Feb 152013
 

MOVIES

Beautiful Creatures - Fantasy and teen romance unites, and Jeremy Irons is there too!

A Good Day to Die Hard - John McLane returns for a fifth time, now teaming up with his son Jake (Jai Courtney) in Russia.

Safe Haven - Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel smolder in a North Carolina-set romance.

MUSIC & OTHER

FRIDAY

Antone’s – Roots/country rock stars Reckless Kelly – very popular around here – play. Doors at 9 p.m.

Gypsy Lounge – A free show from Latin hot tops Son de Ray. Starts at 9 p.m.

Frank – The Red River Noise showcase returns!. Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Borrisokane and Shortwave Party will play. Starts at 9 p.m., only $3 entry with Facebook RSVP.

SATURDAY

Emo’s – The Used, coming off the release of their fifth record Vulnerable. We Came As Romans, Crown the Empire and Mindflow will also play. Doors at 6 p.m.

Holy Mountain – It’s Ladies Night, girls are free (guys $5) entry! 10 Yr, Orthy, La Guerrilla and The Roosevelts make up the lineup. It all starts at 8 p.m.

Stubb’s – Lotus brings their electronic rock experimentalism to the stage with Com Truise and Moon Hooch in backup. Begins at 9 p.m.

SUNDAY

The NATY - The North Austin Trailer Yard is putting on another kid’s day. Bring the family out for some great food and fun! Begins at 11 p.m.

Alamo Ritz – To commemorate the passing of Hostess, the Alamo will hold a screening of Zombieland to celebrate the legacy of the Twinkie. Begins at 4:30 p.m.

Mohawk – Rakim hits the stage with Tee Double, Phranchyze and Da’Shade Moonbeam in support. Doors at 6:30 p.m.

Sep 052012
 

As they move closer to their first full-length album, Austin’s hardworking Latin Rock/World Pop outfit La Guerrilla has released a new music video for “Erika,” one of the winning songs off of the band’s last EP, the exemplary Adios Lala Land. Filming took place on location in Austin, so check to see if you can spot the landmarks. The performance by lead actress Katie Lesnick is natural and quite successful, perfectly fitting the tone of the video. It’s a leisurely visual approach to an ambling, serene pop composition. Also, its POV shooting style sets it apart stylistically and effectively sets up the video’s “surprise” climax.

La Guerrilla held an official, online video premier last night, September 4th. You can see the video on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7xJqO67J3U&list=UU5cTyB5bcpCxQm6DQcaW3PQ&index=1&feature=plcp. Enjoy!

Aug 312012
 

He is the League of Shadows!

MOVIES

Lawless - Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf and Jason Clarke play bootleggin’ brothers on the run from a fearsome law enforcement officer (Guy Pearce) at the beginning of the Great Depression.

Robot & Frank - An older jewel thief (the always-great Frank Langella) becomes friends with a robot butler and falls into his old ways again.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Mohawk – The second ever Austin Sunshine Fest. Come out, see a list of acts including Learning Secrets, Tje Austin, Neiliyo, Hundred Visions, La Guerrilla and more while helping out the local music scene. Starts at 7 PM.

Flamingo Cantina – Clemits Presents: Hip Hop Shop Part II: Video Premier Party! It’s the latest music video release party for “Boutique Shop” directed by Dave Wilson who has done videos for Atmosphere, Yelawold, Brother Ali, Evidence, AG and Frank Ocean. With Boombaptist, Dj Charlie, Prime Element, Mane Rok, King Art and Pac Boi Tank. Doors at 9 PM; cover is $5.

One World Theatre – Veteran comedienne Paula Poundstone in an intimate setting. Begins at 9:30 PM.

SATURDAY

SUNDAY

May 252012
 

MOVIES

Men In Black III - Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and director Barry Sonnenfeld return with new players Josh Brolin (playing a younger Jones), Emma Thompson and Jermaine Clement in the third installment of the alien-chasing blockbuster series.

Chernobyl Diaries - A tour group goes to the site of the infamous radiation catastrophe (apparently this is something people actually do, which is stupid) and, surprise, there are horrible, supernatural entities all over the place.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Coldtowne Theater – The Farewell Shows of Seth Cockfield. A long list of performers are also on the bill. Starts at 8 PM.

ND Austin - Isle of White‘s free CD release show with O Conquerer, Rebecca Butler and the Richards and Dancinatra. Starts at 9:30 PM.

Elephant Room – It’s Hope Morgan‘s CD release show! In support are the Jitterbug Vipers. Starts at 9:30 PM.

