Who are they?
You've heard these guys in other incarnations: Dave Grohl from Nirvana and Foo Fighters, John Paul Jones from Led Zeppelin and Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age. During the past four years, they have collaborated and appeared live as a band, including a performance in Austin, before releasing their self-titled first album in the U.S. on Tuesday.
As a band
If you're tuned in to the local music scene, you might have heard the name Jefferson Colby before. You might have even heard the trio's driving bass lines, pulsing percussion and experimental guitar work along Berry Street on some busy weekend night. Self-described as a hybrid between Pink Floyd and Nirvana, the band has been pumping out songs and live shows since their formation in 2004.
The three musicians - film-TV-digital media major Danny Mabe, brother and TCU alumnus Matt Mabe and friend Jeff Moore - are releasing their second full-length album, "Octopus", on Friday.
Imagine more than 100 of the world's finest bands at Austin's Zilker Park, each playing one of seven music stages and being cheered on by dedicated fans. The 350-acre park - slightly larger than the size of TCU's campus - was able to contain tens of thousands of music lovers at the annual Austin City Limits music festival this weekend for three days of entertainment, local art and delicious food and drinks.
Three days, seven stages, 126 bands. Yes, it's that time of the year: Oct. 2-4 is the Austin City Limits Music Festival, the weekend when thousands of audiophiles unite in central Texas to hear their favorite bands and discover new ones as they weave in and out of crowds and consciousness. Scour eBay or become best friends with a scalper, because it's not too late for a spontaneous road trip and music-filled weekend.
Muse's new album, "The Resistance", released Sept. 14, contains 11 tracks that confirm the suspicion their last album gave us: they are stepping further away from rock and closer to synthpop.
As the album title suggests, many of the lyrics deal with mentally resisting the social and political pressure to throw away critical thinking. The lyrics are well-written, but they are also one of the few interesting aspects of this album.
On the Arctic Monkeys' first two albums, the most distinguishing factor was the amount of punch that frontman Alex Turner delivered in his riled-up vocals and lead guitar riffs. Songs like "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" and "Still Take You Home" are the epitome of club rock: high energy with a little bit of crazy and a little bit of raunchy. Their lyrics focused on sour relationships, awkward one-night stands and jam-packed nightclubs.
Mary Patton, interim dean for the College of Education, will become the college's official dean in the fall.
Patton ,who was appointed as official dean last week, said her duties as interim dean have included program development, curriculum development, budgeting and fundraising. Patton said she also worked with the college's board of visitors in order to connect the college with the community. She has dealt with students, parents, faculty and staff on a daily basis, she said, and she anticipates similar duties as official dean.
Pond Street Grill, a university dining facility that closed last semester, will not be re-opening as a dining facility next semester because poor business is predicted to continue, a university official said.
Director of Residential Services Craig Allen said the location was re-opened on April 1 as a study space. There are currently no specific ideas about how the space will be converted for the fall semester and what its purpose will be, he said, but he has spoken with the Residence Hall Association about the future of Pond Street Grill.
When I order a coffee, I always tell the cashier my name is Isabelle. The daunting task of pronouncing and spelling out Naheil several times becomes shockingly unrewarding once the clueless barista offers up a beverage for Michael, Miguel, or "NNNN. Umm. Nile. Whose drink is this?"
I figure I'm not selling anyone short because the transaction lasts all of two minutes and let's be honest - the overworked and underpaid Starbucks guy doesn't really care what my name is.
Graduating in the top 10 percent of your high school class might not be a free ticket to the University of Texas at Austin anymore.
With the limitations from a bill in the works in the state legislature, a university official says there is a higher possibility that more top ranking high school graduates will apply to become a Frog instead of a Longhorn.
Ray Brown, dean of admissions, said the university will have to wait to see whether the bill will affect the makeup of TCU's applicant pool.