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Crowdfunding, Cats and Controversy: Austin’s new Blue Cat Cafe under fire in a Gentrification war

This new hip cafe in Austin’s historic East side has become a place for cat lovers and coffee drinkers alike, but has also become a centerpiece of Austin’s neighborhood conservation and gentrification struggle.  

Weekly Staff Picks: An experimental hip-hop party in the coolest Hilton hotel lobby of all time

Step into this technicolored, bass-bumpin’  hotel elevator with me, as we go through fourteen levels of experimental hip-hop from some of the best artists Austin, Texas has to offer. These tracks have a tendency to make you feel like you are in the coolest Hilton hotel lobby of all time. 

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Best Weekend Performance: That Girl Dre and Drew Davis bring soul back to the Cactus Cafe

Deep in the heart of Guadalupe Street, lays the 36-year-old bar that doubles as a live music venue: Cactus Cafe. The Cafe’s legendary acoustics and atmosphere headlined the raw, natural and local talent of That Girl Dre on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 8).

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OV Exclusive: Reed Calhoun of Bee Caves Preps for ACL Madness

Austin’s music scene is flooded with underrated, under the radar artists. Everyone knows this, but no one knows just where to find them. Concealed within the crevices of south Austin (specifically The Continental Club), the hidden gem Bee Caves, a cosmic Americana band, resides. Their E.P. “Animals with Religion,” combines moody folk and psychedelic rock, filling a gap that the local Austin music scene was lacking.

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OV Exclusive [AUDIO]: Feeling the energy of the capitol city with Joyce Manor

Austin is a punk haven for artists in all places, but where else but to start at the Mohawk, one of Austin’s premiere venues that has been host to a myriad of punk artists over the years. Luckily, as Red River faces a sharp decline in venues, the Mohawk has stood against the rising tides of rent and red tape. I have seen many shows here, and tonight’s show was an experience that is difficult to put into words; however, seeing as it’s my job, I’m gonna do the best I can.