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Free Week 2019 Is in the Rearview Mirror, but These Homegrown Standouts Aren't
10 local showcases that got us excited for what’s to come this year
Music Story  January 10, 2019, by Rachel Rascoe, Doug Freeman, Christina Garcia, Tim Stegall, Michael Toland, Libby Webster, Kevin Curtin and Dan Gentile
"...Pleasure Venom, now 4, essayed a vicious punk more Sonic Youth than the Ramones – coated in feminist bile. The latter shot came courtesy of Audrey Campbell, whose wailing vocals and riot grrrl Tina Turner presence makes her the most compelling local frontperson that underground Austin's experienced since Sincola's Rebecca Cannon..."

Texacala Jones
Music Review  November 8, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Linda "Texacala Jones" Yacoubian cut an enormous swath across Eighties L.A. punk rock in the notorious Tex & the Horseheads, a whiskey-and-pills-drenched fusion of the Ramones, Rolling Stones, and the most deep woods honky-tonk twang imaginable..."

Alejandro Escovedo
Music Review  September 27, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...While preview single "Outlaw for You" plus word of cameos from James Williamson (Stooges) and Wayne Kramer (MC5) indicated Alejandro Escovedo's 12th studio LP might lean punk, The Crossing doesn't boomarang back to the Texan's slam-rock roots. Instead, teamed with Italian cinematic rockers Don Antonio, he and group leader Antonio Gramentieri become Mexican Diego and Italian Salvo searching for the America of the New York Dolls, Ramones, and Jack Kerouac..."

Live Music Recommendations for the Weekend
As September speeds by, here's a cull of tunes to keep you dry
DAILY Music  September 14, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...Japanese pop-punk legacy Shonen Knife has been going strong since 1981, back when an all-female New Wave group was an anomaly in the rising J-pop scene. Combining a Ramones aesthetic with earworm hooks, the Osaka rockers inspired Kurt Cobain, who won over sole consistent member Naoko Yamano by making her a jammy sammy when asking them to go on tour..."

Micael Priest 1951-2018
Austin’s godfather of poster art moves on
DAILY Music  September 12, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...He moved to Austin in 1969 and, three years later, was commissioned by Armadillo owner Eddie Wilson to begin creating posters for the venue. Among the acts Priest posterized were the Pointer Sisters, Ramones, Frank Zappa, Commander Cody, and New Riders fo the Purple Sage...."

40 Songs to Make You Feel Better (or Worse) About Drinking
A sampling of drinking songs local, south of the border, and global
Music Story  July 12, 2018, by The Music Staff
"...The Nashville-born, Indianapolis-raised pianist and Ray Charles precursor died from alcoholism at 30, leaving a smooth urban vocal style and sadly ironic songs. – Clara Wang “Somebody Put Something in My Drink,” Ramones (1986)..."

Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Music Review  May 31, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Boland would most likely shrug it off, preferring his own path, including recording a full-on punk rocker, "I Guess It's Alright," on his last LP with his expert trio the Stragglers, Squelch. No downstroked, eighth-note Ramones-isms on Hard Times, but crunchy rocker "Dee Dee OD'd," with its "Three of 'em died of cancer/ and Dee Dee OD'd" chorus, appears in lyrical tribute..."

SXSW Panel Recap: From CBGB to the World – A Downtown Diaspora
“Mushrooms grow in the dark”
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Before punk became a codified sound and style – an aggressive, post-Ramones genre of high-speed chainsaw guitar, minimal chord structures, and black leather jackets – it acted as an umbrella for DIY art and music under difficult (and usually hostile) circumstances. dBs linchpin Chris Stamey ascribed its birth to a NYC “petri dish” named CBGB...."

The Strangers: Prey at Night
Home invasion classic becomes a franchise.
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Film Review  March 16, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Parents Mike (Henderson) and Cindy (Hendricks) are sending their petulant daughter Kinsey (Madison) to boarding school for reasons that are never fully spelled out in the movie. There’s mention of Kinsey frequently ditching classes, and she wears a testy teenager’s attitude on her sleeve – needlessly, as it turns out, since the rest of her torso is covered throughout the entire film by an emblematic Ramones T-shirt..."

