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12 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Fear 2017’s Summer Movie Season

2 years ago by Chris Klimek
Pour one out for the summer movie season, which was once Memorial Day till Labor Day but now has spread like a self-replicating, geometrically evolving A.I. determined to cleanse the Earth of human vermin. Around the turn of the century, the summer movies started showing up the first weekend in...
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David Lowery, Jodorowskys Will Take Center Stage at Ever-Growing Oak Cliff Film Festival

2 years ago by Jamie Laughlin
As the Oak Cliff Film Festival enters its sixth year, you see it growing into its future. Filmmaker friends of the festival have become more established, giving the content added weight – along with highly anticipated regional and statewide premieres. Left-of-center visionaries keep a revolving seat at the table for...
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St. Vincent Not Quite Signed, But Still Very Awesome

12 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Photo by Tod Seelie I do so regret not being able to make the St. Vincent-Midlake-Tacks, the Boy Disaster show Saturday night at the Granada Theater; family duties and all. Nonetheless, our boy Chris Cantalini at Gorilla vs. Bear does have some pics to go along with his rave, natch...
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The Gourds

13 years ago by Noah W. Bailey
Austin, Texas band the Gourds are the quintessential Lone Star ensemble, the type of group tailor-made for Gruene Hall and every outdoor festival from Fredericksburg to Nacogdoches. Their seventh proper album, Heavy Ornamentals, may be their most dance-hall friendly yet, a hip-shaking mix of funky backwoods stompers and country tear-jerkers...
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Why Kevin Russell of Shinyribs Turned His Side Project to a Full-Time Job

5 years ago by Michael Corcoran
Sometimes when you make an expensive purchase you take on a second job to pay for it. So when Kevin Russell of the Gourds bought his family a new car in 2007, he looked for a way to make about $500 a month on the side. Instead of throwing newspapers,...
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Over The Weekend: Wilco at the Palladium

10 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
WilcoPalladium BallroomOctober 9, 2009Better Than: Anything? Two songs into the set came the climactic moment: "A Shot in the Arm," off 1999's Summerteeth. Pure rumble and all rapture, the sound of a band falling apart as it comes together. Melody melts into noise--music as mercury--but nobody ever loses their place,...
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Last Night: The Gourds At The Granada Theater

11 years ago by Pete Freedman
The Gourds, Two Tons of Steel, Hosty DuoGranada TheaterDecember 30, 2009 Better than: Spending the night before New Year's Eve shelling black-eyed peas with my relatives. Mike Alves In its annual pre-New Years Eve concert, The Gourds performed a typically well-played and enthusiastic set of oddball alt-country in front of...
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Wilco's Eight Albums, Ranked From Best to Worst

6 years ago by Michael Corcoran
Halfway through "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart," the leadoff track on 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. That's when I stopped listening to Wilco, which had been one of my favorite bands of the '90s because of their first three albums- A.M., Being There and Summerteeth, as well as the...
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The Gourds Keep On Keeping On

10 years ago by William Michael Smith
"Literate roots party music" is how Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell describes The Gourds: "We're Bill Burroughs meets Jerry Lee Lewis at the funeral of Robert Johnson on the Millennium Falcon piloted by Joe Strummer and Neil Young." The Gourds have been around since the summer of 1994, when members of Picket...
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Roadshows

24 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Swervin' from side to side When Jeff Tweedy performs, holding an acoustic guitar with the word "Wilco" painted between the frets, a broad smile spreads across his face. He says he's embarrassed by photos from live shows that bear this image--he's afraid it makes him look "goofy and grinning." But...

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