Features, Music

KTSW Spotlight: Shallow Rewards

By Ché Salgado Music Journalist Here are KTSW, we consider our job to basically be turning you, the audience, on to new music. This is all well and good, but the fun is the process of discovering and coming to love new albums, bands, genres and movements isn’t solely based on listening alone. It couldn’t […]

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Music, Reviews

Iron & Wine: Beast Epic Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Artist: Iron & Wine Album: Beast Epic Release Date: August 25, 2017 Website: http://ironandwine.com/beast-epic Label: Sub Pop Records Indie folk artist Samuel Beam, better known as his stage name Iron & Wine, has released his highly anticipated sixth studio album Beast Epic. Prior to listening to the record, I had no […]

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Guiltless Pleasure

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist It’s probably happened to you before. Through some means, you’ve come in contact with a song that lies outside the range of what you consider to be “good” music. However, the song draws some sort of positive reaction out of you, maybe born out of nostalgic attachment or some vague […]

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Music

Music in the Trump Era

By Alana Riddle Music Journalist Politics has always served as a driving force behind the music that comes to define an era. The U.S. is currently experiencing a time of political and social unrest. Before elected president, Donald Trump caused massive controversy with how he publicly addressed Latin American immigrants, women, and people with disabilities. […]

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Music, Reviews

Corbin: Mourn Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Corbin Album: Mourn Release Date: September 5, 2017 Label: WEDIDIT Website: https://soundcloud.com/spookycorbin Corbin is back, and while he may not be all grown up, he’s certainly no kid anymore. The Minnesota native first went viral under the names Spooky Black and Lil Spook back in 2013 and 2014, then […]

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Music, Reviews

Vic Mensa: The Autobiography Review

By Alex McMann Hip Hop Journalist Artist: Vic Mensa Album: The Autobiography Label: Def Jam Records Website: http://vicmensa.com/ Vic Mensa, a native to Southside Chicago, began his solo career in 2013 after the break up of the group, Kids These Days. Mensa’s early accomplishments include joining J.Cole and Wale on tour in 2013, being on […]

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Music, Playlists

October Playlist: Local Artists Showcase

By Maci Woody Music Journalist Meanswell- Meanswell Every time this song plays, a bad boy from an 80s high school movie locks eyes with Molly Ringwald at the school prom from across the dance floor and they make up. Okay but seriously, who’s not a sucker for a classic slow song about heartbreak? The belted […]

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Features, Music

KTSW Sit Down with Dent May

By Troy Vita Music Director I got a chance to talk with Dent May about the dynamics of home recording, collabing with other artists and loving the city life alongside promotions director, Andrea Torres. Check out the interview above and tune into KTSW 89.9 for more just like it!

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Music, Reviews

Guantanamo Baywatch: Desert Center Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Guantanamo Baywatch Album: Desert Center Label: Suicide Squeeze Records Release Date: August 4, 2017 Website: https://guantanamobaywatch.bandcamp.com/ Guantanamo Baywatch is a Portland based trio composed of guitarist/vocalist Jason Powell, bassist Chevelle Wiseman and drummer Chris Scott. Most would label the group as garage surf rock although the members identify their genre […]

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Music, Reviews

Lovely Bad Things: Teenage Grown Ups Review

by Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: Lovely Bad Things Album: Teenage Grown Ups Release Date: August 25, 2017 Website: lovelybadthings.bandcamp.com/ One of the things inherent to punk rock and all the genres that derive from it is a combative resentment of the way things are, or feeling like you’ve been dealt a bad hand in life. […]

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Music, Reviews

Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist  Artist: Lana Del Rey Album: Lust for Life Release Date: July 21, 2017 Website: lanadelrey.com It is hard to believe that it has been six years since famous singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released her homemade vintage music videos for “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”. Her mysterious, but compelling persona made […]

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Ducktails: Jersey Devil Review

By Giovanni Villalta Music Journalist Artist: Ducktails Album: Jersey Devil Release Date: September 15, 2017 Label: Self-Released Matt Mondanile, the former lead guitarist of Real Estate, returns to the hypnagogic pop scene with his solo project’s new album Jersey Devil. Though Ducktails does not necessarily delve into any new territory that hasn’t already been explored […]

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Features, Music

Let’s Talk About Nu-Metal

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Every music listener has a certain genre of music to which they pay gratitude as a catalyst for their life-long love of the art form. If you ask any fan of music who was born in the early to mid-90’s about their musical origins, a good portion of them might […]

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Music, Reviews

Processions: Blush Review

By Lindsey Petterson Music Journalist Artist: Processions Album: Blush Release Date: June 18, 2017 Website: https://processsions.bandcamp.com/releases Texas shoegaze is thriving right now. The scene is packed with unique bands like Glare, Glaze, Walking Misery, Grivo and Processions. Seeing these passionate bands perform is a wild experience that will leave you feeling fuzzy and full. If the […]

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Music, Reviews

The Junction: City Nights Review

By David Orozco Music Journalist Artist: The Junction Album: City Nights Release Date: May 15, 2017 Label: Self Released The Junction is an indie rock band formed in Brampton, Ontario, Canada in the year 2000. Originally signed to Universal Music, the band split from the label in 2006 and have been releasing music through their […]

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Features, Music

Weezer’s Discography: Ranked

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist If you have ever been a fan of Weezer’s Blue Album or Pinkerton, you have probably spent some amount of time lamenting the band’s steep and ugly decline. I was very much the same, shaming Weezer for their lackluster post-90’s output and clinging to their first two albums like holy grails, […]

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Music, Reviews

Palm: Shadow Expert Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Palm Album: Shadow Expert Release Date: June 16, 2017 Label: Carpark Records Website: https://palmnewyork.bandcamp.com Cacophony has never sounded sweeter than on the most recent release of Philly’s own art rock-quartet, Palm. Released June 2017, the LP Shadow Expert  follows the band”s previous 2015 album, Trading Basics, where the band embraced art rock […]

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Music, Reviews

Portugal. The Man: Woodstock Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Artist: Portugal. The Man Album: Woodstock Release Date: June 16, 2017 Website: http://www.portugaltheman.com Portugal. The Man is back on the music scene with their eighth studio album Woodstock. After putting a halt in releasing any content for almost three years, the band finally emerged from their creative stasis and released […]

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Music, Reviews

Brand New: Science Fiction Review

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Artist: Brand New Album: Science Fiction Label: Procrastinate! Music Traitors Release Date: August 17, 2017 Website: http://www.fightoffyourdemons.com/ Waiting on a new album from a band that you hold dearly is pure agony, which is an experience I’m sure is common amongst music fans. With each passing year, the hype increases and the excitement eventually converts into […]

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Music

Greenhouse Jams

By Brooke Vega Music Journalist Recycling is something that everybody on this earth can contribute to. I believe strongly in trying to make the earth just a little bit greener everyday, and we can all easily do it. There’s so much reusable plastic, glass, paper, cans and food that go unrecycled and eventually end up […]

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