Austin (Texas)

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    November 20, 2014

    Doc's Motorworks Westheimer Offers Quality Bar Food and Drink in a Unique Venue

    Doc's, a small chain started in Austin with three locations, has expanded to Houston. Last night, there was a soft opening at Doc's Motorworks Westheimer with food, drinks and a staff ready to answer questions about their new restaurant. The decor was labeled as a "DYI" aesthetic: Much of the bar' ... More >>

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    October 16, 2014

    David Keck Pours Oregon Wines at Treadsack's Kipper Club This Saturday

    Keeper Collection, the Austin-based food and wine society, is taking its popular "Wine Ride" across Texas for the first time, including its first event in Houston this weekend. As part of a three-city, weekend-long series of tastings, the group will be hosting an Oregon wine tasting event at the K ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    How Austin City Limits Went From TV Show to Blockbuster Brand

    It's shaping up to be a big weekend for Austin City Limits. First, the landmark PBS television show that began taping episodes on the top floor of Building B in UT-Austin's College of Communications in 1975 salutes its 40-year history with a two-hour special full of past performances. Airing tomorro ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014

    Guns, Fine. But Why Do You Need a Silencer?

    The Texas International Firearms Festival is coming to Austin the weekend of August 8. Of course, we are no strangers to fun shows round here. There is one in the Houston area practically every weekend. There, dealers and manufacturers ply their wares and provide educational programs for fellow enth ... More >>

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    May 9, 2014

    Pachanga Fest: A Latino-Music Spread Worth Driving West

    For anyone who loves music, it would be a dream come true if some of your favorite bands accepted an invitation to play a show in your backyard. Throw in a variety of delicious food, cold drinks and a handful of your family and friends, and you might stumble upon the creation of a pachanga, which me ... More >>

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    February 3, 2014

    The Black and White Years at Fitzgerald's, 1/31/2014

    The Black and White Years, BLSHS Fitzgerald's January 31, 2014 They say in the business that it's all about who you know, and that couldn't have been truer for Austin art-rockers The Black and White Years. One day you're playing a sparsely attended gig in your hometown and some stranger walks in to ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Winging It: Houston Gets Its First Pluckers

    If you love wings, TVs and cheap drinks, you'll be happy to learn that Pluckers Wing Bar has landed in Houston. While it's the concept's first location in the Bayou City, the company has 14 other spots scattered throughout the Austin area, where it began, and in Dallas and Baton Rouge. I got a g ... More >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Reckless Kelly: "You Don't Want to Play the Same Songs"

    If you're one of the people jumping on that "Austin isn't cool anymore" bandwagon, you probably don't want to mention that to brothers Willy and Cody Braun of Reckless Kelly. The band will be roaring into Houston Friday night to push their latest album, Long Night Moon, which dropped last week. It's ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Telecaster Master Bill Kirchen Is Down to Seeds and Stems Again

    Bill Kirchen, the warhorse guitar virtuoso behind some of the most familiar licks on the planet, comes to Mucky Duck Thursday to preview his latest album, Seeds and Stems, which was released June 18. Kirchen first made musical waves with his cowboy crazoids band Commander Cody and the Lost Planet Ai ... More >>

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    July 1, 2013

    Filibuster Superwoman: Musicians, DJs and Artists Who #standwithwendy

    There are times when snarky blogs about the state of the music industry seem wildly out of touch. This would be one of those times. Another special session convenes today in Austin, with the Texas Legislature's agenda scheduled to address Senate Bill 5, which would virtually eliminate access to abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    The Revolutions Will Not Be Televised: Ten Things We Learned About the Internet During the Wendy Davis Filibuster

    At one point during Senator Wendy Davis's marathon filibuster yesterday, the hashtag #StandWithWendy started to go viral. By the end of the night, it was trending worldwide along with a number of other related words, phrases and hashtags. Just before midnight, more than 180,000 people were viewing t ... More >>

