"...As the future bears down and devours the city's past and present with talons of rebar-reinforced concrete and teeth of razored, sky-scraping glass and steel, one of the most reliable and readily available sources of what came before is, apropos of everything, film. We're not just talking about public-domain loops and newsreels..."
"...The cranes are, like the animals they're named after, thin, ready to take flight. They are ever-present, upside-down L's that come out of tumults, the sparkling, crashing construction sites like furnaces, concrete and steel..."
"..."A concrete-testing laboratory faked results for a LaGuardia Airport control tower, the new Yankee Stadium, the Lincoln Tunnel and more than a dozen other projects .... [T]he case spotlighted the stubborn presence of concerns about fraud in an industry important to the safety of a city of skyscrapers and subways ....."
"...one of the best bills of SXSW, led off by a pair of local shit-kickers, Reckless Kelly and Alejandro Escovedo, and rammed into sunset with a trio of reunions. Joe Jackson has reassembled 1979's stomp-time Look Sharp band for the brand-new Volume 4, which will no doubt be cranked up to at least nine to compete with Johnette Napolitano and Concrete Blonde, whose L.A..."
"...The Lick is in a picturesque setting on the banks of Onion Creek, about 20 miles southwest of Austin. It's a rustic stone and wood compound with stone and concrete floors, and a constant smell of oaken smoke wafting about..."
"...My driveway has a four-inch drop between my carport and the driveway. I'm getting tired of slowly driving my car over that little cliff every time I enter or exit my carport and would like to pour some more concrete to make a gradual slope..."
"...Less than 10 months after releasing his melancholic magnum opus, My Life in Steel and Concrete, emotionally intense songwriter Quin Galavis returns with The Battery Line, his personal pop apex. Don’t worry, it’s not as uplifting as it sounds...."
"...Even so, when the doors close and the lights go down inside the Eastside DIY venue, the temperature of the repurposed warehouse quickly becomes stultifying. As Quin Galavis begins a three-part multimedia presentation of his new double album, My Life in Steel and Concrete, the sensation of drowning in hot, stale air only adds to the weight of his emotional broadsides...."
"...While modern music overuses dreaminess, he accomplishes higher-plane context while remaining real and grounded. Like steel and concrete...."
"...1) Quin Galavis, My Life in Steel and Concrete (Super Secret)..."
"...A dead-eyed visage staring out grimly from the cover of last year's triumphant double album My Life in Steel and Concrete quick-sketched an instant portrait of Quin Galavis, Dead Space/False Idol member and young, tortured artist. The Battery Line opener "Garden Wall" churns grimier than anything on Steel and Concrete or the lo-fi twang of solo bow Should Have Known You in 2011, dirty guitars punctuated by fuzz bursts that quickly indulge a Nineties alt-rock manic depression built on a muted, minor key verse with a louder, major key chorus..."
"...Quin Galavis My Life in Steel and Concrete (2016) Epic, haunting, dark, amazing. I'm lucky to know and watch a musician damn close to a genius make astonishing music every time out...."
"...Wed. 15, the Main, 9pm Veteran of celebrated Beerland spawn Nazi Gold and the Dead Space, Galavis poured himself out both musically and emotionally on last year's triumphant My Life in Steel and Concrete..."
"...2) Quin Galavis, My Life in Steel and Concrete (Super Secret)..."
"...It's the sort of work, in fact, that the entire Guild of Austin Artisans – formerly the Architectural Artisans Collabor-ative – focuses on. Consider: Judd Graham of 220 Designs, creating pivoting panels of steel and willow for Fino restaurant; Hawkeye Glenn of Blacksmith Industries working steel and concrete to render R..."
"...What kind of building? Five stories of naked concrete, whose upper columns are tufted with rebar, AN-2 now looks like a cutaway illustration from some David Macaulay book on How Skyscrapers Are Built. Its raw bulk springs out in the sky, night or day..."
"...Banging out tunes from every record -- "Train," "Postcard," "Sandusky," "New Madrid" -- this band out of a southern Illinois factory town made every person in that room understand that something important was happening. I didn't know about the tensions that had been building between the lead egos of Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar, and from my perspective (perched on a slight rise in Liberty Lunch's concrete floor -- just right of center near the middle as I always am), there was none..."
"...It is a beautiful day of the kind only found in Northern California. The sky is blue, the clouds billowy, the air crisp, the water blue frothing over to white as it laps up against the reinforced concrete support pilings sunk deep into the seabed..."
"...Halfway down a sweltering hallway, Brothers and Sisters unpacks the past with sonic abandon. Bright harmonies and jangling guitars ring out with an unexpected swell, careening off the concrete and metal facades..."
"...The dinosaurs were built on-site using fiberglass, steel, and concrete. Some of the long necks stretch two stories above the treetops..."