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2022 wrap-up: best movies, TV shows, music of the year

2022 wrap-up: best movies, TV shows, music of the year

December 2, 2022

Rich in great entertainment in all hemispheres of media, 2022 shined with its releases this year. As the fall semester comes to an end and 2023 rounds the corner, The Daily Texan compiled a list of the...

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Turkey and Tunes: The Daily Texan’s cooking playlist for Thanksgiving preparation

November 21, 2022

As Thanksgiving approaches, Austinites scour the grocery store aisles, stocking their carts with a mountain of ingredients that will shortly transform into their holiday meal. However, chefs need one more...

“Bones and All” bites with chilling, thought-provoking love story

“Bones and All” bites with chilling, thought-provoking love story

November 18, 2022

Making its theatrical release Nov. 18, “Bones and All” follows two outcasts on a cross-country road trip as they connect over their shared hunger for self-understanding, companionship and other humans.  From...

Aftersun tells bittersweet childhood tales

‘Aftersun’ tells bittersweet childhood tales

November 8, 2022

“Aftersun,” the debut feature film from director Charlotte Wells, showcases a bittersweet memory influenced by the director’s childhood, confined in the grounds of a kitschy, colorful resort in the...

Austin Film Festival returns to Austin for 29th run

November 7, 2022

The Austin Film Festival returned last week with its 29th celebration. Filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts alike traveled across the globe to showcase and enjoy anything from feature-length dramas to comedic...

Cate Blanchett gives complex, stunning performance in ‘Tár’

Cate Blanchett gives complex, stunning performance in ‘Tár’

November 7, 2022

Content Warning: both this article and film contain discussion of suicide and sexual misconduct  Cate Blanchett takes the stage as celebrated composer Lydia Tár in Todd Field’s brilliant slow-burn...

Director Sarah Polley talks ‘Women Talking,’ collaborating with predominantly female team

Director Sarah Polley talks ‘Women Talking,’ collaborating with predominantly female team

November 1, 2022

CW: sexual violence, gender-based violence Adapted from a novel of the same name by Miriam Toews, “Women Talking” portrays a group of Mennonite women meeting in secret to devise a plan for protecting...

‘Halloween Ends’ offers dissatisfying conclusion to Blumhouse trilogy

‘Halloween Ends’ offers dissatisfying conclusion to Blumhouse trilogy

October 21, 2022

This article contains spoilers for Halloween Ends. After over four decades of babysitter slayings and crime frenzies, the town of Haddonfield, Illinois can celebrate Halloween in peace — for now.  Released...

Fans cheer and take photos as The Marías perform at the Barton Springs stage at Austin City Limits on Oct. 16, 2022.

Best acts from ACL Fest weekend 2

October 18, 2022

From nostalgic sing-alongs to surprise guests, Austin City Limits performers brought sprawling audiences a variety of vibrant performances, once again shining a spotlight on the city’s love for live...

Unscripted Ep 08: The “Halloween” Franchise

October 17, 2022

In this episode of Unscripted, Ryan and Sage unpack the "Halloween" franchise, including "Halloween" (1978), "Halloween" (2018) and "Halloween Kills" (2021). Stay tuned for an upcoming episode about the...

Unscripted Ep 07: Blonde

October 17, 2022

This week, Sage and Ryan bring in special guests Reya Mosby, Life & Arts Editor, and Aaron Boehmer, Life & Arts Senior Reporter, and Aaron Boehmer, Life & Arts Senior Reporter, to discuss Netflix's...

María Zardoya, lead vocalist for LA-based band The Marías, performs at the Barton Springs stage at Austin City Limits on Oct. 16, 2022.

Liveshot: The Marías dazzle ACL audiences with romantic performance

October 17, 2022

Indie-pop band The Marías gave Austin City Limits attendees a reprieve from the festival’s frenzied crowds Sunday, slowing down the evening with a soothing sunset performance.  The Los Angeles band’s...

Liveshot: Headliner Pink delivers energetic performance with too many covers

Liveshot: Headliner Pink delivers energetic performance with too many covers

October 17, 2022

Fragmented lyrics and computer glitches blared from the American Express Stage speakers — a distorted mix that perfectly suited the wacky, eclectic nature of Pink’s ACL set.  Headliner Pink took...

Kacey Musgraves closes ACL with Southern charm, special guest

Kacey Musgraves closes ACL with Southern charm, special guest

October 17, 2022

Washed in bright red lighting, a harp ushered Kacey Musgraves onstage to begin her set with the Shakespearean album introduction — and title — “star-crossed.” As she sang out the song’s title,...

