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Des Ark - Don’t Rock The Boat Sink The Fucker

Des Ark’s 2011 release “Don’t Rock The Boat Sink The Fucker” is easily one of the best hidden gems of 2011. It’s not too often that you stumble upon an album that evokes so much emotion and tells such a story in only 8 tracks and 34 minutes. While not necessarily a “concept album” in the traditional sense, every track on “Don’t Rock The Boat Sink The Fucker” feels necessary and is cohesive to painting the overall picture. I recall first hearing the opening track, “My Saddle is Waitin’ (C’mon Jump on It) in an empty choir room on giant Pioneer speakers with my old high school choir director, my first semester in college. The sound immediately captured and encapsulated so much of what I had been thinking and feeling since going to college.

A powerfully yearning mood is present throughout the whole record and only becomes more and more vivid through multiple listens. Des Ark’s vocals are buried somewhat under the mix of beautiful guitar and percussion sounds, so without careful listening, the lyrics are easy to miss. For the first several listens I was so entranced by the beauty of the sound that I didn’t even think to pay attention to the words. No experience of listening to the album however will match the first time that I read through the lyrics while listening to the record … on vinyl of all listening mediums. So many concepts and ideas that I was unaware were being portrayed became vividly illustrated through Des Ark’s unique way of writing. Hearing the story behind all of the melodic sound added so much meaning and made the album into the ultimate 34-minute trip through my emotions. Not a lot of albums have that same affect of such lyrical brilliance while sonically being so pleasing it’s almost impossible to change to something else while listening. “Don’t Rock The Boat Sink The Fucker” has the ability to take whatever emotions you’re feeling in your life and make you feel like you’re inhaling every ounce of that bittersweet feeling as you breath. At least, that’s what it did for me. I would highly recommended this to anyone that’s ever yearned or been lonely or down in any way. It will make you relish in that emotion in a good way. In a bittersweet hopeful way.

-David Russell


Join KTSW for the 5th annual MR Fest music festival April 26th-28th! There will be over 90 artists performing in 14 locations around the San Marcos Square! The festival begins with a kick off party at Tantra Coffee House on Thursday night featuring our VIP party lounge giveaway (see details on ktsw.net and click the promotions tab, or see us at ANY KTSW event to enter!) and runs through Saturday evening ending with an action packed night at Texas Music Theater.

MR Fest will be taking place at:
  - Tantra Coffee House April 26th
  - Texas Music Theater April 27th and
  - Tantra, The Vault, Coffee Pot, Root Cellar, Texas Skate, Sundance Records,
Triple Crown, Texas Music Theater, Sean Patricks, The Rail Yard AND MORE on April 28th.

This is a COMPLETELY FREE event!

This awesome event is made possible by our sponsors:
Vivogig and Big Brown Bus Company

HEADLINING: White Denim and Black Pistol Fire
line up is subject to change.

(In alphabetical order) Aaron Macdavis, Andy Barham and the Good Prevails, The Awkward Robot, The Baker Family, Bartalk, The Bellmen, Belgraves, Ben Zuniga, Black Pistol Fire, Boyfrndz, Broken Umbrella Academy, Buzz n’ Bangs, Chief and the Doomsday Device, Christopher Telez, Commie Hilfiger, The Couch, The Crags, Curtis Hammill, David Booth, Dead Times, Elaine Greer, Equals, Eyes Burn Electric, Fingers Crossed, Fulton Read, Henry and the Invisibles, hhhhhh, The History Department, Animul Crakers, John Stringer, Jeremiah Winters, Jeremiah Wilkerson, Jimmy Preston, Joe Rice, John C. Foster, John Tole, Josh Draper, Kelly Lee Mounger, Kelly Stone, Kevin Iso, Knifight, Lauren and The Black List, Les Rav, Little Radar, The Magnificent Snails, Mama Tried, Mandeep Rangi, Marmalakes, Micah Haden, Michael Monsour, Michael Nieto, Mobley, Mr. Lewis and the Funeral Five, My Empty Phantom, Neon Cobra, Oh Look Out, The Organics, Quiet Company, Ramin Nazer, Ratitude, Rebecca Butler and the Richards, Roger Sellers, Roman Garcia, Ross Copeland, Sorne, The Sour Notes, The Space Crazies, Sphynx, Stegosaurus Lips, Stereo Is a Lie, Superlitebike, Tactics, Technicolor Hearts, Thieves, Those Nights, Toby McElroy, Truth, Victor Holk and the Prerecorded Tracks, The Victory March, The Warplanes, Whistle & Fish, White Denim, The White White Lights, Zlam Dunk!

