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Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
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Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

Alamo Colleges Barely Passed Its Own Accountability Test

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Live and Local: Tatsuya Nakatani on the Hays Street Bridge

Music Ranging from sparse, five-piece kits to wraparound Neil Pert monstrosities, drums generally play a very traditional role in contemporary music, acting as... By Matt Stieb | 4/16/2014
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There’s plenty to celebrate on the Old 97s’ 20th birthday

Music Back in the 1990s, when major labels would still propose multi-album deals to relative unknowns, Rhett Miller and the Old 97s sat in the offices of... By Callie Enlow | 4/16/2014
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Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl and Independent Stores

Music Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of physical mediums past, vinyl has seen a strong resurgence in the 21st century. Billboard reports that in 2013, as... By Matt Stieb | 4/16/2014
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Demitasse’s ‘Blue Medicine’ is a Cathartic Debut from Buttercup Spinoff

Music With Blue Medicine, Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden’s debut as Demitasse, patience has paid off. It’s been more than 11 years since Reyes and Sanden began... By Matt Stieb | 4/9/2014
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Live and Local: Tatsuya Nakatani on the Hays Street Bridge

Live and Local: Tatsuya Nakatani on the Hays Street Bridge

Music: Ranging from sparse, five-piece kits to wraparound Neil Pert monstrosities, drums generally play a very traditional role in contemporary music, acting as... By Matt Stieb 4/16/2014
There’s plenty to celebrate on the Old 97s’ 20th birthday

There’s plenty to celebrate on the Old 97s’ 20th birthday

Music: Back in the 1990s, when major labels would still propose multi-album deals to relative unknowns, Rhett Miller and the Old 97s sat in the offices of... By Callie Enlow 4/16/2014
Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl and Independent Stores

Record Store Day Celebrates Vinyl and Independent Stores

Music: Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of physical mediums past, vinyl has seen a strong resurgence in the 21st century. Billboard reports that in 2013, as... By Matt Stieb 4/16/2014
Demitasse’s ‘Blue Medicine’ is a Cathartic Debut from Buttercup Spinoff

Demitasse’s ‘Blue Medicine’ is a Cathartic Debut from Buttercup Spinoff

Music: With Blue Medicine, Joe Reyes and Erik Sanden’s debut as Demitasse, patience has paid off. It’s been more than 11 years since Reyes and Sanden began... By Matt Stieb 4/9/2014
Saytown Beatdown: Big local rap releases bookend April

Saytown Beatdown: Big local rap releases bookend April

Music: For this month’s Beatdown, hip-hop events take a backseat to two important SA releases: Itzli y Chimalli’s TXAMX (released March 29) and... By James Courtney 4/9/2014
Slick Rick: A cautionary tale of hip-hop and hard knocks

Slick Rick: A cautionary tale of hip-hop and hard knocks

Music: As rap legends go, Slick Rick is as unlikely as they come. For your consideration: The London-born, Bronx-bred emcee sports a British accent... By J.D. Swerzenski 4/9/2014
SA Sound Returns with News on Flower Jesus Quintet and the Rich Hands

SA Sound Returns with News on Flower Jesus Quintet and the Rich Hands

Music: As 2014 rolls along, we’ve seen an abundance of stellar releases from SA artists and our expatriates in Austin. Though it’s been a... By Matt Stieb 4/9/2014
Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss on Bloodshed, R&B and Sensory Overload

Sleigh Bells’ Alexis Krauss on Bloodshed, R&B and Sensory Overload

Music: Noisy, bombastic power pop duo Sleigh Bells has been setting the world on fire with their highlighter-green flame of hot rock for the past... By James Woodard 4/2/2014
Beautiful Noise: John Wiese’s sound art will freak you out

Beautiful Noise: John Wiese’s sound art will freak you out

Music: In the late ’80s, powerviolence emerged as a distinct subcategory of punk, condensing heavy metal with hardcore in songs as short as 20... By Matt Stieb 4/2/2014
Sound the Alarm: The return of the legendary Booker T.

Sound the Alarm: The return of the legendary Booker T.

