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The Importance of Local Record Shops

Christina Sims Music Journalist   Now that we’re finally seeing the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting upon how much our world has changed since then is possible; the very way we interact with the world has changed, an example being an ever-growing need for immediate accessibility, causing services such as Amazon Prime to produce insane gains in business (read about it here). Musically, tangibles like CDs and MP3s […]

todayNovember 2, 2022 58 1

WowGr8 (left) and Olu (right) lift their hands towards the crowd while performing song “STRONG FRIENDS”. Red and purple lights illuminate the stage behind them. The House of Blues logo, which is a heart on fire with the words “House of Blues” across it, can faintly be seen behind them along with their bassist, DJ, and keyboarder.

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Concert Review: EarthGang with Mike Dimes at The House of Blues Houston

By Kenlie Golleher Rap Music Director EarthGang, a magical rap duo hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, is currently on their Biodeghettable US Tour preceding their 2022 fourth studio album release GHETTO GODS. EarthGang consists of Johnny Venus and WowGr8, who have been rapping together under the group name EarthGang since 2008. In 2017, rapper J. Cole signed them to his label, Dreamville Records, where they have been thriving ever since.     […]

todayJune 20, 2022 213 7 2

Clutch is the mascot of the Rockets


Let’s Go, Rockets!

 By Tiger ShiWeb Content Contributor I actually was never into any kind of sports. In elementary, while everyone else was playing football or something, I played tag or went to the swings. It wasn’t until I was introduced to basketball through the Houston Rockets that I rapidly indulged into athletics. The Rockets is my favorite NBA team growing up. Image by Tiger Shi. I grew up watching Yao Ming play […]

todayAugust 29, 2020 36

An Astros cap sits at the edge of a picnic table.


The City With No Limits

By Tiger ShiWeb Content Contributor Texas is an important state in the United States. Politically or economically speaking, Texas is frequently the center of whatever significant happens. Major cities in Texas are booming. From Dallas to Austin or San Antonio to Houston, people are moving to these cities. Specifically, I'd like share the awesome aspects of my hometown: Houston.  I'm technically from Tomball, a suburban town just outside of Houston. […]

todayFebruary 28, 2020 16

Akosua standing in front of the Houston skyline from Tinsley Park


Playlist: An Ode to Houston

By Akosua AsareRap Music Director This semester, I took a course called sociology of popular music and found myself having to write a lot about my identity and how I’ve used music and certain artists to connect with parts of myself. One of the main things I wrote about in this class was the concept of the self through connections to home; how I have the inclination to listen to […]

todayDecember 4, 2019 50

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KTSW takes to Houston for TAB Conference

By Anna Valdez Web Content Contributor Members of KTSW’s Web Content staff attended the Texas Association of Broadcasters' (TAB) Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop on Nov. 10 in Houston, Texas. Students had the opportunity to sit in on a number of panels hosted by broadcast newsroom trainers and professionals from around the country. Author and journalism trainer, Deborah Potter presented "Restoring Public Trust in Journalism," a session that offered useful tips […]

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By Conner Yarbrough Blog Content Contributor It’s that time of year again! Music festivals left and right are announcing their lineups and starting general ticket sales. No newbie to the game is Texas’s own travelling hip-hop fest, JMBLYA! The festival returns in early May and, for the first time since its inception, will be returning home to Houston to close out its 2018 run. In past years, the festival has featured […]

todayMarch 12, 2018 98

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MR Fest 2017 Artist Profile: Hiram

By DeMarcus Cobb Music Journalist Soundcloud: soundcloud.com/yunghiram Instragram: www.instagram.com/yunghiram/ FB: www.facebook.com/yunghiram Twitter: twitter.com/yunghiram Hailing from Houston, Texas, Hiram is paving his own way in the music scene. Formally known as Yung Slutty, the switch to his birth name came with a sense of maturity and growth as a musician. He has been heavily involved in the underground DJ scene for the past six years and his love for music made […]

todayApril 25, 2017 151


KTSW’s Day for Night Primer

By Ché Salgado Music Journalist If it hasn't come to your attention already, Houston will host the world's best festival since ATP 2.0 back in April. Day for Night has been around since last year and, just like this year, boasted a fantastic lineup with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Flylo, Battles, the Philip Glass Ensemble and so many more. No doubt that Day for Night put on […]

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