Looks like we survived another night fleeing normalcy and the usual la-dee-da. Upright, but stumbling through back alleys fueled by raw energy, coffee, beer, adrenaline, existential fumes, greeted at each turn with a mixed bag of olfactory … [Read More...]
Great Gilded Gift Horse, our beloved fellow Austinites sure do turn into a bunch of whiny diaper-munchers with half-empty sippy cups at this time of year.
"Ohhhh, it's so crowded!"
"Traffic is terrible"
"Who are all these people?"
"My … [Read More...]
The Life of Pi is a film about stories. The central story, as told by the protagonist, “will make you believe in God”, according to his worldly Uncle. The storyteller is named “Pi”, short for “Piscine”, and French for “pool”. Pi is … [Read More...]
Chillaxing with old and new friends at Icenhauer's on Rainey Street, when Ree-chard shows up on an injured bicycle. "One of my pedals just fell off." He held up the severed bike wrist like a trophy.
We settled into a chummy hubbub of … [Read More...]
The ghost of a ghost becomes alive again, right? Like multiplying two negative numbers?
There were no negative numbers on May 12, where the death of the Ghost was an all-the-way live experience at the Sahara Lounge *.
Some of those in the … [Read More...]
Texas Black Humor. I like it. “Bernie” weaves the deep, sleepy, insular, self-observed culture of small-town East Texas with the drama of civility, self-promotion and manners and the ramp-up to a murder that united the town of Carthage, Texas … [Read More...]
Okay, get your simian on and get ready to devolve. This latest iteration of the story of apes upping man (really—there were five of these flics beginning in 1968 through the 70’s, a remake in 2001, a TV series and some very popular school lunch … [Read More...]
There were many signs that resonated with me at the Unite Against the War on Women rally on Saturday at the Texas State Capitol, but perhaps the most poignant one read: "I Can't BELIEVE I'm STILL PROTESTING this SHIT!" As a child of the sixties who … [Read More...]
First thing I did this morning was shine my shoes. It set the tone for the entire day. I remembered an old tin of Kiwi that had been sitting under the sink since forever and pulled a tattered poplin shirt off a hanger and went to town rubbing and … [Read More...]
Nobody can tell you exactly where that line is. You have to draw it yourself.
But I can tell you this …
You should probably forgive yourself about almost everything. You are likely a good person and you're needlessly worried that you're not. … [Read More...]
It was just after midnight when the effects of the Kava finally wore off. I’d taken my first sip of this rooty beverage from a half coconut shell around noon, quickly followed by a second and third bowl, the recommended dosage. I … [Read More...]
The Silence is a visually beautiful film about entrancing and alluring sounds. The blind, ten year old instrument tuner named Khorshid (Tahmineh Normatova) at the center of this film is in love with sounds and rhythms: music, rivers, bees, poetry, … [Read More...]
Talk about poetic justice. A whole slew of really crappy bars on and around sixth street just got raided by the feds, the Austin Chronicle reported on Thursday, March 22. Feds Raid Sixth Street Bars for money laundering. Apparently the owners, … [Read More...]
The Austin city council approved on Thursday a performance-based grant worth as much as $8.6 million for Apple's proposed plans to expand its offices and create as many as 3,600 new jobs in the city. See Story: Apple Invests In Austin.
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SXSW staggered in this year like a drunken bear in a mosh pit; tossed us upside down inside out chewed us up and spit us out on the pavement like a day old chaw of wacky tobacky. Do they even make that? If they do, I’m sure someone was chewing … [Read More...]
“Drive” does some serious sharp shifts between the accelerator and the brake in a no-holds-barred chase film with a stellar cast. Ryan Gosling plays a daytime Hollywood stunt driver who handles night-time criminal getaway services for his main … [Read More...]
He was just sitting there. At Freebird's World Burrito on South Congress. What happened next is anybody's guess. Really.
I had seen him in Austin before. Last Fall at ACL Fest I was sitting in front of Chuy's and he hopped … [Read More...]
So many great things happening at SxSW this year that I very nearly forgot to plug this terrific app for finding all of the free shows. If you go with the paid version, it will automatically RSVP you in to free parties. One evening of free booze will … [Read More...]