Anthony Green - Beautiful Things

Release Date: January 17, 2012 

Anthony Green, lead singer of the band Circa Survive, has invited us to a more personal musical journey with his second solo album titled Beautiful Things. Just like in his first solo release, Avalon (2008), Green is honest about every feeling and allows us to understand every thought in Beautiful Things. However, this time we come across a more mature Anthony living under the pressures of growing up and exploring his new responsibilities as a father to his new son James, which he wrote three songs about in the new album: “Love You No Matter What,” in which he declares his love for James, “Jamesʼ Song,” and “Lullaby.” These are the slower, more acoustic driven songs of the album, but it is only one of the many sounds of Beautiful Things.

Unlike Avalon, this much anticipated second solo release does not stick to only one common sound. Green will shift into a folk song, “Do It Right,” with an acapella by his good friends Good Old War, and the next heʼll jump into the more psychedelic electro-dub sounds of “When Iʼm On Pills.” Good Old War did not only lend their voices to create beautiful harmonies, which show up from time to time through out the album, they also helped with recording the instrumentation as they did for Avalon. The album also includes heavier songs with a Circa Survive sound to them such as “Get Yours While You Can” (the first single off the album), and “Canʼt Have It All At Once.”

Anthony Greenʼs vocals do not fall short of recognition; his amazing vocal range shines through the aggressive opening track “If I Donʼt Sing.” Every song in this album has something different to offer, and together they create one of the most honest albums Anthony Green has put out yet.

-Stephanie Perez

The Soldier Thread

Coming live from Austin, Texas, The Soldier Thread has a new kind of indie sound that gets everyone moving! Their impulsive beat is on its way to making a huge mark in today’s music scene. The atmosphere at their shows is electrifying. You’re instantly pumped up to dance to the rhythms and sing along with the lyrics.  Their first major release “In Spades” came out in 2010 and blew us away at the Houston, Warehouse Live show with its high-voltage energy. This song begins to really give you a feel of what the Soldier Thread is about. They have an EP set to release at the end of January in both vinyl and CD. Not only is the music captivating, but when their very powerful lead vocalist, Patricia Lee, sets foot on stage it gives the performance a whole new, high-octane dynamic. Not many people know that she is actually a former student of Texas State. Needless to say, The Soldier Thread may be the beginning of a whole new wave of Indie music. If you want an experience, catch them in Austin at Stubbs BBQ on February 11th at 9pm! Tickets are only $8! Not only is their music amazing, but the musicians are also very personable and enjoy talking about their music with fans. They are definitely worth checking out!

Todd Abels: (guitar, keyboard, backup vocals)

Justin McHugh: (keyboard, guitar, backup vocals)

Patricia Lynn: (lead vocals, viola, keyboard)

Drew Vandiver: (drums)

Chance Gilmore:  (bass guitar)

Gotye - Making Mirrors

It’s been five long years since Gotye released a new album, but in August of 2011, he released his third album ‘Making Mirrors’. This album includes his biggest hit yet, “Somebody That I Used To Know” featuring Kimbra. “Somebody That I Used To Know” is kind of an indie alternative break-up song. The story is told from both the man’s point of view, as well as the woman’s point of view. Gotye starts off talking about all of the good times that they used to have, and how these times eventually started fading. His girlfriend breaks up with him and he agrees that a break up is the best idea. Then it breaks into the chorus. Gotye raises his pitch and talks about the true pain of the break up. They said they would be friends, but she has cut him out of her life, and he doesn’t understand why. The second verse is sung by Kimbra, and she tells the woman’s side of the break-up. She talks about how there was a lack of trust and how she was always feeling guilty for things she didn’t even do, and she was tired of it.

