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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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OV Recommends: Three best tools to make music in your browser

With the huge expansion of different ways to release music online, it’s only natural that there would be just as many new ways to make music online. Applications like GarageBand and Audacity have always been popular options for those who can’t afford to shell out on a full music creation program, but even those can be too complex for someone just wanting to make a quick beat or simply enjoy experimenting with music without the trouble of installing an application. Here are three of our favorite online music creation tools, available straight from your browser.

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OV Recommends: Four local sets to catch this weekend

Undoubtedly, “the Live Music Capital of the World” is spectacularly riddled with concert showcases 365 days a year. While some exhibitions are A-list favorites like neo-funk producer, GRiZ and contemporary R&B pioneer, Usher, Austin is noted for it’s sustainable mantra relating to local talent. The city is deeply rooted in united creativity and strives to further the successes of our creative vanguards. This Halloween weekend, the concrete jungle will, per usual, be pulsing with eclectic, local resonance. For those of you feeling conflicted as to which shows to attend this holiday weekend, let OV alleviate your anxieties with this carefully selected list of the finest local, live performances.

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OV Recommends: Five best music discovery tools

There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from hearing a “new song” on the radio or at a concert that you’ve already been listening to for months. It’s exciting to be able to introduce a new artist to your friends and then getting to see that artist build their career, knowing that you supported them first. But creating a new playlist on Spotify or finding an inspiring new artist can be difficult. Sometimes visiting the “Release Radar” on Spotify or searching local dive bars for the newest music just doesn’t cut it. At OV, we’ve curated a list of five of our favorite music discovery tools, and they are all free to access! 

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OV Recommends: 5 local artists to see at SOS Fest

The very first Sound on Sound Fest is just around the corner, bringing one of the best festival lineups of the year with it. The headliners, including Beach House, Run the Jewels, Phantogram, and Austin’s own Explosions in the Sky are sure to bring in the majority of the fans, but the organizers have made sure to fill the lineup with incredibly talented local artists for those who show up early. Here are five local acts that you can’t miss at Sound on Sound.