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Attendees weather freezing temperatures for art, hip hop, EDM at Houston’s Day for Night Festival

December 20, 2016

Houston’s concrete jungle proved to be the ideal backdrop for Day for Night festival, an event marketed as “the festival of the future.” The two-day event of around 45,000 attendees...

Five bands to catch at Houston’s Day for Night Art & Music Festival

December 16, 2016

Day for Night isn’t your typical music festival. The two-day hybrid event packs hip hop giants, electronic dance music legends and dozens of art installations into the heart of downtown Houston....


30: Associate editor reflects on long, strange trip

December 5, 2016

Editor’s note: A 30 column is a chance for departing permanent staff to say farewell and reflect on their time spent in The Daily Texan basement office. The term comes from the typesetting mark (—30—)...


Survivor struggles to regain self worth after rape

November 30, 2016

Blair sat alone in a lawn chair 20 feet from the bonfire her friends built to celebrate senior prom. She didn’t feel like grabbing another Dos Equis or talking to anyone. As her friends refilled...


Family, friends host memorial service to honor Abz Zeitler

November 21, 2016

To some, she was a mentor, to others a teammate. Some called her their “ghoulfriend,” others knew her as a co-worker, an employee, a daughter, a best friend, a sister.  But whether...


Tat-Tuesday: Sound On Sound festivalgoers share stories behind their ink

November 8, 2016

Editor’s note: Tat-Tuesday is a weekly series that features students around campus and their tattoos. J and Kristin  Some of J’s tattoos are older than most college students. “I’m...

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Sound on Sound Fest: Day Three proves worth the wait

November 8, 2016

Rain or shine, the show must go on. As a downpour flooded the festival grounds early Sunday afternoon, hundreds of fans evacuated to cars and shuttles thinking the three-day festival had come to a premature...


SOS Fest: Day Two brings ultimate dream pop experience

November 6, 2016

Day Two of Sound On Sound Festival kicked off to a muddy start after a round of heavy morning showers early Saturday, but that didn’t stop festivalgoers clad in rain boots and jackets from lining...


Electric hip-hop performances dominate Day One of inaugural Sound On Sound Music Festival

November 5, 2016

Slowly but surely, attendees trickled into the Sherwood Forest grounds Friday afternoon for the inaugural Sound On Sound Festival. The fest shares many similarities with downtown Austin’s Fun...

Q&A: Local instrumental band Balmorhea discusses local music scene and upcoming album

September 29, 2016

It’s been two years since Michael Muller and alumnus Rob Lowe joined their four bandmates on a stage in their hometown. But the local six-piece instrumental group Balmorhea is back and will perform...

Austin-based musician Bayonne talks name change, realities of local music scene

September 28, 2016

Local electronic solo act Bayonne wants one thing to be clear: he is not a DJ. He is also no longer a folk artist. The man behind Bayonne, Roger Sellers, recently re-branded his folk sound into a more...


Father-son duo recall rise, fall of Tejano music in Austin

September 23, 2016

To the majority of radio broadcasters in the 1960s, Tejano music was the “ugly stepchild” of the industry. But to people like Marcelo Tafoya and his son, Tony, it was Cinderella. “It...


300: Expert tailgater sports $20,000 trailer, school spirit

September 6, 2016

Editor's note: In 300 words or fewer, this series spotlights people in our community whose stories typically go untold. It was pitch black when Johnny Harvey pulled up to the 40 Acres in his pickup...


Texas Exes Pride Alumni Network to march in 26th annual Gay Pride Parade

August 26, 2016

Usually, the back-and-forth “Texas! Fight!” chant can be heard echoing the stadium during a football game. But this weekend, it will ring across Congress Avenue. This Saturday, Aug. 27,...


Students leave University to pursue social app

August 25, 2016

A year ago, Chris Prinz walked into his intro to marketing class, beginning his second year at UT. But on the first day of school a year later, he was far from campus, feverishly working behind computers...

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First day of school through the years

August 24, 2016

The Daily Texan dug in its archives for three stories from three previous decades, all published on the first day of the fall semester. 1986: 19-year-olds mourn lost drinking privileges in 1986 For...


Fall semester features interesting class options

August 22, 2016

Cramming your schedule full of major requirements is not ideal. Sometimes, you need to break from traditional classes and try something different. Below, The Daily Texan compiled five interesting classes...

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History reveals story behind UT traditions

August 22, 2016

There are many aspects of being a Longhorn that, by the end of freshman year, become second nature. Throwing horns when in front of a camera, or singing “Eyes of Texas” before a football game...


50 years later, 1966 freshman remembers fallen friends, horrors of Tower shooting

August 1, 2016

When Artly Snuff caught sight of the UT Tower on his walk home the night of Aug. 1, 1966, he nearly collapsed.  “It took everything I had in me not to throw myself under the stone bench...


Humanizing Homelessness

May 5, 2016

In this compilation of stories, the Life & Arts department explores homelessness. Click on our interactive to learn about two initiatives to change negative perceptions about the homeless community, or...


Austin’s homeless writers speak out through street newspaper

May 5, 2016

Pirate Joe’s latest poem came on like a dream. After five days of rewrites, it was published in the March issue of The Challenger, Austin’s street newspaper written entirely by homeless authors. “Writing...

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What’s love got to do with it?

May 4, 2016

In this compilation of stories, the Life & Arts department explores the joys and challenges that come with love. Despite discrimination, distance and life's many responsibilities, these four student...


UT couple shares story of long-distance relationship, immigration struggles

May 4, 2016

Several inches of snow coated Austin’s roads, power lines were down and everyone stayed in bed, confined to their homes. But when Alex woke up, he threw on his snow gear and made the trek...


