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Cheapo Records closes Austin location, finishes with sales and performances

December 5, 2012

Inside Austin record store Cheapo Records there are rows and rows of vinyls, CDs, DVDs and video games. Judging by Cheapo Records’ vast and up-to-date music selection, it would seem that the 15-year-old...

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Music industry’s top 2012 moments

November 20, 2012

From memorable hit singles to important moments in music, 2012 has given us a lot to be thankful for. Here are the top eight music-related things we should be thankful for this Thursday: 8. Snoop Dogg’s...

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DJ Mel spreads Austin vibe around the country — including Obama’s election party

November 15, 2012

Austin-based disc jockey Mel Cavaricci, known as DJ Mel, has been a part of the city’s party scene for more than 15 years. He’s done just about everything: performing at the Austin City Limits...

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ScoreMore brings the hip-hop scene to Austin

November 8, 2012

“If you work hard enough and are willing to run with your vision and share it with like-minded individuals, I believe you can be successful.” Twenty-three-year-old Sascha Stone Guttfreund...

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Kreayshawn on her own without White Girl Mob, still bad bitchin’

November 7, 2012

Natassia Zolot, known as female rapper Kreayshawn, is the human equivalent of Jigglypuff. Like her Pokémon counterpart, Kreayshawn is animated and eccentric. She demands attention whenever performing...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest cannon launches Torchy’s tacos

November 1, 2012

The Fun Fun Fun Fest taco cannon stands proudly on all-terrain wheels. It is coated in jet black paint, with its long barrel pointing high towards the sky. The cannon’s controller shoots off three...

Justice with Broken Teeth Crew hits Austin Music Hall stage

October 30, 2012

Like its electronic dance music contemporaries, DJ duo Justice wants its fans to dance. Since its inception in 2003, Justice members Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay have released multiple EPs and two...

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End of the world horror house offers scares about environmental concerns

October 22, 2012

Toothless, grimy faces peer through dark corners. They mumble under their breath and shortly after release a maniacal, Joker-like laugh that echoes throughout long and silent hallways. These people are...

ACL goes mobile

October 9, 2012

For newcomers and festival aficionados alike, the Austin City Limits Music Festival is a musical maze that can be difficult to venture. It is common to lose friends in a sea of middle-aged spectators laid...

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Student mascots detail on how to be Hook ’em

October 5, 2012

Hook ‘em mascots Caroline Carmer, Evan Rowley and Michael Graff will give you the evil eye if you call them Bevo while in uniform. Many students on campus are unaware that Hook ‘Em is not Bevo,...

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Parkour jumps to new heights at UT

September 26, 2012

While the parkour phenomenon has faded through the years, some parkour enthusiasts in Austin are keeping the trend alive. Although American popular culture has glamorized parkour as an extravagant, “I-only-jump-from-the-tallest-exploding-buildings”...

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Getting to know the man behind the PCL voice

September 11, 2012

Sasan Rezaie may be an unfamiliar name to many, but Rezaie has literally become the voice of the Perry-Casteñeda Library. “The checkout desk will close at 11:45 p.m.” Yes, Rezaie is...

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Delta Spirit’s Vasquez opens door into band background

April 13, 2012

Delta Spirit — it’s a name that has taken over the indie and Americana rock scene recently. Formed in San Diego, CA, the band’s vibrant sound is a reflection of the city that raised them....

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Rebecca Butler and The Richards to play at Stubb’s Jr. tonight

February 27, 2012

There is an infectious charm to local frontwoman Rebecca Butler, the vocalist and rhythm guitarist of her own band, Rebecca Butler and The Richards. The group, who will be opening up for pop songstress...

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West Campus puts on prelude to South By Southwest

February 24, 2012

Deep in the heart of UT Austin’s West Campus neighborhood, there is a locally-based music festival that hopes to introduce newly-converted Austinites and veterans to the city’s home-grown music...

American apathy and naivete undermines SOPA defeat

January 23, 2012

This past week saw the defeat of two controversial bills: the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. The two bills, both of which are aimed at curbing illegal music, movie and software sharing,...

Album’s arrangements seem uninspired

January 17, 2012

There is something about Anthony Green that always keeps fans returning for more. Maybe it’s his impressively high vocal range, or that he occasionally performs in a dress when the mood is just right,...

‘Syd tha Kyd’ shows diverse talent in debut

January 17, 2012

There are two sides to Sydney Bennett: the shy songstress who first mesmerized listeners with her acid-soul track “Flashlight,” and the take-no-prisoners statement, “I slap bitches, Dad”...

Musical veterans persevere with new releases

December 6, 2011

A band’s true challenge lies in how they manage to remain relevant. This is what separates the good from the bad — if one can captivate rather than remain stagnant, the results are often successful....

Winter Arts Preview: Music

December 2, 2011

Editor's note: The following tracks contain explicit lyrics Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, Mac & Devin Go to High School Released Dec. 13 Hip-hop veteran Snoop Dogg and rising rap superstar...

