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Stephen King Revival
Saturday night at the book store
DAILY Music  November 17, 2014, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Couples young and old, parents and children, rock & roll-looking groupies all snap photos while waiting their turn. T-shirts have been carefully chosen, from the “I’d rather be reading Stephen King” to a Christine film tie-in and a Ramones seal...."

Playback: Fun Fun Fun Fest's New Look
New location and grass, same Fun Fun Fun
Music Column  November 6, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...Residual Kid has signed to Sire Records, the 48-year-old passion of famed record man Seymour Stein and longtime Warner Bros. division famous for breaking: Ramones, Madonna, Talking Heads, Pretenders, Smiths, Cure, Depeche Mode, and on and on..."

Arcade Fire – Deep in the Heart of Texas
Bobble heads, confetti canons, and the official afterparty
DAILY Music  April 11, 2014, by Doug Freeman
"...The band also hit the Modern Lovers’ “Government Center” and Ramones’ “I Don’t Wanna Go Down to the Basement” before finally completing their night with the Stones’ “Last Time,” Win Butler joining the crew onstage to thrash through the chorus...."

SXSW Interview: Blondie
CBGB survivors take on the hipster zombie apocalypse
DAILY Music  March 12, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...“Television would influence the Ramones, the Ramones would influence Blondie, Blondie would influence the Dictators,” said the guitarist, adding, “‘Heart of Glass’ was a way to piss off people in our circle.”..."

The Paceshifters: Dutch Youngbloods Debut at SXSW
Hoping to get noticed in Germany via the music festival
DAILY Music  March 8, 2013, by William Harries Graham
"...“When we were 8 years old we played a lot of Ramones songs,” adds Seb...."

The Art of Punk
Don't dance about architecture, simply flip through the art of punk.
Music Story  December 7, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, how lucky that a volume predicated on the visual art of punk can avoid the Moscow Ballet describing the Texas School Book Depository. Subtitled The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design, this boutique repository presents page after color-filled, eye-grabbing page of album covers, concert posters, band flyers, zines, and Xeroxed stickers from the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, and others as known and revered..."

Katy Perry: Part of Me
The film is an inoffensive slice of canny brand (or is that non-Brand?) management and marketing.
Film Review  July 6, 2012, by Marc Savlov
"...My personal taste for bubblegum pop and candy-punk has largely gone unmentioned in these pages over the years. Suffice it to say, I'm a sucker for a hook-laden, teen-dream rave-up, and although my tastes veer more toward the manic, retro-Ramones-y spastics of UK indie outfit Helen Love, this backstage glimpse into the life of "overnight sensation" Perry proves her to be a true dork, and a tireless one at that..."

SXSW Saturday Picks & Sleepers
Saturday blurbs rally!
Music Story  March 16, 2012
"...8pm, Easy Tiger Patio Dallas' Nervebreakers burned down stages headlined by the Ramones, the Clash, and the Sex Pistols, issuing classic single "My Girlfriend Is a Rock" along the way. We Want Everything – recorded in 1980 and released in 1994 – followed..."

The Drums
If believing in beautiful melodies is nostalgia, then consider the Drums a throwback.
Music Story  March 16, 2012, by Doug Freeman
"..."We don't want 20 years from now for people to look back on the Drums and say, 'Oh, the Drums, they were such a 2000s band.' We want to be our own thing," insists Graham. "When you think of bands like the Ramones or the Zombies, they just seem like they existed in their own world, and we really like that idea."..."

Party on the Patio
Live review of ZZ Top's 1st Annual La Grange Fest.
DAILY Music  October 24, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...The burly, bearded singer-songwriter's second song was an impeccably deep-voiced reading of Willie Nelson’s “Night Life,” followed by his own authentic country accounting “Can’t Cash My Checks,” which was matched by an inspired cover of Johnny Paycheck’s “11 Months, 29 Days,” with its refrain of “busted in Austin.” All three twanged in stark contrast to Slipknot singer Corey Taylor strumming the evening open with countrified covers of Tom Petty (“You Got Lucky”), the Rolling Stones (“Dead Flowers”), and Ramones (“Outsider”), that last one rolling over Dee Dee into Johnny inside the Ramones crypt...."

