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Back in February, downtown San Marcos nightlife was booming. Bar crawlers and live music fanatics swarmed the streets of The Square while bars, coffee shops and venues filled downtown with sounds of music, cheering and laughter.

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In 2010, Jennifer Foster passionately stood center stage at a talent show, under pink and blue iridescent lights, singing the timeless lyrics of Aretha Franklin’s and Carole King’s 'Natural Woman'. 

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Going into halftime of a Texas State football game, fans typically see the band, in maroon and gold uniforms, flood the field ready to perform the Bobcat Fight Song. However, halftime performances will change this football season, allowing fans to hear and see “The Pride of the Hill Country”…

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COVID-19 put a halt to in-person student events across the nation this semester, but the Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) did not let the virus take away community spirit as they celebrated the wrap of another semester, through social media. SACA hosted the second annual Gail…

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Blevins is a San Marcos-based band made up of three brothers, Kevynn, Brandon and Dillon. When they aren’t in a studio joking around, having fun and writing music, they’re passionately performing in front of their supporters. This documentary covers their origin story, as well as how the thr…

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The city of Austin raises health concerns over economic growth

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With the shining sun and crop tops as far as the eye could see, day two of the biggest music festival in San Antonio—Mala Luna—brought an even larger and louder crowd, ending the weekend with a bang.  Starting at noon sharp, long lines of eager festival-goers filled the entrances of Wolff St…

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As the temperature cools down, the weekend heated up with the first day of Mala Luna festival in San Antonio takes off. Festival-goers from all parts of Texas traveled to Wolff Stadium to bask in the Hip Hop filled weekend.  Gates opened at noon sharp with eager guests waiting outside of the…

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Are you still experiencing the post-ACL blues? Grab your favorite festival going outfit and shades and head on down to San Antonio this weekend for the largest, annual festival of the city– Mala Luna. From Oct. 26 – 27 at Nelson Wolff Stadium, festival go-ers will get the chance to see some …

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Austin City Limits hosted more than 140 artists on nine stages over two weekends in its 17th annual music festival. Artists from all over the globe came to the Live Music Capital of the world to showcase their talents. Performers showed as much diversity in their nationalities as they did ge…

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Blue skies and sunny weather made its way to the grounds of Zilker Park as a warm farewell to close out Austin City Limits 2019. ACL treated attendees hospitably throughout both weekends by providing hydration stations all around the festival grounds, a hammock area for those in need of rest…

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Feelings of fall set into day two of ACL with temperatures consistently in the 60s. Fans had a full Saturday to look ahead for performances from Billie Eilish, 21 Savage and a highly anticipated show by Childish Gambino. Shows began at 11:30 a.m. with The Barton Hills Choir performing at the…

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Artists were eager to bring the most energy to the stage after Austin City Limits kicked off its second week of performances with what have by far been the coolest temperatures seen this fall. The “Star Wars” theme song played as gates opened at 12 p.m. Friday with temperatures well into the…

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PALM SPRINGSTEEN Palm Springsteen was once a file name—one among many. The band could have been titled Santana Monica. The band, which started out as a one-man-show, performed Friday, Oct. 4, at ACL Weekend One. Nick Hinman, Palm Springsteen frontman, has been a musician since he was a child…

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I have lived in Austin for about seven years and until last weekend, the closest I had gotten to the Austin City Limits music festival was via Instagram. Excited as I was to go to ACL 2019, I was equally nervous and had no idea what to expect. After some trial by fire, I quickly…

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After two full days in the sun, Weekend One wound to a close with a gentler, folky, acoustic aura than the days prior. However, day three also promised hype, which it certainly delivered. ACL day three got an early, loud start with singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett on the Miller Lite stage, gr…

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Despite all odds, ACL day two brought even more hype than the day prior. The second day of the festival featured Diamente Eléctrico on the T-Mobile stage, a Colombian blues-rock band dominating the music scene in their home country. Ingrid Andress, country-pop artist, performed on the BMI st…

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Although ACL Weekend One 2019 started off as one of the hottest weekends the festival has had to date, that didn’t stop the kickoff from being ice cool. This year’s festival is set to showcase over 140 bands across eight stages, and one kid’s stage. The bands, like the audience, come from al…

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A blend of hip-hop beats, expressive lyrics and a hunger to thrive has helped one student flourish in the music industry. Naomi Sutton, marketing senior, is a powerhouse vocalist better known as singer-songwriter Nayome. Sutton released her first EP, “Recovered,” in August 2018. The EP featu…

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Years after its founder’s passing, the Cheatham Street Warehouse remains a setting for the creative minds of Hays County. Jim Cunningham, San Marcos Daily Record columnist, and Kent Finlay, local songwriter, founded the venue. Finlay utilized the bar’s stage for his songwriting circles which…

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San Marcos’ radio station, KZSM, hosted another installment of live music for the community during 3rd Thursday downtown walkabout, an evening devoted to the arts of San Marcos. Local businesses come together on the occasion to offer flash sales, drink specials and host live entertainment fo…

