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Fragile Rock: Austin's Emo Puppet Band
Maybe the world's only emo puppet band?
DAILY Arts  June 3, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...But, okay, and this Fragile Rock thing happened because –..."

Beware of Failing Rock
An Austin Couple Says Their Insurer Let Them Down
News Story  June 21, 1996, by Roseana Auten
"..."And we wanted somebody to work with Ronee, and find out what happened to Ronee." The Larivees didn't wait for Prudential's next move; Ronee's well-being was too fragile. Although again, it was not their "choice" to do so, the Larivees found another, female therapist for Ronee -- out-of-network. Determining "Medical Necessity" Prudential does provide for a three-level process of appeals when "members" have grievances (although on January 1, 1996, the company amended this policy to only two appeals). Sheri, rocketing between despondency and outrage, has already exhausted all three of her appeals -- during which, she says, Prudential mangled many of the facts of her case..."

Brutality Television
Why you won't be seeing Austin emo puppet band Fragile Rock on America's Got Talent
Arts Story  July 14, 2016, by Brently Heilbron
"...I am backstage at America's Got Talent with my emo puppet band Fragile Rock, being interviewed after our performance...."

Fan Fest: Joan Jett
Blackheart rocker grows up
DAILY Music  October 30, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...Losing both her parents within three years of each other changed rock & roll hero Joan Jett. Working with the Blackhearts and high profile guests Dave Grohl and Laura Jane Grace from Against Me!, the guitarist tapped into an introspective mood on September’s Unvarnished...."

Constantine
Adapted from Alan Moore’s groundbreaking DC/Vertigo comic title, Constantine is sure to divide the series’ most rabid fans, but those who can set aside their preconceptions will discover one of the more artfully designed comic-based films in some time.
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Film Review  February 18, 2005, by Marc Savlov
"...With his black trenchcoat and jaded, doom-centric mien, he pulls it off, capturing, however improbably, the sheer, soulless exhaustion of a man who has nothing left to lose and everything to gain. Of course, he’s no longer playing in punk rock band Mucous Membrane, as Alan Moore would have it, but all in all it’s a fair trade-off..."

Simon Birch
The sincerity of its players, the level gaze of its camera, and a genuine affection for its story (suggested by John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany) keep this film afloat.
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Film Review  September 11, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...She is almost always somebody else's mother, but she is so full of warmth and kindness and of such a generous nature she has plenty of mothering to share. So it is with Joe's mother, Rebecca, whose shining eyes and fragrant glow fill in all the empty spaces in Simon Birch's cold and rocky life..."

Blink
Despite its fairly outlandish take on the old “beautiful blind woman in peril” school of romantic thrillers, Blink manages to weather its unbelievability and emerge a reasonable contender for entertainment...
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Film Review  January 28, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...This premise provides the perfect narrative set-up for Emma to become a murder witness. Enter detective Hallstrom (Quinn) a stereotypically tough-talking Chicago cop with whom Emma, after a rocky beginning, inevitably becomes involved..."

SXSW Music List No. 7
Pussy Riot Theatre, Kano, Bilal, and 137 more
DAILY Music  February 10, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...By our count, today’s additional names brings the running total to 1,443 of what will ultimately be nearly 2,000 performers. Also on the Friday inventory: stirring singer-songwriter Crywolf, nü-metal survivors Otep, New York songman Richard Barone, veteran NOLA roots rockers the Iguanas, Dallas rapper Blue, the Misfit, upbeat indie Americana band Horse Thief, and Anti Records-signed soul/blues badass Son Little...."

Laugh on Laugh
The Globe stage is comedy central for Sound on Sound
Arts Story  November 3, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Austin Fun Laugh, Dammit!: Live comedy game show where, if contestants resist laughing, they win. Fri., 1:20-2pm Fragile Rock: America's favorite emo puppet band slits its felt wrists and lets its angsty feels bleed all over the stage..."

