The Standard’s news roundup gives you a quick hit of interesting, sometimes irreverent, and breaking news stories from all over the state.

For this week’s edition of “Cut In,” where we hear new songs by Texas-based artists, we meet North Texas duo Ethereal and the Queer Show. The pair has made music in Portland, Dallas, and Denton since 2008. Their latest creation appears exclusively on a compilation put out by an Alabama label. 

Writer Lyndsay Knecht takes us into the dreamscape conjured by Juliana Dieterich’s voice and Dan Hill’s electronic sound-craft:

“Ethereal and the Queer Show lets on which tones they channeled when making the song; they call the track ‘Powdery Blue.'” Knecht says. “It is a non-linear, free-form example of what the duo is capable of in reaching past the senses to a deeper feeling of infinite color and light. The song appears on a new compilation from Birmingham, Alabama’s Noumenal Loom, which plans to put out a full-length release by Ethereal and the Queer Show on vinyl and cassette next year.”




San Antonio officials and community members held a closed-door meeting Wednesday night on policing. Mayor Ivy Taylor called the meeting after the city approved a new contract with the police union this month. It’s a contract opponents say doesn’t do enough to hold police accountable for wrongdoing.

“We want to ensure that every San Antonian no matter where they live or who they are—that they feel confident in our law enforcement,” Taylor says. 

Yesterday’s meeting was the first in a series for the Mayor’s Council on police and community relations.




Galveston residents are used to taking a dip in the ocean. But starting next year, residents will have a new way to cool off. The city broke ground on its first municipal pool this week. It’s a project that feels like it was years in the making.

Barbara Sanderson, director of Galveston’s Parks and Recreation Department, says this time around they finally got a group of people together who wanted to make a community pool happen. The plans include a lap and kids’ pool.

“I guess you call them my pool ladies – and they were determined and went to the [Industrial Development Corporation] board and received about $250,000 in seed money to get some plans drawn,” she says. 

The $4.1 million project is expected to wrap up in April.

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