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Spoon's "They Want My Soul," out Aug. 5, 2014 on Loma Vista.

Listen: Spoon's new album now streaming on iTunes

The latest from Austin indie rock royalty Spoon, "They Want My Soul," hits stores Tuesday, but you can give it a listen now.


Friday music picks

Beardyman at Red 7, Ray LaMontagne at Long Center, Black Label Society at Emo's, and more.

Scene report: Counting Crows

During a two-hour set at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Wednesday night, Counting Crows performed a hodgepodge of songs spanning 20 years for a sold-out crowd.

Big Freedia

Stargayzer Festival

Gay-friendly music event scheduled for Sept. 12-14  moves downtown, announces daily headliners.

Watch: ACL Fest artist Lana del Rey releases 'Ultraviolence' video

Lana del Rey, modern music's preeminent purveyor of vaguely sad numbness and one of ACL Fest 2014's main attractions, has released the video for the title track off her album "Ultraviolence.

A Giant Dog

Thursday music picks

A Giant Dog at Mohawk, US the Duo at Emo's, The Manifest Electric at Cactus Cafe, and more.

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Eminem and Skrillex

This week's playlist: Making tough choices at ACL Fest

The schedule for Austin City Limits Festival 2014 is out. Now comes the hard part. As Deborah Sengupta Stith wrote Tuesday, there's very little staggering of sets this year, with most acts leaving the starting gate at the same time on their respective stages.

Steve Martin

Help from his friends

Paul Simon joined Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers at the Long Center. | Photos

Wall Beatles signed on “Ed Sullivan Show” up for auction

Beatles Month in August at Center for Spiritual Living

A handful of Austin musicians will play Beatles songs as part of the Sunday services at the Center for Spiritual Living throughout the month of August in the Center's 13th annual Beatles Month event.

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Micky & the Motorcars Album Cover

On The Record: Micky & the Motorcars

OUT THIS WEEK Micky & the Motorcars, “Hearts From Above”: Ten years and a half-dozen albums into their run as one of the mainstays on the Texas country-rock roadhouse circuit, this outfit led by “the other Braun Brothers” – the ones not in higher-profile act Reckless Kelly – stand fully on their own merits with “Hearts From Above.

Tori Amos

Wednesday music picks

Tori Amos at the Long Center, Austin Sound & Cinema, Radney Foster at Waterloo, and more.


ACL schedule standoff

There'll be fewer staggered starts for shows at the Austin City Limits Festival this year.

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ACL Fest day two, weekend two

Shakey Graves debuts new single, announces headline tour

Local folk-rock tour de force Alejandro Rose-Garcia a.k.a. Shakey Graves debuted a new single "Dearly Departed" on Esquire today.

Steve Poltz

Tuesday music picks

Steve Poltz at Strange Brew, Peter Murphy at the Belmont, Alejandro Escovedo at Continental, more.

Rogê brings Brazilian flavor to Flamingo Cantina

Sixth Street was unusually quiet at 11 p.m. on Saturday night. Traffic heading Downtown was light. Crowds were entirely manageable.

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Riders Against the Storm

Monday music picks

The Wine Down with Riders Against the Storm at ACL Live, Dale Watson at Waterloo, and more.


Sunday music picks

Benise at One World Theatre, King Buzzo at Red 7, Last Splash Swim Club at W, and more.

Hard Working Americans

Saturday music picks

Hard Working Americans at Stubb's, Rogê at Flamingo Cantina, Coathangers at Red 7, and more.

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Giveaway: Fall Out Boy and Paramore at Austin360 Amphitheater

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER! THANKS FOR PLAYING. It’s time to grab your Hot Topic shirt and party like it’s 2007: Pop punk mainstays Fall Out Boy and Paramore are coming to the Austin360 Amphitheater on Aug.

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GOBI hosts 'Born to Dance' party at Stubb's on Friday

Self-described "indie dance rap" band GOBI invites your to shake it up at the release party for "Born to Dance" at Stubb's on Friday.

Ray Benson

Music Under the Star

Ray Benson & MilkDrive and the Jason Roberts Band at Bullock Museum on Friday.

