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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Taiga

By Lindsey Petterson Music Journalist   Austin based indie-rock band, Taiga, originally formed in 2012 as a two piece. The like-minded founding members include Brad Pendleton on guitar and Jack Alden on drums. Their debut was an EP called For Starters… Briefly after the release the band added another member to play bass, Owen Platt. […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Bogan Villa

By Allison Belcher Assistant Music Director Bogan Villa (pronounced viLL• ah) is a soulful, three piece psychedelic rock group hailing from San Marcos, Texas. The band consists of guitarist and vocalist Will Webb Wells, bassist Brandon Alvis, and drummer Matt Ewaniszyk. The power trio came together in January of 2016, and have blown up locally […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Kairos

By Alexandra Sereno Music Journalist Kairos is a local jazz, reggae, funk fusion band that will be playing their first festival at MR Fest on April 29 at Valentino’s. The bandmates are Jacob Michael (guitar/vocals), Brent Miller (bass/vocals), Calvin “Caliente” (keyboard/trumpet) and Jake Davila (drums). Having been founded in November 2016, Kairos made their debut […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Von Richter

By Cain Hernandez Music Journalist Von Richter joins the ranks alongside a growing number of Texas musicians who have a fondness for progressive and psychedelic rock music. Based in San Marcos, Texas, the trio self-describes their sound as “cosmic jungle rock”. While currently playing shows around town, Von Richter aims to embark on a mini-tour […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Astral Blue

By Cain Hernandez Music Journalist Based in San Marcos, Texas, Astral Blue is a band that embraces the sounds of late ’60s and early ’70s hard rock/psychedelia. Still a relatively new band – formed sometime in early 2016 – the group will head to San Marcos’ own Firehouse Studio in the coming weeks to begin recording […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Hiram

By DeMarcus Cobb Music Journalist Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/yunghiram Instragram: http://www.instagram.com/yunghiram/ FB: http://www.facebook.com/yunghiram Twitter: twitter.com/yunghiram Hailing from Houston, Texas, Hiram is paving his own way in the music scene. Formally known as Yung Slutty, the switch to his birth name came with a sense of maturity and growth as a musician. He has been heavily involved in […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Madisons

By Troy Vita Assistant Music Director Dominic Solis- Vocals, Acoustic Guitar Heidi Garcia- Vocals, Violin Thomas Damron- Upright Bass Nick Kukowski- Vocals, Banjo Mike Rothschild- Drums Cass Brostad- Accordion, Vocals, Percussion Patrick Davis- Electric Guitar Austin-based band Madisons is bringing their full-sized folk band and gritty twang to San Marcos for this year’s MR Fest. […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Ooni

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Ooni is a fun band with a fun name and a fun sound—you just about can’t say “Ooni” without smiling, and you can’t listen to them without doing so either. This five-piece indie pop outfit started out in 2012 as Crocodile, the name Gianni Sarmiento used to release his solo […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Fly Coco

By Brooke Vega Music Journalist Fly Coco is a four-piece indie rock band based in San Marcos, Texas. They originally started out by playing at smaller gigs around town in 2015 as a brother-sister duo consisting of Colin and Hayden Higginbotham. Zac Hernandez joined to take over guitar and drums after moving in with Colin. […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: White Dog

By Hannah Pierce Music Journalist To define Austin-based band White Dog as JUST rock’n’roll feels like a gross understatement. This 5-piece group’s sound has obvious influences in genres ranging from heavy psychedelic to space rock, and from psych rock to proto metal. Claiming to have been “cryogenically frozen” in 1971 by Richard Nixon, the band’s […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Muff

By Lindsey Petterson Music Journalist San Marcos band, Muff, got their start by playing house parties back in 2014. As they became more popular, they started playing at venues in San Marcos and Austin. The band includes Rachel LaCoss, Scott Lowe, Nic Valenzuela, and Taylor Wallace. Their first EP, An EP, is full of fun […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: The Cover Letter

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist The Cover Letter has been widely praised by publications like the Austin Chronicle and Music Connection Magazine for being one of the best rising stars of the Austin indie folk-rock scene. The band formed in 2013 when college roommates Jacob Shipman and Jarrod Nall decided to take on a musical […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: The Dizzease

By Jen Jacquez Music Journalist The Dizzease are a four piece bubblegum pop band from Austin, Texas. The band is headed by Emily Kolb on bass and vocals, Bryan Roberts on guitar and vocals, Leslie Crunkilton on drums and vocals and Matt Wallace on keyboards and vocals. Their latest eight song EP can be streamed on […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Tamarron

By Ashley Galvan Music Journalist   Tamarron is a local band from none other than Austin, Texas. They are a psych-rock, shoegaze band that actually has a split with another Austin-­based band playing at MR Fest, dryspell. The split has a couple of Tamarron’s own tunes to listen to such as “New/Joint” and “Panama.” The riffs and […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Brandon Smith

By Gabriel Fermin Rap Music Director Brandon Smith is a young confident rapper/producer out of Dallas who moved to San Marcos last year to attend Texas State University. He has already released three albums with the latest one titled Africa: Black Boy, to a Black Man. In his most recent interview with University Star, he explained that one […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Clever Heads Prevail

By Natalia Glenn Music Journalist The unique band Clever Heads Prevail is one of the few sounds I’d recommend out of the indie rock scene in San Marcos. Jose Jimenez (vocals/guitar,) Micah Krejcha (lead guitar,) Eric Puente (drums) and Landon Cabrera (bass) all fuse together to make this uniquely beautiful sound due to the combination of indie rock with a speckle […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: I Am the Albatross

By Ezlyh Gutierrez Music Journalist I Am the Albatross is an Austin-based trio that has perfected the ability of fusing the resonance of heavy Americana and western psych with the drama and excitement of rock ‘n’ roll. Jesse Berkowitz’s rugged vocals compliment the animated, grungy guitar work he effortlessly presents to the table. Along with fun, […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Jeremy Carswell

By Brie East Assistant Music Director Singer-songwriter Jeremy Carswell is breaking away from his former role as frontman of Jeremy Carswell and the Nymphs to strike it solo. The artist from Spring, Texas released his debut album 2025 in fall of 2015. Describing his sound as “unique groove with a blend of eighties vibe and […]

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MR Fest Artist Profile: Comforter

By Ashley Galvan Music Journalist Looking for a good band to listen to when you are basking in the summer sun? If so, Comforter is definitely the band you need to be jamming out to. With their contemplative instrumental riffs, Comforter gives their listeners a taste of that glo­-fi melody in their tunes. The Austin­-based band […]

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