Rap Takes Over at Underground Excellence

Woah who’s that DJ in the back? He looks familiar….

KTSW 89.9

By Madison Tyson

These photos were taken at Underground Excellence presented by The Cypher at KTSW. The event occurred on Friday October 21, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. at Wake the Dead Coffee House in San Marcos. The night was comprised of hip-hop and rap performances by Shelly Knicks, Nat Plastic, GQ Marley, VYBZ and Henny Caesar.

When arriving to Underground Excellence, there was an overall vibe of support and genuine interest for emerging local hip-hop and rap artists. KTSW members got to see their hard work and dedication come together. The event attracted all different types of people, which created a sense of community through the Texas State and San Marcos community. I loved watching the crowd react to the performers different styles and seeing what groups of people came and went for each performer. As the night went on, the air got colder and created…

View original post 12 more words

Your Guide to UTOPIAfest 2016

Got a camping festival coming up? Check out my guide on how to pack accordingly!

KTSW 89.9

By DeMarcus Cobb
Assistant Music Director

Cheers to the beginning of Fall and cool(er) weather! The 8th annual Utopiafest is here and the weather is welcoming it with open arms. The highs will be in the mid-80s with lows in the mid-50s. With that said, this is perfect camping weather. This article will give you some insight and pointers that will help make your trip to Utopia fest a wonderful (and cheap) experience.

First and foremost, I would like to touch base on some things that you need to do prior to the festival.

Research, research, research.

Photo courtesy of UTOPIAfest. Photo courtesy of UTOPIAfest.

If you’ve read this far, then you’re already taking the first step towards a successful camping festival. Here’s three pre-travel pointers:

  1. Check the webpage for the FAQ tab, this is your guide to where/how to park, what’s allowed on camping grounds or not, how to get in and out…

View original post 428 more words

Night Beats and La Luz Close Out MR Fest at The Marc

KTSW 89.9

By Andrew Nogay
MR Fest Press Team

The crowd at the Marc gets ready to see La Luz play during MR Fest in San Marcos. Photo by Jennifer Servellon. The crowd at the Marc gets ready to see La Luz play during MR Fest in San Marcos. Photo by Jennifer Servellon.

2016 was another great year for MR Fest, which covered numerous venues and various genres throughout the two days. There was everything from garage rock to rap to comedy, and memories to last at least a couple days. The Marc was where the two headliners, Night Beats and La Luz, played the last sets of MR Fest. Though the two bands hail from Seattle, Washington and the crowd was rambunctious for both, they had very different styles.

Night Beats went on around 10 p.m. Friday, April 30, and the garage/psych band hit hard. They mostly played songs off their recent album, Who Sold My Generation, one of the best albums of the year so far. The first song they…

View original post 314 more words

MR Fest Artist Profile: Golden Graves

KTSW 89.9

By DeMarcus Cobb
Music Reviewer

MR FEST Photo By Golden Graves

Golden Graves’ music sends you off to summertime and the happy memories that follow.

Golden Graves consists of Jack Seybold (Vocals and Guitar), Firas Isat (Guitar), Lev Merka (Bass) and Adam Ansley on the drums. They are a four-­piece shoegaze band based out of Austin, Texas, and are not your average shoegaze band by any means. They have that familiar airy, euphoric sound but this band could easily be on a major festival lineup with more tracks like “Sports” and “Death Match“, that really showcase the band’s potential to write big records.

Trash,” off their self-­titled debut, is easily my favorite track by these guys.The dreamy chorus effect over the guitar riff calmly invites new listeners of the band. But don’t let that statement steer you away from checking out the rest of their EP…

View original post 55 more words

KTSW X Head for the Hills 2016 (Playlist)

KTSW 89.9

By The KTSW Music Staff

The fourth annual Head for the Hills festival is now in full effect this weekend until the 26th. The festival is a three day celebration of all varieties of the arts. Head for the Hills is tucked away in the scenic Quiet Valley Ranch in Kerrville, TX. Boredom is not an option with quirky activities such as unicycle football, kundalini yoga, glass blowing and a variety of workshops. For more information about the festival head over to the Head for the Hills website.

  • “Take Flight” – The Deer: Take Flight takes you on a groove-based somber journey with its plotting bass lines and comforting vocals of Grace Park. Listen to this song when you are surrounded by hundred of unclimbed trees on a spring day.” – Nestor Vasquez, Music Director
  • “Chiny Chuna” – Thriftworks: “It’s nearly impossible for me to pinpoint my single favorite…

View original post 664 more words

KTSW LEVITATION 2016 (Playlist)

KTSW 89.9

By the KTSW Music Staff

LEVITATION Austin 2016

The ninth annual LEVITATION festival is quietly preparing for its opening on the weekend of April 29. Hidden in the depths of Carson Creek Ranch, the festival brings in some of the best psychedelic rock and pop bands. This year will feature the living legend Brian Wilson as he performs Pet Sounds, the incredible hypnotizing sounds of Animal Collective, the fuzzy and maniacal Ty Segall and more! To help put us in the mood for LEVITATION, our music staff has put together a Spotify playlist featuring incredible songs and artists. For more information about the festival, head over to the LEVITATION website.

  • “Golden Gal” – Animal Collective: “This band has been killing it for so long now. I feel like they can’t disappoint. Plus, I reviewed their newest album and it was a lot of fun.” – Cheyenne Heaslet
  • “Avant Gardener” – Courtney…

View original post 810 more words

Potatoes, North Carolina, and Seasonings with Capyac

My interview with Austin, TX Psych funk unit Capyac for KTSW 89.9!

KTSW 89.9

By DeMarcus Cobb
Assistant Music Director

Capyac is a musical outfit from Austin, Texas that finds a way to blend disco, jazz, chillwave, R&B, IDM and Deep House on their debut release, “Headlunge”. You never know what to expect from the Nu-Disco act live or in studio, and that is one of the many things that makes this group so unique besides their fashion.

Take a listen as they shed some light on their live shows, being Potato and the circle of life. Hear about their live tour gear, favorite seasoning, dream collaborators, their trip to North Carolina and more in this colorful interview with the local Austin production duo.

The conversation began with them talking about their late radio station nights where they would do improv comedy and perform original songs. It was a pleasure chatting with the Capyac guys.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to hang around late enough…

View original post 25 more words

KTSW’s International Men’s Day Spotify Playlist

Check out the article and see what I chose 🙂

KTSW 89.9

By Janelle Abad
Music Director


The KTSW music staff has curated a playlist of our favorite songs by men, for men and about the important men in our lives in honor of International Men’s Day. From quintessential tracks that our fathers spun in the living room, to modern acts filled with snazzy bass riffs, this playlist has your bases covered. In light of the official theme of “Stopping Male Suicide” for this year’s International Men’s day, we’ve made sure to pay homage to why we appreciate the men in our lives.

“Old Man” by Neil Young: I grew up listening to classic rock with my dad, and Neil Young was always one artist that I just didn’t get. I know it bummed my dad out, even though I would willingly put on Led Zeppelin or The Allman Brothers, that I didn’t connect with him on Neil Young…

View original post 978 more words