Aug 242012
 

MOVIES

Celeste and Jesse Forever - Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg star as a young couple dealing with a marriage that has lost its spark. Will they break up forever or manage to keep it together?

Cosmopolis - David Cronenberg’s latest start Robert Pattinson as a young billionaire losing control of his empire.

Hit & Run – An action/comedy pitting real-life couple Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell on a road chase against a federal agent (Tom Arnold) and Shepard’s former mobster partner (Bradley Cooper).

Premium Rush - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, continuing to ascend the staircase to superstardom, stars as a bike messenger in Manhattan who has to deal with an even more dangerous day at work than usual when shady characters get on his trail.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

ACL Live – Feeling some rootsy country tonight? Try out Pat Green, with guest Nelo. Doors at 6:30 PM.

The Parish – That wonderful stage is gonna be filled to the brim with Mother Falcon. Les Rav and Shakey Graves in support. Doors at 8 PM.

Antone’s – What’s that familiar sound coming from 5th street? Oh, of course, it’s Bob Schneider! People on Vacation and the ear-candy of Danny Malone will also be there. Starts at 9 PM.

Emo’s East – A solo night with Ours, who will be playing material off of The Heart: X Edition. Begins at 9 PM.

SATURDAY

Congress Avenue Bridge – The 8th Annual Batfest gets underway at 5 PM. Performances from VallejoAlpha RevThe Black & White Years, The Soldier Thread and more. Goes until midnight.

The Backyard – Feeling healthy again, Willie Nelson will be onstage. Paula Nelson also appears as a special guest. Starts at 6 PM.

Mohawk – The oft-traveling Americana band These United States will give a sneak peek of some of the music from their upcoming album. These Mad Dogs of Glory and Paleo also play. Doors at 9 PM.

SUNDAY

Fiesta Gardens – Show up at 11 AM for the 22nd Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. Get some water, too!

ACL Live – Now I…don’t want to fall in love with you, but Chris Isaak might. Doors at 6:30 PM.

Mar 162012
 

MOVIES

21 Jump Street - A strong comedy showing at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, with this Jonah Hill/Channing Tatum comedic revamp leading the charge.

Casa de mi Padre - Will Ferrell speaks Spanish in this comedy adventure, another SXSW premiere.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home - The latest from the Duplass Brothers, who continue to grow as filmmakers. This film stars Jason Segal as a shiftless man set on an absurd, surreal journey. Ed Helms, Susan Sarandon and Judy Greer co-star.

MUSIC/OTHER (AKA A Whole Bunch of SXSW Showcases!)

FRIDAY

Auditorium Shores – The SXSW free concerts continue with Americana rock veterans Counting Crows. Nashville’s Diamond Rugs and San Francisco’s Tender Mercies back the show up. Starts at 5:45 – 6 PM.

Red Eyed Fly – The Sounds from Spain Showcase. Vetusta Morla, Guadalupe Plata, Za! and more, starting at 7:30 pm.

Continental Club – Austin’s Edison Chair opens the Rajiworld showcase, and Austin’s Akina Adderly & The Vintage Playboys close it down. Other artists on the bill: Peter Case & Paul Collins, Billy Harvey and Triple Cobra. Starts at 8 PM.

Stubb’s – Fans of New York’s fun. will get another chance to see them for real after that near-disastrous technical meltdown at 1100 Warehouse. The Time Out North America showcase will also feature Delta Spirit, The Drums and The Ting Tings. Starts at 8 PM with Ed Sheeran.

La Zona Rosa – Talib Kweli at the Blacksmith Duck Down showcase. Among others, Smif N Wessun, Buckshot and Bad Rabbits (who are also playing at Palm Door at 11 PM!) will play. Starts at 9 PM.

SATURDAY

LBJ Lawn at University of Texas Austin (2313 Red River St. Austin, TX 78705) – Special performances by Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes will accompany a screening of their tour documentary Big Easy Express. Venue change reported here! Doors at 6:30 PM.

Austin Music Hall – Timbaland will headline Perez Hilton’s One Night in Austin. Also playing, with many others: DEV, The Ting Tings (again!), Cher Lloyd and Kreayshawn. Doors at 7:15 PM.

18TH Floor at Hilton Garden Inn – Mississippi Development showcase. Charlie Mars, Shannon McNally, Eden Brent, Johnny Rawls among others. Doors at 8 PM.

The Tap Room at Six – A night of Austin artists for SXSW 2012′s penultimate night. Danny Malone, Suzanna Choffel, David Ramirez and David Garza, with a few others, at 8 PM.

Chevrole Sound Garage – Quiet Company, playing one of the last of their nine shows. Guards, GIVERS and the Secret Walls Final Battle hosted by Reeps One. Starts at 8 PM.