Indie artist Blondshell talks ACL debut, vulnerability in songwriting

Indie artist Blondshell talks ACL debut, vulnerability in songwriting

October 16, 2022

On Friday, rising indie singer-songwriter Blondshell made her ACL debut. Following her performance, The Daily Texan sat down with the Los Angeles-based artist to discuss her grunge influences, vulnerability...

The band Wet Leg performs at Austin City Limits on Oct. 14, 2022.

Indie-rock duo Wet Leg charms ACL audience

October 15, 2022

Skipping onstage to the tune of the flute, frontwomen Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers of Wet Leg jump into their song “Being In Love,” sporting cat ears and deer antlers, respectively. They create...

Liveshot: Conan Gray recalls Austin roots in ACL performance

Liveshot: Conan Gray recalls Austin roots in ACL performance

October 14, 2022

Recognized as one of Austin’s most famous homegrown acts, Conan Gray expressed his gratitude for performing in his hometown — but made one request to Austin City Limits festival organizers.  “I...

Paramore performs on the American Express stage at Austin City Limits on October 9, 2022.

Paramore embraces recalls 2010s roots in nostalgic ACL performance

October 10, 2022

While performing the chorus of 2007 song “That’s What You Get,” Paramore’s lead singer Hayley Williams looked out at the bustling Zilker Park, put down her microphone and began conducting the audience,...

The best acts of Austin City Limits Festival weekend one

The best acts of Austin City Limits Festival weekend one

October 10, 2022

With the previously bustling Zilker Park clearing out for the start of a new week, Austinites come together to recover from weekend one of Austin City Limits, which kicked off the festival on a grand note....

Spoon performs on the Honda stage at Austin City Limits on October 9, 2022.

Spoon seems comfortable as ever taking an Austin stage

October 9, 2022

A slanted white stripe flashed across Zilker’s Honda Stage, a monochromatic nod to the cover  of Lucifer on the Sofa, the most recent album from hometown indie rock legends Spoon.  The renowned...

PinkPantheress performs on the T-Mobile stage at Austin City Limits on October 9, 2022.

PinkPantheress’ angelic live vocals fail to make up for low-energy ACL performance

October 9, 2022

Coming off the success of her 2021 debut mixtape to hell with it, pop novice PinkPantheress took to the ACL stage for the first time on Sunday. Known for her Y2K-aesthetics and glitchy lullabies, the singer’s...

Liveshot: Samia opens up to ACL crowd with vulnerable, composed performance

Liveshot: Samia opens up to ACL crowd with vulnerable, composed performance

October 8, 2022

Just a few minutes into her performance, singer-songwriter Samia prepared her ACL audience with a warning of what fans could expect for the remainder of the set.  “It’s going to be mostly sad for...

Liveshot: Carly Rae Jepsen brings nostalgia-packed showcase to ACL

Liveshot: Carly Rae Jepsen brings nostalgia-packed showcase to ACL

October 8, 2022

Eager audience members tossed around a yellow beach ball while awaiting the arrival of singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen. After a few minutes, fans chanted, “Carly, Carly, Carly,” a call which...

Liveshot: SZA closes out ACL’s first night with visually stunning headlining performance

Liveshot: SZA closes out ACL’s first night with visually stunning headlining performance

October 8, 2022

Blue lights emitting from the Honda Stage sporadically shined through Zilker Park as the opening notes to “All the Stars” by SZA played for a crowd that seemed to stretch for miles. Her dancers...

Local Austin acts to watch on their hometown ACL Stage

Local Austin acts to watch on their hometown ACL Stage

October 3, 2022

While the Austin City Limits Music Festival attracts artists from around the globe, some performers require just a short trek across the highway. This year’s ACL lineup contains numerous local acts,...

ACL Fest celebrates 20 years

ACL Fest celebrates 20 years

October 3, 2022

This year, Austin City Limits Music Festival celebrates 20 years of bringing many of the world’s biggest artists to Austin for a celebration of live music. Bringing a fresh mix of music legends and up-and-comers...

Prep for Austin City Limits Festival with the Daily Texan ACL playlist

Prep for Austin City Limits Festival with the Daily Texan ACL playlist

October 3, 2022

No ACL attendee can make it through the weekend without a lost voice and some slightly embarrassing singing videos. Considering this year’s impressive lineup of music icons and hitmakers, festival-goers...

