The Chamanas at SXSW (Spanish version)

Hailing from the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, The Chamanas is a new Mexican band mixing seventies pop, indigenous sounds, and synthesizers ready to take the Latin Alternative scene by storm. When I met with them on one of the last days of the festival, I was excited to meet them because I had seen them play the night before. During the show, the band had a warm energy and after the first song, the lead singer, Amalia, lit some incense typically used in traditional Mexican healing rituals.

The Chamanas at SXSW

Hailing from the border cities of El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, The Chamanas is a new Mexican band mixing seventies pop, indigenous sounds, and synthesizers ready to take the Latin Alternative scene by storm. When I met with them on one of the last days of the festival, I was excited to meet them because I had seen them play the night before. During the show, the band had a warm energy and after the first song, the lead singer, Amalia, lit some incense typically used in traditional Mexican healing rituals.

Wray at SXSW

Wray, a three-piece from Birmingham, Alabama, are fresh off the release of their second LP, Hypatia. Driven by repetitive drums and beautiful instrumental swells, the album seeps below consciousness and into the deepest recesses of your mind. It’s relaxing, freeing, rooted in ‘90s shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. But there’s more to it than that polished shoegaze sound.

KAMPer of the Week: Shaun Oyakawa

Shaun is one of the most energetic, outgoing members of KAMP, but also one of its most dedicated and helpful!! During spring break, Shaun covered the world-renowned Tucson anime convention Con Nichiwa, conducting interviews, soaking up the atmosphere, and mingling with his fellow weeaboos! Here's to Shaun for taking KAMP into uncharted territory and doing it with such grace and confidence!

Listen to Shaun's show, "The Gourmet" every Monday from 3PM - 4PM hosted by Chef DJ Bobby Fieri and his best friend DJ Real Person!

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Beißpony at SXSW

Artist Stephanie Mülle and singer-songwriter Laura Theis, both originally from Munich, Germany, have been creating together as Beißpony for nearly 10 years. Since their meeting in 2006, the project has blossomed into a beautifully whimsical experiment where music becomes a performance art piece.

MMMF16: Tatum's Highlights

Acts: 
Porter Robinson
Acts: 
Animal Collective
Acts: 
Kid Cudi
Acts: 
Big Wild
Concert Date: 
Fri, 03/11/2016
Location: 
Hance Park, Phoenix

MMMF has reigned as Arizona's only major non-profit music festival since 2004, and although their values and philanthropy are unwavering, the musical direction has seen a fluctuation. Old line-ups boast some pretty big names in the indie-rock-folk scene like The Shins and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes. These headliners were then typically supported by lesser known and local folk-alternative artists. In 2016, however, the two biggest headliners (arguably) were EDM's most brilliant DJs and a household-name Top 40 rapper.

Reviewer: 
Tatum Schranz

Dilly Dally at SXSW

Toronto rockers, Dilly Dally, have taken the music world by storm with the release of their debut album, Sore. Sultry screeches and grunge-soaked rhythms lure you in, while pop hooks and catchy beats invite you to stay, washing over you like an uncharacteristically warm day. Their performances are equally enticing, but with an added roughness that attempts to belie the polished recordings. However, both exude a confidence so rarely observed in young bands. Dilly Dally see a bright future ahead of them and they’re not going to stop until they reach it. 

MMMF16: Jonathan's Highlights

Acts: 
Beck, Animal Collective, St. Lucia, Goldfish, Big Wild
Acts: 
Kid Cudi
Acts: 
Porter Robinson
Acts: 
MS MR
Concert Date: 
Fri, 03/18/2016
Location: 
Hance Park, Phoenix

When I first arrived at McDowell music festival, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve been to a few music festivals before in Chicago like Spring Awakening and Electric Forest in Michigan. So I had high hopes. Upon arriving I was quite surprised that the venue was pretty small for a typical music festival I was used to, but to be fair the lineup for McDowell was a lot smaller than previous festivals I attended. There were two stages, the main stage was significantly better than the second stage. The first stage was gleaming with lights and had an amazing sound system.

Reviewer: 
Jonathan Merza

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