Bomb City Retells the Tensions Behind the Killing of a Texas Punk
Brian Deneke’s life and death story comes to local screens
Screens Story  February 8, 2018, by Marc Savlov
"...It's a story whose retelling has gained the support of a true punk icon: C.J. Ramone, former bassist and vocalist with legendary prototype punks the Ramones, who watched the film after producer Major Dodge sent him a copy..."

Terminal Mind
Music Review  January 25, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...Prior to reincarnating as a psychedelic shaman in noisy freak-out specialists Miracle Room and, more recently, Evil Triplet, Steve Marsh was a wired and gangly punk bassist with a heartful of artful angst. Alongside future Skunks/Big Boys twins Greg and Doug Murray manning drums and guitar, Marsh – looking like David Byrne's titular psycho killer brought to life – howled nihilist anthems like "I Want to Die Young" while adding his thrum to a sound comparable to how the Ramones might have sounded had their biggest influences been Roxy Music and Can..."

Five Can't-Miss Free Week Shows
American Sharks, Sailor Poon, and Peelander-Z headline a packed slate
DAILY Chron Events  December 29, 2017, by Mark Fagan
"...Even if winter blows a frozen trail across Austin this evening, Denton’s transplanted kings of Detroit punk mania, the Riverboat Gamblers, preside over a bill torrid enough to set Barracuda’s indoor stage aflame. American Sharks ply Ramones-tempo stoner sludge, while Eagle Claw offers instro-metal akin to vintage Iron Maiden..."

I Said That, Volume 1: The Dicks and Mutant Rocker: The Art of Randy "Biscuit" Turner, Volume 1
by Gary Floyd; edited by David Ensminger
Music Review  December 14, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...As Dicks frontman Gary Floyd told Texas historian David Ensminger, early Austin punk "had nothing to do with the Sex Pistols or the Ramones. It had to do with your own personal life changing." Meaning that as Floyd and Randy "Biscuit" Turner, respective frontmen for the genre's two most prominent local bands, the Dicks and the Big Boys, realized personal and artistic growth, so evolved the native DIY scene..."

Ramones
Music Review  December 7, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...In 1976, the Ramones reduced rock & roll to a high-speed chase defining both them and punk rock. On the releases that bookended the genre's mythic year of arrival, 1977, January's Leave Home and November's Rocket to Russia, da brudders' methodology was perfected...."

Hüsker Dü
Music Review  December 7, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...Beginning as Ramones and Johnny Thunders progeny in the heart of Minnesota, recently deceased drummer/co-singer/composer Grant Hart's tempos, bassist Greg Norton, and guitarist/main singer-songwriter Bob Mould's amp tones quickly turbocharged as punk went hardcore. Heavily influenced by Sixties folk-rock, the trio's keen melodic sense flowered into a mid-Eighties peak of SST Records (Zen Arcade and New Day Rising) and Warner Bros..."

Leroi Brothers
Music Review  October 26, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...Tracks like "Steady With Betty" fold in a goodly helping of native rockabilly, and their take on Ronnie Self's "Ain't I'm a Dog" gene splices in some Golden Triangle swamp-pop. The title track resembles roadhouse Ramones, with Telecasters barking as much as Steve Doerr's vocals..."

The Cult of Nick Curran Remembers His Guitar Genius
From rhythm & blues to rockabilly and punk, the late Austin shredder lived to subvert genres
Music Story  September 28, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"..."He loved the Ramones growing up, the Clash. He would say, 'Mom, if you listen to these old blues records, that's punk!'"..."

Review: Holy Roller
The personal is edible at Callie Speer's new hot spot
Food Story  September 7, 2017, by Brandon Watson
"...And the drinks cement bar manager Jen Keyser as one of the most imaginative beverage professionals in town. Here, she and assistant bar manager Nicole Cruz get weird with a concise program that nods to everyone from the Ramones to patron saint Iggy Pop..."