Unscripted Ep 04: Enemy

September 12, 2022

In honor of Sage’s birthday, Sage and Ryan dive into one of Sage’s favorite films, Denis Villeneuve’s “Enemy.” Discussions include: the controversial cuteness of spiders, romance within the horror...

Unscripted Ep 02: Suspiria (1977)

September 12, 2022

This week, Sage and Ryan dive into the colorful world of “Suspira,” Dario Argento’s 1977 horror classic. They discuss the film’s iconic cold open, Argento’s dynamic use of color, the 2018 remake...

Unscripted Ep 01: “Nope” Review

September 12, 2022

Sage and Ryan are joined by Rachael Hatchett, the Daily Texan's Director of Diversity & Inclusion, to discuss NOPE, the newest horror film from director Jordan Peele. They discuss major themes of the...

Unscripted Ep 00: The Media That Made Us

September 12, 2022

Welcome to Unscripted, a film podcast by The Daily Texan Audio + Life & Arts departments, hosted by Life & Arts associate editor Sage Dunlap and senior film columnist Ryan Ranc. In this episode,...

Tasty fall flavored treats from local Austin bakeries

Tasty fall flavored treats from local Austin bakeries

September 6, 2022

In preparation for vibrant orange, red and yellow leaves to begin peppering through the trees and temperatures to drop across the country for this upcoming fall, local Austin restaurants are finally sprinkling...

On August 31, 2022, performer Strick brings the crowd to life in Austin’s Moody Center. Along with Strick, 070 Shake and Kid Cudi also performed at the Moody Center.

Kid Cudi, 070 Shake, Strick touch down at Moody Center, leave audience with otherworldly performance

September 1, 2022

Intrigued fans sat in the pitch black Moody Center, illuminated by nothing but a holographic projection of a glowing blue face introducing the first act of the night. “Phones and cameras are encouraged,...

Photo Gallery: Student Style

Photo Gallery: Student Style

September 1, 2022

The start of September in Austin has brought cool(ish) temperatures and even cooler fits to campus. Check out the Texan's gallery for the latest looks on Speedway!

Non-Concert Interactive music events in Austin

August 30, 2022

The Austin music scene draws many students nationwide to the University of Texas with promises of bustling concerts and live music experiences. However, for students looking for more laid-back and accessible...

‘Game of Thrones’ returns: ‘House of Dragon’ takes Iron Throne

August 23, 2022

Highly anticipated “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” premiered on HBO Max Aug. 21. Continuing the legacy of the hit fantasy series, “House of the Dragon” presents a story of political...

“Bodies Bodies Bodies” delivers hilarious Gen Z satire with bloody new horror flick

“Bodies Bodies Bodies” delivers hilarious Gen Z satire with bloody new horror flick

August 13, 2022

Halina Reijn’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” follows six 20-something friends as they hunker down in a mansion together during a hurricane. However, after an innocent game of lights-out hide-and-seek turns...

‘Actual People’ discusses cultural identity, romantic struggles in nuanced depiction of youth

‘Actual People’ discusses cultural identity, romantic struggles in nuanced depiction of youth

June 27, 2022

On June 26, Kit Zauhar’s “Actual People” took to the screen at the Austin Asian American Film Festival. Celebrating her first full-length film, Zauhar — the film’s writer, director and leading...

All ‘Stranger Things’ seasons ranked

All ‘Stranger Things’ seasons ranked

June 27, 2022

After six years on Netflix, “Stranger Things” remains a worldwide phenomenon, proving its longevity among other original shows on the platform. Loaded with colorful 1980s nostalgia and an eclectic...

Cooper Raiff once again masters coming-of-age genre with ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

Cooper Raiff once again masters coming-of-age genre with ‘Cha Cha Real Smooth’

June 23, 2022

In 2020, Dallas-born director Cooper Raiff solidified his presence in the indie film scene after his first full-length feature film, “Shithouse,” received widespread acclaim. Two years later, the 25-year-old...

A24 mockumentary ‘Marcel the Shell with Shoes On’ revives 2010 YouTube sensation with heartwarming new story

June 15, 2022

In 2010, filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp uploaded a three-minute stop-motion video to YouTube, interviewing a talking shell named Marcel about his hobbies. Two sequels and two storybooks later, the 1-inch-tall...