This song is relatable to almost everybody! Everyone has gone through something like this, whether it be a relationship or a friendship.  There’s someone in your life that you don’t talk to anymore. Maybe there was some major fall out, or maybe, like in the song, things abruptly ended.  Perhaps you’re the one who has cut someone out of your life, or maybe you’re the one who has been cut out. Either way you can relate to the song and feel what Gotye was trying to portray when he wrote this. I love everything about this song, the story it tells, the voices of Gotye and Kimbra, the beat, and even the occasional use of the xylophone.

-Kaitlyn Stone

Sleeping in Gethsemane - Burrows

Sleeping in Gethsemane’s second album, Burrows, was released on April 7, 2009. I discovered this particular album in early 2010, and since then it remains to be one of my favorite albums I own. The element that makes Burrows stand out among the many is Sleeping in Gethsemane’s ability to write songs that capture pure emotions. Not to mention they achieve this goal without a vocalist. Consisting of a three piece act: guitar, bass, and drums, Sleeping in Gethsemane’s unique approach to their songs are contrasting heavy and sometimes dark tones with ambient, smooth, jazzy guitar passages. There songs contain sections that start clean and calm and tend to build up and are more fast paced, eventually becoming raw in nature. In fact, in 6 of the 8 tracks on the album, this theme of calm build ups to heavy jams is prevalent. Don’t get me wrong, each song is completely different and entertaining than the one before it. And because of these unique textures, each individual song seems to be a journey itself; a journey where you get to experience each sorrow, anger, joy, confusion, and jubilation that can be expressed musically. The absolute way to experience they album would be to clear fifty minutes out of your busy schedule and listen to Burrows from start to finish. It is the only way to appreciate all Burrows has to offer. I must give praise the musicians of Sleeping in Gethsemane, each of one of them play a vital role in the band display their talents thusly. I highly recommend giving Burrows a listen to. If you can’t get your hands on the whole thing, the songs that you definitely should check out are Chokecherries, We Refuse to Envy Mars, and Always a Triumph. These songs are guaranteed not to disappoint. 

- Jeff Goldblatt

Porcelain Raft

Strange Weekend
Review by: Allison Johnson

Strange Weekend, the debut full-length album from Mauro Remiddi, also known as Porcelain Raft, is an album that will surely end up on a best of 2012 list. From start to finish, this 10 track LP creates a dreamy, poetic, and atmospheric feel. It is no surprise that Remiddi is currently touring with M83, Youth Lagoon and Smith Westerns, three bands from which many similarities can be drawn. From pensive lyrics that tug at the heart strings, to the trip-hop beats, to the simple sweetness of a tambourine; Strange Weekend has a lot to offer.

Remiddi’s haunting vocals greatly contribute to the overall feel of the album. During the chorus on “Put Me To Sleep”, Remiddi confidently croons “Would you do something for me, do something for me/Would you put me to sleep, put me to sleep”, a line which resonates that feeling of helplessness we all face from time to time. Once again, he provides his listeners with something to relate to on the more upbeat, tambourine laced  “Unless You Speak From The Heart” when he exclaims “And I don’t want to listen unless you speak from the heart, unless you speak from your heart”, a true tell-it-like-it-is lyric. The simple, flowing guitar strumming on “Shapeless & Gone” is the perfect example of the kind of bedroom indie dream pop that is Porcelain Raft. And finally, Remiddi leaves us with a beautiful parting gift in the exit song “The Way In”, when he emotionally states “I wish nothing more than what I have/I hope you can say the same”, a line that could teach us all a lesson about being a little more appreciative of what we have. If nothing else, Strange Weekend is the perfect soundtrack for a reflective walk after a long day.  

