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Conor

January 19, 2017

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Conor Oberst

I’ve long been a big fan of Conor Oberst.  Bright Eyes!  So good.  Desparecidos!  So good.  Monsters of Folk!  Pretty good.  Conor’s work under his actual name!  Eh.  That’s actually where I sort of draw the line with him.  For whatever reason I just have never been totally into his “solo” releases, and I can’t [...]

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January 19, 2017

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Movie Breakdown: XXX: Return Of Xander Cage

Pre-Screening Stance: I like 2002′s XXX.  I like Vin Diesel.  So, naturally, I like that Vin is back as the titular character.  Here’s hoping his second go-round as the extreme sports-loving secret agent doesn’t suck. Post-Screening Ramble: The original XXX works because the people who made it truly believed that everything in their world was [...]

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January 19, 2017

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Movie Breakdown: 20th Century Women

Pre-Screening Stance: Mike Mills’ Beginners is a great film, and judging by its trailer, 20th Century Women is going to be a more than worthy follow-up.  Still, it’s hard to keep my expectations in check because I legit really love Beginners.  It’s so damn touching! Post-Screening Ramble: I went into 20th Century Women expecting a [...]

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ShowOTWF

January 18, 2017

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Show Of The Week

I was going to lay low all weekend, but I’m thinking I should rally up and go see the Seratones on the inside stage at Stubb’s this Saturday.  I was introduced to them about eight or nine months ago when they opened for Thao And The Get Down Stay Down at the Mohawk, and they [...]

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January 17, 2017

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Diet Cig

On April 7 the great Diet Cig will be rolling out their debut album, Swear I’m Good At This, and I’m really excited for it.  The band has done nothing but put out stellar emo/pop/punk tracks for the last two years, so there’s no way they fail me now!  Well, not really, plenty of bands [...]

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Homegrown F

January 16, 2017

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101X Homegrown Podcast

Here’s the podcast my most recent 101x Homegrown.  New tracks are marked.  Enjoy. Tres Oui – Prince Of Pop Wild Child – Fools (NEW) Wiretree – Let Me In (NEW) Black Books – Golden OK Pollen RX – Sunbelt Emptiness Tele Novella – Even Steven The Dizzease – Sticky Hand Kay Odyssey – Palms To [...]

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January 13, 2017

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Top Films Of 2016

JOHN’S TOP 10 FILMS OF 2016 All in all, I saw 109 new releases in 2016.  Below you’ll find all of the ones I liked (roughly 40% of what I saw), and one in particular that I loathed more than any other.  Take a look, make a note or two, then go watch something. Side [...]

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January 13, 2017

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Quin Galavis (Dan)

To be a good music blogger, you have to be ahead of the trends and highlight great music before anyone else. It takes persistence, hard work, and passion. On the other hand, if you’re a shitty music blogger, like me, you discover amazing albums months after they are released. Well, I might be late to [...]

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January 13, 2017

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Happy Metal Fun Time (Chuck)

Something I have been doing while interviewing bands for my podcast, The Metal Podcast with Chuck and Godless, is asking artists about one song. A song, any song that represents a time in your life that has a story, it could be metal, it could be pop, it could potentially be anything that gives you [...]

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January 12, 2017

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The Rural Alberta Advantage

Once I make my year-end album list I like to load up the iPod with all of my selections from previous years and explore what does or doesn’t still work for me.  Just recently, I revisited The Rural Alberta Advantage’s Hometowns (it’s still great, by the way), and now the band has rolled out a [...]

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January 12, 2017

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Movie Breakdown: Patriot’s Day

Pre-Screening Stance: The main thing I remember about the Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that ensued afterwards was that the whole thing felt like something out of a movie.  So, I suppose it makes sense that there’s now a movie based on the aforementioned events.  I will say this though, Patriot’s Day does feel [...]

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ShowOTWF

January 11, 2017

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Show Of The Week

There are quite a few local shows happening this week that are either free or very cheap, and that’s awesome.  You should go to as many as you can!  If, however, you’d like to see a different set of faces, then I say jump to Sidewinder on Saturday for American Wrestlers, who are out of [...]

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Why?

January 10, 2017

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Why?

Today I’m hopping backwards a bit to share a song I missed while the site was in holiday mode.  It’s from Why?, an act I’ve loved for a good decade or so, and it’s off of their upcoming album, Moh Llean, that’s due out on March 3 via Joyful Noise.  In classic Why? fashion, it’s [...]

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Homegrown F

January 9, 2017

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101X Homegrown Podcast

So, I’ve been hosting 101X Homegrown for a while, but I’ve left the podcast posts to just the 101x page.  Figured I’d also put them here in 2017.  For those of you that don’t know, 101X Homegrown is a show I host every Sunday at 9pm CST on 101.5.  It largely covers Austin-based acts (and [...]

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January 9, 2017

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Julien Baker

Hey all!  SOTO is back!  Just one particular thing to note here as the year gets going – I’m not going to be posting mp3s anymore.  After I put up my Top 50 Songs of 2016 list I received double digit DMCA takedown notices, and it was rather alarming.  So, I’m just going to stick [...]

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