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Weekly Staff Picks: your sound guide to SOS Fest

With Sound on Sound Fest only a few hours away, festival go-ers and diverse music consumers state wide are preparing for an inaugural experience embellished with resonance and unity. The festival faced some scrutinizing inspection when the indie beach rock, chain smoker, Mac Demarco dropped out of the lineup. Simultaneously, SOS is Austin’s substitute festival for the cancelled Fun Fun Fun Fest–resulting in mass speculation. Despite cynicism, the camping festival expects large crowds, good vibes and stellar sounds. Amongst others, A-list musicians like Phantogram, Purity Ring and Explosions in The Sky will be taking Sherwood Forest by storm.

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Five of our favorite 2016 Black Fret nominees

With a title like “Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is naturally an enticing destination for new bands and artists looking to get their music careers off the ground. However, not all of these musicians necessarily have the income to make it doing music full-time, especially at the start of their careers. Black Fret, a local music non-profit, looks to solve this issue. Every year, the organization nominates a group of artists to be eligible to receive grants to help support them in the creation and live performance of their music. As a result, the 2016 Black Fret nominees represent what the charity believes to be among the best acts currently active in the Austin music scene. Here are five of our favorites from this year’s pool of nominees.