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The Heads
Music Story  October 11, 1996
"...Thursday, October 17 The myth of Talking Heads was that David Byrne was the band's sole visionary; that's the privilege of a frontman -- no matter what, he looks like the leader. What's so astonishing in the wake of Byrne's refusal to re-group and subsequent lawsuit against his former bandmates, is how strong a musical unit the Heads have emerged on their new record No Talking Just Head, since legally, there really is no more Talking...."

SXSW Heads Down Under
Shorts programmer to curate for St. Kilda festival
DAILY Screens  April 3, 2013, by Monica Riese


Heads in the Sky; Feet on the Ground
Interview with artist Leah DeVun
Features Story  June 4, 2010, by Andy Campbell
"...Leah DeVun: It comes from this really amazing book called Lesbian Land, which came out in the 1980s – a compilation of writings and interviews about womyn's lands, women's intentional communities, and land dykes. There's a quotation on the back cover – "Our heads in the sky, our feet on the ground, and our hands on each other" – and I just love that..."

Talking Prince With Revolution Drummer Bobby Z
Purple punk, purple polka bands, purple pancakes
DAILY Music  October 10, 2018, by Tim Stegall
"...We’re still playing for him! All we know to do is to honor him with these original arrangements. His DNA is still in our heads..."

Dance Visionary Charles Santos Heads to NYC Life Cycles
Arts Story  November 24, 1995


AISD Union Leaders Butt Heads Over Insurance Costs
Low-wage workers pay more for increase in health plan rates
News Story  July 12, 2013, by Richard Whittaker


Point Austin: Open Meetings, Empty Heads
No talking at City Hall unless we're all invited
News Column  February 4, 2011, by Michael King


Talking Travis: Donna Howard
District 48 rep on the pros and cons of getting studies passed
DAILY News  May 11, 2009, by Richard Whittaker
"...The former nurse also has her share of medical bills, like HB 2719, sealing a sovereign immunity loophole in the Nursing Practice Act. Howard explained, "Right now, nurses who are working in public hospitals do not have the same protections as nurses who are working in private hospitals." That bill got unanimous support last week from the Civil Jurisprudence committee, and now heads to the floor, she was happy to report...."

Between the Teeth
No one mounts a non-production like David Byrne. Spare, minimalist stage effects combine with the multi-textured pop rhythms of Byrne's music to create an irresistible vortex of sound and light....
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Film Review  January 21, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...of the Meters. In various combinations, they perform music from the late Talking Heads repertoire, Byrne's solo work and a few newer, unrecorded Byrne compositions..."

The U.S. vs. John Lennon
Documentary about Lennon's political activism and time spent in New York basks in the legend's presence but offers little new on the subject.
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Film Review  September 29, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...vs. John Lennon uses old documentary footage and lots of talking heads to tell a story about the political ferment of the late Sixties and early Seventies and Lennon’s participation in the political fray..."

Waking Life
This animated journey through one character's dreams is a stirring, motivational, and metaphysical head trip.
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Film Review  October 26, 2001, by Kimberley Jones
"...Sure, sometimes it stumbles over its far-reaching ambitions, occasionally grates like an Intro to Philosophy discussion, where all the kids clad in black try to outsmart each other. It won't appeal to anyone not in the mood for talking heads waxing philosophic about waking, dreaming, André Bazin, and the byzantine path the meaning of a word takes from one person to the next..."

Thank God I'm a Lesbian
With wit and style, the title makes it perfectly clear where this Canadian documentary is coming from. Essentially a talking heads documentary, the film cuts between approximately one dozen women...
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Film Review  June 24, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...With wit and style, the title makes it perfectly clear where this Canadian documentary is coming from. Essentially a talking heads documentary, the film cuts between approximately one dozen women speaking their thoughts on a variety of subjects..."

Got God?
A short look at PBS's God In America
DAILY Screens  October 5, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
"...does so tediously. The painstaking approach of PBS's God In America is not what bothers as much as the pacing and the mind numbing flipping back and forth between talking heads and images..."

Keepers of the Flame Part 2
RIP Gary Kurfirst
DAILY Music  January 15, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...I figured if the manager of the Talking Heads, Ramones, and B-52s was calling me to say he had a new band, it was important...."

In the Land of the Deaf
Movies. Talking pictures. Sight and sound. In this day and age, we accept the pairing of moving images and synchronous sound as a given. They're the movies. So how does...
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Film Review  November 4, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Additional factors in organizing this movie are the choices made when framing the signing speakers: conventional head shots are scuttled in favor of full body shots. Communication becomes much more than talking heads..."

