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Webb Report: Turtle pond sunk? Fake news, UT says
 Example No. 2,347 why you shouldn’t trust any old stranger on the internet for your information: The University of Texas at Austin actually had to respond to false rumors that the beloved turtle pond on campus was not long for this world. According to school newspaper the Daily Texan, two separate posts Tuesday in a Facebook...

Posted: 2 days ago

Example No. 2,347 why you shouldn’t trust any old stranger on the internet for your information: The University of Texas at Austin actually had to respond to false rumors that the beloved turtle pond on campus was not long for this world. According to school newspaper the Daily Texan, two separate posts Tuesday in a Facebook...
Webb Report: Yep, Austin is still the best place to live in America
 What else is there to say about the week on the web that was, except for “Eat our dust, the rest of America”? As you’ll read below, Austin nabbed a prestigious honor last week — prestigious as far as ranked lists of cities go, of course. These were some of the most popular stories of the week: We’re No. 1 It&rsquo...

Posted: 9 days ago

What else is there to say about the week on the web that was, except for “Eat our dust, the rest of America”? As you’ll read below, Austin nabbed a prestigious honor last week — prestigious as far as ranked lists of cities go, of course. These were some of the most popular stories of the week: We’re No. 1 It&rsquo...
VIDEO: Find your runner crossing the Statesman Cap 10K finish line
 Truth is, not everyone is up for a 10-kilometer race. For those who take on the Statesman Capitol 10,000, it’s a time to challenge yourself to reach new heights. For those of us watching from the sidelines, it can be fun just trying to spot friends and family achieve their goals. Luckily, we posted up with a camera at the finish line...

Posted: 14 days ago

Truth is, not everyone is up for a 10-kilometer race. For those who take on the Statesman Capitol 10,000, it’s a time to challenge yourself to reach new heights. For those of us watching from the sidelines, it can be fun just trying to spot friends and family achieve their goals. Luckily, we posted up with a camera at the finish line...
Webb Report: Going to concerts can help you live longer, study says
 Austinites: You might be immortal, and you didn’t even know it. According to a study by British music venue O2, going to a music gig every fortnight could extend your life expectancy. Well, sorta. The study, conducted in partnership with Goldsmith University behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan and released last month, found...

Posted: 17 days ago

Austinites: You might be immortal, and you didn’t even know it. According to a study by British music venue O2, going to a music gig every fortnight could extend your life expectancy. Well, sorta. The study, conducted in partnership with Goldsmith University behavioral science expert Patrick Fagan and released last month, found...
Review: Rostam’s half-light, full-heart Austin dream
 Rostam, by his own estimation, has two hits: “Wood” and “Bike Dream.” One’s a heady slice of psychedelia that prompts the singer to shout out to the Persians in the audience. The other’s a dreamy love song about boys loving boys that beats with the train-transfer pulse of New York City livin’. Rostam...

Posted: 17 days ago

Rostam, by his own estimation, has two hits: “Wood” and “Bike Dream.” One’s a heady slice of psychedelia that prompts the singer to shout out to the Persians in the audience. The other’s a dreamy love song about boys loving boys that beats with the train-transfer pulse of New York City livin’. Rostam...
Rostam
Rostam performs at 3TEN ACL Live on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Posted: 17 days ago

Rostam performs at 3TEN ACL Live on Thursday, April 5, 2018.
Webb Report: You’ll either love or hate mutant ‘dilly dog’ baseball snack
 One of the purest joys of living in Texas is eating some truly wild culinary creations. The State Fair of Texas, for example, has brought us such grease-encased innovations as deep-fried Jell-O and cookie fries. Then there’s your brisket kolaches. Your horchata cocktails. Texas food purveyors love to indulge their inner Doctor Moreau...

