Author: Anthony Ramirez

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Are music festivals becoming elitist?

To Karl Marx, religion was the “opium of the masses.” I personally think music is the real opium. We listen to music for fun; to accommodate our sadness and anger. We listen to music to forget things, to experience specific emotions we normally couldn’t without music’s presence. So it’s natural for gigantic events, like music festivals, to be some of the coolest places one can go. Coachella, Reading, ACL, Governor’s Ball, and countless others, all bring the heat when it comes to memorable music experiences. But, something of a questionable trend has been gaining traction in recent times, as some publications have reported that some music festivals are becoming elitist, to counter the culture of mainstream festivals.

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Born Again Virgins: EP Review

I am not going to lie: it takes a lot to impress me. Whether it’s food, TV shows, and/or music, I feel like I have fairly high standards for things. That being said, the new EP from alternative rock band Born Again Virgins is actually quite impressive. Make note that this is coming from the guy who gives all his friends and family a hard time about their music taste.

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Infinite music provides for innovation but not practicality

I still struggle from time to time trying to determine what exactly constitutes as “experimental music.” Is it music that just sounds “weird?” Is it music that has odd time signatures or use of instruments in unconventional ways? None of these descriptions are very accurate in trying to determine true experimentation. I think what constitutes experimental music is any music that physically and intellectually challenges the listener to reconsider what they would initially define as music itself. The concept of infinite music is one of the milder forms of experimental music.

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Digital Wild releases two new music videos

With all of the same old, recycled material that mainstream radio stations just love to play – to the point of unbearable suffering – people might start to wonder if pop music exists simply to annoy us. According to the Austin music scene, however, it doesn’t. In fact, pop music exists to be actively enjoyed, to be discussed, and to have a good time. Out of the many of the local groups that can attest to this statement, one indie-electronic trio, The Digital Wild, have shown us that it is completely possible to create music that’s full of life, and void of the vapid clichés that typical pop music espouses.

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SXSW 2017: Local Artists

This time of the year is always crazy, but in the best of ways of course. SXSW is back with a whole new array of events, films, and kick ass conferences that can impress even the most stoic of people. Of course, plenty of stuff has already happened since last Friday rolled around and many college kids have come down to the Live Music Capital of the World to see the future’s best and brightest.

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Edison Chair releases new music video “Sí Se Puede”

Some say that music videos aren’t just what they used to be. They say that music videos used to have a specific character and theme to them, like the perfect visual embodiment of the music being played. While I do believe that music videos are made either as pure promotional material, like Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” or made just to spark controversy, like Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” I do believe some artists make videos just for fun. Local band Edison Chair does just that.

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Artists need new strategies to “break” into music

The modern world is changing at an accelerating rate. It has come to a point that even some of the most technologically orientated people find themselves overwhelmed with every new trend that spreads, and every new gadget that comes out. Everyone is trying to become successful in the midst of all this fast-paced change.