Rain Without Thunder
The year is 2042 and the word “terminator” has taken on a new cultural meaning. Terminators are the abortionists of this future society. By constitutional amendment, abortion and non-barrier methods...
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Film Review  March 19, 1993, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The entire movie is composed as a series of “talking head” interviews, a technique that's poison to a documentary and deadly to a fiction film. It is no exaggeration to say that this movie is thoroughly “leg-less.” Fortunately, writer/director Bennett has assembled an extraordinary supporting cast here -- notably Daniels, Forrest, Hunt, Jones, Greene, Pendleton -- who accomplish more with their talking heads than most actors can achieve with their whole bodies..."

Call Me Lucky
Bobcat Goldthwait directs doc about fellow comic Barry Crimmins
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Film Review  August 7, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...A compelling character, cultural forebear, beloved friend, and unsung comic and activist, Crimmins makes for an intriguing subject. Nevertheless, the film consists mostly of talking heads and decaying video clips..."

Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns
No, it’s not a "wishful thinking" selection from aGLIFF, but a candy-coated valentine of a documentary about art-rock quirksters They Might Be Giants. (Actually, the world premiere of Gigantic occurred...
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Film Review  August 1, 2003, by Marrit Ingman
"...In the best sequence, cultural critic Gina Arnold and others argue quite reasonably that unassuming little TMBG launched the juggernaut of "alternative" music. But is Gigantic good? It’s certainly thorough, with an all-star collection of talking heads (Elektra labelmate Frank Black, Syd Straw, Sarah Vowell, Dave Eggers) and a metric assload of concert footage..."

Rebels With a Cause
Compelling documentary about the Sixties" Students for a Democratic Society includes commentary from such leaders as Tom Hayden and Austin's Alice Embree and Jeff Shero Nightbyrd.
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Film Review  March 2, 2001, by Marc Savlov
"...The barrage of information in Rebels is at times wearying; indeed many of the speakers look somewhat battle-weary, but there's clearly still a holy fire burning deep within their now-hooded eyes. Garvy relies on talking heads (set against a background of SDS-era slogans) a tad too much..."

Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable
The great photographer's work reappraised and redeemed
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Film Review  October 26, 2018, by Steve Davis
"...Wisely, the documentary doesn’t merely pay tribute to Winogrand through a predictable assembly of talking heads extolling the artistic virtues of the erstwhile UT-Austin lecturer's oeuvre. It features a few scratchy film clips and sound recordings of him, which convey a humbler version of Norman Mailer..."

Kusama: Infinity
The colorful world of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama
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Film Review  September 28, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...Heather Lenz’s new doc seeks to right those wrongs, and in the process, celebrate and provide context to the life of this incredibly complex person. And it does that, in the way that the best biopic docs do, with access to the artist, now 89, and various museum curator talking heads espousing her brilliance..."

All Things Must Pass
Spirited doc traces the rise and fall of Tower Records
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Film Review  November 6, 2015, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Solomon’s skills as a raconteur, the employees’ unabashed love for their work, and the constant stream of rock music playing in the background advance the film into something much more than a talking-heads documentary. Occasionally repetitive, the film is nevertheless full of little moments like Springsteen’s poetic description of the stores as the place where “your dreams met the listener” or a shot of the budgetary line entry for “handtruck fuel” (code name for cocaine)..."

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
Alex Gibney's doc penetrates the church's cloak of secrecy
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Film Review  September 25, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...Like its literary source, the film is a little scattershot, referring to things like the Sea Organization (the core Church membership reputedly treated like indentured servants) before providing any backstory to fully appreciate the reference. The cast of talking heads in Going Clear consists primarily of former members who voluntarily left the church, from the recognizable television actor Jason Beghe, to Oscar-winning screenwriter/director Paul Haggis (Crash), to once-prominent Scientology leaders Mike Rinder and Marty Rathbun..."

Listen to Me Marlon
Marlon Brando, in his own words, is nothing short of transcendent
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Film Review  August 21, 2015, by Steve Davis
"...The utterly remarkable documentary Listen to Me Marlon charts the actor’s life through Brando’s own words, using public domain materials and never-before-seen or -heard video clips and audio tapes from his personal archives to reveal a complicated human being who defied simple categorization by design. No talking heads here, just Marlon in all his magnificent complexity..."

Pandora's Promise
Bringing a fresh voice to an old controversy, this documentary argues that nuclear power is the true green energy.
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Film Review  June 21, 2013, by Louis Black
"...Former anti-nuke spokespeople who have changed their positions are among the many talking heads in this film, which lends a very real depth and eloquence to the discussion. On the other hand, the anti-nuclear camp already has task forces busily attacking the points made by Pandora’s Promise...."

