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10:48 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What It Means When 'Hip' Albums Top The Charts

Daft Punk's album Random Access Memories sold 339,000 copies in its first week in stores, the second highest total for any new album in 2013.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 5:50 pm

This past week, the No. 1 album in America was by a polo-shirted New York band that has never had a hit single. Even alt-rock radio doesn't play them much.

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Politics
1:16 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

GOP Donor Releases Songs Opposing 'Obamacare'

Surrounded by several Texas legislators, Dr. Steve Hotze announces his lawsuit targeting the Affordable Care Act on May 7, 2013.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

He's already a Houston physician, Republican campaign donor, radio talk show host and litigant in a federal lawsuit against the roll-out of "Obamacare." Now Dr. Steve Hotze may be adding aspiring pop star to that list. 

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

Cab Calloway: The Media And Sense of Cool

Singer, dancer, and bandleader Cab Calloway is often referred to as the “hi-di-hi-di-ho” man. His nonsensical sounds and improvised melodies made him one of the fathers of scat. He was also a commercial success as a performer on stage and in film. In the 1979 movie “The Blues Brothers, ”he donned his trademark white tie and tails to perform “Minnie the Moocher.”

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Music
4:03 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

'A Truth Never Told': Remembering Slayer's Jeff Hanneman

Jeff Hanneman of Slayer in 2011.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 4, 2013 6:57 pm

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Parks and Recreation
4:16 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Turf Improvements Could Close Auditorium Shores for a Year

Fun Fun Fun Fest will have to find a new home if park improvements shutter Auditorium Shores.
KUT News

Popular park and festival spot Auditorium Shores could close for a whole year if the Austin City Council approves a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Department.

The changes include an improved irrigation system, new turf grass and an enhanced off-leash area for dogs. The cost would be shouldered via a $3.5 million donation from the Austin-based promoters C3 Presents. The company has worked out similar deals to improve the grounds at Zilker Park, which hosts C3’s Austin City Limits Festival.

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Arts and Culture
7:35 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Rapper Chris Kelly, Half Of Duo Kris Kross, Dies

Chris Kelly, left, and Chris Smith in 1992's "Jump" video, which was a hit for their rap duo Kris Kross.
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Originally published on Fri May 3, 2013 7:11 am

Update at 8:10 a.m. ET, May 3. A New Post:

Cocaine & Heroin May Have Played Role In Chris Kelly's Death

Our original post:

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Texas
3:35 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

It's Willie Nelson's 80th Birthday

Willie Nelson celebrates his 80th birthday today.
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It’s official: the Red Headed Stranger is an octogenarian.

Willie Nelson, the Crown Prince of Texas Country, turns 80 today. And it seemed as mellow an affair as one would expect from Willie – despite a busy week.

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12:00 am
Sun April 28, 2013

Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of American Song

Ella Fitzgerald found solace in music and song. Discovered at age 17 in a talent competition, she went on to become the world's top female jazz singer for the next 50 years.

Fitzgerald's distinctive vocals and her ability to personally hear and feel the emotion in her songs made her an inspiration for female vocalists such as Aretha Franklin, Vannesa Williams, and Janis Ian.

Join us for this segment of Liner Notes discussing the impact of Ella Fitzgerald’s life and music.  

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12:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Dizzy Gillespie: A Relentless Innovator

With his revolutionary harmonics and driving tempos, Dizzy Gillespie was an architect of modern sound.  His virtuosity and creativity helped to define a whole new approach to improvisation and self-expression. An entertainer as well as an accomplished artist, Dizzy brought intelligence and wit to his playing – an example of confidently showcasing what is possible.

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe explores how Gillespie’s legacy can teach us about living in accordance with an authentic self, while acknowledging the masks we wear.

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Music
1:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Study Names Austin’s Most Popular Music Genre

The demographics of Austin's music scene got examined in a study from the University of Toronto.
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A study from Canada has reaffirmed Austin's reputation as a scene for aspiring musicians. But they should be sure to play an acoustic guitar.

