Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Travels with Frenchie

Part X: Olmos Park nonpareil

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-06-24 It’s the end of the month, which means it’s time for the latest Travels with Frenchie, the monthly food series in which a trio of culturally mismatched San Antonians explores our city’s culinary nooks and crannies. As before, our core team consisted of Frenchie (aka Fabien...

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Sohns & TheGrasshopper Lies Heavy

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2009-06-24 These two local bands got into rock for the best possible reason: to see how much noise human beings are capable of generating. Test your decibel endurance level against typical Sohns track “A Convocation of Marksmen” — weary old-man ears will pick up only Alex...

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Plein-air party

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-06-24 Ten years from now, in a potentially dystopic future when River Walk North is overrun with hotels and chain restaurants, we’ll look back and laugh at those crazy early days when anything seemed possible. Some might even recall a surreal little club that set up shop along...

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Wilco (The Album)

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Wilco (The Album) Composer: Wilco Conductor: Wilco Label: Nonesuch Release Date: 2009-06-24 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording It’s ironic that as the U.S. collectively shits the bed, Wilco — the band that built a career on articulating modern American angst — hasn’t sounded this upbeat in a decade. Coupled with the...

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#1 Record/Radio City

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

#1 Record/Radio City Composer: Big Star Conductor: Big Star Label: Fantasy Release Date: 2009-06-24 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Big Star got to power pop when it was fresh-squeezed from the Kinks and Beatles. Before the concept of mellow melodic rock with pop hooks became Hansonized and Jonas Brothered into a...

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Time Turns Elastic

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Time Turns Elastic Composer: Trey Anastasio Conductor: Trey Anastasio Label: Rubber Jungle Release Date: 2009-06-24 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Collaborating with arranger Don Hart, lead Phish Trey Anastasio has crafted a soundtrack without imagery, a trilogy of movements that ebb and flow with cinematic tension between Hart’s swelling orchestrations and...

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The E.N.D.

Posted on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The E.N.D. Composer: The Black Eyed Peas Conductor: The Black Eyed Peas Label: Interscope Release Date: 2009-06-24 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Let’s face it: The Peas have already made this decade’s two most embarrassing rap singles — “My Humps” and “Let’s Get It Started” — but that doesn’t faze the...

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Chain-free cafeteria BBQ

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-06-17 Snoga Bar-B-Cue BBQ is a story of what could have been. Hidden in the southeast side on Goliad Road, Snoga’s is just 1.5 miles from a different cafeteria-style barbecue restaurant on Bill Miller Lane. Yes, we’re talking about Bill Miller BBQ #1, the first of 69 Bill...

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Fatale attraction

Old noir will never die

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-06-17 The year? 2068. The place? San Antonio. The mission? Figure out what is up with some ridiculously confusing twins while consuming copious amounts of liquor and having one’s memory erased. Sound impossible? It sort of is. The Case of the Neon Twins at Jump-Start Performance Co....

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Miss America, a Mexicanito Fairy’s Tale

Posted on Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2009-06-17 Esperanza Center hosts a world premiere of its much anticipated theatrical production Miss America, A Mexicanito Fairy’s Tale, written by local playwright Jesús Alonzo. It’s the story of young Chuy, a son of working-class immigrants, who loves Vicki Carr, telenovelas, and dreams of winning the Miss America...

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