Author: Nathalie Phan

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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.

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National metalheads the Melvins to play Sidewinder

From time to time, there comes a band that goes unmatched in their realm of music. When such a group comes parading into Austin, they’re worth a mention. Heavyweight punk-kings the Melvins return to Austin next weekend to play the Sidewinder stage with Helms Alee, a fellow rock band from the Washington area. 

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Float Fest reaffirms position as best music fest for local artists

While the sun was unforgiving and pierced through even the thickest clouds, Float Fest 2016 saw hundreds of patrons from San Marcos and surrounding areas scurry onto one of many of Don’s Fish Camp’s dusty shuttles to be escorted to the starting point of the 2-hour journey down San Marcos river. Upon their return, festival goers had the opportunity to enter the gates and be greeted by the live sounds of many Austin artists, free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and a whole carnival setup that included a murderously fast ferris wheel (or maybe I’m afraid of heights, whatever). 

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Boston Calling showcases local artists

After two and a half days of too much free seltzer, creepy and hilarious Samuel Adams cut-outs and Elle King levels of drunken fun, Boston Calling finally closed out having seen tremendous acts such as Odesza, Disclosure, HAIM, Vince Staples, Sia, the Vaccines and Miike Snow enter the stage with blow-out audiences. The underlying threads of the festival, however, were the local talent such as Michael Christmas, Palehound and Nemes.