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Active Child talks on musical style, origins

May 4, 2012

Androgynous choir boy vocals backed by harp strings and electronic production, along with R&B melodies featuring a heavy bass, can only be traced back to a single artist: Pat Grossi. Recording under...

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‘Vagina :: The Zine’ launches its spring 2012 issue

May 4, 2012

Hillary-Anne Crosby is a woman undoubtedly assured of her prerogative. She is a sprightly, pixie-haired 22-year-old. She is a second-week graduate school dropout. She is witty but not sarcastic, and confident...

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Fusebox festival in Austin brings artisits from all over the globe

April 26, 2012

If you happen to pass by inexplicable red swings or pieces of inflatable furniture scattered across town within the next 11 days, don’t be too baffled. These installations are some of the many artworks...

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Austin’s Pure X talks to the Daily Texan about their new album and touring

April 25, 2012

For those who embrace major reverb amidst a hazy melody, Austin’s fifth annual Psych Fest will showcase plenty of bands who will hit the sweet spot, including local band Pure X. The Daily Texan...

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Opera singer finds voice

April 19, 2012

When flight and linear system dynamics meet with an unexpectedly vibrant tenor voice, the world gets Brandon Steele: a fifth-year aerospace engineer major with a zealous passion for singing. Steele will...

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Nite Jewel speaks about pop sound on newest album

April 17, 2012

For Ramona Gonzalez, composing music and songwriting is second nature. Recording under the moniker Nite Jewel, Gonzalez has approached music-making through a much different method than her contemporaries...

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Lomography is more than a store

April 16, 2012

Towering ceilings, glossy concrete floors and chalky limestone walls: the organic quality of Lomography Gallery Store sets a tone for inspiration that’s nearly impossible to quench. The giant space...

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Bowerbirds renew relationship with optimistic third LP

April 11, 2012

Building a cabin helps rebuild a relationship, at least in the case of couple Beth Tacular and Phil Moore of the band Bowerbirds. After a rough patch of restless touring and personal turmoil, the North...

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Couple opens East Side boutique hotel

April 9, 2012

From its bungalow porch setting with wicker and foliage to its English Victorian-meets-American Craftsman interior, Austin’s newest boutique hotel, the Heywood, is an urban restoration in the residential...

Take Back the Night allows talk, education about sexual violence

April 4, 2012

In 2000, Jane Morgan Bost wrote a grant to the U.S. Department of Justice to get funding for the first on-campus program to combat interpersonal violence affecting UT students. After this call to action...

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UNTITLED allows students to display their artwork

March 29, 2012

Parting from his artwork is no obstacle for studio art freshman Austin McKinney. It’s a rare occasion when he is attached to his pieces, finding it significant to pass on items of meaning to others. “If...

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Songstress switches to softer sound

March 27, 2012

Better known for her music collective Vivian Girls, bassist Katy Goodman, who records under the name La Sera, tones down the aggressive noise pop of her punkish trio and advances with a 1950’s candy-coated...

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Timeless drinks to party like a madman

March 23, 2012

From protagonist Don Draper’s Old Fashioneds to his ex-wife Betty’s Bloody Marys, the retro adulterers on AMC’s “Mad Men” sip on classic cocktails from dusk ‘til dawn....

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The Drums talks SXSW, sophomore album

March 9, 2012

Emitting post-punk vibes with a classic sensibility, New York band The Drums is one of the buzz-worthy groups playing this year’s SXSW. With their sophomore release Portamento out in September, the...

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Magic Wands duo talk SXSW, upcoming album

March 8, 2012

With upcoming album Aloha Moon set for release on April 24, synth-wave duo Magic Wands will showcase new material of galactic proportions at this year’s South By Southwest. The Daily Texan talked...

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Austin fashion show draws vintage looks and a rowdy crowd

March 2, 2012

The word “recycling” might bring aluminum cans and cardboard boxes to mind, but the cyclical motion of reuse does not stop with these items. Vintage fashion, especially in Austin, has become...

