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“As a group, we had always gotten together physically to write,” said Nobody’s Girl singer-songwriter BettySoo, who’s based out of Austin. “This (pandemic) definitely put our group writing on hold. We haven’t been in the same room since February 2020. Much of the music we write for our group is based on staggering layers of vocal harmonies or counter-melodies, and doing it in person and in real time is a big part of how that stuff comes together. Given the circumstances, we stayed focused on the songs we have, thinking through how we want to present them live once we were finally able to tour and sing in harmony again.” The trio’s full-length debut album, “Nobody’s Girl,” will be released on July 30. Fans may stay in touch with the group on Facebook ( and Instagram (

Austin-based singer-songwriter Bonnie Whitmore has the kind of plaintive vocals that convey a song’s meaning as much as her introspective lyrics. On her new album “Last Will & Testament,” the musician deals with rape culture (“Asked For It”), gun-related rampages (“Time To Shoot”) and the importance of self-care (“Fine”). The daughter of an airline pilot and an opera singer — and the sister of Eleanor Whitmore of the band The Mastersons — Whitmore said there was always music in her household. And thanks to her father’s job, she grew accustomed to traveling constantly, which prepared her for a life of touring. To learn more about Whitmore, check out her website (

"Luxury" and "Bus" don't often appear together, but luxury buses do, in fact, exist on a few medium-haul intercity routes. I found a dozen current operators around the country. To me, the deal-breaker for a luxury bus is one-by-two seating, such as you find in domestic first class on regional planes.

Thanksgiving is over and you've got nearly a month until Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza with the kids' anticipation growing daily. With our friends at Family Travel Forum we've compiled a roundup to guide you to the best and brightest holiday displays. In Denver, Mile High Holidays hotel deals start at just $99 and you can see the new 110- foot Mile High Tree-- the...

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No kidding: This new six-story downtown library is the epitome of Austin cool. Time magazine even featured it in its World's 100 Coolest Places of 2018 issue. And with its $125 million price tag, it also epitomizes the city's rising tax rates.

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When the Blanton Museum of Art reopened in its 190,000-square-foot new home on the University of Texas campus in 2006, Austin finally boasted an art facility worthy of its artistic spirit. But it took another 12 years for the Blanton's crowning piece to debut: a 2,715-square-foot granite chapel designed by New York painter and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly before his death.

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As I cleaned my plate of ropa vieja - eggs plus brisket plus roasted salsa equals no duh - my friend Albert thanked his out-of-town visitors for inviting him to brunch at our newly opened hotel, the Carpenter, instead of one of our regular old haunts.

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