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SXSW In-Store: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages
Rock has lost its innocence and grit but not these Savages
DAILY Music  March 13, 2014, by Jim Caligiuri
"...As drums begin to wallop and the saxophone blares, however, he’s transformed into a begging, screaming shouter of a most mighty and otherworldly sort. There’s nothing progressive or intricate about what they do, taking cues from the Excello Records catalog and occasionally riffing as hard as the Ramones...."

Definitely Maeby
15 minutes with Alia Shawkat
DAILY SXSW  March 11, 2014, by Russ Espinoza
"...AC: The Clash or the Ramones?..."

OBN III's
Music Review  January 10, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Strangely, the joint smelled like a Middle Eastern corner store with sandalwood incense wafting while the local hardcore quintet dutifully blasted through tight, 90-second beatdowns, establishing a high level of aggression that lingered until Pharaohs took the stage and cleared it like stale smoke in a plastic bong. The greasy-haired locals' chorus-heavy oldies rumble, reminiscent of the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend," was so steeped in rock & roll classicism that they sang, "You're the prettiest girl that I ever did know, and it's easy to see why I love you so" with straight faces and it worked..."

Descendents
Saturday, 8:45pm, Black stage
Music Story  November 8, 2013, by Greg Beets
"...– like the Germs and X. Then of course the Ramones and things like the Stooges, the Kinks, and the Seeds."..."

SXSW Eco: The Culture War to Save the World
Punk, hip-hop and literature sign up for the eco fight
DAILY News  October 9, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"..."You can say they're juvenile, you can say they're heavy handed," Fairey explained, "but if you've been living life in a trance, sometimes you need something heavy handed." It's a style that has become, in its own primary-colored, woodcut and silk screen way, become ubiquitous. "You can say that from 1991 to 2013, I've been creatively stagnant, or you can say, like the Ramones, I got it right early on."..."

Vinyl Bin
Radio Ready, Hundred Visions, Slugbug, Coma in Algiers, and the Able Sea
Music Review  October 4, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...Nasty, loud, vicious power-pop that careens drunkenly out of a garage stacked with crates of Replacements and Ramones end-of-the-punk-rock-fulcrum 45s. Tunes like "Where Do I Sign?" and "Regina, Hold the Line" slam and screech as much as they jangle and harmonize..."

Clash City Rockers
Unexpurgated Clash box set review
DAILY Music  September 20, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...They began as an English sub-Ramones in 1976, three motley art students and a scab drummer patched together by a cohort of the Sex Pistols’ manager. He directed them to “write about what you know.” By the time a proper drummer was drafted, Bernie Rhoades realized he’d unleashed a proper English beat poet in Joe Strummer...."

Black, Brown & Blue: Must-See Music
Brownout, Birdlegg, and Geto Boys anchor the week live
DAILY Music  September 9, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...They’ve got great songwriting, a high-energy live show, and with Ryan Lindsey, a singer with real swagger. They’ll appeal to fans of both the Ramones’ guitar crunch and Black Lips slop-pop..."

Big Boys
Music Review  August 16, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...Behold the merger of rock & roll and skateboarding culture! Behold an essential link in Austin's punk rock timeline! Behold the license to "go start your own band" without Xeroxing the Ramones! "Punk funk" was already airborne when the Big Boys cut their first studio LP, Gang of Four and Minutemen having spread that germ far and wide by the time most outside the Austin city limits heard the local quartet's hits, like the full-length debut's "Spit" or the Fun Fun Fun EP's horn-drenched cover of Kool & the Gang's "Hollywood Swinging." What's audible in these two separate remasters, amidst Tim Kerr's skittering guitars, Chris Gates' fatback bass, and Randy "Biscuit" Turner's blues-drenched howl, is the throbbing, screaming desire to not only participate in this exciting new subculture, but to completely subvert what was becoming a stylistic and philosophical straitjacket. 1981's Where's My Towel/Industry Standard – as either vinyl from Light in the Attic or a cassette courtesy of L.A.'s Burger Records – was a call to arms after what the Big Boys felt was a constricting experience in their 1980 debut split with the Dicks, Live at Raul's..."