Live Music This Weekend, Aug. 25-27
Your auditory agenda for the next three days
DAILY Music  August 25, 2017, by Rachel Rascoe
"...Burger Records’ latest saviors, Death Valley Girls are four years, two albums, and two singles into one heady career. Resembling a B-movie, all-girl Satanic sex/drug cult with sole dude Larry Schemel (brother of ex-Hole drummer Patty) on lead guitar, they exist in a twilight world where a psychedelic Ramones and Link Wray-loving Black Sabbath jam in (Thee) Oh Sees’ reverb tank..."

Live Music to See This Weekend
Unpacking Christmas in July
DAILY Music  July 14, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...roots-punk outfit decades back, but continues plying her craft locally. Two Hoots & a Holler maintain three decades at the intersection of Buddy Holly and the Ramones, while Jean Caffeine recent play, Sadie Saturday Night, revisited her 1970s S.F..."

Margaret Moser Tribute: Jason McMaster
“She’s as metal as anyone – maybe even more”
Music Story  June 29, 2017, by Michael Toland
"...There was a bunch of cover bands and hard rock bands. And I feel like she was one of the ones going, “This punk rock stuff: the Ramones are deserving..."

100 Local SXSW Music Acts
A-Z list of 100 Austin acts showcasing at the Fest
Music Story  March 16, 2017, by The Music Staff
"...Wed. 15, Hotel Vegas, 7:15pm Operating since 2010 at a weird crossroads of Exile-era Rolling Stones, the Ramones, and the 1910 Fruitgum Co., the Bad Lovers are dirty, messy power-pop for a generation that specializes in fake biker gang jackets, facial hair, Pork magazine subscriptions, and chronically bad decisions born of junk food, cheap beer, and cheaper crystal meth..."

The Regrettes
Feel Your Feelings Fool! (Warner Bros.)
Music Story  March 16, 2017, by Tim Stegall
"...For a 2-year-old band of teenagers from L.A., the Regrettes sound remarkably accomplished. Raw and melodic, standing at the crossroads between the Ramones and Shangri-Las, singer/guitarist Lydia Night demonstrates a remarkable grip on youth and vulnerability in 2017..."

SXSW Tuesday Showcase Picks
Music Story  March 9, 2017
"...Lewis & the Funeral 5 challenge ATX post-punk poets Churchwood as local kings of cross-fertilizing Tom Waits' Dada blues with old-school swamp grooviness, and Broken Gold finds Riverboat Gamblers guitarist Ian MacDougall going widescreen, jangly, and pop-oriented without losing rock & roll muscle. Long-running Athens, Ga., alt-rock heroes Five Eight, the missing link between Cheap Trick and the Ramones, and Houston's Tontons, featuring powerhouse vocalist Asli Omar and a dynamic indie attack, build a showcase foundation...."

Ramones
Ramones 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Sire/Rhino)
Music Story  December 15, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...Ramones, released April 26, 1976, remains one of rock & roll's most important albums. It certainly established punk's permanent blueprint: chain-saw guitar, breakneck tempos, reductionist songwriting reconfiguring classic pop DNA, and 2:30 time ceilings..."

Too Late to Stop Now
Digital media in analog boxes – and sometimes in mono!
Music Story  December 15, 2016


Ramones at 40 / Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977-80
Ramones at 40 / Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977-80
Music Review  December 8, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...Release of the Ramones' self-titled debut predates both those events, so as veteran journalist Martin Popoff notes, "Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy set a standard for short, shocking punk composition and disposition for years to come." In Ramones at 40, the Canadian writer constructs a concise history of the band and pinpoints their impact and influence on culture at large, detailing the delicate interpersonal relationships within the band, the craftsmanship behind the songs, stage show, and image, and the intense fandom the Ramones continue to inspire. Graphically and photographically exciting, it's one of the most worthy literary endeavors taken in Da Brudders' name...."

Page Two: True Stories: Then and Now
Connecting the dots between the SIMS Foundation and a day on the set of David Byrne's sleeper hit film
Columns  November 17, 2016, by Louis Black
"...Moser was especially tight with Talking Heads' manager Gary Kurfirst, who also handled the Ramones, Blondie, Eurythmics, and the B-52s. When his bands played Austin, there was the regular guest list, but Margaret also always had her own, more extensive one..."

Punk A-Z
Nine bands that like it fast and loud
Music Story  November 3, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...Shannon & the ClamsFri., 4:20pm, Dragon’s Lair stage Oakland garage-pop powerhouse rooted in the Shangri-Las and Ramones...."

