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"...Guitarist Pat Metheny is quick to point out that he's played Austin many times over the years. Even so, the seminal jazz guitarist's local appearances this weekend, Friday and Sunday at the One World Theatre, are notable in that he'll be performing with his trio rather than with his long-running and more renowned Pat Metheny Group..."
"...It gets complicated, however, when all these traits and associations become the ties that bind the same three people. This is the turf explored in The Trio, a German comedy about an intricate love triangle and its attendant work relationships..."
"...In a world ravaged by nuclear holocaust, the only untainted water available comes from the Clean Water Corporation, an unscrupulous conglomerate headed by an evil, mutated bad guy. The Heroic Trio -- Chat (Cheung), Wonder Woman (Mui), and San (Yeoh) -- have split up and gone their separate ways since the end of the last film, but fate (and the driving need for an Evian) reunites them in a quest to break the tyrant's stranglehold on the agua supply..."
"...From Michelle Yeoh's (Police Story III) chain-swinging “Invisible Woman” to Anthony Wong's (Hard-Boiled) dim-witted zombie henchman, the cast has created characters who seem to leap right out of a four-color universe and onto the silver screen. Sure, you could say that this movie has too much going on for its own good, but to do so would be missing the point: Heroic Trio is a live-action comic book, and captures the quirky spirit and skewed logic of the medium better than both Batmans put together...."
"...That's one of the uncertainties threaded throughout Trio, a new play by Sheila Cowley receiving its world premiere from Filigree Theatre, itself a new company. Center stage are Leslie and Tim, who are holed up in her father's garage working desperately to create a new play for kids that they can perform at a major theatre festival the next day..."
"...George (né Jeff Henry) is one-third of Third Root, an ultra-enlightened hip-hop trio also fielding MC/poet/teacher Charles Peters (Easy Lee) and Marco Cervantes (MexStep), a rapper/doctorate holder/associate professor at UT-San Antonio. Their moniker derives from the overlap in Afro-Latin cultures, specifically colonial influences that include the Atlantic slave trade which brought 200,000 Africans to New Spain, now Mexico..."
"...That's the nickname of Gerner's hulking modular synthesizer that guides the sound of ambient local trio Dallas Acid. It takes up two full walls of the band's rehearsal space and sounds both futuristic and retro, producing distinctly warm yet robotic tones reminiscent of German electronic pioneers Cluster and Tangerine Dream..."
"...Those of you hoping for more drama in the long-running Austin Energy saga got your wish Monday night when three of the seven sitting Electric Utility Commissioner members up and quit from the dais. The trio – Phillip Schmandt, Stephen Smaha, and Michael Webber (appointees of Council Members Chris Riley, Sheryl Cole, and Bill Spelman, respectively) – had been visibly disappointed with both Council and city management over the past few months..."
"...Each of the 10 nights would focus on a different theme or genre, and Tarantino introduces each movie with his trademarked vigor and enthusiasm, bolstered by a wealth of knowledge and informed commentary. Now, with five Austin QT Fests under his belt, Tarantino will be sharing this format with the world, as the Trio cable network presents six nights of Tarantino-presented movies to coincide with the opening of his new film, Kill Bill Vol..."
"...photograph by John Carrico Though their sound has itsfoundations in the left-leaning outskirts of jazz, an apt description of the Golden Arm Trio's music is easier if you think in terms of approach rather than genre. For pianist/percussionist Graham Reynolds, the only constant in this ever-evolving Austin endeavor, the creative journey of improvisation comes in far ahead of commitment to a form..."
"...To help fund a production of their latest play, Mothers and Daughters, Conspire Theatre hosts the reigning Austin Music Awards’ Musician of the Year and her Gina Chavez Trio tonight at the All Saint’s Episcopal Church...."
"...As it happens, she’s the reincarnation – “recurrence” in the film’s parlance – of a member of the universe’s royalty, thanks to matching genetics. Soon enough, a trio of spacey bounty hunters are tracking her, a genetically spliced wolf-human supersoldier in anti-grav surfwear (Channing) is saving her, and a trio of universal royals are clamoring for her attention, or her death, or both..."
