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Official newspaper of The University of Texas at Austin

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Wiz Khalifa disappoints with second album, brings nothing new

Ricky Stein December 4, 2012

Commercial success in the music industry is a double-edged sword; on the one hand, you’ve made it — hundreds of thousands, even millions of fans are now awaiting your highly anticipated next...


Alicia Keys’ Girl On Fire does not disappoint

Ricky Stein November 27, 2012

Artist: Alicia Keys Album: Girl on Fire Label: RCA Songs to Download: “Girl on Fire,” “Fire We Make” “It’s been a while, I’m not who I was before,”...


Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit release live album infused with Southern charm

Ricky Stein November 20, 2012

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Live from Alabama Artist: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit Album: Live from Alabama Label: Lightning Rod Records Songs to Download: “Outfit,” “Like...


Soundgarden stays grunge after 16-year hiatus

Ricky Stein November 13, 2012

Artist: Soundgarden Album: King Animal Label: Seven Four Songs to Download: “Been Away Too Long,” “Bones of Birds” Barrelling in with the appropriately-titled retro-grunge-rocker...

Skyfall soundtrack outshines previous installments

Ricky Stein November 6, 2012

Thomas Newman; Adele - Skyfall [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Record label: Sony Classical Songs to download: “Skyfall” [Adele single], “Breadcrumbs” This weekend,...

Multitalented artist releases new, darker album

Ricky Stein October 30, 2012

Artist name: Andrew Bird Album title: Hands of Glory Record label: Mom+Pop Music Songs to download: “Three White Horses,” “If I needed You” The last four years have been...


Denis Johnson to read from his works at the Blanton Auditorium

Ricky Stein October 25, 2012

Denis Johnson, one of the greatest writers of his generation will return to the UT campus for a reading of his work at the Blanton Museum Auditorium on Thursday. “It’s the literary equivalent...


Gary Clark Jr’s major debut joins new picks

Ricky Stein October 23, 2012

Artist name: Gary Clark Jr. Album title: Blak and Blu Record label: Warner Bros. Songs to download: “Bright Lights,” “The Life” It has been truly incredible to watch Gary...


Jan Reid offers glimspe into former governor Ann Richards’ life

Ricky Stein October 17, 2012

In the long, sprawling history of outsized Texas political personalities, former governor Ann Richards’ star shone as bright as any. Her irreverent wit, small-town charm and straight-shooting personality...


Pinback, Donald Fagen, Jamey Johnson, and A Fine Frenzy release new albums

Ricky Stein October 16, 2012

Pinback, Information Retrieved Artist name: Pinback Album title: Information Retrieved Record label: Temporary Residence LTD. Songs to download: “Drawstring,” “True North” Over...

Top 10 acts to see at the 11th annual Austin City Limits

Ricky Stein October 12, 2012

Hard to believe, but Austin City Limits Music Festival turns 11 this weekend. Over the years, we’ve seen some ups and downs — the dust bowl, the mud bowl, the propane tank fire, Ben Kweller’s...


Patterson Hood rolls in to the Cactus, ACL

Ricky Stein October 10, 2012

In the 57-plus-year history of the rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter, a recognizable archetype has emerged: that of the brash blues-shouting rock band frontman who can also lay down the electric...


Wallflowers find a new groove

Ricky Stein October 9, 2012

In many ways, Jakob Dylan is one of the most underappreciated artists in rock today. Over the last two decades, the 42-year-old singer/songwriter has been both highly prolific and highly consistent, releasing...


The Mountain Goats release 15th album

Ricky Stein October 2, 2012

“Do every stupid thing that makes you feel alive / do every stupid thing to try to drive the dark away.” So opens the Mountain Goats’ new album “Transcendental Youth,” their...


Hitting the scenic and culinary highlights of the Texas Hill Country

Ricky Stein September 28, 2012

Of all the beautiful drives in the world, few afford such an excellent opportunity for escape and reflection as the rich, scenic ramble through the Texas Hill Country. Oak-covered hills, grazing livestock...


New Mumford & Sons release comes up short

Ricky Stein September 27, 2012

The last three years have been very kind to the West London folk scene, specifically to its flagship ensemble Mumford & Sons. The Celtic-inspired quintet scored a major label record deal within two...

Grizzly Bear underwhelms with ‘Shields’

Ricky Stein September 20, 2012

“Shields,” the fourth album by Brooklyn-based indie rock band Grizzly Bear, ostensibly finds the quartet painted into an art-rock corner. After the widespread critical acclaim for “Horn...


Krause’s legacy flows on

Ricky Stein September 17, 2012

Under a scattering of white brush-stroke clouds on a blue canvas sky, we headed out west for a day trip to Krause Springs. Krause is about a 40-minute drive through the Texas Hill Country, but that’s...


Dylan’s gift of visualization still dazzles

Ricky Stein September 13, 2012

“Listen to that Duquesne whistle blowin’/Blowin’ like it’s gonna sweep my world away” Opening with the innocuous, melodious chimes of “Duquesne Whistle,” Bob...


Traditional music, barbecue, beer features in PTSD fundraiser

Ricky Stein September 5, 2012

Just in time for the fall semester, the Hole in the Wall — arguably the greatest college bar in the history of Western civilization — is set to unleash the Lonestar Roots Review, a two-day...

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