Gabriela’s Downtown, 900 E. Seventh
"...Odd scenes lead to even weirder scenes; the character and the movie seem to be on the constant verge of going off the rails, and it’s a gas to watch. By the time a pair of hallucinatory iguanas start singing “Please Release Me,” you’re either in for the whole ride or not..."
"...The IguanasSat. 18, Continental Club, 1am New Orleans' Iguanas stew up a hodgepodge of musical influence from A to zydeco, with heaping sides of Tex-Mex and Chicano rock...."
"...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...."
"...The Hallmark homilies are all there, but they're couched in a neat little nature doc. Skirting through brush, spying on dart frogs and iguanas and rhino beetles, The Blue Butterfly breeds a sort of contagious marveling at the world of green at large, and Pool's film is at its best on these long romps (who knew butterfly-net action could be so breathlessly entertaining?)..."
"...IGUANAS: Somebody wake Huey Long! Everybody knows the Iguanas lugubriate the Continental Club annually Wednesday night of SXSW, not Thursday. There's also the small matter of a new Yep Roc Plastic Silver 9 Volt Heart, the lizards' first since 1999's Cajun confectioner's delight, Sugar Town..."
"...I'd had iguanas and snakes when I was a kid. But I'd developed a low tolerance for iguanas -- always with the climbing and the running and the hiding among the draperies..."
"...It wasn't that everyone had a score to settle, just that this Methuselah of improv has done so much for so long that he was a natural choice. He arrived in Austin in 1992 with his "yes, and" chops honed in Houston with the Comedy Workshop touring company and in San Antonio with the Oxymorons and the Stucco Iguanas..."
"...Terry Allen kicked out “I’m Not that Kat Anymore” on keys, and Australian duo Luluc testified to Sahm’s international influence with “Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day.” Bill Kirchen and the West Side Horns established a mid-set musical groove before Cajun rocker C.C. Adcock dropped “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights” and the Iguanas rolled Tex-Mex with “Nitty Gritty.” Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez burned a dark and bluesy “Hey Baby Que Paso” with his Del Castillo offshoot Chingon...."
"...Marcia Ball’s cosmic Freda & the Firedogs, Steve Earle, Roy Head, Sahm’s beloved Westside Horns and Texas Tornados, Terry Allen, Robert Rodriguez, New Orleans’ Iguanas – the poster goes on and on. A gathering of tribes they call it..."
"...In David Garza’s charismatic lockdown of all things Capital City rock y roll, including Nina Singh’s lioness beat and Suzanna Choffel’s “trial by Tejano fire,” manifested the musical side of the festival’s melting pot. His 10-minute closer, a cover cumbia of New Orleans’ Iguanas, steamrolled like Latin rock’s Lynyrd Skynyrd, Austin’s True Believers..."
"...I wore black leather and cashmere with a white fur; my jewelry was on loan to me by the talented designer Shayna Weeden (www.shaynajewelry.blogspot.com), who was repping this particular collection for her teacher, Nacho Gomez. I'd fallen in love with the jewelry upon seeing it – enormous life-sized iguanas, horny toads, and other reptilian motifs whose tails wrapped around the neck and wrists in chunky silver..."
"...• The Hacienda Brothers' Chris Gaffney, 58, whose local status can be measured by the credentials to his 1995 solo outing, Loser's Paradise (Lucinda Williams, Rosie Flores, Ian McLagan), succumbed to liver cancer last Thursday. A benefit and tribute, featuring Ted Roddy, the Iguanas, and Dave Insley is scheduled for May 25 at the Oaks in Manor...."
"...Spirited by local acts of country, blues, folk, and bluegrass backgrounds, this fifth volume of KGSR's The Gospel According to Austin stretches the word into the goodwill of neighborly interaction. While Billy Joe Shaver's original "My Mother's Name Is Victory" comes to terms with the solemn side of Christianity, Ruthie Foster triumphantly rejoices that "there's joy on the other side." Resurrecting Blind Willie Johnson's "It's Nobody's Fault But Mine," Papa Mali utilizes the Iguanas' rhythm section to elicit feelings deep down in the gut of introspection..."
"...Later, disaster struck much closer to home, and Austin opened its homes, municipal facilities, and checkbooks to those stranded by hurricanes Katrina and Rita; Willie needed the Erwin Center for that one. Relocating here were members of the Neville family and some Iguanas, who reconvened as the Texiles..."
"...Dan Willis & the All Nations Choir (both joining Widespread Panic as the only artists to play twice), Brent Palmer, Kate Earl, Dan Dyer, J.T. Van Zandt, the Double, the Iguanas, Tracy Bonham, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Dead Boy & the Elephantmen, Sons & Daughters, and Hanna McEuen..."
"...Although Austin/Travis Co. requires owners to register their dogs and cats locally, exotic animals like monkeys don't have to go through a registration process, "so we wouldn't have any way of knowing how many iguanas, crocodiles, [or] monkeys are out there," said Dorinda Pulliam, shelter director for the Town Lake Animal Center and Austin/Travis County's assistant director for animal services..."
"...That sets up my nomination for latter-day Latin standard: Antonio Banderas and Los Lobos' castanets castaway "Cancion del Mariachi," which opens Desperado. Los Lobos' live "Volver, Volver," New Orleans' Iguanas, and more Del Castillo shake it all the way home with an assist from Rodriguez's firebrand hermana, Patricia Vonne..."
"...On Friday night, when the Ice Bats take on the San Antonio Iguanas at the Travis County Expo Center, half of the evening's proceeds will go to the family of APD Officer Clinton Hunter -- a 22-year-old husband and father killed in the line of duty on Nov. 29..."
"...There had long been an understanding that most clubs didn't book strong acts against the Awards Show, and some clubs even closed. There were still traditions like the Iguanas at the Continental Club, but these complemented the event..."