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Team Behind Barracuda to Open “Chess Club” in Former Plush Location
“A soft opening, about as soft as they come” during South by Southwest
"...months, been overseeing renovations to the former home to Plush...."

March 10, 2022 Music Post by Rachel Rascoe

How Nice to Be Under the Sea
Kristin Hogan's plushy show drops you into an octopus' garden
"...from local seamstress Kristin Hogan and her all-sea animal plushy exhibition, "Plush the Sea."..."

May 27, 2016 Arts Post by Ashley Moreno

Frozen II
Back to Arendelle, but has the story grown up with the audience?
"...giants, and a tiny Toothless the dragon knockoff with plush toy ambitions...."

Nov. 22, 2019 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Spectre brings the spectacle, but it lacks a soul
"...of Bond mythology: Greet Miss Moneypenny (Harris), enter those plush leather MI-6 doors, and receive a new assignment that..."

Nov. 6, 2015 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Banger Sisters
"...mind you: The resultant film is all surface and plush, with nary a hard edge or demanding note. Despite..."

Sept. 20, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

SXSW Music Review: Shao
Dark, ominous, electronic “sound design”
"...China’s Shao Yanpeng traveled long distances to be at Plush on Friday night. The producer lost his passport just..."

March 16, 2019 SXSW Post by Christina Garcia

Austin's House Music Scene Clings to the African-American Community That Birthed It
House music rose to prominence from Chicago’s black music community and hangs on here in its original form
"...As DJ R.O.C.K.M.A.N., he organizes a quarterly party at Plush called Blaximum Overdrive, featuring DJs of color playing all..."

Feb. 1, 2019 Music Feature by Dan Gentile

Faster Than Sound: Austin Music Venues Are Out of Money
Following last week’s Barracuda closure, a domino effect will continue without emergency city funding
"...the local scene hard. Shuttering of Red River club Plush and Downtown lounge the Townsend preceded in weeks prior...."

June 19, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

11 Can't-Miss DJs at SXSW
What are you going to do with all these ones and twos?
"...Wed. 14, Townsend, 12mid; Fri. 16, Plush, 11pm..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature by Dan Gentile

Is Austin's Growing Dance Music Scene in Need of Its Own HQ?
We talk to a dozen members of ATX’s electronic music community
"...there's a cornerstone to Austin's dance music underground, it's Plush. Operating at Seventh and Red River since 2000, the..."

Nov. 10, 2017 Music Feature by Dan Gentile

Yes, You Could Totally Meet Grumpy Cat at SXSW
And here's an interview with the people behind the varmint
"...– well, somebody's going to make, like, stuffed … plush …Grumpy Cat, uh, things. Dolls? That you can buy...."

March 8, 2013 SXSW Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Record Reviews

Aug. 28, 1998 Music Review

Trolls Band Together
Boy band antics with the big-haired, big-voiced toys
"...their world are so tactile and detailed, with fuzzy plush felt and clever creative substitutes, such as an ocean..."

Nov. 17, 2023 Movie Review by Alejandra Martinez

Faster Than Sound: Wait, How Does SXSW Music Work Again?
Breaking down the basics, and some favorites, after three years away
"...corner, with daily bands, at 617 Red River (formerly Plush). Also nearby, I'm charmed to see a Run for..."

March 11, 2022 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (#1 Will Blow Your Mind)
Search for the shaggy beast kinda goes nowhere
" journalist Brian (Emond). Even though he has a plush gig working for the edgy New York media company..."

May 7, 2021 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The Staycationer: Hotel ZaZa Austin
Your Close-to-Home Guide to Getting Away
"...soon as I checked in, I slipped into the plush robe and sat outside on one of them. (Not..."

April 14, 2021 Food Post by Veronica Meewes

Faster Than Sound: Could Austin Arts & Music Finally Get a Cultural Trust?
It's not here yet, but talks are intensifying. Also, bars and a few live music venues reopen.
"...Plush, underground DJ hub on Red River for 20 years,..."

May 29, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Faster Than Sound: Body Rock Turns 10
Riders Against the Storm and Chorizo Funk’s decade-built dance institution endures, Monday City music meetings, and more
" fill a monthly spot at Red River venue Plush...."

Feb. 7, 2020 Music Column by Rachel Rascoe

Another Disney live-action remake, but this one has a little magic
"...of showing how Dumbo is being commodified as a plush toy by Dreamland Corp. Did the call come from..."

March 29, 2019 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald‎
Fewer beasts, but a much better story, make this sequel magical
" niffler is back, and eagerly awaits your Christmas plush toy pre-orders!) The stunning art deco design and slinky..."

Nov. 16, 2018 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

SXSW Music's Hip-Hop Hierarchy
From up-and-comers to rap royalty, 20 key sets to see
"...Wed. 14, Maggie Mae's, 1am; Fri. 16, Plush, 12:15am..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature by Alejandra Ramirez

99 Austin Acts at SXSW Music
Support the home team!
"...Sat. 17, Plush, 11pm Nobody likes to stare at a performer with..."

March 16, 2018 Music Feature

Gay Place
Summer is the best time to get outside and play like a kid
"...Sarah Stylez Get ready for a midsummer's dance dream. Plush is back with an all-lady lineup of DJs including..."

July 29, 2016 Column by Sarah Marloff

Digging for Fire
Joe Swanberg's latest adds some flourish to his usual marital themes
"...says goodbye for the weekend. Holed up in their plush vacation home, Tim (Johnson, who co-wrote the script with..."

Aug. 28, 2015 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

One in a Crowd: The Adventures of Dr. Blah-kman & Mr. Meow
Local animation project needs a fresh lick of paint
"...of the perks is a full, 13" Mr. Meow plushy. Who doesn't need a little bit of feline evil..."

Jan. 30, 2015 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in this drama about the search for a woman's son who was taken from her when he was a toddler.
"...a mint left on her hotel pillow and a plush robe in the closet, and her steady diet of..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Kristin Hogan Illustrates 'Hell's Alphabet Coloring Book'
And all the neglected demons of the netherworld rejoice
"...that until something definite happens in the world of plush toys and media crossovers and such. Otherwise, we might..."

June 5, 2013 Books Post by Wayne Alan Brenner

Toy Story 3
The gang is back, and Pixar has delivered another animated gem that has the toys finding their purpose in life now that their owner has outgrown them.
"...(dubbed Sunnyside, with very intentional retirement-home implications). An aged plush bear named Lotso (Beatty) gives them a bait-and-switch warm..."

June 18, 2010 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Off the Record
In search of the light at the end of the Waller Creek Tunnel Project
" financing district that includes Red 7, Beauty Bar, Plush, Barbarella, Encore, and the Side Bar, among others, a..."

May 7, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

Off the Record
A flashback from Red River's seedy past, the Sour Notes hit a sweet spot, and Patty Griffin gets Grounded in Music
"...Long before Plush became Red River's haven for hip-hop and electronica, the..."

Jan. 22, 2010 Music Column by Austin Powell

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