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There is a yellow food truck on the very left of the photo, with a red gazebo to the right. The gazebo has strings of lightbulbs hanging from it, and a small patch of lawn underneath with blue chairs. There are a few people sitting on the lawn area. There is a small stage in the back left corner, with a white tent overhead and a pink, blue and white flag on the front that reads, “Protect Trans Kids.” Four-member group Elephant Ears is performing onstage. There is a small red trailer next to the stage.


Bands and Booths for Trans Youth

By Hannah Walls Music Journalist I attended Bands and Booths for Trans Youth this past weekend, hosted by Ava Productions and Studio San Martian. I had previously attended Vaginafest, which also featured a variety of local artists and vendors, so I was super excited to see what was in store for this event. The event was held to raise money for trans youths in Texas and was held at Red […]

todayMay 4, 2022 70 3

The background of the album cover is a burnt orange. The bottom left of the cover reads “the Mary Veils, Esoteric Hex” in various grey/nay block letters. There is a graph with vertical lines and multiple bell curve waves filled with red and blue colors. In front of the graph is a yellow human head. Many red, teal, and light green square planes run through the head at different angles. Silhouettes of a group of people sit in the bottom right corner of the cover. In the middle right side of the cover is a red eye with shading around it for the eyelid and a green color underneath it.


Band of the Week: The Mary Veils

By Clara Blankenship Music Journalist I am constantly on the hunt for new artists and albums to fit my current situations and emotions. As finals are approaching, a sense of being overwhelmed has dominated my days. To my dismay, I was having trouble finding music that matched my stress. I was listening to KTSW while driving, as I usually do, and I heard a song that perfectly emulated my frustration […]

todayApril 29, 2022 93 2

On the left side of the photo is Kurt Vile wearing all white and playing a white guitar with dark accents, behind him is a dark background, above his head in yellow writing it says “Courtney Barnett.” On the right side, Courtney Barnett is wearing all black and holding a dark guitar with white accents, behind her is a light background, and written in yellow above her head is “Kurt Vile.” Between the two of them at the bottom also written in yellow is the album name “Lotta Sea Lice.”


The Dynamic Duo of Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

By Bandera Barter Music Journalist Sony and Cher, Willy and Waylon, Bert and Ernie — all iconic duos, but now it's time for a new team to carry the torch. This would be no other than Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, solidified by their joint album Lotta Sea Lice. The two have each provided some of the most creative and inspired songwriting on their own in the last couple of […]

todayApril 28, 2022 110

Photo features outdoor stage at nighttime, lit up by an array of string lights. Window Shop is pictured playing on stage, playing in front of a small crowd of onlooking fans.


A Lazy 4/20: Window Shop Live at Lazydaze Coffeeshop

By Avery Viers Music Journalist With the surplus of *activities* that were available to the residents of San Marcos this past Wednesday, you may have missed some of the live shows planned to celebrate the happy, hazy holiday. With just a $7 cover fee, Lazydaze Coffeeshop hosted their "Lazy 4/20" event in their backyard lounge area, complete with an outdoor stage and other local vendors joining in the celebration. Forming […]

todayApril 24, 2022 113

Psychedelic American traditional style art depicts a phone with hands reaching out through an opening into a room, behind the hand is a sun. There are faces and eyes in the shape of fish everywhere including hiding behind stacks of cards. There is also water pouring into a ravine, bugs, fire, and flowers. Description: Billy Strings Home cover


Billy Strings: The Next Greatest Guitarist to Ever Live

By Bandera Barter Music Journalist  What if I told you the greatest guitarist to ever live was alive right now?  I would also say he’s just getting started. The living legend I am referring to is none other than William Lee Apostol, better known by his stage name, Billy Strings. You might also be surprised to hear that in this day and age the greatest guitarist alive would be playing […]

todayApril 19, 2022 217

A collage of eight albums considered to be in the guilty pleasure category of music. Top left is Vanessa Carlon’s album, Be Not Nobody. The top middle album is Stint by Barenaked Ladies. The top right album is the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Chicago: The Musical. The middle-left album is Candy by Mandy Moore. The album in the very center is Significant Other by Limp Bizkit. The middle-right album is Spice by Spice Girls. The bottom left album is Kings of Crunk by Lil Jon & The Eastside Boyz. The bottom middle section says “GUILTY PLEASURES” in all capital letters, with a bold black font and white background. The bottom right album is Barrio Fino by Daddy Yankee.


Why You Should Not Be Ashamed of Your “Guilty Pleasure” Music

By Cassidy Segovia Music Journalist Picture this... you are about to pick someone up for a first date. You are a little nervous, so you decide to play one of your favorite playlists for the car ride to lighten the mood. You are even hoping to find out if this person has the same exact music taste as you, let alone likes your music. You both are driving down the […]

todayApril 15, 2022 43 2

A black background with "San Marcos Sounds" in pink and a microphone illustrated in blue and pink.


San Marcos Sounds: The Beatnik Bandits

By Christian Villarreal Assistant Music Director In this episode of San Marcos Sounds, Christian interviews the Beatnik Bandits at SXSW 2022. They talk about the band’s history, their experiences playing at the festival and the influences of their new album. Featured Image by KTSW Multimedia

todayApril 14, 2022 811

This image features Edwina being walked down the aisle by her mother Mary. Edwina is wearing a floor length white dress, with a floor length veil and over-the-elbow gloves. Mary is wearing a purple dress with lace detailing. The pews on either side are filled with people. White flower petals cover the floor down the aisle.


The Sounds and Scandals of “Bridgerton”

By Hannah Walls Music Journalist This article contains mild spoilers for the second season of “Bridgerton.” The internet is still buzzing with the premier of “Bridgerton” season two, which premiered on March 25. The show’s first season absolutely blew up on social media for its steamy storylines, high drama and captivating characters.  A widely discussed topic was the music of the show, which featured a mix of true classical hits […]

todayApril 14, 2022 41 1

Album features a black and white portrait of Omar Apollo, shirtless. A shadow is cast and covers Apollo below his shoulders. “IVORY” is written across his frame.


Why Fans Can’t Wait for Omar Apollo’s Newest Album Ivory

By Avery Viers Music Journalist Within one year of uploading his first single to Spotify in 2017, then 19-year-old singer-songwriter Omar Apollo received over 15 million streams. Now, at 24 years old, Apollo begins his “Desvelado” Tour with Deb Never on April 5th — just a few days before the release of his first full-length debut studio album, Ivory, on April 8th, 2022. Since the release of “Ugotme” just five […]

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