Organized Chaos (in Tejas)
Q: Just how heavy and hardcore is Austin's first-half-closing festival? A: Chaos in Tejas!
Music Story  June 3, 2011
"...Red 7, 8:55pm The most promising act on Gerard Cosloy's latest local punk shooter, Casual Victim Pile II, OBN III's is the Red River equivalent of the Ramones' Rock 'N' Roll High School, with members of A Giant Dog, the Strange Boys, and brat pack leader Orville Bateman Neeley III, a prolific local producer and guitarist for Bad Sports. – Austin Powell High Tension Wires..."

Shonen Knife/Melt-Banana
Music Review  November 13, 2009, by Audra Schroeder
"...Japanese trio Shonen Knife has been retuning American rock & roll like the Beatles and Ramones for close to three decades now, going from something of an underground cult act to, well, a band that sounds like the Ramones. You pretty much know what you're getting with SK now; the cult has become novelty..."

Daily reviews and interviews
Screens Story  March 14, 2008, by Belinda Acosta
"...Coldplay, Radiohead, Sonic Youth, and the Ramones are a few bands UK-based filmmaker Stephen Walker loves. So, when he was told he could hear some of their greatest tunes, all in one night, he was down for it..."

Off the Record
James White goes on location at the Broken Spoke, Marky Ramone defends his namesake and Phil Spector's innocence, and the Summer Wardrobe gives Roky Erickson a makeover
Music Column  November 23, 2007, by Austin Powell
"..."[Original drummer Tommy Ramone] could be called the Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, and I'm the Ron Wood," says Marky Ramone, who joined the group for its seminal Road to Ruin in 1978, left in '83, returned in '87, and stayed until the bitter end in 1996. "What I did was keep the machine running for those years." The iconic skinsman and host of Sirius Satellite Radio's Punk Rock Blitzkrieg recently took the stand to defend Phil Spector, helmsman for the Ramones' pop spectacle End of the Century, during the infamous producer's second-degree murder trial on Court TV..."

Saw IV
Jigsaw died in Saw III but here we get to witness his autopsy, stem to stern, thus giving him not only the last laugh, but Being and Nothingness, as well.
Film Review  November 2, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...(Although neither did I snap awake this morning and discover myself trapped in a harshly underlit hellhole, my lips surreptitiously stitched to those of Asia Argento, our sole shot at survival being a razored round of Twister. "Oh, yes, there will be … left foot red.") James Wan and Leigh Whannell's hyper-enthusiastic exercise in Ramones-style psychotherapy has become, improbably, both box-office and gore-gazette gold since Bell debuted as Jigsaw in 2004..."

Descent Into the Maelstrom
Radio Birdman surfs out of Edgar Allan Poe's maelström a quarter-century later
Music Story  June 22, 2007, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Ann Arbor, Mich.'s Iggy Pop and his stoolies Ron and Scott Asheton touched off a street-walking primal beat that resulted in U.S. first-wave mop tops the Ramones long before the Sex Pistols got half-cocked..."

Tales Behind the Posters
Arts Story  October 6, 2006, by Margaret Moser
"...So I put a bull-rider hat on him and a Texas sky and twined some yellow roses with eagle feathers. We had just started Sheauxnough Studios."1978: Ramones, AWHQ..."

Final Countdown
Thirty-three years of Back Room shows and events can hardly be summed up in one timeline
Music Story  July 28, 2006, by Darcie Stevens
"...Jan. 29 & 30, 1988: The Ramones rock Halfway to Sanity...."