Page One: Inside The New York Times
The slow death of print media and the often shambling efforts of newspapers to reinvent themselves is one of the main topics of this documentary.
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Film Review  July 1, 2011, by Kimberley Jones
"...The Chronicle isn’t immune to these seismic upheavals – maybe you’ve noticed some names have disappeared from our staff box? – and recently the Statesman announced a dozen early buyouts of veteran reporters and editors. These are sink-or-swim times for print media, a fact grimly illustrated in the film when one Times employee frames a wave of layoffs thusly: “We have to dump bodies overboard.” Page One’s wandering attention touches on the Pentagon Papers, WikiLeaks, and the enduring embarrassment of the Judith Miller scandal, with asides from an impressive array of talking heads like David Remnick, Gay Talese, and Clay Shirky. (It should also be noted that Page One wears its pro-Times bias on its sleeve, right up to the rankling but now-common inclusion of a “get involved” Web address at film’s end.) Page One is most compelling as a moving-picture portrait of the prickly personalities at the media desk – a department often tasked with writing obituaries for its own industry – including Media Desk Editor Bruce Headlam (good for gallows humor), irrepressible tweeter Brian Stelter (a wunderkind blogger wisely recruited by the Times), and, most especially, David Carr..."

Boxing Gym
Famed documentary maker Frederick Wiseman directs his camera on Richard Lord's Austin boxing gym.
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Film Review  November 12, 2010, by Kimberley Jones
"...Doc-maker laureate Frederick Wiseman's latest, filmed locally at Lord's Gym, is not so far removed from his last, La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet: Both films fixate on the process – the sweat, the endless reps – rather than the final product, be it opening night or a bout in the ring. In signature Wiseman fashion, Boxing Gym forgoes any audience hand-holding – no IDs, no talking heads – and simply immerses the viewer in the all-are-welcome gym run by the compact and sage Richard Lord..."

Young@Heart
Even though this documentary about a choral group of lovable octogenarians whose perform songs by Sonic Youth and the Talking Heads sounds gimmicky, it is really about something to which we can all relate: our own mortality.
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Film Review  April 18, 2008, by Steve Davis
"...Directed by: Stephen Walker. A documentary about a choral group of lovable octogenarians whose repertoire includes songs by Sonic Youth and the Talking Heads? It sounds gimmicky, scary even..."

Pete Seeger: The Power of Song
More than an appreciation, this documentary portrait of the great American folksinger and activist is an inspiration.
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Film Review  October 19, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Even if you weren't a kid like me, who remembers dancing around the living room to the sound of scratchy Weavers records on her separate kiddie record player, there will be plenty in Brown's documentary profile of Pete Seeger and his music for you to enjoy. Far from a nostalgia trip or dull, talking-heads reflection, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song goes a long way toward explaining what it was about the folk music of Seeger and his most successful group outing with the Weavers that made a little girl – and gazillions of others of all ages – want to get up and dance and sing along in harmony..."

The 11th Hour
Leonardo DiCaprio narrates this well-constructed – but oddly calm – documentary on global climate change aimed at the fence sitters, not the true believers.
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Film Review  September 14, 2007, by Marc Savlov
"...Regrettably, as The 11th Hour also states, mankind never has been accused of being too sane for its own good. And while it's a well-constructed doc, full of relevant information and geared toward those people who still might be fence-sitters on the subject, there's something missing from The 11th Hour's lengthy procession of talking heads: a sense of maddened outrage..."

Gay Sex in the 70s
Little more than a series of interviews with those who survived those times, interspersed with titillating soft-core clips from the archives, this documentary offers a sympathetic perspective of the post-Stonewall sexual liberation years in New York City.
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Film Review  March 10, 2006, by Steve Davis
"...There is, however, little socio-political insight into the Dionysian revolution depicted here; the film seems to serve more as a nostalgia piece than anything. Some of the rare footage in the documentary is eye-opening (in more ways than one) and provides a view into a way of life that all the talking heads in the world can’t articulate..."

In My Country
Samuel L. Jackson and Juliette Binoche star in this John Boorman political drama about the work of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
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Film Review  April 8, 2005, by Marrit Ingman
"...The trouble is that In My Country doesn’t translate smoothly from Antjie Krog’s novel (titled Country of My Skull) to the screen, at least not in accordance with Ann Peacock’s script and Boorman’s direction. Peacock is a former attorney and writer of teleplays, and while such a background needn’t be a handicap, it is here; the film relies too heavily upon talking heads in the courtroom to convey the stories of the 21,800 mostly black petitioners to the Commission (one Afrikaans settler speaks of watching his family destroyed by a guerilla land mine; it isn’t clear if his presence is factually representative)..."

