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Hint of Speed

In the summer of ’99, I spent a lot of time playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater on the Sony Playstation. One of those bands...

Track Laughs

If you heard about an 86-year-old musician playing at the Aardvark, chances are you’d picture some old man pickin’ on a gee-tar, thumbing through...

Needlepoint

Despite the oppressive heat of Texas summers, local bands and national artists alike use this season to throw everything they have behind their most...

Beyond the Mountain

Mountain of Smoke are thunderous, which is impressive given that they are, at an elemental level, a bass-and-drum duo. For the past four years,...

Music Awards Recap

I’m stuck in a post-Music Awards malaise. After months of planning, begging, and coercing, the Music Awards season drew to a close after Sunday...

Inside The Loop

Playing live music involves a ton of planning, and that’s unfortunate, considering the types of people who are usually in bands: flakes, drunks, degenerates,...

Texas Music: Breaking the Internet

It’s not our fault people can’t read. This is why People magazine and Reader’s Digest are two of the highest grossing magazines in the world,...

Good Sound, Needs Work

If you’ve ever wondered how your favorite music gets from an artist’s brain into your headphones, Kevin Aldridge and Oil Boom’s Ryan Taylor have...

#MAF17

Pinkish Black, The Unlikely Candidates, Holy Moly, War Party, Son of Stan, Huffer, Whiskey Folk, Reagan James, Katsuk, Un Chien, Vodeo, Bulls, Tame …...

Traps and Release

Time flies, as they say, and in the year since his band put out Stray Dogs, Siberian Traps frontman Seth Reeves wrote a bunch...