Month: February 2016

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5 Steps to Help You Prepare for Levitation Fest

Okay, so, you’ve got your tickets and you’ve seen the promo poster. You know who all is going to be at Levitation, when it will be held (April 29–May 1) and…that’s it. That’s all you’ve got! I know you’re nervous, but don’t get upset. I’ve got your back with this five-step to-do list for this year’s Levitation festival.

Weekly Staff Picks: A Playlist For Those Bitter About Valentine’s Day

Are you heartbroken, bitter and alone? Do you think Valentine’s Day is distasteful? Or perhaps, you find it repulsive that we’re slated to contribute $19.7 billion dollars to the economy on this special day. Regardless of where your resentment emanates from, I’ve got a song for you. Here is an eclectic array of Austin musicians to satisfy those bitter about Valentine’s Day.

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Retirement Home & friends deliver memorable Sidewinder performances

Austin’s music scene is an eclectic and diverse one, producing bands of all genres and inviting even more to come and bless this city with the wonder of live music. But, as I have mentioned before, it’s easy to get caught in the miasma of indie pop/folk/ dance fun that Austin seems to have a proclivity for, and in doing so Austinites miss out on a slew of great acts and bands. This article is about some of those bands.

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Major Grizz, Yuma offer relieving Stubb’s study break

Friday nights are generally everyone’s favorite day of the week to spend a late night downtown — it’s the end of the week and you’ll have time to nurse that hangover in bed because Saturday mornings practice more patience than those demanding work days. As a journalist, I, for one, am one of those lucky people who get to mix work and play. On one hand, it allows me to call going to shows “work.” On the other, I’m technically required to work late nights and weekends.

For students, a category of which I also belong to, Fridays are an especially strategic time to take a well-deserved study break. This past weekend, on Feb. 5, I found myself taking one of these study breaks at Stubb’s, engulfed in a packed room with the wood floor of their indoor stage, watching local acts Yuma and Major Grizz put on interesting twists on otherwise conventional genres of music.

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OV Recommends: 3 Best Music Stores in Austin

It’s happened to all of us. It’s the weekend, you’re off work, and that direct deposit just landed in your bank account like a quarter pound of that steaming hot enchilada casserole your mom makes for basically any holiday any time of year. Gleefully boring holes into your phone screen with your eyeballs, you check the mobile banking application on your phone. You’re set and the money’s in, but this train of thought ends abruptly when you ask yourself, “But…what should I buy?” Well, fortunately for you, Faithful Reader, I’ve laboriously compiled a short list of the three coolest music-related money depositories in Austin.

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Austin hip-hop: Magna Carda comes into their own on first full-length album CIRQLATION

Austin is the little sibling of the family when it comes to hip-hop in Texas. Surrounded by Houston’s legacy of a hip-hop presence and the rising talents emerging from the Dallas area, Austin has yet to develop an “identity” that is recognized on a national level when it comes to hip-hop and rap despite holding the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.”