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March 12, 2018

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101X Homegrown Podcast

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Just a heads up, this is probably going to be the site’s only post this week.  Noah may chime in with a film review or two, but otherwise I’ll see you on the streets for SXSW. Now, onto the latest 101X Homegrown!  I included tunes from each of the bands playing the 101X Homegrown Day [...]

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March 9, 2018

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

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March is the month of SXSW and the past few years there’s been a groundswell of metal at the festival, but this year it appears we have struck a new low for the genre. Essentially metal has been reduced to a blip, one comedy in the film portion, two showcases, one with local acts and [...]

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March 9, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: Submission (Noah)

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Pre-Screening Stance: A Stanley Tucci flick about a professor who sleeps with a student. Scandal arises. I’m yawning already. Post-Screening Ramble: I can’t really say why Submission was made. It offers nothing new, no standout performances, not even a convincing amount of lascivious dialogue or visuals to spice things up. It is, quite frankly, a [...]

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March 9, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: A Wrinkle In Time (Noah)

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Pre-Screening Stance: There was one trailer for this film, the first, that captured my imagination. Crazy visuals, a stunning angular musical choice and Ava Duvernay’s remarkable use of color and style made the film seem like it could capture, for a modern audience, the strange spiritual world of the original book. Nothing else has lived [...]

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March 8, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: Gringo

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Pre-Screening Stance: This movie hasn’t really been on my radar, but it’s got a nice cast – Joel Edgerton, Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo, Thandie Newton, Amanda Seyfried, Sharlto Copley – and the one trailer I saw made it look fairly funny.  I also have to say I’m intrigued by the fact that it’s directed by [...]

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March 7, 2018

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Damien Jurado

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I was going to roll out a new SHOW OF THE WEEK, but that’s such a weird undertaking with SXSW starting up.  Also, I had planned to simply just recommend my own gig, 101X Homegrown Presents: Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, anyhow, so I figured it was best that I skip that [...]

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March 6, 2018

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Quickdraw: Gang Of Youths, Dinosaur Jr., Iceage, Hinds, Bodega

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Enjoy. Gang Of Youths – Straight To You (Nick Cave Cover) Gang Of Youths are right at the top of my “must see at SXSW” list.  Looks like I should have a few shots. 3.14.18 – Secret Sounds @ Sidewinder / 5:30PM 3.15.18 – Vinyl Me, Please Showcase @ Empire Garage / 12:00PM 3.15.18 – [...]

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March 5, 2018

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101X Homegrown Podcast

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Check out the latest 101X Homegrown!  It’s got music from some of the bands playing 101X Homegrown Live Presents: Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One, which is this Sunday (March 11) at Hotel Vegas and Volstead!  Also, I’ll let you know where to see Sweet Spirit, Otis The Destroyer, Wild Child, Tamarron, A [...]

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March 1, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: A Fantastic Woman

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Pre-Screening Stance: A Fantastic Woman is nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards, so my guess is that it’s going to be very good. Post-Screening Ramble: Considering that it’s fairly well hidden throughout the first part of the movie, it feels like a spoiler to start this review by noting that the [...]

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March 1, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: The Party (Noah)

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Pre-Screening Stance: I know nothing about Sally Potter or this movie, but it’s packed with talented members of the Commonwealth, so I’m thinking it’s probably at least watchable. Post-Screening Ramble: The Party is a film seemingly pulled from the late ’90s/early ’00s. The sort of film that’s unbearably artsy – black and white, single location, [...]

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February 28, 2018

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Show Of The Week

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If you’re available on Saturday, you should head to Empire Control Room for a nice lineup of local pop acts – The Digital Wild, Shy Beast, Carry Illinois and Middlespoon.  Tix will only be $7 at the door, which means you’ll get each band for just $1.75.  Can’t beat that deal. BONUS Show Recommendations: Tonight: [...]

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February 27, 2018

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Quickdraw: Speedy Ortiz, Parquet Courts, Remember Sports, Smash Mouth, Yuno

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Enjoy. Speedy Ortiz – Lucky 88 Twerp Verse is the name of Speedy Ortiz’s new album that’s due out on April 27.  The first single features some hints of front woman Sadie Dupuis’ electronic solo project, Sad13, and I’m into it.  By the way, Speedy Ortiz are playing SXSW and will be at Barracuda on [...]

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February 26, 2018

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101X Homegrown Podcast

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On the latest 101X Homegrown, I’ve got new songs from Caroline Says and Erika Wennerstrom.  Plus you can find out where Dryspell, Lola Tried, Feverbones, Taft, Shy Beast, The Digital Wild, Why Bonnie?, Shivery Shakes and Lowin will be playing later this week.  Enjoy. Hit me up via Facebook, Twitter or email if you need something. [...]

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February 22, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: Annihilation (Noah)

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Pre-Screening Stance: I absolutely adore Alex Garland in general. Ex Machina is one of the great sci-fi flicks of the last twenty years and everything he’s added his writerly touch to has been immensely watchable. Hell, his book The Tesseract is fantastic as well. Couple Garland with science-fiction stalwart Jeff Vandermeer’s ultra strange Annihilation novel [...]

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February 22, 2018

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Movie Breakdown: Annihilation

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Pre-Screening Stance: Alex Garland (Ex Machina) in the director’s chair is enough to get me interested in any movie, but my anticipation for Annihilation has been peaked by Paramount deeming it “too intellectual” and “too complicated.”  Just exactly what did Garland create here?  I need to see it. Post-Screening Ramble: Like Contact, Arrival and various [...]

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