Paul Trap

The heart of Comic-Con is the exhibition floor — a Superdome-sized space jammed corner-to-corner with artists, retailers and showrooms for studios and toy/collectible manufacturers.   Imagine if SXSW lined every musician in one room, and as... more

Jul 29, 2016 3:47 PM Art

  Friday was light on Comic-con’ing, the day spent with friends from Southern California, though we had a few geek moments. Walking back to our hotel, we passed the theater where Conan O’Brien is taping his show — we watched that night’... more

Jul 25, 2016 2:41 PM Art

Greetings from the center of the geek universe, San Diego Comic-Con, a black hole of color and light threatening to collapse in on itself.  Arriving late on Wednesday, we skipped opening night where the exhibition hall throws open their ga... more

Jul 22, 2016 4:20 PM Art

The day started with an 8 a.m. breakfast show at the Four Seasons hotel, with a set by Twin Peaks — I caught them a couple years back in an unheated Omaha warehouse on a cold November night.   I was looking forward to the juxtaposition of s... more

Mar 18, 2016 5:50 PM Music

The SXSW crowd is swelling — on Wednesday lines were already spilling out of smaller venues at one in the afternoon. I found room inside Hotel Vegas, a delightful dive on the outskirts hosting "She Shreds," boasting a line-up of female fro... more

Mar 17, 2016 5:30 PM Music

Arrived in Austin late (thanks Dallas traffic), with just enough time to squirt into the end of the AV Club showcase at Barracuda, an indoor/outdoor club that appears to be in great supply in Austin.   Mothers, from Athens, GA, played a sh... more

Mar 16, 2016 5:13 PM Music

If anyone can figure out SXSW, they have my vote for Master of the Universe. Badge pickup includes a tome of the week’s festivities, with a schedule of where official artists are playing — now most of those artists are also playing free, sp... more

Mar 16, 2016 1:36 PM Music

With airfares to Austin approaching four figures, roadtripping was enthusiastically embraced — a choice rewarded with concert kharma at the half-way point. Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa has been on the to-venue list, with a show serendipitously ... more

Mar 14, 2016 7:44 PM Music