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A photo of the outside of Cactus Music, a record store


The Importance of Local Record Shops

Christina Sims Music Journalist   Now that we’re finally seeing the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting upon how much our world has changed since then is possible; the very way we interact with the world has changed, an example being an ever-growing need for immediate accessibility, causing services such as Amazon Prime to produce insane gains in business (read about it here). Musically, tangibles like CDs and MP3s […]

todayNovember 2, 2022 30 1

the members of Summer Rental stare face the audience as the audience throws a beach ball, at Sewell Stage. 


SM Fest: Summer Rental and Blevins

By Sofia Psolka Web Content Contributor Sewell Park opened its stage to local bands on Oct. 23 to close out the sixth annual SM Fest. I pulled up just in time to catch two local favorites: Summer Rental and Blevins. People were sitting along the riverbank, enjoying the warm air, taking dips into the water. Guys playing basketball as kids ran around the court; skaters and bikers popping wheelies and […]

todayNovember 1, 2022 25

: Image features A.L. West in a worn, dark purple shirt which depicts a Great White Shark erupting from it’s center. West stands relaxed, hands behind his back, in front of slender trees. West wears wire framed glasses and a relaxed baseball cap.


Artist Interview: A.L. West

Avery Viers Local Music Director  While waiting patiently for Austin-based musician Daniel Bryson – better known on the local stage as A.L. West – to join our Zoom call last Wednesday, I was eager to discover the artistic background of the Bedroom Pop soloist. One of three artists featured at The Porch on October 20, 2022, for KTSW 89.9’s monthly Third Thursday event, Bryson was kind enough to catch up […]

todayOctober 28, 2022 29

Photo features three members of Arbordae sitting on a brown leather couch that sits in front of a white colored brick wall. Ethan Lugbauer sits farthest to the left, fingers tightly bound with legs crossed. Caleb Alvarez sits casually on the opposite end of the lounge, turning inward toward his fellow bandmates. In between both boys sits Curtis Rowe, turned to face bandmate Ethan. In front of the boys sits a plain, wooden coffee table.


Artist Interview: Arbordae

By Avery Viers Local Music Director In preparation for KTSW’s upcoming Third Thursday event on Aug. 18th, I was anxious to meet up with San Marcos based-band, Arbordae, to learn more about the three Texas State University creatives expected to take the stage this month at The Porch. Curtis Rowe, Caleb Alvarez and Ethan Lugbauer made for easy interviewees on Aug. 12th, shortly after I arrived at Stellar Coffee Co. […]

todayAugust 17, 2022 158 2 2

Photograph depicts the four members of Lola Tried, crouched down in a casual position on top of what looks to be a concrete sidewalk. Band Member farthest to the left is pictured with shaggy hair, a mustache, a black and white striped t-shirt and black jeans. Member depicted in middle left of the photo wears a black baseball cap, a beige button down shirt, black jeans and black Vans sneakers. Member depicted in middle right of the photo is partly hidden by member on far right but can be seen wearing a brightly colored, yellow and aqua button down shirt with khaki shorts. Member on far right is shown with her right arm propping up her chin, showcasing her half sleeve of colorful tattoos; she is wearing a green cropped shirt, denim shorts and black hi-top Vans sneakers.


An Interview With Local Sound- Lola Tried

By Avery Viers Local Music Director   On Wednesday, July 13th, 2022, I had the pleasure of chatting with Lauren Wicker and Ray Garza of the Austin-based band, Lola Tried. Throughout the length of our thirty-five-minute discussion, I spoke with Wicker and Garza about the history of the band, their experiences as artists amid a global pandemic, and some of their favorite aspects of creating music in a collaborative setting. […]

todayJuly 21, 2022 58 2

Photo features lead singer and saxophonist performing underneath the blue hue of a stage light. The heads of crowd members can be seen lining the bottom of the photo.


A Beginner’s Guide to a Summer of Local Sounds

By Avery Viers Local Music Journalist With the arrival of finals signaling the end of yet another spring semester, Texas State students are beginning to find themselves with a suspicious amount of free time on their hands. While frequenting the San Marcos River and roaming The Square may offer themselves convenient ways to pass the time, an increase in local live music events can also act as a relief to […]

todayMay 9, 2022 72 2

Album cover features the right-side profile of Lizzy McAlpine, presumably taken at night, backlit by what seems to be a streetlight.


Behind the Tour with Lizzy McAlpine: New Music, Fond Memories and What’s Ahead

By Avery Viers Local Music Journalist Now three weeks into accompanying Dodie on their Build A Problem Tour, it’s no secret that Lizzy McAlpine’s youthful sea of fans is only the beginning of what’s to come amid the early stages of the Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter’s career. First releasing music during the infancy of her career in 2018, McAlpine was finally able to take to the road earlier this year in preparation […]

todayMarch 28, 2022 123

Image depicts Eli Josef center stage, accompanied by his two band mates on each side. A disco ball is seen in the top left corner.


Here’s What You Missed: Eli Josef at The Ballroom

By Avery Viers Local Music Journalist For the first time since November 2021, it was no surprise that Eli Josef's comeback to the stage this past weekend was full of excitement and energy- making the performance an undeniably memorable experience for all of us who were lucky enough to attend. Kickstarting his musical career at 17, Josef's discography is refreshingly new. First receiving widespread social media recognition in 2019 from […]

todayFebruary 28, 2022 151 5 2

The band Carpet Burn in a Zoom call


Carpet Burn on Their Sound, San Marcos & What’s Next for the Band

By Marcus Brooks Music Journalist Carpet Burn has been a bright spot in the San Marcos music scene since they first formed back in 2019, but now they’re all graduated from Texas State and on the verge of a big move. I sat down with Evan Hays (vocals, lead guitar), Willa Fossum (vocals, rhythm guitar), Jackson Cosgrove (bass), and Christian Haddad (drums) over Zoom and picked their brains on all […]

todaySeptember 23, 2021 190 1

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