Be Your Own Pet
SXSW live shot
Music Review  March 24, 2006, by Audra Schroeder
"...No problem. The Nashville teens sounded like they've been on a steady diet of Pixy Stix and Ramones albums for the last 10 years, romping through blasto-punk rants..."

Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll
Portraying the radical bastards of Eric Bogosian's one-man show 'Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll,' Ken Webster is a babbling bear on crystal meth
Arts Review  October 14, 2005, by Patti Hadad
"...Don Day's lighting depresses Bogosian's pessimistic lowlifes, giving the junkies five o'clock shadows and the arrogant upper crust their white collars. The only banality was hearing the same Ramones guitar riff played between monologues, reminding us again and again and again that the Ramones are synonymous with rock & roll...."

Music Review  April 1, 2005, by Jim Caligiuri
"...Featuring more than two hours of raw Southern rock, including a bonus video for "Never Gonna Change," this is a great document that should interest more than just their boisterous fans. Let's not mince words: the Ramones' End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Rhino) is one of the best rock biopics of all time..."

Guitar Wolf
Music Review  March 18, 2005, by Audra Schroeder
"...For every band trying to sound like the Ramones, nine out of 10 get it right. You can't go wrong: Take three chords, a four-four beat, keep it under two minutes, and make sure your jeans are tight..."

Out There
Reviews and reports from SXSW Film and Interactive 05
Screens Story  March 18, 2005, by James Renovitch
"...D: Various Put any music (Western swing to punk) in any venue (an industrial building in the Bronx to a jam band's back porch) and you still end up with music that affects individuals that affect the world. Individuals take center stage in "The Ramones and I" and "Sweet Soul Music," as the filmmakers offer personal accounts of outlook-altering bands..."

Jesus Christ Superfly
Texas platters
Music Review  February 4, 2005, by Greg Beets
"...Accordingly, I Don't Wanna Be Crazy picks up right where 1996's Texas Toast left off. Longtime fans will note a shift from the grunge-leaning heft of early Superfly standards like "Big Shit" to a more direct punk assault reminiscent of Too Tough to Die-era Ramones..."

The Saints
Gift guide
Music Story  December 10, 2004, by Raoul Hernandez
"..."The Saints are, with the Ramones, the absolute ground zero of Seventies punk," notes rock & roll scholar David Fricke. That both acts' Stooges-like bulwark of pound and fission debuted live in the UK summer of 1976 helped touch off the punk revolution..."

Music Story  March 5, 2004, by Christopher Gray
"...Guitarist Penny Tration sports a jean jacket, electric-blue hair, and a stud above her upper lip. Flame-topped singer Amanda Hugnkiss opts for a Ramones tank and handgun necklace blingy enough to make 50 Cent drool..."

Page Two
We struggle with the obscenity of a special legislative session aimed at redistricting, and we mourn the passing and celebrate the life of Al Ragle, an almost unsung hero of the Austin music scene.
Columns  June 20, 2003, by Louis Black
"...Richard Dorsett, who worked at the store, was among the first people I met when I moved here in the summer of '76. If he couldn't get a date, he'd call me at the last minute and see if I wanted to join him for Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, the Dictators, or the Ramones sharing a bill with the Runaways at the Armadillo World Headquarters..."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  January 31, 2003
"...Both articles took me back to other shows I saw at Randy's: Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, the Ramones. And at the Armadillo: the Clash (twice), more Ramones, XTC, and others..."

Holiday in San Antonio
The birth of Austin's punk scene: the Sex Pistols at Randy's Rodeo in San Antonio, 25 years ago this week.
Music Story  January 10, 2003, by Margaret Moser
"...Kathy had played matchmaker. We loved proto-punk bands Blondie, the Ramones, Dr..."

