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Alex Hendricks (left) in black shirt and black jeans, playing an electric guitar while looking at the fretboard. David Welsch (right) in white ringer tee lined in red, with “USA” across the chest behind an image of a globe centered on the African continent. A SXSW green and blue banner backgrounds the image.


“The Other Side” Sound at SXSW

Ashley Farnie Music Director San Marcos locals and Texas State Alumni are familiar with KTSW’s sound and slogan, “The Other Side of Radio.” KTSW spins tracks you would not hear on a commercial radio station: undiscovered artists, local musicians, and unconventional tunes make for the perfect unpredictable programming – a cornerstone of KTSW’s philosophy. SXSW’s intent to showcase up-and-coming artists coincides with KTSW’s music department, always looking out for new […]

todayMay 25, 2022 96

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


San Marcos Sounds: Shooks Interview

By Christian Villarreal Assistant Music Director In this episode, Christian interviews the band, Shooks, at SXSW. The five-piece Austin-based band gave a great performance and talk about their dynamic as a music group and what performing in the Austin area is like. Featured Image by KTSW Multimedia

todayApril 20, 2022 67

Monaleo, seen wearing her signature bright pink shirt, pink glasses and blue beanie, smiles on stage. Behind her is the two girls she brought on stage to rap with her, as well as her DJ. Behind all of them is several psychedelic tapestries and a pink flag that says Soundcloud Next Wav.

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The Free Events of SXSW

By Bandera Barter Music Journalist Going to SXSW for the first time I really had no idea what to expect. I’ve heard about the crazy day parties and I’ve seen the video of Lady Gaga being voluntarily vomited on in the name of art, but this was all through a screen. This would be the first time I would experience SXSW for myself. I scoured the schedule planning on and […]

todayMarch 30, 2022 36 1

Two members of the South Austin rap/hip-hop group Blackillac, Phranchyze, and Zeale. Performance on a stage surrounded by trees, blue skies, and musical equipment. A banner off to the back left of the image. Stage speakers bottom of the image. Both members performing, facing the crowd, both hold microphones.


A Day with Dynamic Rap Duo: Blackillac

C.J. Okeke Music Journalist For my first outing at SXSW, I decided to start with an event that featured a local rap group called Blackillac. The live performance was hosted by the Black Fret and GSD&M at their outdoor day party in downtown Austin. Black Fret is a nonprofit organization that promotes popular music and believes it to be an art that should be supported.  They were the second act […]

todayMarch 25, 2022 54

The top of the stage reads, “SXSW OUTDOOR STAGE,” with a large banner on either side that reads, “SXSW 2022 OUTDOOR STAGE AT LADY BIRD LAKE” with a list of sponsors underneath. On stage, 5-piece group Mt. Joy is performing with purple and blue lights behind them.


Mt. Joy at SXSW

By Hannah Walls Music Journalist In 2018, indie rock group Mt. Joy played a SXSW show at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q with only three songs on their setlist. I had the opportunity to hear this little anecdote this past Saturday while anxiously awaiting their 2022 performance on the Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, the largest SXSW stage. As I stood in the crowd of what had to be hundreds of people […]

todayMarch 24, 2022 74

Two guitarists play intensely in front of a red background with marquee letters spelling out "SXSJ 2022." The guitarist on the right is standing and playing a brown and white guitar, and the guitarist on the left is on her knees playing a black and white guitar. Between the two in the background is a drummer playing at a yellow drumset.

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South by San Jose Makes a Strong First Impression

By Tiera Allen DJ On Wednesday, March 16, I had the pleasure of attending my first South by Southwest event at South by San Jose. South by San Jose (or SXSJ) is an annual all-ages event hosted in the parking lot between Hotel San Jose and Jo’s Coffee on South Congress Avenue. 2022 marks its 21st year, and it prides itself on being “always and forever free.” Doors opened at […]

todayMarch 23, 2022 41

Photo features Tombus sitting on a black stool and singing into a microphone. He is lit by yellow lighting with two microphone stands to his left.


Live Music and Local Business: Canon Take a Shot Showcase at Precision Camera & Video

By McKenna Wells Local Music Director Thursday and Friday at Precision Camera & Film was full of music as they put on the Take a Shot showcase. Canon was lending out cameras so people could come and practice their concert photography skills. Not only was I able to go support local artists but I was able to capture them much better than my iPhone eight could even dream possible. I […]

todayMarch 21, 2022 57 2

Photo features the band Chancla fight club performing on stage lit up with blue and green lights. There is a projection of some cartoons behind them. Front and center is lead singer Ashley Dawson, a bass player to her left, a guitar player to her right, and a drummer behind her.


Emo Lives on at SXSW: Texas Emo Club at The Ballroom

By McKenna Wells Local Music Director The showcase that Texas Emo Club put on at the Ballroom at Spider House was hands down the event I was most looking forward to covering for SXSW 2022 and let me say, I was not wrong to do so. As a self-proclaimed emo kid myself, I put on my fishnets and worn-out doc martens and headed to Austin Wednesday morning. The first band […]

todayMarch 20, 2022 78 1

Photo features Mike and the Moonpies on stage. There are red lights on the band and 6th street in Austin can be seen behind them.

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Texas Country Takes On SXSW: Mike and the Moonpies at the Blind Pig Pub

By McKenna Wells Local Music Director Country music isn’t what most would associate with SXSW music festival but, Monday night at the Blind Pig Pub would have changed your mind. I was fortunate enough to able to see Austin band, Mike and the Moonpies headline for KOKE FM’s rooftop showcase. Mike and the Moonpies frontman, Mike Harmeier started the band in 2007 and they have since released eight albums including […]

todayMarch 18, 2022 72 1

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