The Drums - Portamento

Nearly a year after guitarist Adam Kessler’s resignation, The Drums unflinchingly display their ability to uphold their penchant for brooding surf rock. Aptly named after a feature on older analogue systems, the Italian term representing “the travel time from one note to another” embodies the essence of their shtick. The band’s sophomore album is quickly approaching its fifth month since being released but immediately beckons a rummage through thirty – maybe even forty - year old discographies.

Every other track or verse prompts a different band ranging from the Beach Boys to The Smiths, but this album sits cozy in the midst of my collection of 80’s new wave. Although they may receive some hostile criticism for their comparable tunes, they’re in good company. For example, in “If He Likes It Let Him Do It,” there is a nuance of Joy Division that, honestly, only makes it more appealing.

All hostility aside, these guys have a knack for making bare-assed depression downright delightful. On a melancholy scale from A-ha to Morrissey, The Drums might settle in near the likes of The Cure. They have tracks like “Please Don’t Leave” and “I Don’t Know How to Love” with lyrics that would trigger a tear, but are enlivened by upbeat tempos that’ll make girls bust out the side ponytail and boys dust off their oversized blazers. Portamento is littered with relatable tracks, mostly dealing with heartbreak and being broke (“Money”). Needless to say, it’s relevant to collegiate life.

Kristine Duran

Joyce Manor

Hailing from Long Beach California is a group of four gentlemen dedicated to the art of flawlessly composing anthems that remain bittersweet, brutally honest and visually intimate. Gaining much respect and recognition recently, they continue to demand and deserve your immediate attention. It is my pleasure to introduce or to remind you of my favorite band, Joyce Manor.

I’ve spent plenty car rides, showers and moments in silence exhausting my voice and the last ounce of my physical energy towards every lyric and breath expressed in their songs. Their self-titled album remains to be my favorite anthem since January of last year, and has yet to become stale or dull. Frontman, Barry Johnson, has mastered the art of lyrical profoundness. Shameless honesty and clever quirkiness mesh perfectly throughout the whole album. “I would say I’m sorry but I’m not sorry. I would say hey what’s the difference? Entertain my lack of interest. Because the one you are ain’t the one that I’m after, Closing in on your heart with the worst of intentions.” Even though this lyric excerpt from Call Out seems painfully barefaced, we can admit we’ve all been there – filling the void of loneliness with a not-so-significant other. That’s the beauty in Joyce Manor’s lyrics – they state in bold the uncomfortable reality of many things most people take a blind eye and a covered mouth to. Aside from the lyrical mastery, their music is so creatively composed. The unique melodic patterns and flawless dramatics created by dueling guitars and exceptional and refreshing drum patterns make Joyce Manor the memorable band that it is. 

(Photo by Alvin Carillo)

Along with their self-titled, they’ve released a split with other great bands such as Big Kids, and Summer Vacation – both worthy of getting your hands on. Originally planned for February, Joyce Manor will be releasing their new album in April due to Barry Johnson’s voice recently giving out. Don’t worry though – his voice will be back in due time, preparing for a well anticipated set at Chaos in Tejas in Austin Texas late May. 

Review by: Lauren “Renna” Mahoney

The Antlers ‘Burst Apart’

Recently I’ve been listening to The Antlers ‘Burst Apart’ album and I can’t get enough of it. The Antlers are an indie rock band and the most recent album is killer. ‘Burst Apart’ is a great album to jam in the car to or even to study to. I’ve listened to every song on the CD countless times and truly enjoy the lyrics to each song. The vocals are amazing along with the rhythm and vibe of the band. The Antlers sound is made up through the use of guitar, harmonica, keyboards, percussion, and the occasional harp and trumpet.

