Circuit of the Americas
"...Guitarists Cory Plump and George Dishner thread those modulations through delay for something subtle and sunless, downplaying Dinos' affinity for blow-out-your-earholes recordings that battered fans in later years. Atop drummer Chris Stephenson's bulleted metronome, they're both sleek and disheveled, a product of what came before but a quantum leap forward...."
"..."Let's all throw fireworks at Phil!" Herrera exclaims, cocking a Red Devil behind her head like she's about to take part in an egg toss. Her boyfriend and bandmate Chris Stephenson grabs his lighter and tells her to chuck it right away..."
"...Dikes of Holland isn't billing next Wednesday's performance at Hotel Vegas as a (gulp) final show, but the garage-punk quintet's founding guitarist Chris Stephenson is moving Down Under with his Australian fiancée. One of Austin's most exciting live acts of the last decade sprang out of the ashes of Fire vs..."
"...Dikes of Holland's live shows have that effect on people. They're a psychotic merry-go-round of skeletal No Wave, led by a rotating cast of singers – Trey Reimer, John Paul Bohon, and Chris Stephenson – trading duties on guitar, bass, and drums, without ever missing a beat..."
"..."Mistake" wanders down the same path, getting one last fix for a chronicler who's self-aware enough to loathe himself while doing it. "Location" features truly brutal drumming courtesy of Marley Jones from OBN IIIs, while Spray Paint's Chris Stephenson brings signature unease to his angular guitar..."
"...Third album Clean Blood, Regular Acid opens with the same sort of odd-tuned guitar discordance ("Wet Beer") that ricocheted endlessly from their two bookending 2013 LPs. This iteration, the first on co-frontman Cory Plump's day job – Austin's Monofonus Press – doesn't settle into any single sort of shakeup, ripping 11 songs that register under three minutes (including five that fail to break two), and an eight-minute closer ("Cory's Theme") that defy easy post-punk categorization while firmly resembling his, George Dishner, and Chris Stephenson's noise behemoth When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth..."
"...Nestled into singer Liz Herrera and drummer/guitarist Chris Stephenson's East Austin kitchen, the purveyors of last year's slapping sophomore LP Braindead USA won't miss all the load-ins either...."
"...When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth stomps a wild rumpus of double everything – guitars, bass, drums, and shriek. Satellite Austin trio Spray Paint not only strips back the Dinos' gargantuan clatter, guitarists/vocalists George Dishner and Cory Plump with drummer Chris Stephenson (also Dikes of Holland) nudge post-punk from its latter-day soft/loud axis to a more old-school minimum/maximum paradigm..."
"...Dikes of Holland's second full-length crashes with a chaotic uniformity that leaves the psychobilly blues pervading 2010's eponymous debut deep in the Braindead dust. Gone is Chris Stephenson's fun house ("Zealand") and producer John Paul Bohon's garage ("I've Brothers Everywhere"), but where a more precise live representation prevails, Liz Herrera triumphs..."
"...Onstage, Dikes of Holland attack from every direction. Each of the five members – Reimer, John Paul Bohon, Chris Stephenson, Liz Herrera, and Phillip Dunne – contribute to the songwriting and take turns leading the assault..."
"...premieres for horror-omnibus The ABCs of Death, Rian Johnson's time-hopscotcher Looper (starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt), and Matthias Hoene's self-explanatory Cockneys vs. Zombies; plus new work from Takeshi Kitano, Leos Carax, and Michael Paul Stephenson (Best Worst Movie) and a sidebar programmed by Kier-la Janisse that's based on her new book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films...."
"...As part of the Retrospective Tribute, held at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, they presented some panels. I'd been invited to join Sayles, film professor and producer Jerry Carlson, filmmaker Michele Stephenson, and longtime media activist Lillian Jiménez in a discussion of political filmmaking..."
"...Cpl. Robert Stephenson, USMC, accuses war protesters in Austin of serving to "lower morale among our troops" ["Postmarks," April 4]..."
"...Victor Ziolkowski: Chris [Stephenson] from Spray Paint and Michael [Goodwin] and Marley [Jones] from OBN IIIs had been getting together. They had an idea for a sound and about six songs already formed when they asked me to try some vocals..."
"...The fall crop of mystery and fantasy titles has thus far proven to be lackluster, Siros says, with no new titles from store favorites J.K. Rowling, Terry Pratchett, Neal Stephenson, or Bruce Sterling to boost traffic..."
"...Juror Susan Tallman assembled this year's survey of contemporary printmaking, with works created using traditional techniques such as lithography, intaglio, silkscreen, relief, and monotype. Artists include Miguel Aragón, David Avery, Selene Bataille, Hélène Bautista, Win Bruhl, Dawnielle Castledine, Harry Clewans, Brian Cohen, Jesus De La Rosa, Jeffrey Dell, Barbara Duval, Mike Elko, Kate Fleming, Barbara Foster, Ken Frink, Brandy Gonzalez, Adriane Herman, Robert Howsare, Jayne Reid Jackson, Javier Jimenez, Alexis Kraus, Jim Lee, Juliet Mattila, Matthew McLaughlin, Larinda Meade, Hannah Neal, Lynn Peterfreund, Zackary Petot, Sheila Pitt, Milo Reid, Kelsey Stephenson, Allison Valdivia, Summer Ventis, Chris Warot, Art Werger, and Jack Wood. Print: Materials, Process, and Thematic ConcernsSat., Jan..."
"...• Amazon today announced that it's launching a new imprint: Jet City Comics will focus on (naturally) comics and graphic novels, including works from George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) and Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon)..."
"...Best Picture: The American Scream (D: Michael Stephenson)..."
"...DOCUMENTARY FEATURES Best Picture: The American Scream (dir. Michael Stephenson) Best Director: Rodney Ascher (Room 237)..."
"...11:20pm, Lamberts Texas-based soundscape artist Spencer Stephenson makes gorgeous, glitchy electronic music under the Botany banner. The beat-heavy music is neither overwhelmingly dance, nor are the textures on his debut EP Feeling Today too lithe and pretty to be substantive..."