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Blanton exhibits Hudson River paintings

February 24, 2012

Art lovers and history buffs alike will have the opportunity to partake in the beauty of 19th century American landscapes through depictions from the Hudson River School of Painting, starting today at...

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Experimental singer’s most recent album is her lyrical best

February 21, 2012

To some, experimentation can be a tedious process. To Claire Boucher, it is an intrinsic approach to music which has yielded impressive results. Boucher, who records under the name Grimes, has an anxious...

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Easy Tiger combines bohemian aesthetic with classic food fare

February 6, 2012

Settled on Sixth Street between bohemian east and upscale west is a beer garden, restaurant and bakery residing in a late 1800s building. Busy Austinites may dash in and out, but are welcome to stay awhile...

Eclectic new album might confuse conventional listeners

January 31, 2012

A fragmented mirage in the Mojave Desert ricocheting in and out of view would be an adequate image to pair with the music in Sumach Valentine’s sophomore album, MU.ZZ.LE. Under the moniker Gonjasufi,...

Mauro Remeddi’s tracks lack originality in new album

January 24, 2012

Fans of a musician Mauro Remeddi looked forward to a solid full-length album to follow up singles, EPs and solo project Porcelain Raft. After Remeddi’s first EP, Gone Blind, audiences had high hopes...

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...

UT alumna interacts with audience in 60 minutes with FlashDance

December 1, 2011

Life-size frames made of duct-taped cereal boxes, seven frosty silver trees, 3-D glasses in hazardous waste containers, milky-cotton-fluffed clouds and a miniature dolly were brought to life Tuesday night...

Shop owner showcases local graffiti art

November 28, 2011

[Corrected at 4:35 p.m. on Nov. 29: Changed "state capitol" to "Austin" in the eight paragraph.] There is a giant wooden chest along the whitewashed wall, a piece that could fit in...

Deerhunter singer clears the noise on third solo album

November 15, 2011

Atlas Sound, the self-given moniker of Bradford Cox, told Pitchfork that his new release is his “loneliest album ever made.” He has definitely cleaned up his sound, straying from his usual...

Specialty coffee abounds in Austin

November 11, 2011

Austinites have shown their affinity for specialty coffee and a particular local appeal which has maintained the demand for coffee outlets. Progress Coffee, Texas Coffee Traders and Third Coast Coffee...

The Fun Fun Fun doesn’t end when the shores close down

November 3, 2011

Tricks may not carry over to this weekend, but treats certainly will — at least for those who have Fun Fun Fun Fest wristbands. This is the first year the festival provides a selection of aftershows...

Paranormal researchers to tour historical house

October 31, 2011

“I’m trying to keep myself from sounding completely insane,” said Robyn Ramsey, a paranormal researcher. “But it’s difficult to do.” Ramsey is part of the team of paranormal...

M83 album takes listeners on a celebratory journey

October 24, 2011

Ten years after his debut as M83, Anthony Gonzalez has taken his dream pop ambiance to a whole new level. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is the French artist’s revolutionary creation, veering from...

Zola Jesus creates eerie LP

October 11, 2011

There is a haunting thrill to listening to Russian-American singer/songwriter Nika Roza Danilova’s voice backed up by layers of goth-wave-gloom-pop generated by synth, drum and bass. Danilova’s...

Lizzie’s Lunchbox knows how to mix Tex-mex and Mediterranian

October 7, 2011

Austin’s newest food trailer resides in the Arbor Carwash lot in northwest Austin, boasting its hot-pink flare beneath a lofty oak tree. Lizzie’s Lunchbox sets itself apart in its suburban...

Ballet Austin’s ‘Mozart Project’ adds twist to traditional ballets with three-score work

September 30, 2011

Taking classical elements to contemporary heights, Ballet Austin’s “The Mozart Project” will engage audiences in a genre-fused performance of music and dance. The ballet consists of...

