• Lunchtime Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum.

    We like/are envious of Tavi Gevinson's success and coolness. The creator of RookieMag.com gave this cool Ted Talk here.

    Coca-Cola will sell a Splenda-sweetened, fruit flavored water starting April 1. Sounds...unnatural.

    Our very own KVRX has made the top 25 college radio stations. We have to agree, you guys are the coolest.

    These are some of the grossest moments from "Girls." Trust us, there are plenty.

    Google street view will one day show the world's seven summits with the help of "Google Adventurer" Dan Fredinburg.

    Former Daily Texan photographer and UT grad has a photo essay up on NPR about SXSW. Check it out!

    The FBI says they have solved the greatest art heist mystery in history! Better late than never.

    How do they make food look so gooooood in commercials? Here's a little insight.



  • Lunchtime Links

    The Daily Texan Life and Arts section is happy to complement your afternoon procrastination with a smattering of news from across the cultural spectrum.

    Listen to Beyonce’s new song on Vulture and read the site's 15 talking points, including how the song may not even be on the upcoming album.

    What did you think of last night’s “Girls” season finale? Here’s a recap.

    Did you catch any of The Atlantic's “16 Bands to Check Out From South by Southwest 2013?”

    “The 20/20 Experience” comes out in stores tomorrow, and a follow-up album may only be months away.

    Hillary Clinton announces support for gay marriage! Way to go Hil!

    In case you missed it, a new pope was appointed over break. Here’s a bit about Pope Francis.

    The Texas weather is about to be unbearable, so here are 15 shows you can tune into in the comfort of your air conditioning.

    Here are Ryan Gosling’s ten best looks from films. These must have been difficult decisions to make.  

    The History Channel’s series “The Bible” features a Satan character who vaguely resembles Obama. What’s up with that?



  • A graphic breakdown of the Flaming Lips failed concert

    A graphic of last night's Flaming Lips concert at auditorium shores.
    A graphic of last night's Flaming Lips concert at auditorium shores.

    Thank God I didn't pay for that.

    "I've never really listened to the Flaming Lips," I admitted to a friend as we shielded our eyes from the dust at Auditorium Shores yesterday afternoon. "So this is their chance to sell themselves to me."

    Long story short: they didn't. They put on the most unpleasant, unmusical excuse for a concert I've ever seen-- and this is coming from a guy who was there for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' sound check debacle at Waterloo Records on Wednesday. The one upside was that I now know to avoid the Lips'  upcoming album "The Terror" (which they helpfully played in its entirety) like the plague. If you're anything less than a die-hard, drank-the-Kool-Aid Flaming Lips fan, you should too. 


  • Jon Cozart sings darker, more satirical tune with new video

    Jon Cozart, a UT sophomore studying radio-television-film,  is signing a bit of a different tune with his newest YouTube video, which is quickly making splashes online.

    The video, called “After Ever After”, is a song that explores the misfortunes that fall upon Disney princesses after their happily ever after endings. The video, which premiered online Tuesday, has already be featured on several different media outlets, including Huffington Post Comedy. The video has racked up more than 200,000 hits in less than two full days and, as of Thursday afternoon, the single was also number 2 on iTunes’ comedy chart. At number 1 is “YOLO” by the Lonely Island.

    Cozart is famous in the digital world for his musical YouTube videos. He hit it big online with his “Harry Potter in 99 Seconds” video, which has more than 12 million views. Cozart transferred to UT-Austin from UT-San Antonio last Fall. In an interview with The Daily Texan in September, Cozart said he would like to keep making videos but he had to find a way to balance his school work. His YouTube channel has been silent since late July, but Cozart has been teasing and talking about a new video on his Twitter account for months.

    In “After Ever After,” Cozart takes the happy, disney fairy tales and spins them with a dark twist. Cozart goes into gruesome detail about the lives of Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”, Jasmine from “Aladdin”, Belle from “Beauty and the Beast” and Pocahontas from “Pocahontas.” The video is also ripe with satire, with Cozart referencing modern events, politics and history.

    Ariel’s kingdom is suffering from BP’s Oil Spill and mankind’s mistreatment of the ocean’s ecosystem (“China men feast on Flounder's fins, plus the Japanese killed all my whale friends”). Aladdin has been wrongly imprisoned by the CIA for intense interrogation (“Bush was crazy, Obama’s lazy, al-Qaeda’s not in this country”).  Belle faces possibly lynching (“But the charges laid on me of beastility could wind up getting me thrown in a cell”). And Pocahontas is decapitating Europeans as her people die from disease and invasion (“Have you ever held the entrails on an English guy?”).

    Every scenario is presented in a sarcastically cheery acapella performance, similar to Cozart’s other videos. But the dark humor and political satire makes this video stand out from his others. While “After Ever After” has Cozart’s style and technique, this video is showing a new side to the YouTube star.



  • SXSW in Social Media

    The Daily Texan Life & Arts Staff is downtown this week tweeting, posting instagram photos, and just generally blowing up the internet. Be sure to stay tuned to this website for updates, but for breaking news, follow our reporters and photographers on Twitter. 

    Kelsey McKinney- editor, covering everything- @mckinneykelsey

    Sarah-Grace Sweeney- associate editor, covering music- @sarahgrace317

    Alex Williams- Film critic- @alexwilliamsdt

    Hannah Smothers- music critic- @hannahsmothers_

    Hayley Fick- digital director, covering interactive- @hayleyfick

    Zachary Strain- photography editor- @zwstrain

    Pu Ying Huang- photographer- @puyinghuang

    To follow all Daily Texan reporters at South By Southwest, keep an eye on #dtsxsw.