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Gram Parsons sits in an ornate chair beside a table with a large bouquet of flowers and what appears to be a wine bottle placed on top of it. The artist is wearing a blue shirt, white pants and is sitting with his leg crossed. The album’s title, “GP,” sits in the top right hand part of the image, with the artist’s name placed right about it.

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A Word on Gram Parsons: The 20th Century’s Most Influential Musician (You’ve Probably Never Heard of) Part. 2

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist “We’ve all got wheels, to take ourselves away. We’ve got telephones to say what we can’t say.” During the spring semester of my junior year of college, a fellow classmate burned me a mix CD filled with a ton of popular songs from around that time. Alt-J’s “Matilda,” Lord Huron’s “Time to Run” and Jake Bugg’s “Saffron” were certainly standouts in the 10 or so songs […]

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Gram Parsons sits in an ornate chair beside a table with a large bouquet of flowers and what appears to be a wine bottle placed on top of it. The artist is wearing a blue shirt, white pants and is sitting with his leg crossed. The album’s title, “GP,” sits in the top right hand part of the image, with the artist’s name placed right about it.

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A Word on Gram Parsons: The 20th Century’s Most Influential Musician (You’ve Probably Never Heard of) Part.1

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist In a café down in New Orleans, Louisiana, some 15 years ago, I sat with my family as we recuperated after a long day of sightseeing. Sometime after I ordered what would be first of many beignets, a musician took the stage with his guitar. “Hi,” said the guitarist, “let’s do a little Gram Parsons.” The musician began singing the Dan Penn / Chips Moman classic, […]

todayMarch 3, 2020 7 1

Artwork for Jimmy Eat World’s 1996 album, “Static Prevails”

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Happiness is All the Rage: A Beginner Mixtape for the Emo Kid in All of Us

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist Valentine’s Day, next to Christmas, is definitely my favorite holiday. One of my favorite expressions of affection is the mixtape. Compiling a custom list of songs comprised of a variety of artist’s music to convey your deepest and most earnest feelings can be a really fun way to show your loved one (or crush) how you feel. Now, my favorite genre of music tends to lean […]

todayFebruary 17, 2020 31

Album cover is a sideways picture of a blue sky with grass and a tree on the left side of the image. The name of the band and album are located towards the center of the image.

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Revisiting the Starting Line’s Direction 12 Years Later

By Jake Dromgoole Music Journalist I had just graduated high school in San Antonio, Texas, when I started working for a very posh hotel on the River Walk. The Spurs had fought their way back to the NBA finals and were battling Lebron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers for their fourth championship. The hotel hosted a number of patrons from around the country during the San Antonio portion of the finals, and […]

todayDecember 16, 2019 35

A performer stands with her guitar in the background while a patron stands in foreground holding up a sparkler

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An Open Love Letter to the Open Mic

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist “You’re gonna want to show up early. The list fills up pretty fast.” Familiar words to any aspiring performer looking to showcase their talents to a crowd. For many musicians, the open mic is where you have the opportunity to debut or even try out a new song. For hobbyists, it is where you can go play your favorite Beatles song, or even a classic like […]

todayDecember 7, 2019 3

Members from the band DIIV performing live on stage amidst multiple lights.

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Concert Review: DIIV at Mohawk

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist Ah, autumn in Austin, Texas. Where the temperatures rise and fall thirty degrees overnight, and sweater weather quickly becomes just plain sweat weather. Oct. 14 at the Mohawk was one of those warmer nights, made warmer by the few hundred bodies gathered to witness shoegaze/indie band DIIV’s return to Austin.   DIIV (pronounced dive) took the outdoor stage at the Mohawk a little after nine o’clock after […]

todayOctober 17, 2019 12

Singer / songwriter Patrick Droney plays live at Austin City Limits to a crowd of onlookers. The artist is wearing a blue jean jackets and holding a red guitar.

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Patrick Droney at Austin City Limits

By Jake Dromgoole Music Journalist On a smaller stage on the western side of the park, music publishing company BMI hosted a number of artists on the verge of breaking into the mainstream. It was on this stage that I saw the artist I was most excited about this past weekend: singer, songwriter and guitarist Patrick Droney.      Droney took the stage at three o’clock on Saturday October 5 and […]

todayOctober 7, 2019 9

All five members of the rock band Early November perform to a packed house.

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The Early November at Barracuda Austin

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist The autumn air was rich with the aroma of corn dogs and funnel cakes on Saturday night in downtown Austin. The biannual Pecan Street festival flooded the streets with families and vendors looking to sell and procure an assortment of arts and crafts. One block over on Seventh and Red River, a couple hundred fans were gathering to celebrate another phenomenon: The legendary emo-rock band the […]

todaySeptember 23, 2019 6

The quartet stands onstage, instruments in hand, in front of a wooden panel adorned with light bulbs, recreating the album artwork for "Basking in the Glow".

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Oso Oso, The Sidekicks & Future Teens at Barracuda Austin

By Jake DromgooleMusic Journalist Labor Day holds the promise of a variety of activities over the course of the much anticipated three-day weekend. Families and friends are provided the opportunity to gather and celebrate a day off, savoring those last days of endless sunshine, far from office worries or looming deadlines. Students are able to enjoy one last morsel of summer before the school year kicks into gear. For many, […]

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