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SXSW Live Shot: The Skull
Troublemakers – the mighty and mystical made metal
DAILY Music  March 21, 2015, by Michael Toland
"...Eric Wagner and Ron Holzner are veterans of the rock wars: greying, grizzled, bloodied but unbowed. Former members of seminal Chicago metal act Trouble, the pair keep the fire burning in the Skull, a group formed specifically to stoke those ancient embers...."

Music fest diary
Music Story  March 14, 2008, by Kaki King
"...South by Southwest has barely started, and already a serious amount of brain chaos has entered my skull. Before I left Brooklyn, New York, I went to the doctor to make sure that the state of my liver and cholesterol level were sufficient to survive this week..."

The Art of Death
Kate Heyhoe weaves Dreams of the Dead via sugar skulls
Food Story  October 25, 2013, by Claudia Alarcón
"..."I knew she wouldn't want me to be sad, she would want me to find a way to celebrate her life," Heyhoe says. Inspired by the festive, colorful traditions of Day of the Dead, Heyhoe came up with the idea of making her own unique style of sugar skulls..."

The Clairvoyant
Iron Maiden, Brent Grulke, Billy Joe Shaver (& Lester Bangs)
DAILY Music  August 17, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Hypnotist title track “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son” stretched 10 minutes of pipe organ atmospherics and fog – all four string benders head down in the swirling soup – but in LP mate “The Clairvoyant” next, the events of the week coalesced into a chorus that continues pooling in my decapitated Eddie skull:..."

Ryan Cownie Has Up and Taken Over Avalanche Comedy
And Chris Cubas, on his way to Kansas City, swears this is a good thing
DAILY Arts  November 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...The incisive/wackadoodle dichotomy is such that I keep the thought where it belongs (viz., inside my skull), and instead – for you, dear reader, always for you – ask Cownie a few questions relating to his new gig and his comedy in general. Thus:..."

Books Review  November 26, 1999, by Rod Machen
"...Perhaps Homesickness would be better if read aloud; I'm sure Bail considers himself somewhat of a literary painter. But his words bounced around inside my skull and never found a resting place...."

The Saw character returns
Film Review  November 3, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...And yet here comes the series’ twisted moral crusader Jigsaw (Bell) and his gruesomely inventive games one more time (this despite the fact that alter ego John Kramer was DOA way back in 2006’s Saw III). Surprisingly, directing sibs the Spierig brothers (the trippy Undead, Daybreakers) tone down the arterial spurts and skull cracking until the final reel, resulting in a marginally better entry into the franchise..."

The Toronto International Film Festival
A first-timer's diary
Screens Story  December 12, 2003, by Louis Black
"...Rewatching a much-loved film is always dangerous; its majesties often fade. I remember first watching Five Easy Pieces again, a decade after it had ripped my skull opened, and being disappointed in how pedestrian it seemed...."

Complete Freedom
A profile of Bad Livers banjo player Danny Barnes
Music Story  November 5, 1999, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Nevertheless, it took a while for the developing musician to return to music. Sitting in the sunlight at Flipnotics, his once-long hair shorn close to the skull, you can see a long, thick scar on the crown of Barnes' head; he runs his fingers over it when asked and motions across the street to the trailer park where his parents would stay when they came to visit their convalescing son..."

Owen Egerton Gets Spooked Writing The Axe Murders of Villisca
Austin author on his new haunted house movie
Screens Story  January 19, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Anyone who has been inside my house or ridden in my car knows that, but I usually know where everything is, and my mind works in a similar way." Don't panic: This doesn't mean the end of Egerton the author. His next novel, Hollow, is due July 11 from Soft Skull Press, and he described it as "by far the most difficult piece I've ever written, emotionally and craft-wise."..."

Austin Musical Theatre Hits the Heights
That's Show Biz!
Arts Story  November 20, 1998
"...His dream -- actually, the dream of both him and his longtime partner Richard Byron -- was to found a new company that would bring to Austin a kind of theatre a) the likes of which this city had never before seen; and b) that would connect with audiences here and be unusually popular. At this point, my Dramatic Dream Emergency Broadcast System should have been sounding a full alert in my skull..."

The Ballad of Davy Jones
Hickoids guitarist keeps breathing
Music Story  May 21, 2015, by Margaret Moser
"...I went off the deep end in my thinking for a while because the oxygen was way down. I didn't realize what was happening in my skull..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
DAILY Arts  July 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...We had a very serious fight choreographer, and everything had been mapped out carefully. That night, I drew my sword, prepped to swing, and suddenly felt the blade end of his sword slam across the crown of my skull..."

Magnetic! Resonant!
Wayne Alan Brenner might be the only fool alive who actually digs getting shoved into one of those terrible tubes for an MRI.
Features Story  April 14, 2000, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...My wife set down the magazine she'd been perusing and helped me hobble out of the room. A certain thumpa-thumpa-thump still echoing in my skull..."

BY MICHAEL VENTURA You'd think a town
Columns  February 2, 1996
"...I drove to the Rio, checked into a room on the 19th floor. One entire wall was a window, overlooking the northern end of the Strip and Downtown -- Treasure Island's huge skull, the Stardust, the Riviera, Circus Circus, and the unfinished tower of Vegas World, all blinked, glimmered, and flashed..."

Aldous Harding’s Enormous Voice
Kiwi channels the brilliant mania of Kate Bush
DAILY Music  June 20, 2017, by Libby Webster
"...She took to Mohawk’s inside stage a little after 11pm Monday dressed entirely in white – from her sneakers to the way her eyes rolled in the back of her head. The New Zealand singer hunched forward, fingers nimble on her electric guitar, and immediately hushed the full room with wartime ache “Swell Does the Skull.”..."

Harptallica strings up metaldom's Masters of Puppets at Headhunters
DAILY Music  January 30, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Was that “Puss,” “Nub,” “Boilermaker,” “Gladiator”? Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison won’t be in town ‘til Wednesday at Emo’s with the Legenadary Shack Shakers so he wasn’t around to ID songs, but the Jazzus' closer bore the unmistakable bass line of Lizard expressionism. Shot’s “Skull of a German”? “Monkey Trick,” nodded Kimzey during Harptallica’s 75 minutes onstage...."

The Winter Classic
South by Southwest 1998
Music Story  March 27, 1998

Whenever We're Opened
Mortician-for-a-night, Wayne Alan Brenner ponders life as he faces death.
Features Story  October 22, 1999, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."Okay, check this out." He reached down to the back of the head, grabbed hold of the scalp there. He pulled the skin up and over, right off the skull, kept going until the bottom of the scalp was folded over the top of the kid's face..."

Murder in the Suburbs
Good Luck Penny
News Story  December 11, 1998, by Kayte VanScoy
"...At this point, Penny would have been either unconscious or losing consciousness and falling down. Three more "glancing" blows of the pipe cracked her skull at their impact points but did not crush it..."

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