Music Review  December 27, 2002, by Raoul Hernandez
"...RamonesLoud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits (Sire/Rhino) A single-disc truncation of the far more comprehensive and satisfying Hey Ho Let's Go! anthology from 1999. Surviving compiler Johnny Ramone hammers together 30 loud, fast Dee Dee-heavy punk rockers culminating in the late bassist's little-known, late-career trio of champions, "Main Man," "Strength to Endure," and "The Crusher." The 18-minute bonus disc, from 1985's Too Tough to Die tour, crushes, too, as do David Fricke's blueprint liner notes, also truncated...."

Our readers talk back.
Columns  September 13, 2002
"...Regarding Guy Juke's Ramones experience ["Pleasant Unpleasantries," Sept. 6], here are a few thoughts..."

Pleasant Unpleasantries
Music Story  September 6, 2002, by Guy Juke
"...One day in the early Eighties, I received a phone call from the Ramones' management informing me, in apologetic tones, that a piece of my art had been inadvertently borrowed to produce a Ramones record cover. The graphics firm M & Company had, according to this manager type, lifted my image from an ad placed in the New York Rocker, a popular music mag of the day, without his knowledge, and it was of course too late to do anything about it seeing as it was already printed and ready for distribution..."

Spike & Mike's Classic Festival of Animation 2002
Both punk rock and Spike & Mike's animation festivals (Classic, Sick & Twisted, et al.) are 25 years old this year. On a good day, either one of those cultural...
Film Review  August 30, 2002, by Marc Savlov
"...Classic 2002 isn't the best of the lot and leans heavily on a cluster of previously seen works that will forever be surefire attention-getters, the most obvious of these is Don Hertzfeldt's “Rejected,” an honest-to-goodness animation classic that rivals the best black-and-white work of early animation pioneers in its power to make an audience gasp with surprise or explode into outright laughter. Hertzfeldt's grimly fiendish short, which uses crude stick-figure animation to document the overstressed animator's mental collapse is so pure in its intent and methods that it's the animated equivalent of, yes, the Ramones (and one of Hertzfeldt's previous shorts, “Billy's Balloon,” might as well be the visual equivalent of that band's classic “Beat on the Brat”)..."

All I Really Need to Know I Learned Watching Movies
A good student is a prepared student. Here's our back to school curricula.
Screens Story  August 2, 2002
"...Soles). Riff can't be bothered with attending class or doing homework when the greatest band of all time is coming to town, and you know Togar's ban on the Ramones concert won't stop Riff from being front and center at their upcoming Rockatorium gig..."

Private Parts
Since I’m usually still asleep when pop-phenom Stern’s morning drivetime radio show airs locally, I’m a relative newcomer to the man’s much-publicized on-air shenanigans. That is to say, in a...
Film Review  May 30, 2002, by Marc Savlov

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 15, 2002
"...RED DYE #4, THE DISOWNED, THE SNOBS, FORTY SECOND SCANDAL: Over the next few years, look for the teenagers in these local bands to start grabbing headline slots and press attention. Way too young to drink, their hearts pound with Ramones-like lust and they reference Austin legends like the Big Boys and Butthole Surfers..."

The Offspring
Music Review  January 19, 2001, by Margaret Moser
"...The OffspringConspiracy of One (Columbia) Finding a distinctive sound and distinguishing pace is no crime; the Ramones and ABBA made whole careers of it. Except the Offspring don't have the universal appeal of ABBA, or the stamina of the Ramones, and their musically spare, testosterone-driven latest release, Conspiracy of One, is naked proof..."

From Here to Eternity
The only punk rock band that mattered, and why they still do
Music Story  May 19, 2000, by Jerry Renshaw
"...The Clash homed in on their concerns like sharpshooters, articulating much more clearly than the splenetic sputterings of latter-day hardcore bands like GBH and the Varukers, or the confused "Anarchy now!" vegan muddle cooked up by hippies with punk haircuts like Crass. The Sex Pistols went more for shock value for its own brainless sake; the Ramones sang revved-up pop songs about glue and girls, with politics being the furthest thing from their Carbona-crazed minds..."