Girl in a Coma's Nina Diaz Debuts Solo
Screaming without a sound
Music Story  October 27, 2016, by Alejandra Ramirez
"...Diaz, 28, grew up in a Spanish-fluent home closely tied to the Hispanic roots of her native San Antonio, although her mom's quick to tease her about a certain "white girl accent." Sunday barbecues with Selena blaring on the radio soundtracked her youth, but punk rock gave her a voice that morphed into haunting, wild-eyed yowls prompted by a bible of Ramones, Against Me, and Nirvana. In 2001, Girl in a Coma consolidated when older-by-eight-years sister Phanie Diaz and her sibling's friend Jenn Alva asked Nina to become the singer..."

Page Two: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay Watching the Tide Roll Away
The Chronicle at 35
Columns  September 1, 2016, by Louis Black
"...– "Beat on the Brat," Ramones..."

Adult Audio Coloring Book Sampler
A look back at illustrated album covers old and new
Music Story  July 28, 2016, by Michael Toland, Jim Caligiuri, Richard Whittaker, Thomas Fawcett, Kevin Curtin, Libby Webster, Bryan Rolli, Abby Johnston, Greg Beets, María Núñez, Doug Freeman, Neph Basedow, William Harries Graham, Alejandra Ramirez, Tim Stegall, Margaret Moser and Raoul Hernandez
"..."The triangle was very much a symbol of Roger's lyrics. The prism belonged to the Floyd." – Alejandra Ramirez RamonesRoad to Ruin (1978)..."

Books on Film
Tower director on punk and Capote
Screens Story  June 16, 2016
"...I want that experience with Please Kill Me without the juggle between paperback and laptop. I'd love to make a deep-dive documentary into the world of the Velvet Underground, the Ramones, Blondie, and Television through these incredible interviews by integrating the best live performance material that's floating around out there..."

Living Like a Runaway
Runaways guitarist kisses and tells deadly
Music Story  June 16, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez


SXSW Music: Radio Day Stage
Convention Center lineup brought out the sun inside
DAILY SXSW  March 19, 2016
"...Impossible to escape this week in Austin, the Spanish ladies of Hinds played their 12th set (and fourth of the day) of a projected 17 at SXSW with a fun-loving, almost throwback energy. Bangles-ish, with a sunny surf vibe and gabba-gabba-hey harmonies in their Ramones shout-out, the Madrid quartet were freewheeling and loose..."

SXSW Music: Grammy Museum's 40 Years of Ramones Tribute
Flash covers traverse time, age, and ilk
DAILY SXSW  March 18, 2016, by Neph Basedow
"...Forty years ago, a bloc of Forest Hills outcasts debuted via a self-titled LP that sculpted punk rock for the ages. Thursday night, the Ramones’ catalog endured 18 acts’ own renditions...."

SXSW Music: 2015/16 Austin Music Awards
Robert Plant crowns magnum opus roots pull
DAILY SXSW  March 17, 2016, by Doug Freeman


Pleasers
Music Story  March 17, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...Translation of the Pleasers' self description as "loner punk": rough power pop for the biker colors generation. Hotel Vegas booker Ben Tipton heads the local trio on bass, initial single "Reject Teen" gunning like a Ramones demo atop less distortion and more callow vocals..."

Wednesday SXSW Showcases
Music Story  March 17, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...As with most things Hotel Vegas, "ambitious" is Good Vibrations' byword: 29 acts, three stages, one night. The patio stage boasts the most starpower, including the Bad Lovers, hairy, bluesy, bubble-gummy darlings of Hotel Vegas booker Ben Tipton's Burger City Rock N Roll label; Norton Records' sinister garage-blues trio from NYC, Daddy Long Legs; Tipton's own lo-fi sub-Ramones threesome, Pleasers; the trashy, nihilistic surf-bashing of Portland, Oregon's Guantanamo Baywatch; and ratty, Burger Records-style garage pop by Oakland's Justin Champlin performing in a rotting rabbit mask as Nobunny..."

