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Parisian response to Charlie Hebdo attack signals mass support for freedom of expression

Sam Hays January 14, 2015

I came to Paris just like any other UT exchange student has before. Despite the ceaseless excitement, I was riddled with anxieties — the lack of a linguistic safety net, the speed of the city and...


Campus Characters: Staff-spinning senior talks aspirations and travel

Sam Hays April 21, 2014

Jesse Crandell perfects his craft every Tuesday and Thursday on the South Mall lawn. Crandell spins a wooden staff around his body, sometimes flourishing behind his back, but never losing focus. Crandell,...

Column: After SXSW tragedy, a shift in mindset

Sam Hays March 17, 2014

The most eye-opening moments — the moments when we are most capable of important and necessary reflection — are the moments when life stands still. During this year’s South By Southwest,...


The highlights of SXSW Music

The music portion of South By Southwest is the most unpredictable aspect of the festival. Unlike traditional music festivals such as Austin City Limits or Fun Fun Fun Fest, where schedules are solidified...

SXSW Wednesday in music

Sam Hays March 16, 2014

Those who didn't get into the monstrous Jay-Z/Kanye West reunion Wednesday night were most likely at the NPR Showcase. At Stubb’s Bar-B-Q, arguably the headquarters for live Austin...


Louis Murillo might be the Texas Longhorns’ most dedicated fan

Sam Hays March 3, 2014

Eighty-three-year-old Louis Murillo said he would never sell his home — not even for a million dollars. That’s because almost everything inside Murillo’s small, East Austin home...


Poetry slam at Spider House brings the best in Austin

Sam Hays February 11, 2014

On Tuesday nights, the crowd gathered at the Spider House Cafe & Ballroom isn’t waiting for a band to tune its guitars. They’re not waiting for the sarcastic banter of a comedian to fill...


Musician community, Hostel Earphoria, seeks a home in Austin

Sam Hays January 28, 2014

Hostel Earphoria is a hostel for musicians and music lovers, a place of collaboration and the manifestation of founder Jules Esh’s 8-year-old vision. And it’s coming to Austin this year. Esh...

Anticipated album releases for spring 2014

Sam Hays January 13, 2014

Mogwai — Rave Tapes, Jan. 20 Everything Scottish post-rock band Mogwai touches is immediately rendered beautiful. They are masters of song craft and instrumentation and have dominated the post-rock...

Ten years later, Transatlanticism is still Death Cab for Cutie’s finest work

Sam Hays October 29, 2013

Transatlanticism is Death Cab for Cutie’s saving grace. It is the band’s opus. It is their finest collection of songs, cover to cover, laden with melancholy melodies, unbridled emotion and...

The Daily Horror Movie gives you “Signs”

Sam Hays October 28, 2013

For movie buffs, the month of October means one thing: 31 days of horror movies. With tons of horror flicks to choose from, The Daily Texan is going to be providing a daily horror recommendation. Whether...

Neko Case ramps up to a fantastic performance

Sam Hays October 9, 2013

From Sunday at Zilker Park to Tuesday night at the Moody Theater, Neko Case remains at large in Austin. Hot on the heels of the release of her latest critically acclaimed album, The Worse Things Get, the...


Life & Arts staff writers and editors pick the best artists to see at ACL this weekend

  FRIDAY Underrated band: Savages Stage: Honda Time: 1 p.m. This young all-female post-punk quartet from London might be the most talented and electrifying act of the weekend.   Local...

Based on their new album, don’t go see Kings of Leon at Austin City Limits

Sam Hays September 24, 2013

It’s the tale of yet another rock band struggling with a severe identity crisis. It’s the tale of two different albums smashed together into one.  Mechanical Bull is the sixth studio...


MGMT’s self-titled third album disappoints

Sam Hays September 17, 2013

They were the sound track to high school experiences, they were the feel-good songs of summer and they were just pure fun. MGMT was all of those things but its new direction bears no resemblance to their...


Elvis Costello gets his groove back with Roots’ collaboration “Wise Up Ghost”

Sam Hays September 17, 2013

Classic rocker Elvis Costello has got his groove back. Teaming up with The Roots, Costello returns to the scene with his latest project, Wise Up Ghost. With the help of The Roots, Costello sounds revitalized...


Arctic Monkeys return with defining new album

Sam Hays September 10, 2013

If you don’t know what the Arctic Monkeys sound like, that’s because they never did either.  The Sheffield, England, four-piece’s newest addition to the world of rock ‘n’...


Neko Case hits right notes with intimate album

Sam Hays September 3, 2013

Neko Case is a breath of fresh air, and she always has been. Few artists traverse the line of folk-country and alternative-rock as boldly or creatively as Case. At her most emotional, she is Regina Spektor...


Okkervil River’s latest album catchy, relatable

Sam Hays September 3, 2013

Out of Austin comes the indie-folk six piece band, Okkervil River, with its newest release, The Silver Gymnasium. This album’s ingenuity is hidden, but front man and songwriter Will Sheff’s...

Don’t leave now

Sam Hays March 8, 2013

Why on Earth would you want to leave Austin during spring break? As I hope you know, next week, Austin plays hosts to one of the greatest annual events nationwide, the South By Southwest Music, Film and...

Should professors employ a “no-screens” policy?

Sam Hays and Maria-Xenia Hardt February 13, 2013

Editor’s note: As the use of laptops in class becomes widespread across campus, we asked two columnists if glowing screens should be allowed to remain open. Are laptops a necessary tool that professors...

Guns and joysticks

Sam Hays January 30, 2013

Video games are a staple of the modern-day college experience. But what role do they play in college students’ lives and the national gun control discussion? A Pew Internet Research study conducted...

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