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Austin’s Increased Hospitalizations from Synthetic Marijuana

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A wave of hospitalizations has hit several counties in Texas as the use of synthetic marijuana has increased in the last few months. Synthetic marijuana is an artificial combination of various herbs and chemicals, some of them dangerous, to create a drug with a similar effect to naturally grown marijuana.

Officials say that they have found some variations that have rat poison as well as oils. The increased use of synthetic marijuana, also referred to as K2 or spice, is attributed to its highly addictive nature, easy access, the perception that it is as natural as real marijuana and the difficulty in detecting it during drug tests. It’s colorful packaging also helps attract its young users.… Read the rest

The 10 Best New Texas Bands of 2015 (plus one from Tennessee)

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Living in a town with more music venues per capita than any other United States city has an advantage, in that there is always somewhere to go where an awesome new band is playing in Austin, my home.

As a twenty-something single male Austin-ite, I spend a lot of my free time looking into new bands. I especially like new groups that are just coming up or have been around but only started being noticed.

Here are my favorite new Texas bands for 2015 – plus one from TN:… Read the rest

The Best Tequilas of 2015

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Whether you are hosting a margarita party, serving it as an aperitif or doing shots with old college friends, these top-rated tequilas should impress your guests and make everyone smile.  It’s impossible not to say Tequila and Mexico in the same breath.

This delicious spirit with its wide variety of unusual flavors and strong taste symbolizes the best of Tex-Mex cuisine and culture. Tequila is much sought after by aspirational drinkers, owing to its unique flavor, as well as unobtrusive sweetness.

The conspicuous herbal flavor of modern day tequila is a product of the Agave plant, cultivated in the city Tequila, located in Mexico. The most popular tequilas consumed today combine two varied ingredients – the agave and distilled sugar.… Read the rest

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Adderall Abuse on the Rise in Texas Universities

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The rising number of cases of Adderall abuse in the United States has become a top matter of concern among key players in the education industry, especially among American colleges and universities.

 

Originally designed for treating Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) among a very small minority of people, Adderall has become an extremely popular study drug at college campuses today.  Many research studies have been done to understand the nature and the size of the problem, for example:… Read the rest

“The Interview” Keeps Austin and America Weird

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Austin, Texas (CNN) — Most Americans are probably familiar with the T-Shirt slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” Ever since Willie Nelson brought rednecks into an alliance with hippies back in the psychedelic ’70s, Austin has milked its quirky libertarian spirit for a worldwide bonanza of free publicity. Both South by Southwest and “Austin City Limits” were born in the cradle of this stoner plea. But in recent years, the Texas capital has become corporatized, the weirdness factor replaced by Starbucks, Marriott and Chase Bank.

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How To Throw a Texas-Sized Margaritaville Party

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Every Texan knows that Austin and Margaritas are joined at the hip. The margarita is our cultural beverage of choice. If you haven’t had one at Chuy’s, you don’t know what you’re missing!

You can’t ever go wrong by serving Margaritas at a laid back, relaxed party.

I hold a Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville party at my house every August when the heat is at its highest here in Hill Country. It’s a perfect time to chill out, drink some cold bevs and catch up with friends.

I like the Margaritaville theme because (a) I love Buffet and (b) it sets the right mood for a late summer party.

To make a Margaritaville party authentic, you have to focus your energy on the right decorations, the right food, tequila, and serving delicious frozen margaritas – while of course playing great Buffet and Texas-style tunes. It … Read the rest

Austin: Keeping Us Weird Since 1839

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Today’s Texas Music owes much to the weirdness that is Austin, Texas.

Austin may not have a lot of in common with the rest of its Texan neighbors, but it surely does with the global music and the international art scene.

So catch a couple of affordable seats on Southwest and head on down to Austin to discover why most of the cars, trucks and t-shirts of the city proudly proclaim, “Keep Austin Weird.”… Read the rest

The Best Texas Music of 2014

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Bonnie Whitmore

Album: There I Go Again (2013)

Whitmore’s sophomore release, “There I Go Again”, is a little bit country and a lot of Americana – with pop hooks.

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Dirty River Boys

Album: Science of Flight (2012)

The quartet plays harmonicas, guitars, mandolins, an upright bass to create gritty roots-style music that they call, “outlaw folk.”

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Fat Tony

Album: Smart Ass Black Boy (2013)

Fat Tony is a Nigerian-American rapper, Anthony Obi. Fat Tony is an intense, Adderall-fueled performer who has won three consecutive Best Underground Hip-Hop awards from the local press. His latest features Kool A.D. and Despot.

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Fox and the Bird

Album: Darkest Hours (2014)

This folk-pop team produces rich harmonies that include banjos, accordions, fiddles, and ukuleles. It reminds us of folk songs played on front porches and in living rooms long ago.

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Hacienda

Album: Shakedown (2012)

Texas indie rockers that have … Read the rest