Sahara Lounge – La Guerrilla plays and salsas it up with Topaz in support. Starts at 10 PM.

SATURDAY

7th and Trinity – All of Saturday is Revival Fest 2012. The headliners are Reverend Horton Heat and Nekromantix. All info here.

The Parish – Greg Laswell comes into town singing songs off his new record Landline. Elizabeth Ziman plays in support. Doors at 8 PM.

Elysium Fields – It’s Tokyo Go Go 3, Underworld’s premier event of the year. The outdoor festival event has a ton of DJs, four different music areas, fire spinners, traditional Japanese Drum Dancers and more. Starts at 9 PM.

Powerhouse (3901 Brookview Road) – MaryAnn & The Revival Band will play their second free show of the week (the first was on Thursday) alongside the monthly Speakeasy Comedy Variety Show. Free beer. Starts at 10:30 PM.

Hopefully Matt Hudson won't be as angry Saturday as he is in this picture.

SUNDAY

Ski Shores – Austin troubadour Philip Gibbs at 5 PM.

Z’ Tejas – The Saturday Nites in an early Sunday show. 6 PM. Technically it is a “Saturday night” because it’s a three-day weekend!

Eddie V’s – The Scotty B. Trio play a three-hour gig to send you into Monday. 7 PM start.

Apr 042012
 

Want some late afternoon free music (that’s a quintessentially “Austin” sentence, isn’t it)? Today, March 4th, the year-long Music in the Parks series will welcome a couple of standouts from the local Latin music scene: well-known Cumbia/Tejano/Salsa outfit Son De Rey and the internationally-flavored La Guerrilla. The shows start at 4:30 pm and go until 6:30 pm.

The Music in the Parks series is a great way for Austinites to hear some of their most vibrant local music in a free, live setting. The shows are coordinated by the City’s Music Division and Parks Department, and they present an eclectic range of genres that includes everything from conjunto and folk to soul, rock and country. All performances take place in parks within various Austin neighborhoods. All are welcome. For more information visit www.austintexas.gov/musicintheparks.

Today’s show is at the Dove Springs Recreation Center (5801 Ainez Drive). I don’t know who is first up on the bill, but neither band will sound like a re-tread of the other. Son De Rey is earthy and thunderous, La Guerrilla is fleet-footed and ethereal. There’s a wide range on display between the two acts, so no matter your taste for the “Latin” genre, you’ll probably be satisfied.

Apr 012012
 

MOVIES

Mirror Mirror - Julia Roberts plays the evil Queen to Lily Collins’ Snow White in this Tarsem-directed update of the classic tale. Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane co-star.

Wrath of the Titans - Perseus (Sam Worthington) has to fight a few more gigantic, CGI monsters. Hopefully they didn’t retrofit the 3-D this time.

The Raid: Redemption - This knock-em-up kung-fu actioner is getting high marks from critics (except Roger Ebert, that is). Gareth Evans writes and directs.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Ponderosa Live – It’s the White Party with DJ Twist, DJ Knowledge and others! Doors at 5 PM.

Paramount Theater – Live Nation brings middle America’s superstar funnyman, Kevin James, to the stage. Starts at 6 PM.

The ND (501 Studios) – Krafty Kuts performs for The Bring on the Beats Tour. With The GoGo Gadgettes, 8*b1t, Teezy and DJ Koss. Starts at 10 PM.

The Sahara Lounge – Punky reggae and fast-flying Latin funk with Don Chani and La Guerrilla. Doors at 10 PM.

SATURDAY

Sherwood Forest Faire (1883 Old Hwy 20, McDade, TX 78650) -It’s Sherwood’s closing weekend for their third season. Featuring a performance by David Arkenstone. Starts at 10 AM.

Travis County Expo Center – It’s getting hot outside, to cool down with some suds at the Austin Beer Festival 2012. Starts at 2 PM.

Mohawk – “Soul Shakedown” with Austin’s giant of the scene, Nakia, Akina Adderley, The Vintage Playboys and Hard Proof Afrobeat. Doors at 8 PM.

Triple Crown (San Marcos) – Two top Austin bands take the 40 minute trip; My Education and The Eastern Sea, with Equals also on the bill! Doors at 9 PM.

SUNDAY

Nothing’s going on Sunday…April Fools! (that was lame, sorry)

Seriously, though, April 1st is the first day of Austin Restaurant Week. Check http://restaurantweekaustin.com/ for listings.

Stubb’s – Green River Ordinance with Graham Colton for the “Under Fire North American Tour.”

