Music, Reviews

Jaws of Love: Tasha Sits Close to the Piano Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Jaws of Love Album: Tasha Sits Close to the Piano Label: K-Rizzla Records & House Arrest Distribution Release Date: September 22, 2017 It would be inaccurate to say that all acoustic indie pop albums sound the same. It’s more accurate to say that among the leagues of sad singers […]

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Features, Music

The Music of Trauma

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Emotion and music have been tightly knit together for centuries, since long before it was an art-form of the masses. In its current form, the musician funnels their inner feelings into their art for consumers to absorb or reject, relate or dismiss. As the barrier of what is acceptable lyrical […]

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Audio Input, Music, Podcasts

KTSW Music Podcast: Audio Input Episode 1

By Troy Vita Music Director Starring: Troy Vita Alexandra Sereno Che Salgado Clayton Ambrose Check out the first episode of KTSW’s music discussion podcast. In this episode, we tackle our favorite albums of 2017 so far, disappointments, surprises and other music-related and non-music-related topics. Make sure to listen to Audio Input and let us know […]

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Events, Local, Music

Monster Mash at KIVA

By Maci Woody Music Journalist For most people, fall is the best time of the year for its cool weather (sometimes, it is Texas after all), pumpkin spiced everything and everything nice. One of the most iconic of these magical holidays is Halloween, which is right around the corner. So what are your plans? If […]

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Music, Reviews

Corbin: Mourn Review

By Hannah Wisterman Music Journalist Artist: Corbin Album: Mourn Release Date: September 5, 2017 Label: WEDIDIT Website: https://soundcloud.com/spookycorbin Corbin is back, and while he may not be all grown up, he’s certainly no kid anymore. The Minnesota native first went viral under the names Spooky Black and Lil Spook back in 2013 and 2014, then […]

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Music, Reviews

Vic Mensa: The Autobiography Review

By Alex McMann Hip Hop Journalist Artist: Vic Mensa Album: The Autobiography Label: Def Jam Records Website: http://vicmensa.com/ Vic Mensa, a native to Southside Chicago, began his solo career in 2013 after the break up of the group, Kids These Days. Mensa’s early accomplishments include joining J.Cole and Wale on tour in 2013, being on […]

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Music, Reviews

Guantanamo Baywatch: Desert Center Review

By Holly Hearn Music Journalist Artist: Guantanamo Baywatch Album: Desert Center Label: Suicide Squeeze Records Release Date: August 4, 2017 Website: https://guantanamobaywatch.bandcamp.com/ Guantanamo Baywatch is a Portland based trio composed of guitarist/vocalist Jason Powell, bassist Chevelle Wiseman and drummer Chris Scott. Most would label the group as garage surf rock although the members identify their genre […]

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Music, Reviews

Lana Del Rey: Lust for Life Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist  Artist: Lana Del Rey Album: Lust for Life Release Date: July 21, 2017 Website: lanadelrey.com It is hard to believe that it has been six years since famous singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released her homemade vintage music videos for “Video Games” and “Blue Jeans”. Her mysterious, but compelling persona made […]

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Music, Reviews

Ducktails: Jersey Devil Review

By Giovanni Villalta Music Journalist Artist: Ducktails Album: Jersey Devil Release Date: September 15, 2017 Label: Self-Released Matt Mondanile, the former lead guitarist of Real Estate, returns to the hypnagogic pop scene with his solo project’s new album Jersey Devil. Though Ducktails does not necessarily delve into any new territory that hasn’t already been explored […]

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Features, Music

Let’s Talk About Nu-Metal

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist Every music listener has a certain genre of music to which they pay gratitude as a catalyst for their life-long love of the art form. If you ask any fan of music who was born in the early to mid-90’s about their musical origins, a good portion of them might […]

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Music, Reviews

Processions: Blush Review

By Lindsey Petterson Music Journalist Artist: Processions Album: Blush Release Date: June 18, 2017 Website: https://processsions.bandcamp.com/releases Texas shoegaze is thriving right now. The scene is packed with unique bands like Glare, Glaze, Walking Misery, Grivo and Processions. Seeing these passionate bands perform is a wild experience that will leave you feeling fuzzy and full. If the […]

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Music, Reviews

The Junction: City Nights Review

By David Orozco Music Journalist Artist: The Junction Album: City Nights Release Date: May 15, 2017 Label: Self Released The Junction is an indie rock band formed in Brampton, Ontario, Canada in the year 2000. Originally signed to Universal Music, the band split from the label in 2006 and have been releasing music through their […]

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Features, Music

Weezer’s Discography: Ranked

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist If you have ever been a fan of Weezer’s Blue Album or Pinkerton, you have probably spent some amount of time lamenting the band’s steep and ugly decline. I was very much the same, shaming Weezer for their lackluster post-90’s output and clinging to their first two albums like holy grails, […]

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Music, Reviews

Portugal. The Man: Woodstock Review

By Carlos Chavez Music Journalist Artist: Portugal. The Man Album: Woodstock Release Date: June 16, 2017 Website: http://www.portugaltheman.com Portugal. The Man is back on the music scene with their eighth studio album Woodstock. After putting a halt in releasing any content for almost three years, the band finally emerged from their creative stasis and released […]

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Music, Reviews

A Giant Dog: Toy Review

by Jacob Carter Music Journalist Artist: A Giant Dog Album: Toy Release Date: August 25, 2017 Something I really appreciate is when a band is able to evoke a certain place or setting through their music. Every band’s hometown has a huge amount of influence in creating their sound, but some groups embrace that influence […]

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Music, Reviews

Jen Cloher: Jen Cloher LP Review

By Alana Riddle Music Reporter Artist: Jen Cloher Album: Jen Cloher LP Release Date: August 11, 2017 Website: https://lnk.to/JenCloher-AlbumWE Jen Cloher’s fourth album is a self-titled tribute to a period of artistic and personal growth in her life. The Melbourne based singer-songwriter has now consistently put out albums that speak to perosonal experiences with womanhood, […]

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Music, Reviews

Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs Review

By Jacob Carter Music Journalist If you have never listened to Sam Coffey and the Iron Lungs before, the best primer for the band is to watch their video for “Talk 2 Her,” from their new self-titled album, out July 28th. Good music videos often encapsulate the spirit of a band, and this one is […]

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Music, Reviews

Beach House: B Sides & Rarities Review

By Allison Belcher Assistant Music Director Artist: Beach House Album: B-Sides and Rarities Label: Sub Pop Release Date: June 30, 2017 After releasing reviews for Beach House’s Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars LPs back in 2015, it only felt absolutely necessary that I do the same for their 2017 B-Sides and Rarities album. […]

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Features, Music

Why You Should Listen To Bomb The Music Industry!

By Clayton Ambrose Music Journalist “Bomb the Music Industry! (and Action Action) (and Refused) (and Born Against) Are F**king Dead” reads the title of the sixth track on Bomb The Music Industry!’s 2006 album, To Leave or Die In Long Island. What was once a cynical and ironic jab at the band’s expense is now […]

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