Month: October 2016

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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.

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OV Recommends: Four local sets to catch this weekend

Undoubtedly, “the Live Music Capital of the World” is spectacularly riddled with concert showcases 365 days a year. While some exhibitions are A-list favorites like neo-funk producer, GRiZ and contemporary R&B pioneer, Usher, Austin is noted for it’s sustainable mantra relating to local talent. The city is deeply rooted in united creativity and strives to further the successes of our creative vanguards. This Halloween weekend, the concrete jungle will, per usual, be pulsing with eclectic, local resonance. For those of you feeling conflicted as to which shows to attend this holiday weekend, let OV alleviate your anxieties with this carefully selected list of the finest local, live performances.

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OV Recommends: Five best music discovery tools

There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from hearing a “new song” on the radio or at a concert that you’ve already been listening to for months. It’s exciting to be able to introduce a new artist to your friends and then getting to see that artist build their career, knowing that you supported them first. But creating a new playlist on Spotify or finding an inspiring new artist can be difficult. Sometimes visiting the “Release Radar” on Spotify or searching local dive bars for the newest music just doesn’t cut it. At OV, we’ve curated a list of five of our favorite music discovery tools, and they are all free to access! 

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Austin receives $10m “mini bond” to preserve local music venues

Although there is a spectacular community surrounding local music and art in Austin, prominent leaders in the collective are typically young and financially frustrated. Despite the progressive ideals that these trailblazers possess, their schemes can not be implemented until they have the city of Austin finically backing their proposals. Simply put, Austin will have to retire it’s title as “Live Music Capital of the World” if we don’t cultivate this place as a home for artists.

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OV Recommends: 5 local artists to see at SOS Fest

The very first Sound on Sound Fest is just around the corner, bringing one of the best festival lineups of the year with it. The headliners, including Beach House, Run the Jewels, Phantogram, and Austin’s own Explosions in the Sky are sure to bring in the majority of the fans, but the organizers have made sure to fill the lineup with incredibly talented local artists for those who show up early. Here are five local acts that you can’t miss at Sound on Sound.

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SOS Fest releases schedule for Late Knights

The much-anticipated Sound on Sound Fest is fast approaching with festivities starting Nov. 4. To kick off the festival weekend, the Sound On Sound Fest “Late Knights” kick-off parties, or just Knights, will be held at Mohawk, The Sidewinder, Barracuda, Beerland and Empire on Thursday, Nov. 3. Anyone who already has an official Sound On Sound Wristband gets free access to any of the Knights shows and holders of the VIP ‘Treat Thyself’ pass get priority access at each venue.

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Lucky Lounge hosts an epic night for Austin music this Friday

Music-lovers everywhere will agree that an ideal Friday night includes an array of rhythmic guitar synths and drum beats pulsing good vibes through your body–am I right? If so, Austinites, make your way to the Lucky Lounge this Friday, Oct. 21st at 6 p.m. for a must-see musical experience–it’s going to be local music at its finest.