River City ~ Dispatches from Austin

Thursday, May 30, 2002

Jay Bennett and Edward Burch play Stubb's this Saturday. River City hasn't yet heard their new collaboration, The Palace at 4 a.m., but we expect Saturday night to be a good show, considering Bennett's talent. Somewhat lost in the (well-deserved) flood of praise for the new Wilco release, Bennett's departure from Wilco leaves a big question mark. It's hard to tell just how much influence Bennett had on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it seems it may have been more than we realized, considering he was fully involved right up to the last mix of the record. His skill in the studio, and his presence during their live shows, could be irreplaceable. Reviews of YHF have been raves; reviews of Wilco's recent live shows have been mixed. Seems they are still trying to pull their new sound together on stage.

Another show next week has stirred our curiosity: A Denton band called Lift to Experience plays the Mercury this Thursday. The Austin Chronicle wrote about them in March: "Christian space rock. Lone Star emo. Confession-booth shoegazer. There's never been a band like Lift to Experience, no doubt about it." According to The Chronicle, their song "These are the Days" features the following lyrics: ""The whole world is gonna change when the levee breaks, and it feels the wrath of God's terrible, swift sword."

So, you're just thinking about seeing a movie this weekend? Well, River City is always scouring the theaters, finding overlooked, artsy-type films that may not get the recognition they deserve. We stumbled recently into a movie that seems to be building a following and gaining a lot of momentum. Seems that soon, this little sci-fi feature will be the talk of the town, so you'd better see it now! The movie is called Star Wars, and it stars Obi Wan MacGregor (oops that's Ewan) and several CGI animated characters, including R2D2 and Padme Amidala. Read about this Star Wars phenomenon and Attack of the Clones in River City: In Too Deep.


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