Author: Nathalie Phan

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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.

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Music, art to collide for a second time at Day For Night Fest

It’s December and the holiday season nears. Not only do I love this month, but the excitement that captures me when I think about returning to the city that birthed me expresses itself through an infinite amount of heart-born glee which radiates through my eyes at the thought of every small December miracle.

The best miracle of all: Day for Night Festival. In its second year, the festival makes a comeback, promising an immersive landscape of music and art. 

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We already can’t wait for Something Wicked 2017

Co-written by guest writer Vincent Campagna.


Something Wicked Festival stands as the go-to event in Houston to celebrate Halloween. The two-day festival, which took place Oct. 29 and 30 at Sam Houston Race Park, remains a cultural gathering of all things EDM. Thousands of ravers and electronic music lovers converge every year, fully dressed in Halloween decor, to dance away the weekend. Since 2012, Something Wicked has been bringing the bass to Houston with a lineup packed with EDM artists from around the world. All of this has allowed the festival, compared to others such as Lights All Night and Euphoria, to forge a uniqueness and character all its own.
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The “crisis” in Austin music: Creating the infrastructure for a better Live Music Capital

On Thursday, Sept. 15, a congregation formed late in the evening at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in West Campus for the church’s monthly Front Porch series. They gathered to discuss the state of the music industry in Austin and the current issues at hand. Ted Gioia, a jazz specialist from Dallas who is a widely recognized author and music researcher, led the talk with an impactful keynote on the state of the music industry at a global level and later hosted a panel of various stakeholders within the local Austin music industry. He discussed his stance of the music industry being in a state of “crisis,” an echo of Mayor Steve Adler’s rhetoric, urgently challenging the audience to seek ways to bring business to the city and build technology with the purpose of uplifting and supporting music.