"...William Eubank’s background in marketing and music videos is plainly apparent in each of his directorial efforts, Fantastic Fest 2011 selection Love and this Sundance-approved follow-up, in which a trio of tech-savvy twentysomethings – Nic, Haley, and Jonah (Thwaites, Cooke, and Knapp) – allow a cross-country trip to get waylaid by the provocations of a mysterious hacker. After being drawn out to the Nevada desert by the titular beacon, our hapless trio soon find themselves detained in an underground facility, subject to the curious investigations of an aloof doctor (Fishburne, who's further removed by the hazmat suit he always wears) and given few actual answers as to what they have stumbled upon...."
"...Airheads is, unfortunately, no exception. Lehmann's newest (following, heh heh, Hudson Hawk) chronicles the misadventures of a trio of metalheads as they try to get radio airplay for their demo tape..."
"...In their stead, she attempts to answer the question posed at the beginning: “Must imagination shun the encounter with reality, or are they enamored of each other? Can they form an alliance?” Virtually plotless, this movie replaces violent conflict with something much more akin to lived experience, as women of two cultures encounter one another and find that they can get along splendidly. Of course, it helps that one of the Europeans, Lady Windemere (Seyrig), is a veteran ethnologist who speaks Mongolian, that another is a young Frenchwoman named Giovanna (Sastre) who is utterly open to new experience, and that the others -- a singer fresh from the Broadway stage and a trio who are the klezmer version of the B-52's -- are themselves show business nomads..."
"...Now two months way, South by Southwest Music released its largest block of bands to date this morning. The new batch of 498 acts includes psychedelic stoner trio Dead Meadow, rising Minneapolis singer/rapper Lizzo, B-52’s singer Cindy Wilson, and Sad13, pop project of Speedy Ortiz frontwoman Sadie Dupuis...."
"...It must have seemed a can’t-miss proposition: Brad Pitt as the voice of the world’s most famous sailor-cum-brigand, Zeta-Jones as his burgeoning paramour, and Pfeiffer as Eris, the Goddess of Chaos. Anyone who’s seen Wolf can fall in line with that last one, and Pitt acquits himself admirably as well – Zeta-Jones, too, is no slouch; her Marina has an immensely sexy, DIY streak a mile wide – but taken together and tossed atop a standby story that seems cobbled together from action outtakes, this heroic trio is wasted and flat..."
"...Chase films, as a rule, tend to involve as many speeding vehicles as possible these days, and while Noyce’s film is clearly of the hot-pursuit variety, it takes place almost entirely on foot, in the flat, dusty, dead reaches of the far Australian outback, in the year 1931. The quarry in question is a trio of young mixed-race Aboriginal girls – 14-year-old Molly (Sampi), her 8-year-old sister Daisy (Sansbury), and 10-year-old cousin Gracie (Monaghan) – who, as was the policy of the Australian government in regard to half-caste children, have been forcibly removed from their tiny village and relocated to the Moore River Native Settlement over 1,500 miles to the north..."
"...I defy viewers to exit theatres post-Puffery without silly grins on their faces and the urge to save the world in their hearts. The big-screen adaptation of the Cartoon Network's flagship show -- featuring the adventures of a trio of pint-sized superheroines Blossom (Cavadini), Bubbles (Strong), and Buttercup (Daily), who have Charlie Brown heads and anime eyes -- is smart, sassy, silly fun, a pop-culture smorgasbord filtered through the lens of Fifties kitsch and set to a hipster beat that makes you want snap your fingers and beat up on the bad guys at the same time..."
"...Wracked with guilt, he's ready to turn himself over to the cops but instead embarks on a semi-wild night of drinking with the boys. At sunrise, on a whim, the three pack into a car -- taking John's wife Marie (Adams) and their young son, as well as Jimmy's new crush Amy (Kellner), who just happens to be the boss' daughter (the trio work at a rundown Little Italy ravioli factory, which just happens to be a front for the mob) -- and head out to the Hamptons to do some serious soul-searching..."
"...This weekend's soundtrack comes with an extra helping from Down Under with King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard at Stubb's and trio Middle Kids at Antone's...."
