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Richard Linklater Gets the Mondo Treatment
Local gallery pays tribute with a new poster exhibit
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"..."It's something that we've talked about doing for years and years," said Mondo Creative Director Mitch Putnam, "and we finally had a slot open up for SXSW where we didn't have a big studio project." That first weekend of SXSW has seen several of the gallery's biggest shows: Game of Thrones in 2013, Disney in 2014, and Mondo regular Jason Edmiston's solo show in 2015. It only made sense to save the big weekend for a suitably high-profile show..."

Playback: Chicken Shit Bingo Splits
Chicken Shit Bingo franchises, Obama music photo–ops, and Austin Music Industry Award winners, and RIP John Morthland
Music Column  March 10, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...President Barack Obama kicks off the SXSW Interactive conference on Friday with a keynote conversation, then sticks around for a DNC fundraiser at the Austin Music Hall. When the Commander-in-Chief visited Austin in 2014, he skipped the line at Franklin Barbecue, upping the brisket haven's already sky-high reputation..."

Friday Showcases
Korea, Japan, Spain, Africa – see the world from single showcases
Music Story  March 19, 2015
"...Threatening nothing less than a full-scale invasion for their American debut this spring, all-female Madrid quartet Hinds bangs out dreamy surf-pop hooks muffled by simmering distortion on last November's Barn. Departing his Nineties rock quintet La Fuga in 2009, guitarist Raul Gutierrez reinvents himself as Rulo y la Contrabanda, his booming vocals on 2014 live album One Night in the Castle second only to the sandpaper mix of smoky electric riffs and his own acoustic grit..."

News Roundup: Never Give Up
Fight against marriage equality continues; F&F looks for a new venture
DAILY News  March 2, 2015, by the News Staff
"...• ABCs for Infant Sleep: The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office reported that in 2014, there were 13 infant suffocation deaths in the county, including 11 associated with bed-sharing – the highest number of infant sleep-related deaths since 2010, and six occurred during the winter months. The MEO is urging parents not to sleep with their babies nor to use blankets with infants – instead recommends a sleep sack or one or two layers of a long-legged, one-piece sleeper, not so warm as to make the infant perspire..."

CMJ Report
Texan takeover and Slowdive reunion
DAILY Music  October 28, 2014, by Doug Freeman

The Digerati Dish on YouTube Success
What do you mean there are YouTube celebs who aren't cats?
DAILY SXSW  March 9, 2014, by Ashley Moreno

It's About Time
‘Predestination’ on a rainy Austin night is a must
DAILY SXSW  March 9, 2014, by Joe O'Connell

Are DIY Chefs Biting Off More Than They Can Chew?
Five local foodies convene on kitchen DIY
DAILY SXSW  March 9, 2014, by Melanie Haupt

Soccer Watch
The U.S. stumbles in World Cup Qualifying, and more
Sports Column  February 8, 2013, by Nick Barbaro
"...Next up in the 10-game "hexagonal": Costa Rica at home March 22, then at Mexico March 26. Those games should tell us a lot more about the Yanks' chances for Brazil in 2014...."

The Death of Dontre Hamilton
Family of Milwaukee man shot by police finds strength in organizing
Screens Story  March 9, 2017, by Nina Hernandez
"...When Blood Is at the Doorstep director Erik Ljung first heard about the death of Dontre Hamilton, who was shot and killed by a Milwaukee Police Department officer in April 2014, he had no idea he would spend the next three years shadowing the family on its quest for justice. The California native, who’d worked mostly in video journalism before this, began to document the initial rallies, but the idea of putting together a full-length doc never crossed his mind...."

Following Linklater's Dream
Richard Linklater: dream is destiny finally opens in Austin
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...After the success of Linklater's 2014 film Boyhood, Bernstein approached Black about doing a portrait of the filmmaker for the American Masters series. Black agreed, and the film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival..."

ACL Fest 2016 Lineup
Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, LCD Soundsystem
DAILY Music  May 5, 2016, by Kevin Curtin

Our Emoji Habits
The future of online pictorial language
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Michael Agresta
"...That future has been slow to arrive. In 2014, Emojli, an emoji-only social-media network, launched to much fanfare..."

The Art of the Steal
The Liberators uncovers how Nazi gold ended up in a small Texas town
Screens Story  March 10, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...The story percolated in the back of Hay's mind for a decade, as she built a career as a location scout and production accountant on shows like Bored to Death and Smash. However, in 2014 she decided to move back to Austin, and the Denison story came calling..."

Music Venue Summit Today at 3pm
Club owners and city officials convene on permits and public safety
DAILY Music  January 25, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Not surprisingly, that results in a major uptick in citations, generally relating to overcrowding violations, obstructed fire exits, and failure to display various permits. In 2014, 37% of overcrowding citations issued by AFD occurred during SXSW..."

