Music, Reviews

Jaws of Love: Tasha Sits Close to the Piano Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Jaws of Love Album: Tasha Sits Close to the Piano Label: K-Rizzla Records & House Arrest Distribution Release Date: September 22, 2017 It would be inaccurate to say that all acoustic indie pop albums sound the same. It’s more accurate to say that among the leagues of sad singers […]

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Music, Reviews

Revisiting A Classic: Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies

By Neil Manning Music Journalist It’s 1968, and the past two years saw releases of Pet Sounds and Sgt. Pepper’s, respectively. Two amazing albums that sounded so different, but truly remarkable. In 1968, a third album in the same vein is set to be released, Odessey and Oracle by The Zombies, an album that I […]

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Music, Reviews

Julien Baker: Turn Out the Lights Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Julien Baker Album: Turn Out the Lights Label: Matador Release Date: October 27, 2017 The wars that rage within ourselves can often be the most devastating in the small sphere of our individual lives. The destruction that results from these battles is unexplainable to those who don’t understand them, making it difficult to […]

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Features, Music

The Music of Trauma

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Emotion and music have been tightly knit together for centuries, since long before it was an art-form of the masses. In its current form, the musician funnels their inner feelings into their art for consumers to absorb or reject, relate or dismiss. As the barrier of what is acceptable lyrical […]

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Music

Why Do I Keep Coming Back to EMOTION?

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Lately there’s been a lot of push-back towards the idea of ‘guilty pleasures’ particularly in music. People are realizing that it doesn’t do any good to anyone to put limits on what’s ‘acceptable’ for people to listen to. While this is a trope that will probably still be played up […]

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Music, Playlists

November Local Music Playlist

By Maci Woody Local Music Journalist 1. Rusty Dusty – Can’t Stay Here Rusty Dusty graced us with their bluesy indie rock by headlining at KTSW’s second Harvest Fest, and I have been absolutely in love with this song ever since. I adore the ethereal, dreamlike aura it provokes. It’s somber, but determined. The effects […]

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Music

Spook-tacular Albums for Halloween

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Life in Texas is hard for a few reasons. Among the difficulties Texans face is the heinous fact that we have no environmental cues to tell us when Halloween has come to town. Target sets up the costume aisle, pumpkin spice everything begins populating HEB shelves, yet the temperature stays […]

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Audio Input, Music, Podcasts

KTSW Music Podcast: Audio Input Episode 1

By Troy Vita Music Director Starring: Troy Vita Alexandra Sereno Che Salgado Clayton Ambrose Check out the first episode of KTSW’s music discussion podcast. In this episode, we tackle our favorite albums of 2017 so far, disappointments, surprises and other music-related and non-music-related topics. Make sure to listen to Audio Input and let us know […]

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Music, Reviews

Concert Review: Two Door Cinema Club at ACL

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Two Door Cinema Club are no strangers to the Austin music scene. From their first show in town seven years ago opening up for Phoenix at Stubb’s, to performing as one of ACL’s 2016 headliners, the lads made their way back to town once again, this time performing at ACL […]

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Music, Reviews

Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile: Lotta Sea Lice Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Album: Lotta Sea Lice Label: Matador Release Date: October 13, 2017 Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile are two of the biggest indie rock acts working today, so when their collaborative album Lotta Sea Lice came out on Oct. 13, most reactions to it (including my […]

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Music, Reviews

Pile: A Hairshirt of Purpose Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Pile Album: A Hairshirt of Purpose Label: Exploding In Sound Records Release Date: March 31, 2017 If there is any true form of justice in this world, then Pile is poised for a breakthrough. For the past six years, the Bostonian rock band has been making weird, wonderful, and […]

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Events, Local, Music

Monster Mash at KIVA

By Maci Woody Music Journalist For most people, fall is the best time of the year for its cool weather (sometimes, it is Texas after all), pumpkin spiced everything and everything nice. One of the most iconic of these magical holidays is Halloween, which is right around the corner. So what are your plans? If […]

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Features, Music

Hop into a Dream Boat with Bane’s World

By Brooke Vega Music Journalist Bane’s World, formerly known as Shane Blanchard, is a 21 year old dream-pop/indie-jazz artist from Long Beach, California. With this artist being so young, he has the time to grow in this evolving genre he is in. He has a bit of a Mac Demarco and Homeshake vibe in his […]

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Features, Music

Your Introduction to Francophone Music

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist How many of us speak no Spanish and yet love singing along to “Como La Flor”? Or have gone through a heavy K-pop phase and used the common catchphrase, “I have no idea what they’re saying, but it’s catchy”? Clearly, language is no barrier to enjoying music. In fact, one […]

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Music, Reviews

Kemba: Negus Review

By Jesse McMann Rap Music Journalist Artist: Kemba Album: Negus Release Date: June 30, 2016 Website: https://kembaland.bandcamp.com/album/negus “Fortune favors the prepared mind.” This certainly proved true for Bronx rapper Kemba when Kendrick pulled him on stage to rap during a recent concert in Brooklyn. Previously known as Y.C. the Cynic, Kemba has now decided it’s […]

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Music, Reviews

Alvvays: Antisocialites Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Alvvays Album: Antisocialites Label: Polyvinyl Release Date: September 8, 2017 There’s no shortage of indie rock albums about relationships. But in an environment oversaturated with with synth-heavy, reverb-soaked breakup songs, how do you push the bar forward? There’s no right answer, but there are bands that are tinkering with that […]

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