"...The Police frontman threw in the same line about drummer Stewart Copeland two minutes later, but as Summers’ Telecaster blaze went from molten to nuclear, the show’s scorecard clearly had the shorter, stouter guitarist in the lead. Considering the two tall egomaniacs yin and yanging the UK trio on either side of him for the past 30 years, Sting’s initial Police bulletin rang truest. Not that the former Gordon Sumner – whose spitting-image son, Joe (in looks, in voice, on bass in a UK trio), had opened the concert winningly with his band Fiction Plane – wasn’t in perfectly fine fettle..."
"...Entering the inferno for this inaugural edition is a handful of albums that somehow came into my possession during the chaos of SXSW. Earthless Sonic Prayer (Gravity) San Diego’s Earthless saved the day during Vice’s annual Eastside block party. For 40 minutes this trio killed with an improvised metal jam led by the scorching guitar noodling of Isaiah Mitchell..."
"...Mattson and Brauner’s script sports a number of laugh-out-loud gags interspersed with the sort of dewy-eyed romantic moments that only seem to happen in the movies – seeing LL Cool J stride a shining white stallion really ought not work, but here it does – and their grasp of the subtleties of married men’s territoriality around in-laws and their teeter-totter self-worth is spot-on. The film’s major drawback is the broad strokes with which the henpecked trio of males is presented – they’re not quite caricatures, but their individual quirks feel as though they were cribbed from other, better films..."
"...This changes when they meet Jim (Sanders), an East Coast accountant traveling west to meet his brother in the booming city of Big Kill, Ariz. When the trio arrive, they find themselves in a city caught in the grip of a cruel preacher (Patric) and the notorious outlaw Johnny Kane (Phillips)..."
"...Taking their name from the Thai word for airplane, Houston trio Khruangbin derives inspiration from rare grooves from around the globe. 2015 debut The Universe Smiles Upon You leaned into Sixties-era Thai funk, while their latest release mines the Middle East along with vintage rock and R&B..."
"...Balancing familiarity with individuality, the ensuing sonic blast roars across the sky like an asteroid with a death wish. After a handful of digital releases, the trio's sound reaches fruition on its self-titled, self-released debut LP, as rampaging and raw a document of ATX's extreme underground as any hesher could hope for...."
"...The trio of tales serve up a pretty pedestrian array of horror cliches: creepy, abandoned asylums where the power constantly goes out; a car breakdown in the dark, secluded woods where beasts may dwell; a poltergeist driving a man and his pregnant wife to extreme measures. An homage (well, that’s one word for it) to classic horror films, at least the framing device of Goodman’s quest offers up some mildly interesting variations, especially in the end, where the film attempts to draw all the various ribbons together to make a nice little bow..."
"...Jeremy Bruch: Maybe best known in these parts as the drumming component of the Golden Arm Trio, the band that’s the epicenter of all things Graham Reynolds...."
"...A less-than-perky Reese Witherspoon is Alice, a recently separated fortysomething mother of two who’s moved back to Los Angeles to escape a stale marriage and to start anew. In a twist on the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, she allows a trio of young men struggling to break into the movie business to live in the guest house of her late filmmaker father’s sprawling Brentwood home..."
"...Even by the unconventional standards of line upon line percussion, the first piece in first – the second concert of the trio's fourth season – was ... surprising..."
"...What do you get when you cross an antediluvian giant squid with a dilapidated pickup truck? You get Monster Trucks, the trippiest kids’ movie ever to roll on four wheels. Tugging at your heart with one tentacle while lashing out at Big Oil with another, this stranger-than-strange $125 million film defies description, but here goes: A fracking accident triggered by the environmentally insensitive drilling practices of an unscrupulous petroleum company brings to the surface a trio of blubbery cephalopods, a new species of aquatic critters whose presence at the site could threaten the company’s lucrative mineral rights..."
"...As it happens, the next day a package arrives in the mail containing an advance proof of Edward’s first book, titled Nocturnal Animals and dedicated to Susan. It’s here that the main story splits off and becomes the novel, in which a family – the father is also played by Gyllenhaal – driving to Marfa for a vacation are attacked by a trio of deranged maniacs straight out of The Hills Have Eyes..."
"...Live music events and a food trailer park are expected to attract a lively crowd to the hub. And a trio of businesses – Still Austin Whiskey Co., St..."
"...lang, alt-rock warrior Neko Case, and Oregonian folker Laura Veirs had willed their way to Austin after the latter pair green-lit the “Constant Craving” singer’s long-shot query. Following a two-year recording process, the power trio yielded June’s beaut bow...."
