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The Daily Texan

Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

The Daily Texan

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Desk Editor

Angela is a journalism & IRG sophomore who is currently serving as a Life & Arts desk editor. She started out as a general reporter in Fall 2021. When she isn’t writing about music, Angela will usually be found listening and dancing to it. Her go-to boba order is a passion fruit green tea.

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Life&Arts editor leaves with plans to finally catch up on sleep

Life&Arts editor leaves with plans to finally catch up on sleep

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor April 20, 2023

I routinely spent my freshman year weeknights writing stories until the sun rose. Ahead of my noon deadlines later in the day, I was quite literally a writer in the dark. I’m once again starting something...

Life&Arts live coverage team reflects on best moments at SXSW

Life&Arts live coverage team reflects on best moments at SXSW

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor The 10-day festival marathon began with artist interviews at hotels and ended at Paramount Theatre, a venue this musically inclined editor had never stepped foot in...

Q&A: Disney+ series ‘American Born Chinese’ makes world premiere at SXSW

Q&A: Disney+ series ‘American Born Chinese’ makes world premiere at SXSW

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 19, 2023

Based on a Gene Luen Yang graphic novel of the same name, “American Born Chinese” follows Jin (Ben Wang) through his sophomore year of high school as he tries to fit in. When he meets Wei-Chen (Jimmy...

Q&A: Netflix dark comedy ‘Beef’ premieres at SXSW

Q&A: Netflix dark comedy ‘Beef’ premieres at SXSW

Angela Lim and Sage Dunlap March 19, 2023

Starring Steven Yeun and Ali Wong, the upcoming A24-produced Netflix series “Beef” follows two strangers who seek vengeance on one another after a road rage incident. Ahead of the dark comedy’s world...

Musicians hold rally demanding fair pay for artists at SXSW

Musicians hold rally demanding fair pay for artists at SXSW

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Editor March 18, 2023

Chanting “They say low pay, we say no way” and “Hey hey, ho ho, artist pay is way too low,” organizers and musicians gathered outside the Austin Convention Center on Thursday to amplify the Union...

The Chairs talk dreamy songwriting, story behind album ‘Shangri-La Is Calling’

The Chairs talk dreamy songwriting, story behind album ‘Shangri-La Is Calling’

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 17, 2023

The Chairs present a ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelic-infused kaleidoscope of songs, guided by their experiences and the media they consume. Imaginative, mellow and poignant, the Taiwanese indie rock trio...

Micah Edwards talks writing debut album Jean Leon, eternal relationship with music

Micah Edwards talks writing debut album Jean Leon, eternal relationship with music

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 16, 2023

Houston-based singer-songwriter Micah Edwards embellishes his twangy retro-soul and country-fused stories with smooth, buttery vocals. His 10-track LP Jean Leon draws upon various themes from love to brokenness...

Peach Luffe talks inspirations, creative process for debut album Everything is Peachy

Peach Luffe talks inspirations, creative process for debut album Everything is Peachy

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 14, 2023

Hailing from Toronto, Peach Luffe blossoms dream pop soundscapes with a summery glow produced, written, mixed and played from Jong Lee’s bedroom studio. Over the past three years, Peach Luffe has transitioned...

Civil rights leaders talk voting rights, accessibility in SXSW session

Civil rights leaders talk voting rights, accessibility in SXSW session

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 14, 2023

Along with her peers, Arndrea Waters King’s 14-year-old daughter — the only grandchild of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King — sits with fewer rights today than when she was born. “This...

Cecile Richards, Alexandra Reeve Givens, Nabiha Syed discuss data privacy, reproductive care in SXSW featured session

Cecile Richards, Alexandra Reeve Givens, Nabiha Syed discuss data privacy, reproductive care in SXSW featured session

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 12, 2023

In August 2022, a mother in Nebraska faced charges for giving her 17-year-old daughter — who was pregnant at the time — access to abortion medication. The prosecution used the pair’s Facebook messages...