Male nursing student reflects on life in female-dominated field

May 3, 2016

When nursing junior Josh Ruiz walks into a patient’s hospital room, all he can think about is the adrenaline about to rush through his body. “[Giving IVs] pumps me up,” Ruiz said....

Screenprinter shares his love for the art at SXSW

March 20, 2016

Screenprinter Gary McGarvey sits at the Austin Convention Center in front of a wall of his own work. Colorful flatstocks, or concert posters, for artists from Elton John to Leon Bridges hang on display,...


South By Southwest Film announces Audience Award winners

March 19, 2016

Out of the tens of thousands of films submitted, 12 films received recognition in this year’s Audience Awards. The winning films are given additional screenings for festival-goers who may have missed...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 19

March 19, 2016

Tweets from Update (9:30 p.m.): During Flatstock 53 inside the Austin Convention Center this afternoon, The Daily Texan spoke to screenprinter Gary McGarvey...


T-Pain discusses his transition from rapper to singer at SXSW panel

March 19, 2016

Friday afternoon, T-Pain took to the stage inside the Austin Convention Center not to sing, but to have a conversation. A few hundred people say patiently awaiting his entrance, standing up to greet him...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 18

March 18, 2016

Tweets from Update (10:20 p.m.): “Hush” is an exciting thriller from writer and director Mike Flanagan. Starring a deaf heroine who is stalked...


SXSW 2016: An Interactive Guide

March 18, 2016

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Q&A: BØRNS frontman Garrett Borns discusses his love for music, South By Southwest

March 17, 2016

Garrett Borns, known by his stage name, BØRNS, caught the attention of music lovers last fall with the haunting vocals and dance pop anthems on his debut album Dopamine. The Daily Texan spoke to...

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Five St. Patrick’s Day parties around Austin to celebrate the Irish

March 17, 2016

Whether or not you’ve hopped on the green beer bandwagon, Austin has you covered this St. Patrick’s Day. Check out these five events to celebrate the Irish. St. Patrick’s Day Austin When:...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Thursday, March 17

March 17, 2016

Tweets from Update (2:00 a.m.): Netflix’s “Pee-wee’s Big Holiday” premiered to much excitement at SXSW. However, the long-awaited...


MTV Woodies ditch award show format for festival, showcasing Chainsmokers, A$AP Ferg

March 17, 2016

This year, MTV took the “awards” out of the Woodie Awards. Rather than crowning winners, MTV hosted a five-hour music festival simply called the MTV Woodies that showcased an impressive list...


Duo reviews entire SXSW lineup for website, Operation Every Band

March 17, 2016

In 2009, Kevin McStravick scoured the streets of South By Southwest without a clue. This year, he might be the most informed person at the festival. McStravick has been reviewing every single band on...


First lady Michelle Obama discusses Let Girls Learn initiative, sings Boyz II Men at SXSW keynote

March 16, 2016

When first lady Michelle Obama answered a question about her thoughts on leaving the White House, she decided to break into a Boyz II Men song. “It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday,”...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Wednesday, March 16

March 16, 2016

Tweets from Update (12 a.m.): Check out our recap of the MTV Woodies, which included performances by The Chainsmokers, A$AP Ferg, BØRNS,...


Kodak celebrates new app with “sensorial exploration of memories”

March 16, 2016

Inside Kodak’s Memory Observatory, a group of South By Southwest attendees lie on the floor gazing at an image of a man projected out of a kaleidoscope. The man in the image sits at the crowd’s...


Radio journalist Ira Glass creates balloon poodle on SXSW stage

March 15, 2016

Fans of public radio personality Ira Glass will be surprised to learn that Glass, in addition to hosting the podcast “This American Life,” is also a talented balloon twister. During the...


SXSW: Alia Shawkat talks Maeby Fünke and being a child actress

March 15, 2016

Alia Shawkat remembers walking out onto set after a long day of school work and getting taunted by George Clooney for her cranky attitude. “George, please,” the then nine-year-old actress...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Tuesday, March 15

March 15, 2016

Tweets from Update (8:30 p.m.): Kodak celebrated the launch of their new app, KODAK MOMENTS, this week with the Memory Observatory in the Austin Convention...


Anthony Atamanuik mocks Donald Trump at comedy show

March 15, 2016

It’s six months in the future. All of the Supreme Court Justices are in hiding. Minorities are “learning to concentrate” in confinement camps. A concrete wall lines the border between...


Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg premiere AMC’s dark comedy “Preacher”

March 14, 2016

For directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “Preacher” has been a long time coming. The pair started developing AMC’s new dark comedy as early as the filming days of 2007’s “Superbad,”...


Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg discusses financing independent movies in keynote speech

March 14, 2016

Mumblecore director Joe Swanberg opened his keynote speech Monday morning with a disclaimer — he was going to talk about money, a subject he said is somehow still a taboo in the film industry. “If...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Monday, March 14

March 14, 2016

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Alia Shawkat shares memories at Upright Citizens Brigade improv show

March 14, 2016

Sunday night Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat took the stage at Esther’s Follies and confessed that in high school, she filled a condom with her best friend’s dad’s pee to pass...

Q&A: Australian singer-songwriter Cloves discusses upcoming album, SXSW performance

March 13, 2016

Australian singer songwriter Kaity Dunstan, known by her stage name Cloves will bring her haunting vocals to Austin this week for South By Southwest. The Daily Texan spoke with her about her first band...

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Sunday, March 13

March 13, 2016

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Saturday, March 12

March 12, 2016

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Live Blog: SXSW 2016 | Friday, March 11

March 11, 2016

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