Posted: 23 days ago

One of the purest joys of living in Texas is eating some truly wild culinary creations. The State Fair of Texas, for example, has brought us such grease-encased innovations as deep-fried Jell-O and cookie fries. Then there’s your brisket kolaches. Your horchata cocktails. Texas food purveyors love to indulge their inner Doctor Moreau...
Here’s what 100 people singing the National Anthem sounds like
 Oh, you think you could do better than Whitney Houston? Opening Day 2018 was Thursday, which means it’s time for the one song everyone is an expert in: The Star Spangled Banner. Before every first pitch, fans get the chance to praise, criticize, cheer and jeer the brave souls who honor the flag with their voices. But how do they get...

Posted: 24 days ago

Oh, you think you could do better than Whitney Houston? Opening Day 2018 was Thursday, which means it’s time for the one song everyone is an expert in: The Star Spangled Banner. Before every first pitch, fans get the chance to praise, criticize, cheer and jeer the brave souls who honor the flag with their voices. But how do they get...
In Whataburger vs. In-N-Out war, has Rick Perry picked a side?
 Rick Perry is the U.S. energy secretary. He’s also the former governor of Texas. That’s important to keep in mind when you see what he tweeted Tuesday. Perry, visiting labs in California, stopped for some nourishment in the Golden State. According to his Twitter account, he picked a fast food joint emblematic of the West Coast...

Posted: 27 days ago

Rick Perry is the U.S. energy secretary. He’s also the former governor of Texas. That’s important to keep in mind when you see what he tweeted Tuesday. Perry, visiting labs in California, stopped for some nourishment in the Golden State. According to his Twitter account, he picked a fast food joint emblematic of the West Coast...
A new snack for Texas Rangers games: a pickle-corndog hybrid
 One of the purest joys of living in Texas is eating some truly wild culinary creations. The State Fair of Texas, for example, has brought us such grease-encased innovations as deep-fried Jell-O and cookie fries. Then there’s your brisket kolaches. Your horchata cocktails. Texas food purveyors love to indulge their inner ...

Posted: 28 days ago

One of the purest joys of living in Texas is eating some truly wild culinary creations. The State Fair of Texas, for example, has brought us such grease-encased innovations as deep-fried Jell-O and cookie fries. Then there’s your brisket kolaches. Your horchata cocktails. Texas food purveyors love to indulge their inner ...
Alamo Drafthouse offers free movies for first responders
 After the recent series of bombings in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse is offering free admission to first responders for a limited time, the theater chain announced Friday. According to Drafthouse, the offer is in gratitude for the work police, firefighters and EMS have done to keep the city safe over “a long month.” ...

8:16 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

After the recent series of bombings in Austin, Alamo Drafthouse is offering free admission to first responders for a limited time, the theater chain announced Friday. According to Drafthouse, the offer is in gratitude for the work police, firefighters and EMS have done to keep the city safe over “a long month.” ...
Webb Report: Texas state symbols you’ve never heard of
 Bluebonnets aren’t just something you squat in on the side of the highway for Instagram likes. Not only are they the flower you think of first when you talk about the great state of Texas — aside from a yellow rose, which also has its own more colorful associations in Austin — they’re also the official state flower...

4:09 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Bluebonnets aren’t just something you squat in on the side of the highway for Instagram likes. Not only are they the flower you think of first when you talk about the great state of Texas — aside from a yellow rose, which also has its own more colorful associations in Austin — they’re also the official state flower...
Austin bombings: The facts about 5 claims from social media
 Information about the investigation into the Austin bombings has come at a fast pace, especially since police identified the bomber early Wednesday. As new details flood in, social media users have spread claims about the bombings that in some cases are incorrect or do not reflect the evidence disclosed to the public by officials. Here are...

11:13 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Information about the investigation into the Austin bombings has come at a fast pace, especially since police identified the bomber early Wednesday. As new details flood in, social media users have spread claims about the bombings that in some cases are incorrect or do not reflect the evidence disclosed to the public by officials. Here are...
People are saying the news isn’t covering the Austin bombings. That’s not true.
 A series of bombings in the Austin area over the past week has left two people dead and four injured. Some high-profile Twitter users have claimed that there’s been no news coverage of the bombings, focusing their ire on “mainstream” or national outlets in some cases.  Messages that criticize a supposed lack of media...

