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Music Review  May 1, 1998

Music Story  December 18, 1998
"...Firewater (Rainlight)..."

Sausage Party
An animated film for adults from Seth Rogen and friends
Film Review  August 19, 2016, by Kimberley Jones
"...That occasions Sausage Party’s problematic tromp through ethnic-food sections, clichéd in ways that largely aren’t amusing or challenging enough to justify their caricature. It casts Craig Robinson, the only prominent black voice actor, as a box of grits, and, in an opposite-day kind of tin-earedness, Bill Hader as a Native American bottle of “firewater,” Edward Norton as a Woody Allen-aping bagel, and David Krumholtz as his bickering Muslim flat bread traveling companion..."

Chain Gangs
Torchy's Tacos and Verts Kebap: two case studies in culinary expansion
Food Story  March 28, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...22 opens soon in Waco. They've stuck to the Austin metro area and Texas college towns so far, but out-of-state expansion is a possibility: "We're considering dipping our toes in Colorado." Some Torchy's outlets in other cities already offer full bar service, but the first local Torchy's to boast a "Firewater" menu will open in the Mueller development this summer..."

You Coulda Walked Around the World
The LBJ of Lone Star songwriters lays siege to the Cactus Cafe
Music Story  August 20, 2010, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."If You Were a Bluebird" (Firewater; Eats Away the Night)..."

World Cup Cocktails
A drink for each of the 32 teams in the tournament
DAILY Food  June 8, 2018, by R.T. Frank
"...Aguardiente Roughly translated to "firewater," Colombian aguardiente is a cane spirit that is sweetened and flavored with anise. Most similar to Sambuca, aguardiente generally falls between 60 and 70 proof and is less viscous than its Italian cousin..."

Sotol: The New White Lightning
Three military vets find purpose, identity, and craft in Desert Door distillery
Food Story  November 30, 2017, by Melanie Haupt
"...Even today, the way people talk about sotol evokes images of "savages" and traffics in stale, often offensive stereotypes and assumptions. Tales of the Cocktail refers to sotol as "tequila's crazy little brother." The Desert Door website refers to sotol as "the firewater of peasants" and crafts a narrative of the spirit complete with a trickster coyote (closely associated with Navajo myth) and an image of a Nat­ive American man clad in vaguely Plains nation leathers..."

Three Businesses Sprout in New Development, the Yard
Trio makes their way through Austin’s burgeoning artisan food world
Food Story  September 29, 2016, by Adrienne Whitehorse
"...Bohm acknowledges the reputation of the spirit "that's made quick, dirty, and cheap, and gets you drunk," but says that they're working on a trio of really great new makes that aren't harsh, won't burn, and incorporate locally grown ingredients for additional flavoring. "It doesn't have to be firewater," he assures...."

Food-o-File: Weekend Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news
DAILY Food  August 1, 2015, by Virginia B. Wood
"...An incendary new taco will debut every week and remain on the menu through the end of the month. There will even be special Firewater libations in the bar like the Torchata..."

The Ballad of Davy Jones
Hickoids guitarist keeps breathing
Music Story  May 21, 2015, by Margaret Moser
"...Few bands matched the Hickoids' brazen, firewater-fueled, drug-powered fusion of country and punk. All of it ringed with cigarette smoke..."

Natural Child
Music Review  March 14, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...These grimy Seventies revivalists eschew gritty, one-dimensional devotion to sweat-rag rock & roll by welcoming keys and a pedal steel, making Seth Murray's threesome a fivepiece. The result hooks its third disc for California's Burger Records and fourth LP overall, Dancin' With Wolves, on some "Country Hippie Blues," with tracks like "Firewater Liquor" evoking George Thorogood and "Rounder" calling to mind Austin cow-tippers the Moonhangers..."

Torchy's Tacos Headed to Mueller Market
11th outlet of devilish homegrown chain will have tacos & firewater
DAILY Food  October 16, 2013, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Torchy's at Mueller is slated for a large corner space with plenty of room indoors for a full bar serving what Rypka calls the Firewater menu: a rotating selection of local craft beers on tap, wine, margaritas, and custom cocktails. Outdoors, there will be a large, oak-shaded deck with a view of Bartholomew Park..."

ZZ Top’s Pincushion
Flyin’ high and fast at a sold-out Moody Theater
DAILY Music  October 10, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Slab after slab – hits, deep cuts, three-chord barrages – ZZ Top made you drunk on their firewater. Dusty Hill’s bullfrog punctuation on “Sharp Dressed Man” and the wall-to-wall white shag (mink, rabbit fur?) on his and Gibbons’ “Legs” guitars left audio-visual markers as indelible as the latter’s high vocal range on the latter song, also the set closer at 55 minutes...."

National Top 10s
Music Story  January 2, 2009
"...7) Firewater, The Golden Hour (Bloodshot)..."

Day Party Crawl
Music Story  March 14, 2008, by Jim Caligiuri
"...This year's event was no different than the past, taking place in the space behind Yard Dog on South Congress and featuring their brand of "insurgent country," a term that's lost some meaning considering how has all but gone away. Andre Williams kicked things off energetically with his raunchy brand of R&B typified by shout-out "Bad Motherfucker." The rest of the afternoon was a hodgepodge of roots rock that leapt from the guitar-driven angst of the Silos (augmented by the brawny guitar of Jon Dee Graham) to the Eastern European rhythms of New York's Firewater..."

La Bush Resistance
France and Israel put in a strong SXSW 07 showing, with Holland, Spain, South Africa, and Germany bringing up the International Bands' rear
Music Story  February 23, 2007, by Austin Powell
"...Israel's output springs from the musical hotbed of Tel Aviv, but that's where the similarities between these bands end. Balkan Beat Box, the latest from Gogol Bordello and Firewater alums Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat, is a tenpiece capable of turning any party into a festival with its culturally fused dance rhythms..."

Joe Ely
Music Review  February 9, 2007, by Jim Caligiuri
"...From the post-Katrina ode "Baby Needs a New Pair of Shoes" to "River Fever," a love song to River City, Ely's songwriting is as hearty and varied as ever. The sole exception, "Miss Bonnie and Mister Clyde," is a forced rewrite of "Me and Billy the Kid," but the reinterpretation of Butch Hancock's "Firewater" into a horn-filled funkfest is inspired..."

Scott H. Biram
Record review
Music Review  July 21, 2006, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."Santa Fe" hauls like a traditional. On "Long Fingernail," Biram's pinched vocal recalls God's last hermit crab as he wonders, "Where the fuck are all the good times?" like a dried leaf looking for firewater..."

Cave Catt Sammy
Texas Platters
Music Review  June 7, 2002, by Jerry Renshaw
"..."Brown Haired Girl" is a slick little jazzy number, while "Raining Honey" could nearly pass for Wayne Hancock. "You Made Your Bed" delivers a fair dose of raunch, and "Firewater" is a Link Wray-style instrumental with piano and gurgling sax..."

Dancing About Architecture
Our resident Marshmallow Peep relates the news and hearsay in and around the Live Music Capital...
Music Column  January 18, 2002, by Ken Lieck
"...The names continue to trickle in. This week's additions to the SXSW 2002 showcasing list include Acid Mothers Temple, Jon Auer, Cowboy Mouth, Firewater, the Frames, Her Space Holiday, Kinky, Luna, Magnapop, Mother Hips, the Polyphonic Spree, Rasputina, and Sparta..."

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