Month: May 2016

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The Austin Forum Presents: ‘How Can Technology Sustain the Live Music Capital of the World?’

On June 1, join experts from both the music and tech industries in a discussion panel as they discuss how Austin’s reputation as the Live Music Capital of the World, combined with a strong tech community and an entrepreneurial spirit can re-energize a multi-billion dollar music industry, hosted by The Austin Forum on Science Technology & Society. 

Weekly Staff Picks: Austin locals at Float Fest 2016

Float Fest 2016 draws closer and along with some appearances by famous artist like Rick Ross, Slim Thug and Chromeo there’s also a diverse collection of musicians hailing from Austin. To celebrate and get you primed for the upcoming festival–which takes place on July 16-17 at Cool River Ranch in San Marcos–we’ve assembled a playlist so you can check out the talent that’s gracing Float Fest 2016’s stage.

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MeanGirls Re-release Angsty Passionate LP “SQUIRM” Before Festival Debut

Wreaking with zeal and fervor, and inspiring Austin’s emo subculture comes the re-release of the saucy LP SQUIRM, by MeanGirls. The band, despite their name, is an alternative, queer-positive, human empowering, four-person band made up of Raine, Morgan, Tommy and Karsten.

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OV Recommends: Riders Against the Storm



Riders Against the Storm (RAS) will be preforming on June 7th alongside Oxymorrons at 3TEN ACL LIVE. Doors open at 8 p.m., and admission is $12. The show comes at the tail end of their tour this June.


RAS is pure soulfulness. Composed of husband and wife duo, Chaka and Qi Dada, these two are making waves in the local music scene with their upbeat hip-hop rhymes.

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5 bands to catch at Float Fest 2016

Float Fest 2016 is just two months away and as the self proclaimed “raddest, loudest, floatest fest in Texas,” it has assembled a killer lineup with a few big names and some lesser known–but still just as great–talent. Barring the most famous musicians on the lineup like Rick Ross, Santigold, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Chromeo, here’s a quick guide to five bands to catch (or at least check out) if you’re going to this year’s festival.

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Swan Dive’s Punk Rock Prom Celebrates Grunge

In a generation that glamorizes neo-electronic dance music and 90’s influenced rap, music from a more classic era is often dismissed and misunderstood. Punk rock was one of the first popular genres of music that allowed cynical, counter-culture Americans to step away from reality and embody rebellion through a symphony of grunge. Swan Dive, a local dive bar and music venue located at 615 Red River st., with the help of Flavorsound Productions and Glitterbeard Booking, is putting punk rock back on its gnarly pedestal Friday, May 20 for a legendary themed event–Punk Rock Prom.