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    May 13, 2013

    Yee-Haw! Arlington, Fort Worth Make "Most Redneck Cities" List

    Arlington and Fort Worth are two of the ten most "redneck" cities in the country, according to a highly scientific study by a California-based real estate blog called Movoto. Contributing blogger Natalie Grigson, an Austin native who boasts of her hometown's "open-mindedness," selected the cities ... More >>

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    April 10, 2013

    Austin Is Overrated, Try Houston Instead, Says Most Insightful Travel Writer To Ever Grace The Web

    We -- to be frank -- had absolutely no idea who David Landsel was...until we opened an e-mail to discover that he is the single most insightful, knowledgeable, trenchant and trustworthy travel writer to ever be on the web. Why he has no multi-platform empire of his own -- why he's not the Martha St ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Big Boys: Texas Punk Pioneers Find a Fresh Towel With LP Reissue

    Big Boys, the hugely influential Texas punk band that, among other things, inspired two Austin music festivals, have been getting some big press lately thanks to the reissue of their first full LP earlier this month. Industry Standard/Where's My Towel, a record born from Big Boys' frustrations with ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    The Complete SXSW Overflow Festival 2013 Guide: Week 2, Part 1

    Ready for another week of the SXSW Overflow Festival 2013 at Super Happy Fun Land? Check out the first half of the second week's musical acts! MONDAY, MARCH 18 Embers in Ashes: Their single, "Then You Came," connects a metallic, thrashing chorus to a surprising series of mildly sung verses. 6 p.m. ... More >>

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    March 14, 2013

    Sad You Aren't at SXSW? Here's What You Could Be Missing...

    Awwwww, I know it is a shame you aren't here with us at SXSW in Austin. I can only imagine the aching and longing in your heart for walking aimlessly and standing in long lines for no reason, and sweating through your cardigan to see a band you heard on one of the Twilight soundtracks. You don't w ... More >>

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    March 11, 2013

    Houston Bands Prepare to Invade SXSW

    Starting this coming weekend, a slew (yes, a slew) of Houston bands will be invading Austin to take part in SXSW's official and unofficial revelry. Grandfather Child, Electric Attitude, Something Fierce, Bagheera and many others will be playing free day parties, showcases and pop-up festivals. Rec ... More >>

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    February 21, 2013
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    January 25, 2013

    Artopia's Bagheera: "Dance Music For People Who Give a Damn About Dance Music"

    Bagheera's Aidan Kennedy has opened for M83's Anthony Gonzalez in Austin and warmed up the crowd before a Halloween 2012 Ghostland Observatory gig at Warehouse Live. Now, his group takes on the Houston Press' Artopia party. Rewind: Bang Bangz: A Rare Houston Band Brimming With Mystery When Kenne ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Houston Turns In Lackluster Performance For Speed Rack 2013

    Speed Rack is a series of cocktail competitions that raise funds for cancer research. This year, proceeds are going to SHARE Cancer Support, a support organization for women with breast or ovarian cancer. Last year, Houston's lady bartenders really shined in the competition. The high-speed cocktai ... More >>

  • Music

    January 10, 2013

    The Great Outdoors

    Your 2013 music-festival outlook, Texas edition.

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    December 6, 2012
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    November 8, 2012

    SXSW Releases First Batch of 2013 Performers

    Here go hell come, SXSW has just released the first batch of names for the 2013 festival. I know, only a week after Fun Fun Fun Fest and a month since ACL. Did you see the FPSF blog from earlier today? Yeah, time is moving too fast. The big names on the list so far include the Zombies, Alt-J, Akro ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    Last Night: Ghostland Observatory at Warehouse Live

    Ghostland Observatory Warehouse Live October 25, 2012 Lasers. Costumes. Queen-like flights of fancy. Ominous, incredibly sassy beats. Lasers. A steadfast, almost militant, devotion to shaking your ass. And more lasers. No one will ever accuse Austin's Ghostland Observatory of ever putting on anyt ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012
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    October 19, 2012