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A variety of sounds rocked music fans for nine straight hours the second day in a row at Float Fest. Guests filtered in during the day but, similar to Saturday, nighttime shows brought in the largest crowds. In 2017, Float Fest’s attendance fell over 10,000. This year, they applied for a per…

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Festival goers painted with glitter and draped in tapestries danced for hours under the hot sun. This year’s Float Fest has been a celebration of sunshine, summer, and life. From Saturday July 21- Sunday July 22, Martindale TX hosted Float Fest along the San Marcos River. Guests camped, floa…

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Underneath strings of lights and neon signs, June 22, Texas country music shook the walls of the Cheatham Street Warehouse. Mason Lively, 20-year-old Texas country musician from Inez, Texas, is currently touring across the state promoting his new album, Stronger Ties. At 9 p.m., an old jukeb…

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A local folk band has busked its way around San Marcos and plans on getting boots stomping and hands clapping outside of Texas. Christian Sparks, lead vocalist, has been playing music since he was 13 years old. It was a family tradition to sit around the campfire enjoying his father play son…

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JMBLYA attendees eagerly awaited the opening of the front gates May 5. Nothing from the crowds of people to the burning sun could have killed the shared excitement of the audience. For the second year in a row, the Austin showing of the JMBLYA music festival was hosted at Circuit of the Amer…

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Prepare to kick off the summer with dancing, live music and good vibes at the annual JMBLYA music festival. The festival is enticing music lovers with major rap headliners like J. Cole, Migos, Young Thug and Kevin Gates. This year the festival will take place on May 4 in Houston, May 5 in Da…

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Music, popsicles and free stuff are just what students needed before their focus shifted to finals week. Student Association for Campus Activities brought the 15th annual River Fest back to Sewell Park. Students kicked back April 19 by the river eating popsicles by Poptopia, playing carnival…

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One internationally acclaimed modern quartet is bringing its professional experience to Texas State music students. This spring Attacca Quartet will be making its biannual visit to Texas State April 9-13. The group is composed of violinist Amy Schroeder, violinist Keiko Tokunaga, violist Nat…

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The Tiniest Bar in Texas hosted the first day of their free music showcase, Best Lil Big Fest in Texas, on March 16 at their intimate outdoor patio. Festival goers and band members alike cracked open beers and mingled on the picnic tables between sets. Throughout the day up-and-coming artist…

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Sony Music hosted the first night of their #LostInMusic showcase for South By Southwest on March 15 at the Trinity Warehouse. Before entering the venue, concert goers are taken through a display of Sony’s latest virtual reality project, the AVO576. It uses spatial audio technology to take us…

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What is red, Canadian, and sings the blues all over? Sue Foley, the acclaimed blues singer, is who. Sue Foley may have Canadian roots, but when it comes to Austin’s blues scene she is a popular local. She has returned to Austin to launch the tour of her new album, “The Ice Queen.” The album…

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If the bands Angles and Airwaves had a band baby with  Paramore, they would birth the unique rock band touring their way through Texas and other southern states. Austin-grown band, Those Damn Eyes, kicked-off their tour on Feb. 9 at Austin’s iconic venue, the Mohawk. Beginning at 9 p.m., sev…

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Texas State hosted the inaugural Horn Festival Jan. 19-20 that featured critically-acclaimed musician, Adam Unsworth. Unsworth is currently a professor of horn at the University of Michigan. He has performed in the Detroit Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra in his professional music car…

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San Marcos-grown boy band Brockhampton kicked off the Love Your Parents Tour on Jan. 16. The 14 person collective of rappers, singers, producers and designers is traveling coast to coast and started with four tour dates in Texas where Brockhampton’s roots were formed. In efforts to engage wi…

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Nominated by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, alumni and country music star Randy Rogers is accepting the Young Alumni Rising Star Award. The award is given to two winners annually and is presented by the alumni association. Rogers’ 17 years in the music industry, his work wi…

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The sound of bass and electronic beats made its way into San Antonio, as the Mala Luna Musical Festival kicked off its second year with live street art and various artists. The weekend long event took over the city on it’s opening day, Oct. 28 at the Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium and Lil Wayne…

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Randall King, the country music artist is set to perform at Cheatham Street Warehouse Oct. 19. Country artist Randall King will be performing live at the famed Cheatham Street Warehouse on Friday, Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. King, a native Texan, released his latest album, “Another Bullet,” in 2016. W…

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Musicians and bands from places as far as Jamaica, Ireland and Canada made their way to Zilker Park for the Austin City Limits music festival. ACL weekend one was host to 150 bands. Many of these groups are up and coming future headliners, travelling on tour and giving Austin, the live music…

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Austin City Limits Music Festival weekend one came to a close Oct. 8 night after three days of live music, silent discos, local eats and organizations fighting for their causes. ACL took over Zilker Park for its first weekend of its 16th year while continuing traditions such as ACL Eats and …

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The second and final day of the annual Float Fest roared on Sunday after campers and attendees took their second rounds of floating through the San Marcos River. The second day was marked with plenty of dust and dirt flying through the air, dark clouds and high temperatures. These conditions…