No badge, no problem: Free events at SXSW

No badge, no problem: Free events at SXSW

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor March 9, 2023

While thousands of attendees flock to Austin for South by Southwest, non-badge holders can still fill their itinerary with various exhibitions and showcases at the festival. The Daily Texan compiled a...

The Daily Texan’s playlist to welcome new year, semester

The Daily Texan’s playlist to welcome new year, semester

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Editor January 9, 2023

Bring empowerment, positive energy and comfort into the new year with a curated soundtrack. As students begin another semester and work toward new goals, The Daily Texan compiled a list of songs that promise...

Student artist Zak P talks success of viral song, relationship with music

Student artist Zak P talks success of viral song, relationship with music

Angela Lim, Life & Arts desk editor November 9, 2022

For Zak Pham, music naturally intertwined with his life from childhood. The advertising junior said he started going to live shows with his mom and sister at 9 years old. His house in Houston also became...

UT alum choreographs, presents Filipino ballet ‘Maria and the Mouse Deer’

UT alum choreographs, presents Filipino ballet ‘Maria and the Mouse Deer’

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Desk Editor October 27, 2022

Growing up surrounded by lush forests, Alexa Capareda went to school on Mt. Makiling, an inactive volcano in her hometown of Los Baños in the Philippines. Capareda said she often heard legends about its...

Laufey shares how classical, jazz music meld in debut album Everything I Know About Love

Laufey shares how classical, jazz music meld in debut album Everything I Know About Love

Angela Lim, Life & Arts desk editor September 18, 2022

Artist and multi-instrumentalist Laufey envelops her songs with experiences from all the realms of her life, breathing life into timeless genres. Growing up surrounded by musicians, the romantic singer-songwriter...

Photo Gallery: Student Style

Photo Gallery: Student Style

The start of September in Austin has brought cool(ish) temperatures and even cooler fits to campus. Check out the Texan's gallery for the latest looks on Speedway!

Laufey blends classical, jazz in mesmerizing debut album Everything I Know About Love

Angela Lim, Life&Arts Desk Editor August 30, 2022

A bossa nova guitar rhythm tiptoes beneath delicate piano and strings in “Fragile,” the cinematic opener Laufey carefully chose for her debut album Everything I Know About Love. The Aug. 26 release...

The Daily Texan’s back to school playlist for walking to your next class

The Daily Texan’s back to school playlist for walking to your next class

Angela Lim, Life and Arts desk editor August 22, 2022

With the fall semester underway, it’s time to brave the Speedway crowds with a pair of earbuds and a vibrant collection of songs. As thousands travel across campus, The Daily Texan curated a playlist...

Asian American communities connect to culture, express love through food

Asian American communities connect to culture, express love through food

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter May 5, 2022

As a child, Jennifer Ling Datchuk routinely helped her grandmother prepare a fresh batch of dumplings. With her grandmother’s homemade wrappers in hand, she placed a spoonful of filling and painstakingly...

9 Asian-owned businesses in Austin to support

9 Asian-owned businesses in Austin to support

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter May 3, 2022

  According to a 2021 survey published by the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce in partnership with UT students, 89% of Asian-owned businesses in Austin experienced a loss of revenue during...

GRAE showcases polished sound, potential with nostalgia-themed debut album ‘Whiplash’

GRAE showcases polished sound, potential with nostalgia-themed debut album ‘Whiplash’

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter April 18, 2022

“Boxes,” the first track of GRAE’s debut album Whiplash, greets listeners with a four-second cacophony of mangled guitars in their left ear before diving into a bassline, which permeates the...

The Daily Texan’s spring playlist to accompany you outdoors

The Daily Texan’s spring playlist to accompany you outdoors

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter April 12, 2022

Hanging out at the South Mall to escape from a mountainous workload of assignments, projects and exams requires the perfect soundtrack. As students brave the final weeks of the spring semester, The Daily...

Waterloo Records celebrates 40th anniversary

Waterloo Records celebrates 40th anniversary

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter April 8, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 5, 2022 flipbook. Over the last 40 years, John Kunz, Waterloo Records owner and UT alumnus, witnessed lives change and history unfold inside his...