070 Shake conquers self-discovery, romantic troubles with You Can’t Kill Me

070 Shake conquers self-discovery, romantic troubles with You Can’t Kill Me

June 5, 2022

070 Shake’s sophomore album release captures the melodrama of young love and self-discovery in the 14-track project You Can’t Kill Me released June 3. The project — an impressive whirlwind of alternative...

‘Stranger Things 4’ breaks records with most haunting, explosive season yet

‘Stranger Things 4’ breaks records with most haunting, explosive season yet

June 2, 2022

The fourth season of “Stranger Things” hit Netflix on May 27, with the first of two volumes being released for streaming. The first seven-episode installment made for a glorious premiere for the hit...

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ soars with exhilarating action, heartfelt references to 1986 classic

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ soars with exhilarating action, heartfelt references to 1986 classic

May 25, 2022

Tom Cruise flies back into the danger zone as the Navy’s most gutsy, loveable captain in “Top Gun: Maverick,” released May 24. Reaching audiences 36 years after Cruise debuted as Pete “Maverick”...

UT students share thoughts on possible demolition of landmark LGBTQ+ bars

UT students share thoughts on possible demolition of landmark LGBTQ+ bars

May 2, 2022

Last week, Levi Casias visited Coconut Club for the first time to bask in the venue’s large neon sign and reverberating dance music. Though excited, Casias said a sobering realization overshadowed his...

Faye Webster reimagines old songs with new, dreamy renditions on Car Therapy Sessions EP

Faye Webster reimagines old songs with new, dreamy renditions on Car Therapy Sessions EP

May 1, 2022
The unexpected combination of Webster’s no-frills lyricism and Pollard’s grand orchestral sound dazzles, making Car Therapy Sessions a thrilling listen for fans old and new.
‘Love and Information’ relays stories of human connection with over 100 characters

‘Love and Information’ relays stories of human connection with over 100 characters

April 18, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 15, 2022 flipbook. A seductive tango dancer, an unruly CIA agent torturing a whistleblower and a TikTok-crazed teenager — these describe just...

SXSW welcomes local Austin acts

SXSW welcomes local Austin acts

March 23, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 11, 2022 SXSW flipbook. While some music acts journey across the globe to showcase their signature sounds  during Austin’s annual South by...

The Daily Texan’s list of SXSW panels featuring Gen Z speakers

March 23, 2022

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 11, 2022 SXSW flipbook. Gen Z currently stands as the most ethnically-diverse, best educated generation in American history, according to a 2020...

Linda Perry, Alisha Ballard team up to promote launch of EqualizeHer at SXSW

Linda Perry, Alisha Ballard team up to promote launch of EqualizeHer at SXSW

March 20, 2022

Following its March 15 launch at SXSW, EqualizeHer — an organization aiming to combat gender inequality in the music industry-sponsored a series of events at the festival to raise awareness for the organization...

Liveshot: MUNA checks into South Congress Hotel with intimate performance

Liveshot: MUNA checks into South Congress Hotel with intimate performance

March 20, 2022

While the bright sun set on Austin’s beloved South Congress Hotel patio, fans cheered as the hit pop trio MUNA took to the stage March 18 with their electric guitars, sunglasses and a blow-up horse.  As...

Cassandra Jenkins shares sources of inspiration, self realizations from songwriting

Cassandra Jenkins shares sources of inspiration, self realizations from songwriting

March 18, 2022

While exploring an exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins took out her phone to record her conversation with a security guard, dawning the concept for her second...

‘Mama Bears’ documentary filmmakers, transgender rights activists hold press conference at Texas Capitol

‘Mama Bears’ documentary filmmakers, transgender rights activists hold press conference at Texas Capitol

March 17, 2022

On March 14, in conjunction with the SXSW world premiere of the documentary “Mama Bears,” director Daresha Kyi took to the Texas Capitol south steps — along with Texas state representatives and transgender...

Magdalena Bay brings electrifying, multidimensional synth-pop performance to SXSW

Magdalena Bay brings electrifying, multidimensional synth-pop performance to SXSW

March 16, 2022

When singer-songwriter Mica Tenenbaum — half of the synth-pop duo Magdalena Bay — secretly stashed a furry, gray rabbit mask under a table in preparation for the pair’s set, the packed hoard of attendees...