The Jacked Stage by Doritos – Check out White Denim, Run DMT and !!!, with guests, starting at 8 PM.

Antone’s – An interesting lineup headed by Candlebox. Austin’s The Canvas Waiting will also play, and there will be a special guest. Starts at 8:25 PM.

Empire Automotive – The Warp Records/Brainfeeder showcase. Daedelus, TNGHT (Hudson Mohawke & Lunice) and TOKiMONSTA head the wild night. Doors at 8 PM.

Clive Bar – The last chance to see The Belle Brigade. Graffiti 6 closes it out, as well. Doors at 9 PM.

SUNDAY

The Jr – Close it out with the SXSW Music Free Closing Party. Lederhosen Lucil, DJ Jester the Filipino Fist and Fort Worth’s Best Fwends. At 1 AM a special, to-be-announced artist will perform. Starts at 8 PM.

Mar 032012
 

MOVIES

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax - Danny DeVito stars as Dr. Seuss’ beloved, environmentally-friendly creature in this animated film. With Zac Efron, Taylor Swift and Ed Helms.

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie - The Adult Swim icons bring their surrealist, aggressively absurd comedy to the big screen.

Project X - This “found-footage” party movie features teens engaging in extremely dangerous, bad behavior.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

The Cotton Gin – This entire weekend, Texas Independence Fest 2012 will take over the Gin. Starts at noon and goes until Sunday!

Continental Club – The Blues Specialists have played the Continental every Friday for 22 years. It’s no cover, too! Starts at 6:30 PM.

ND @ 501 Studios – The EP release show for funky T Bird and the Breaks. Brownout also playing. Doors at 8 PM.

Beale Street Tavern – Dana Anderson promises a “rip-roaring good time” at tonight’s concert. Starts at 8:30 PM.

SATURDAY

Austin Convention Center – Texas Rollergirls: Hotrod Honeys v Hustlers & Hell Marys v Honky Tonk Heartbreakers. You know you want to go. Starts at 5:15 PM.

NeWorlDeli - Jan Seides in another weekend concert that should really light up your Saturday evening. Starts at 7 PM.

Stubb’s – Big Head Todd and the Monsters released Rocksteady recently, so they’re gonna do that to you at Stubb’s. Get there at 7 PM.

Nutty Brown Cafe – A great night of Austin singer-songwriters as Bob Schneider is backed up by Reed Turner. Showtime at 7:30 PM.

Mohawk – Saul Williams with CX Kidtronik. Doors at 8 PM.

SUNDAY

Hotel Vegas – One of Austin’s most promising new singer-songwriters, Jack Wilson, will play a CD release show for his new self-titled debut. Of course, the headliner is one of Austin’s very best solo artists – Danny Malone, who will perform with his Orchestra. Doors at 7:00 PM.

Bass Concert Hall – Get some culture with Chanticleer, one of the world’s great male choruses. Starts at 7 PM.

Antone’s – An Austin-band triple-header with Shearwater, Marmalakes and Dana Falconberry. Presented by 101x. Doors at 8 PM.

Feb 182012
 

MOVIES

Bullhead – In this Belgian, talked-about crime thriller, a young cattle farmer is approached by a veterinarian to make a deal with a notorious beef trader.

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – Nicolas Cage will gleefully ham it up in another CGI superhero action fest.

The Secret of Arrietty - Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki co-wrote this re-telling of the classic Borrowers tale. Will Arnett, Amy Poehler, Mark Strong and Saoirse Ronan lend voices.

This Means War – Reese Witherspoon plays CIA agents (?) Chris Pine and Bane, er, Tom Hardy against one another.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

ACL Live at the Moody Theater – A legend will be in the house: Loretta Lynn. Starts at 7 PM.

The Parish – Night one of Welsh indie pop septet Los Campesinos!‘ stay in Austin. Parenthetical Girls will also play. Doors at 8 PM.

La Zona Rosa – Get your Neil Diamond on with Super Diamond with The Cover Girls. Get there at 8 PM.

SATURDAY

Midnight Rodeo – One of our faves, Pat Green, goes on at 8 PM.

Eddie V’s – At 8 PM it’s Lucky Strikes. They’ll go ’til midnight.

Stubb’s – NeedToBreathe just released their latest, The Reckoning, and come in with Nashville solo act Ben Rector as backup. Doors at 9 PM.

SUNDAY

Hotel Vegas – Austin’s candy-voiced Danny Malone at 7 PM.

ND @ 501 Studios – A raunchy time awaits anyone who goes to the “girly show,” aka The Pretty Things Peepshow. With musical guest Eddy Price/th’EMPIRES. Starts at 9 PM.

The Elephant Room – A special night with the Austin Jazz Society Tribute. 9:30 PM.