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The Thing is today’s Daily Horror Movie

October 12, 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...

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

October 4, 2013

  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...

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The impact of the Austin City Limits Music Festival

October 3, 2013

Editor's note: the two stories below run side-by-side but were reported individually. Each story continues on one side of the page.                                  

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Two-weekend ACL brings more music and money

October 3, 2013

Two weekends of Austin City Limits makes the festival easier to attend but harder for locals to avoid.  Following a unanimous decision by Austin City Council, C3 Presents — the independent...

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The Naked and Famous talk about music and New Zealand

October 1, 2013

The New Zealand band The Naked and Famous will play Stubb’s Barbeque Wednesday, Oct. 2, to support their latest release, In Rolling Waves. The Daily Texan discussed “The Lord of the Rings”...

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Taco journalists chronicle Austin’s breakfast taco obsession

September 20, 2013

There are more breakfast taco establishments in Austin than there are Starbucks in Manhattan, according to the new book “Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day.” Taco...

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LL Cool J’s Un-Authentic return

April 30, 2013

Fresh off of his controversial collaboration with Brad Paisley on “Accidental Racist,” LL Cool J is back. While his debut, 1985’s Radio, broke new ground for the genre, James Todd Smith...

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Snoop Dogg reincarnated into Snoop Lion

April 23, 2013

The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg begins his new album, Reincarnated, by warning listeners in an inexplicably acquired Jamaican accent of the dangers associated with the gangster lifestyle. It’s...

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Fall Out Boy’s Save Rock N Roll overly ambitious

April 16, 2013

While Andy Hurley and Joe Trohman were playing drums and guitar, respectively, in metal supergroup The Damned Things, Pete Wentz was playing bass in electronic duo Black Cards and Patrick Stump was embarking...

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Paramore’s self-titled revival

April 9, 2013

“There’s a time and a place to die but this ain’t it,” Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams sings in lead single “Now.” After losing founding brothers Josh and Zac Farro,...

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Tyler, The Creator: a lone wolf

April 2, 2013

Tyler, The Creator is almost as talented as he is controversial. As the leader of collective Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, he is heavily involved in producing, designing and promoting for everyone,...

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The Strokes treading water

March 26, 2013

Modern rock and roll bands owe a lot to The Strokes whether they know it or not. The band’s groundbreaking 2001 debut Is This It was a key piece in the indie rock revival period that we’re...

Alliance for Clean Texas to lobby at Capitol

March 19, 2013

Alliance for Clean Texas is a decade-old coalition of major environmental groups in Texas that is only active during legislative sessions. On Wednesday, March 20, 130 members and volunteers will rally...

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Justin Timberlake’s eye-opening 20/20 Experience reviewed

March 19, 2013

First he was a child star, then the breakout singer of a multi-platinum boy band, then a solo artist, actor and entrepreneur.  Now, in 2013, we find the 32-year-old Justin Timberlake in an R&B/pop...

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DT talks with Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev

March 16, 2013

“Sing Loud,” the lead single from Alpha Rev’s upcoming third album Bloom, is competing with the likes of Alabama Shakes and Of Monsters and Men on the Adult Album Alternative rock charts....

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The Sideshow Tragedy to perform at SXSW

March 16, 2013

During most months of the year, The Sideshow Tragedy can be found driving its van across the country, exporting Austin’s blues rock music style in hopes of converting new ears into fans of Texas...

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SXSW’s strong hip-hop lineup

March 14, 2013

With so many artists coming, it’s easy to lose yourself in the music. This year’s South By Southwest hip-hop lineup offers both legendary emcees and youngblood up-and-comers, offering something...

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The Cave Singers’ new album leaves much to be desired

March 5, 2013

The Cave Singers’ fourth release, Naomi, continues the band’s uphill battle to carve out a niche in Seattle’s indie-saturated music scene. The former grunge rock capital that birthed...

