By James LanikLocal Music Director Being a BROCKHAMPTON fan has never been boring. With the lightning-fast pace of self-reinvention and brisk stream of releases, within only a couple of years, the boy band managed to establish a universe and lore … Continue reading Joba on San Marcos, BROCKHAMPTON and Healing
By James LanikLocal Music Director “Patrons would always come in with their kids, we would always have a stepstool out on the store floor for the little ones to use to reach the records and look at them, to feel … Continue reading Sundance Records Returns
By James LanikMusic Journalist “Clipping.” are nothing if not timely. Their last album “There Existed an Addiction to Blood” was released to the public just in time for the Halloween season, but despite their self admitted passion for genre fiction … Continue reading A Conversation with Jonathan Snipes & William Hutson from Clipping.
By James LanikMusic Journalist San Martians rejoice! Bars aren’t the only thing returning to San Marcos this month. It has been over half of a year since San Marcos has seen any activity in the local live music circles, at least … Continue reading Halloween Ushers in the Return of Live Music for San Marcos
By James LanikMusic Journalist The phrase “dancing about architecture,” used to illustrate the absurdity of the idea of music criticism, has been attributed to many different people, from Frank Zappa to Thelonius Monk, but no one really knows who coined … Continue reading Dancing About Architecture: Music Criticism in 2020
By James LanikMusic Journalist Astute followers of the hip hop scene for the last several years, may have noticed that GOOD Music, Kanye West’s in-house record label, has had a somewhat terrible reputation at letting their more unknown artists get … Continue reading Kacy Hill: Is It Selfish If We Talk About Me Again Album Review
By James LanikMusic Journalist On June 30, the rap community endured a collective shock upon learning that Jordan Groggs of the Arizona based rap trio, Injury Reserve, had passed away. That day, the world lost a truly amazing, artistic soul, … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Jordan Groggs
By James LanikMusic Journalist In 1997, Fiona Apple famously took the stage at the VMAs to accept her award for Best New Artist and simultaneously call out the world as bulls**t. If any moment in time best illustrated her place … Continue reading Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters Album Review
By James Lanik Music Journalist Just a couple weeks after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 crisis a global pandemic, nearly the entire world, has found themselves self couch ridden for days on end. So much has already been … Continue reading Songs for Quarantine
By James Lanik Music Journalist For anyone living in San Marcos, it is impossible to deny the breakneck speed at which contractors are building new highrise student housing complexes seemingly on every corner. Locals have been referring to San Marcos … Continue reading Macchiatos and Mosh Pits
By James LanikMusic Journalist With the rise of music sharing sites such as Bandcamp and Soundcloud, the once cost-prohibitive barriers to recording and publishing an album have all but crumbled. In its ashes has risen a new wave of bedroom-based recording artists … Continue reading Live in my heart: Sitting down with local central Texas outfit, sleep well.