The Highball – Meagan Tubb & Shady People and The Deann Rene Band rock it out for the first day of the month. 10 PM.

Hole in the Wall – “Greasy, grimy” fun with Yo Yo Kokaru! Starts at 11 PM.

 

Mar 122012
 

 

The following is a list of several local artists that Austin Music + Entertainment loves, and what they’re doing for SXSW. Plenty of options here, people!

The Frontier Brothers

One of Austin’s most energetic bands seems to have found a regular fourth member to play bass, and there are plans to release their second full-length, Live In Fiction, this Summer. They’ve got a few things to look out for:

Monday March 12, 10 AM, KVRX  - The Frontier Brothers will give an interview and an exclusive preview of Live in Fiction.

Tuesday March 13, Midnight, Trinity Hall - The band’s official showcase blasts off at 1 AM.

Quiet Company

We’re a little late on this, because Austin’s enormously talented, nearly-famous, anthem pop-rock outfit played a stellar free show at Stubb’s with Wild Moccasins, Ume and The Tontons last night on March 10th. But there are ton more chances to see them, so don’t worry!

Tuesday March 13, 10 PM, The Main - A mid-week show for the first day of SXSW Music Festival.

Wednesday March 14, 7:10 PM, Austin Music Hall – A special performance at the Austin Music Awards, where Quiet Company will appear alongside Alejandro Escovedo, Christopher Cross, Carolyn Wonderland, Ruthie Foster and more.

Saturday March 17, 10:45 PM, Chevrolet Sound Garage – The band closes out its SXSW 2012 with one final show.

La Guerrilla

The swirling mix of latin, gypsy rock and funk practiced by the hard-working La Guerrilla is already having a big SXSW with inclusion on two festival-related compilation albums. Their ethereal hit “High” will open the Tito’s Vodka Austin Mixtape 2012 and “Ganas No Me Faltan” is on Austin Music Volume 11. Here is the performance schedule:

Thursday, March 15, 10:30 PM, Sahara Lounge - Another hot night, only this time the crowd will be huge because SXSW Music will be in full bloom.

Friday, March 16, 5 PM, Austin Convention Center – A short acoustic set will accompany interviews with La Guerrilla.

Friday, March 16th, 7 PM, Aussie’s Bar and Grill - A full set, right next to Auditorium Shores. In case The Cult isn’t really your thing.

Check out SXSW’s website for a complete list of local and national acts playing the festival this year. Up next for AME: national act recommendations!

Feb 112012
 

MOVIES

A Separation - This Iranian domestic drama has been hailed as one of 2011′s very best films.

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace 3D - Surely there are some diehards in this city who will shell out the $13 for this maligned first installment in the Star Wars Prequels. I’ve always said this movie is actually better than its reputation, anyway.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island - Dwayne Johnson and Michael Caine star in this family adventure sequel.

The Vow - Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams must overcome memory loss to fall in love.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

Stubb’s – Reggae band Rebelution just released their latest album, Peace of Mind. It debuted at #13 on the Billboard album charts this week. Doors at 7:30 PM.

Ruta Maya – It’s La Guerrilla’s first show of the year, and they’re giving away a free t-shirt to the 30th person that pays cover tonight. Tin Can Phone and Steady Legend are also playing. Happens at 9 PM.

Beauty Bar- Ben Kweller has been in Austin for a bit promoting his new album Go Fly A Kite. He plays at 9 PM.

Red Eyed Fly – Rockers StrangeGun at 9 PM.

La Zona Rosa – The Bright Light Social Hour returns to Austin after a national tour. Dallas’ Ishi comes in tow. Doors at 9 PM.

SATURDAY

29th Street Ballroom at The Spider House – Ever wanted to get a short film into the Sundance Film Festival, get over a million hits on Youtube with a viral video, or raise $50,000 on Kickstarter for your film project? Then come out to The Show! this weekend and meet some people who’ve done it! Check out our interview with Producer Patrick Smith on our Blog here: www.theshowaustin.com. Starts at 7:30 PM.

Eddie V’s – Robert Kelley closes it down. Starts at 8.

St. David’s Episcopal Church – Sonic Youth alt-legend Thurston Moore will play in support of his new solo album, Demolished Thoughts. Starts at 9:30 PM.

The Continental Club – Steve Bernal’s Zodiac at 8:30 PM, Greyhounds at 10:30 PM.

SUNDAY

CBS – Recording legend Glen Campbell will appear on America’s Most Watched Network twice on Sunday. Campbell will be on CBS Sunday Morning (between 9-10:30 AM) and then again for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards at 8 PM/7 PM Central.