Chris "Zumbi" Richards

360 Summer Mixtape: Chris 'Zumbi' Richards

The mercury is rising. The streets are sizzling and the city has settled into a slightly slower groove.

From left: Future Islands, Parquet Courts, Against Me!

This Week's Playlist: Our favorite songs of 2014 (so far)

Before you ask: No, these are not the best songs of 2014. They're just some songs that we really, really like.

Rolling Stones cancel tour dates after death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend

Eminem, Skrillex beat Outkast, Beck, Pearl Jam to an ACL Fest sell out

Single-day tickets for both Saturdays of ACL Fest 2014 have sold out. Saturday's lineup features rapper Eminem, dub-step artist Skrillex and music industry construct Lana Del Rey.

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Giveaway: !!! at Red 7



Thursday music picks

Kawehi at Empire Patio, Amanda Shires at Cactus Cafe, !!! and Wild Moccasins at Red 7, more.

John Legend plays to the lover in all of us

John Legend plays to the lover in all of us

At exactly 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday a pair of warm spotlights went up on a string quartet stationed at the side of the stage at the Cedar Park Center spinning gorgeous textural sound.

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Giveaway: Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour The King of Pop is coming to Austin. Don't fret - it's not a zombie apocalypse or a hologram performance; it's the Cirque du Soleil production, Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour.

Black Angels release new video for "The Flop"

As Peter Blackstock noted in this week's On The Record, the Black Angels have a new EP "Clear Lake Forest" out today.

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Watch: A grand "MacArthur Park" with Jimmy Webb on Letterman

David Letterman is hardly going gently into that good night; on the contrary, he seems driven to make the final year of his long-running CBS show something special.

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Dan Dyer

Wednesday music picks

Dan Dyer, Adam Ahrens and Jazz Mills at Lamberts, KGSR's Blues on the Green, and more.

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Kelley Mickwee

On The Record: Aaron Behrens, Kelley Mickwee

IN THE NEWS Beyond Ghostland: The self-titled debut EP of Ghostland Observatory singer Aaron Behrens’ new project, the Midnight Stroll, is set for a Sept.

Planner, July 7: New books, records and movies coming up this month

Jenny Lewis previews 'The Voyager' on NPR

It's been a long wait for fans of indie-pop singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis, whose last solo album came out in 2008.

John Legend

Tuesday music picks

John Legend at Cedar Park Center, Sabbath Crow at Red , Bad Blood at Holy Mountain, more.

Nick Cave delivers one of the best Austin City Limits performances of all time

Review: Nick Cave

Nick Cave delivered one of the best Austin City Limits performances of all time.

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Spoon releases new video for 'Do You'

Indie rockers Spoon debut the video for the lead single "Do You" off their upcoming release "They Want My Soul" this morning.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow

Monday music picks

A Sunny Day in Glasgow with Villettes, Wildfires at Mohawk  and Mystery Monday at El Mercado.

The Antlers

Sunday music picks

The Antlers and Thus Owls at the Parish, Boston, Night Ranger at Cedar Park Center, and more.

Austin, and dog Shakti, are the Mastersons’ good luck charms

Saturday music picks

The Mastersons at Stubb's, Ed Hall, Bangaar at North Door, Chevelle at Emo's, and more.

Tish Hinojosa

Friday music picks

Tish Hinojosa and Carrie Rodriguez at the Bullock, 10,000 Maniacs at One World, and more.

A-List photos from Fun Fun Fun Fest Aqua Olympics at Fiesta Gardens, 8.03.13

Win Fun Fun Fun Fest passes at the 2014 Aqua Olympics on August 2

Maybe you're unable to shell out the cash for a Fun Fun Fun Fest pass, but you have a strange knack for potato sack races.

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Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter, legendary Texas blues guitarist, dies at 70

Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, a native of Beaumont who performed often at 1960s and '70s-era Austin venues such as the Vulcan Gas Company and Armadillo World Headquarters, died Wednesday at a hotel room in Zurich, his publicist confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday morning.

