Joe Gross

Books & culture reporter

Joe Gross writes about movies, books, music and popular culture for the Austin American-Statesman. He's worked for the American-Statesman since 2002 and has contributed to Rolling Stone, Spin and other publications. He lives in Austin with his family.

Latest from Joe Gross

Get your wallet: 25 Record Store Day releases we’re jonesing for
 It’s Record Store Day again on April 21, and, what with Austin home to way more than its fair share of stores, you can make a day of it, driving around to various locales and nabbing what you can. You can check for participating stores here.  Here is a list of what we’re excited about. This is not nearly all of the releases...

Posted: 3 days ago

It’s Record Store Day again on April 21, and, what with Austin home to way more than its fair share of stores, you can make a day of it, driving around to various locales and nabbing what you can. You can check for participating stores here.  Here is a list of what we’re excited about. This is not nearly all of the releases...
Lawrence Wright: Eight things the other 49 states need to understand about Texas
 As we who live here are painfully aware, Texas can seem absolutely baffling to outsiders. In his latest book, “God Save Texas,” Lawrence Wright takes the myth and truth of the Lone Star State head-on in a series of essays that, the more one reads them, feel like a Texas 101 primer, the sort of thing to hand your relatives back...

Posted: 8 days ago

As we who live here are painfully aware, Texas can seem absolutely baffling to outsiders. In his latest book, “God Save Texas,” Lawrence Wright takes the myth and truth of the Lone Star State head-on in a series of essays that, the more one reads them, feel like a Texas 101 primer, the sort of thing to hand your relatives back...
Yankovic, Haddish and more will bring the laughs at Moontower
 Satire icon “Weird Al” Yankovic and theater-filling stand-up comedians Tiffany Haddish, Mike Birbiglia, Tig Notaro and Jo Koy are among the headliners for the seventh annual Moontower Comedy Festival, which kicks off April 18. More than 100 comedians and 11 podcasts will take part in the festival, with shows at the Paramount and...

Posted: 10 days ago

Satire icon “Weird Al” Yankovic and theater-filling stand-up comedians Tiffany Haddish, Mike Birbiglia, Tig Notaro and Jo Koy are among the headliners for the seventh annual Moontower Comedy Festival, which kicks off April 18. More than 100 comedians and 11 podcasts will take part in the festival, with shows at the Paramount and...
Matthew McConaughey would like to tell you about Wild Turkey Longbranch...and the weather
 Tuesday afternoon, noted thespian, Longhorns fan and Wild Turkey creative director/spokesman Matthew McConaughey took to Facebook live to promote a new 86-proof bourbon called Wild Turkey Longbranch. It will retail out at $40 list price and will be available in May. It was described in a press release as “a rare small-batch Kentucky...

Posted: 11 days ago

Tuesday afternoon, noted thespian, Longhorns fan and Wild Turkey creative director/spokesman Matthew McConaughey took to Facebook live to promote a new 86-proof bourbon called Wild Turkey Longbranch. It will retail out at $40 list price and will be available in May. It was described in a press release as “a rare small-batch Kentucky...
Texas Forever: ‘Friday Night Lights’ comes to Amazon Prime
 It was a grim day a few months back when “Friday Night Lights” --  the brilliant look at football in small town Texas that launched the careers of, for example Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons, made Eric and Tammy Taylor #marriagegoals icons and generally established itself as the best show not enough people watched at the...

Posted: 16 days ago

It was a grim day a few months back when “Friday Night Lights” --  the brilliant look at football in small town Texas that launched the careers of, for example Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Plemons, made Eric and Tammy Taylor #marriagegoals icons and generally established itself as the best show not enough people watched at the...
Tense ‘Quiet Place’ thrills but leaves some questions unanswered
 There is much to enjoy about “A Quite Place,” but one would do well not to pull on any of the plot threads, lest it unravel. John Krasinski, directing only his third feature, from a script by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Krasinski, delivers a solid genre picture with a remarkably high concept that folks seemed to go nuts for when...

Posted: 17 days ago

There is much to enjoy about “A Quite Place,” but one would do well not to pull on any of the plot threads, lest it unravel. John Krasinski, directing only his third feature, from a script by Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and Krasinski, delivers a solid genre picture with a remarkably high concept that folks seemed to go nuts for when...
Brothers and sisters! Tickets on sale April 6 for MC50 at Mohawk!
 To celebrate the MC5’s still-astonishing debut album, “Kick Out the Jams,” MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is hitting the road with a bunch of ringers for the MC50 tour, which comes to the Mohawk Sept. 28. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6. Kramer and co. will play Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, as well as an encore...

Posted: 17 days ago

To celebrate the MC5’s still-astonishing debut album, “Kick Out the Jams,” MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is hitting the road with a bunch of ringers for the MC50 tour, which comes to the Mohawk Sept. 28. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 6. Kramer and co. will play Kick Out the Jams in its entirety, as well as an encore...
The ATX Bookstore Crawl is coming April 28
 The second annual Austin Bookstore crawl takes place April 28. After all, it’s the season of brick-and-mortar-retail celebration. Record Store Day takes place April 21; Free Comic Book Day on May 5. Participating ATX Bookstore crawl include: HalfPrice Books (All 7 Locations) Here is the deal, according to the website: “Visit...

Posted: 17 days ago

The second annual Austin Bookstore crawl takes place April 28. After all, it’s the season of brick-and-mortar-retail celebration. Record Store Day takes place April 21; Free Comic Book Day on May 5. Participating ATX Bookstore crawl include: HalfPrice Books (All 7 Locations) Here is the deal, according to the website: “Visit...