Tyler Pratt http://kut.org en What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France http://kut.org/post/what-live-music-capital-can-learn-angers-france <p>The&nbsp;Skroks&nbsp;are here. They're a youthful, all-male brass band in town from&nbsp;<a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/sister-cities-program">one of Austin's sister cities</a>, Angers, France.</p><p>So what brings an overseas band to Austin? Exactly what appeals to young bands across the world: touring, playing music and meeting fans.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158171874&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:03:34 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10773 at http://kut.org What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel Headline 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest http://kut.org/post/judas-priest-nas-neutral-milk-hotel-headline-2014-fun-fun-fun-fest <p>In 2006 a small music festival began in Austin’s <a href="East+12th+Street,+Austin,+Texas&amp;hl=en&amp;sll=30.2814,-97.609315&amp;sspn=0.007588,0.">Waterloo Park</a>. It was aimed at the city’s alternative music scene and headlined by Austin’s own psych rockers, <a href="http://theblackangels.com/">The Black Angels</a>.</p><p>Nine years later, <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/">Fun Fun Fun Fest</a> has grown to become one of the premiere independent music festivals in the country, attracting international acts and attention. At <a href="http://stuntrock.queueapp.com/events/2981">a special event Monday night</a>, the festival’s producers, <a href="http://transmissionevents.com/">Transmission Events</a>, revealed this year’s lineup. And you may want to remember to bring your earplugs.</p><p>This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup features a medley of heavy metal and punk, with legendary acts such as <a href="http://judaspriest.com/">Judas Priest</a>, <a href="http://www.kingdiamondcoven.com/site/">King Diamond</a>, <a href="Dinosaur%20Jr">Dinosaur Jr</a>. and <a href="http://www.rftc.com/#home">Rocket from the Crypt</a>. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/JBGSM">Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine</a>, <a href="http://www.sickofitall.com/">Sick of It All</a>, <a href="http://amonamarth.com/">Amon Amarth,</a> <a href="http://black-lips.com/">Black Lips</a> and <a href="http://glassjaw.merchdirect.com/">Glassjaw</a> are also bringing the noise.<br /> Tue, 20 May 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10450 at http://kut.org Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel Headline 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest The Red Headed Stranger and Austin's 'Pride and Joy' Honored at ACL Hall of Fame http://kut.org/post/red-headed-stranger-and-austins-pride-and-joy-honored-acl-hall-fame <p>Over the weekend, television’s longest running music program– Austin City Limits, celebrated the first induction ceremony for the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. &nbsp;ACL returned to its original home at PBS’s KLRU Studio 6A Saturday evening to honor those who have left their mark on the show. The event featured more than a few famous faces.</p><p>Asked to dress Austin chic, the invitation-only crowd was, well, classically Austin. Plenty of boots, cowboy hats and jeans. Many of the women turned out in heels and dresses. &nbsp;But arguably the best-dressed man in attendance was Lyle Lovett – in his signature suit and tie.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lovett was there to honor Willie Nelson who was ACL’s first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146811176&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10303 at http://kut.org The Red Headed Stranger and Austin's 'Pride and Joy' Honored at ACL Hall of Fame ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 http://kut.org/post/acl-fest-organizers-whats-store-2014 <p>In Austin, many see live music not just as an opportunity, but as a way of life.</p><p>Every day brings the possibility to see a variety of talents – both from music’s biggest and brightest, to up-and-coming acts in Austin’s live music scene.</p><p>For many outside Central Texas, Austin’s “Live Music Capital of the World” status is summed up by two of the city’s biggest music festivals:&nbsp;South by Southwest&nbsp;and the Austin City Limits Music Festival.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The latter, now in its </span>13th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> year, carries the brand of the historic Austin City Limits television show, which has a rich and storied history all its own.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:43:26 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10281 at http://kut.org ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014 Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup http://kut.org/post/eminem-outkast-pearl-jam-and-lorde-top-2014-acl-music-festival-lineup <p>Calling it one of their most energetic lineups to date, the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">13<sup>th</sup> annual Austin City Limits Music Festival</a> also includes a blast of nostalgia.</p><p><a href="http://pearljam.com/" target="_self">Pearl Jam</a> is headlining and <a href="http://thereplacementsofficial.com/pages/home" target="_self">The Replacements</a> are top billed. Major hip-hop acts of the 2000s, <a href="http://www.outkast.com/" target="_self">Outkast</a> and <a href="http://shadyrecords.com/artist/eminem-2/">Eminem</a> are also headliners. The festival also sees a significant number of electronic music acts with <a href="http://www.calvinharris.co.uk/" target="_top">Calvin Harris</a> and <a href="http://alientalk.skrillex.com/" target="_self">Skrillex</a> headlining – and groups such as <a href="http://majorlazer.com/" target="_self">Major Lazer</a>, <a href="http://www.zedd.net/">Zedd</a>, <a href="http://www.phantogram.com/" target="_self">Phantogram</a>, <a href="http://chromeo.net/" target="_self">Chromeo</a> and <a href="http://chvrch.es/" target="_self">CHVRCHES</a> in the big font. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/24/280248837/becks-long-balancing-act" target="_self">Beck</a> rounds out the list of this year’s headliners.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last year’s festival <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/05/24/no_women_allowed_summer_music_festivals_are_dudefests_again/" target="_self">drew some criticism </a>for a lack of female performers. However, this year’s top billing includes international superstars, <a href="http://lanadelrey.com/" target="_top">Lana Del Rey</a> and </span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc" target="_top">Lorde</a> (<span style="line-height: 1.5;">though the latter will be for the second weekend only). Female acts such as <a href="http://ilovestvincent.com/">St. Vincent</a>, </span><a href="http://iggyazalea.com/" target="_self">Iggy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://iggyazalea.com/" target="_self"> Azalea</a>, <a href="http://www.jennylewis.com/home" target="_self">Jenny Lewis</a>, <a href="http://www.nikkilane.com/" target="_self">Nikki Lane</a>, </span><a href="http://tune-yards.com/" target="_self">tUnE<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>-yArDs</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and <a href="http://www.mybrightestdiamond.com/" target="_self">My Brightest Diamond</a> also made the cut.</span> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10271 at http://kut.org Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam http://kut.org/post/shake-your-brass-honktx-austins-marching-band-jam <p><strong>Update</strong>: KUTX&nbsp;was there for Honk!TX this weekend. Check out video from the festival below, and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/sets/72157642817488385/">see more photos here</a>.</p><p>http://youtu.be/2e9WU87SB0A</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 21): South By Southwest has come and gone, but Austin's festival season is in full swing.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:35:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10018 at http://kut.org Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam SXSW Brands & Bands: How They Work Together http://kut.org/post/sxsw-brands-bands-how-they-work-together <p>If there’s one common sight at South By Southwest it’s brands.</p><p>Doritos to Samsung and everything in between. And some criticize the festival, saying it’s become more about the brands, when it used to be about – the bands.</p><p>But there’s at least one brand, a big one, &nbsp;that says they’re using their name to search out and develop undiscovered musical talent.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139610140&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9974 at http://kut.org SXSW Brands & Bands: How They Work Together Vulcan Gas Company Returns As An Electronic Music Club http://kut.org/post/vulcan-gas-company-returns-electronic-music-club <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin’s Vulcan Gas Company was only open for a few years in the </span>1960s<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>But in that brief time the music venue showcased legendary acts like the Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin and Moby Grape.<br />It’s been revered as one of the early homes of psychedelic rock and helped pave the way for legendary Austin music establishment- the Armadillo World Headquarters.</p><p>Tonight, as the South By Southwest Music festival gets underway, <a href="http://vulcangascompany.com/" target="_top">the Vulcan Gas Company</a> name has been revived – in a new location.&nbsp;<br />Here’s a look back at its past and what the owners of its new incarnation hope to offer.</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139100879&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9946 at http://kut.org Vulcan Gas Company Returns As An Electronic Music Club SXSW Relies on Volunteers. Is That Legal? http://kut.org/post/sxsw-relies-volunteers-legal <p>It takes a lot of manpower to put on a festival, especially as one as big as <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South by Southwest</a>.</p><p>"One thing that I don't think a lot of people realize is that there's like 200 people that have full time jobs at South by Southwest," says SXSW cofounder and managing director Roland Swenson. "During the event there are hundreds of more temporary workers that we hire."</p><p>When it comes to volunteers, Swenson knows there's a lot – even if he's not quite sure of the number.</p><p>"You know I think there's going to be over 3,000," he says. "I don't have a precise count, but that's for 15 days of South by Southwest."&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138314109&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9910 at http://kut.org SXSW Relies on Volunteers. Is That Legal? Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years http://kut.org/post/learning-secrets-austin-dance-party-celebrates-10-years <p>When you think of Austin’s "Live Music Capital of the World" status, what kind of music do you think of? Lots of genres may come to mind, but possibly not its thriving underground electronic and dance music scene. Tonight Learning Secrets –&nbsp;one of Austin’s longest running dance parties&nbsp;–&nbsp;celebrates their 10-year anniversary.</p><p>OK. But what is Learning Secrets?