I’d recommend this album/band to anyone! There’s nothing to not like. The Antlers have a soothing, smooth sound that many can enjoy. A few of my personal favorite songs on the ‘Burst Apart’ album include “No Widows,” “Rolled Together” and “Hounds.” This album had eleven incredible tracks on it to jam to, each unique and beautifully constructed in its own way. This is one of those CD’s you can listen to in any mood, at any place all the way through. The Antlers sound could be explained as similar to Radiohead or The Shins.

By Savannah Shealy

Enter Shikari- A Flash Flood Of Colour

“Our generation’s got to fight to survive, it’s in your hands now, the future, our future”. Frontman Rou Reynolds’ howls in the opener “System…” set the tone for Enter Shikari’s third album, A Flash Flood Of Colour. The follow up to 2009’s Common Dreads, Enter Shikari continue with their strong lyrical messages on a variety of relevant topics. But rather than just rehashing the same old electronics and breakdowns, they put out the biggest and most diverse music of their career.

The album starts out with the heavily metaphorical “System…”, which flows seamlessly into the album highlight “…Meltdown”. Using pulsating electronics and pounding guitars, Reynolds rallies against war, singing “countries are just lines, drawn in the sand with a stick”, and calling for our generation to stand up for the future. The first single, “Sssnakepit”, shows how the band has grown as musicians. They tone down the electronics and rely more on the frantic guitar riff provided by guitarist Rory Clewlow. The album then dives headfirst into political and environmental issues. “Arguing With Thermometers” calls out humanity’s greed and addiction to oil. “Stalemate” is a scathing take on corporation’s profiting off of war over a soft guitar. A refrain of “empires always fall” accompanies thundering double bass and electronic wobbles in the aptly titled “Hello Tyrannosaurus, Meet Tyrannicide”. This album also finds Enter Shikari breaking new ground with a softer, more melodic sound in songs such as “Stalemate” and the beautiful closer, “Constellations”. Adding this new dimension has shown how much these Brits have grown and matured since their debut album in 2007.

             In a scene that is becoming more and more saturated with bands utilizing electronics and the new raging fad of dubstep in their music, fans had to wonder how Enter Shikari, innovators of the post-hardcore/electronic genre would keep things fresh. A Flash Flood Of Colour proves that the band will never fall victim to fads, and will keep pushing the envelope with their unique brand of music.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Key Tracks: …Meltdown, Sssnakepit, Constellations

By Nick Niedzielski


Never Trust a Happy Song
Atlantic Recording Corporation

Grouplove’s self-titled EP debuted in America after the band re-united and recorded in L.A. Originally just known as Group began with Hannah Hooper and Christian Zucconi’s romantic getaway to Crete. There they met their other band members and traveled the island for the rest of the trip playing around, writing, and singing songs. The entire EP embodies the essence of the liberating experiences the group felt during their travels. “Gold Coast” reminds the listener to not feel trapped by life as the low tuned guitar gears the mind with a simple drum bass beat to a level of reflection and thought, leaving the rest of the instruments to follow shortly behind.

However, with the group’s (no pun intended) new album Never Trust a Happy Song the feeling of release a listener gets from the EP seems to get lost from all the different genre tracks this album offers. Grouplove’s LP, Never Trust a Happy Song, begins with an upbeat melodramatic “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” giving a similar vibe to the EP. As the album continues, it becomes a drawn out story told in too many genres, losing the feel of the album. From the rockabilly sounding “Chloe” to the experimental Stars sound-alike “Slow” track, Never Trust a Happy Song, loses the essence of the liberating music the listener anticipated from the band that had stepped out of their little country in the “Don’t Say Oh Well” track only off of the EP.

Fortunately, one track stayed original on both albums. “Naked Kids” sounds like the exciting portions of the group’s travels with seagulls in the background in the intro as they sing along to the happy indie guitar strums, simple drum beat, tambourine, and hand claps. This track is so catchy that it makes one want to hop in a car on a sunny day with friends and cruise to the nearest beach. 

