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Teenage Shakira is staring off into the bottom left corner of the frame. She has long hair parted down the middle. Behind her there is a ripped wallpaper and a sunflower located at the top right of the frame spells out the album title, Pies Descalzos.


Rediscovering Shakira: The Forgotten Songs That Defined a Generation

By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist If you grew up in a Latin household like myself, odds are your introduction to Shakira came way before finding out that her hips don’t lie. Back before the features with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and of course, the Super Bowl halftime show, Shakira was a household name all across Latin America for the better half of the 90s.  Let me take you back exactly 10 years before […]

todayMarch 5, 2020 203

People on stage are singing and dancing. The crowd is playing with a dozen balloons, which are all different colors and sizes.



By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist AUSTIN, TX— On Wednesday, Jan. 22, ACL Live at The Moody Theater hosted the third annual Hi, How Are You Day show in honor of Austin artist, Daniel Johnston. The event celebrated Johnston’s life work of music and art with stellar performances by Dan Luke & The Raid, Katie Schecter, Tunde Adebimpe, White Denim, Jason Falkner with surprise guest, Spoon, and closing with none other than […]

todayFebruary 19, 2020 20

The Maine takes the stage in front of a tight crowd. They’re all wearing suits and gold shirts.


The Maine Step Into The Mirror in Fall Tour

By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist The pop punk favorites kicked off The Mirror Tour at Paper Tiger in San Antonio, Texas on Monday, Oct. 21. The Phoenix, Arizona natives delivered a stellar performance full of self-reflection and a lot of love to a crowd of undeniably emo 20-somethings. Per the band’s request on Instagram the day before, the crowd was dressed in gold in honor of the band’s latest album, You […]

todayDecember 1, 2019 14

Two females and two males sit in chairs on the Centennial Hall Teaching Theater stage, in front of a big crowd of students.


Austin Music Festival Promoters give Insight into the Music Industry during Mass Comm Week

By Tania Zapien Music Journalist Texas State University welcomed four executives from Score More Shows in a panel discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 16. As part of Mass Comm Week, Lexi Dolan, Gina Martinez, Edward Castillo and Kevin Hayden provided a crowd of students with insight into the planning and production of events within the music industry.  Founded in a University of Texas dorm room in 2009 by Sascha Guttfreund and […]

todayOctober 24, 2019 15

Thousands of people make their way to the biggest stage at Austin City Limits. You can see the Austin skyline behind the stage.

Austin City Limits

ACL 2019: Seven Underrated Artists to See on Weekend One

By Tania Zapien Music Journalist For 17 years, Austin City Limits Music Festival has brought some of music’s biggest names and most promising up-and-coming acts to beautiful Zilker Park. This year is no exception. Of course, ACL goers have been anxiously waiting to be in the presence of artists like Childish Gambino, Billie Eillish, Cardi B, Kacey Musgraves, 21 Savage and Lizzo for this year’s festival. However, there are many […]

todayOctober 3, 2019 22

Vampire Weekend frontman, Ezra Koenig, plays guitar and sings for a sold out crowd in Austin, Texas. Koenig has short, wavy hair and is wearing shorts with a sweater.


On Holiday with Vampire Weekend

By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist Indie-rock’s beloved, Vampire Weekend, made their return to the music scene this summer with the release of their fourth album titled Father of the Bride. The album, released on May 3, captivated music critics and fans alike by showcasing a more mature, intricate and soulful side of a band previously known for electric festival anthems. This conceptually grasping album was introduced with the catchy single “Harmony Hall” […]

todaySeptember 13, 2019 13

New Found Glory play in front of an audience at Emo’s Austin. Behind the band, a big marquee with their name, city and date of the concert.


New Found Glory: The Show That Restored My Faith in Pop/Punk

By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist When I found out pop/punk veterans, New Found Glory was bringing their From the Screen to Your Stereo to Your Town tour to Emo’s in Austin on Tuesday night, I couldn’t resist. As a teenager, I was into pop/punk the way some people were into Justin Bieber. My favorite nights consisted of loudly blasting bands such as All Time Low (who got their name from New […]

todayJuly 18, 2019 24

Plain red background with the album title, Are You Kind? In the top center and the band name, Moon Dunes on the bottom center. In the middle there is a collage of newspaper and magazine cut-outs of women, men and children with several of the cut-outs repeating.


Moon Dunes: Are You Kind? Album Review

By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist Local pseudo-psychedelic favorites, Moon Dunes released their debut album Are You Kind? on May 10. If you are not familiar with this San Marcos indie staple, you have been missing out! We got a chance to hang out with the guys a while back when they were chosen as Band of the Week and got them in for a Studio C Session, which is a must […]

todayJuly 17, 2019 13

The word “Goons” is displayed in big, cursive letters in the center of the image over a black, star filled background. “The Year of the Goon” is spelled out in all lowercase letters to the bottom right of the band name. All three members of the band are jumping over the name wearing denim jackets and holding their instruments.


Goons: The Year of The Goon: Album Review

By Tania ZapienMusic Journalist Album: The Year of the GoonArtist: The GoonsRelease Date: May 4, 2019 Goons performing at their album release show at Empire Control Room in Austin, Texas, on May 4, 2019. Photo by Tania Zapien. The first time I stumbled upon Austin’s '80s synthwave-pop band, Goons, it was at Dirty Dog Bar’s Spring Fest following a line-up full of alternative rock bands. Undeniably, the denim jacket-wearing trio […]

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