Author: Nathalie Phan

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ICAH Fest shines a spotlight on the Austin hip-hop scene

Austin has always neglected its budding hip-hop scene. Even with promotions and production companies such as ScoreMore Shows which was recently sold to Live Nation, the local “scene” in Austin is faced with a lackluster interest. The truth is that local event producers and bookers don’t often celebrate the hip-hop scene that is trying to break through the masses of indie-rock and indie-pop bands that saturate the market. Recently, however, a new festival is attempting to answer the question “Where’s ATX hip-hop?”

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Carry Illinois releases new music video for ‘Shameful Feeling’

Cheer Up Charlie’s always maintains a lively chatter. Even on a foggy Sunday night, a friendly crowd amassed to watch Carry Illinois perform songs from their Garage Sale EP. I was greeted by the band’s frontwoman Lizzy Lehman with a warm smile and Cheer Up’s colorful lights illuminating her. 

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Sound on Sound returns for a bigger, better sophomore year

Sound On Sound (SOS) Fest returns November 10-12 to the expansive 23-acre Sherwood Forest in McDade, Texas this year with some stellar, heavy-hitting artists. On Vinyl’s favorite production company, Margin Walker Presents, is bringing back the festival for an even bigger and better experience that starts with their power lineup and ends with their curation of vendors and sponsors.

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The adventures of an incredibly tenacious Austin local during SXSW 2017

SXSW is my favorite unofficial holiday every year. There’s nothing better than waiting for the SX schedule to drop like a child waiting for Santa to come down the chimney with mad gifts during Christmas. While there was talk of a SX scale-down, it was hard to notice when my calendar was blotched with calendar invites to official and unofficial shows and sessions for every half-hour block for ten days straight. My Christmas finally arrived. Here are my SXSW journal passages and records of some of the “gifts” that I got this year at SXSW 2017.

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Keynote of the week: Cowboy Diplomacy

My favorite SoCo Hotel valet boy greets me as I hurriedly step out of my car for my next meeting. They know it’s me because I drive the same dusty SUV with Texas music plates around to them nearly every day and I probably look like a mad woman who parks there four times a day. Then I see Ian Cochran–he’s the only reason why I’m always on-time to any of my meetings rather than driving around trying to find parking on South Congress. And my favorite part about him? No, not his full beard or Austin-y man bun–though I do like, I do! It’s the fact that when I don’t see him at the South Congress Hotel, I can see him after work hours at HandleBar with his cowboy rock band.