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All content by John Melendez

Marketing, city-planning professionals discuss what it means to be a ‘music city’

John Melendez March 15, 2019

The music venues and artists that bring crowds of community members together every night were looked at through a wider lense of the far-reaching effects of being considered a music city. On Friday,...


NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Family Hour showcases Tiny Desk Concerts alumni

John Melendez March 13, 2019

A congregation of music fans filed into the pews of the church in anticipation of the concert that was about to begin. On Tuesday night, Central Presbyterian Church held the first Tiny Desk Family Hour...


A$AP Rocky and Gorden Wagener talk intersection of fashion and luxury in design

John Melendez March 11, 2019

Rap listeners, luxury car enthusiasts, fashion followers and everyone in between gathered for one of Monday’s featured sessions, “Using Design ‘Differently’ to Make a Difference.” The...


In depth at Utalent Records: Tommy Sanchez

John Melendez February 1, 2019

Editor’s Note: “In depth at Utalent Records” is a weekly column highlighting the 2018–2019 student artists under the UT record label, Utalent Records. To most college students,...


Boogie delivers raw and emotional debut album

John Melendez January 28, 2019

It is not very often that an artist’s debut album is filled with deep introspection and maturity. While the pressure of creating a successful breakout project can cause artists to vie for radio hits,...

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Most anticipated albums of 2019

John Melendez January 24, 2019

As 2019 begins, the round-the-clock release cycle of the streaming era shows no signs of slowing. The music landscape has changed even further as some artists have released projects without warning or...


In depth at Utalent Records: Darien Bernard

John Melendez January 23, 2019

Editor’s Note: “In depth at Utalent Records” is a weekly column highlighting the 2018–2019 student artists under the UT record label, Utalent Records. From a young age, music...


Top five hip-hop albums of 2018

John Melendez December 10, 2018

After surpassing rock as the most consumed music genre last year, R&B/hip-hop nearly doubled its lead over rock music as of June 2018 in Nielsen Music’s mid-year report. As streaming services...


Online vinyl subscription services offer vinyl experience different from traditional record stores

John Melendez December 5, 2018

The end of 2018 marks another consecutive year of increased vinyl record sales. As more people express interest in vinyl, some online subscription services have introduced curation and exclusivity to the vinyl...


Austin-based app promotes music discovery through human connections

John Melendez November 14, 2018

With the volume of new music at an all-time high, song links and artist recommendations permeate group chats and social media posts. Without a central place to share new music, many of these suggestions...


Local organizers connect women in Austin music industry

John Melendez November 6, 2018

When UT alumna Tess Cagle and then-public relations senior Jenna Million resettled in Austin this past February, they wanted to connect with women photographers like themselves in the local music scene....


Khalid’s Suncity delivers signature sound but fails to differentiate from previous works

John Melendez October 22, 2018

After five Grammy nominations, collaborations with Logic and Kendrick Lamar and a certified platinum album, it’s safe to say there are plenty of eyes on what R&B singer-songwriter Khalid Robinson...


Arthouse Tattoo raises donations for animal welfare through pet tattoos

John Melendez October 16, 2018

As animal lovers walked out of ArtHouse Tattoo this past weekend, they left with fresh ink on their bodies and a receipt for a charitable donation they had just made.  On Sunday, dog and cat lovers...


Shamanic drumming meditation helps people tune out world, tune into themselves

John Melendez October 12, 2018

A small group of 20 participants lay down on the floor with pillows and blankets, their heads all directed toward the small altar and drum in the center. Jason Traweek begins to play his drum in hopes...


SIMS Foundation provides mental health and addiction recovery to Austin music professionals

John Melendez October 4, 2018

When Delaney Gibson, one half of the Austin-based electro pop duo SIGNY, entered into a major depressive episode she could not get out of, she said she felt scared. Gibson picked up the phone and decided...


Mac Miller tribute celebrates artist’s legacy, raises mental health awareness

John Melendez September 24, 2018

The Austin community came together last Friday in honor of hip-hop artist Mac Miller, who died earlier this month. Concert promotion company Heard Presents held an event at the Empire Control Room and...


Rising student rapper Ariea Bastami pushes hip-hop boundaries and inspires others

John Melendez September 13, 2018

When he began writing raps at the age of eleven, Ariea Bastami never imagined he would begin his musical career through dorm room freestyles and UT retweets. Approaching the one year anniversary of...


Eminem delivers impressive bars and lays blame in surprise album ‘Kamikaze’

John Melendez September 6, 2018

It’s not every day that the highest selling rap artist of all time drops a surprise album. The hip-hop community, fans and critics alike had to give Eminem’s tenth album Kamikaze a listen,...


Texas Exes celebrate fall 2017 graduates

John Melendez December 11, 2017

As their time at UT draws to a close, fall 2017 graduates took shelter from the chilly Friday night weather in the warm, lively atmosphere of their graduation party. The Great Texas Exit, held at the...