<br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132366073&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:35:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9684 at http://kut.org Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years Texas Musician Joe Ely & Daughter Showcase 'Lostbound' Travels in Art http://kut.org/post/texas-musician-joe-ely-daughter-showcase-lostbound-travels-art <p><em>This story was originally&nbsp;published on Nov. 29.</em></p><p>Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis: They’re all famous musicians who also moonlighted as visual artists. &nbsp;</p><p>Now, Joe Ely – the Flatlander known by many as the Springsteen of the Southwest – joins their ranks. Ely has been keeping sketches, drawings and photographs since he began life on the road in his teens traveling the U.S. and Europe.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123247255&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:57:02 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9283 at http://kut.org Texas Musician Joe Ely & Daughter Showcase 'Lostbound' Travels in Art Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-staying-true-its-roots <p>Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off as at Auditorium Shores starting today.</p><p>The <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/" target="_self">festival began eight years ago</a> as a small music showcase in downtown Austin. Since then, it’s become one of the top independent festivals for music lovers. Known for its relaxed and creative atmosphere, the festival now includes comedy, action sports <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q25eDkiFHu8" target="_self">and flying tacos</a>.</p><p>Given all it takes to put on a music festival, you wouldn’t expect as much laughter and humor from festival organizers, <a href="http://transmissionevents.com/" target="_self">Transmission Events</a>, this close to their event. But the vibe over at the temporary small east Austin office was anything but serious. It’s clear that fest creators like to have, well, fun.</p><p>“We had half-pipe diaper changing stations last year,” says Transmission and Fun Fun Fun Fest co-founder, James Moody. “They are all miniature half pipes. One time we tried to run the stats about how many black t-shirts are at our fest. I would say it’s 65 percent more than that of ACL Fest. I don’t know what it means but I know it’s true [laughing]. So, we could sit here for an hour and talk about all those little differences&nbsp;–&nbsp;it’s one <em>big</em> difference if you roll them all up.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119085840" width="100%"></iframe> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9140 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots Austin Charges ACL $53,000. Chicago Has Lollapalooza Pay 28 Times That http://kut.org/post/austin-charges-acl-53000-chicago-has-lollapalooza-pay-28-times <p>The Austin City Limits Music Festival isn&rsquo;t the only production put on by parent company&nbsp;<a href="http://www.c3presents.com//">C3 Presents</a>. In addition to booking and promoting Austin concerts throughout the year, C3 also puts on Chicago&rsquo;s annual <a href="http://www.lollapalooza.com/">Lollapalooza</a> music festival.</p><p>Like ACL, Lollapalooza is hosted on public parkland, requiring a contract with the city. So how do the contracts compare? KUT scoured C3&rsquo;s deals with Austin and Chicago to find out.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114937389&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:14:16 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Wells Dunbar 8914 at http://kut.org Austin Charges ACL $53,000. Chicago Has Lollapalooza Pay 28 Times That Austin City Limits Fest: A Weekend One Wrap-Up http://kut.org/post/austin-city-limits-fest-weekend-one-wrap <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br />Anyone that&rsquo;s attended the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">Austin City Limits Music Festival&nbsp;</a>understands the importance of the weather over the weekend. You might remember the&nbsp;dustbowl&nbsp;year, or the Dillo Dirt <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOb8pq-z7Z8">mud-fest</a>.&nbsp; While Friday was hot and humid, Saturday&rsquo;s cooler temperatures ushered a forgotten sensation into town. And the change seemed to be all anyone could talk about.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 22:07:23 +0000 Tyler Pratt 8877 at http://kut.org Austin City Limits Fest: A Weekend One Wrap-Up Toronto: Austin's Sister in the Music Scene? http://kut.org/post/toronto-austins-sister-music-scene <p>In what is being called <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1200657/music-community-applauds-toronto-city-council-for-joining-austin-texas-in-a-world-first-music-city-alliance">the first-of-its-kind alliance worldwide</a>, Austin and Toronto, Canada have established what they are calling the Music City Alliance.</p><p>While Toronto is roughly four times the size of Austin, the city <a href="https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musiccanada.com%2FAssets%2FPDFs%2FAccelerating%2520Toronto%2527s%2520Music%2520Industry%2520Growth%2520-%2520Leveraging%2520Best%2520Practices%2520from%2520Austin%2C%2520Texas.pdf" target="_blank">has been publicly looking at Austin’s model of success to promote Toronto’s music scene.</a> Officials from both cities met during this year’s <a href="http://sxsw.com/" target="_blank">South By Southwest</a> to begin talks about forming a partnership to promote economic growth.</p><p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:19:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 8385 at http://kut.org Toronto: Austin's Sister in the Music Scene? Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-2013-official-music-lineup <p>After a month of leaks and guessing games, the official music lineup in out. This year’s <a href="http://www.funfunfunfest.com/" target="_blank">Fun Fun Fun Fest </a>headliners are: <strong>M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, </strong>and<strong> FLAG.