Pecan Street Festival brings magic back downtown

September 23, 2011

[Updated at 12:27 p.m., donation amount] On Saturday and Sunday, Austin will harken back to its pre-metropolitan roots and keep the state capitol “weird” at the biannual Pecan Street Festival....

Working woman’s story gets told in stage collaboration

September 16, 2011

The working woman is as thriving as ever, and there is no forgetting the iconic figure who symbolizes the upheaval of the male-dominated workforce. Famous poster child Rosie the Riveter is the protagonist...

20th Austin Pride Celebration will feature local, national artists

September 8, 2011

With an established and growing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community, this year will mark Austin’s 20th Pride Celebration. The Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation, whose purpose...

Active Child to perform debut album

September 2, 2011

A throbbing falsetto seeping through glimmering harp strings, mellow synth and reverb bass can be expected to resonate through Emo’s this Friday night, as Active Child will be making a stop in Austin...

Austin breaks electricity use record amid soaring temperatures

August 3, 2011

Record-high temperatures this summer have paved the way for record-high power usage in Austin with a new electricity demand record of 66,867 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m. on Monday. This peak demand...

Tower to get 3-D treatment for Longhorn Network commercials

August 3, 2011

A production company will cast 3-D lights on the UT tower Tuesday and Wednesday nights, then film the results for a series of University service messages set to debut Aug. 26. The Longhorn Network,...

University employees’ health insurance costs on the rise

July 29, 2011

Health care premiums for employees of American higher-education institutions are on the rise, according to a survey, and the University of Texas is implementing a slightly higher premium for employees...

Ransom Center to display filmmaker Nicholas Ray’s works

July 29, 2011

Six storyboards of director Nicholas Ray’s, who directed ”Rebel Without a Cause,” went on display Thursday at the Harry Ransom center and will remain until Aug. 31. The storyboards...

University partners with MIT to help prevent future oil spills, human-caused disasters

July 20, 2011

The British Petroleum oil spill in April 2010 inspired a new partnership between UT and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to create a set of guidelines that will allow scientists to avoid future...

Ransom Center to open exhibition on history of censorship

July 15, 2011

Harry Ransom Center visitors will be able to explore censorship in publications between the two world wars in an exhibition titled “Banned Burned, Seized, and Censored,” which will open...

College navigator allows comparison of different schools’ costs

July 7, 2011

The Department of Education‘s new college navigator website allows current and prospective college students to compare costs of different schools across the country. A legislative mandate...

Powers forms task force to increase academic achievement, reduce costs

July 7, 2011

President William Powers Jr. announced the formation of a task force on graduation rates to help reduce costs and increase academic achievement at the University. More than half, 52.9 percent, of...

Prominent med school professor fills new position of regional dean

July 1, 2011

There are college deans and as of Thursday there is a regional dean. Dr. Susan Cox, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, was appointed as the school’s...

University Health Fair gives advice for healthy lifestyle

July 1, 2011

Summer welcomes opportunities for staying active and being healthy, which were two of the many messages exhibitors at the University Health Fair advocated to faculty, staff and students Thursday. The...

Austin a good market for young adults, report says

June 22, 2011

Unemployed graduates may be better off staying in Austin after a new report shows the city is No. 1 in professional opportunities for young adults. Business Journals, which oversees the Austin Business...

Declining birthrates tied to struggling economy

June 17, 2011

Less money means fewer babies, said a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistician. From 2007-2009, birth rates for women ages 15-44 fell about 4 percent for most states, the CDC reported...

UT architecture students design school in Africa

June 15, 2011

In a collaborative effort, the University’s School of Architecture and the nonprofit organization Africa’s Promise Village are working together to build a school for the Maasai people in...

Lecturer stresses need for broader research, discovery

June 8, 2011

Microsoft Vice President Dan Reed regaled a full audience with stories of close friendships and portable cassette players at the AT&T Conference Center Tuesday night. Reed, vice president of...