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After yesterday's discovery and publication of some questionable language used in the contracts for musical acts participating in official SXSW showcases, and Brooklyn band Told Slant's cancellation of their appearance at the festival, today a number of very notable and renowned acts have responded. In a letter cosigned by acts including, but not limited to legendary rapper Killer Mike, rising-star rockers PWR BTTM, punk rock icon Ted Leo, Evan Greer—a touring queer singer/songwriter and the campaign...
Sometimes the Texas sun gets so hot in the summer that recess can’t happen on the playground. The plastic slides steam, waiting to burn the first pair of uncovered legs to plop upon them. The metal chains that suspend the swings are too hot to even poke. On these days, recess happens indoors with coloring books and heads up seven up. Summer hangs around like an overeager friend for so long that on one...
It’s Friday night in Marfa and I’m at the Lost Horse Saloon getting schooled on the difference between a cowboy and a rancher by the tall, one-eyed cowboy who owns the place. Locals are gathered around the fire pit smoking and drinking beers while inside a band plays on a little stage draped with the Texas flag. A few minutes earlier, I was in the courtyard of Ballroom Marfa, the arts nonprofit behind the...
After six years in the Lone Star State, I knew that in moving from “Little Austin”  to the Big Apple, there would be some things I’d miss. But I was unprepared to learn that the city that has everything seemed to be missing something important: the perfect fried pickle chips. A staple of just about every cheap restaurant or dive bar in Texas, fried pickle chips are best enjoyed on a blisteringly hot summer day...

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