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This year's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees are out and one Austinite, in particular, is rejoicing. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Jay-Z, Tina Turner, The Go-Go's and others would be nominated for the 2021 induction.


Austin native and bassist Kathy Valentine took to Twitter to announce that she had woken up to the "wonderful news."

Several fans and supporters did the very same to congratulate the band's historic achievement.


The all-female band first formed in 1978 and has been dubbed "the most successful all-female rock band of all time" for its achievements. When The Go-Go's released their pivotal debut, "Beauty and The Beat," in 1981, it stayed on the Billboard charts for six consecutive weeks, making history.

The band became the first all-female ensemble who wrote their own music and played their own instruments to reach the top of the charts. Artists become eligible 25 years after the release of their first album and depending on their influence and significance in the genre.

The band has been eligible for 14 years and was joined by a host of other female artists like Chaka Khan and Carole King.

However, the bands listed have yet to be inducted into the hall of fame, pending a public vote. There is no set number of artists that will be inducted, though it tends to be between six and eight.

According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the nominees are selected through an internal voting process by a body of "more than 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry."

The current fan vote shows Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, Carole King, Iron Maiden and The Go-Go's in the lead but the vote will continue until April 30 with the inductees announced in May. You can cast your vote here.

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When Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he would rescind business capacity limits and a statewide masking mandate on Texas Independence Day, he framed it as a step forward. "With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny," he said during a press conference at a Mexican restaurant in Lubbock.

But some local restaurants and bars, which have been caught in the regulatory crosshairs since Texas' first positive COVID test 364 days ago, have chosen to ignore Abbott's overture. Instead, they will continue to maintain pandemic precautions once the executive order takes effect next week, citing a desire to keep their staff and patrons safe.

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(AUSTIN, TEXAS) Austonia has hired Claire Partain as a reporter covering Austin FC, the MLS expansion team that will be Austin's first major league sports franchise.

Partain is a former sports editor for the The University Star, Texas State University's daily newspaper. She edited, covered sports, produced podcasts, and hosted a pre-game TXST football tailgate live series. Partain has been freelancing with the company since January, prior to accepting a staff position.

A native of Fairfield, Texas, Partain grew up playing youth soccer. In her high school years, she played alongside her mother in what was then called the Freestone County Hispanic Women's Soccer League.

Claire's coverage philosophy: "I like to bring out the humanity of sports, and I want to make this the most accessible sports coverage possible."

She notes that soccer is the predominant sport for young people. "It's a global sport, and we're more connected to the world than older generations."

That approach fits the team's already visible presence in Austin, says Austonia CEO Mark Dewey. "Austin FC has established itself as a leading Austin brand, one that stands for a more unified Austin community, a bigger global presence for Austin and fun. Austonia shares those values."

Partain's soccer coverage begins immediately, with her free, hosted text service—Austonia FC. For updates, special access and inside info, all moderated by Claire, sign up below.

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Austin Public Health will release another batch of first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments for Thursday on Wednesday evening. A department spokesperson estimates between 3,000 and 4,000 slots will be available.

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