DVDanger: Over Your Dead Body
Takashi Miike resurrects an old Japanese ghost
DAILY Screens  January 9, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...I'll freely admit: When I first saw Over Your Dead Body at Fantastic Fest 2014, I found myself unmoved by its glacial charms. Yet in the quiet, attentive confines of a darkened living room, it somehow became infinitely more enthralling..."

Drowning in Mystery on The Midnight Swim
The water calls to director Sarah Adina Smith
DAILY Screens  July 6, 2015, by Richard Whittaker

Sign of the Times?
Plot thickens in Eastside demolition saga
News Story  February 19, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...F&F Real Estate Ventures, a limited liability corporation co-owned by French and business partner Darius Fisher, "purchased the building on Oct. 17, 2014," French confirmed..."

Soy Quien Soy
Gina Chavez comes into her own
Music Story  April 4, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 8:45pm: Gina Chavez is due onstage at the Austin Music Awards. Right now..."

Meet Christiane Swenson
You might recognize the surname via South by Southwest
DAILY Music  March 20, 2014, by William Harries Graham

Sound It Out
Skywalker Sound's Pete Horner on what makes sound design sing
DAILY SXSW  March 7, 2014, by Richard Whittaker

The week before SXSW: The calm before the storm of more queers than we know what do with ... Oh, we'll think of something
Columns  February 28, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...GAYBIGAYGAY 2014 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED GayBi's back. Let 'em know we have their back, and sign up for any number of two-hour volunteer shifts: prefest in building and arting, and fest-proper "in jobs like merch, parking, and water-boi." Sun., March 16, noon-12mid..."

Game On
It's all fun and games at this indie developer showcase
Screens Story  November 15, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...Austin's Pizza will supply free pizza while it lasts, Empire Control Room will be mixing up drink specials for those of age, and Game Over Videogames will take things back to the halcyon days with some vintage games to play. If you're brave enough, enter the mystery tournament judged by a panel of local luminaries with one lucky winner walking away with a 2014 SXSW Interactive badge...."

Playback: ACL Fest – Can't Stop the Music
ACL Fest met both supply and demand. Mostly.
Music Column  October 18, 2013, by Kevin Curtin
"...› South by Southwest has announced the first wave of acts performing at the 2014 music conference, March 11-16. The initial roster lists almost 200 acts representing about 10% of the some 2,000 performers who now showcase annually..."

Can New Republic Studios Be a Game Changer for Austin?
Massive makeover could make Austin the new Atlanta for film
DAILY Screens  November 21, 2017, by Richard Whittaker

Margaret Moser Tribute: Leader of the Pack
The importance of being Margaret Moser as told to 23 of her peers, mentors & protégés
Music Story  June 29, 2017, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Between the start of the Chronicle in 1981 and hanging up her press laminate 33 years later (revisit “Margaret Moser Retires,” May 16, 2014), this paper’s most popular and populist voice cut a radical swath through culture both high and low, and every facet of music in between. Born out of education and advocacy – to Willard Cummings Moser, B.A., M.A., B.D., Ph.D..."

Lege for Sale?
Uber and Lyft splurge on lobby to deregulate themselves
DAILY News  March 14, 2017, by Michael King
"...That’s the message of the latest “Lobby Watch” from Texans for Public Justice, which reports that the two major “rideshare” companies (motto: "You share, we collect") have spent up to $5.5 million lobbying since 2014. That’s on top of the more than $10 million (mostly Uber’s) they spent last spring to impose and then lose an Austin deregulation referendum..."

Farewell to Junior the Wendy's Guy
UT institution died Monday, family raising funds for gathering
DAILY News  April 14, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...After over a decade at the Texas Union Wendy’s, he left Austin to return to his native New York. However, he came back and ended up tragically homeless in 2014..."

The Take-Out
Life can be hard to digest
Food Column  March 31, 2016, by Brandon Watson
"...There's probably no more effective impetus for changing one's life choices than being yelled at by a paramedic for failing to properly vomit. Since having a heart attack in 2014, I have wound up in the ER several times complaining of chest pain and weakness..."

SXSWedu: WeDo 2.0
Lego tackles robotics for kids
DAILY News  March 23, 2016, by Richard Whittaker
"...While Lego may be most famous for branded kits from the latest blockbuster, its roots lie as an educational toy company. Two years ago, it was promoting its Storystarter set (see “SXSWeduc: Are Legos the Next Edu Wave?,” March 14, 2014)..."

10 Minutes with Barrence Whitfield
Screamer/collector acknowledges Bowie but what of Otis Clay?
DAILY Music  January 20, 2016, by Jim Caligiuri

Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2015
Sex sells, and so does stupidity and guns
DAILY News  December 30, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...building, former Fox News employee Phillip Perea handed out fliers detailing how Fox News – and specifically Austin’s Fox affiliate, KTBC – had ruined his career. Shortly after his dismissal in May of 2014, Perea approached the Chronicle about reporting on the “quid pro quo dynamic between FOX 7 and the police chief [Art Acevedo].” Chase Hoffberger reported:..."

