On this week’s episode of the singing competition, Elia Esparza from El Paso stood on the nationally-watched stage and belted out Selena’s “Como La Flor” for judges Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus and Adam Levine.
The judges’ curiosities peaked the moment those opening notes that are all too familiar to those of us from Texas began. She gave an impressive performance that would probably would have made Selena proud and by the end, Esparza had convinced Levine, Cyrus and Shelton to turn their chairs.
The singer was in her hometown to perform for her Formation tour on Thursday when she and her mother, Tina Knowles, decided to go to their old favorite shop Solid Gold Beauty Supply. Apparently, Tina needed some satin bonnets.
The rapper recently released his latest song, titled “Stranger Things,” in which he samples the theme song heard round the world. Khalifa takes bits of the eerie synth-driven, ’80s-inspired track created by Austin band Survive and turns it into a hip-hop beat featuring rapper J.R. Donato.
Throughout the track, Khalifa makes use of song’s namesake and repeatedly uses the word “stranger” — like a lot. “It’s like I’m talking to a stranger/ Now everybody getting stranger,” Khalifa sings. “They’re stranger/ I think I’m in danger, gotta wake my game up/ Gotta stay the same, watching everybody change/ Ah now they’re getting stranger.” How inspired.
During Kanye West’s performance at the Frank Erwin Center, you can expect a mixture of old faves and new hits, his hovering over the audience on a floating stage platform and all in all, a great performance. In light of his concert, let’s take the opportunity to catch up on what West’s been up to recently.
In latest news, West finally joined Instagram. His username is kanywest and so far, there’s only one photo that shows a scene from 1990’s “Total Recall,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Of course, there was no caption and we may never know why he chose this image. Stay mysterious, Ye.
Last week, West made headlines for what looked to be the start of a feud between himself and former protege Kid Cudi. Kid Cudi had tweeted out a series of posts criticizing the “fake ones” and calling out West and Drake. West then ranted against him during a show in Tampa, Fla. But during his show in Houston, People reports that West ended the feud with an on-stage message for Kid Cudi saying “I just wanted to take time out to say Kid Cudi is my brother,” he said, calling him “the most influential artist of the past 10 years, and I hope he’s doing well.”
“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn also had something to say about West this month. He said the only thing dumber than West’s fashion line is whoever’s buying it. “I’m totally perplexed about why the fashion industry has not looked at these, frankly, dumb basic clothes and cried hoax. Hoax,” Gunn said during an interview with Access Hollywood.
Let’s not forget about how MTV gave West four minutes to say whatever he wanted at the VMA’s in August. He talked about Taylor Swift, Beyonce, people being shot in Chicago and his “Famous” video during his allotted time. Read the whole transcript here.
It was also announced in August that Ye now has more Top 40 songs than Michael Jackson who had 39 — now that’s an accomplishment. West is currently 10th for most top 40 hits by a male artist all-time, losing to the likes of Elvis Presley.
Whether or not you’re going to his concert in Austin, it’s always entertaining to know what West is up to. But seriously, we’re all secretly hoping he visits a local taco joint and posts about it on Twitter tonight.
Say it loud and say it proud: Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.
If that mantra doesn’t immediately make you nostalgic for those days Explosions in the Sky’s “Your Hand in Mine” came on the screen and “Friday Night Lights” began, then you need head straight for Netflix and do some serious binge-watching.
It’s been 10 years since the premiere of “Friday Night Lights,” which was filmed right here in Austin. In honor of the show’s anniversary, the cast reunited at Del Valle high school during the ATX Festival in June.
Entertainment Weekly released footage this week from the cast’s reunion on the field in which they theorize on where they think their characters are today. Tyra Collette is likely back in Dillon, married to Tim Riggins. Jason Street built himself a great life and Luke is probably still pining for Becky. Watch below:
Okay, so maybe he did miss a bunch of the lyrics and he looked a little uncomfortable on stage sometimes. But give the guy a break. He’s not used to being on land, he channeled his #Phelpsface and even gave an A+ mic drop at the end.
After a concert in San Antonio on Saturday night, Texas-born Nick Jonas tweeted that he would be eating at the city’s Pig Stand, a well-known pig-themed restaurant. On top of that, he also offered to buy anyone who joined him some bacon in celebration of his latest single “Bacon.”
On that late night, doin what I wanna do thing. San Antonio, let's meet at Pig Stand after the show.. #Bacon on me. You down?
Here’s what he said in a video from the event on Monday:
“There’s a culture out there of dancing and it’s not about no strip club (expletive),” he explained in a video from last night’s event. “It’s about these amazing women that we’ve got in one spot, this music that we’ve got, this Houston culture that we’ve got. I just wanna let you know that I’m going to bring it to you in the most honest and genuine way possible.”
According to Drake’s Instagram, The Ballet will open up in early 2017. The post reads, “Tonight is a different take on how it should be done in Houston. Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself. Where the women are on a pedestal and the surroundings are unforgettable.”
It’s a question that’s been on the minds of many ever since UT announced that Academy Award winner and university alumnus Matthew McConaughey would be teaching a class this fall: How much is he getting paid? The answer is — drumroll, please — nothing.
According to the Texas Tribune, McConaughey is taking part in the class for free and isn’t technically instructing the course Advanced Producing: Script-to-Screen. He’ll only be in class once or twice a semester while the class will be taught by lecturer Scott Rice.
The piece begins with a description of an out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new Burnet Road, which it says “for years, was mostly seen as a tatty stretch of car repair shops, old-school food joints, gas stations and derelict business” — but not anymore. The Times says the strip — and Austin — is evolving.
“In addition to standbys like dark chocolate with olive oil and sea salt, there are seasonal flavors like back porch iced tea, with black tea and a generous pour of Paula’s Texas Lemon and Grapefruit liqueurs,” The Times says.
The Peached Tortilla When this Asian-Southern fusion restaurant switched from a food truck to its brick-and-mortar location on Burnet Road last year, we thought it took a bit of its luster away. Nevertheless, The Times found it noteworthy.
“Try the flat, wide rice noodles tossed with brisket and kale for a twist on chow fun, then wash it down with a Margarita de Peached, spiced up with habanero-infused tequila and Thai basil,” The Times says.
Monkey Nest Coffee The Times says “regulars of this 24-hour cafe favor the Spicy Monkey Mocha, laced with cayenne pepper.” For more takes on Austin coffee shops, follow Austin360’s quest to visit more than 100 local cafes.
Uptown Modern This restored vintage Danish and mid-century modern furniture shop is the only non-eatery that made the list. “Snag a Florence Knoll chrome and marble coffee table,” The Times says. “Or Arne Jacobsen swan chairs with original chartreuse wool fabric.”