Austin (Texas)

  • Film

    February 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Joseph King Talks Out His Bad Break-Ups and His Wanderlusting

    As he very bluntly puts it, "shit went south" for Joseph King towards the end of 2012. The Austin transplant, who had fronted and based the alt-psych rock band Canvas in his hometown after founding it in California, moved to New York in 2005 and found his way to another band he would lead almost as ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 6, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 15, 2013

    The Sword's John Cronise: Metal Fans Deserve Better Than the New Black Sabbath Album

    By Darryl Smyers Formed in Austin nearly a decade ago, The Sword is one of the heaviest bands to emerge from that scene. Full of monstrous guitar riffs and typically bombastic sci-fi themes, the four Sword albums are intense, thought-provoking and filled with good humor. The band's most recent effo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2013

    Protesters From New York and D.C. Were Bused In to Support Texas' Anti-Abortion Bills

    As you've no doubt heard by now, a set of draconian anti-abortion measures have been winding their way through the Texas Legislature for the past couple weeks. (Last week we explained why you, sitting here in New York, should give a shit about that.) If they pass (and oh, they will), the twin bills ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2013

    Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

    Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    How To Do SXSW Like A Grizzled Old Man

    SXSW is in full-swing this week down in Austin, and that means a constant blast of updates in your news feed from your friends and colleagues maxing out their annual diarrhea expense accounts. Many publications are eager to tell you the best ways to enjoy your time at the festival. All of those peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2013

    50 Things To Know About Austin Before SXSW

    I love Austin. It's simultaneously wonderful and totally infuriating. The city meets every cliché about it almost effortlessly, to the point where the onslaught of weirdness can be almost numbing. I once saw a unicycle brigade spin down the street, and it honestly took like 15 minutes until I reali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    BrisketTown Jumps on the Austin Breakfast-Taco Bandwagon

    You can get up early on a Saturday and enjoy this smoked-brisket taco as early 8 a.m.! When I wrote about Dan Delaney's new BrisketTown a month ago, I hinted that the place is a kind of laboratory where menu experiments would be ongoing. At the time pies were the subject of experimentation, and no ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 12, 2012


    Rebel Diaz and friends host the first South by South Bronx

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    My 5 Favorite NYC Breakfast Tacos

    The huevos con chorizo breakfast taco at Tacombi The breakfast taco is a Tex-Mex specialty that originated in Austin (some say San Antonio) probably in the 1970s. In both cities it is firmly fixed in the breakfast firmament, and a recent trip to Central Texas suggested you could get one in nearly ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 28, 2012


    SBTRKT brings the beats to Webster Hall

  • Music

    March 21, 2012

    Muscling in at SXSW

    What happens when music's big names want to be rediscovered?

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    Live: The Village Voice Hosts An 18-Band Marathon In Austin

    Village Voice SXSW Showcase Red Eyed Fly, Austin Saturday, March 17 Better than: Drinking green beer on Sixth Street. During South by Southwest, musicians, industry folks, and people who want to have a particularly music-filled spring break head to Austin in order to soak in the less-threatening M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2012

    The Worst Moments From SXSW 2012

    Over the last few days, Village Voice Media's music editors have been regaling you with stories of the best from Austin's South By Southwest Festival. But with the best must come the worst, and our critics unfortunately came across the following borefests, technical problems, and insults to their in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Lil Wayne, Skrillex, And Others Fire Up Austin On Day Two Of SXSW

    If you're familiar with chaos theory, which in its basic form is the attempt to find patterns in this planet's many happenings, then you may understand the difficulty that comes with describing a full day at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. To break down the chaos, a few of Village ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 14, 2012


    EMA skips SXSW for NYC

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    Heading to Austin for SXSW? Here's Where the Locals Say to Eat

    SXSW (South by Southwest), the film, interactive, and music festival is in full swing right now in Austin, lasting through March 18. If you happen to be down at the festival at this very moment, or, perhaps, are boarding a plane on your way there, be sure to check out Our Man Sietsema's 10 Favorite ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Whirlybird's Austin-Style Breakfast Tacos

    $3 for this beauty, $4 with chorizo (click on image to savor) It's like a little bit of Austin, Texas, detached itself and floated up here. At Whirlybird, the seating area out front consists of two benches and several tree stumps. Inside a laid-back vibe pervades, the counter-guy is eager, and all ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Bombay Curry Kale Chips From Rhythm Superfoods

    ​The bag flaunts a litany of food obsessions: Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Cholesterol-Free, GMO-Free, Raw. Remember last year's foodie parties? When everywhere you went, the host would produce a bowl of fresh farmers' market kale that had been slicked with the best olive oil, c ... More >>

  • Film

    September 7, 2011
  • Music

    July 13, 2011

    The Black Angels: Reed Scholars

    The Black Angels take time off from planning their festival to play ours

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    The Best Things I Ate While at SXSW Interactive

    ​The kimchee fries from the Chi-Lantro BBQ truck made a magnificent lunch one day. At the SXSW Interactive festival -- which started last Thursday, and concluded today -- I represented the Village Voice at a panel called "Bite Me" organized by concerning the ethics of food writing. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2011

    Week In Review: "This Was A Weird One, Folks."