Sunday Fun Fun Fun Fest Blurbs
Sunday's top FFF picks
Music Story  November 5, 2015
"...Alvvays 4:10pm, Orange stage Lightning success met Toronto indie poppers Alvvays in 2014. Vocalist Molly Rankin, daughter of Canadian folk kings the Rankin Family, leads the group through trials of nostalgia on the band's debut, and only, self-titled LP, which reached No..."

ACL Fest 2015 Friday Listings – Second Weekend
Blurbing the second Friday of ACL 2015
Music Story  October 8, 2015
"...Whiskey Myers 11:30am, Miller Lite Stage Tyler, Texas' Southern rock quintet brings red dirt and even Led Zeppelin to its loud and proud stance. 2014's Early Morning Shakes, produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), captures some of the fireworks of their dual guitar attack, yet singer Cody Cannon and compadres are still best experienced in the flesh..."

Adam Silver To Headline SXsports
NBA Commissioner will serve as track's Opening Featured Speaker
DAILY SXSW  July 27, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...The 53-year-old bawse has presided over all things hoop since David Stern stepped down on Feb. 1, 2014, and has already launched a series of initiatives that should help move professional basketball forward..."

DVDanger: The Return of Artsploitation
Indie label returns with three psychosexual horrors
DAILY Screens  June 17, 2015, by Richard Whittaker

Zak Starkey Ignites the Who
Frank Erwin Center career overview transcends
DAILY Music  April 28, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez

Lollapalooza Reveals Lineup
Expect significant crossover with ACL Fest
DAILY Music  March 25, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Lolla’s band list remains a reliable a crystal ball for predicting talent at ACL Fest. Of the top 20 acts on the fall classic last year, 14 were also on Lollapalooza 2014, including headliners Outkast and Eminem..."

All or Nothing
Ian McLagan: Small Face, Face, auxiliary Rolling Stone, A-list sideman, Austinite
Music Story  March 19, 2015, by Tim Stegall
"...Ian Patrick McLagan, born May 12, 1945, in Hounslow, West London, insisted he be called "Mac" until his death 69 years later at Brackenridge medical center in Austin on Dec. 3, 2014...."

Behold the Texas Miracle!
The Texas Miracle has a very mixed record on state prosperity
News Story  March 19, 2015, by Michael King
"...Although the overall national economy has steadily improved since the Great Reces­sion, the argument persists over whether Texas has been ahead of other states or more simply benefiting from its longtime economic base of hydrocarbons. The battle was renewed last year by The Washington Monthly's Phillip Longman ("Oops: The Texas Miracle That Isn't," March 1, 2014), who argued at length that the state's claim to economic exceptionalism is largely illusory or built on sand, particularly oil sands..."

1808 Annex Closes
Longstanding 12th Street venue leased out
DAILY Music  February 9, 2015, by Kevin Curtin

Food-o-File: Wednesday Lagniappe
A little extra Austin food news, a little early
DAILY Food  November 26, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• Delysia Chocolatier brought home two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals from the fall 2014 International Chocolate Salon Awards in San Francisco on Nov. 22nd..."

DVDanger: Nick Damici Sees Late Phases
Werewolves, contact lenses, and the Hap and Leonard series
DAILY Screens  November 23, 2014, by Richard Whittaker

One in a Crowd: Mustang Island
Giving a little boost to the home team
DAILY Screens  November 7, 2014, by Richard Whittaker

Comedy Speed Dating
Fred Armisen, W. Kamau Bell, Chris Cubas, Rob Gagnon's One Hour Comedy Festival, Neil Hamburger, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jonah Ray
Arts Story  November 6, 2014, by Scott Schinder
"...Fun Fun Fun Fest's 2014 comedy roster offers a respectable, if overly male, sampling of notable alt-yuksters. Although not overflowing with marquee names, the lineup offers notable talent and distinctive voices. Fred Armisen..."

Playback: Fun Fun Fun Fest's New Look
New location and grass, same Fun Fun Fun
Music Column  November 6, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...The grass is always greener, right? Circumstance is subjective. In this case, it's a reality for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014...."

Reji Thomas Has Left the Building
Pining for Pine Street
News Story  November 6, 2014, by Kate X Messer
"...After annual increases, in early 2012 she received a lease extension that included rates for the next few years. For the 2012 rental period, rent would be $1,088 per month; for 2013, $1,741; for 2014, $2,698; and for 2015, $4,128 – more than 10 times higher than in 2007...."

Saturday Festival Face-Off: Skrillex/Eminem
Both: 8:30pm, Honda/Samsung stage
Music Story  October 2, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Peak Austin Moment: ACL Fest 2014..."

Kerrville Fall Folk Fest & Island Folk Festival
The future of folk looks bright in Texas
DAILY Music  September 2, 2014, by William Harries Graham

Jenni Finlay Promotions Turns 8
From sleeping on pool tables at Cheatham Street Warehouse to radio
DAILY Music  August 20, 2014, by William Harries Graham

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