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The Bizarre Ride of Kickback Sundays, Part 2

It's March 2012. The freewheeling atmosphere of South by Southwest has Kickback Sundays co-founder Teresa Waldon's spirits high. It's been months since she and partner Suzie Rivera had ended Kickback Sunday's first season and cancelled its supposed return, yet her emotions towards her "baby" haven't wavered.


The Bizarre Ride of Kickback Sundays, Part 1

She moves around Austin, keeping tabs on every artist who affectionately calls her "Mama T" and especially her own artist, UZOY. After a meeting during a Warner Bros. showcase and exchanging pleasantries, she clutches onto her beanie, anxious to remove it. After some urging from myself, she does, revealing that most of her hair, a once-black sheen that draped past her ears is now gone -- the victim of chemotherapy and radiation from the removal of a cancerous mass.

"I'm almost done," she says. "Doctor says I'm almost cancer-free."

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Brandon Caldwell has been writing about music and news for the Houston Press since 2011. His work has also appeared in Complex, Noisey, the Village Voice & more.
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