6:42 PM Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

A series of bombings in the Austin area over the past week has left two people dead and four injured. Some high-profile Twitter users have claimed that there’s been no news coverage of the bombings, focusing their ire on “mainstream” or national outlets in some cases.  Messages that criticize a supposed lack of media...
SXSW review: ‘Isle of Dogs’ a treat, but hounded by some problems
 As a movie constructed of tiny moving parts, it’s fitting that “Isle of Dogs” resonates most warmly in its quiet, little moments.
            There’s the scene where a recently orphaned 12-year-old boy, laid up in traction in a hospital, meets his new guard dog, who
            licks his hand in silence. Then there&rsquo...

2:53 AM Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018

As a movie constructed of tiny moving parts, it’s fitting that “Isle of Dogs” resonates most warmly in its quiet, little moments. There’s the scene where a recently orphaned 12-year-old boy, laid up in traction in a hospital, meets his new guard dog, who licks his hand in silence. Then there&rsquo...
Bill Murray is officially in Austin for SXSW. Thought you’d want to know.
 Actor Bill Murray — comedy legend, voice actor in Wes Anderson’s new film “Isle of Dogs,” ever-looming myth in the firmament
            of daily American life whose presence just over your shoulder should always be assumed — is in Austin on Saturday. Murray made an appearance at the University of Texas on Saturday...

2:55 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Actor Bill Murray — comedy legend, voice actor in Wes Anderson’s new film “Isle of Dogs,” ever-looming myth in the firmament of daily American life whose presence just over your shoulder should always be assumed — is in Austin on Saturday. Murray made an appearance at the University of Texas on Saturday...
A SXSW double feature on Red River: Tall Juan and Soccer Mommy
 You’ve got your 
            at-capacity Sylvan Esso shows that bleed into an alley, and you’ve got your 
            Dashboard Confessional sets full of fans screaming karaoke. One of the best things about South by Southwest, though, is catching up-and-comers in smaller club shows. Mohawk and Cheer
            Up Charlie&rsquo...

2:11 PM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

You’ve got your at-capacity Sylvan Esso shows that bleed into an alley, and you’ve got your Dashboard Confessional sets full of fans screaming karaoke. One of the best things about South by Southwest, though, is catching up-and-comers in smaller club shows. Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie&rsquo...
Food poisoning can’t stop Sylvan Esso from playing to fans in an alley at SXSW
 Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso had already made it through about two-thirds of their South by Southwest set Friday night, when
            singer Amelia Meath dropped a bombshell. “Guys, I have food poisoning,” Meath said at Lustre Pearl. “I threw up on Sixth Street at 11 this morning. It was just Bloody
            Mary. &hellip...

4:26 AM Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018

Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso had already made it through about two-thirds of their South by Southwest set Friday night, when singer Amelia Meath dropped a bombshell. “Guys, I have food poisoning,” Meath said at Lustre Pearl. “I threw up on Sixth Street at 11 this morning. It was just Bloody Mary. &hellip...
Kim Petras: the best pop star at SXSW you’re currently sleeping on
 Kim Petras is a human pop hook. Everything about the German singer gets your attention: Her diamond-studded choker and her
            giant hoop earrings give the sense of a Harmony Korine character brought to life. She speaks fluent Britney Spears with a
            Jewel accent, though her pop dialect can be distinctly traced to Charli...

5:04 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Kim Petras is a human pop hook. Everything about the German singer gets your attention: Her diamond-studded choker and her giant hoop earrings give the sense of a Harmony Korine character brought to life. She speaks fluent Britney Spears with a Jewel accent, though her pop dialect can be distinctly traced to Charli...
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