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A skull on a black background with the eyes also looking like the faces of two character drawings. The skull has teeth missing and is surrounded by an array of incarnations and roses with the album title “Yours, Dreamily” coming from the top and “The Arcs” coming from the bottom.

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The Arcs: Yours, Dreamily, Album Review

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist Music has always been a big part of my life, but for some reason, I had never listened to many different genres until high school. The album that changed what I knew about music was Yours, Dreamily, by The Arcs. The album had an interesting cover, so I decided to give it a listen. Listening to the first track on the album was a strange experience. “Once […]

todayNovember 8, 2021 15

Drummer, Justin Tessier(left), and Singer/Guitarist, Tarek Jafar(right) playing on stage with a green backlight

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“Shakin’ Off the Rust” With The Blue Stones

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist The Blue Stones is a two-man band that gave an incredible performance at The Ballroom in Austin, Texas on Oct 15. The Ballroom was a surprisingly small venue, but that did not limit the experience. The walls of the venue were lined with red curtains and string lights running along the rafters. The décor of the venue was grand in its design despite the small […]

todayOctober 18, 2021 15

A painting of the band leader 26, holding a cat in front of a surreal pond setting.

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26 Bats!: Portal Party Album Review

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist There are very few albums out in the world that have their own sound so unique that it makes you question the genre entirely. 26 Bats!’s album Portal Party is an album that pushes the boundaries of genre while creating its own signature sound. Portal Party is not just a collection of low-fi indie songs, it pushes against the rigid boundaries of genre and establishes […]

todaySeptember 22, 2021 17

The empty stage before the band walks on

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Black Pistol Fire at Emo’s

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist Live music has slowly been returning to venues across Texas, giving a chance for smaller artists to make a name for themselves and a chance for everyone to enjoy something that had been absent for a year and a half. On Friday, July 23, I was able to attend an amazing concert at Emo’s in Austin, Texas. The concert was for Black Pistol Fire, with […]

todayAugust 10, 2021 10

Emily Wolfe's album cover for Outlier. It features Emily Wolfe lying on a bed, dressed in black, with a pink book beside her on a white comforter and tan walls behind her. On the nightstand to her right is a Trolls doll and a trophy.

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Emily Wolfe: Artist Review

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist Two years ago, singer-songwriter Emily Wolfe from Austin, Texas, had released her first album and moved into the blues-rock scene. Today, Wolfe now has her second album released and is widely respected as one of the greatest guitarists of today. Wolfe has received praise from various national publications like NPR and endorsements from larger music corporations like Gibson, Epiphone Guitars, and Ernie Ball. Emily Wolfe […]

todayJuly 25, 2021 69

Cleopatrick band members, at the age of 8 in their elementary classroom. Their eyes are blacked out.

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Cleopatrick: Bummer Album Review

By Christian Villarreal Music Journalist Rock music has gone through many changes and has adopted several subgenres since its creation, but rock music itself has been relatively unchanged. Cleopatrick has set their minds to breaking the mold surrounding rock music and is renovating the rock genre altogether with their debut album Bummer. Fuzzy guitar riffs and catchy beats are the least that the Canadian Rock-duo Cleopatrick can do. The band released […]

todayJuly 9, 2021 44

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