Elephant Room – CPT Kirk, Tribal Tech and drummer Kirk Covington. 9:30 PM.

Dec 152011
 

The opening chords of “Erika,” the first song on La Guerrilla’s latest EP, Adios Lala Land, signal the continued expansion and sophistication of Austin’s rising rock/latin/hybrid group. It sounds less like the bombastic dance music of the group’s self-titled debut EP and more like the studied compositions of a gifted songwriter.

Enrique Rumiche, the frontman of La Guerrilla, shows his expanded repertoire on “Erika,” a song that layers the sextet’s various instruments throughout the ambling, acoustic guitar-fronted opening before converging for the song’s single-ready chorus. But the group pushes the song one more notch past the exemplary melody to a pensive mid-song breakdown that throws everything into a different light.

“En Cualquier Momento” sounds a bit more like the conventional La Guerrilla sound, but the song still moves over four or five different moods before settling into a lovely harmony vocal. “Blueprint” sounds different than anything the group has tried before. The horns, violin, sprightly guitar and harmony vocals are present as always, but the dreamy, introspective tone is a new color for the group. They wear it beautifully, though, as the chorus features some of the finest singing in Rumiche’s career. As a whole, the composition walks away with the EP.

This EP is only 14 1/2 minutes long, but it makes the absolute most of its run time. More surprises await in closer “High.” The song has the psychedelic keys of a Flaming Lips or Beach Boys song. The chorus is another absolute killer; the synthesizer and horns mix underneath Rumiche’s falsetto and the effect is intoxicating.

Adios Lala Land is better produced than La Guerrilla’s previous (excellent) offering, and the songs are better. La Guerrilla is moving beyond the generic trappings rote descriptions of their music would suggest. This is not a straight Latin Rock (or World Music) band. This is a group that uses the sounds of different countries and genres to make its mark. Now, can we get a full album of this?

Final Grade: ***** (out of five)

Dec 042011
 

MOVIES

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey – Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street‘s beloved Elmo, gets his own documentary.

The Women on the 6th Floor - This French comedy considers a staid couple (Fabrice Luchini and Sandrine Kiberlain) whose lives are upended by two Spanish maids (Carmen Maura and Natalia Verbeke) who live upstairs.

Pastorela - After clergy re-cast the traditional Nativity play, one man (Joaquín Cosio) conducts an epic battle to play the Devil.

MUSIC/OTHER

FRIDAY

The Parish – The ornate and ambitious music of Rachael Yamagata comes through town on the tour for her new release, Chesapeake. Mike Viola will play in backup. Doors at 8 PM.

The Saxon Pub – Malford Milligan, Dead Man and headliner Meagan Tubb. Starts at 9 PM.

Flamingo Cantina – New Orleans reggae-rockers Outlaw Nation have just released their latest album, Back in Babylon. Catch them at 9 PM.

Elephant Room – It’s a trumpet sensation with the Maurice Brown Effect. Show starts, as always, at 9:30 PM.

SATURDAY

The Continental Club: Doors open at 3 PM. The Matinee is Redd Volkaert (no cover). At 8:30, for $10, see Modern Don Juans. Then at 9:45 it’s JD McPhearson, at 11:15 Marti Brom and 12:30 Mac Curtis.

Jovita’s – Get some live world music with Brave Combo at 8 PM.

Club de Ville – It’s a big Austin band night as Big Breakfast returns to the stage. Also playing: the luminous La Guerrilla, who are actually closing things out at 11 PM. Eric Static and Space Elevators are also playing. Begins at 8:30 PM.

Fado Irish Pub – Rockers Blaggards give the Pub some live music at 9:30 PM.

Momo’s – Southern rocker Daryl Hance brings the morning in at 11:50 PM. The Greyhounds play at 10 PM.

SUNDAY

Beauty Bar – An early start for the raucous Rusty Vein. Starts at 5 PM. Buy tickets online at www.aftonshows.com/RustyVein and enter this promo code: RUSTY442. Check it out, RV fans!

Z-Tejas – It’s those crazy Jitterbug Vipers from 6-9:30 PM!

Stubb’s – Beloved, tongue-in-cheek alt-rock quintet Cake will dominate Red River. Doors at 7 PM.

Austin Music Hall – Brooklyn’s sophisticated, brooding The National is one of America’s best rock bands, having released a string of instant-classic records (Alligator, Boxer, High Violet). They’ll play Sunday with Local Natives backing them up. Doors at 7 PM.