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On The Record: Spoon, Fauntleroys, Lucinda Williams, Robyn Ludwick

IN THE NEWS Spoon’s “Vinyl Gratification” : To spark pre-orders for next month’s “They Want My Soul” on the Loma Vista label, Austin indie rock band Spoon provided select record stores around the country with a limited batch of 10-inch vinyl records containing three new songs.


Austin noise rock titans Cherubs to record, release first album in 20 years

Increasingly legendary Austin noise rockers Cherubs are slated to enter the studio this summer to record their first new material in 20 years.

Shakey Graves

Thursday music picks

Hill Country Conservancy benefit with Shakey Graves at Stubb's, Larry at Parish, and more.


Blues off the Green again

It’s strike two for Shinyribs and Tameca Jones in their efforts to play the Wednesday series.

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Los Angeles band Kitten

Review: Buzz band Kitten goes wild at Stubb's

Chloe Chaidez has the energy of Tina Turner and the precision of the Tasmanian Devil. That sums up everything the lead singer of Los Angeles buzz band Kitten did at Stubb’s on Tuesday night — the spirit was unflaggingly willing, but the flesh sometimes just a tad weak.

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Alice Cooper sets the stage, and Motley Crue mostly delivers at Cedar Park show

Curse words are hardly shocking when spit by Motley Crue, but when the F-word in question is a sworn farewell, there is suddenly cause for alarm (or celebration if you’re so inclined).

Pearl Jam

ACL Fest reminder: Single-day tickets on sale Wednesday

Three-day passes for both weekends of the Austin City Limits Music Festival sold out earlier this month, but a limited number of single-day passes go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.

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National Ice Cream Month

Playlist: Ice Cream Month

It's National Ice Cream Month: Cool down with sweet, creamy jams from Kelis, Pharrell and more.

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Henry + The Invisibles

Wednesday music picks: Austin Sound and Cinema, Blues on the Green

[UPDATE: Blues on the Green with Shinyribs and Tameca Jones has been postponed until Aug. 13 because of wet grounds.


Tuesday music picks

Kitten at Stubb's inside, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper at Cedar Park Center, and more.

Golden Porta Potty

What was ACL Fest missing? A Golden Porta Potty, apparently

I mean, I think most people would have been satisfied with better cell service but sure, this is cool, too: Music fans with champagne wishes and caviar dreams can now enter Austin City Limits Festival's latest contest, a chance to win 10 single day tickets plus 10 private passes for the festival's new Golden Porta Potty.

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Latasha Lee

Monday music pick

Soulstress Latasha Lee and her retro rockin’ backup band the Black Ties at The Wine Down at ACL Live.

A-List: Kiss with Def Leppard at Austin360 Amphitheater

Review: Kiss & Def Leppard at the Austin360 Amphitheater

Months ago, when I asked my charming bride if she would like to see Kiss at the Austin360 Amphitheater Saturday (OK, I sort of told her we were going), her reply was: "Please take somebody else.

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Sunday music picks

Curren$y at Mohawk, Second Sunday sockhop at White Horse, Red Hot Hootenanny, and more.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Saturday music picks

Old Crow Medicine Show at Nutty Brown, Mellowfest at Empire, Drakulas at Holy Mountain, more.

Marissa Nadler brings dark folk sound back to Austin

When dark folk singer Marissa Nadler last played Austin during South by Southwest 2007, she was situated between a slew of metal acts including Oxbow, Boris, Zoroaster and former Melvins bassist Mark Deutrom.

The Warren Hood Band: From left, Emily Gimble (piano), Warren Hood (violin) and Willie Pipkin (electric guitar)

Asleep at the Wheel welcomes Emily Gimble aboard

“Emily Gimble’s last show before joining Asleep at the Wheel!” That’s the tagline on the Continental Club’s website promoting a July 18 show with the Warren Hood Band.

Dal Watson The Truckin' Sessions Trilogy

On The Record: Local releases this month

JULY 8 Dale Watson, “The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy” (Red River): This three-disc set collects Watson’s first two “Truckin’ Sessions” discs (released in 1998 and 2009) and adds a third batch of new tracks, with titles such as “I Live on Truckin’ Time,” “Birmingham Breakdown” and “Lugnut Larry.

