Watch sons of late Tejano star Emilio Navaira rock the stage on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Screen capture via YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live
Screen capture via YouTube/Jimmy Kimmel Live

The two sons of late Tejano star Emilio Navaira made their late-night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night with their band The Last Bandoleros.

Read: Austin remembers Tejano music legend Emilio Navaira

Emilio Navaira IV and Diego Navaira started their Tex-Mex and pop-rock outfit with Jerry Fuentes and Derek James a little more than two years ago. Diego plays bass and does vocals while Emilio plays drums, though he’s not an “official” band member.

The Last Bandoleros played their song “Where Do You Go?” on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night, which they said in an interview with Billboard was the whole reason the band got its start.

Read: Investigation: Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira died of natural causes

The brothers said they’re not sure if they’d even be performing if it hadn’t been for their father. They said they’re using their music to cope with his death.

“I love that we’re continuing what he did, but with our own spin on it,” Emilio said. “That makes me feel really, really proud.”

Drake films music video in Texas before kicking off tour in Austin

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Drake arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Why do you have to fight with Drake at the Houston Cheesecake Factory? You know he loves to go there.

The rapper was spotted in his Canada away from Canada (Texas) last week, filming a music video for his hit “Child’s Play,” the Houston Chronicle reports. Whether as part of filming or not, Drake made a point to stop at his favorite chain while in H-Town.

The song “Child’s Play” includes the lyrics: “Why you gotta fight with me at Cheesecake/You know I love to go there/Say I’m actin’ lightskin, I can’t take you nowhere/This a place for families that drive Camrys and go to Disney/They don’t need to know all of our business.”

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As Instagram videos show, the family friendly restaurant wasn’t the 6 God’s only stop in Houston. Drake was also seen filming at another favorite joint (mentioned in songs “No Tellin'” and “Believe Me”) steakhouse/strip club V Live.

Drake, who will kick off his “Summer Sixteen” tour here in Austin tomorrow, has shown extra affection for the Lone Star State, particularly Houston, throughout his career. According to Fader, this is because the rapper first signed with label Young Money in the adopted hometown.

READ: Our fake interview with Drake went really well

While Austin has only two Cheesecake Factory locations, maybe Drake can grab a bite after tomorrow’s show at another Camry-filled parking lot — the Chili’s on 45th and Lamar.

NASA denies accusations it cut live video feed when UFO appeared

Staff members of Juno Mission watch on before the solar-powered Juno spacecraft went into orbit around Jupiter, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Staff members of Juno Mission watch on before the solar-powered Juno spacecraft went into orbit around Jupiter, at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., on July 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

In case you hadn’t heard about the latest “UFO” cover-up theory circulating the internet, last week people began accusing NASA of covering up a “UFO” when its live-streaming video cut out just as something appeared to be entering Earth’s atmosphere.

Read: Security guard videotapes UFO hovering over Texas mall

YouTube user StreetCap1 posted the video clip, acknowledging that the object is not necessarily a space craft and it could be something less notable like a meteor. “What made it interesting was the camera cut off when the UFO seemed to stop,” he wrote.

After the video went viral, CNET reached out to NASA for comment. NASA spokesman Daniel Huot said to CNET in an email that the video is from the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment aboard the International Space Station. He said the experiment is on automatic controls to cycle through various cameras, meaning no one is actually monitoring the feed.

Read: Aliens in Austin? A collection of ATX UFO ‘sightings’

“The station regularly passes out of range of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS) used to send and receive video, voice and telemetry from the station,” Huot said. “For video, whenever we lose signal (video comes down on our higher bandwidth, called KU) the cameras will show a blue screen (indicating no signal) or a preset video slate.”

As for what the object was, Huot said “it’s very common for thing like the moon, space debris, reflection from station windows, the spacecraft structure itself or light from Earth to appear as artifacts in photos and videos from the orbiting laboratory.”

 

Big Red Slurpee comes to 650 7-Eleven stores in Texas

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Hey Slurpee lovers, here’s something you might like to know: 7-Eleven’s Big Red Slurpee will now be available in more than 650 stores in Texas.

Read: 7-Eleven worker becomes first woman to climb Mount Everest seven times

While the drink is sold at a select few stores around Texas, the company said in a news release that it intends to expand the flavor’s availability this summer.

Read: Slurpee fan? 7-Eleven selling doughnut inspired by the iconic frozen drink

Big Red was created in 1937 by two men in Waco, though it was originally called Sun Tang Red Cream Soda. This year, the Big Red Slurpee was launched as one of 7-Eleven’s new summer Slurpee flavors.

These singing Texas lawyers have a message for you: ‘Don’t eat your weed’

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Will Hutson and Chris Harris, two lawyers from Waco, have taken a rather atypical approach to offering legal advice: singing.

Read: Looking to puff up your bank account? Then pass your resume over to Willie Nelson

The duo periodically uploads commercials for their law firm Hutson and Harris on YouTube, usually approaching different legal lessons in creative ways. And in one video, which has racked up over 200,000 views, Hutson and Harris tackled marijuana laws in Texas by singing a self-written country song called “Don’t Eat Your Weed.”

The lawyers say in the video that possessing marijuana in Texas classifies as a class B misdemeanor if a person is holding less than two ounces. But if the suspect tries to alter, destroy or conceal the weed when an officer approaches, the charge may become a third-degree felony for tampering with evidence.

Read: Texas might be ready to expand medical marijuana use

In their most recent video, the lawyers offer five minutes of advice on why people should refrain from cooking their weed also. Though it’s not in the form of song, the video explains that turning marijuana into edibles can result in a first-degree felony charge and even lead to life in prison.

