Clara Blankenship

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Album Review

Album Review: Florist by Florist

Clara Blankenship Music Journalist   As summer winds down and busy schedules begin, I am left with mixed feelings. There is a beauty in a season ending, how the Earth shapeshifts in a stunning yet melancholy way. Florist’s self-titled album release gorgeously captures this natural dissonance. Florist, a project consisting of Emily Sprague, Jonnie Baker, and Rick Spataro, released their 4th album on July 29. The self-titled work clocks in at an […]

todayAugust 19, 2022 34

Band members from Son Lux perform on a stage with 4 lighting pillars. The lights are blue and purple, with blue spotlights shining down onto the stage. Drummer Ian Chang sits in the center of the stage playing drums. Ryan Lott is on the right side of the stage singing and playing the keyboard. The bottom of the photograph is full of the shadows of audience members.

Concert Review

Concert Review: Son Lux Pushes Musical Boundaries

Clara Blankenship Music Journalist The enthralling, avant-garde, spontaneous sounds of Son Lux up-close in an incredibly small venue? Say less. Son Lux is an eclectic band that pushes musical boundaries while remaining grounded in jazz and rock essentials. Their music is difficult to describe, as it is a genre-melting pot, featuring electronic, alternative, and classical elements seamlessly blended to create an endlessly engaging listening experience. Son Lux is comprised of […]

todayMay 28, 2022 117

The background of the album cover is a burnt orange. The bottom left of the cover reads “the Mary Veils, Esoteric Hex” in various grey/nay block letters. There is a graph with vertical lines and multiple bell curve waves filled with red and blue colors. In front of the graph is a yellow human head. Many red, teal, and light green square planes run through the head at different angles. Silhouettes of a group of people sit in the bottom right corner of the cover. In the middle right side of the cover is a red eye with shading around it for the eyelid and a green color underneath it.


Band of the Week: The Mary Veils

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist I am constantly on the hunt for new artists and albums to fit my current situations and emotions. As finals are approaching, a sense of being overwhelmed has dominated my days. To my dismay, I was having trouble finding music that matched my stress. I was listening to KTSW while driving, as I usually do, and I heard a song that perfectly emulated my frustration […]

todayApril 29, 2022 97 2

There is a wooden stage in a field. It is dark outside, and the stage is lit up with purple, red, and teal lights. There are 8 band members, with 2 people rapping at the center of the stage. There is a disco ball hanging from the ceiling of the stage. There are many people’s silhouettes standing in front of the stage.


Martian Arts Festival: Festival Review

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist A bubble machine, dry ice smoke, colorful lights, and local music: what more could you want from a music festival?  This weekend, I got the opportunity to attend and be a part of a historical San Marcos event. Martian Arts Festival finally returned after many cancellations due to COVID, and it did not disappoint. I had an unforgettable time experiencing what I could only describe […]

todayApril 20, 2022 66

Up close image of the band Bon Iver in a large concert venue. There is a drummer, singer playing the guitar, and another performer playing the bass behind a layered keyboard. They are each surrounded by diamond diagonal lighted blue and orange light structures. Each structure consists of individual bars of light connected at points in the air and on the ground. Above the band is a square structure with double lined orange lights. Individual lights are facing the stage between the two light beams around the square. The bottom of the photogram has many people's heads as they watch the show.


Concert Review: Bon Iver

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist My concert bucket list is extremely long. I started it in middle school, so it fittingly features a strange assortment of artists and bands. It's ambitious, and I probably won't get to see most of the artists I have written down. However, this weekend, I was able to cross off a band that has always been at the top of my list: Bon Iver. Bon […]

todayApril 5, 2022 4051 1

A light wooden bookshelf with crystals and a photograph on the lower shelf. A brown and black record player with a clear cover lid and two large black speakers on opposite sides is sitting on the top of the bookshelf. The vinyl cover for the album The Queen is Dead is sitting on the top of the record player facing forward. The vinyl cover is a muted dark with a person laying down and their head towards the left with pink text at the top of the album reading “The Smiths. The Queen Is Dead.” The back wall is covered in 5x7 images of various bands, artists, and album covers.


Return of the 1980s: New Music from Classic Bands

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist Who doesn’t love the ‘80s? The fashion, style, and music from this decade have a sustained reputation and impact on our cultural landscape. As ‘80s aesthetics resurface in current trends, new music releases from Soft Cell, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, and Tears for Fears arrive at the perfect time. Whether you’re wanting to emulate the feel of the ‘80s or are just looking for […]

todayMarch 5, 2022 367 1

4 distinct album covers. The top left contains a bronze model airplane inside a plastic bag hanging on a hook from a wooden background. The top right contains a yellow border and 2 red diamonds with a black shaded eye in the top one with the text “Godfree” in bold while letters in the center. The bottom left contains a collage of sketched images with a large black pained spot in the left corner with yellow and red doodle-like drawings. The bottom right has a black white background with two thin lined black flowers curling around each other, and the flowers bloom in opposite direction in the middle.


Paving the Way: Recent Releases that Defy Genre Boundaries

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist Looking at my 2021 Wrapped Spotify information, I was perplexed when I saw that my top genres didn’t seem to fit the music I listened to, leading me to ponder how they determine the genres of each artist, and what each genre’s defining features are in the first place.  Genre is something often left unquestioned. We continue to add more to compensate for the abundance […]

todayFebruary 24, 2022 72 1

White square with golden frame around the outer edge, smaller double-lined square golden frame in the center of the image surrounding the text “Once Twice Melody” in a gold, curling font.


Beach House: Once Twice Melody Album Review

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist I am always torn on what to listen to on a long drive. A playlist, maybe? An album? On a recent drive home, I decided to shuffle the New Releases playlist on Spotify, hoping to find some fresh music. A new Beach House album began playing, and I was immediately taken on a wonderful musical journey that, thankfully, livened up the usually dull drive on […]

todayFebruary 9, 2022 107 2

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