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.

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And your next Blues on the Green headliner is: Bob Schneider!
 What with May 23 being the first Blues on the Green show of the season, the BotG powers that be waited until the end of the Black Angels show to announce that Bob Schneider and Superfonicos would be the next act to play the storied series. Ol’ Bob and Superfonicos plays the Green (aka Zilker Park) June 13.

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What with May 23 being the first Blues on the Green show of the season, the BotG powers that be waited until the end of the Black Angels show to announce that Bob Schneider and Superfonicos would be the next act to play the storied series. Ol’ Bob and Superfonicos plays the Green (aka Zilker Park) June 13.
Behold: Marfa’s new, light-up stonehenge-type thing!
 OK, Marfa, Texas, doesn’t take much more than a long weekend to look around and maybe eat a taco or something.  But we are always here for some good ol’ Marfa weirdness, including this story reported by the fine people at Wired about, well, “one man's mysterious vision.” Artist Haroon Mirza trucked in...

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OK, Marfa, Texas, doesn’t take much more than a long weekend to look around and maybe eat a taco or something.  But we are always here for some good ol’ Marfa weirdness, including this story reported by the fine people at Wired about, well, “one man's mysterious vision.” Artist Haroon Mirza trucked in...
Ranking Han Solo’s style over the years, from Endor to Cloud City to Corellia
 As has been  documented elsewhere, the jacket game in the “Star Wars” movies is tremendous.  And no matter what that admittedly excellent survey says, Han Solo rocked better outerwear than anyone. The dude redefined what a space pirate should look like. Over the decades since the arrival of “A New Hope” (then...

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As has been documented elsewhere, the jacket game in the “Star Wars” movies is tremendous.  And no matter what that admittedly excellent survey says, Han Solo rocked better outerwear than anyone. The dude redefined what a space pirate should look like. Over the decades since the arrival of “A New Hope” (then...
Here are 30 must-see movies from the Paramount Summer Classic series
 More than 110 movies are screening this summer as part of the Paramount Summer Classic film series. Here are 30 not to miss. There are others worth seeing, of course, but are 30 really good ones. “Stormy Weather” (7 p.m. May 31) This 1943 picture remains one of the most important musicals ever made (what with its staggering African-American...

Posted: 21 hours ago

More than 110 movies are screening this summer as part of the Paramount Summer Classic film series. Here are 30 not to miss. There are others worth seeing, of course, but are 30 really good ones. “Stormy Weather” (7 p.m. May 31) This 1943 picture remains one of the most important musicals ever made (what with its staggering African-American...
ATX Television Festival launches ‘The TV Campfire’ podcast
 ATX Television Festival premiered its inaugural podcast series, The TV Campfire, as a part of its ATX TV Podcast Network. The series is co-produced by Madica Productions and provides an insider's perspective into the world of television with special guests including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” producer Bill Lawrence...

Posted: 22 hours ago

ATX Television Festival premiered its inaugural podcast series, The TV Campfire, as a part of its ATX TV Podcast Network. The series is co-produced by Madica Productions and provides an insider's perspective into the world of television with special guests including “Scrubs” and “Cougar Town” producer Bill Lawrence...
Author tackles one of the greatest baseball teams you’ve never heard of
 When Anne Keene, the Austin author of “The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II,” was growing up, she knew that her father both loved and hated the game of baseball. She knew he adored it, loved the old players, told stories about them to the point that it became...

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When Anne Keene, the Austin author of “The Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team that Helped Win World War II,” was growing up, she knew that her father both loved and hated the game of baseball. She knew he adored it, loved the old players, told stories about them to the point that it became...
‘Solo’ tries to rebel but sticks to ‘Star Wars’ formula
 While watching the entertaining yet frustrating “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a question keeps returning: We know why we like Han Solo, but why do we like him SO much? Think back to his introduction in the original “Star Wars,” aka “A New Hope”. For all we learn in that sequence, he might be a bad guy! Han...

Posted: a day ago

While watching the entertaining yet frustrating “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a question keeps returning: We know why we like Han Solo, but why do we like him SO much? Think back to his introduction in the original “Star Wars,” aka “A New Hope”. For all we learn in that sequence, he might be a bad guy! Han...
UT alum Andrew Dismukes now writing for SNL
   If you are a hardcore Austin comedy denizen, you might remember now-22-year-old Port Neches native Andrew Dismukes from such venues as Cenote (where he first got on stage in 2012 as a University of Texas freshman) or the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada, last summer.  Now, he’s writing for Saturday...

Posted: 8 days ago

  If you are a hardcore Austin comedy denizen, you might remember now-22-year-old Port Neches native Andrew Dismukes from such venues as Cenote (where he first got on stage in 2012 as a University of Texas freshman) or the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, Canada, last summer.  Now, he’s writing for Saturday...