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The Linda Lindas: New Age Riot Grrl

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist On May 4th, 2021, the Los Angeles Public Library hosted and live-streamed a mini-concert performance by The Linda Lindas. The punk rock band, an all-girl group with band members ranging from 11 to 17 years old, played high-energy tunes about their pet cat, being stuck at home and a character from The Babysitters Club book series. The Linda Linda’s sound and look are immediately recognizable […]

todayMarch 29, 2022 86

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Bebop: How Black Jazz Musicians Created a New Genre

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist In 1941, throughout New York City, the next generation of jazz musicians gathered night after night, performing experimental sessions that would last well into the early hours of the morning. Having already been regarded as some of the best performers in the world, the musicians had no problem filling seats for their official concerts and disregarded the commercial viability of the music made during their […]

todayFebruary 25, 2022 80 6 2

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Neil Young, Spotify, and Ethical Media Consumption

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist  On Monday, Jan. 24th, world-famous musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Young posted a now-deleted open letter on his website presenting Spotify, the largest music streaming platform in the world, with an ultimatum: crackdown on COVID misinformation prevalent on the platform or lose the Neil Young discography. By Wednesday night, the deal was made with Young’s record label and his music was […]

todayFebruary 9, 2022 84 5

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International Men’s Day: How IDLES Frontman Joe Talbot Explores the Toxic Expectations of Masculinity with “Samaritans”

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist As KTSW airs its day-long Brocast in celebration of International Men’s Day, and with British rock band IDLES hot off the heels of their fourth record Crawler, now is a great time to look back at their song “Samaritans,” a track that dives into society’s interpretation of masculinity and the harm it can cause to people of all genders. IDLES lead singer Joe Talbot has […]

todayNovember 19, 2021 1337 5

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Artist Interview: Sweeping Promises

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist The unfiltered, energetic sound of Sweeping Promises is one that easily stands out as something special in today’s music landscape. The latest project from musical duo Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug debuted last year with Hunger for a Way Out. The record, recorded in an underground concrete laboratory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a collection of tracks that capture the band’s DIY sound and emotional vocals, […]

todayNovember 13, 2021 57 3

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Levitation Fest Kick-Off Show Housed Explosive Performances

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist After taking a year off in 2020, Levitation Festival returned last weekend with live performances from over 70 bands and artists playing in venues across downtown Austin. Named in honor of Austin’s psychedelic rock pioneers The 13th Floor Elevators, Levitation Fest is a community-focused celebration of the underground, featuring a variety of rock sounds including noise, goth, punk, and metal. The Levitation Kick-off Show took […]

todayNovember 7, 2021 153 2

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Gustaf Establishes Themselves at IDLES Concert in Austin

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist If you are familiar with IDLES, then you probably know what to expect from their live shows. The British punk rock band is well known for their ability to fill a crowd with surging energy. Their combination of engine-like rhythms and positively progressive lyrics make many of their songs sound like they were tailor-made to be heard in a mosh pit, where the individual movements […]

todayOctober 28, 2021 270 7

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How the Radio Stations of Grand Theft Auto V Changed the Way I Listen to Music

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist The sun sets on another picturesque day in the city. You cruise down the highway in a “borrowed” convertible sports car, trying to tune out the roar of the engine by listening intently to the radio. The on-air DJ is hip-hop producer Flying Lotus, and he’s gushing about the Tyler, The Creator song that just played. It’s a name you haven’t heard of before, but […]

todayOctober 21, 2021 1072 3

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Mitski Returns to the Spotlight with “Working for the Knife”

By Jared Dudley Music Journalist In 2019, Mitski announced that she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from performing and releasing new music after her tour promoting her latest album, Be the Cowboy came to a close. To quell the worries of fans that she was ending her career, she took to Twitter to confirm that her break didn’t mean she would be gone for good.  “Me? Quit music??” Mitski […]

todayOctober 19, 2021 52 3

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