Uncovered: The War on Iraq
The filmmaker, who is also responsible for the recent documentary Outfoxed, argues that intelligence data have been manipulated by this administration to justify the decision to go to war.
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Film Review  October 8, 2004, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The film opens with introductions to each speaker, even though they are well-identified throughout. It gives the creeping sensation that this is going to be a talking-heads documentary, which Greenwald delivers in spades..."

What the #$*! Do We Know!?
Quantum physics, intent and possibility, science and fantasy … goofy cult or educational primer?
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Film Review  September 10, 2004, by Marc Savlov
"...Amanda – a character bordering on the insufferable – has emotional and mental revelations at a wedding she’s been assigned to shoot, fantasizes that her ample hips are out to get her, and dances around with tiny animated peptides, pink and green bouncing blobs that recall nothing so much as, it has to be said, Flubber. There’s plenty of good science wrapped up in this messily ambitious film; a number of the talking heads nattering on make genuinely interesting points regarding the very strange and very fascinating world of quantum science, but the film’s intent is undercut by its far-too-daffy approach, which leaves it feeling something like an ABC Afterschool Special for the bastard offspring of mad scientists and California desert shamans..."

Calle 54
Superstars of Latin jazz are captured as they perform in the studio.
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Film Review  June 22, 2001, by Marrit Ingman
"...The transition between the two techniques can be jarring at times, and the use of nostalgic sepia stock for O'Farrill's performance sequence feels like a misfire, overstating the elegiac quality of the moment. Otherwise, the film is remarkably restrained; Trueba keeps the emotions on the screen and in the studio, not in the mouths of talking heads (except for one awkward montage explaining the African roots of the genre)..."

Stop Making Sense
The 15th anniversary is as good an idea as any to release this Jonathan Demme/Talking Heads performance documentary that is one of the very best rock & roll films ever...
Film Review  August 19, 1999, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Directed by: Jonathan Demme. The 15th anniversary is as good an idea as any to release this Jonathan Demme/Talking Heads performance documentary that is one of the very best rock & roll films ever made..."

Uncut
Uncut zealously covers the three “Cs” -- copyright, censorship, and circumcision -- with the fervor of an artistic crusade. It's obvious that unorthodox filmmaker John Greyson (Lilies) finds these issues...
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Film Review  April 9, 1999, by Steve Davis
"...Part documentary, part fictional narrative, Uncut is unusual, to put it politely. On the one hand, talking heads righteously discuss how artists run afoul of the law when incorporating or borrowing from the works of others; in these segments, Michael Jackson, Kurt Weill, and lawyers are dissed on par with the Antichrist..."

Coming Out Under Fire
Coming Out Under Fire is a 71-minute-long documentary about homosexuality in the U.S. military during World War II. The research is based on a book of the same title by...
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Film Review  August 5, 1994, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Shot in black-and-white, the film is structured with clips of archival footage, old photographs, newsreels, and training films. Yet it is mostly a “talking heads” documentary organized around recently recorded interviews with nine gay and lesbian veterans who served during this wartime period..."

Sex Is...
If you combine the experiences of the 15 interviewees in the documentary Sex Is…, you can distill the history of the gay American male in the past 40 years or...
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Film Review  November 12, 1993, by Steve Davis
"...The common denominator linking this intentionally disparate group of men is their shared fascination with sexual experience, however varied it may be. Seamlessly edited, these from-the-heart (and groin) monologues occasionally make for compelling talking heads: the black man telling of his S&M experiences with a white South African, the middle-aged couple gushing about how much their monogamous relationship continues to excite them, the porn star suggesting how all sex, with or without a camera, is some type of role-playing..."

The Famine Within
With help from the Canadian Film Board, which has been remarkably supportive of women's film, Gilday has made a documentary about women's very intense and generally sick relationship with food....
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Film Review  January 17, 1992, by Kathleen Maher
"...Admirably, she demonstrates the ability to entertain a variety of different theories relying on sociologists, anthropologists, a Jungian psychologist and even fashion consultants to make her points. She punctuates her talking heads with fairly clumsy scenes of runway models dressed to illustrate various points..."

