Despite cynicism and mass speculation from the Central Texas festival circuit, Sound on Sound Fest was a sonic success. Austin music lovers found themselves in a state of despondence upon the cancellation of the less-mainstream music and arts festival, FunFunFunFest. The dismay was promptly halted when SOS dropped a thriller of an innagural lineup to fill the void of FFFFest, including artists like Phantogram, Run the Jewels, Courtney Barnett and Explosions in the Sky.
Austin is revered worldwide for it’s constant support and celebration of the art of music. Festivals like ACL, Euphoria and SXSW are the most obvious testament to the cities infatuation with live music and creation as a movement. Fortunately, these high profile music and arts festivals are only the tip of the iceberg in the city of weird. The more “established” collectives and aesthetic trailblazers, who reign at the top of the visionary hierarchy, possess an influence that kindly trickles down into the spirits of the millennial generation. With a firm understanding of the future and a dream of a brighter tomorrow, Austin’s Gen Y is manifesting innovation, inspiration and intellectuality into an artistic revolution. Despite battling a seemingly never ending “quarter life crisis,” Austin’s initiative youth is witnessing a major spike in success and recognition. This past Sunday (Dec. 4) at Scratchhouse, five young, local, creative collectives collaborated in efforts to shine a light on over 40 undiscovered musicians in the presence of already-established artists. The unification of Brodies Fault, New Waves, Weird City Entertainment, On Vinyl Music and Ben “McNasty” Buck resulted in an eclectic, groovy, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. get down–One2One Fest.
Undoubtedly, Austin’s liberation has been challenged in recent weeks. Despite activist efforts, on going protests and a general outcry from the public, Donald Trump is the 2016 president-elect of the United States.
One of Austin’s most notable integral rock outfits, BUHU, just unleashed a gorgeously gritty music video for their single “Youth Is Breaking.”
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.
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.
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.
Jazz music has been an iconic genre of sound since the late 1800’s. Jazz, in all of its forms, has been an epicenter in many major cultural movements and revolutions.
Intimacy and music festivals rarely go hand in hand. While dense, synchronized crowds can produce a lasting and life changing buzz, high-volume festivals are risky and often tedious to execute. Simple tasks like using the restroom or getting water can become quite a spectacle at commercially operated music festivals.