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Through the Fire Inside: AFI in 5 songs

March 7, 2021 by

by Kelly Kling Kelly is an Austin-based freelance journalist and our resident AFI expert. AFI, an acronym for “A Fire Inside,” has been my favorite band for nearly 15 years. There’s nothing I love more than a group whose sound ebbs and flows with the times, and for 30 years AFI’s music has done just […]

10 Great Super Bowl Halftime Shows

February 4, 2021 by

By Alex Beene and David Hopper Today, the Super Bowl Halftime show is easily the most-watched concert performance each year, averaging over 90 million viewers per broadcast. More than any other critical or commercial award, being invited to perform on the NFL Championship’s stage is perhaps the greatest sign an artist has made it. Yet, […]

Threefer: Kid Cudi

January 7, 2021 by

by Kelly Kling (Kelly is an Austin-based writer with excellent taste in music. Just ask her.) New year, new Cudi. On December 11th, 2020, multifaceted Cleveland-native rapper Scott Mescudi, better known as Kid Cudi, released the long-awaited Man on the Moon III: The Chosen. Kid Cudi released the first two albums in the beloved trilogy, […]

An Ode to My Spotify Top 5

December 30, 2020 by

by Kelly Kling (Based in Austin, Kelly is a writer by trade and a hip-hop dancer by preference.) Every December, Spotify users get to reflect on the past year with their personal Spotify “Wrapped” stories. Spotify compiles interesting (and sometimes embarrassing) information for each user, including favorite artists, most-jammed songs and genre trends for the […]

Linkin Park Lives! Hybrid Theory 20 Years On

December 5, 2020 by

by Ari Karnezis (Ari is a great photographer. She will shoot your band – not just the piano player.) Throughout 2020, Linkin Park and their worldwide legion of fans have been celebrating the 20th anniversary of their groundbreaking debut album, Hybrid Theory, released on October 24th, 2000. There’s a new anniversary super-deluxe edition that gathers […]

Threefer Thanksgiving: Tinashe

November 27, 2020 by

by Kelly Kling I was a junior in college when Tinashe’s best-known radio hit, “2 On” ft. SchoolBoy Q, was released. This classically upbeat and catchy club tune quickly became a regular in my music rotations, whether I was pumping myself up for an early morning test or getting ready for a late night of […]

Q&A: Nick Taylor – Emerging Austin Americana Artist

November 25, 2020 by

by Kelly Kling Nick Taylor wasn’t always cool, calm and collected in front of crowds. In fact, when his music journey began in high school, he often auditioned for solos in his musical theater class sitting under a desk facing the wall. But his rich voice couldn’t stay hidden for long. He was accepted into […]

The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights” in Dark Times

November 23, 2020 by

by Alex Beene (Alex also writes children’s literature. His latest is called Dreams We Share.) 2020 clearly wasn’t the year The Weeknd was expecting – it was better. One year ago, as Americans prepared their families and their plates for the Thanksgiving holiday, Canadian singer The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) debuted a new single, “Heartless.” […]

Angst of the Aughts: 10 Scene-Kid Jams to Scream Today

November 16, 2020 by

by Kelly Kling (When Kelly isn’t playing Mario Kart, she writes & edits by day and sings & dances after that.) As a tail-end millennial, I will forever have a soft spot in my heart for the music of the aughts (2000s). The early to mid-aughts played a seminal role in the shaping of my […]

All I Can Say: Memories of Shannon Hoon & “No Rain”

October 26, 2020 by

by Ari Karnezis (Ari is a rocker and an aficionado of grunge & 90s music. You can catch her on podcasts like The Hook Rocks.) It was August 2019 and I was out on a jog. I wasn’t feeling the happiest in my life at the time: I was moving soon, transferring to a new college […]