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Music, All Shook Down We Asked Texan Dream-Pop Trio, Pale Dian, 14 Random Questions Because Why Not?

We Asked Texan Dream-Pop Trio, Pale Dian, 14 Random Questions Because Why Not?

Dreamy, hazy, and soaked in reverb: that's how I'd describe Austin, Tex. trio Pale Dian. The dark pop band dropped its debut album, Narrow Birth, on June 3, and it's filled with smoky, shoegaze tunes that stand out thanks…
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Dining, SFoodie Wednesday Eleven: A Blizzard of Dairy Queens Is Coming!

Wednesday Eleven: A Blizzard of Dairy Queens Is Coming!

Bar San Pancho Opens Joe…
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Dining, SFoodie Wednesday Nine: Kevin Schuder's Vegan Pop-Up Series, The Open Letter Epidemic Worsens

Wednesday Nine: Kevin Schuder's Vegan Pop-Up Series, The Open Letter Epidemic Worsens

Kevin Schuder Starts Vegan Feastly Pop-Ups Via Eater, Kevin Schuder (formerly of Citizen Fox) will launch…
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Music, All Shook Down Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of <i> Black Sheep Boy </i>

Recreating a Masterpiece: Rock Band Okkervil River Celebrates the Ten-Year Anniversary of Black Sheep Boy

Black Sheep Boy, the third album from Austin, Texas indie-rock band Okkervil River is a tempestuous, inclement creation—or, one might say, a recording born under black clouds. It is unquestionably forlorn, and Will Sheff, the band’s founder and frontman,…
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Music, All Shook Down Premiere: Plunge Into Al Lover's Trippy New Beat Album <i>Zodiak Versions</i>

Premiere: Plunge Into Al Lover's Trippy New Beat Album Zodiak Versions

For the last six years, Al Lover has lived in the Inner Richmond, working days at Rooky Ricardo's Records in Lower Haight and dropping psychedelic, lyric-less albums in his free time. But that happy paradigm is soon to be…
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Calendar, Night&Day Zest for Life

Zest for Life

The idea for the newest art show at SOMA's Alter Space came during a walk through the neighborhood. "I came across the signage 'Everyday Deals!"' says founder and head curator Kevin Krueger. "This strange idea morphed into Everyday Zeal;…
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Dining, Fresh Eats Q&A With Nopa's Wine Director Lulu McAllister

Q&A With Nopa's Wine Director Lulu McAllister

Lulu McAllister's curiosity has led her to establish her own ice cream food cart in San Diego, work on a farm in Hawaii, and cover the music scene as a journalist in Austin. She eventually directed her inquiring mind towards…
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Music, Hear This Mother Falcon: Show Preview

Mother Falcon: Show Preview

Logistics-wise, life as a touring band can't be too easy, since any successful group has to repeatedly accommodate the needs of multiple people at once. With 22 members — a number that constantly fluctuates based on need and availability —…
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Film, "Love and Air Sex": Bros Can't Stop True Amour

"Love and Air Sex": Bros Can't Stop True Amour

Bryan Poyser's Love and Air Sex is simultaneously a thoughtful comedy about the difficulty of moving on after a breakup, and a travelogue of Austin's hipster scene. Much of the action takes place in and around Austin's legendary Alamo Drafthouse…
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Laughter, the Best Medicine

Beloved Austin raconteur Owen Egerton has been wooed by big players in Los Angeles: He's done screenplays for Fox, Warner, and Disney; the WB is currently developing his novel The Book of Harold into a show about a suburban…
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Music, Hear This Black Joe Lewis: Show Preview

Black Joe Lewis: Show Preview

Austin outfit Black Joe Lewis has been refining its pugilistic mix of horn-heavy soul and vintage garage-rock for the better part of the past decade. Gruff-voiced guitar-slinger Joe Lewis nodded more to the Otis Redding/James Brown school of retro-soul on…
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Music, Hear This The Blind Shake: Show Preview

The Blind Shake: Show Preview

Thee Oh Sees main man John Dwyer has put together what is sure to be one of the sweatiest, most beer-soaked package tours to storm across the country this fall. Besides the beloved S.F. garage-psych maestros and Austin punks the…
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Music, Hear This Junior Brown: Show Preview

Junior Brown: Show Preview

Armed with blinding guitar skills, bone-dry wit, and a deep baritone voice, Austin-based country institution Junior Brown has been entertaining audiences across the globe for decades. He got his start in the '60s, playing guitar and lap steel in New…
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Music, Hear This Ume: Show Preview

Ume: Show Preview

Thus far, eating grilled chicken testicles on television hasn't signified the arrival of a viable new band, but hey, Ume could change all that. The Austin outfit (whose name is pronounced "ooh-may") hung out with professional foodie Anthony Bourdain during…
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Dining, Eat SOMA StrEat Food Park: The Ultimate Restaurant Mash-Up

SOMA StrEat Food Park: The Ultimate Restaurant Mash-Up

The modern restaurant didn't just spring into being, fully formed — even something so basic as bringing individual plates to the table in courses, known in the industry as service à la russe, was itself a disruptive dining model when…
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Music, Defenders of the Blues: Why We Still Need the Black Keys

Defenders of the Blues: Why We Still Need the Black Keys

White people can't play the blues. Granted, some black people can't play it, either. But most new blues these days is played by white people — talented Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., is one obvious exception — and most blues…
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Music, Hear This Run DMT: Show Preview

Run DMT: Show Preview

Run DMT is afoot. The Austin-based duo of John D. Robbins and Chris Parson is known for producing fun, bass-driven, sample-laced music. Charting heavily on Beatport, Run DMT has made a name for itself with DJs and bass-based artists alike…
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Calendar, Night&Day Why We Still Need the Black Keys

Why We Still Need the Black Keys

White people can't play the blues. Granted, some black people can't play it, either. But most new blues these days is played by white people — talented Austin guitarist Gary Clark, Jr., is one obvious exception — and most blues…
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Music, All Shook Down How to Get Through SXSW Without Dying

How to Get Through SXSW Without Dying

Yes, music lovers, it's that time of year once more where we pack our party shoes into our well-worn cases and fly off to Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest music "conference." (Really, people? Conference? If everyone was being…
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Music, Hear This The Strange Boys: Show Preview

The Strange Boys: Show Preview

The Strange Boys will sow at least some confusion — and probably a lot of it — by naming their third studio album Live Music. The title refers not to music performed in person, but rather being present in the…
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