The Daily Texan’s March 2022 album picks

The Daily Texan’s March 2022 album picks

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter April 3, 2022
With the first quarter of 2022 wrapped up, The Daily Texan reviewed seven standout albums that arrived this past month.
QUIZ: Which SXSW artists should you watch for?

QUIZ: Which SXSW artists should you watch for?

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 23, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 11, 2022 SXSW flipbook. With a music lineup saturated with various acts, SXSW attendees have the opportunity to discover an overwhelming number...

The Daily Texan’s pre-SXSW playlist for festival-goers

The Daily Texan’s pre-SXSW playlist for festival-goers

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 23, 2022
he Daily Texan compiled a list of songs from the festival's lineup to get attendees in the mood for the week-long celebration of music. 
Festival freebies: Heres a list of free SXSW events

Festival freebies: Here’s a list of free SXSW events

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 23, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 11, 2022 SXSW flipbook. For many college students, splurging hundreds of dollars on a SXSW badge is the last thing on their minds. Fortunately,...

K-indie band SURL shares creative process, themes for future music

K-indie band SURL shares creative process, themes for future music

Angela Lim, Life and Arts senior reporter March 22, 2022

Having performed at music festivals in Germany and Thailand, South Korean band SURL’s dreamlike sound continues to reach the ears of listeners around the world, proving no boundaries to the potential...

Undergraduate computer science teaching assistants express frustration with low wages

Undergraduate computer science teaching assistants express frustration with low wages

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter March 21, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 4, 2022 flipbook. With sunken eyes glued to her screen, Nikita Sharma spends her nights meticulously reading through endless lines of code. The...

Alternative K-pop collective Balming Tiger talks unconventional sound, hosting Joyful Delivery showcase at SXSW

Alternative K-pop collective Balming Tiger talks unconventional sound, hosting Joyful Delivery showcase at SXSW

Angela Lim, Senior Life & Arts Reporter March 20, 2022
Balming Tiger, a rising alternative K-pop group, brought its intense energy to South by Southwest’s music festival, transcending conventional genres and expectations.
Afro-fusion artist TÖME talks power of music, embarking on new chapter

Afro-fusion artist TÖME talks power of music, embarking on new chapter

Angela Lim, Life and Arts senior reporter March 20, 2022

With a Canadian JUNO Award for Reggae Record of the Year under her belt, Afro-fusion artist TÖME has received acclaim for her distinct, rich sound inspired by her multicultural experiences. Her latest...

Sarah Kinsley shares artistic visions, confessional messages in EP The King

Sarah Kinsley shares artistic visions, confessional messages in EP The King

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter March 20, 2022

Inspired by the old cassettes, classical pieces and pop radio songs she listened to growing up, Sarah Kinsley took her time falling in love with music. The artist delivers an outpouring of soul-stirring...

LAUNDRY DAY talks creating album We Switched Bodies, developing sound

LAUNDRY DAY talks creating album ‘We Switched Bodies,’ developing sound

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter March 19, 2022

Growing up in bustling New York City, LAUNDRY DAY surged onto the music scene in 2018, traveling to sold out shows and working with top producers as teenagers. Now, four years since their debut, the quintet...

Singer songwriter, Mini Trees talks creating her living room pop sound, expanding her artistry

Singer songwriter, Mini Trees talks creating her living room pop sound, expanding her artistry

Angela Lim, Life and Arts senior reporter March 17, 2022

Multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Mini Trees, also known as Lexi Vega, imbues journeys of discovery into each of her songs. Vega views Mini Trees as a project that encapsulates her changed relationship...

SXSW Live Shot: Strawberry Guy forges impressionist soundscapes at first American showcase

SXSW Live Shot: Strawberry Guy forges impressionist soundscapes at first American showcase

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter March 17, 2022

After ear-shattering performances by previous acts, the first notes of Debussy's “Arabesque 1” suddenly began floating around Cedar Street Courtyard. Strawberry Guy made his presence known, painting...

