Category: Perspective

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OV Presents: Austin’s Best Drummers

What’s a band without a drummer? Well, speaking from experience, a lot less complicated, but more than anything it’s empty. Every band needs a drummer to beat the shit out of something and spend all of the band’s money on beer and gas station sandwiches. I play drums in an emo band, I can attest if the lead vocalist is the brains and heart of a band, the drummer is the heavily damaged liver. Here are some of Austin’s best drummers.

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Major Grizz, Yuma offer relieving Stubb’s study break

Friday nights are generally everyone’s favorite day of the week to spend a late night downtown — it’s the end of the week and you’ll have time to nurse that hangover in bed because Saturday mornings practice more patience than those demanding work days. As a journalist, I, for one, am one of those lucky people who get to mix work and play. On one hand, it allows me to call going to shows “work.” On the other, I’m technically required to work late nights and weekends.

For students, a category of which I also belong to, Fridays are an especially strategic time to take a well-deserved study break. This past weekend, on Feb. 5, I found myself taking one of these study breaks at Stubb’s, engulfed in a packed room with the wood floor of their indoor stage, watching local acts Yuma and Major Grizz put on interesting twists on otherwise conventional genres of music.

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Austin hip-hop: Magna Carda comes into their own on first full-length album CIRQLATION

Austin is the little sibling of the family when it comes to hip-hop in Texas. Surrounded by Houston’s legacy of a hip-hop presence and the rising talents emerging from the Dallas area, Austin has yet to develop an “identity” that is recognized on a national level when it comes to hip-hop and rap despite holding the title of “Live Music Capital of the World.”

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YUMA releases first single of 2016, “Life of Crime”

Since the formation of their group in 2011, the Austin- native band Yuma have created a musical sound that is completely their own— a sultry blend of indie rock and R&B that is shatteringly beautiful. The band, which is composed of Jesse Liberty, Alex Hartley, Andrew Framsted and Tyler Edmunds, blends bright tones and driving rhythms with a certain cinematic flavor that is captivating to audiences.

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MCG, Mobley, Lou Rebecca, MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR fill Empire Control Room

On Jan. 30 I remembered to make my friend stop at the corner store before we got to the Empire Control Room & Garage. I had lost my small packet of earplugs, and I have a terrible fear of tinnitus. After climbing back into my friend’s very tightly-packed sedan, she drove downtown, and I climbed out onto the seventh street sidewalk, strapped to the gills with equipment in preparation for MCG’s Outside release party.