Hutson and Harris told the Waco Tribune-Herald they aim for something higher than other gimmicky lawyer commercials they’ve seen, like those of the Texas Law Hawk.

Read: Whoopi Goldberg started a cannabis company to help ease menstrual cramps

“There are some lawyers’ commercials out there that are just so ridiculous, you wonder if somebody would take you seriously,” Harris told the Tribune-Herald. “[W]e were hoping to look like a couple of guys who are lawyers who happen to play guitar. That is what we were shooting for.”

Talk about a ‘Taco Grande’: ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic ate at Torchy’s Tacos this week

We have proof that “Weird Al” Yankovic didn’t smell like Nirvana during his gig at Bass Concert Hall. In fact, he probably smelled like green chile queso.

Torchy’s Tacos tweeted a picture of the parody song grandmaster dining at their Guadalupe Street location around noon Tuesday.

We know it’s not on the menu, but we sincerely hope he ordered tacos al pastor. Or maybe something with “Spam” in it.

Yankovic is not the first esteemed dignitary to dine at the Austin fave, of course. President Barack Obama famously stopped at the South First Street location in March while he was in town for South by Southwest.

Weird Al Yankovic performs on his Welcome to the Return of the Mandatory Fun Tour at Bass Concert Hall at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas on July 12, 2016 - Photo Credit: Scott Moore/For American-Statesman
Weird Al Yankovic performs on his Welcome to the Return of the Mandatory Fun Tour at Bass Concert Hall at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas on July 12, 2016 – Photo Credit: Scott Moore/For American-Statesman

SEE MORE PHOTOS OF ‘WEIRD AL’ YANKOVIC IN AUSTIN

Point for us in the taco war with San Antonio. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Alamo City tried to get Flight of the Conchords or someone to swing down the highway now.

[h/t Eater Austin]

 

Westboro Baptist Church ‘recruits’ Jigglypuff, other Pokémon as latest spokesmen

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In some weird twist of fate, the Westboro Baptist Church’s latest campaign involves the Pokémon Jigglypuff, Pikachu and Squirtle.

There’s been no shortage of strange events surrounding the recently released game “Pokémon Go,” from the woman who found a dead body while playing to robbers using the game to “lure” victims. And now, WBC —a fringe religious group known for their homophobic messages — can be added to the list.

Related link: What Pokémon have you caught in Austin, and where?

Turns out, one one of the game’s “gyms,” which are designated spots where players can challenge one another, is located at WBC in Topeka, Kansas. For those who aren’t familiar with “Pokémon Go,” it is an augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic that allows players to “catch” Pokemon nearby.

After users found the location, Pokémon player Pinknose took over the gym at WBC leaving a pink Clefairy named “Loveislove” as a guard.

Recognizing the user’s decision to nickname the character using the phrase commonly associated with the LGBT community, WBC retaliated by co-opting the Pokémon Jigglypuff in a message. The WBC’s Twitter account posted a Vine yesterday depicting Jigglypuff holding a “repent or perish” sign with the phrase “Pokéemon go and sin no more” above.

https://twitter.com/WBCSaysRepent/status/752452436988600320

Since then, WBC has sent out a number of posts using different Pokémon as their spokesmen. The church has even declared “Pokémon Go”-war against the user Pinknose and appears to be getting ready to challenge the Clefairy with its own Pokémon.

https://twitter.com/WBCsigns/status/752147199841148928

Just to put these events into perspective, remember folks — it’s been less than a week since the game came out.

Read more about the WBC and Pokémon at USA Today. 

What people are saying about Tim Duncan’s retirement from the San Antonio Spurs

FILE - In this June 15, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) celebrates after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio. Duncan announced his retirement on Monday, July 11, 2016, after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) celebrates after Game 5 of the NBA basketball finals in San Antonio on June 15, 2014. Duncan announced his retirement on Monday, July 11, 2016, after 19 seasons, five championships, two MVP awards and 15 All-Star appearances. It marks the end of an era for the Spurs and the NBA. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The day finally came. The Big Fundamental is retiring.

After 19 seasons spent with the same team in the league, Tim Duncan has said goodbye to the San Antonio Spurs. The announcement about the five-time champion’s retirement was delivered in the most Duncan-esque way. No press conference, year-long farewell tour, articles or a letter on a sports website, but rather a simple press release and video from the Spurs organization.

The tributes quickly poured in on Twitter with news outlets sharing highlights from his career.

Other NBA figures and teams tweeted photos and thanks to undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever play.

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/752520117938888704

A few tweets poked fun at Duncan’s history of being the NBA’s favorite dorky dad and geek.

https://twitter.com/iamHectorDiaz/status/752510524508631040

https://twitter.com/cd_hooks/status/752514881614516224

While he took the game very seriously, Duncan and his teammates were known for goofing around, as seen in some clips making the rounds.

And of course, there were lots of jokes.

With nearly two decades of a NBA career under his belt, many Spurs fans took the news quite hard.

https://twitter.com/jon123spurs/status/752514768511000576

https://twitter.com/Spurnandez210/status/752512521752354817

If you’re a Spurs fan, you’ll want to grab a tissue for this sweet video. Thanks for the memories Timmy.

 

‘Walking Dead’ meets ‘Deadpool’ in video, makes zombie apocalypse fun

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What’s one way to make the zombie apocalypse in “The Walking Dead” seem like a good time? Switch out the audio for the dialogue in “Deadpool.”

YouTube user AFK Anthony posted his own mashup of the two fan-favorites on July 7, taking the footage of a “TWD” trailer and combining it with the audio from the comic-book hero movie. We get to see Rick Grimes and the crew walk their typical walk through the valley of the shadow of death but this time with some DMX playing in the background.