Category: Perspective

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Payton Long, Human Influence present OffTop’s private kickback

“It’s ‘cuz I got love for the homies, honestly.” That’s what Payton Long, producer, told me in his front yard Thursday night. I had asked him why he chose to host the party I had been at. Long was holding it at his own house here in Austin to promote Human Influence founder Chris Omenihu, member of the Always Proper hip-hop and art collective and the hip-hop community promotion app OffTop.

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4 reasons why Levitation Fest will be even better than last years

Previously known as Austin Psych Fest, Austin’s alternative music festival, Levitation, is back on April 29-May 1 for its eighth year at Carson Creek Ranch. Inspired by “The Free Festival Movement” of the 1960’s, The Reverberation Appreciation Society created the indie festival in 2008 in Austin. Levitation has since expanded internationally and pioneered a distinct psychedelic echo.

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Catch Rattletree at SXSW’s Sounds From The World

Millennial music is often restricted to a very familiar, western sound.  American youth repeatedly glamorizes “top 40” hits, and remains stagnant in their musical outlook. Applications like Pandora and Spotify tend to feed off of this effortless approach towards music, making the rewarding search for great music appear elementary. On Vinyl Music has a righteous goal of showcasing music fashioned by artists of various genres, objectives and aesthetics in hopes of creating a more musically aware society. Austin based electric-marimba ensemble, Rattletree, is a historic example of why open-mindedness is necessary while consuming creative art. Rattletree is composed of four spiritually tuned musicians with a vision that is not only hedonistic but hugely important.

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Otis the Destroyer to release gritty, original EP at the Barracuda

Otis the Destroyer released their first EP Dark Arts in 2014. Since then, the band has continued to build a cohesive identity as a stellar rock n’ roll quad combo. The band members include Taylor Wilkins on guitar and vocals, Clennan Hyatt on drums, Kyle Robarge on bass and vocals and Anthony Rucci on guitar.

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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.