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Antone’s to join Emo’s on East Riverside

March 4, 2013

As I drove to Antone’s at Lavaca and 5th street for an interview one night, I couldn’t help but notice the lack of parking and accessibility. The roadwork on Colorado closed half of the road,...

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UT senior works with Harvard students for benefit of Kenyan orphans

February 28, 2013

Sara Hollis, business honors and pre-med senior, doesn’t mind trading the first world for the third. In 2011 she joined four students from Harvard on a mission to benefit Wema Children’s Orphanage...

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Atoms for Peace’s Amok is an arduous trek through too many songs

February 26, 2013

It had to happen eventually. Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke essentially continues his solo career under the moniker Atoms For Peace, gathering close friends for the band and taking the name from a track...

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An improved STRFKR, and others

February 19, 2013

Portland band Starfucker, or STRFKR, has a reputation for producing electronic dance hits and live shows as provocative as their name. 2011’s Reptilians hooked music critics and, with Miracle Mile,...

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Adagio, musicians with sea legs

February 13, 2013

David Kovacs’ mother tongue is Hungarian, but he’s also proficient in German, Spanish and French. “This is going to be my first interview in English,” he said as he set down his...

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Band debuts mature new sound on album

February 12, 2013

After 2008’s dance-punk album Antidotes and 2010’s relaxed Total Life Forever, Foals could have gone in any direction imaginable, but with Holy Fire it matures into a guitar-driven rock band.  Following...

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Poetry group to compete in New York for collegiate championship

February 7, 2013

Slam Poetry is the art of bringing written words, pauses and all, to dramatic performance. A slam poet aims to evoke emotion through only the power of their words and the rhythm of their voice. In a slam...

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The Bronx proves itself in polar opposite genres; other recent releases excel and languish

February 5, 2013

The Bronx has proved itself in polar opposite genres. After three self-titled punk albums, The Bronx I, II and III, the band turned heads in 2009 when it announced a transition to classical mariachi music...

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It’s all the Buzz (Mill)

January 30, 2013

Austin’s insatiable thirst for coffee has brewed another 24-hour provisioner, The Buzz Mill, located on East Riverside Drive. In addition to coffee, the establishment also serves alcohol, allowing...

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Tegan and Sara’s new album features unsatisfying departure from former folk pop style

January 29, 2013

Tegan and Sara’s latest album, Heartthrob, sees the identtical twin sisters in pop overdrive, trading guitar chord progressions for synthesizer melodies. In the follow-up to 2009’s Sainthood,...

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Bands’ latest releases stylistically versatile yet reliably viable

January 22, 2013

Disregarding its seven-year break from 2004 to 2010, Guided By Voices is one of the most prolific and hardworking indie bands in recent history. The band put out three full-length albums in 2012, and Down...

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From Boston to Austin, it Feels Like Home

January 18, 2013

Separating a band from its fans and comfort zone often reveals its work ethic. Originally from Boston, all four members of pop-punk band Feels Like Home made a collective decision in 2011 to relocate 2,000...

The most diverse “Top Ten” you’ll find online

January 15, 2013

Many “Best of 2012” music lists resemble Billboard’s pop charts, but this past year saw landmark achievements in multiple genres. The Daily Texan consolidated last year’s best rock,...

Local bands Sip Sip and Growl to play benefit show for Attendance Records

December 4, 2012

Newcomer garage rockers Growl and funk-dance favorite Sip Sip will be performing together at The Mohawk on Dec. 10 to benefit Attendance Records, a local nonprofit music education group. The Daily Texan...

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Statuette releases EP on new label

November 28, 2012

Statuette is a five-piece post-hardcore band from Austin. Although the group has been around for less than a year, it just released its second EP, Residual & Timeless, Thursday and was recently signed...

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Title Fight finds playing music to be gratifying

November 14, 2012

Pennsylvanian band Title Fight will bring their alternative punk sound to Red 7 Wednesday. The band is currently on tour with Pianos Become the Teeth and Single Mothers to promote their third album, Floral...