Roky Erickson

Friday music picks

Roky Erickson, Shiva's Headband Experience at Bullock, The Well at Lost Well, and more.

Music Video Race rolls into Austin in September

Bands and film crews, start your engines: The Music Video Race is coming to Austin. Launched a couple years ago in San Francisco, this event, in which teams create music videos in a three-day weekend and then show them at a premiere the following weekend, is branching out to Austin and Los Angeles this year.

DJ Orión

360 Summer Mixtape: DJ Orión

As the mercury rises, the streets start to sizzle and the city settles into a slightly slower groove, we present the 360 Summer Mixtape.

Lionel Richie

Thursday music picks

Lionel Richie, Cee-Lo Green at Austin360 Amphitheater, Total Unicorn at Hotel Vegas, and more.

This week's playlist

Stuck In the Middle

In honor of making it to the middle of the year, we gladly present this week's playlist.

Girls Rock Austin is going to an Indiegogo

Girls Rock Austin is raising funds for need-based camp scholarhips and musical equipment with a new crowdfunding campaign via Indiegogo.

Modest Mouse

Fun Fun Fun changes

Modest Mouse and Murder City Devils have been added to the Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup.

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Wednesday music picks

Summerland Tour with Everclear at ACL Live, Grupo Fantasma at Blues on the Green, and more.


Tuesday music pick

Speak celebrate the release of  'Pedals' with a free in-store performance at Waterloo Records.

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Peru’s chicha music comes back

Border Sessions series seeks to revitalize Symphony Square

A new concert series that aims to bring life to Symphony Square, a widely unused outdoor amphitheater located at 1101 Red River St.

DJ Mel

Monday music picks

DJ Mel turns the north campus dive bar Nasty's into a booty-shaking hot spot.

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Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic: Review

The ever-more-annual Fourth of July Picnic made the most of a smaller roster on Friday at the Fort Worth Stockya

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic: Preview

Billy Bob's Texas, in their seventh year of hosting Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, is just about ready for Friday's show, which runs from noon until 11 p.m.

Giveaway: Kiss and Def Leppard at the Austin360 Amphitheater

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING! Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and two other guys who are not Ace Frehley and Peter Criss are putting the makeup back on and hitting the road in a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard to celebrate 40 years of driving fans wild and driving critics crazy.

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Giveaway: Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow at Austin360 Amphitheater

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING! Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow just co-hosted "Austin City Limits" 40th anniversary special taping at ACL Live, and now Austinites can catch her performing as the Rascal Flatt's special guest along with Gloriana for the Rascal Flatts Rewind Tour 2014 at Austin360 Amphitheater Friday, July 11.

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Giveaway: Lionel Richie at Austin360 Amphitheater

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. THANKS FOR PLAYING! Laugh if you want to (I did) but everyone who stuck around for Richie’s closing set on weekend one of Austin City Limits Festival last year was “Dancing on the Ceiling” as Richie proved he was not just some cheesy ‘80s dude.

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ACL Fest day two, weekend two

ACL Festival 3-day passes sold out; single day tickets on sale Weds. 7/16

Three-day passes to ACL Festival are sold out but a limited number of single day tickets will go on sale Wednesday, July 16 at 10 a.

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Death Grips

Update: Fun Fun Fun Fest decides to 'consciously uncouple' with Death Grips

UPDATE 10:32 p.m.: In response to news that Sacramento noise rap outfit Death Grips has broken up, thereby cancelling their Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance for the second year in a row Fun Fun Fun Fest has decided to break up with the band in the same way they announced their split -- with a picture of a note on a napkin.

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In Case You Missed It: 2014, so far

This week's playlist: In Case You Missed It: 2014, so far

The first half of 2014 brought a lot of record releases by local acts that got plenty of attention — from Willie Nelson’s first batch of new songs since the ’90s, to a second duo record by Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, to the auspicious debut of Spanish Gold — but also many more that warranted notice.

Wye Oak

Wye Oak at the Parish

The Baltimore-based duo's latest is both dramatic and dreamy, futuristic, but vaguely nostalgic.


Greyhounds release "H-E-L-L-O" to benefit Anthropos Arts before Blues on the Green gig

Funky Austin group the Greyhounds doesn't play a lot of hometown gigs these days, but the band's heart is still in the city.

