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Spotlight: Zykos
Zykos, the early years
Music Story  March 19, 2004, by Melanie Haupt
"...The story of Austin's Zykos is almost biblical in expanse, going back decades to when Bonzo was president, Wham! whispered on the airwaves, and Houston was in its oil-boom heyday...."

Almost Famous
Adventures in young bandom: Zykos on the road
Music Story  November 19, 2004, by Melanie Haupt
"...It's easy to forget the feel of your britches adhering to your skin, however, when you see Zykos frontman Mike Booher bopping joyously through the crowd, greeting friends and strangers alike with his trademark hand-on-shoulder approach. His other hand, for the majority of the night, is occupied by an Amstel Light, which, as the evening progresses, makes Booher's social trajectory that much more interesting to watch...."

Fall to Grace
Shot in Austin with a mostly local cast and buoyed by a fine, evocative score, Fall to Grace is a quiet little ensemble film that pulses with its own unique heartbeat.
Film Review  June 16, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...You may need a flow chart to keep track of all the various characters and their twining relationships in this debut feature from Austin director Marchbanks, but the end result is well worth the effort. Shot in town with a mostly local cast and buoyed by a fine, evocative score from Jonathan Meiburg and Travis Weller (as well as a who's who of Austin bands spanning everyone from Zykos to Moonlight Towers), Fall to Grace is one of those quiet little ensemble films that tend to get lost in the shuffle..."

Texas Platters
Music Review  May 16, 2003, by Michael Chamy
"...ZykosComedy Horn (Post-Parlo) Make room next to ZZ Top on the CD racks; Zykos has arrived. The young Austin fivepiece's sound is far-reaching on its debut, the driving piano and lush keyboard tableaus of Catherine Davis setting the mood for a series of tight grooves and gray-sky dynamics that emanate from a meridian halfway between Chicago and Manchester..."

The Pleasure Principle
Local bands find the dance-driven heart underneath post-punk's industrial pall
Music Story  April 25, 2003, by Christopher Gray
"...Every so often, musicians' desire to cut loose and party thrusts a long-dormant rock subgenre back into vogue. Austin is currently in the thick of one such revival, as Zykos, I Love You but I've Chosen Darkness, Masonic, Coco Candissi, Dead Whale Tide, a Tiger Named Lovesick, and a number of others are rapidly coalescing into a cadre of bands who satisfy brain and booty alike..."

Changes in the air at the Parish and Emo's, a new label on the horizon, Li'l Cap'n Travis gets a Friday Night Lights close-up, and a Grammy surprise for an old Texas Playboy
Music Column  February 16, 2007, by Christopher Gray
"..."We're not going to have any foreseeable lag," Stevenson says. "We're still booking for now." However, Parish booker and Zykos frontman Mike Booher leaves next week to assume local-booking duties at Emo's from former Misra Records owner Phil Waldorf..."

Texas Platters
Music Review  October 8, 2004, by Melanie Haupt
"...Zykos(Post-Parlo) Zykos is still a young band, having only been in existence a couple of years. In that short span, however, the Austin sixpiece has crafted an indie sound distinctively its own, resulting in 2003's compelling debut Comedy Horn, and now an incredibly mature second album, one that has them poised on the brink of something big..."

Manifesto Destiny
Literate pop, the Elephant 6 in your Parish
Music Story  July 23, 2004, by Melanie Haupt
"...Dickey, of course, runs Post-Parlo, and plays in three of the label's bands, including Western Keys, which also enlists Zykos frontman Mike Booher on guitar. Zykos, also a Post-Parlo band, often plays with Okkervil River and vice versa..."

Fun Fun Fun Fest Preview
Music Story  November 2, 2007
"...Don't be surprised if the relentless duo's insane collision of hip-hop, break beats, and electro-funk comes flying off the stage, barreling down at you on three wheels. – Thomas Fawcett Zykos..."