-Halie Darvis

KTSW Hip-Hop

According to KTSW’s website, we are a “college indie formatted station featuring music from all genres including, rock, hip-hop, electronic and more.” Up until recently, hip-hop should not have been included in this statement. The fact that KTSW has always featured a ton of rock, electronic, and (especially) more is absolutely true. When I started this job back in June, we quickly realized the scarcity of rap music on our radio station. There were a few songs here and there, but the handful of rap tunes compared to the thousands of other songs on our catalog really illustrated the problem we were facing. And if we were able to inject a “significant” number of rap tracks into the catalog, would anyone really care? Do people who listen to KTSW even like rap music? After talking with many of my peers who work for KTSW, people who I feel truly represent our listeners, I knew the answer was yes*.

But that yes comes with an asterisk. Many peoples’ perception of rap is that it is sexist, arrogant, and ignorant, which is likely due to the fact that regular exposure to rap music for the general population mainly comes from commercially formatted radio stations and MTV. But the rap I have always listened to and loved can definitely be classified as music that fits our “college indie” format. It is music that comes from the heart. Its words make you think deeply about love, society, war, greed, education, politics, and life in general. It encompasses ALL genres of music, sometimes on one track. It is musical poetry in its most raw form. Because of this, the genre contains some of the most personal, soulful, gut-wrenching, and powerful music in the world. Rap is honest and direct. Every MC comes from a distinctive background, each with their own unique stories to tell. Every DJ provides a unique vehicle essential for these stories to unfold. Rap is controversial. There are no boundaries, laws, or limits to what these storytellers can and will do. The mission of the KTSW Rap Music staff aligns with these principles: we want to push the limits beyond the music we are familiar with and blend in with the amazing sounds already established on this great radio station.

Below you will find the first 100 songs that the KTSW Rap Music staff has put into rotation since June of this year. I will try my best to make regular posts on the history of the genre, a topic that is just as fascinating as the music itself. If anyone has any suggestions for rotation, please email us at KTSWRapMusic@gmail.com.

Keep listening!

-Rory Burbeck, Rap Music Director

Number    Date    Artist, Album “Track”

1 7-Jun Eprhyme, Dopestylevsky “Smoke Break”

2 15-Jun DJ Shadow, Endtroducing “Mutual Slump”

3 15-Jun J Dilla, Donuts “Workinonit”

4 15-Jun Oddisee, Odd Winter EP “Blizzard of ‘09”

5 15-Jun Reflection Eternal, Revolutions Per Minute “My Life”

6 27-Jun Animul Crackers, Single “Bacon Grease”

7 15-Jun The Roots, How I Got Over “Dear God 2.0”

8 15-Jun Blakroc, Blakroc “On the Vista”

9 20-Jun Atmosphere, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That S*** Gold “Guarantees”

10 20-Jun CunninLynguists, A Piece of Strange “What’ll You Do?”

11 20-Jun CunninLynguists, Will Rap For Food “Missing Children”

12 20-Jun Reflection Eternal, Train of Thought “Memories Live”

13 22-Jun Shabazz Palaces, Black Up “Free Press and Curl”, 14 “Youlogy”, 15 “The King’s New Clothes Were Made by His Own Hands”, and 16 “Swerve.. The Reeping of All that is Worthwhile”

17 22-Jun CunninLynguists, Oneirology “My Habit (I Haven’t Changed)”

18 24-Jun Hail Mary Mallon, Are You Gonna Eat That? “Garfield”

19 7-Jul Visioneers, Dirty Old Hip Hop “The World Is Yours”, 20 “It’s Simple”

21 7-Jul KRS-One, KRS-One “Out For Fame”

22 7-Jul Blue Scholars, Bayani “Morning of America”

23 7-Jul Danger Doom, The Mouse and the Mask “Crosshairs”