When we decided to do food & brew reviews on this site, we knew from the get-go that we were going to bring in some thoroughbred expertise - and to that end we have a surprise coming soon for you! But we also knew we would kick in some bareback … [Read More...]
As you know, we LOVE the whole idea of trailer food. In Austin, you can find surprisingly high-quality food in trailers all over town. There are, however, some notable exceptions:
And if Deep-Fried Bacon-Wrapped Pickle Spears in Viscous … [Read More...]
SXSW is in full swing and already a national controversy, nay, a broohaha (note to self: start a brew pub called BREWHAHA) was ignited when Bartle Bogle Hegarty had the ingenious idea to pay homeless people $20 to become human hotspots. Our … [Read More...]
New Kid on the Block Phillip Poplin will join Austin Above Ground as resident Film and Art Critic. Phillip is a painter, provocateur, historian, art and movie critic and a local Austin Attorney to boot. Homeboy's got both hemispheres working on … [Read More...]
It's free. I think that is a primary criteria for determining whether to install an iPhone app, isn't it? Haven't put this through its real world paces yet but it seems super easy and lets you know which of these food carts are closest to where you … [Read More...]
Austin lost some of it's weirdness today. Leslie Cochran was - IS! - an Austin icon. Rode into Austin from Atlanta in 1996 on a tricycle, after a year of pedaling. He was Austin's most famous dude with boobs. He ran for mayor of Austin … [Read More...]
Someday is an all out assault on your subconscious. Appearances notwithstanding, this sublime music video will leave your integrity intact. You could literally bring a giant projector and show this on a big screen in church on Sunday and dare anyone … [Read More...]
Our second audio podcast episode features Austin's own Steve Carter.
Steve, like many talented Austin musicians, deserves fame and fortune. Steve is understated, sincere and one helluva of singer songwriter. Steve graciously subjected himself to … [Read More...]
In true AustinAboveGround style, this coverage of UtopiaFest has more introductions than actual reporting, but does include some great pics of the festival. Get out your booger kazoos and jump on the Road to Utopia!
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ACL is Austin's premier Music event. Videotaping is strictly forbidden. So none of this video was taped by us. We found this footage stuck to a dying hobo's wooden leg that he removed to try and sell to raise money for a liver transplant. Sadly, he … [Read More...]
Austin Above Ground takes a barge to the full moon party on snake island for music, slam poetry and conversation with a viking.
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During South-by-Southwest 2011 there was a carousel set up downtown for what seemed like a single night. It was a typical Austin stumble-upon - like magic - under a nearly full moon. Uncrowded and relaxed, in the middle of an otherwise chaotic and … [Read More...]
BatCow hanging from the Congress/Ann Richards bridge is about as good of a single visual to represent Austin as I can imagine. Having it hover above Wilco as they play in the ACL theater is about as appropriate a staging for an Austin concert as any … [Read More...]
The South Congress (SoCo) area of Austin has been a hotspot for showing off the town's funkiness for some time. From the upscale trendiness of the South Congress Cafe to a deer-rendering business from a different era only a couple of blocks down, … [Read More...]
Friday East Cameron Folkcore at Holy Mountain. Austin Americana army East Cameron Folkcore perform along with Grandfather Child, Possessed by Paul James and Guns of Navarone to celebrate owner James Taylor’s birthday. 9 p.m. 617 E. Seventh St. holymountainaustin.com Also playing: Marc Cohn at the Belmont Wood and Wire, Hello Wheels at Stubb’s Cedric Burnside […]
The Jambalaya show with Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Big Boi, Zeds Dead and more that was scheduled for May 24 at the Backyard has been moved to Austin Music Hall. Also, AraabMUZIK has canceled his performance at the show after being shot in a robbery attempt. The Cult will bring their “Electric 13” tour to ACL Live on Sept. 3. Tickets go on sale Frid […]
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison were nominated for an Americana Music Award in the Duo/Group of the Year category Tuesday in Los Angeles. They are up against Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Shovels and Rope. See the full list of nominees below. The awards take place Sept. 18 and will be broadcast on AXS TV. ALBUM OF THE […]