), Voodoo Economics (8), Ex-Cocaine (9) THURSDAY: Slow/Dynamite (2:30pm), the Gang (3:15), Dana Falconberry (4), John Maus (4:45), Karl Blau (5) FRIDAY: Douglas Ferguson (noon), Lisa Cameron (12:30), No Age (2), Mika Miko (2:30), Foot Village (3), Kevin Shields (3:30), Devon Williams (4), Ima Gymnist (4:30), Magic Johnson (5), Friends Forever (5:30), KIT (6), Mistress (6:30), Nero's Day at Disneyland (7), Anavan (7:30) SATURDAY: Transmography (1pm), La Snacks (2), Binary Marketing Machine (3), Asleep Dream Audience (4), the Bill Jeffreys (5), Peachcake (6), Naught for 3 (7), Yatagarsu (8) Cream Vintage THURSDAY: Georgie James (12:10pm), Le Loup (1:05), These United States (2), Pash (2:55), Middle Distance Runner (3:50), Jukebox the Ghost (4:45), Exit Clov (5:40), Samantha Murphy (6:35) FRIDAY: Balmorhea (noon), Deer Tick (1), David Karsten Daniels (2), Tall Firs (3), Panther (4), Hey Willpower (5) SATURDAY: The Hymns (2pm), the Steps (3), Mr..."

Earth, Wind, & Honeycut Makin' the Cut
SF electronico madmen Honeycut rock the SX soulfully.
DAILY Qmmunity  March 15, 2007, by Kate X Messer
"...I only knew that anyone with the vocal chops to trigger a Shuggie in my brain was all right by me. Their cover of that Shuggie classic (a big hit for the Brothers Johnson) was crazy..."

Curt Kirkwood
Live Shot
Music Review  September 14, 2001, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The Brothers Johnson notwithstanding, Curt Kirkwood is all about stomp. Bounding onto the Cactus Cafe's red-velvet stage with a matching red Gibson acoustic guitar at precisely 9:15pm, no opener, the SSToried punk rocker/Meat Puppet/Austin transplant looked both happy to be there and vaguely ill at ease..."

Shuggie Otis
Music Review  July 13, 2001, by Kate X Messer
"...They didn't, and neither would Shuggie's experimental soul psychedelia. The world would have to wait … a few years for the Brothers Johnson to make a platinum hit out of his genre-bending, pre-trip-hop jazz blaster "Strawberry Letter 23" … until the Eighties for Prince to take the funk throne … and another decade or two for the rest of pop to catch up to electronica..."

AIR Premiers Symptomes (Astralwerks)
Music Review  November 12, 1999, by Kate X Messer
"...But like Shepard's 14.8 minute anti-epic, there were jet-packs of potential crammed within. In Premiers Symptomes, Air takes a look back at their look forward, the way one might read Jules Verne to remember how we used to see the future, or more topically, the way one might listen to Vangelis, Mike Oldfield, Curtis Mayfield, or the Brothers Johnson, even, to get a feel for where we were at the dawn of our crystal, dew-soaked electronica mornings..."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...Even less surprising is how this stuff kicks live, with Brian Standefer's cello and superdrummer J.J. Johnson turning this gloomy pop into something nonetheless celebratory..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...HOT BUTTERED RHYTHM: Forget the polls, many a local musician will argue that J.J. Johnson and Brannen Temple are Austin's two best drummers -- masters of diverse skills and rare style..."

Lebanon Calling
The Lebanese connection: ACL booker Charles Attal's bond with Zilker Park
Music Story  October 4, 2013, by Michael Corcoran
"...Perhaps A.J. Zilker saw a bit of himself in the hardworking Joseph, who bought wares in town, packed them on his burro, and traveled as far as Johnson City to sell them to farmers and ranchers..."

All Over Creation: Two-Stepping With Lyndon
To play historical figures like LBJ and Groucho, actors ought to dance with them
Arts Column  August 10, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...What do Lyndon Johnson and Groucho Marx have in common?..."

Los Zafiros
Music Story  August 26, 1999
"...Here in 1999, the end of the world seems as fitting a time as any to excrete a slew of reissues and revisit the smarts of the good Captain. And why not? Our creaking culture of recombining all the stuff that didn't work the first time certainly has space for one more pure original, no? In the entertaining and exhaustive liner notes to TheDust Blows Forward, a new 2-CD compilation, Van Vliet denies all influence, characterizing the recognizable part of his cosmic skronk instead as "possession." Okay, so the devil himself, Robert Johnson, handed him a broom, and Beefheart dusted with it, and his patented growls and yowls are scraped right from the Howling /Muddy/Screaming bowels of all those brothers from other planets (especially Sun Ra)..."

Film Reviews
News Story  September 29, 1995
"...ANGUSD: Patrick Read Johnson; with Charlie Talbert, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, Rita Moreno, Ariana Richards, Chris Owen, Lawrence Pressman. Angus (Talbert) is smart, sensitive, courageous....."

SXSW Film Festival and Conference
Screens Story  March 14, 1997

Film Reviews
News Story  September 22, 1995
"...ANGUSD: Patrick Read Johnson; with Charlie Talbert, George C. Scott, Kathy Bates, Rita Moreno, Ariana Richards, Chris Owen, Lawrence Pressman. If you are one of those rare birds who recall their high school days with trilling glee or cooing fondness, Angus is probably not your cup of moo juice..."

SXSW Film Unveils March Lineup
So much ado!
DAILY Screens  January 31, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...In the Documentary Spotlight field, Trinidad filmmaker PJ Raval returns with Before You Know It, his look at gay seniors (Raval also lensed The Bounceback); UT Radio/Television/Film department chair Paul Stekler reunites with Vote for Me collaborators Louis Alvarez, Andrew Kolker, and Peter Odabashian for Getting Back to Abnormal, a look at growing pains in post-Katrina New Orleans; and director Josh Johnson debuts ode to home video Rewind This! An Unreal Dream: The Michael Morton Story is another project of interest – especially for anyone who inhaled Pamela Colloff’s recent, riveting two-part feature in Texas Monthly about Michael Morton’s wrongful conviction as a wife-killer; it’s directed by Al Reinert (For All Mankind), the Houston-based two-time Academy Award nominee...."

Friggin' Genius
SXSW Film announces feature film lineup
DAILY Screens  February 4, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...The film tells the story of average teenager Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy who decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. Cast: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloë Grace Moretz and Nicolas Cage..."

SXSW Film Announces 2015 Lineup
Circling the Thunderdome
DAILY Screens  February 3, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Honeytrap (UK)
Director/Screenwriter: Rebecca Johnson Honeytrap is a tragic teen romance, set in London and inspired by true events. It tells the story of 15-year old Layla, who sets up the boy in love with her to be killed..."

SXSW Film Releases Full Feature Lineup
Slate includes everyone from Wes Anderson to the Zellners
DAILY Screens  January 30, 2014, by Monica Riese
"...Thank You a Lot Director/Screenwriter: Matt Muir A struggling, two-bit music manager will lose his job unless he signs a reclusive country music singer, James Hand, who also happens to be his estranged father. Cast: Blake DeLong, James Hand, Robyn Rikoon, Sonny Carl Davis, Jeffery Da'Shade Johnson (World Premiere)..."

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