    Talking to James Moody, Co-Captain of HMS Fun Fun Fun Fest

    In Texas, only a few major music festivals cater to the punk and indie subcultures. Houston's own Free Press Summer Fest, Chaos In Tejas, 35 Denton, maybe the free and freaky day parties of SXSW, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, put on by Transmission Entertainment in Austin. REWIND: Fun Fun Fun Fest Releas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    UT Bomb Threat About Over, Classes May Resume (UPDATED, No Classes Today)

    An unusual morning in Austin seems to be coming to a calm end. Students and staff received the above warning today after the University of Texas says it got several calls featuring "a middle eastern accent" warning of bombs on campus and connections to Al-Quaeda. Students mostly milled about the D ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    The 5 Best Shows In Houston This Week: Rosie Flores, Otep, Mission of Burma, Etc.

    Rosie Flores, the Austin-based "Rockabilly Filly" and onetime L.A. cowpunk scenester who played the Continental Club with Mike Stinson in late July, circles back around to celebrate her birthday Tuesday at KPFT's monthy free-show series "Troubador Tuesdays" at Natachee's Supper & Punch. Back then, ... More >>

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    August 20, 2012

    Robert Plant: Former Honeydrippers Front Man, Current Texan Is 64 Today

    Today is Robert Plant's 64th birthday, and hopefully the adopted Texan -- he lives near Austin with maybe-sorta-"wife" Patty Griffin -- is spending it the way a good Texan should, covered in barbecue sauce, listening to Lightnin' Hopkins on his turntable and wearing nothing but a pair of cowboy boot ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    ACL Festival Expanding to 2 Weekends In 2013

    Rewind: Five years of Rocks Off ACL Fest coverage The Austin American-Statesman is reporting that the Austin City Limits Music Festival will expand to two weekends starting next year, echoing California's Coachella, which presented identical lineups on successive Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Keep on Truckin': Chi'Lantro BBQ

    Chi'Lantro BBQ is a Korean Mexican fusion truck -- the name is the combination of two of the most important ingredients in the two cuisines, kimchi and cilantro, respectively. The truck started in Austin and came to Houston at the beginning of this year. My first encounter with Chi'Lantro was in Aus ... More >>

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    August 13, 2012

    Brent Grulke, SXSW Music Creative Director, Dies of Heart Attack

    Brent Grulke, a former Austin Chronicle music writer and editor who rose to the head of SXSW's Music division, died Monday in Austin. The cause of death was a heart attack following oral surgery, wrote Raoul Hernandez, one of Grulke's successor as the paper's Music Editor, on the Chronicle's Web si ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    '90s Rock Doc "When We Ruled H-Town" Premieres Tonight

    Remember the '90s? When it comes to Houston's rock scene, a lot of people don't. Sure, local bands were drawing large crowds to venues like the Axiom, the Vatican and the Unicorn, but much of the music of that era never made it outside the Beltway, and those clubs have been closed down for decades. ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 8, 2012

    Why the HELL Does Houston Not Have an Emergency-Preparedness Flash-Mob Song Like Austin?

    Once again, Austin has out-hipped us. We get all the emergency situations they do -- plus hurricanes. But which city has got the skillz to put on a flash mob and write about these things? (Hint: Not Houston.) From tornadoes to dirty bombs and bioterrorism, dancing will solve the problem, it seems, ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Six Stupid Reasons to Move to Austin, a Mediocre Town

    Some mewling mouth-breather named Ed Reed on a blog called Thought Catalog has fallen in love with Austin and listed off six reasons why more Yankees and Californians should move there and join him. And of course, there's an obligatory, misinformed slam on Houston, but more on that later... He say ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Houston: More Hipster-Friendly than Salt Lake City and Dallas, At Least