    ​Charlie Sheen dominated the wild and weird this week but the rest of the world proved able keep pace. Lady Gaga birthed some sort of goey monster-baby while blood-covered panda bears danced with leather-bound vampires at the Cradle of Filth show. Suffice it to say we felt the stirrings of a t ... More >>

  • Film

    November 17, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Air Waves Singer Nicole Schneit Says Goodbye to New York

    "I'm moving away from this city in two weeks," said Nicole Schneit last night, between songs at Zebulon. "It's been nice living here." Schneit is the leader of the Brooklyn indie pop band Air Waves, whose second full-length will be released this fall through the label Underwater Peoples. The albu ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    June 22, 2010
  • Voice Choices

    April 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    How Fucked Up's Savvy SXSW Post About Artist Exploitation Applies to Other Venues (Like, Um, the Internet) Too

    ​Very smart post up today written by guitarist Mike Haliechuk at the Canadian band Fucked Up's blog, talking about the economics of Austin's South By Southwest music conference. The gist of it is an attempt to answer a simple question, one that a person could easily ask about CMJ or other, sim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2010

    Austin Plane Crasher: Is This His Suicide Note? (Updated: Looks Like It Is)

    twitpic via jeff_lake​They're still trying to figure out why that guy stole took off in a plane and crashed it into an office building in Austin, Texas*. A suicide note is being circulated that some believe was written by the pilot, though. (Update: The admin has taken the site down "in com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Todd P's Mexico Fest, the MtyMx All Ages Festival of Art and Music, Is Fully Confirmed; Tickets On Sale Now

    ​There had been speculation about this show going all the way back to December. Privately, Todd P began confirming it this week. And now comes the official announcement about one of the more ridiculous bits of derring-do ever attempted by a local DIY promoter: an outdoor, two stage, three day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Todd P Now Making Promotion Excursions Into Mexico?

    All photos via Todd P's Facebook.​Local mega-promoter Todd P latest quixotic venture? An proposed outsized south of the border post-SXSW festival in Monterrey, Mexico, a five or six hour drive from the weeklong Austin, Texas music festival from which he will be presumably drawing most of his a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Take That, Daily Fork!

    ​Our sister blog Daily Fork was recently amused to find a coffee spot with the name Bad Ass, and wondered just how bad ass it could really be. Well, right back at you Daily Fork...

  • Voice Choices

    July 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 6, 2009

    Todd P Announces Free Day Show SXSW Line-Ups, Broke-Ass Austin-Bound Kids Rejoice

    The back patio in 2007 Let it be known that Todd P's deftly orchestrated unofficial all-day parties are one of the SXSW's undisputed highlights, tucked a few blocks away from the main Sixth Street drag on the back patio of Ms. Bea's, the best dive bar South of Rosemary's Greenpoint Tavern. So we a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    More SXSW 2009 Bands Announced

    SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2009

    SXSW's 2009 Partial Performers List: If You Can Afford to Go, You Must Be Running a Ponzi Scheme

    Dark Meat at last year's SXSW, photo by Rebecca Smeyne See, it's totally lame, don't worry, you're not missing a thing South by Southwest just firebombed everybody's inboxes with a partial list of names playing this year's barbecue-and-booze blitz. A quick scan reveals the midsize marquee names to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Epic Fail: Times Square Thriller Beat by Texans, Others

    We should have known: though this morning's mass Thriller dance at Madame Tussaud's did beat the posted Guinness World Record, ours was not the only city in competition, and the New York Times says 881 aspirants danced to the Michael Jackson song in Austin, Texas last weekend, presumably with their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2008

    SXSW: Colourmusic and the Shape

    IT'S FINALLY-EMPTYING-OUR-SXSW-MEMORY-CARDS FRIDAY Colourmusic, "Yes!" (MP3) So five British guys decided to come to Austin and play a little prank on us Yanks. "Let's wear all white jumpsuits," one of them said. "And we'll say we're from Kansas!” said another one. "No, Oklahoma!" chi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2008

    SXSW: Unacceptable Souvenirs for Your Sweetie Back Home

    * "Keep Austin Weird" paraphernalia of any kind. * An issue of Paste. * The Japan Night sampler CD. * A "Fuck Y'all, I'm From Texas" t-shirt. (Tried this once.) * A tiny stuffed armadillo wearing a cowboy hat. (Tried this too.) * Driskill stationary. * Earplugs, slightly used. * The clap. * ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    Live from SXSW: the Barton Creek Food Court

    Apologies in advance for being one of the many assholes to blog-taunt you from Austin. But if you're into schadenfreude—and NYC, I know you are—you'll be delighted to know that the SOC family-town laptop keyboard committed suicide early this morning, so I spent the last few hours with an Apple G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008

    Bisexuality Storms Bush Country in New Film!

    I'm a big star in Austin, Texas, and it's all thanks to a gorgeous thing called bisexuality! See, a documentary I'm in called Bi The Way—executive produced by Arianna's ex, Michael Huffington, and directed by Brittany Blockman and Josephine Decker—is playing at the SXSW 2008 Film Festival in Aus ... More >>

  • Film

    June 5, 2007

    The Whole World in Our Hands

    Activist fest takes on global warming, suburban sprawl and, as if war weren't enough, AIDS in Iraq

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2007

    SXSW Live: The Horrors

    Do the click for an audio slideshow of The Horrors at the Village Voice Media Party. The Horrors at La Zona Rosa, Austin Texas Date: Friday, March 17 Better than: The Bravery So what if Ultragrrl's version of a goth band only played a three-and-a-half songs? It was 3:30 pm on a Friday afternoon an ... More >>

  • Music

    May 2, 2006

    Cortex-Cutting Cobras

    More desperate gutter psych-rock from Texas

  • Dining

    May 13, 2003

    Got Goat?

    The Art of Fainting in the Hill Country

  • Music

    April 22, 2003

    Auto-Erotic Fixation

    Here in Her Car, It's the Only Way to Live

  • Film

    October 1, 2002

    Opposing Forces

    Austin City Limitless

  • News

    June 25, 2002

    Muff Diving in Our Time

    Lesbian Public Sex Beyond the Bars

  • Music

    March 30, 1999
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