The study, which was released early this month from researchers at The Martin Prosperity Institute in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, used data garnered from Myspace to create music profiles of different cities across the United States. Austin was one of the fifteen cities examined in the study. 

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Clifford Brown: A Beacon Of Hope

Jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown is known for his precise and captivatingly smooth technique. He recorded most notably with drummer Max Roach and saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and his compositions Joy Spring and Daahoud are jazz standards to this day. His lasting impact on the jazz cannon is profound.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe discusses what Brown’s legacy teaches us about the strength and importance of following one's own path, in spite of contradictory expectations.

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Arts and Culture
7:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:50 pm

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?

This was the question before a judge in the case of Capitol Records v. ReDigi Inc.

Launched in 2011, ReDigi is basically a digital version of a used-record store. You can sell the company your old MP3s, and you can buy "used" MP3s that other people have sold.

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Billie Holiday: To Touch The Sun

Billie Holiday once said, “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” 

As we look back on her life and legacy, we gain a deep appreciation for Holiday's unique voice and the authenticity and openness of her approach to music. Even as she struggled with drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships and racism, she maintained a raw understanding of her perspective.

Listen to our contemplation of Billie Holiday's life and works below.

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Science
11:24 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd

Fans in the mosh pit during the performance of Liturgy at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago, on July 14, 2012.
Roger Kisby Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 9:55 am

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SXSW
6:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

At South By Southwest, A 71-Year-Old Guitarist Makes A Belated Debut

At age 71, nearly 50 years after his first album, guitarist Harry Taussig is releasing a follow-up — and making his concert debut at South by Southwest.
Jacob Margolis for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:42 am

This week, about 2,000 bands from around the world are performing at various venues throughout Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest music festival. Many of the musicians are young and have had plenty of experience performing in public.

And then there's guitarist Harry Taussig, who is nearly 72 years old. On Thursday, he'll be performing live for the first time ever.

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Austin
1:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

What's the State of the Austin Music Industry?

Street performers play during SXSW 2012. Austin Music People says the city gains $1.7 billion from live music and related tourism.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Austin Music People this week presented "The State of the Austin Music Industry" – a biennial white paper that looks at the economic and cultural impacts of what it means to be the “Live Music Capital of the World."

Austin Music People or "AMP" aims to promote the Austin music industry by bringing local leaders together with Austin music professionals to address the needs of both groups and to determine what can be done to foster the city’s rapid growth and thriving entertainment culture.

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in memoriam
11:40 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn, The 'American Sputnik' Of Piano, Dies At 78

Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:48 am

Legendary pianist Van Cliburn has died at his home in Fort Worth, former CEO of the Cliburn Foundation Richard Rodzinski confirms. Cliburn was diagnosed with bone cancer in August. 

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Arts and Culture
5:57 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mindy McCready, Whose Life Was a Country Song, Has Died

Mindy McCready performing in 2008 in Nashville.
Frederick Breedon IV WireImage

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 6:59 pm

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Arts and Culture
3:58 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Be Honest: Do You Care About the Grammys?

They definitely got this one right: Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and The-Dream accept the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:14 pm

The Grammy Awards are fun to complain about. That's fair. If you watched the telecast Sunday night, you probably care about music. People who care about music tend to have strong opinions about what's good and what's not. Strong opinions often lead to disappointment, especially since the pop-music sphere is increasingly consensus-free.

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Arts and Culture
10:33 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Frank Ocean's Big Year, and What Hasn't Changed in Hip-Hop

Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 11:11 am

Frank Ocean is set to take a victory lap at this year's Grammys. He's up for six awards for his album Channel Orange, including best new artist, and he'll be performing as well. But just a few months ago, Frank Ocean's music wasn't the story — his sexuality was.

To review: After a listening party for Channel Orange last July, a BBC journalist pointed out that a few of the love songs referenced a "him" where you might have expected to hear "her."

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