Wanna Take You to a Free Show: Electric Six play Paper Tiger

It has been nearly a decade since I first heard the song "Gay Bar" by Electric Six. Since then it is near impossible for me to say the words "gay bar" without enunciating it the way lead singer Dick Valentine does so in the song. I know I'm not alone. Electric Six...

SXSW 2019 – Illuminati Hotties and Potty Mouth

The corporate sponsorship invasion of SXSW has long been a catalyst in the rise of the festival’s popularity while also being a catalyst for being a pain in the ass of many SXSW goers. There is an overwhelming sense of exclusivity in a lot of the official showcases...

SXSW 2019 – Broken Social Scene, The Joy Formidable, and The Beths

There is an overwhelming sense of exhaustion preparing for SXSW. Anticipating where to park, how far you’re going to need to walk, how long you’re going to have to wait in line and how much money you’re going to need to spend can make anybody question why they even...

Existentialism on Ska Night: Reel Big Fish and Mest play Aztec Theatre

Similar to the hero mythos of The Dark Knight, most bands either break up early or live long enough for all their fans to hate them. Reel Big Fish isn’t most bands. Over the past three decades, they have consistently released ska album after ska album and maintaining...

You Down with Oh Free Week, Yeah You Know Me: Paper Tiger Free Week

If you grew up in San Antonio and your formative years were somewhere between 1998 and 2007, you probably know that San Antonio has a thriving local music scene. Whether it was the fire pit stage at Café Revolucion or the underage keg parties at the silos on First...

In Our Short Years, We Come Long Way: Alien Ant Farm and Lit Play Paper Tiger 08.23

The lights were dim and the disposable contact lenses I was wearing were way past the monthly recommended utilization period. Shawn and I had been standing for less than ten minutes and I could already feel my knee buckle from keeping my body weight on it. We were...

Don’t You Forget About Manu, Don’t Don’t Don’t Don’t

On Monday morning, I received an ESPN notification that I had been preparing myself for years. I poked my phone out of my pocket so I could read that after 16 years in the NBA, Manu Ginobili had announced his retirement. I sat back in my office chair and took a deep...

I Saw Jawbreaker, and I’m Telling Everyone

I was born about five years too late.   I watched Empire Records in the mid-90s dreaming of working at a record store as a teenager. By the time I reached high school, I had a better chance of seeing the dude that played Warren in a movie[1] than I would seeing a...

She’s My Rushmore: The Last Thing I Will Ever Write about Warped Tour

For as long as I wanted to be a music journalist, I have been writing about the Warped Tour. My first foray into the world of Warped Tour think pieces was an article I wrote for a fake magazine I produced for my Independent Study Mentorship class. It was 750 words of...

Remembering Somebody That You Used to Know: Kimbra and Son Lux Play Paper Tiger

Like most of America, I was introduced to Kimbra via her feature on Gotye’s Grammy-winning single “Somebody That I Used to Know,” in 2011. The duet evoked all the emotion of being erased from somebody’s memory. While Kimbra had already achieved international success...

Keep San Antonio Puro: Garrett T. Capps and DT Buffkin Album Release Party

Some time back, in the midst of Keep San Antonio Lame bumper stickers and a teenage-angst philosophy of wanting to leave my hometown, I took San Antonio for granted. I moved to Austin for college and wouldn’t permanently return until five years later, jobless and knee...

Begging 2 Explode: Jeff Rosenstock, Laura Stevenson, and Chris Farren play Paper Tiger 03.06

In 2018, there are few bands whose live performance reminds you more why you love going to shows more than Jeff Rosenstock. Everything about his live show is so pure and sincere and beautiful in its rawness. He plays fast, he plays loud, but most importantly he plays...
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