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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. In 2014 the three-piece outfit released another EP titled A Dreamer’s Debt. Greg Shamburek joined […]

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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 ever since. Alvis met Wells at Valentinos, a pizza joint and MR Fest venue located […]

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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 in the San Marcos music scene at a MAP Studios house show this past February. […]

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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 this summer, with hopes of playing some of Texas' bigger cities. Although April looks to […]

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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 material for their untitled debut EP. Despite still being in the early stages of their […]

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Hiram

By DeMarcus Cobb Music Journalist Soundcloud: Instragram: FB: Twitter: 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 the underground DJ scene for the past six years and his love for music made […]

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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. With a style they describe as “Lyric driven garage-folk for people at the bottom,” they […]

todayApril 24, 2017 18

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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 demos, and gradually evolved into a full-fledged band, now including members Erik Gatlin, Savannah Shanks, […]

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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. Will Clegg was the last member to join the band in February 2016 as bassist. […]

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