Record Skipping
Forbert, Thorogood & King anticipate Thursday’s reissue package
DAILY Music  August 14, 2013, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Around the same time, ‘a new Dylan’ broke out of New York City, where he dared to play the venues that featured bands like the Ramones, Dead Boys, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids. Up from Mississippi, Steve Forbert’s first two albums, 1978’s Alive On Arrival and 1979’s Jackrabbit Slim, made as big a splash as any new singer-songwriter of the time..."

Playback
Fun Fun Fun Fest reels off some greatest hits and more
Music Column  July 12, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...Pollack's not giving me any reason to read the book, which he describes as an unsophisticated rip on rock criticism. Never Mind the Pollack, on the other hand, stands the test of time, its author having crafted a winningly offensive lampoon of the Seventies New York scene, in which he apes the Ramones, calls Andy Warhol and CBGB "a pile of shit," and flips Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side" to be about juggling dildos...."

Sour Notes Tour Diary
Local indie troupe cruises NXNE and all points between
DAILY Music  June 28, 2013, by Jared Paul Boulanger
"...We’re set to play the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern that night for Dave Bookman’s Nu Music Nite in downtown Toronto, one of our favorite places to play. That stage has seen the likes of the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Ramones, Police, and Wilco...."

Howard Kaylan: Coming Out of His Shell
Two Turtles scurry back to Austin
DAILY Music  June 6, 2013, by Scott Schinder
"...The split also helped kickstart a lengthy career as in-demand studio backup singers for the likes of T. Rex, Ramones, and Bruce Springsteen..."

Damned, Damned, Damned
Chaos in Tejas brings the bedlam
Music Story  May 31, 2013
"...A lost chapter in Fred Cole's long musical history, the Rats began as Cole and wife Toody's predecessor to the much-beloved Dead Moon. Inspired by punk rockers like the Ramones, the Coles and various drummers stripped down and jacked up a distinct garage rock sound..."

Damned, Damned, Damned
Chaos in Tejas, forever extreme
Music Story  May 31, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"..."What I like about the UK 'class of '77' is that the bands all sounded different, had their own version of punk," writes Sensible. "Most members of '77 bands had been at the Ramones' London gig a year or so earlier..."

7 & 7 Is: Cunto!, The Blind Pets, and Octopus Rex
Music Review  May 17, 2013, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Detroit-loving garage rock (Stooges/MC5) spines the Southern California bromance bassline of opener "Last Summer," its surf-inflected mosh with ambience perfect for a Texan June just up ahead. B-side opener "Party at the Graveyard" bounces straight Ramones (Groovie Ghoulies?), while "Russian Roulette" again sprinkles Chili Peppers on an aggro/stoner brawn more akin to Queens of the Stone Age..."

Trailer Park Is All Over the Map
Superheroes, punks, and animated monsters
DAILY Screens  April 26, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...How did three black brothers from Detroit turn Death to life? Rock, of course. The predecessors to the Sex Pistols and Ramones talk about blazing their trail in the Motown heyday..."

Playback: Golden Years Wagoneers
Wagoneers ready a resurgence
Music Column  April 12, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...They found company with kings, opening for Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash. They even played with the Ramones and Bill Monroe in the same month..."

SXSW Interview: Kid Congo
Gun Club/Bad Seeds/Cramps guitarist just being himself
DAILY Music  March 16, 2013, by Tim Stegall
"...The former Brian Tristan was born 53 years ago in La Puente, CA. He grew up first a teenage glam denizen of Rodney Bingenheimer’s English Disco, then the president of the Ramones Fan Club, before forming the Gun Club with Jefferey Lee Pierce in 1979..."

SXSW Friday Picks and Sleepers
Music Story  March 15, 2013
"...12:30am, Bar 96 The performance identity of West Coast beach skuzz auteur Nathan Williams in tandem with Jay Reatard's former rhythm section, Wavves cues the sound of Brian Wilson as a twentysomething stoner enamored with the Ramones and the Jesus & Mary Chain. Lo-fi, herbal, fuzzbox shenanigans that rock enough to make you forgive the sloth that Williams' MMJ prescription apparently inspires..."