Desert Island Discs
Music Story  January 7, 2000
"...Greg Beets 1. Ramones, Rocket to Russia (Sire)..."

Lipstick Traces
Music Review  July 15, 1999
"...The Iggy Pop theory of old punks just getting better with age could just be the coolest trend of the millennium. Ramones, anyone?..."

Screens Story  March 20, 1998
"... In the tradition of Sixties beach party and teen-movie nonsense, Rock'n'Roll High School (D: Alan Arkush, 1979; with P.J. Soles, Paul Bartel, Clint Howard, Dick Miller, Vince Van Patten, the Ramones) is the story of high school, a rock band, exploding white mice, a lovesick teenage girl (Soles), making out, hall monitors, and an evil principal..."

Critics Poll
Best Roadshow
Music Story  January 10, 1997
"...Stegall: The Soulbenders' set at the Ramones Hoot Night, Hole In The Wall..."

Please Kill Me and other ROCK & ROLL BOOKS of 1996
Books Story  December 6, 1996
"...Hardly comparable to any mag alive, then or now, Punk was a deeply hilarious, hand-lettered burst of snot and middle-finger aesthetics, willing to risk anything for a reaction, transforming a bit of amateurish buffoonery like asking Lou Reed what he likes on his hamburgers into a transcendent moment. Punk wallowed in culture both high and especially low, talking poetry and films with Richard Hell and Patti Smith, yet relying on John Homstrom's background in comic books for its look and layout. But the apex had to be Issue #15, in which the entire mag was taken over by "Mutant Monster Beach Party," a hysterical photocomic salute to the Roger Corman oeuvre starring Joey Ramone and Debbie Harry, apparently a key factor in the Ramones' being cast in Rock 'n' Roll High School..."

John Carpenter's Escape From L.A.
It's been 15 years since Carpenter's futuristic cowboy-noir archetype Snake Plissken (Russell) unpenned the President from the New York City Maximum Security Prison, but then as Snake himself liked to...
Film Review  August 9, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...Above it all, though, is Russell's inimitably sexy Snake, so unchanged between films it seems as though it's only been a long Labor-Day weekend since the A-Number-One Duke of New York got his. To be brutally honest, the City of Angels doesn't completely pack the gritty punch that the Big Apple did, but then Green Day aren't the Ramones, either..."

The Year That Slipped Away
The 6,000 Albums of 1995
Music Story  January 5, 1996
"...8. Ramones, Adios Amigos (Radioactive) Forget Green Day..."

Greg Beets/Alternative
Music Story  January 5, 1996
"...10. Ramones, Adios Amigos (Radioactive) Kirven Blount/Country 1..."

Critics Poll
Music Story  January 5, 1996
"...Trachtenberg: No regular touring jazz in town National Bummer Beets: Ramones break up as hapless imitators swarm pop charts..."

Dancing About Architecture
Texas Friendly?
Music Column  September 15, 1995
"...The latest update on the Miss Universe saga is that due to a sea of legalese gobbledygook sent to them from the famous anachronistic pageant, the band may use the name for another four months, and then when they change it, they have another six months in which they can refer to themselves as "formerly Miss Universe. And get this - I hear that all this mayhem started because some dumb yahoo in some shitty little town in the middle of Ohio or somewhere actually believed that the famous anachronistic pageant was actually being held in a dismal local punk club in his locality, causing him to call the creators of the pageant and demand an explanation. Mixed Notes Warning: though your Pearl Jam ticket says that the band hits the stage at 7:30pm, the fact that the Ramones are going on at 4pm indicates that PJ will likely come on closer to 5 or 6pm..."

Live Shots
Music Story  June 16, 1995
"...couldn't be more dissimilar. Where most punk bands (the Chumps included) originate from the rhythmic base Jon Savage identified as "Punk Rhythm 1 - the drill-Ramones variant," the Paranoids seem to start with "My Generation" and work outward..."

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..."

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