Time to Bounce
Rapping with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, the funkiest Connecticut Yankees in King Arthur's Court
Music Story  November 3, 2000, by John G. La Briola
"...During a long-forgotten episode of American Bandstand in the late Seventies, Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth told Dick Clark, "We want to change the face of music," something even Clark's plastic surgeons might've considered a stretch. It was a bold declaration for anyone to make on national television, let alone someone from an obscure art-punk band of preppy nerds in sweater vests...."

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Doc doesn't quite capture the spirit of the brilliant iconoclast
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Film Review  July 15, 2016, by Steve Davis
"...You get the impression that talking about himself and his music made Zappa slightly uncomfortable and self-conscious, even embarrassed, though on a couple of occasions during the film (particularly when he knew he was dying of prostate cancer) that bushy eyebrow uncocks and he demystifies the enigma, if only just a little. They are rare moments of clarity in a movie without talking heads except for the one attached to its subject matter..."

Inside Job
This documentary, which is narrated by Matt Damon, illuminates the U.S. economic crisis with detailed yet engaging analysis.
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Film Review  November 5, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The documentary begins in the Eighties with the Reagan administration’s deregulation of investment banks, the rise of Alan Greenspan, and the collapse of the savings-and-loan industry, and continues through the Internet bubble, the dismantling of laws that forbade the mergers of corporate giants, the development of computer technology that assists global expansion, the invention of financial derivatives based on ideas of money rather than tangible assets, the growing international interconnectedness of national monetary systems, and much more. Of necessity, there are a lot of talking heads in this documentary, but they are well-selected and well-spoken..."

Finding Gold in a Dust Bowl
Jenny Lewis, Bill Murray, and other nuggets from ACL
DAILY Music  October 1, 2008, by Chase Hoffberger
"...This year’s cut offered an esteemed lineup: one guy used to front the Talking Heads; another headed Creedence Clearwater Revival; a third stood at the center of Led Zeppelin; and one guitarist was the beatkeeper in Nirvana. The weekend featured Pharrell Williams and Danger Mouse, two producers doing more to blend hip-hop with rock music than Run-DMC could have ever imagined, and Erykah Badu, the neo-soul movement’s most prolific contributor...."

Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (Sire/Warner Bros.)
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Music Review  December 31, 1999, by Margaret Moser
"...Talking HeadsStop Making Sense (Sire/Warner Bros.) If bands like Blondie and the Ramones represented the carefree teenage spirit of punk at the tail end of the Seventies, then Talking Heads and Patti Smith were its elder siblings -- art school academics, cynical romantics, intellectual terrorists, punk visionaries. Talking Heads designed new angles in the expression of lyrics and reached the apex of their career on Stop Making Sense..."

So Much Specialness
David Byrne's cult classic 'True Stories' captured a lost Texas and a prescient picture of today
Screens Story  October 5, 2012, by Leah Churner
"...A maroon 1985 Chrysler LeBaron convertible, the car is "square" in both senses of the word. In an unpublished manuscript in Spalding Gray's archive at the Harry Ransom Center, the late monologist described Byrne as "the most perversely wholesome person I have ever met, like grapefruit with salt or green beans with sugar." Turning the tables on conventional rebellion may have been Talking Heads' signature (Polo shirts to play CBGB, the big suit on the Stop Making Sense tour), but True Stories took this kind of irony to the next level..."

Live Shots
Music Story  November 14, 1997
"...If David Byrne had been depending on his solo career to fill the house at his recent La Zona Rosa gig, this show would have been more appropriate at Bob Popular. With half of the 16-song set coming from his Talking Heads days, Byrne is clearly acknowledging the strength of his band's bouncy, lethal punk-pop while still trying to shill reedy, multicultural synth-prattle as his contemporary sound..."

Eye to Eye
David Byrne gets sincere
Music Story  August 10, 2001, by David Lynch
"...No, David Byrne is hungry, because he's obsessed with culture, making sense of it through artistic expression. The lead singer of the Talking Heads, who were originally called the Artistics, left his former band in the early Nineties for producing, solo albums, choreographed dance music, and soundtracks..."

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro: Found a Job
If your job isn't what you love, then something isn't right
Music Column  January 27, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...She was noting it with wonder. "The Girls Want To Be With the Girls." It wasn't typical of rock song titles, but then Talking Heads weren't making typical rock music...."

Five Last-Minute New Year's Eve Picks
Make the last moments of 2014 count without tons of planning.
DAILY Chron Events  December 29, 2014, by Chrontourage
"...General admission tickets are available to enjoy the show, or choose VIP tickets that get you rooftop access and food and drink extras. 5. Talking Heads House Party With HeartByrne [image-5]..."

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