A Conversation with Nick Cave
SXSW panel reviews
Music Story  March 15, 2013
"..."I feel like I know her better in the songs that I write about her than I do in real life. It makes me feel very close to her." Sloman wrapped with an old quote about the redemptive power of rock & roll: "I can't get from Shakespeare what I get from the Ramones." "I wrote that?" Cave asked..."

SXSW: Nobunny
Nobunny Loves You
DAILY Chron Events  March 8, 2013, by Derek Van Wagner
"...Nobunny wears a scummy, dingy bunny mask on stage and plays songs that hold a 3-chord Ramones drone the majority of the time. Just imagine the down and out Santa version of Dan Akroid in Trading Spaces, slap an Easter bunny head on him, take off the his pants and you might have something close to the Nobunny image..."

SXSW Film Unveils March Lineup
So much ado!
DAILY Screens  January 31, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...A Band Called Death Directors: Mark Christopher Covino, Jeff Howlett Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was a band called Death...."

Variations on Carol of the Bells
Mermen, movies, and Whitney pulled me under for Christmas
DAILY Music  December 24, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...“And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God Bless Us, Every One!” Or as the Ramones observed, “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight).”..."

Old Friends/Bookends
Sex, drugs, and rock & roll. And books.
Music Story  December 7, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"..."The Ramones? XTC?" Dorsett called out after Quarles, who gave me a world-weary eye roll and waved goodbye as the door closed...."

Steady As He Goes
From cosmic cowboys and Americana to punk rock and legacy acts, Freddie Steady Krc keeps the beat
Music Story  November 30, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Within months of forming, they'd bonded with Erickson, touring and opening for the Ramones, the Ventures, the B-52s, Joan Jett, and Nick Lowe, among others. Krc notes this period of Erickson's life for its stability...."

Playback: Halloween
No one plays dress-up like Austin musicians
Music Column  October 26, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...In his absence, the Anchor's Jason Smith sings lead Halloween night at Red 7. Ramones and GG Allin tributes open – what's scarier than that? More Playback-Approved Halloween Events..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview: Nomeansno
Music Story  October 26, 2012, by Greg Beets
"...Founded in 1979 by Wright and his bass-playing older brother Rob, Nomeansno successfully integrated the adventurous dexterity of art rock and jazz fusion with the speed, swagger, and humor of the Ramones...."

Nervebreakers
Music Review  September 7, 2012, by Michael Toland
"...A shame, that, since the Dallas-based band predates more (in)famous Lone Star bashers the Dicks and Big Boys. Like the Ramones, Nervebreakers are punk by association – the quintet's stripped-down rock & roll ethos was informed more by garage Nuggets than the British hordes coming up at the same time..."

God Loves Ya When You Swim
Behind the scenes of this week's Billy Joe Shaver cover shoot
Music Story  August 17, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Imagine this same group's reaction, then, the following month when the Flatlanders' camp provided then Art Director Taylor Holland with mouthwatering pictures taken by local lenser and Chronicler Will van Overbeek for a story combo by Michael Ventura and me. Banner year that turned into for Chronicle Music covers: Jon Dee Graham arm-wrestling Stephen Bruton, Johnny Gimble, Patty Griffin, Rusty Wier, Townes Van Zandt – and the Ramones...."

Playback: Fit To Perform
Divine Fits debut at Beerland, Willie hops the Railroad, and Ume gets a call from Perry Farrell.
Music Column  August 3, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...Trust me, I've tested it. The two-minute songs have a Ramones-like consistency of speed and plain-spoken melody that make the album a short and intense joy ride..."

feedtime
Music Review  July 27, 2012, by Kevin Curtin
"...Defining track "Rock n Roll" trademarks the threesome's bass-heavy rumble topped with warped guitar swells and resonating lyrics, while dark saxophone freakout "Curtains" is reminiscent of San Francisco post-punk contemporaries Flipper. Since feedtime's influences come shrouded in noise, covers album Cooper S two year later offers a glimpse into Rick, Al, and Tom's first loves: American punk (Ramones' "Loudmouth"), early blues ("Pure Religion"), and classic rock (four Rolling Stones songs)..."