Panel discusses high maternal mortality in Texas

John Melendez December 5, 2017

The Feminist Policy Alliance hosted a panel Monday about Texas’ maternal mortality crisis and its disproportionate effects on women of color. Texas has the worst maternal mortality rate of any...


History symposium on civil rights movement and the film industry

John Melendez December 4, 2017

The racial and regional tensions in the U.S. at the beginning of the civil rights movement were examined through the lens of the American film industry on Friday. The history department’s Symposium...


Law professor talks labor rights and trade agreements

John Melendez November 28, 2017

Labor, inequality and human rights in international partnerships were the focus during the Rapoport Center’s final conversation of the semester on Monday. Alvaro Santos, law professor at Georgetown...


Africana studies author talks clothing and activism

John Melendez November 21, 2017

Clothing does not typically come to mind when considering the civil rights movement, but author Tanisha Ford said clothing can tell stories that would otherwise be lost. Ford, author of “Liberated...


Social work students receive opioid overdose response training

John Melendez November 13, 2017

Operation Naloxone held their first overdose response training for social work students on Friday, just a few weeks after President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency in...


Leigh Steinberg, real-life ‘Jerry Maguire,’ talks honor and character

John Melendez November 7, 2017

Oscar De La Hoya, Troy Aikman, Evander Holyfield and Vince Young all have one thing in common — Leigh Steinberg. On Monday, the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation hosted a talk by distinguished...

Center for Women’s and Gender Studies BA celebrates anniversary

John Melendez November 6, 2017

Over the weekend, the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies celebrated the 10th anniversary of the inception of their bachelor’s degree program. Alumni panels, keynote speakers and discussions...


Forum discusses modern slavery in prisons

John Melendez October 31, 2017

The difficult dialogue began with a dark auditorium and a film screening, displaying the long history of the incarceration of African-Americans for the 80 students and community members in attendance. The...


Students compete for charity donations

John Melendez October 30, 2017

While some spent this Saturday celebrating Halloween, students competing in Texas Charity Pitch spent the day rehearsing slide shows and memorizing statistics to win up to $2,000 for their chosen charity. Hosted...


UT students participate in global hackathon

John Melendez October 23, 2017

Teams in over 40 cities around the globe, including Austin, participated in a weekend-long hackathon from Friday to Sunday. UT students formed Austin’s chapter of the movement and worked from...


Gone to Natural Sciences kicks off week of events

John Melendez October 17, 2017

Despite Hurricane Harvey’s disruption at the beginning of the semester, the Natural Sciences Council was finally able to kick off Natural Sciences Week on Monday. The week was postponed from the...


UT Brainstorms holds conversation on autism

John Melendez October 16, 2017

Having a limited scope of interests and repeating behaviors are sometimes signs exhibited in people with autism, said neurology assistant professor Audrey Brumback during a panel about autism on Saturday....


Recent UT NABJ-Grads discuss careers

John Melendez October 10, 2017

The UT-Austin National Association of Black Journalists organized a panel of recent UT-NABJ graduates on Monday to discuss the transition from college to the work force. Nia Wesley, San Antonio CBS...

Facebook and Newseum partnership tackles ‘fake news’

John Melendez October 9, 2017

In a world with instant shares and retweets, it has never been easier for “fake news” to spread quickly. A new online initiative centered on promoting media literacy and stopping that trend...


UT Police Department offers ‘ride alongs’

John Melendez October 2, 2017

Although the UT Police Department uses various initiatives to promote community outreach, one of the lesser-known options is the department’s Ride Along Program. The Ride Along program allows...


Radio-television-film professor discusses career turning points at Media Industry Conversation

John Melendez September 26, 2017

When asked about her decade-long career in television, executive producer Felicia Henderson, who has worked on television shows including “Everybody Hates Chris,” “Sister, Sister”...


Four alumna discuss obstacles at Women in Science panel

John Melendez September 25, 2017

Last Friday, a young woman in the audience of a campus lecture hall asked a panel of mathematicians and scientists how she was supposed to cope in a world that is so hard and confusing for women.  After...


2017 Gwyn David Lecture given by marketing CEO Shama Hyder

John Melendez September 19, 2017

Students laughed at the annual Gwyn David Lecture as Shama Hyder, named a “Top 30 Under 30 Entreprenuer” by Forbes, described the difficulties of starting her own company. “When I...


Summer Sunset Shindig shows off local artists, fundraises for Voices Against Violence

John Melendez September 18, 2017

Voices Against Violence hosted a fundraising event for students and the community to listen to music and to promote its organization Saturday afternoon. The event, Summer Sunset Shindig, was held at...


Study Abroad Fair provides options for everyone

John Melendez September 13, 2017

Students filled the Gregory Gym Plaza for the fall study abroad fair Tuesday, visiting the tables of more than 80 different study abroad programs offering destinations around the globe. The fair was...

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