"...The mockumentary Popstar so accurately mimics the music biz it means to lampoon, and so faithfully reproduces the behind-the-scenes music-doc aesthetic it intends to goof, you might not see the jokes through the trees: The ego, excess, and product synergy just don’t feel all that exaggerated from pop music’s real-life absurdities. And that may be an intentional, even artful, bit of misdirection on the part of comedy trio the Lonely Island, which wrote, directed, and star in the film..."
"...The band’s debut LP, the rightly named One, dropped in October. Since then, the Austin trio’s been abuzz with moody dream-pop...."
"...Easily the most anticipated (and critic-proof) film of the year, The Force Awakens hews closely to Lucas’ original trio of Star Wars outings. For younger fans (i.e., those who’ve had the misfortune to not be born yet when the series made its debut “a long time ago,” aka 1977) J.J..."
"...Those were my thoughts as I waited for the lights to dim in a kiddie-packed theatre on a dreary Saturday morning. And while I was familiar with the adventures of songwriter Dave Seville (Lee) and his trio of harmonizing rodents – Alvin (Long), Simon (Gubler), and Theodore (McCartney) – this was my first foray into this latest incarnation of a franchise that dates back to the late Fifties...."
"...The elements are all there: the tried-and-true one-crazy-night template; a trio of likable leads, bolstered by gifted supporting actors; a director who’s shown skill combining comedy with more dramatic elements (the zombie Romeo and Juliet riff Warm Bodies and cancer dramedy 50/50); and the surprise delight of the forever-frowning Michael Shannon playing a stoned Ghost of Christmas Past, Present, and Future...."
"...There’s not much “boo!” in the bugaboos here. Based on the absurdly popular anthology of horror fiction that sold over 400 million books during its heyday, the film’s conceit is admittedly an interesting one: A trio of teens unwittingly unleashes on their sleepy little town the literary mayhem in the locked manuscripts of Stine’s works, much to the authorial dismay of the man who created those waking nightmares (a bespectacled and weirdly accented Black, looking and sounding nothing like Stine)..."
"...It’s the trio of chilly and chilling performances at the heart of Goodnight Mommy that raises the film to a higher level of existential dread. Olga Neuwirth’s nerve-jangling score, and the film’s unsettling sound design do much to induce anxiety bordering on outright, cringing panic..."
"...The three men’s individual and joint stories wondrously unfold, sometimes catching you off-guard with a couple of surprising turns that provide the movie with meatier drama than you might anticipate at the outset. (Think maybe Hands on a Hard Body or The King of Kong.) Getting to the top of the world isn’t easy, not to mention further complications that stack the odds against the ambitious trio...."
"...This week, American Sharks shove off on a national tour. Since releasing their eponymous LP in 2013, Austin’s speed-sludge trio has toured under the wicked wings of Gwar, Clutch, Red Fang, and the Sword, but this August run represents a greater test for the Sharks..."
"...Coincidentally or not, Ted 2 revolves around issues of civil rights, interspecies relations (slyly subbing for puritanical America’s boiling LGBT and racial divisions), and what, exactly, defines personhood. When teddy bear Ted and human Tami-Lynn decide to have a baby to save their faltering marriage with the support of BBF John, the trio runs afoul of practical physiological matters – Ted isn’t exactly anatomically correct – and the court system..."
"...Dutch director/provocateur Tom Six achieved some serious cinematic infamy when he premiered “100% medically accurate” Human Centipede (First Sequence) at Austin’s Fantastic Fest back in 2009. You may recall (or more likely you’ve spent the intervening years desperately attempting to scour the memory from your brain) that in that film, German actor Dieter Laser played a mad vivisectionist who ends up sewing a luckless trio of innocents anus-to-mouth just for kicks..."
"...Louis businessman whose Jerry Maguire-like exit from former employer Chuck Portnoy (Miller) has seen little reward in the year after. Alongside the well-aged Tim (Wilkinson) and undereducated Mike (Franco), Dan pins all his hopes on a make-or-break deal that sees the trio traveling from Missouri to Maine and, ultimately, to Berlin in order to fend off renewed competition from Chuck...."