Featured Playlist : it was never a phase, mom

Some of the best upcoming and underrated bands in the alternative, emo pop punk scene today. Feat: Belmont, Youth Fountain, Trash Boat, Hot Mulligan & more

Featured Playlist: Turn That Up

  Playlist by Sean Menard,   Yo, turn this shit up and bump this playlist of some of my favorite Chicago based musicians. Why Chicago? Because it has a booming music scene, and I’ve happened to listen to and enjoy a lot of it over the past few years. I put...

Featured Playlist: Good Shit Miroki

Ear candy for all you grown up emo kids. Try listening to this playlist in order, it has been curated for your maximum enjoyment. Dolphin-safe Organic Handcrafted Made in the USA  

Featured Playlist: The Best Songs From 80’s Movies

The 80's, the best of times and the worst of times.  The decade gave us many things, some questionable hairstyles, keytars, and lasers.  This playlist is a celebration of the best songs featured in 80's movies. So go crazy, and we hope you have the time of your life...

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...

Leaving Transition: Hydra Melody’s Final Show featuring Casetta and the Return of Westbound Departure

Choosing the first local band you fall for is a lot like choosing a starter Pokemon. In some cases, they ultimately choose you. The first time I realized I was a Westbound Departure fan was watching two of their original members’ perform for their Independent Study...

Women Be Rockin: International Women’s Day Playlist

There’s a consistent notion with rock festivals that there is a lack of gender diversity. A common response is that there just aren’t enough females in rock bands to consider. This, of course, is a cop out as we are living in a music renaissance of young diverse...

Rock Me Mama like a Westbound Train: Westbound Departure Returns!

Sooo there’s this band Westbound Departure January 3rd, 2009 at 4:29am Pt.2 This isn’t the first time I’ve written about Westbound Departure. I tried to get my words out about them back in 2009. Reading back on the old Tumblr post, I felt like I wanted to go back and...

Hydra Melody: What We Did On The Weekends

If you somehow haven’t already gotten tickets, grab some, come out to the Paper Tiger (formerly White Rabbit) tonight, and support the local legends one last time where it all began, in the same building they started in nearly 15 years ago. Real ouroboros shit baby.

Gus’ Guide to Japanese Alternative Music

A crash course to your guide on Japanese Alternative Music including music videos, live sets and anecdotes curated personally by Gus Kelley and his experience traveling in Japan.

Featured Playlist: Going Through It

Hello readers! It’s been quite some time since I’ve written anything, but since Valentine’s Day is coming up, ya girl is inspired! I just recently went through my first disappointment of 2019, so I’ve been in my feelings lately - just really going through it. It...

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...

Featured Playlist: Halloween

It's been a while! I thought it would be a good idea to jump back in with a fresh playlist to celebrate All Hallow's Eve. Below are 13 songs that remind me of Halloween. Granted some of them are metaphors and that isn't lost on me, but I thought it'd be cool to...

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...

Featured Playlist: Real Friends Friends

A playlist inspired by the new Real Friends album.

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...

Featured Playlist: This is Warped Tour

You know that moment in Jurassic Park when Dr. Grant, Dr. Sattler and Dr. Malcolm see the Brontosaurus for the first time and John Williams’ score swells up and everything they thought they knew about life and living goes out the window? Dr. Hammond grins ear to ear...

Featured Playlist: Goodbye Warped Tour

I’ve been asked by numerous people this year if I’m going to go to “the last Warped Tour.” As if I ever stopped going to Warped in the first place. https://open.spotify.com/user/alissaphoto/playlist/52wvLLLAb1rLc0Jtsye2WT I remember the first time I ever heard about...

Sticker Fridge Summer Jams Playlist

When I close my eyes and think of summer a few things come to mind:  The beach, backyard bar-b-que, fireworks, ice cream, and cruising down the highway with my hand stuck out the window to name a few.  Summer is amazing! A time where people come together for pool...

Featured Playlist: Late Night Swipes’ Kyle Heartbreaks

Let’s be real, part of going through a break up is allowing yourself to be sad, and, well...wallowing in that sadness for a bit. No matter how much of a douche your ex was, we still mourn the loss of a relationship, and the loss of companionship, it’s okay to feel...

Featured Playlist: Late Night Swipes’ Alissa Heartbreaks

Aside from the little heartbreaks I had in middle school, where I would cry in the bathroom to New Found Glory, my real heartbreaks started when I was 18 years old. The first guy I actually dated was a cool hipster kid that introduced me to City and Colour. After he...

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...

Here’s Your Future: The Thermals Break Up

Of all the things I learned about rock and roll, the one lesson that has stuck out the most came from a side-scrolling computer game where you had to save the The Get-Up Kids from Enrique Iglesias: all bands either break up too soon or live long enough to start...

Featured Playlist: National Women’s History Month 2018

National Women's History Month is as old as I am and yet I had no idea it existed until last year. Since more and more music festivals seem to be more and more male-dominated, I thought it would be cool make a playlist of female-fronted bands that I enjoy. Every day...

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...

Featured Playlist: Turn That Up

  Playlist by Sean Menard,   Yo, turn this shit up and bump this playlist of some of my favorite Chicago based musicians. Why Chicago? Because it has a booming music scene, and I’ve happened to listen to and enjoy a lot of it over the past few years. I put...

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