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: The photo shows an older Chelsea Hotel with a sign displaying the name of the building, “Hotel Chelsea”.  


Chelsea Hotel #2

By Sydney Nguyen Music Journalist As one of folk rock’s greatest artists, often compared with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen had not always been very successful with his branding. Leonard Cohen opted out of his respected literary profession in his hometown of Westmount, Canada, and headed for New York City with hopes of establishing himself in the music industry. Cohen decided to seek shelter in the city’s infamous Chelsea Hotel as […]

todayFebruary 7, 2023 34 2

A portrait-shaped photo of a wooded area that leads to the entrance of a sewer.


Mac is Back – A Review of Mac Demarco’s newest album: “Five Easy Hot Dogs”

Xavier Aldana Music Journalist It had been four years since we’ve last heard from Canadian indie rock icon Mac Demarco. He is mostly known for producing hit albums such as, “2”, “Salad Days,” and “This Old Dog”. His most recent album, “Here Comes The Cowboy” debuted at number 10 on the US Billboard 200. It received mixed reviews due to its mellow sound and lack of focus. For a while, […]

todayFebruary 6, 2023 167 7 3

oark sits beside a 1938 antique radio inside of KZSM studio. Roark leans against the radio wearing grey slacks, a pink button down dress shirt, rainbow scarf & paperboy hat.


Kind Radio and The Wiz

By Bryce Lambeth Music Journalist When walking down Guadalupe towards the square you’re likely to take note of the KZSM studio along the way. It’s a very eye-catching block. It might be the loudspeakers overhead streaming live local radio out into the streets, the bubble machine parked on the sidewalk next door, or the cast of inanimate characters that have lived behind the large glass windows over the years. Something […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023 126 27


R&B’s Modern Renaissance—Q Marsden

By Adrianna Elias  Music Journalist  I love Q. This is me begging you to listen to Q more often and tune into his new album. Q Marsden, a South Florida artist, creates music that sounds wise beyond his years. His music, being reminiscent of that of 80s R&B and soul, creates a new, forward-thinking, dreamy, and alternative R&B for the next generation of listeners. Raised by Jamaican immigrant parents, Q was […]

todayJanuary 31, 2023 198 10

Three hands are reaching up in front of a blue background. There is a warm light coming from the bottom right corner.


Girls to the Front: boygenius is Back!

By Kylie Hogg Local Music Journalist Indie-rock supergroup, boygenius, made their much-anticipated return to the music scene last week with the release of three songs and a feature Rolling Stone cover. The group was formed when Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus were set to tour with each other in 2018. To promote the tour, the trio released an EP titled boygenius. After the EP, however, the three focused […]

todayJanuary 27, 2023 92 3 2

t: Images and drawings depicting themes related to Prince Daddy & the Hyena’s 2018 album, Cosmic Thrill Seekers are curated into a collage to promote the album’s release.


Prince Daddy & the Hyena: Cosmic Thrill Seekers Album Review

Joel Milton Music Journalist Many of us had an angst-filled favorite band or two to get us through the trials and tribulations of the high school drivel that seemed like the most important, life-altering matter at the time; for me, this band was Prince Daddy & the Hyena. The band’s quirky name with an untraceable origin and their coarse, ruggedly angry guitar-driven sound drew me in during the fall of […]

todayDecember 7, 2022 132 4 2

The exterior of Emos in Austin after The Garden Concert on 11/11 as the crowd exited out


My Thoughts on the 11/11 The Garden Concert

By Andrea Moor Music Journalist Anyone who knows me knows my fondness for the twin-composed band based in Orange County, California, known as The Garden. With several side projects under their belt, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears are most notably known for their collaboration on this band. When the musical duo set out to tour again this year for their latest release, Horseshit on Route 66, I knew I had to […]

todayNovember 29, 2022 181 13 3

Sabrina Fuentes of Pretty Sick on a red bass guitar.

Concert Review


Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director Pretty Sick made a pit stop at Mohawk in Austin in the midst of “The Makes Me Sick” tour. Although the band was accompanied by MILLY and Mitsubishi Suicide on tour, local Austin band Die Spitz took the place of the opening act for the night’s show. When I saw on Instagram that the band I interviewed the week prior was on the bill, my […]

todayNovember 22, 2022 113 8

lier Promo for the film “Amélie”


Amélie: Soundtrack Review

By Andrea Moor Music Journalist The 2001 acclaimed French film, “Amélie,” portrays the story of a lonesome young woman who searches for comfort and happiness in life. Despite the film’s instances of nearly sadistic realism, the story is depicted in a youthful manner due to Yann Tiersen’s playful soundtrack, the film’s vibrant oversaturation, and the recurring symbolism. The plot develops as Amélie, the heroine of the tale, finds a buried […]

todayNovember 15, 2022 191 11 2

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