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DJ Mahealani

360 Summer Mixtape: DJ Mahealani

As the mercury rises, the streets start to sizzle and the city settles into a slightly slower groove, we present the 360 Summer Mixtape.

Jess Klein

Thursday music picks

Jess Klein and Kathy Smock CD releases at Strange Brew, Dub Thompson at Holy Mountain, more.

John Fullbright

Wednesday music picks

John Fullbright, Butch Hancock and Michael Fracasso at the Cactus Cafe, Devo at ACL Live, more.

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A-List photos from Grupo Fantasma/GZA at the Mohawk on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.

Road trip anyone? Utopia Fest releases lineup

Utopia Fest, the two-day music and camping festival located at Four Sisters Ranch roughly three hours southwest of Austin has released the lineup for this year's event.


Jump On It returns to East Austin with Trina

Back in the late ‘90s rapper Nook’s Jump On It series at Rosewood Park was the hottest youth party in East Austin.

Amen Dunes

Tuesday music picks

Amen Dunes and Axxa/Abraxas at Hotel Vegas, James McMurtry at Continental Gallery, more.

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Jackie Venson

Tremendous talent Jackie Venson takes flight at Skylark Lounge

The Skylark Lounge staffer who introduced 24-year-old singer and guitar-slinger Jackie Venson was effusive about his excitement.

Leopold & His Fiction

Monday music picks

The Wine Down with Leopold & His Fiction at ACL Live, Aimee Bobruk at Cactus Cafe, and more.

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Jackie Venson

Sunday music picks

Jackie Venson CD release at Skylark Lounge, Jail Weddings at Hotel Vegas, Widower at Red 7, more.

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Keep Austin Weird Fest

Saturday music picks

Keep Austin Weird Fest, Independence Day Festival, Red, White and Blue Ball, and more.


Deafheaven, metal band on the rise, plays Red 7 tonight

Last June, Bay Area black metal/shoegaze unit Deafheaven played one of the most anticipated metal shows of the summer at Red 7.

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Members of Austin youth ensemble Soul Tree Collective join Kool & the Gang at the Urban Music Festival

$10 Urban Music Fest 2015 tickets on sale tomorrow

It will probably be another six months or so before we know who's playing next year's Urban Music Fest, but the event, which will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year, is doing a couple "ticket blasts" tomorrow.

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Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary

"Austin City Limits" marks 40 years with 4-hour show

“Most shows would end with something like that,” emcee Andy Langer said as Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan, Gary Clark Jr.

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Friday music picks

Brownout Presents Black Sabbath album release at Empire, Diarrhea Planet at Red 7, and more.

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Mexican American trailblazers recognized by Austin History Center

Manuel 'Cowboy' Donley earns national lifetime honor

Austin-based Tejano music pioneer Manuel “Cowboy” Donley on Wednesday received the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Blues on the Green canceled

In order to preserve Zilker Park following this morning's rain this week's KGSR Blues on the Green concert has been postponed.

Austin360 music shows, April 18 - April 24

360 Summer Mixtape: Magna Carda's Megz Kelli

As the mercury rises, the streets start to sizzle and the city settles into a slightly slower groove, we present the 360 Summer Mixtape.

Bonnie Raitt

Thursday music picks

'Austin City Limits' celebrates 30 years at ACL Live, Casual at Holy Mountain, and more.

Austin artists explore Toronto at NXNE

Last week six Austin artists, Carson Mchone, Jesse Moore, Leo Rondeau, Aisha Burns, Dana Falconberry and Mrs.

Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman.

Peter Blackstock

Peter Blackstock is a music writer for the Austin American-Statesman. A UT grad who grew up in Austin, he worked at the Statesman in high school and college before moving to Seattle and co-founding the alt-country magazine No Depression in the '90s.

Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

Sharon Chapman

Sharon Chapman is entertainment editor at the Austin American-Statesman, overseeing coverage of the music, arts and food scenes.

Eric Webb

Eric Webb is a producer for, and He blogs about Austin culture, pop culture and anything that lives on the Internet.


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