2005 ACL Music Fest Preview
All 'picks' no 'sleepers' for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, one blurb at a time
Music Story  September 23, 2005
"...Rachael Yamagata is a woman scorned, and her latest RCA release, Happenstance, is a pissed-off Dear John letter written in spit and minor chords. The 26-year-old Chicago singer/pianist plays it tough, and though the Norah Jones comparisons keep rolling in, Yamagata creates her own realm of honesty when she growls, "I'm in love with you, but you are not with me." – Audra Schroeder Zykos 1:50pm, Austin Ventures stage..."

Girls Can Tell
Music Story  March 18, 2005, by Melanie Haupt
"...It's kind of surprising that Dickey was up that early, given the many, many, many hats he wears, from running Post-Parlo Records to booking for Ground Control Touring to playing in his own band, Western Keys. "I'm here with Spoon, Crooked Fingers, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, the Golden Republic, and Zykos..."

Music showcase
Music Review  March 14, 2003, by Melanie Haupt
"...ZykosMercury, Wednesday, March 12 It was muggy out, and it seemed like every club was bursting at the seams with enthusiastic music lovers, drooping hair, and shiny foreheads. The Mercury, host to local label Post-Parlo's showcase (also featuring Western Keys, Explosions in the Sky, and Knife in the Water), was no exception as this up-and-coming local fivepiece took the stage, flannel shirts and all..."

Illusory Impressions
Catherine Davis and Michelle Thompson's site-specific dance-and-music work will move you in ways you won't expect
Arts Story  April 28, 2016, by Jonelle Seitz
"...And while Davis acknowledges that "only 50 percent of people get chills from listening to music," she's always going for that gold. "Until I'm getting that visceral response, I scrap it." Being a trained composer, she could call on theory to try to evoke such a response, but she's also been in rock bands (most notably, Zykos), and she prefers the goose bumps method..."

Crackin' Up
The Arm muscles up to 'Call You Out'
Music Story  April 14, 2006, by Darcie Stevens
"...O'Neal and Bybee are longtime friends who've played together forever: "Kevin's my abusive boyfriend I keep going back to," O'Neal explains. "He breaks my heart every couple of years, and I keep crawling back trying to recapture some of the magic we used to have." Ramirez, from A Tiger Named Lovesick fame, joined the band after a short stint in Tokyo, and Lyon, who also plays with Zykos, joined shortly after...."

99 Bands
Ninety-nine local bands on Red River waiting to be heard
Music Story  July 8, 2005, by Darcie Stevens
"...55: Zykos Quien 'es, Boom! starts off dusty and galloping, a melodic Wilco with dynamic riffs. Black Before Red follows with a page from the Beatles, and the inestimable Glass Family pays homage to Nineties rock & roll..."

Friday Picks
SXSW picks & sleepers
Music Story  March 18, 2005
"...Obtuse hooks, male/female vox, odd meter beats, and laconic lyrics; ZZZZ could've opened for Seventies King Crimson. – David LynchZYKOS10pm, Blender Bar @ the Ritz Upon losing guitarist Jarod Harmeier with the release of their second disc, Zykos, it looked grim for Austin's beloved indie rockers..."

Critics Poll
The 'Chronicle's music staff rates the best local and roadshows, new acts, and more
Music Story  January 7, 2005
"...Haupt: Zykos CD Release, Emos..."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 19, 2004

Sheiks of Industry
Austin record labels, part 2
Music Story  November 21, 2003, by Melanie Haupt
"...Since its inception in 2000, Post-Parlo has grown exponentially, and so has Dickey's reach. The Post-Parlo roster now includes hot new locals Zykos, Dickey's own band Western Keys, and as of next spring, up-and-comers Sound Team..."

Austin from A to Z
Music Column  July 18, 2003, by Christopher Gray
"...ZYKOS: A solid if somewhat unlikely candidate for Austin Album of the Year, Zykos' debut Comedy Horn (Post-Parlo) reveals itself a little more with each listen. Four instrumentalists twist and shape jagged post-Joy Division rock into piano-lit abstractions of sad beauty, until singer Michael Booher's haunting voice wanders by and makes them all too concrete..."

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