24 7-Jul Black Star, Black Star “Thieves in the Night”

25 7-Jul Gift of Gab, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up “Evolution”

26 7-Jul Movits!, Get Out of My Head “One Take-Take One/40 Bars”

27 7-Jul Eyedea & Abilities, First Born “First Born”

28 7-Jul King Geedorah, Take Me to Your Leader “Fazers”

29 7-Jul Nujabes, Modal Soul “Feather”

30 7-Jul People Under the Stairs, O.S.T. “Empty Bottles of Water”

31 7-Jul Madvillain Madvillainy, “ALL CAPS”

32 25-Jul Talib Kweli, Gutter Rainbows “Cold Rain”, 33 “Tater Tot”

34 25-Jul Gas Haus, Gang Gastly Ramirez “Dearly Departed”

35 25-Jul Med, Bang Ya Head 3 “This Is Your Life”

36 25-Jul Abstract Rude, P.A.I.N.T. “Yep!”

37 25-Jul Common Market, Tobacco Road “Back Home (The Return)”

38 28-Jul Binary Star, Masters of the Universe “Reality Check”

39 28-Jul Gift of Gab, 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up “The Ride of Your Life”

40 28-Jul Myka 9, 1969 “Hand Bone”, 41 “Inner Knowing”

42 16-Aug Elzhi, Elmatic “Memory Lane”

43 16-Aug Med, Bang Ya Head 3 “Candlelight”

44 16-Aug Living Legends, Classic “Never Fallin’”

45 16-Aug Marco Polo, Port Authority “Nostaligia”

46 16-Aug CunninLynguists, Sloppy Seconds Vol. 2 “Cornasto”

47 16-Aug Will Sessions, Leaks “Funky Mirage”, 48 “MOVE!”

49 17-Aug Sergenti, Family & Friends “Tracks”

50 24-Aug Kyle Rapps, On-Air “Love Love 2”

51 24-Aug Blu, Jesus “Jesus”

52 24-Aug Blu, Her Favorite Colo(u)r “Pardon”

53 24-Aug Big K.R.I.T., Return Of 4Eva “Dreamin’”

54 24-Aug Grieves, Together/Apart “Speak Easy”

55 31-Aug BK-One, Radio Do Canibal “Philly Boy”

56 31-Aug Blueprint, Adventures in Counter-Culture “So Alive”

57 7-Sep Hail Mary Mallon, Are You Gonna Eat That? “Knievel”

58 7-Sep Exile, Intro to the Outro “New Seasons”, 59 “Evolve”

60 14-Sep King Geedorah, Take Me To Your Leader “Fastlane”

61 14-Sep Common, Resurrection “I Used to Love H.E.R.”

62 14-Sep Skewby, More or Less “Book of Eli”

63 14-Sep Gangstagrass, Gangstagrass “I Go Hard”

64 14-Sep OCD, Single “Mathematics (Remix)”

65 14-Sep The Weeknd, House of Balloons “What You Need”

66 19-Sep Astronautalis, This Is Our Science “This Is Our Science”

67 21-Sep A Tribe Called Quest, Midnight Marauders “Award Tour”

68 21-Sep The Extremities, The Mint Condition “Disassembly Line”, 69 “New Season”

70 21-Sep The Cool Kids, The Instant Classics Mixtape “I Rock”

71 21-Sep Mos Def, Black on Both Sides “Brooklyn”

72 5-Oct L.O.W.F.I., Awakening “Shots Fired”, 73 “Molotov Music”

74 5-Oct Animul Crackers, Single “Get Em’”

75 5-Oct Raphael Saadiq, Stone Rollin’ “Stone Rollin’”

76 5-Oct Astronautalis, This Is Our Science “Dimitri Mendeleev”

77 5-Oct DTMD, Makin’ Dollas “95 Live”

78 19-Oct Ghettosocks, Treat of the Day “Out for Treats”, 79 “Role Models”

