Author Archive: Joey Berlin

Austin, Texas resident and product of Kansas City suburbia who inhales pop culture old and new. Among other things, I'm a fan of fried chicken, college basketball, Crown Royal and rock 'n' roll. Find four things that make life more fulfilling. I dare you.

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Big Gigantic impresses with explosive electronic party

Big Gigantic impresses with explosive electronic party

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

  For electronic dance music to work in a concert setting – as a live spectacle that you would actually pay concert prices to see – the bar, in my mind, is pretty high. You need good mixes and well-wrung beats, sure, but the music can’t stand on its own – especially seeing as it’s […]

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Big Gigantic Looming Larger and Larger

Big Gigantic Looming Larger and Larger

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When the previous generation of electronic dance music artists were presiding over high-BPM mixes and X-ed out dance parties, the future members of Big Gigantic were soaking up … other stuff. If you’ve heard Big Gigantic, it might surprise you a little to learn that as young musicians in the late ’90s and early 2000s […]

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10 Songs That Were Better Reasons to be “Happy” in 2014

10 Songs That Were Better Reasons to be “Happy” in 2014

| February 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve really got nothing against “Happy,” Billboard’s certified No. 1 song of the calendar year 2014. Hell, it was played at my wedding reception, because, let’s be honest – preventing that from happening at any 2014 wedding reception would’ve been damn near impossible. But – just ballparking the number here – there were probably about […]

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Ex Hex sizzles at the Mohawk despite the cold

Ex Hex sizzles at the Mohawk despite the cold

| January 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ex Hex managed to give concert goers at the Mohawk in Austin on Saturday night both their money’s worth – the easy part – and their body temperature’s worth, which was the hard part.

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Confident SomeKindaWonderful rides fast-arriving momentum

Confident SomeKindaWonderful rides fast-arriving momentum

| November 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

Less than two years after a snowy night in Cleveland gave birth to a friendship, a band and a hit song all in the same night, SomeKindaWonderful already has the vibe and assuredness of a band in command of its sound and its direction.

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Newer voice, same Flyleaf: Band hits hard at San Antonio show

Newer voice, same Flyleaf: Band hits hard at San Antonio show

| October 8, 2014 | 1 Comments

Rarely does such a visible change to a band’s lineup feel this refreshingly status-quo. Flyleaf is still Flyleaf, and that’s a good thing.

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‘The Monuments Men’ no masterpiece, but it makes you think

‘The Monuments Men’ no masterpiece, but it makes you think

| February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The question that implicitly and explicitly hangs over “The Monuments Men” – the one you can spar with your buddies about – is, “Is it worth it?”

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Action-packed “Lone Survivor” takes you into battle

Action-packed “Lone Survivor” takes you into battle

| January 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ruling through force is a sizable chunk of what war is all about. But can a war movie rule purely through force? Peter Berg’s new film, “Lone Survivor,” suggests that it can — if said force generates an experience so real you’d swear you were dressed in camo, tracking every micro-movement in the foliage around you.

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‘Despicable Me 2’ brings another round of fun

‘Despicable Me 2’ brings another round of fun

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

“Despicable Me 2” is at least a notch below its parent film, but with the same directing (Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud) and writing (Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul) teams as the first one, it’s in the same ballpark of enjoyability. Fans of the first “DM” won’t be disappointed.

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Hell or Highwater’s debut is mostly hard-rock formula

Hell or Highwater’s debut is mostly hard-rock formula

| February 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

The best asset going for Hell or Highwater – which opened for the Darkness last week at the Uptown Theater — is that Saller is a seasoned metalhead with a melodic sense that’s better than many in the genre. If the band were produced with a little more of a classic rock feel and a little less of a modern mainstream hard-rock vibe, maybe they could distinguish themselves better from the dozens of bands they sound like. As it is, they’ll please listeners who swear by the current sound of mainstream hard rock, and fail to register with the rest of the world.

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