Band Merch Night: The Night in Review

Band Merch Night: The Night in Review

This past Saturday, the KRTU family attended Band Merch Night at the Aztec Theatre. With doors opening at 5:30, individuals were able to buy CDs, t-shirts, stickers, and more from local bands that set up their respective tables throughout the theatre. All the while, live music from local artists like Amea, Lloronas, Collective Dream, Pinko, and others echoed throughout the venue from 6pm to midnight. Upstairs, Southtown Vinyl and Friends of Sound were available for your vinyl-browsing pleasure.

Black Market Club opened the night, showcasing to its audience its hard rocking sound. After that, sounds ranging from the psychedelia of True Indigo to the soulful power of Alyson Alonzo filled the theatre. Visuals provided by Liquid Sunshine Experience gave the audience the full psychedelic experience, using different colors and old projections to display behind the artists performing. With Wayne Holtz as emcee, the night was kept lively and fun, with surprise visits from his dogs who happened to leave a parting gift on the stage that had to be cleaned up by staff. 

Coordinated by KRTU Live and Local's own Jeanette Muniz, Band Merch Night gave its attendees a unique opportunity to not only see their favorite bands live, but also support the San Antonio music scene by being able to meet and interact with the vendors there. Considering this was the third year of Band Merch Night, it is highly probable that those who attended and those who didn't will have the special opportunity to check it out next year. 

Weekend To-Do List 1/19-1/21

Weekend To-Do List 1/19-1/21

From planets and stars to a tribute to the Fab Four, here are a few things that are available for you to do this weekend. 

Mala Luna: The Good, The Bad, and The Dusty

Mala Luna: The Good, The Bad, and The Dusty

Heading out to Mala Luna might not have been the greatest experience of my life, but it sure did teach me a thing or two about surviving the Dust Bowl pt. II

This Week in Music: You Suck The Fun Out of Everything

This Week in Music: You Suck The Fun Out of Everything

Last month, Morrissey announced his upcoming album/new working autobiography title, Low in High School.  High off of a slew of concert cancellations in support of 2014's flop, World Peace is None of Your Business, Morrissey's new album will reportedly explore the "zeitgeist of an ever-changing world."  Low in High School features tracks with distinctly Morrissey-esque titles such as "Home is a Question Mark" and "When You Open Your Legs," and earlier this week, we were treated to a look at its lead single, "Spent the Day in Bed."  It's essentially an anti-capitalist defense of inaction and alienation, featuring some inexplicable DJ scratching and too many synths.  Give it a listen below:

Musical Mishaps: If Life Gives You Punk Rock, Make Lemonade

Musical Mishaps: If Life Gives You Punk Rock, Make Lemonade

An undisclosed number of the yellow vinyl release of Beyonce's Lemonade were accidentally pressed with the A-side of Canadian punk band Zex's latest album, Uphill Battle.  Unfortunately, the mistake was not noticed until many excited Bey fans had already received their orders and were treated to delightful tunes like "Burn the Flag" and "Child Soldier" where "Hold Up" should have been.  Magic Bullet Records has confirmed the legitimacy of the mispressed albums, while Beyonce has yet to comment.  If the incongruity of Ramones-esqe punk playing on lemon-yellow vinyl gets you going, we have footage of the happy accident below:

Album Review: Ariel Pink's "Dedicated to Bobby Jameson"

Album Review: Ariel Pink's "Dedicated to Bobby Jameson"

Today is a big day in the world of album releases, with new additions from the Foo Fighters, Cool Kids, and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend hitting the airwaves all at once.  Yet one album in particular merits a special kind of artistic attention that can only be garnered by synth-pop master Ariel Pink: Dedicated to Bobby Jameson.

The warm hi-fi familiarity of Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is a refreshing departure from the wacky, weird, and unabashed theatricality of 2014's Pom Pom.  Pink's compositions are intimate, sharp, simple, and as close to understated as haze pop dreams can get.  The closest Pink comes to the manic cheer of “White Freckles” and “Dinosaur Carebears” is during the aptly-named “Bubblegum Dreams,” but even then it’s broken up by jarring metallic percussion straight out of the most recent Alien movie, followed by disquieting moments of silence.  

Things to Keep You Busy Today: 1,000 Taquitos and Radiohead

Things to Keep You Busy Today: 1,000 Taquitos and Radiohead

Olmos Park may have lost a local favorite last week, but Whataburger is here to dry your tears with no less than 1,000 taquito wrappers.

That’s right: Whataburger is offering one lucky fast food buff the chance to win $1,000 dollars to donate to the charity of his or her choice, with the taquitos to match it (don’t worry, the taquitos are yours to keep.)

To enter, follow @WhataburgerLife on Snapchat on Snapchat, and send them a video detailing what exactly how you will disperse your taquito cash.  The winner will be announced next Wednesday, September 20th, via the company’s social media accounts.  It is unclear as of yet whether the taquitos will be rationed out to the winner or dispensed all at once.

This Week in Music: Many Happy Returns

This Week in Music: Many Happy Returns

This week in music history is shaping up to be one of eternal return, of the reunion show variety and otherwise.  Bob Dylan has announced U.S. dates for his decades-long continuation of the aptly-named Never Ending Tour this fall.  The closest date to San Antonio appears to be on October 21st in Colorado, but, given the recent death rate of iconic musicians the world over, it might be worth making the drive to see the man who introduced weed to the Beatles play live. Mavis Staples is opening, so you could really kill the aging musicians in concert thing with one stone.