Darkwave artist Rare DM describes beginnings in music, excitement for first festival performance at SXSW

Darkwave artist Rare DM describes beginnings in music, excitement for first festival performance at SXSW

March 15, 2022
Darkwave artist Rare DM will bring a unique darkwave and synth-pop set to Higher Ground for South by Southwest on March 18 — the soloist’s first official festival performance. 
Grant for LBJ Women’s Campaign School guarantees free tuition

Grant for LBJ Women’s Campaign School guarantees free tuition

February 22, 2022

This article first appeared in the Feb. 18, 2022 flipbook. Seated in the dimly lit LBJ auditorium, Amy Kroll’s eyes beamed as Hillary Clinton strolled onto the stage just days after the 2018 midterm...

Current, past Longhorns share love stories

Current, past Longhorns share love stories

February 13, 2022

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Feb. 8, 2022 flipbook. For many Longhorns on the hunt for love, the sprawling Forty Acres can seem like a hopeless jungle of bad dates and Tinder...

Students discuss online personality quizzes, identity, connection

Students discuss online personality quizzes, identity, connection

February 1, 2022

Free online personality quizzes entice users interested in self-inquiry and exploration, promising to explain what type of cheese best represents their character or which time period their mindset belongs...

Students express style and identity through their favorite items of clothing

Students express style and identity through their favorite items of clothing

February 1, 2022

Editor's note: This article first appeared in the Jan. 28, 2022 flipbook. When strutting down Speedway, Longhorns love to show off their individual style, expressing themselves through different fashion...

Students share pop culture predictions for 2022

Students share pop culture predictions for 2022

January 19, 2022

Following an unpredictable year brimming with wacky celebrity engagements, delayed concerts and a weeklong Texas “snowpocalypse,” UT students relished in cheering away a year of chaos as the clock...

Students with dual citizenship share the benefits of being from multiple countries

Students with dual citizenship share the benefits of being from multiple countries

December 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the November 12 flipbook. Peering out an airplane window with wide 9-year-old eyes, Sofia Vargas Karam examined the sprawling Houston skyline for...

Student athletes discuss relationship with body image

Student athletes discuss relationship with body image

December 4, 2021

Dazzled by bright lights, sparkly costumes and gravity-defying tricks, 8-year-old Priscila Khan stepped up to the mat and tumbled into her first-ever competitive cheerleading routine. After three years...

Red (Taylors Version) breaks records, breathes new life into 2012 hit songs

Red (Taylor’s Version) breaks records, breathes new life into 2012 hit songs

November 14, 2021

Grab an old scarf, a warm (or iced) maple latte and some earphones. Released on Nov. 12, Red (Taylor’s Version) transports fans back to simpler, heartbreak-ridden 2012.  Breaking the record for the...

Student comedians tackle serious subjects in stand-up performances, deliver powerful messages

Student comedians tackle serious subjects in stand-up performances, deliver powerful messages

November 3, 2021

After performing a final stand-up routine for his elementary school talent show, Dakota Widenor boxed up his off-the-cuff puns and knock-knock jokes, thinking he ended his one man comic act. However, he...

A glimpse into sleep paralysis, presented by UT students and researchers

A glimpse into sleep paralysis, presented by UT students and researchers

October 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the October 5th flipbook. Alarmed by a sharp ringing, John Escareno awoke in his bed, completely paralyzed. He opened his tired eyes to find a large...

Lana Del Rey embraces piano ballads, songwriting on ‘Blue Banisters’

Lana Del Rey embraces piano ballads, songwriting on ‘Blue Banisters’

October 24, 2021
Just seven months after her last album release, Del Rey returns to the music scene with her eighth studio album 'Blue Banisters.'
5 albums to listen to this fall season

5 albums to listen to this fall season

October 19, 2021

With gray clouds and pumpkin scents arriving to replace the blistering summer heat, music can add to fall’s cozy ambience. For UT students celebrating cooler weather, The Daily Texan compiled a list...

ACL attendees share their favorite artist discoveries from both festival weekends.

ACL attendees share their favorite artist discoveries from both festival weekends.

October 11, 2021

The Austin City Limits music festival brought artists of all different genres to the stage. While some students splurged to see big acts like Miley Cyrus or Tyler, the Creator, they came back to campus...

UT Theatre and Dance explore human connection in Sonnets for an Old Century

UT Theatre and Dance explore human connection in Sonnets for an Old Century

October 5, 2021
Sonnets for an Old Century, written in 2000, speaks on isssues of domestic abuse, police brutality, racism, suicide and many other topics often deemed taboo in contemporary American society. 
UT students stay connected through video game streaming

UT students stay connected through video game streaming

September 21, 2021
For many UT students, Twitch grants them the opportunity to generate an online presence and, in some cases, earn a steady income.
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