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SXSW Artist Interview: McKinley Dixon

By: Kenlie Golleher Rap Music Director During SXSW, I got the wonderful opportunity to sit down with Chicago-based artist and rapper McKinley Dixon to discuss new music as well as his time at the festival. I was first introduced to Dixon upon reading the lineup of the SPIN showcase that would be headlined by Killer Mike. I decided to do some research on the said lineup, and that’s when I […]

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The Content Cultivators and Curators Behind SXSW 2023

By Avery Viers Local Music Director MARCH 12, 2023 – I was unaware what I was in for as I walked up the steps of High Noon Bar the evening before the first official day of the South By Southwest music festival. I tagged along with a crew of coworkers planning to capture videography of local alternative psych-rock band, Slurp The World. As band and crew began setting up in […]

todayMarch 29, 2023 75 2

Image features Lola Tried members Ray, Lauren, Gianni, and Jeff casually posed outside, with ray jumping up in the air.

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SXSW 2023: Artist Interview With Lola Tried

By Avery Viers Local Music Director The last time I spoke with Lauren Burton of Austin-based band Lola Tried, I had freshly been appointed as KTSW 89.9’s Local Music Director only one month prior. Unsure of what to expect when meeting the band, I scavenged the internet to absorb all of the information I could in the midst of my nervous frenzy. I was about five seconds into our introduction […]

todayMarch 13, 2023 41 1

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ASHLEY’S RECS @ SXSW ’23: A Playlist

by Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director The best week of the year is upon us! If you are a fan of film and tech, your week is already in full swing, but I am preserving my energy for the music festival beginning Monday the 13th. This will be my third year covering South by Southwest and I am more excited than ever following the expectations set by last year. Once […]

todayMarch 12, 2023 74


WHO TO SEE AT SX ’23 – An Interview with Indie Duo Tommy Lefroy

By Ashley Farnie Assistant Music Director   This week I had the opportunity to talk with one of my biggest musical inspirations, Tommy Lefroy, before their Austin show on Samia’s Honey Tour. The two-piece band of best friends, Wynter Bethel and Tessa Mouzourakis, bonded over their love of literature and experience in songwriting. During the stillness ensued by the onset of the pandemic, the duo rekindled from a distance and […]

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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 […]

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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 73

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 53 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 […]

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