Time will tell if Jet Life rappers can fly

November 29, 2011

New Orleans’s Curren$y has had a busy year. From performing at this year’s South By Southwest to releasing a handful of mixtapes and albums, the chilled-out, newfound leader of stoner rap is...

Hip-hop collective releases genre-blending album

November 22, 2011

Minneapolis-based collective Doomtree has become a resonating voice in hip-hop’s ever-changing scene. Alongside Minneapolis’ Rhymesayers Entertainment, which features the likes of underground-turned-mainstream...

Drake creates solid sophomore album

November 15, 2011

When Drake made his hip-hop debut last year with Thank Me Later, critics were skeptical of the Young Money R&B crooner. Exchanging his teenage persona, Jimmy Brooks, from the Canada-based television...

Wale upgrades music with new record label

November 8, 2011

When Wale debuted with Attention Deficit, the world received their first taste of hip-hop’s newfound prince. Technically gifted and vigorous in his delivery, Wale’s new-school sound showcased...

Fun Fun Fun: Day 1

November 7, 2011

Chaos, booty-shaking and, most importantly, great live music. Fun Fun Fun Fest’s first day foreshadowed the fun that would occur throughout the weekend. Day one was a strange concoction of hyped-up...

Fun Fun Fun Fest returns with eclectic bands

November 3, 2011

Fun Fun Fun Fest will return this weekend with a wide range of acts that encompass hardcore punk, alternative hip-hop, electronica and dance music. The festival, which prides itself in always having an...

Lou Reed, Metallica clash on new collaboration

November 1, 2011

2011 has been a strange year for musical collaborations: Raconteurs and ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White was scrutinized for working with hip-hop’s outcasted duo Insane Clown Posse, and now heads...

Weekend creeps up with Zombie Ball, notable haunted houses

October 27, 2011

This weekend will be full of tricks and treats and, as always, there are a couple of events that will help make your Halloween interesting and entertaining. Described as “the party to die for,”...

New Justice album creative but underwhelming

October 25, 2011

Electronic music is often the underdog. Many see it as unoriginal or stagnant considering that most of it derives from computerized bits and samples from artists that range from rock, hip-hop and techno....

Jane’s Addiction updates alternative rock

October 18, 2011

Jane’s Addiction has been a definitive force since its inception in 1985. Helping pioneer and redefine the alternative rock scene that grew with fellow acts Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and...

UTOPIAfest offers lots of musicians to small crowd

October 14, 2011

UTOPiAfest is known for its intimate take on the music festival experience. Taking place in a natural amphitheater on the 1,000-acre Four Sisters Ranch, concert-goers will be able to camp out and listen...

Alt rockers Mutemath stay true to New Orleans roots

October 6, 2011

New Orleans rock collective Mutemath has done what many other artists have failed to do: stick to their roots. Remaining true to their jazz-laced, groove-driven breed of alternative rock, Mutemath returns...

Prince Rama’s new album ventures deeper into psychedelic abyss

October 5, 2011

It would be an understatement to define Prince Rama as a band that is out of this world. Their eclectic blend of psychedelic, Arabian-esque chords and avant-garde, minimalist instrumentation results in...

Dessa’s eclectic new release does not compete with Feist’s

October 4, 2011

Underground hip-hop’s unsung songstress Dessa and indie folk’s poppy majesty Feist have always been a step ahead of their contemporaries. Making their returns with albums Castor, The Twins...

Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ turns 20

September 29, 2011

Nirvana’s Nevermind, the album that catapulted the grunge movement into the mainstream and steamrolled pop music in 1991, turned 20 this weekend. To commemorate the album’s legacy, Universal...

‘Getting Paid’ utilizes otherworldy groove

September 27, 2011

Musically, El Paso is known for a few things. Whether it is the post-hardcore sound of iconic band At the Drive-In or progressive rock heads The Mars Volta, El Paso has a thing for birthing groups that...

St. Vincent finds middle ground in Strange Mercy

September 21, 2011

Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, has grown considerably since her first album. Lending her talents to eclectic acts such as The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens, Clark has displayed an interesting...

Austin events offer alternative to ACL

September 15, 2011

For those that cannot afford a three- or one-day pass to this year’s ACL, this weekend has a few alternatives that will keep you entertained at affordable prices: DITCH THE FEST FEST 2 Created...

Deadmau5 to perform ‘musical carnival’

September 14, 2011

Thumping bass, melodic synths and flashing lights exploding in all directions. Welcome to Deadmau5’s musical carnival. Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5, will be performing at the Austin Music...

MonstrO debut pays homage to hard-rock greats

September 13, 2011

MonstrO is heavy. Whether or not they have a strange fascination with the whale of the same name from Pinocchio, this psychedelic hard rock quartet goes up to 11 and then some. They are masters at manipulating...