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Thee Oh Sees’ reinvent their sound on “An Odd Entrance”

November 22, 2016

The album cover of Thee Oh Sees 18th studio album, An Odd Entrance, shows a close-up image of an insect crawling out of an ear. This image represents a lot of the band’s work: psychedelic earworms. Although...

Best of the bottom: Sound On Sound Music Festival

November 4, 2016

With headliners like Beach House, Explosions in the Sky and Young Thug performing at this year’s inaugural Sound On Sound Music Festival, it’s easy to forget there are a host of talented artists...

Kwame Alexander talks about poetry and diversity in children’s literature

November 3, 2016

Kwame Alexander, Newbery Award-winner and acclaimed poet, knows how to tell a memorable story. But he’s also aware that sometimes it’s hard to get kids to read, which is why he uses sports...

Open Mike Eagle talks about collaboration with Paul White and art rap

November 3, 2016

Open Mike Eagle’s latest project, “Hella Personal Film Festival,” is full of witty and at times self-deprecating humor, but it also addresses intimate issues like anxiety and racism....

Jeff Chang talks race relations, his Asian American heritage

November 2, 2016

“We Gon’ Be Alright,” a series of essays by Jeff Chang about race and resegregation, obtains its title from the Kendrick Lamar song, “Alright.” Chang has written extensively...

White Lung discusses band’s evolution on new album

November 1, 2016

On White Lung’s most recent album, Paradise, the Canadian punk band let the pop potential of their songs shine through on songs that are often told through the lens of different characters. The Daily...

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Sunil Yapa talks debut novel, lost manuscripts

November 1, 2016

On one of his trips as a traveling salesman to support his writing career, Sunil Yapa’s laptop was stolen from his hotel room in Chicago. It contained the complete, 600-page manuscript of his first...

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Jeff Chang examines resegregation in “We Gon’ Be Alright”

October 28, 2016

Thousands have marched in Black Lives Matter protests across the U.S. while “Alright” by rapper Kendrick Lamar has played triumphantly in the background — the unequivocal protest song...

Swet Shop Boys find humor in hostility on ‘Cashmere’

October 17, 2016

In an era characterized by polarized political views, a record by an Indian-Pakistani rap duo couldn’t be more timely. On their debut album Cashmere, Swet Shop Boys create necessary commentary while...

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‘Warhol By the Book’ shines new light on Andy Warhol’s career

October 17, 2016

Before he was the “King of Pop Art,” selling paintings for tens of millions of dollars and hosting parties for some of the biggest names in pop culture, Andy Warhol was a graphic designer....

Best of the bottom of ACL Weekend Two’s bill

October 7, 2016

With big names such as Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem headlining this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, it’s easy to forget there are a host of talented artists at the...

Bon Iver expand their sound on ’22, A Million’

October 4, 2016

After the release of Bon Iver’s self-titled 2011 album, Justin Vernon found himself in an uncomfortable place: the spotlight. After winning a best new artist Grammy and collaborating with high-profile...

ACL: Best of the bottom of Weekend One’s bill

September 28, 2016

With big names such as Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem headlining this year’s Austin City Limits Music Festival, it’s easy to forget there are a host of talented artists at the...

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UT Symphony Orchestra to play with Phoenix Symphony music director Tito Muñoz

September 26, 2016

This is Nick Nunley’s first year in UT’s Symphony Orchestra and he has never experienced a conductor like Tito Muñoz before. “The way he gives cues is pretty quirky,”...

Kronos Quartet brings the future to Austin with weeklong residency

September 20, 2016

For more than 40 years, Kronos Quartet, a string quartet based out of San Francisco, have proven themselves as one of the most celebrated and influential contemporary classical groups of our time. The...

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Elliott Erwitt finds “Home Around The World”

September 12, 2016

When tears fell at John F. Kennedy’s funeral, when Russians hosted a parade for the 40th anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution and when Che Guevara and Fidel Castro were solidifying their ascent...