Additionally, once-beloved UK new wave group The The have announced their first live shows in 16 years.  Frontman Matt Johnson, the last original member, has brought his auxiliary group back together for two summer shows at Denmark's Esgeskov Castle and London's Royal Albert Hall. Riding on the wave of their surprise Record Store Day Single, "We Can't Stop What's Coming," The The will also be releasing a box set and retrospective documentary, titled The Inertia Visions, this October.  Watch the trailer below: 

This Week in Music: Mala Luna, Deradoorian, and More

This Week in Music: Mala Luna, Deradoorian, and More

Halloween and pumpkin spice lattes aside, October 2017 is already shaping up to be a noteworthy month in the world of music.  Mala Luna Festival, taking place this year on October 28th and 29th at Nelson Wolff Stadium, has released limited time back-to-school 2-day general admission tickets for the low, low price of $109.  Headliners include Future, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and Migos.  Tickets and more information are available here.

Additionally, Angel Deradoorian announced her new mini-album yesterday, Eternal Recurrence. The album will be her first solo release since 2015's The Expanding Flower Planet.  Eternal Recurrence is scheduled to drop on October 6th, but you can listen to its first single, "Mountainside," below. 

Pop Culture Review: Taylor Swift's Cry for Help

Pop Culture Review: Taylor Swift's Cry for Help

While the rest of the nation watched disaster news or long-awaited fantasy incest, a small faction of teenagers and loyal top 40 fans turned their tvs last night to the 2017 Video Music Awards.  Aside from the obvious question--why is this still a thing?--I present to you a more pressing concern: Taylor Swift and her baffling, neo-goth, revenge-posturing single, “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Despite being widely panned by critics and fans alike, the music video release of “Look What You Made Me Do” was easily the most-anticipated moment of this year’s VMA’s. The video reminds me of when Lady Gaga first started making dark, weird-CGI music videos a la “Bad Romance,” and everyone followed suit.  It features, among other things, a “Thriller”-esque rise from the grave, T-Swift angrily biting fancy jewelry, and a meme-worthy scene in which all the various iterations of Swift’s music career argue in front of a flaming Boeing 747. Throughout, we are treated to thinly-veiled references to Swift’s complicated celebrity beefs and a blatant overuse of the word “karma.” Subtly is clearly not her goal, which brings us to the question: how did we get here?

Weekend To-Do List: 5/6 - 5/7

Weekend To-Do List: 5/6 - 5/7

This weekend, forget finals and make the most of what San Antonio has to offer. With art and music shows, you can start summer early. P.S. Don't forget to vote in our local elections today! You have until 7 PM. 

Weekend To-Do List: 4/28 - 4/30

Weekend To-Do List: 4/28 - 4/30

If you're planning on avoiding Fiesta traffic downtown this weekend, we have some events for you. Between festivities, check out a garden show, art exhibit, and poetry reading.

Weekend To-Do List: 4/21 - 4/23

Weekend To-Do List: 4/21 - 4/23

Welcome to the weekend! If you're looking for some cheaper alternatives to Fiesta, we have some options. if you want to check out local dance, we've got you covered. Either way, it'll be a great weekend.

Weekend To-Do List: 4/14-4/16

Weekend To-Do List: 4/14-4/16

This weekend, take the extra day off to do something special. Whether you want to do dinner with friends, check out a play, or make time for an event you wouldn't normally go to, we have you covered.

Weekend To-Do List: 4/7-4/9

Weekend To-Do List: 4/7-4/9

It looks like the weather is going to be beautiful this weekend and we plan on taking full advantage of it. Celebrate spring with a chance to dance, learn about gardening, French Moderns landscapes all the way from New York, and more.

Weekend To-Do List: 3/31 - 4/2

Weekend To-Do List: 3/31 - 4/2

To kick off April, we have a great set of events going on in Alamo City this weekend. From things to shop, watch, and learn, your plans should be no joke.

Pissed Jeans just made me piss my jeans!

Pissed Jeans just made me piss my jeans!

Pissed Jeans' gutter-scraped amalgamation of sludge, punk, noise, and bracing wit make the band-Korvette, Brad Fry (guitar), Randy Huth (bass) and Sean McGuinness (drums)-a release valve for a world where absurdity seems in a constant battle trying to outdo itself. Why Love Now picks at the bursting seams that are barely holding 21st-century life together. Take the grinding rave-up "The Bar Is Low," which, according to Korvette, is "about how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead.

Weekend To-Do List: 3/24 - 3/26

Weekend To-Do List: 3/24 - 3/26

This weekend, we have a culture-filled lineup of things for you to eat, do, buy, and see. From art galleries to an Indian festival, San Antonio has a lot to offer. Best of all--everything on this list is free. 

We're Ready to (Unofficially) Party!

We're Ready to (Unofficially) Party!

Well, it's finally here. The South by Southwest Festival is officially in full swing. Already, we're seeing tons of San Antonio representation in Austin (shout out to the folks at Choose SA for SATX @ SXSW), and KRTU Indie's presence is just about to get started...