Music: An architect of Memphis soul when he was still a teenager, Booker T. Jones has been churning out Hammond M-3 and B-3 hits for over a half a... By Matt Stieb 4/2/2014
Miguel Zenón Excels as Cultural Ambassador

Miguel Zenón Excels as Cultural Ambassador

Music: Just last month, Grammy-nominated jazz musician and composer Miguel Zenón brought the music of Louis Armstrong to the small mountain... By M. Solís 4/2/2014
Jerry Jeff Walker for the Uninitiated

Jerry Jeff Walker for the Uninitiated

Music: Probably the best and worst job I ever had was as a bellhop at the Driskill Hotel in Austin: smeared shit all over the suite walls, leftover blow on the... By D.T. Buffkin 4/2/2014
D.T. Buffkin on Merle Haggard, Race and Every Song Ever Written

D.T. Buffkin on Merle Haggard, Race and Every Song Ever Written

Music: If you are not familiar with Jimmie Rodgers, or the “Blue Yodeler” or the “Singing Brakeman,” you’re probably a son of a bitch. He is considered the... By D.T. Buffkin 3/26/2014
Creatura Rising: Far-out local psych-rockers celebrate debut EP

Creatura Rising: Far-out local psych-rockers celebrate debut EP

Music: San Antonio’s own Creatura, a power-packing psych-rock quintet led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Divina (aka Emma Felicia), has developed... By James Courtney 3/26/2014
Leon Russell Rides off on His ‘Final Journey’ High in the Seat

Leon Russell Rides off on His ‘Final Journey’ High in the Seat

Music: Leon Russell wasn’t exactly lost, but thanks to Elton John, he’s been rediscovered. After their collaboration on 2010’s The Union, the... By Chris Parker 3/26/2014
Del Reignites Futuristic Collaboration Deltron 3030 at the Korova

Del Reignites Futuristic Collaboration Deltron 3030 at the Korova

Music: Del the Funky Homosapien is a true hip-hop lifer. After releasing the star-studded Deltron 3030 album Event 2 last year with collaborators Kid Koala and Dan... By James Courtney 3/19/2014
3 Can’t-Miss Acts for Maverick Music Festival Friday

3 Can’t-Miss Acts for Maverick Music Festival Friday

Music: Rejoice! In its sophomore year, Maverick Music Festival offers San Antonio its first national-caliber independent music fest. And with 40 acts over... By Matt Stieb 3/19/2014
12 Critics’ Picks for Maverick Music Festival Saturday

12 Critics’ Picks for Maverick Music Festival Saturday

Music: Lonely Horse: We’ve written quite a bit about this much-buzzed local duo, but with talent this expansive and hearts this pure, it’s impossible... By James Courtney and J.D. Swerzenski 3/19/2014
SXSW 2014 Wrap-up: 5 Favorite Acts

SXSW 2014 Wrap-up: 5 Favorite Acts

Music: Though it was still a stellar, predominantly free week to experience the latest and greatest in the game, the bloated spectacle of this year’s South By... By Matt Stieb 3/19/2014
Freedom Jazz: Arturo Sandoval brings his legendary trumpet skills to SA

Freedom Jazz: Arturo Sandoval brings his legendary trumpet skills to SA

Music: In the fall of 2013, Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest award granted to civilians. “It’s a huge honor... By Matt Stieb 3/19/2014
Washed Out Wants You to Use Your Imagination

Washed Out Wants You to Use Your Imagination

Music: Born and raised in sleepy south Georgia, Greene sought to counteract the dominant musical forces of his childhood, the Southern rock icons that ruled the... By Matt Stieb 3/19/2014
Maverick Music Festival Saturday Picks

Maverick Music Festival Saturday Picks

Music: Though Maverick draws from a deep pool of national talent, the festival also serves as a gathering call for some of the best acts the 210 has to offer... By Matt Stieb 3/19/2014
YACHT’s Tech-Savvy Dance Punk

YACHT’s Tech-Savvy Dance Punk

Music: As the sun heats up in the mid-afternoon, don’t expect YACHT to wilt in the incipient spring heat. No strangers to Texas, the duo of Jona Bechtolt... By Matt Stieb 3/19/2014