Peelander Z at Red 7
One of the many great acts at Fun Fun Fun Fest
DAILY Chron Events  July 19, 2012, by Derek Van Wagner
"...Peelander Z is a self proclaimed “Japanese Action Comic Punk” band based out of New York that has been touring since 1998. They don space age outfits and daffy personalities, resembling some sort of hybrid between the Ramones and the Power Rangers..."

The Strange Attractors
Music Review  May 25, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Grooved to wax after a capital campaign, Midnight at Xochil's strikes the Attractors' most varied chords, "Sweet 17" opening a clip up from the band's usual pooling tempo, Masonic temple vox and ship-hull guitar atmospherics capped by a phosphorous solo. A chopping riff boxed by blunt-instrument bass and flaring organ, "Premonition Equinox" pairs up in sonic diversity with the tin-can-phone vocals, snaking sonics, and percussive mulch of "Black and Mild." Side two wears nostalgia on its tunic in Spaceman 3 footprint "Walking With Jesus," which gives way to the tough bubblegum pop of "Psycho Babel," faintly echoing the late-Eighties Ramones covering "Little Bit o' Soul." Midnight at Xochil's: Mayan mood music...."

Chaos in Tejas Lists
Music Story  May 25, 2012
"...The Hex Dispensers (Sat., 6:15pm, Club de Ville) Austin's spooky equivalent to the Ramones. North Texas Hardness..."

SXSW Friday International Bands
Friday lists bleed both ways, backward and forward; know your lists!
Music Story  March 16, 2012
"...This Caracas, Venezuela, quartet's danceable agitprop rock imbues the Ramones' "Gabba Gabba Hey!" chant with newfound insurrection...."

SXSW Saturday International Bands
Plenty of exotic headliners left for Saturday
Music Story  March 16, 2012
"...This Dallas band opened for the holy trinity of the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and the Clash, while its song "My Girlfriend Is a Rock" has persevered...."

Japan Nite
SXSW Showcase Reviews
Music Story  March 16, 2012, by Michael Bertin
"...The strangest thing about openers the Rubies (from the Emeralds) was that it looked like the band ripped off its wardrobe from the lost and found at the Regal Beagle. Save for some howling (yes, howling), its Ramones-meets-The Partridge Family punkification of Sixties pop was totally accessible..."

7 & 7 Is
7 & 7 Is
Music Review  February 17, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Strangled gurgles plus a final hardcore brevity complete Dude's triptych. Flesh Lights pull a Ramones/Runaways rip-chord on its turn at the tune, drummer Elissa Ussery shrieking, "Suck my dick, eat my ass, lick my balls" in an ultimate demonstration of hair-raising..."

Danzig Legacy
Music Review  November 11, 2011, by Marc Savlov
"...Dude, what's up with the hate breeding? You're 56 years old; Misfits broke up aeons ago. You've had a solo career that'd do any Class of '77 punk rocker proud (even the Ramones are dead at this point), and yet Friday night you once again allowed your Boo Jersey ego to ruin everything..."

Black Lips
Music Review  November 4, 2011, by Doug Freeman
"...Ronson reins in the raucousness without curbing the catharsis – on 16 tracks that blast newly crisp but equally irreverent. Opener "Family Tree" howls menacingly into the punchy, saw-salved "Modern Art," with the Lips' 1960s psych-pop still slicing into Ramones-esque punk and bluesier Stones..."

One Way or Another
Live review of Blondie at the Moody
DAILY Music  September 30, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...At 66, Deborah Harry’s siren call wafts as hypnotic it did in 1976, when Blondie’s eponymous debut led that year’s CBGBs class along with the Ramones’ self-titled bow. Born in Miami and raised in New Jersey, the singer still courses a hot-n-cool coo, flowing like the Gulf Stream with just enough street snarl..."

