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The Rugrats Movie
The babies' first theatrical adventure is nonstop, but padded with lots of pop tunes.
Film Review  November 27, 1998, by Hollis Chacona
"...Despite a few funny moments, and some richly colored and fluid animation, The Rugrats Movie simply cannot sustain the frenetic charm and imagination of the shorter TV segments. Particularly ill-advised are the musical numbers that seem artificial and de rigueur despite some pretty heavy musical artillery (Elvis Costello, No Doubt, Laurie Anderson, and Iggy Pop to name but a few)..."

SXSW Comedy Review: Witch Taint: The Black Metal Dialogues Live!
Blackest metal and droll humor combine for nonstop laughs
DAILY Arts  March 14, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...Played by the invaluable Phil Costello, Saittham (that’s Matthias spelled backwards, but “usually he lets people figure it out themselves”) was a member of an actual band, Mysticum (with a “c,” not a “k” – Mystikum is made up) that was signed to a “very selective” Asker-based record label. As Hill explains, around 2003 he began sending obtuse, hostile emails to record companies as the frontman of Witch Taint, a vicious (and fake) black metal band whose imaginary music was so “dark,” so “kult,” and so “brutal” that the walls of an unprepared musical venue might collapse at any second when it was played...."

Out of Bounds Comedy Festival 2017
Who gets the last laugh on an Austin summer?
Arts Story  August 24, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Witch Taint – The Black Metal Dialogues Live! – smash hit at SXSW 2017, with comedian Dave Hill reading letters he wrote to a real Scandinavian metal musician posing as an obnoxious American metalhead (Phil Costello fills in as the Scandinavian);..."

Music Story  March 14, 1997
"...TUBE TOP: Ex-Popsickle, ex-Yellow Snow, ex-Peach, ex-Flop, ex-Posies, ex-Love Battery, current-Fastback. This Seattle all-star band has a new album due out soon on Laundry Room Records (some of it produced by Peter Buck), which churns out intelligent, crafty pop of the Beatles or Elvis Costello variety. You can also expect a guitar or two..."

Backyard Wrestling
Memories from another dying Austin venue
DAILY Music  April 30, 2008, by Jim Caligiuri
"...2) Elvis Costello & the Imposters, October, 2002: Costello drew from When I Was Cruel, his best disc in ages, and mixed in some golden oldies. I'd seen him many times, but this was one of his most frantic and alluring, easily earning him three encores...."

Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 20, 1998
"...MARVELOUS 3: Because ASCAP's in the business of songs, even their showcase's 8pm band has a string of catchy tunes. Math and Other Problems, the Deep South debut from Atlanta's Marvelous 3, winds up solving itself: one part Everclear, two parts Cheap Trick, and three parts Elvis Costello..."

The Ballad of Joe Hill
Get up, stand up – stand up for your rights
Music Story  October 22, 2004, by Jim Caligiuri
"...They were doing what songwriters do, writing about what's around them and expressing it in song. Nevertheless, a great deal of the politically conscious songs of our day come from celebrated songwriters of all stripes, from Elvis Costello, Steve Earle, and Patti Smith to Dan Bern, Buddy Miller, and Ani DiFranco...."

Heart and Soul
Lengthy Q&A with Huey Lewis
DAILY Music  October 25, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Then Johnny Rotten spit in the face of an NME reporter and it was all over. They were going to have Nick Lowe produce us, and then came Elvis [Costello] and Wreckless Eric, and the Damned..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 16, 2001
"...RON SEXSMITH: Toronto's Ron Sexsmith is perhaps the most critically acclaimed songwriter of the past five years. He's been compared to Ray Davies and Bob Dylan, and even Elvis Costello raves about him..."

SXSW Music Festival
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 17, 2000
"...44 LONG: Hailing from Portland, this fourpiece might land in the column, but there's more to them than meets the eye. Their Sideburn Records CD, Inside the Horse's Head, has its share of twangy pop hooks, but melancholy lyrics add a brooding side to a band that has more in common with Elvis Costello than Bloodshot Records' stable..."

Only the Beginning
Wednesday Night SXSW "Sleepers"
Music Story  March 13, 1998
"...SPOON: Since the Soft Effects EP, his plastic will no longer bear the Matador imprint, but Britt Daniel and Spoon are moving to Elektra and the anticipation of the next CD has been growing for months now. Thoughtful construction and intelligent lyrics make Daniel one of Austin's best songwriters, and he only gets better, mixing jarring guitar with pop hooks that would make Elvis Costello wish he were a young man..."

The 2000 Year Old Man: The Complete History
What once was old – very old – is new again
Screens Story  November 27, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The two love playing with each other, for each other. Many great comedy teams did work this good – Bob and Ray, Nichols and May, Burns and Allen, Abbott and Costello – but you won't hear that kind of love shine through the material anywhere else..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  December 24, 2004
"...It's amazing that anyone in Central Texas would negate the efforts of Sal Costello and the Austin Toll Party ["CAMPO Gets Toll Road Weary," News, Dec. 17]..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  February 21, 2003
"...Bobby Costello..."

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...17, Continental Club, 12mid Chameleonlike singer-songwriter Faye leads this soulful Sixties girl group resurrection alongside fellow local vocal luminaries Akina Adderley and BettySoo. With instrumental assists from Elvis Costello & the Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and Jellyfish keyboardist Roger Manning, the trio's eponymous 2016 debut crackles with Shangri-Las-meets-Supremes pop pathos..."

99 Luftballons (International Acts at SXSW Music)
South by Southwest by way of Sudan, Scotland, Colombia, and more
Music Story  March 8, 2018
"...16, 720 Club, 10pm Not to be confused with the Canadian trash-rock act, this Glaswegian quartet's post-punk pocket novellas brim with oversaturated emotion. Alternating between icy broods and fiery screams, frontman Tony Costello channels the darkened high drama of Nick Cave and Peter Murphy against a backdrop of sexy-bleak riffage..."

Charlie Faye & the Fayettes
Music Review  June 9, 2016, by Jim Caligiuri
"...This time, Faye marinates in a Sixties girl-group sound – Shirelles, Supremes, Shangri-Las – and doesn't update the sound as much as immerse herself in it. Aided by fantastic players – drummer Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello's Attractions), bassist Eric Holden (Bodeans), keyboardist Roger Manning (Jellyfish), and the Fayettes, BettySoo and Akina Adderley (accomplished artists on their own) – the frontwoman sings perky pop tunes straight out of the Brill Building with back drops worthy of the Wrecking Crew or Phil Spector's Wall of Sound..."

SXSW Film Unveils March Lineup
So much ado!
DAILY Screens  January 31, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Swim Little Fish Swim (USA, France) Director/Screenwriter: Ruben Amar, Lola Bessis Between surrealism, unusual characters, art and magic tricks, Swim Little Fish Swim is a dreamlike journey from childhood to adulthood. Cast: Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny, Brooke Bloom, Lola Bessis, Olivia Durling Costello (World Premiere)..."

Music Story  December 25, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...• Blondie rocking "Call Me," and Elvis Costello reuniting with the Attractions to knock out "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding."..."

Wednesday Picks
Music Story  March 7, 2008
"...1am, Esther's Follies Considered Australia's premier singer-songwriter, Kelly has drawn comparisons to such heavy hitters as Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello for his energizing story songs. His 25th album in a 30-year career, the diverse Stolen Apples (EMI International), was released Down Under in 2007, with a North American release forthcoming..."

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