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Karen Kocher's 'Living Springs' project about Austin's Barton Springs will have an on-site program, lasting just 30 minutes and staged on the south side of the pool, on July 19 and August 18 at 8:30pm. "This season will ...

‘Living Springs’ Screening at Barton Springs

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Graham Reynolds scores a new original web series Rooster Teeth called, Day 5. For more information, or to view the trailer, you can check it out ...

New Score for Original Rooster Teeth Series

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Composer and bandleader Graham Reynolds won a 2016 Austin Critics’ Table Award for best original composition for “In the Face of Trouble,” for solo piano and sound processing, commissioned by Austin Chamber Music ...

2016 AUSTIN CRITICS’ TABLE AWARD

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Part premiere and part retrospective, Ballet Austin’s “The Graham Reynolds Project” remounts two pieces, “Though the Earth Gives Way” and “Bounce,” and presents the world premiere of “Once Beginning," for ...

Ballet Austin’s “The Graham Reynolds Project”

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Graham Reynolds is a recipient of the highly competitive 2016 Creative Capital Award for his upcoming chamber opera “Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance." Read more about this collaboration with Mexico City’s Lagartijas ...

$95,000 Creative Capital Award

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PBS’s feature-length documentary film on the life and work of Richard Linklater, Dream is Destiny, with original music by Graham Reynolds, premiered at the Sundance Festival in February and at SXSW in March.  The ...

PBS American Masters “Richard Linklater: Dream is Destiny”

Top Ten Favorite Punk Rock Bands

Here’s the November & December Edition…. PUNK ROCK BANDS! Coming next is my top ten favorite pizzas of all time.

  1. Fugazi – The defining band of my high school experience, I saw Fugazi live at The Anthrax in Norwalk, CT and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

  2. Dead Kennedys – This is the first punk band I got excited about. We called it hardcore and considered punk to be the older stuff (like the Sex Pistols). Chuck D and Jello Biafra remind me of each other: distinct and memorable voices, powerful personalities, heavy on the political content, a balance of fun and serious and angry, great frontmen who couldn’t sing a lick in the traditional way.

  3. Nomeansno – All those east coast post punk bands were so serious it was great to hear this west coast band and realize that you could have a good time while creating this music and that the fun would be reflected in the music.

  4. The Clash –  I was a late-comer to The Clash. Rock the Casbah seemed way too pop slick for me to like at first and that made me ignore the rest. I got over it and spent a long time listening to London Calling over and over.

  5. Gang of Four – I was a late-comer to Gang of Four as well, but unlike The Clash I liked them immediately. I finally heard the roots of all the DC Hardcore I had been listening to.

  6. Minutemen – Mike Watt was a great hero to my bass player friend in college so I heard a lot of him. Watt’s followup band, Firehose, was just ok in the studio, but great live.

  7. Nation of Ulysses –  Never saw them live, but they recorded one of my favorite live albums, “Play Pretty for Baby.” Little Richard meets punk fury.

  8. Big Horny Hustler – One of my favorite shows by one of my favorite Austin bands at one of my favorite (now defunct) Austin clubs: Buzz Moran, Tony Nozero, Julian Peterson, and the ferocious August Alston tore up the Blue Flamingo in the late 90’s.

  9. Rapeman/Shellac – Steve Albini’s bands were always strong and even more importantly his incredible recordings are a pinnacle of indie engineering. He set the standard, though I’m not sure anyone has matched it.

  10. Le Tigre – I’ve seen them live. I have several albums. But really it’s one song, “Deceptacon”, that put them on this list. It became a Rude Mech standard, was played at every party for ten years, and captured the intense but fun, rebellious but friendly, political and intellectual but ready to party energy that defines Austin’s greatest theater company.

Richard Linklater Collaborations

Graham has collaborated five times with iconic independent film director Richard Linklater (Slacker, Dazed and Confused, School of Rock), starting with a simple piano score for the short “Live From Shiva’s Dance Floor” in 2003. Featuring Timothy "Speed" Levitch, star of the documentary The Cruise, “Shiva’s Dance Floor” is a film essay on 9/11 exploring ideas about what to do with the land at Ground Zero. Not long after, Linklater asked Graham to score A Scanner Darkly which he was adapting from the Philip K. Dick novel. Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. and Winona Ryder starred in the rotoscoped film; shot in live action and then animated over. The score which featured acoustic instruments and electric guitar processed through computer effects was declared "Best Soundtrack of the Decade" by Cinema Retro Magazine. After Scanner came Bernie starring Jack Black. Read more...

Top Ten Favorite Punk Rock Bands

Here’s the November & December Edition…. PUNK ROCK BANDS! Coming next is my top ten favorite pizzas of all time.

  1. Fugazi – The defining band of my high school experience, I saw Fugazi live at The Anthrax in Norwalk, CT and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

  2. Dead Kennedys – This is the first punk band I got excited about. We called it hardcore and considered punk to be the older stuff (like the Sex Pistols). Chuck D and Jello Biafra remind me of each other: distinct and memorable voices, powerful personalities, heavy on the political content, a balance of fun and serious and angry, great frontmen who couldn’t sing a lick in the traditional way.

  3. Nomeansno – All those east coast post punk bands were so serious it was great to hear this west coast band and realize that you could have a good time while creating this music and that the fun would be reflected in the music.

  4. The Clash –  I was a late-comer to The Clash. Rock the Casbah seemed way too pop slick for me to like at first and that made me ignore the rest. I got over it and spent a long time listening to London Calling over and over.

  5. Gang of Four – I was a late-comer to Gang of Four as well, but unlike The Clash I liked them immediately. I finally heard the roots of all the DC Hardcore I had been listening to.

  6. Minutemen – Mike Watt was a great hero to my bass player friend in college so I heard a lot of him. Watt’s followup band, Firehose, was just ok in the studio, but great live.

  7. Nation of Ulysses –  Never saw them live, but they recorded one of my favorite live albums, “Play Pretty for Baby.” Little Richard meets punk fury.

  8. Big Horny Hustler – One of my favorite shows by one of my favorite Austin bands at one of my favorite (now defunct) Austin clubs: Buzz Moran, Tony Nozero, Julian Peterson, and the ferocious August Alston tore up the Blue Flamingo in the late 90’s.

  9. Rapeman/Shellac – Steve Albini’s bands were always strong and even more importantly his incredible recordings are a pinnacle of indie engineering. He set the standard, though I’m not sure anyone has matched it.

  10. Le Tigre – I’ve seen them live. I have several albums. But really it’s one song, “Deceptacon”, that put them on this list. It became a Rude Mech standard, was played at every party for ten years, and captured the intense but fun, rebellious but friendly, political and intellectual but ready to party energy that defines Austin’s greatest theater company.

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