I Wasn’t Feeling 22

I’m sitting at a high-top in the ornately decorated Royale and I’m crying.  It’s the night before my birthday and I’m soon to see Marian Hill, one of my favorite good time, pbr&b bands.  I desperately want everything to be hunky-dory.  My plan is to ring in 22 on the days surrounding my birthday (because…

Music, Community, Feelings Stuff, and the West Campus Block Party

It’s been quite an April here at good ol’ UT.  And by “quite an April,” I clearly mean “a very sad, dramatic and mental health-degrading shitshow.” It’s truly been one thing after another, and as I told Mairead on Friday, I’ve been resigned to simply hoping that the next day will at least be normal….

Reflecting on Free Week

It’s February. Days are getting longer and sunnier, but nights are still punishingly cold. I’m not concerned about exams yet, but my days are filling up with meetings and homework assignments. Spring Break plans are being made, but the calendar won’t stop reminding me that it’s still entirely too far away. It’s almost time to…

A Peek at the Boston Hip Hop Scene

Unlike Lauren, I suck at getting out to live shows around the city.  Lovelovelove live music, but I average a show or festival every three months maybe.  I do, however, now live with a Berklee College of Music grad, which seriously helps the cause. On December 18th, said roommate——also one of my best friends—and I…

Lauren’s 5 Favorite Shows of 2015

2015 was my first full year here in Austin- and the first year I began to take advantage of all the excellent shows happening in my backyard (or, okay- a few minutes on the Rapid and like 7 blocks’ walk over to Red River away). Much has been said about the changing face of this…

a belated ode to fun fun fun fest

I’m really behind on this recap. Call it throwback Tuesday or blame academia (as usual). My boyfriend said the best really-high-person thing ever at Fun Fun Fun Fest this year. And I paraphrase: “Do you think that the fact that F is the 6th letter of the alphabet means anything? Like, does FFF really stand…

ACL didn’t completely suck

I know I’m a little late to the party here. Blame two absolutely batshit weeks of midterms and one nearly-as-batshit week at work. Anyway. My mom is cool as shit and therefore got hooked up with a couple of free 3-day passes to ACL which, naturally, she sure as hell was not going to use….

On Solo Festivaling and Being an Adult

  Part of planning to go to a music festival involves coordinating with other people.  Who else you know is going?  Who do they want to see?  Who’s hosting the pregame?  And it’s all fun and games.  You get to see great bands with great friends.  Wahoo. But say there’s a band you’d really like…

I was the second-youngest person at a Wilco show last night

When you go to a university that is essentially a bubble full of 40,000 other wayward youths, it’s easy to forget just how many adults live in your city. I was sorely reminded of the sheer volume of old people- from late-twenties tech bros and bro-ettes to trying-to-be-hip, well-over-40 parents- when I realized that I…

The Month of Badass Lady Shows

Two Friday nights ago- or very early two Saturday mornings ago- the month of badass lady shows came to an end. I would have been sad to see it go had I not been too busy headbanging (uh, yeah, it wasn’t cute) to “Pedestrian at Best” as Courtney Barnett and the Courtney Barnetts dissolved one…