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Wednesday, April 17, 2024 — Houston, TX

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Troye Sivan's musicality blooms in sophomore album

(09/02/18 10:29pm)

Some students combat September storms with lots of blankets, napping and Netflix, but perhaps they should consider dancing around to Troye Sivan’s sophomore album, “Bloom.” Both thrillingly delicate and heavy-hitting, Sivan’s newest work features his characteristic reflective lyricism coupled with a diverse mix of exuberant classic pop sounds. While his first album, “Blue Neighborhood,” quietly mused about the difficulties of queer heartbreak, “Bloom” sparkles with pride and honest dialogue.



Houston Restaurant Week for the College Student

(08/02/18 3:13am)

While the heat outside might not feel like a blessing, Houstonians are blessed with something else: world-class food at cheaper prices than those of New York or Paris. But “cheap” high class food for college students usually entails ordering an appetizer and filling up at Whataburger later. Enter Houston Restaurant Week, or rather, month. From Aug. 1 to Sept. 3, over 280 Houston restaurants that you and I might call “way too fancy for Saturday dinner” open their menus for set prices. $20 brunch, $20 lunch, and $35 to $45 dinner means a more affordable way to tickle the taste buds. To top it off? All restaurants donate some portion of your bill to the Houston Food Bank to help fight hunger through food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations. These set prices mean restaurants in a wide range of caliber serve you their food at the same price of their neighbor. They also mean that partaking in Houston Restaurant Week requires careful research and planning (basically, please don’t order a Caesar salad if you’re coughing up money for these dinners). Behold our 2018 recommendations:






27th KTRU outdoor show aims to spotlight student and local art, music

(04/11/18 8:44am)

The normally empty Central Quad will come alive during KTRU’s 27th annual Outdoor Show by local and student music performances, interactive art projections and food trucks. In line with the radio station’s eclectic streak, the outdoor show will feature a diverse music lineup ranging from indie electronic Kay Weathers to disco pop CAPYAC to rapper Kodie Shane. In addition, the show aims to expand the presence of local art features, an effort they started last year.


In Bloom could grow into the festival Houston deserves

(03/28/18 7:23am)

This weekend, the inaugural In Bloom Music Festival kicked off in Eleanor Tinsley Park with headliners such as Beck, Incubus and Martin Garrix. After a disastrous flood led to the cancellations of Free Press Summer Fest performances last year, C3 Concerts officially closed down the June festival and replaced it with In Bloom. The festival featured four stages spread out in Eleanor Tinsley Park, with highways overhead, the skyline in clear sight and the bayou within smelling distance.



​Black Panther the Album redefines soundtrack expectations with fresh and meaningful collaborations

(02/28/18 6:27am)

The highly anticipated film, “Black Panther,” is shattering opening-weekend records, becoming the fifth-biggest domestic opening of all time. With it rises “Black Panther The Album (From and Inspired By),” an equally diverse and weighty soundtrack album produced by Top Dawg Entertainment. Debuting at Billboard’s No.1, the album has the biggest charting week for a soundtrack in over a year. Ambitious and fresh, “Black Panther the Album” successfully blends eclectic genres and moods to redefine expectations for soundtracks — goodbye “La La Land” melodies and hello rap, R&B, gqom and everything in between.


​Misplaced burden: Administration, not affected students, should take proactive role in increasing accessibility

(02/28/18 5:55am)

A few weeks ago, my friend hurt her foot pretty badly. As a result, she needed to borrow an electric scooter. What should have been a relatively quick and painless process turned out to be a 45-minute ordeal, as she was forced to limp from her room to the bus stop and arrive at the Allen Center, only to discover she had to pay $200 (in cash!) on a security deposit just to get to class on time.



Best and worst of ACL 2017

(10/18/17 6:20am)

Over midterm recess, the Thresher took on Austin City Limits. A widely attended annual music festival held in Austin, Texas, ACL was held over two weekends, the first of which perfectly coincided with Rice’s four-day fall recess. This year, the lineup boasted a wide variety of music, from British rapper and activist Skepta to highly anticipated rock stars The Killers to mesmerizing R&B artist Solange. Two ACL virgins bring you the best and worst of the festival’s first weekend. Please note that because there were only two of us, it was physically impossible for us to watch every single act. So don’t come at us later for not having included your favorite, so-small-they-make-you-look-hipster band in the review.


“Home of the Strange” tour brings nostalgia to White Oak Music Hall

(10/04/17 9:25pm)

On Saturday night, Joywave, Cold War Kids and Young the Giant concluded their two-month tour with a sold-out show at White Oak Music Hall. The tour featured Young the Giant’s “Home of the Strange” album, which the band describes as a “modest coming-of-age story; a moment that will cast long, happy, shadows in the dog days.” This ambience carried through the night, with strong performances from all three bands.