Rock and Roll Always Forgets: A Quarter Century of Music Criticism
Chuck Eddy's alternate history for the last 25 (or so) years of popular music
Music Review  September 16, 2011, by Greg Beets
"...He thinks Radiohead lost its way after "Creep" and has better things to say about Ratt, Toby Keith, and Dorrough than anything Elvis Costello has recorded since at least 1981. This new compendium of pieces by Eddy, now based in Austin, reads like an alternate history of pop's last 25 (or so) years, in which album-oriented rock is saved from itself by the Ramones' Too Tough To Die, latter-day Def Leppard isn't rendered irrelevant by Nirvana, and horn-rimmed consensus about indie darlings Animal Collective is just a bad dream..."

Planets
Music Review  August 5, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Perfect, in other words: eight songs in 17 minutes that revive 1977, which locally equals the early 1980s Raul's scene. "Doctor Disappearing" next wields an equally bruising bash and big Runaways sound, while "Drug Song" flirts with Spector-era Ramones and the adjoining "Love Song" pounds in waves like a Beach Boys song gone mosh..."

The Right Snuff
Savage survivor and Sex Pistols witness Artly Snuff isn't just another face in Austin's eccentric crowd
Music Story  July 8, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...Anyone that listened to the radio in the late Seventies knew that we needed new music. There was a lot of Journey and Aerosmith, and we needed the Ramones..."

Chaos in Tejas
Music Review  June 10, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Art-punk mascara smearing from Origin of M (Hiroshima), free-punk spazz off Isterismo (Tokyo), and hardcore melodic ruin by Kriegshög (also Tokyo) battened down Emo's outside, while in the front room the Mercyful Fatalisms of Iron Age packed the pit and pierced eardrums, frontman Jason Tarpey like some Norse horn of the Valkyries. Nagasaki-born trio Guitar Wolf boogied a furious amalgam of Ramones/Stooges/Radio Birdman outdoors at Red 7, leather-clad singer Seiji shaking, quaking, and stage-diving, an alternate Elvis complete with "Rock & Roll" stamped in steel studs on his belt..."

A Night at the Opera
Opera for dummies: Name one male tenor
Music Story  May 27, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Burning desire this early morning had built up since SXSW from a redhead in full cranial windmill on our cover. Locals inspiring Matador Records to go national with an Austin punk sampler, Dikes of Holland practice the Red River seizure a lot more frequently than the Rolling Stones roll into Zilker Park, but the Ramones chanted it best: gimme gimme shock treatment...."

Now I Got Worry
The return of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
DAILY Music  May 5, 2011, by Austin Powell
"...It just seems to be a rock & roll retread of what was on the radio when I was a kid in the Seventies. With the Blues Explosion, we’re very much a punk band, not in the sense of the Sex Pistols or Ramones – those are great bands that I take influence from – but in the sense that we do our own thing..."

7 & 7 Is
7 & 7 Is
Music Review  April 15, 2011, by Audra Schroeder
"...Get all warm and tingly thinking about the love child of Reigning Sound and the Velvet Underground? Orville Bateman Neeley III's namesake band is an approximate synthesis, the flip side to his Ramones trip with trio Bad Sports. Super Secret Records A-side "No Way To Rock 'n' Roll" and B-side "Got More Love" throw back to good ol' Memphis lo-fi death, and the local musician/producer's got that Greg Cartwright charm, on the mic and behind the boards..."

SXSW 2011 Aftershots
Friday night SXSW showcase reviews
Music Story  March 25, 2011
"...The Endtables' 1979 bow, reissued last year by Drag City, finds the quartet hashing out an identity, and 30 years later the subject matter of their songs is still topical, even if the band looks a little less "punk." Singer Steve Rigot, a fringe of black and blond hair overtaking the top of his face, stood nearly motionless while sing-drawling like Pere Ubu's David Thomas in an industrial jumpsuit. The group's sound is now commonplace, so the coastal influences are easy to spot (Ramones, Black Flag), but remember that in the Midwest punk scene of the first punk era, a band like the Endtables had to break its own mirrors..."

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