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International Men’s Day: How IDLES Frontman Joe Talbot Explores the Toxic Expectations of Masculinity with “Samaritans”

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist As KTSW airs its day-long Brocast in celebration of International Men’s Day, and with British rock band IDLES hot off the heels of their fourth record Crawler, now is a great time to look back at their song “Samaritans,” a track that dives into society’s interpretation of masculinity and the harm it can cause to people of all genders. IDLES lead singer Joe Talbot has […]

todayNovember 19, 2021 1132 5

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Artist on the Rise: Diamond Cafe

By Cassidy Segovia Music Journalist As a huge fan of R&B, soul and funk music, I have always been on the lookout for new artists and songs to listen to. A few years ago while I was scrolling through YouTube’s underground music selection, my attention was caught by the solo project of Diamond Cafe. As I listened to the nostalgia-filled sounds of his 2018 single, “The Way You Used To […]

todayNovember 18, 2021 118

Gabriela Torres (left), Dan Magorrian (center), and Nora Predey (right) performing as Large Brush Collection for their first Chicago tour date.


Large Brush Collection Conquers the Midwest in a Subaru Forester

By Samantha Oesch Music Journalist Austin indie-folk band Large Brush Collection has recently returned to the Lone-Star State from a successful Midwest run. Fronted by bassist Nora Predey, Predey plays bass in an unorthodox way that almost resembles a traditional guitar. Guitarist Dan Magorrian accompanies Predey with his guitar, while Gabriela Torres serenades simultaneously to Predey with her flute. The band played an intimate tour send-off show in Predey’s backyard before […]

todayOctober 9, 2021 113

Steve Aoki’s profile with the his name and the title of the album, Neon Future I, over his head


The Aoki Effect

By Michael KaiserMusic Journalist The name Aoki is probably one you’ve heard before. From Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki, the Japanese Olympic wrestler and founder of Benihana, to Devon Aoki, the famous actress, and fashion model, the Aoki family has stretched its influence across the world. The most prominent member of the family is, in my opinion, is Steve Aoki who has had an outstanding effect on the music and fashion industries. […]

todayFebruary 26, 2021 70

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Halloween Ushers in the Return of Live Music for San Marcos

By James LanikMusic Journalist San Martians rejoice! Bars aren’t the only thing returning to San Marcos this month. It has been over half of a year since San Marcos has seen any activity in the local live music circles, at least in an official capacity. Apogee’s SM Fest at the courthouse is the first notable music-focused event to take place in downtown San Marcos since quarantine. That being said, it will […]

todayOctober 29, 2020 25

Black and White photo of a vocal microphone, with the background out of focus, and a slightly smaller microphone to the right.


Local Music Streams To Watch While Social-Distancing

By Bradley BarnesMusic Journalist Plato once said, “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” When a problem arises, it takes creative thinking to solve it, and some of the greatest innovations have come during some of the direst of situations. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full-swing, I would say we’re certainly living in some dire times. South By Southwest, Levitation Fest, and Austin City Limits Festival all had to cancel […]

todayOctober 24, 2020 17

Shiloh Dynasty: The Vibe that has defined my college learning “I’m not a look, I’m a feeling”


Shiloh Dynasty: The Vibe that has Defined My College Learning

By Jason ArlineMusic Journalist Whenever there has been a time when I needed to study I often play music softly in the background to help calm my mood and prepare my mind for learning. I find that both jazz and lo-fi music allow room for thought since they usually don’t have lyrics in their songs. However, since studying usually takes hours of my time, most music playlists don’t last the […]

todaySeptember 30, 2020 12351 1

A photograph of students of a School of Music course participating in classwork in a reserved area of the Pleasant Street parking garage. Featured in the image are various students seated in classroom chairs and with instruments by their sides.


Getting Back into the Groove of Things: Interview with TXST School of Music’s Director, Dr. Joey Martin

By Claudia RuizMusic Journalist A portrait of Texas State University's School of Music director, Dr. Joey Martin. Image via Dr. Joey Martin. Having been a Music major for over three years now, I can vouch for how important it is to be on-campus for music-related obligations. From ensemble rehearsals to in-person classes to finding a practice room on-campus to work in for hours on end, the daily lives of students […]

todaySeptember 27, 2020 74

The album cover for “LA Trains” by eaJ Alt-text: There is a polaroid of the soundboard with two blurred out polaroids sitting on top of it. The two polaroids have LA Trains written on them in sharpie. And the larger polaroid has the date 01.17.20 and eaJ written on it in sharpie.


Webcam Covers, World Tours, and a Solo Debut: Who is eaJ?

By Zoe ElterMusic Journalist I’ve written multiple articles, at this point, about various artists in the Korean Music Industry. In all honesty, I can’t put a finger on why K-pop and its surrounding genres fascinate me. There is something unique about it. However, I can understand why some people may be adamant about venturing into the foreign territory that is this genre. There are so many artists and groups that […]

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