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Harry Styles stands in a white collared top with dark jeans, in an upside-down room centered with a brown couch, bordered by a side table and chair. The room is lit by natural light.

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Harry Styles Album Review: Harry’s House

Ashley Farnie Music Director The topic of artists shifting genres throughout their musical careers is a polarizing argument. The artist is accused of “abandoning their roots” or becoming molded by the mass media, without their personal autonomy considered. Regardless of the verdict, this recurrent issue questions the validity of our categorization of artists within genres.   Should we evaluate each album as independent, taking a sort of new critical literary […]

todayJune 8, 2022 91 3

Phoebe Bridgers with an acoustic guitar, illuminated by a purple glow, backed by a garden scene with a bridge and tidal wave.

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Sloppy Jane opens for Phoebe Bridgers

by Ashley Farnie Music Director   Since Punisher’s release in 2020, Phoebe Bridgers stans, myself included, have been awaiting the album’s tour. Punisher’s emotional transparency soundtracked many of our quarantine beginnings, breeding a generation of depressed adolescents. Opening with a cinematic overture and closing with an orchestrated ballad that builds into screams, two years were spent imagining the potential of Punisher onstage. Thankfully, Phoebe set out on her Reunion Tour […]

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Alex Hendricks (left) in black shirt and black jeans, playing an electric guitar while looking at the fretboard. David Welsch (right) in white ringer tee lined in red, with “USA” across the chest behind an image of a globe centered on the African continent. A SXSW green and blue banner backgrounds the image.

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“The Other Side” Sound at SXSW

Ashley Farnie Music Director San Marcos locals and Texas State Alumni are familiar with KTSW’s sound and slogan, “The Other Side of Radio.” KTSW spins tracks you would not hear on a commercial radio station: undiscovered artists, local musicians, and unconventional tunes make for the perfect unpredictable programming – a cornerstone of KTSW’s philosophy. SXSW’s intent to showcase up-and-coming artists coincides with KTSW’s music department, always looking out for new […]

todayMay 25, 2022 54

Haley Dahl, dressed in a royal blue two-piece body suit embellished with sequins and covered with a matching suede cape, smiles at the audience while grasping a corded microphone.

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Saddest Factory Records Showcase at SXSW 2022

By Ashley Farnie Music Director Austin’s South by Southwest provides a plethora of live shows to attend, often organized into showcases according to venue, record label or nationality of the performer. I attended an Irish showcase on St. Patrick’s Day featuring Irish artists, the Women That Rock showcase featuring female artists and female-led bands, as well as Saddest Factory Records’ showcase featuring the artists signed to Phoebe Bridgers’ label. As […]

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Music

San Marcos Sounds: SXSW

By Ashley Farnie and Christian Villarreal Music Director and Assistant Music Director https://soundcloud.com/ktsw89_9/san-marcos-sounds-sxsw?utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing Welcome to another episode of San Marcos Sounds. In this episode Christian, Ashley, and Kyle talk about the SXSW festival. They will talk about events they plan on covering their plans for the festival.    Featured Image by KTSW Multimedia

todayMarch 10, 2022 120 2

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Podcasts

San Marcos Sounds: What Do You Love About Music? 

By Ashley Farnie and Christian Villarreal Music Director and Assistant Music Director https://soundcloud.com/ktsw89_9/san-marcos-sounds-what-do-you-love-about-music?si=9e46f760fbaa4dc5952053685ec04f7d&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing Welcome to the Music Podcast, San Marcos Sounds. In this first episode we have a couple of people who work for the music department at KTSW, you will be able to learn about their favorite things about music, what it is like working at KTSW, and get a taste of some topics that will come up in […]

todayFebruary 17, 2022 102 3

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Events

SXSW 2021: Day 4 Review

By Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director Kicking off my fourth day of SXSW, Hotel Vegas and Hotel Free TV put on an amazing showcase featuring local Austin artists.  Van Mary, a female-led grunge rock band, sang politically charged lyrics. Van Mary’s captivating onstage presence has the potential for real and radical influence. The only released song they played, “Connie Converse,” is available for streaming on all platforms.  Local Austin band, […]

todayMarch 20, 2021 83

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SXSW Coverage

SXSW: Day 3 Review

By Ashley FarnieAssistant Music Director I hope everyone has had a great week either viewing South by Southwest from home or living vicariously through daily synopses. Day three of SXSW brought many new artists to my new attention, so here is a brief review of my experiences. The British Music Embassy has proved their musical superiority yet again with their third day of showcases, introducing many new artists to my […]

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Events

SXSW 2021: Day 2 Review

By Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director Day 2 of SXSW introduced me to so many new artists and I am excited to share them with you! I began my day with another showcase presented by The British Music Embassy, including the artists Tayo Sound, porji and Ego Ella May, Phoebe Green, Jekyll and Family Jools. Tayo Sound and his electric guitar performed a refreshing pop set alongside his band. Sound’s […]

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