Guide to Austin Improv
The venues, events, troupes, and individuals who have transformed Austin into a "Yes, and" boomtown
Arts Story  August 25, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...At the age of 17, he joined Monks' Night Out, a leading local troupe in the Nineties, and two years later joined Only 90% Effective, the first gang of improvisers launched at the University of Texas. The group's shift to more scripted work and Heilbron's focus on stand-up led him away from improv and Austin for several years, but since returning in 2010, he's found a base at the Institution Theater, where he's written the hit Fuck It's Hot sketch shows, guested with Girls Girls Girls during a Boys of Summer run, and begun teaching "Stand-Up for Improvisers." He also fronts the emo puppet band Fragile Rock and produces the Stand Up Empire TV program...."

Who Does 46 Hours of Comedy Improv Nonstop?
Eight stalwarts of the scene flirt with exhaustion and insanity
DAILY Arts  June 17, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Note: Last year the Hideout’s Improv Marathon was produced by a guy named Ryan Hill – he’s one of those Fragile Rock people, too – and this year that same Hill’s wrangling it again. Which works out well for your reporter, since I’ve already got an interview with Hill from last year that will serve to background the current situation...."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...alum Aaron Sinclair moved under his own truncated moniker in 2016 for Get Out of the City. The shift allowed the decadelong Austin scene veteran to fully embrace brooding indie rock, full of guitar nerd solos and power chord bursts that recall a time when it wasn't helplessly cliche to like the Black Keys..."

Chest Cavities, Empty Kneecaps, and Elbows
A week at Austin's all-ages live music venue Redrum and the 'School of Rock' lessons learned
Music Story  November 11, 2005, by Audra Schroeder
"..."Dude, I service society by rocking. Okay? I'm out there, on the front lines, liberating people with my music..."

SXSW Monday Showcase Picks
Music Story  March 9, 2017
"...Most anticipated set goes to the first solo appearance in Austin by the B-52s' Cindy Wilson. A far cry from the shake and shout of Georgia's New Wave heroes, Wilson unveils swooning electro-pop described as "turbo chill." A poet, guitarist, and composer from San Francisco, Luke Sweeney melds a classic rock vibe with a psychedelic strain of pop..."

Austin Jousters A-Z
Locals take the stage
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...American SharksSat., 4pm, the Keep stage Superfast stoner-rock trio thunders drums, latent pop, and Seventies glam-fluences...."

SXSW’s Big Third List
YFN Lucci, Wyclef Jean, Ought, and 572 more
DAILY Music  January 10, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Other international intrigues include UK troubadour Frank Turner, Brit-pop royalty in Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes, Korean hip-hop duo XXX, catchy Spanish garage rock quartet Hinds, and young Irish vintage rockers the Strypes...."

Gay Place
This is the summer to have fun, get wet, take a road trip, and stay fired up
Columns  May 18, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Queer Art Show: Beth Consetta Rubel’s Higher Learning Artist Rubel melds childhood toys into adult games while taking a satirical look at pop culture. From the racial passing of Rachel Dolezal to the ongoing protests at Standing Rock..."

SXSW Film Review: Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
The late Nirvana rocker up close and personal. Bring a hankie.
DAILY Screens  March 20, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...There’s been no shortage of Nirvana-centric books, films, and posthumous music released in the 16 years since Kurt Cobain’s suicide. Brett Morgen’s doc magically captures something few rock docs convey: the heart and soul, the very essence of their subject...."

The Good Eye Looks Back
All the best glimpses caught by the Good Eye in 2014
Columns  December 23, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Martin's Press. Every Anxious Wave, a novel of love, time travel, and Nineties indie rock, will be out in about a year..."

Brently Heilbron's Stand Up Empire Signs With PBS
New show to bring ACL-like coverage of Austin's comedy scene
Screens Story  December 10, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Last time we told you about local comedy mover-and-shaker Brently Heilbron, it was because of his emo puppet band, Fragile Rock. This time it's because of his new show on PBS: Stand Up Empire...."

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