    Earlier this month Travel and Leisure asked their readers to rank 35 American cities on the quantity and quality of their live music scenes, coffeehouses, microbrews, and independent boutiques. They also asked their readers to quantify more ineffable qualities such as the quirkiness of a city and h ... More >>

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    March 14, 2012

    Rocks Off's SXSW Survival Tips & Tricks

    If you're like us, you've been counting down the days to South By Southwest for months. You've gone over the line ups as they've been announced, watched twitter feeds spring back to life after 11 months of silence, and followed the rumors about all the big names heading to Austin. You've probably m ... More >>

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    March 12, 2012

    The Best (Fake) SXSW 2012 Rumors So Far

    It happens every year: an errant rumor turns Austin and SXSW upside down for a few hours or even days, leading to mass hysteria, mild apathy, and sometimes sadness. At my first SXSW in 2001, I got a "hot tip" that the Beastie Boys were going to join Mix Master Mike at La Zona Rosa for a secret show, ... More >>

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    March 9, 2012

    9 Cool & Cheap Things To Do This Weekend

    Dozens of local rock, blues, jazz, folk and jam acts take over Dan Electro's Guitar Bar in the Heights for the completely free annual South by Due East festival, tonight through Monday. Door times are 5 p.m. Tonight and Monday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. DJ duo Ceeplus Bad Knives and Mr. Castillo ... More >>

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    March 7, 2012

    Nationally Acclaimed Coreano's Food Truck Has Landed in Houston

    Coreano's food truck's overwhelmingly tasty offerings made their first Bayou City appearance on Saturday, March 3. The restaurant on wheels, which offers an exciting hybrid of Korean and Mexican ingredients and cooking styles, was recently named the No. 1 food truck in Texas and No. 8 in the nation ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    Mess With Texas Festival Returns To Mess With SXSW

    Mess With Texas, Austin's antidote to the crowds of badge-holders clogging the streets and the mile-long lines coming out of showcases during South By Southwest, has returned for 2012 with a lengthy lineup for three days of music, March 15th, 16th, and 17th. This year the festival will be located at ... More >>

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    February 2, 2012
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    January 26, 2012
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    January 13, 2012

    Bartender Chat: Curtis Cunningham of Onion Creek

    This week we went over to the Heights to visit neighborhood coffee joint, eatery and bar Onion Creek, one of our favorite spots to perch on a picnic table in the sun and enjoy a good, dark brew, whether it's coffee or beer. Since they're open from 7 a.m. till late, it's good for breakfast, lunch or ... More >>

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    January 13, 2012

    Balaclavas Sets Out On The Road Again For The Decadent West Coast

    Photos by Allison WagonerBalaclavas last July at the Mink​There are tiny bone chips in my right elbow because of a curb in Austin, my inability to maneuver a children's bicycle down a steep hill, and inherent humanity. Back at SXSW '09 on the way to see Balaclavas play their showcase, I smashe ... More >>

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    December 22, 2011
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    November 1, 2011

    This Just In: SXSW Announces First Round Of 2012 Showcasing Bands, Including Fat Tony and Something Fierce

    Photo By Marco TorresFat Tony at a day show at SXSW '11​Sweet lord, it's not even Thanksgiving yet and South By Southwest is making us excited for March in Austin already. Today the industry festival announced a few bands coming to the capitol city next year, and a few Houston names and Rocks ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Gimme Some Truth: What Happens When Rabid Fans & Bands Meet

    ​We have all been there. You may have had a few drinks, you are at your favorite band's show, and you come to find yourself in the vicinity of one of your heroes. Word vomit. Torrential word vomit. But you mean well. "I really think youse guys is great and your albums really means a lots to ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    What "Exhaustion" & Other Cancellation Excuses REALLY Mean​Shit happens. It's a fact of life. We're willing to bet that every single person reading this blog has at one time taken a sick day or left work unexpectedly due to an emergency of some kind. And while we may see them as rock gods, musicians are people too, susceptible to the same h ... More >>

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