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Wrapping up black history month, I wanted to discuss some of my favorite black musicians who have influenced me today. The pioneers who have paved the way.

Born Nemah Hasan, Palestinian-Canadian pop rock singer Nemahsis recently went viral for singing Lorde’s “Team” a capella over photos and videos of her country, beautifully capturing her people and her land’s strength and resistance. The cover compelled me to learn more about her, and I was entranced by her siren-like voice and moving lyrics. Though […]

This playlist is a compilation of my favorite songs from the Houston-based bands that keep the local music scene alive. All the bands on this list are currently active, and I’ve even had the privilege of seeing a lot of them live! While the bands on this list vary in genre, they are all united […]

Austin Psych Fest is back and here to stay. If you’re a fan of indie rock, psych rock or dream pop and more, this is the festival to be at. This year, Alvvays, Blondshell, and Courtney Barnett and other artists will be performing over April 26-28 in Austin, TX. Here are the top seven artists […]

In collaboration with the Hobby Center for Performing Arts, Harrison Guy and his team at Urban Souls Dance Company performed a unique dance experience called Souls of Black Houston on Saturday February 10th. In addition to the highlight of the night and arguably Guy’s greatest work, “Colored Carnegie,” the story of Houston’s first Black library, the program […]

Mipso stopped by White Oak Music Hall on February 9th for their Book of Fools tour. Many awaited in anticipation for the performances to come.

Extraordinary levels of performance and innovation have cemented black creatives as indispensable figures in the music industry.

As 2014 nostalgia is running rampant on TikTok, this year brought us many good love songs. Many of these remain iconic today and evoke nostalgia of Gen Z’s younger teenage years. Listening to these love songs this Valentine’s day will surely bring good vibes to the day. 1. “A Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay […]

Indie-pop is taking over the Houston music scene, and I honestly kinda like it. Elevator Days, a newer band, has been dominating the local scene with their song “Call Me When You Get Home.” The song itself has a garage band feel, it feels very authentic and raw, but with a touch of an upbeat […]

Last year, there was a period in time when all my favorite songs were titled “Satellite.” I have chosen to rank them to determine my favorite one.

The 80s bled with colors so bright you almost had to look away. With big hair, parties by night, and a societal progression towards a better world during the day, the 80s were about innovation in the most self-proclaimed way. The old records that your parents keep hold more secrets than you think. The roots […]

For one week only, the Hobby Center showcased Les Misérables, inspired by the classic novel written by Victor Hugo. Les Misérables, a highly successful sung-through pop opera known worldwide, has been making its way across America for quite some time now. This epic showcase has been pulling at the heartstrings of theater-lovers for over forty […]

There’s something really special about witnessing beginner artists in your own generation learning how to work on their craft, find their footing in the music industry and learning how to be a successful artist. I’ve picked out two such artists, both of whom I’ve been following long enough on the internet to understand how their […]

Get ready. In a little under two months, the South by Southwest Music Festival will be taking over the streets of Austin, Texas and we couldn’t be more excited. From March 11th to 16th, 2024, live music will be heard from almost every music venue in the downtown Austin area. It will be a great […]

The 2024 South by Southwest Music Festival occurs in Austin, Texas, from Monday, March 11, to Saturday, March 16, 2024. Throughout these five days, multiple showcasing artists from around the world will amaze attendees with outstanding performances. Artists spanning from Venezuela’s alt-rock group Rawayana to UK-based punk group Dry Cleaning and Spain’s indie group Hinds […]

It’s not often you hear a record that hits you like a brick yet floats with the gentleness of a feather. Daudi Matsiko’s The King of Misery is one of those records. Singer-songwriter Daudi Matsiko releases The King of Misery on January 19th. The British-Ugandan has collaborated with Thundercat and received praise from music figures […]

Spotify’s monthly listeners function gives people an idea of how popular an artist is with their users. With thousands of songs uploaded every day, it can be difficult for people to find smaller musicians. I want to share some bands I like with less than 50 thousand monthly listeners to give them a little more […]

House of Blues lit up excitedly as The Maine took over with their The Sweet Sixteen tour. A night full of incredible performances would soon begin.

It’s my time to shine – after 2 years at Coog Radio and the University of Houston, I have finally completed my degree plan and will be graduating with a master’s in Mass Communications. Everybody clap! It’s the end of the semester, and the final stretch for some. I’m not one to write personal homages […]

On December 1, 2023, Samara Joy McLendon, more frequently known as Samara Joy, graced everyone’s ears with her beautiful voice at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas. Following the release of her holiday EP, A Joyful Holiday, the two-time Grammy Award-winning jazz singer put on quite a show with her own spin on classic […]


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