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Michael Hoinski

From Getting High to High Art: The Strange Journey of Dock Ellis (photo)

From Getting High to High Art: The Strange Journey of Dock Ellis

The mythical story of Dock Ellis and the no-hitter he pitched in 1970 while on LSD is one giant matryoshka doll. There’s layer upon exquisite layer to be uncovered: The black power movement, the war on drugs, Major League Baseball’s free-agency era. And that’s just the first couple of layers. In the last year, the […]

At SXSW, the bands played on. (photo)

At SXSW, the bands played on.

The SXSW Music Festival opened with a jolt on Wednesday: Big Star frontman Alex Chilton had died of an apparent heart attack. From that point until the end of the fest, when Big Star’s closing showcase at the hallowed blues club Antone’s turned into an all-star tribute to Chilton, songs in sets near and far […]

In the Octopus Project’s Garden (photo)

In the Octopus Project’s Garden

“The last three months of our lives have been devoted to this night,” said Yvonne Lambert, dressed resplendently in a bustier-meets-Wild West parlor dress. She stood behind her keyboard on a circular stage positioned under a giant rectangular tent in the parking lot of Whole Foods. Surrounding her and her three tie-wearing bandmates, collectively an […]

Hitch a ride, music advertising on the side. (photo)

Hitch a ride, music advertising on the side.

Attention, SXSW-goers, welcome aboard the “Together” bus, with complimentary shuttle service from the airport to downtown Austin. Please enjoy the free bar. We have stuff for mimosas, Bloody Marys, and bourbon & cokes. For your listening pleasure, we’re going to blare the new New Pornographers album, “Together,” out May 4 on Matador Records. The band […]

Carrie Brownstein, From Sleater-Kinney to NPR to Movie Star (photo)

Carrie Brownstein, From Sleater-Kinney to NPR to Movie Star

Carrie Brownstein ought to write a movie about rock and roll. She’s played guitar for the eminent rock band Sleater-Kinney. She has a music blog on NPR.org called Monitor Mix, and has also written for Slate and the Believer. And she’s acting in her first feature-length film, “Some Days Are Better Than Others,” which premiered […]