Wednesday SXSW Picks
Music Story  March 17, 2016
"...Shannon & The Clams 1am, Barracuda Backyard Centered on the husky vocals and bass work of Hunx & His Punx member Shannon Shaw, these Clams drop demented sock-hop rock à la Ed Wood's never-lensed worst film. Fragments of Fifties rock, Sixties girl groups, and Seventies punk rock blend the Shangri-Las, 13th Floor Elevators, Jimmy Clanton, Dusty Springfield, and the Ramones..."

Residual Kid’s Major Label Premiere
Austin trio’s new video teases their Sire Records debut
DAILY Music  March 14, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Luckily, six-string messenger and singer Deven Ivy and the Redman brothers rhythm section continue gaining momentum on the power of the threesome’s willfully destructive live shows. On that alone, they earned the stamp of approval from the music business legend responsible for signing Madonna, the Ramones, and Talking Heads – Seymour Stein, who then sccoped up the locals for his iconic Warner Bros..."

Don't Call It Street Punk
A new breed of punk rules Red River
Music Story  February 4, 2016, by Tim Stegall
"...Only cynics would look upon recent activity at Red River's Irish pub Bull McCabe's and sneer that this iteration of punk is a Xerox of a Xerox of a Xerox, with detail getting lost as the generations build up from the Ramones' original blueprint. Not that musicians belonging to this new breed will argue that bands toiling for years qualify as anything new..."

The Chumps
Music Review  December 23, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...For that matter, the locals haven't existed as a band since 2013. From their beginnings nearly 20 years before that, the Chumps distilled a violent collision of the Ramones, New York Dolls, and AC/DC: crunch riffs, pressure-drop rhythms from drummer Aaron Fox and future Eastside Suicides/Flash Boys spectacle Frankie Nowhere on bass, former local photographer Sean McGowan's pugnacious vox, and Duane Holtz reflecting the stripped-down aesthetic with only four strings on his guitar..."

Eve Monsees & the Exiles
Music Review  December 3, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...First, as has been documented profusely, her childhood comrade in guitar remains blues powerhouse Gary Clark Jr. More importantly, perhaps, her first gig involved Ramones covers by Nineties garage punks the Soulbenders..."

F1 Fan Fest Q&A: Public Enemy’s Chuck D
“Musically, we weren’t born into rap. We were born into black music ...”
DAILY Music  October 22, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...So we developed a new style: Make it short and sweet. We tried to make a Ramones-type record, with no song going over two minutes, which was hard to do..."

ACL Review: Residual Kid
Future ACL Fest main stage trio tries inciting a Kiddie mosh instead
DAILY Music  October 4, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...As recent additions to the historically venerated Sire Records label, once home to the Ramones, Smiths, and Talking Heads to name a scant three, Residual Kid arrived as an adult band at an on-site festival daycare. You had to be accompanied by a child to get into this gig..."

Q&A: Mike Watt
Econo-jamming bass man headlines an alternate ACL
DAILY Music  October 1, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...All the punks meet up in Hollywood and the one thing in common: the fuckin’ Stooges. Even more than the Velvet Underground or the Ramones...."

Royal Headache’s Destructive Joy
Aussies pound out the The Breakfast Club of punk
DAILY Music  August 13, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...As powerful as the Buzzcocks, pop like the Jam, fast and melodic same as the Ramones, and youthfully explosive on par with Stiff Little Fingers, Sydney’s Royal Headache moshes populist perfection. The atomic punks’ Chaos in Tejas set in 2012 before the Clean at what’s now Cheer Up Charlies erupted..."

Road to Juarez
Conventional Mexican crime drama
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Film Review  April 24, 2015, by Josh Kupecki
"...Directed by: David Ponce de Leon. Starring: William Forsythe, Walter Perez, Charley Koontz, Romina Peniche and Adal Ramones...."

SXSW Film Review: Danny Says
Behind-the-scenes rock legend Danny Fields gets his moment
DAILY SXSW  March 20, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Judging by the juiciness of what’s offered up in Danny Says, more books and movies about Fields’ life should be in the offing. Cognoscenti have long noticed that his name and involvements pop up in tangential ways whenever reading about the Warhol crowd, the Doors, Iggy Pop, the Ramones, and so many others..."

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