Lizzo talks ‘Watch Out For The Big Grrrls,’ amplifying self-love in SXSW keynote session

Lizzo talks ‘Watch Out For The Big Grrrls,’ amplifying self-love in SXSW keynote session

Angela Lim, Life and Arts senior reporter March 16, 2022

Arms extending toward a packed Austin Convention Center auditorium during her keynote session at South by Southwest, Lizzo’s infectious energy had the crowd shouting a self-love mantra to themselves...

flipturn talks upcoming single ‘Playground,’ connecting with their audience

flipturn talks upcoming single ‘Playground,’ connecting with their audience

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Senior Reporter March 15, 2022
The Floridan quintet flipturn will perform at Esther’s Follies on March 17 at 9 p.m. ahead of the release of their new single, “Playground,” March 25.
El Paso artist Flores shares upcoming projects, Mexican American identity in music

El Paso artist Flores shares upcoming projects, Mexican American identity in music

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Senior Reporter March 14, 2022

Bringing the experiences of her Mexican American community to the forefront, Flores uses music to incite social change. Through R&B slow jams and reflective lyrics, she shows how growing up in El Paso...

AOMG artists will take over Elysium at SXSW

AOMG artists will take over Elysium at SXSW

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter March 10, 2022
Hailing from South Korean record label AOMG, five hip-hop and R&B artists will make their first stop in Austin for their Above Ordinary USA tour. While you’re at SXSW, catch their three and a half hour set on March 18 at the Elysium. 705 Red River St.
Artist Susannah Joffe talks first EP The Punch ahead of SXSW

Artist Susannah Joffe talks first EP The Punch ahead of SXSW

Angela Lim, Life and Arts senior reporter February 25, 2022

In a fluorescent, rose-colored room, Susannah Joffe’s cold gaze pierces through her heartbreak. The radio-television-film and Plan II senior courageously shares her untethered state of mind through her...

Raveena comforts listeners, radiates enlightenment in ‘Asha’s Awakening’

Raveena comforts listeners, radiates enlightenment in ‘Asha’s Awakening’

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter February 15, 2022
The album’s whimsical concept follows the story of Asha — a Punjabi princess the artist created — as she undergoes a millennia-long journey of enlightenment among the cosmos.
Upcoming student-produced Chinese drama ‘Butterfly Knot’ incorporates traditional Chinese ideas while exploring themes of love, transformation

Upcoming student-produced Chinese drama ‘Butterfly Knot’ incorporates traditional Chinese ideas while exploring themes of love, transformation

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter February 15, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 11, 2022 flipbook. After seeing loved ones come and go in the fall semester, Katherine Zhang poured her emotions into her writing. Incorporating...

The Daily Texan’s Valentine’s Day playlist to sweep you off your feet

The Daily Texan’s Valentine’s Day playlist to sweep you off your feet

Angela Lim, Life and arts senior reporter February 10, 2022

Spending Valentine’s Day with a special someone? Beyond arranging the flowers and gifts, set the mood by updating your playlists. With Valentine’s Day preparations already underway, The Daily Texan...

New student organization cultivates space for passions in mycology

New student organization cultivates space for passions in mycology

Angela Lim, News Reporter February 8, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Feb 4, 2022 flipbook. While rummaging through UT’s course schedule archives over the years, Ali Shirazi discovered BIO 329, a medical mycology class...

‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ introduces open-world experiences to beloved game series

‘Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ introduces open-world experiences to beloved game series

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter February 1, 2022

As players begin their adventure in the first accessible area of “Pokémon Legends: Arceus,” a giant, fire-eyed level 40 Rapidash will charge at them and instantly hyper beam their team to a pulp....

What Starts Here: Students discuss University motto, future endeavors

What Starts Here: Students discuss University motto, future endeavors

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter February 1, 2022

Born and raised in Texas, Tavi Singleton said she never saw the world beyond the Lone Star State’s borders until she took a trip to California last summer and felt her horizons widened by the bustling...

