The college kids dig Sixth Street, hip cats dig the east side, and shoppers flock to South Congress or The Domain. But there’s a rad collection of bars, restaurants, boutiques, and entertainment in the heart of downtown, in Austin’s 2ND Street District.[Read more…]
Time for the weekend, Austin! What better way to celebrate the slowly approaching fall than stepping outside into a city full of exceptional local music.
This time around, we recommend a fantastic atmospheric rock band’s record release, an annual blues/soul/jazz festival, and an indie band so fun, you won’t want the show to end. Always listen local![Read more…]
September is upon us! With everyone back to school and UT in full swing, it’s time to gather some friends and head out for a weekend of rad local music. This time around, we recommend a killer Black Fret showcase, classic ’80s post punk band, and a rock-and-roll duo’s single release.
Listen loud and listen local![Read more…]
At the risk of sounding cheesy, there’s nothing better than diversity. Multiple points of view stimulate thinking and broaden our horizons. Different voices with different experiences enrich us and help us grow.
Unfortunately, in the world of mainstream entertainment, there isn’t much outside of superheroes, lame comedies, and Oscar bait biopics.
Enter Austin’s many multicultural film festivals and their dedication to introducing us to a wide variety of cultures through the magic of movies. Whether you’re hungry for Asian American drama or looking for the latest in New French cinema, Austin has a festival tailor-made for your personal taste, and sense of adventure.[Read more…]
The last weekend of the month is going to be a scorcher in more ways than one. This weekend, we recommend brand new indie pop and a one-two shot of rock-and-roll power. Enjoy the weekend, the weather, and three days of top notch local music. Yes, friends. Listen local![Read more…]
Whenever people talk about summer in Austin, water activities are always recommended. Dipping in Barton Springs, a trip to Hamilton Pool, floating the river. All fantastic ways to beat three straight months of 100-degree heat.
But what if you don’t even want to be outside? Regardless of your water activity of choice, the blazing sun can turn the coolest of pools into bath water, and fry skin to a crisp. And forget it if you have little ones. Spending any amount of time in broiling temperatures can be downright dangerous. What’s a parent to do?
Cedar Park’s micro indoor water park may be the perfect solution. Allow me to introduce you to Splash Shack, a family-focused waterscape and play area, designed with big and little kids in mind. All without reliance on greasy sunscreen or suffering through triple-digit temps.
And, more good news: Splash Shack is open year-round. So when the heat has passed and it’s actually a bit cool to swim outside, you can find swimming fun right here, every month of the year.[Read more…]
Welcome to mid-August, Austin! With the kiddos going back to school and parents scrambling for last minute supplies, it may feel like the end of summer is here (despite the 105-degree weather). Whether you’re prepping for the school year or dreading the uptick in traffic that high school car lines cause, there’s plenty of live music to help you through.
This weekend, we recommended an experimental art/rock duo’s album release show, a yearly festival of hip hop togetherness, and a shock rock innovator turned adopted son of Austin. Keep cool and listen local![Read more…]
Austin! Welcome to the weekend! One of my favorite aspects of this article series is the pure discovery. I have my favorite ATX artists, but scratching around in the underground for cool new sounds is what makes this less a promotional device and more a musical expedition.
This weekend I bring you three wonderful finds: a smooth yet funky soul/jazz/funk act, screaming shoegaze, and minimalist goth rock in the vein of Nick Cave and The Velvet Underground. In a city full of fun surprises, there are a hundred reasons to listen local![Read more…]
Well, I done did it. When I moved here from NYC six years ago, if you told me I’d end up having a kid and living in an Austin suburb, I would’ve called you insane. Yet two months ago, my wife, three-year-old, and I moved into an adorable home in Cedar Park. It’s even on a cul-de-sac for Pete’s sake. We’re officially ‘burbing.
While the cool kids in Austin proper consider Cedar Park a cultural wasteland, I’m here to set the record straight. Sure, it may not be a bastion of foodie goodness like the city’s hipper neighborhoods, but Williamson County dwellers have more than chain restaurants and fast causal to keep the taste buds tantalized.
Here’s an insider’s guide about where to eat in this fine town of friends and families, including a couple spots just outside the city limits.[Read more…]
Happy awesome August, lovely Austin! While the sweltering heat may feel less than exceptional, there’s an entire city of killer music to explore, heat or no heat. This weekend, we recommend an ATX guitar goddess, music benefit for a worthy cause, and the finest beer and brats bash of the year. Enjoy the weekend and always listen local![Read more…]