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La Dispute weaves emotional intricacy in songs

November 13, 2012

La Dispute is a band that defies the idea of genres. A post-hardcore band that draws influences from jazz and blues, the group is known to completely switch from slow-spoken poetry to fast punk rock within...

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Music and comedy fans brave storms of dust at Fun Fun Fun Fest

November 5, 2012

Check out Daily Texan Multimedia's video recap of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012. An army of bandana-covered fans marched through dust-covered Auditorium Shores for the offbeat Fun Fun Fun Fest to see the...

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Fun Fun Fun Fest features big acts and underground artists, three days of music

November 2, 2012

A comprehensive lineup of musicians and comedians will assemble at the seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend at Auditorium Shores. FFFFest’s four stages will run from noon to 10 p.m....

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Joyce Manor appeals to the masses with new album and Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance

October 31, 2012

Punk rock can be esoteric, but Joyce Manor’s fresh take on the genre appeals to a wide audience. Having recently received critical acclaim for its debut self-titled album, the band has been touring...

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House of Torment suits for final year at Highland Mall location

October 24, 2012

Modestly nestled in the old haunt of Highland Mall is the House of Torment, a collection of haunted houses that has been setting the bar for 10 years. The House of Torment is heavily lauded by publications...

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The Daily Texan recaps the happenings and bands at ACL weekend

October 15, 2012

Out-of-town artists and musicians at this weekend’s Austin City Limits Music Festival received a good sampling of the unpredictable weather that is characteristic of an Austin fall. High humidity...

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Anthropos Arts spreads wealth with music

October 15, 2012

For 14 years, Anthropos Arts has been instructing at-risk students with musical inclinations. Focusing on Latin and jazz music, the organization sends teachers to supplement band programs in low-income...

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Pat McGee, drummer of Stars, sits down with the Texan

October 11, 2012

Patrick McGee has been playing drums for 30 years, 12 of which have been with Stars. The Canadian indie band will be on tour until Christmas 2013 to promote their sixth album The North and will be playing...

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Austin artist Dana Falconberry explores emotion and nature

October 4, 2012

In a town overflowing with indie rock bands, Dana Falconberry’s alternative musical style is as refreshing as the “Crooked River” she depicts in her latest release, Leelanau. Falconberry...

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Utopiafest offers relaxed, scenic alternative to larger music festivals

September 28, 2012

In the western hills outside San Antonio is Utopia, Texas, a small town with a population of 227, according to the 2010 census. In addition to being known as an idyllic rural community, it has recently...

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Ben Baxter Band solidifies its sound with its new album this Saturday

September 27, 2012

It’s rare when a band’s music can be enjoyed by listeners of every genre, but the Ben Baxter Band’s wide diversity of influences makes it just that. Drawing heavy influence from blues,...

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Austin PRIDE to hold events Saturday

September 21, 2012

Texas might seem like an unusual place to hold a celebration of tolerance. Here to challenge this perception is Austin PRIDE, Saturday, Sept. 22, put together by the Austin Gay and Lesbian Pride Foundation....

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Fair hopes to encourage volunteers

September 12, 2012

Students passionate about promoting welfare and seeking an opportunity to give back can stop by the UT Volunteer Fair Wednesday. More than 70 different agencies will convene at the biannual fair in hopes...

Eclectic mix of local, national artists to headline Wild Frontier Fest

September 7, 2012

Wild Frontier Fest is the brainchild of the Vagabond Collective and will take place Saturday at Mohawk, on the corner of 10th and Red River streets. Headlined by Los Angeles electronica giant Baths and...

Professors find iClickers useful classroom tools despite cheating

September 8, 2011

The increasingly popular clicker device has been used as a tool for cheating rather than learning, according to several UT students and professors. About the size of a TV remote, clickers are used to...