80 19-Oct Pete Rock and CL Smooth, The Main Ingredient “In The House”, 81 “Escape”

82 19-Oct The Roots, Organix “Good Music”

83 19-Oct The Dean’s List, The Drive In “No Sleep”

84 26-Oct Evidence, Cats & Dogs “The Red Carpet”, 85 “The Epilogue”, 86 “The Liner Notes”

87 26-Oct Jay Electronica, Call of Duty MW3 “Call of Duty MW3”

88 2-Nov Teen Burger, Burger Time “Chemistry (The New Science Remix)”, 89 “Ain’t Trippin’ Remix”, 90 “Lost Boys”, 91 “Summer Jobs”

92 9-Nov Chief, The Weather Underground “Mission of Madness”, 93 “Remains Untitled”, 94 “Head Above Water”

95 9-Nov Derill Pounds, Emotional Rollercoaster Rescue “Buzzer Killer”, 96 “OOdiepie”, 97 “Cold One”

98 16-Nov Robo-Robb, SOULBOT2 “_289”

99 16-Nov Hieroglyphics, Full Circle “Classic”

100 16-Nov Has-Lo, Conversation B “Face in Disguise”  


Widespread Panic rolled into the music capital of the world on their 25th anniversary tour.  They started out as a small band from Athens, Georgia playing for fraternities.  Now, the band sells out theaters and amphitheaters across the country.  Although the 25 years has not all been peachy, they lost their guitarist and longtime friend, Mikey Houser (Panic)  a few years ago to pancreatic cancer.  They have a cult following that goes to hundreds of shows a year.  Austin has become a place for them to come for tour openers and closers throughout the years.  This year was no different they opened summer tour with a two night stand at Austin’s Moody Theater, otherwise known as ACL Live. 

They opened with Driving > Disco > Driving which has become a calling for a soulful southern fried funk revival.    John Bell belts out the lyrics to the songs, with his raspy, bluesy voice.  Dave Schools (Bassist) makes your heart skip a beat with his six string. Jimmy Herring, who took the place of Mikey a couple of years after his death, brings long drawn out rifts that want to makes you want shake. Sonny (percussion) actually played on the first Austin City Limits and is from Waco, Texas.  It does not stop there for him he plays hundreds of instruments in a night not ever missing a beat. Todd Nance (Drums) is the backbone of the band always keeping the band together.  They have one of the best live shows on earth. They mixture of their own tunes along with covers they have perfected. If you have not seen them play, please go and do so, you will not be disappointed.


Bon Iver
Review by: Allison Johnson

Bon Iver
, the self-titled follow up to Bon Iver’s 2008 Indie success For Emma, Forever Ago is a little less “Laying with your face on the floor ” says frontman Justin Vernon and a little more “Colorful”. This albums provides the soundtrack to what seems like the end of a bitter winter (the commonly described setting of the band’s first album), and the beginning of a beautiful spring. From Vernon’s unique falsetto voice to the other three talented musicians that make up Bon Iver, this album is the closest it gets to perfect. Those who loved For Emma will be even more impressed with the broad sound that is Bon Iver.

From the powerful synth-drums on the opening track “Perth”, to the auto tune and sax sounds on closer “Beth/Rest”, this album has a lot to offer. Carried over from the band’s debut album are the never failing sentimental lyrics that so many can relate to. On the hauntingly beautiful “Holocene” Vernon sings “Someway baby it’s part of me, apart from me”, a line that anyone who’s missing someone or something can resonate with. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Bon Iver is the wide range of instruments used on the album. Listen for the brief horn parts in “Hinnom, TX” and the simple, sweet piano in “Wash.”. And make sure to pay close attention to the nostalgic, upbeat nature of both the melody and the lyrics to “Towers”. Another theme you will see present throughout the album is the song titles, as many of them are named after or describe real places and experiences. It is the unique elements like these that make Justin Vernon and Bon Iver more than just another Indie Rock band. Their sound is truly incomparable.