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The rock band Weezer is taking a self-proclaimed "Indie Rock Roadtrip," a tour that will make a stop at Austin's Germania Insurance Amphitheater on Thursday, June 8.

The tour will kick off in Huntsville, Alabama on June 4, traveling to 30 cities over the course of three months. In addition to the Austin date, the band will also play The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on June 6. Those are the only two scheduled stops in Texas.

Weezer will be joined on the tour by some of the biggest names in indie rock, with Modest Mouse and Momma playing in both Austin and Irving. Other stops will see Future Islands and Joyce Manor or Spoon and White Reaper. (It is surprising that Spoon, one of Austin's most successful alternative bands, is not playing in its hometown for this tour.)

The most recent project for Weezer was 2022's SZNZ, a collection of EPs, made in realtime, all matching the aesthetic and sounds of each season.

The band, known for hits like "Buddy Holly" and "Beverly Hills," has released 15 albums in their career, most recently 2021's Van Weezer.

Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, March 3 at 10 am at Ticketmaster.com.

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New poll reveals shocking results on how outsiders view Texas, plus more top stories

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Editor’s note: It’s that time again — time to check in with our top stories. From Texas being more popular than we thought, to Austin getting a lot less popular, here are five articles that captured our collective attention over the past seven days.

1. New poll reveals shocking results on how outsiders view Texas. We may be able to lay down the "don't mess with Texas" attitude when it comes to outside opinions of the state — we're actually pretty well-liked.

2. The Austin housing market is outperforming national trends, latest report shows. Even though home sales are falling everywhere, they're falling less dramatically in Central Texas. It looks like the Austin market is stabilizing.

3. Austin plummets on list of best places to live in new national report. Austinites can't seem to tell if this is good news (less hype) or bad news (we already live here). We're not even close to the top 10 anymore.

4. Rock legend Stevie Nicks extends tour with new Austin date. One of rock's most iconic and stylish performers is coming to Austin's Moody Center for a solo show this August. At 74, she still has a strong hold on fans' imaginations.

5. Here are the top 7 things to do in Austin this weekend. Austinites are always adding things to their busy schedules — this week it was a comedy show with Steve Martin and Martin Short, a big same-name meetup, a benefit show with local stars, and more.

Austin dethroned from top spot in new ranking of top summer travel destinations for 2023


We already know the Austin area is a top destination for both Texas and out-of-state travelers, and is widely recognized for being one of the most pet-friendly cities. However, a new ranking has deemed the city only the second best place to visit in the summer, with San Antonio coming out on top.

Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown ranked the No. 14 best summer travel destination out of 100 of the largest metro areas in America, according to the 2023 edition of WalletHub’s report. The report compared the cities across 41 metrics, including number of attractions, which we know our city has plenty of.

The Texas Capital's current rank is an unpleasant 10-place drop from WalletHub's 2022 report, where we previously placed No. 4. Behind Austin and San Antonio in the 2023 rankings is El Paso (No. 18), Houston (No. 38), Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 45), Corpus Christi (No. 62), and McAllen (No. 86).

Dr. Susan Weidmann, assistant professor in the department of recreational management and physical education at Appalachian State University, said in the report that summer 2023 is going to be a “good season for travel” despite recent economic downturns that have many worried about a recession.

“Coming out of Covid, I think many people have taken these last few years to really evaluate what they want out of life, and for those that love travel, I think they have probably put it at the top of their list of things to do,” she said. “As far as economics are concerned, many may have saved their traveling money from the last multiple years, so will have money to spend. That being said, after the airline chaos of last year, many people may be thinking about domestic travel over the long-haul, just to alleviate many of the concerns that airlines, especially in Europe, are still grappling with, such as reduced staffing leading to flight cancellations.”

Dr. Weidmann predicts the time period between July and early August will be the most popular season for National Parks, like Texas’ Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains.

Despite none of them being in Texas, the top 10 destinations in WalletHub’s report are all popular cities worth a glance in sun-friendly states like Hawaii, New York, and Florida.

The top 10 best summer destinations are:

  • No. 1 – Atlanta, Georgia
  • No. 2 – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • No. 3 – Washington, D.C.
  • No. 4 – Wichita, Kansas
  • No. 5 – New York City, New York
  • No. 6 – Chicago, Illinois
  • No. 7 – Tampa, Florida
  • No. 8 – Orlando, Florida
  • No. 9 – Richmond, Virginia
  • No. 10 – Springfield, Missouri

The full report can be found on WalletHub’s website.

Lengendary Texas ranch resort makes waves on the market with $15 million price tag

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A magnificent, 313-acre ranch resort in Brenham, Texas has made a grand entrance onto the real estate market for a mere $15 million. With that considerable price tag, the future owners would be inheriting a luxuriously grand hacienda that's perfect for drawing in the elite crowd and maybe a few Austin billionaires.

Dos Brisas is just a 90 minute drive east from Austin, tucked away at 10000 Champion Drive between Highway 290, TX-105, and Highway 6. The resort building, whose name translates to Two Breezes, was built in 2002 and spans nearly 14,300 square feet.

The business had been in operation for over 17 years before the announcement of its closure. On their website, Dos Brisas thanked its guests for their patronage as the owners now "look forward to spending more time with [their] family."

In addition to being surrounded by gorgeous pecan trees, wildflowers, three stocked ponds, and Peach Creek, Dos Brisas also hosts several prestigious amenities on its premises, including a tennis court, an equestrian facility, and a fully-functioning organic farm. And we can't forget their world-renowned, Forbes five-star restaurant that boasts a "Best of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator magazine for their 7,000-bottle wine cellar.

Dos BrisasThe show barn is just one part of the pristine equestrian facility on the premises at Dos Brisas.Photo by James Pharaon / Compass

Dos Brisas

Photo by James Pharaon / Compass

The property is located at 10000 Champion Drive in Brenham, Texas.

The haciendas on the ranch are highlighted by private entrances, personal pools, floor-to-ceiling windows, grand bathrooms, and much more. They suit the beautiful Texas landscape and truly give the feel of a relaxing getaway, the perfect destination for those needing an escape from the busy city life.

Looking back at the history of the listing, it first appeared on the market in April 2022 with a $17.5 million price tag, which expired later in the year in September. The $2.5 million price decrease is just a drop in the bucket for its next owners, who could take on this fabulous opportunity to expand their business or real estate portfolio.

Tonya Currie of Compass is handling the listing. More information about the ranch resort can be found on compass.com.