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official release is Wednesday morning when weekend passes go on sale, but the full music lineup was revealed Tuesday night at a Fun Fun Fun Fest sponsored screening of the documentary, </span><a href="http://vimeo.com/53944958">Vannin’</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/53944958">,</a> in Austin.</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 03:31:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 8328 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup 2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More http://kut.org/post/2013-acl-fest-lineup-muse-depeche-mode-cure-more <p>No more leaks: the full Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup is out.&nbsp;</p><p>Sure, British rock band <a href="http://muse.mu/">Muse</a> had accidentally confirmed their performance <a href="http://www.livestream.com/adlitteramtv/video?clipId=pla_99616ee9-2a9e-4899-a72d-8e20acf77639" target="_blank">during an interview with a Montreal radio station</a>. Over the weekend other band names like <a href="http://www.portugaltheman.com/evilfriends">Portugal. The Man</a>, <a href="http://www.nekocase.com/news/index.html" target="_blank">Neko Case</a> and D’Angelo appeared <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/05/the-cure-to-headline-austin-city-limits-2013/" target="_blank">on beer coozies and Topo Chico bottle caps around town</a>. And last week <a href="http://austin.culturemap.com/news/music_film/05-02-13-acl-fest-sleathily-peppers-the-chronicles-classifieds-with-2013-lineup-clues/" target="_blank">cheeky ads were placed in the Austin Chronicle</a> (“For a little <em>Fun</em><em>. </em><em>Call</em> 555-<em>ACL</em>-FEST”). &nbsp;But just after midnight this morning, the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">full lineup </a>was finally unveiled.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Art Levy 7636 at http://kut.org 2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World? http://kut.org/post/austin-tx-live-comedy-capital-world <p><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">“We’re at a festival, and what is more beautiful than watching someone try?” squeaked Maria&nbsp;</span>Bamford<span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;on Thursday night at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/venues/state" style="line-height: 1.5; " target="_blank">Austin’s Stateside Theater.</a><span style="line-height: 1.5; ">&nbsp;The comedian had just attempted a new bit that didn’t quite pay off the way she planned. But she was able to pull it off, thanks to an admission of her own failure and a happy, comedy-loving audience.</span></p><p>Bamford&nbsp;isn’t the only comic trying out new material in Austin: she’s one of a 109 stand-up comedians performing at this year’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintheatre.org/site/PageNavigator/moontower_home.html" target="_blank">Moontower&nbsp;Comedy and Oddity Festival</a>&nbsp;(and one of the more recognizable faces at this year’s festival, either for her series of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9vddkombM" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline; " target="_blank">off-kilter Target commercials</a>&nbsp;or her famously&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZoDIIrp2r4" target="_blank">strange on-stage antics and voices</a>).&nbsp;</p><p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 00:02:07 +0000 Tyler Pratt 7534 at http://kut.org Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World? Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting http://kut.org/post/update-civil-rights-group-questions-austin-polices-suicide-cop-rationale-fatal-shooting <p>The Austin Police Chief says an incident this week in which police officers fatally shot a man was not a mental health call.</p><p>Chief Art Acevedo is responding to the Texas Civil Rights Project calling for the city to appoint an independent professional consultant to help police handle incidents involving people with mental illness.</p><p>Here’s how Chief Acevedo characterizes this week’s incident, in which a man was shot after pointing a shotgun at APD officers.</p><p>“It was not a mental health call," Acevedo said. "It was a public safety threat call, where the, the absolute safety of our residents was at risk. The Austin Police Department received information that the decedent in that case was suicidal and homicidal and threatening to hurt others.”</p><p>The Texas Civil Rights Project is calling for more involvement from the Austin Police Monitor’s Office in assessing calls involving use of force.</p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:10:05 +0000 Laura Rice, Trey Shaar & Tyler Pratt 7524 at http://kut.org Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting Photos: Austin Rallies For and Against Gay Marriage Promote Same Goal - Family http://kut.org/post/photos-austin-rallies-and-against-gay-marriage-promote-same-goal-family <p>The U.S. Supreme Court&nbsp;<a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/happening-now-supreme-court-hears-1st-2-gay-marriage-cases">continues its examination of same-sex marriage</a>&nbsp;today, taking up arguments in one part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.</p><p>Yesterday, as the court took a look at Proposition 8 – the constitutional ban on gay marriage in California– two rallies hit the Texas State Capitol: one to promote traditional values and another to support same-sex marriage.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:49:24 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Filipa Rodrigues 7101 at http://kut.org Photos: Austin Rallies For and Against Gay Marriage Promote Same Goal - Family