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There’s optimism in Aggieland, question marks in Austin and a crowded trophy case in Tuscaloosa. Here’s a playlist of songs that relate to A&M, an old rival and the SEC.

I thought a lot about Don Williams over the weekend. The country singer, who died on Friday at age 78, takes me back to my childhood. Like most people, my early music favorites were the artists my parents played, at least until popular music took me in different directions in the '80s.

The flood of Netflix’s original programming has been glorious for comedy fans, especially its constant stream of stand-up specials (Dave Chappelle, Jim Gaffigan, Norm Macdonald, Mike Birbiglia, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman and many others).

The South By Southwest Music Festival kicks off Monday in Austin, and with it comes a slew of entertaining band names. To name just a few: The Kraken Quartet, Potty Mouth, Totally Mild, Active Bird Community, Champagne SuperChillin, Everyone Is Dirty and GoGo Penguin.

The best pop songs that reference presidents have run the gamut of emotions: somber (Dion's Abraham, Martin and John, Johnny Cash's Mister Garfield), goofy (Prince's Ronnie Talk to Russia), biting (Living Colour's Cult of Personality) and haunting (Sting's Russians).

Texas A&M grad and singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen has a lot going on these days. His album Live Dinner Reunion -- which finds Keen back at Floore's County Store in Helotes, site of his beloved No. 2 Live Dinner album -- hits stores next month. Garden & Gun premiered two tracks fr…

The day I got the call for a Prince interview, I distinctly remember my reaction. It was akin to the old Steve Martin bit “Happy Feet,” when the comedian suddenly burst into an out-of-control, delirious dance of joy.

There are many bones to pick with Zack Snyder's long-awaited Batman v. Superman movie before it even hits theaters tonight. For instance, why are these guys fighting in the first place? Didn't Snyder watch Superfriends in the '80s? It's right there in the title, homie.

Uniform talk is always fun, and Texas A&M has certainly been a big topic of conversation in recent years with its football fashion. It goes for basketball, too. Paul Lukas, who runs the entertaining UniWatch website and writes for ESPN, ranks the Sweet 16 teams for their uniforms.

Now that President Obama has had his turn at South by Southwest in Austin, it's time for the music to kick in. And part of the fun is examining the wild array of names of the performing acts, and some of their similarities.

Star Wars' impact on pop culture is massive, and that may be an understatement. In music, the movies have inspired artist names, from 2 Live Crew's Luke Skyywalker to such bands as Jedi Mind Tricks, Nerf Herder, The Tontons and Eisley (which started out as Moss Eisley).

Newcomers to Aggieland often cock their heads — like dogs spellbound by a high-pitched whistle — when faced with Texas A&M traditions. That was a common thread of the pregame concert, part of the festivities celebrating Texas A&M's renovated Kyle Field.

Austin singer-songwriter Bob Schneider will serve as the Saturday night headliner at the upcoming Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival. This year's event in Downtown Bryan is Sept. 26 and 27.

Great stuff in the new issue of Texas Monthly. The theme is "The Secrets Behind Your Favorite Texas Songs," and it features a wide array of Texas artists. A sample: Kacey Musgraves (Merry Go 'Round), ZZ Top (La Grange), Willie Nelson (Pretty Paper), Freddy Fender (Wasted Days and Wasted Nigh…

The South by Southwest Music Conference cranks up again this week in Austin, and so it's time for our annual look at the array of band names.

About halfway through his sold-out show on Thursday night, Jerry Seinfeld said what might as well have been the title of the MSC OPAS event: "These are the things that bother me."

Johnny Cash would be 83 today. The country legend's impact on music is obvious — bands have been named after him, his songs have been sampled and covered by many — but we went searching for another way to explore it. So in honor of his birthday, here are songs by other artists that reference…

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