The Daily Texans winter playlist to keep you warm

The Daily Texan’s winter playlist to keep you warm

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter January 28, 2022
As the months grow colder and Austin sees freezing temperatures, The Daily Texan compiled a playlist to accompany students on winter days spent both indoors and outdoors.
Students recall their ‘Plot Twist,’ unexpected encounters that sparked growth

Students recall their ‘Plot Twist,’ unexpected encounters that sparked growth

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter January 25, 2022
As Longhorns embark on a new chapter of their lives this semester, The Daily Texan asked students to share serendipitous moments that changed their lives.
Fickle Friends relive lost time, youth in Are We Gonna Be Alright?

Fickle Friends relive lost time, youth in ‘Are We Gonna Be Alright?’

Angela Lim, Life & Arts Reporter January 18, 2022
Four years after the release of their debut LP, "You Are Someone Else," Fickle Friends returned to the music scene with the 12-track collection "Are We Gonna Be Alright?" on Jan. 14.
Four Austin-based spots for your Filipino food fix

Four Austin-based spots for your Filipino food fix

Angela Lim, Life and Arts reporter December 17, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 26 flipbook. Food plays a central role in Filipino culture. When someone asks a family member if they’ve eaten, their words express love and...

Filipino students share Christmas memories, traditions

Filipino students share Christmas memories, traditions

Angela Lim, Life & Arts General Reporter December 1, 2021

As a child, Patrick Domingo woke up during the quiet hours of dawn in time for the 5 a.m. start to Simbang Gabi, a series of Catholic holy masses that occur during the nine days leading up to Christmas. The...

‘Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’ delivers nostalgic experience, struggles to find middle ground

‘Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’ delivers nostalgic experience, struggles to find middle ground

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter November 23, 2021

On Friday, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl released on the Nintendo Switch systems. The games, set in the Sinnoh region, follow the Pokémon Company blueprint that’s worked for the past...

Student business owners showcase creations at markets

Student business owners showcase creations at markets

Angela Lim, Life & Arts General Reporter November 17, 2021

Feeling bored during the beginning of the pandemic, Sienna Johnson, a radio-television-film sophomore, emptied her closet filled with the vintage clothes she collected. She started selling her clothes...

Ed Sheeran opens his heart in ‘Equals,’ follows formula

Ed Sheeran opens his heart in ‘Equals,’ follows formula

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter November 2, 2021
The album showcases Sheeran's signature lyrics, but ventures into other genres as well.
RINI makes listeners see stars in debut project, ‘Constellations’

RINI makes listeners see stars in debut project, ‘Constellations’

Angela Lim, Life & Arts General Reporter October 20, 2021

In the saturated R&B industry with its signature smooth sound, it’s difficult to identify artists who successfully set themselves apart from other musicians in the genre. However, RINI loves to...

Students discover passion for dance on campus

Students discover passion for dance on campus

Angela Lim, Life & Arts General Reporter October 13, 2021

While crowds of students hurry down Speedway trying to get to class, Zack Zhang puts his earbuds in and immerses himself into the rhythm and groove of a new song, his arms flowing with each beat as he...

Student organization encourages Asian American, Pacific Islander conversations, invites further action

Student organization encourages Asian American, Pacific Islander conversations, invites further action

Angela Lim, Life & Arts General Reporter October 6, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 24 flipbook. As their freshmen classmates hurried to choose from more than 1,100 student organizations, Kelly Wei, Abby Ong and J...

‘Squid Game’ stuns with brutally high stakes, receives international praise

‘Squid Game’ stuns with brutally high stakes, receives international praise

Angela Lim, Life & Arts General Reporter October 6, 2021

In the secluded, dystopian world of “Squid Game” run by masked billionaires, a simple game of Red Light, Green Light could lead to your death. “Squid Game” gained exponential popularity since...

UT students share their experiences taking time off from school

UT students share their experiences taking time off from school

Angela Lim, Life and Arts Reporter September 30, 2021

As he washed dishes at Chipotle following a Thanksgiving week hockey practice in New York, Ian Denning’s mind raced with the possibilities of other career paths he could pursue. “I was hating life...

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