Prodigal Prodigy :: Nosaprise Returns With ‘Vamanos’

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There are artists that are able to step away from the spotlight for a while, but are never truly gone.  Houston-based visionary Nosaprise is definitely one of those artists.  As his musical career was beginning to take off, Nosaprise suddenly found inspiration in several other aspects of his life that required immediate attention.  After yoga afforded him an opportunity to travel the world, and after successfully beginning a family, Nosaprise was able to bring all of that worldly knowledge gained back to his musical craft.  His music was always compelling, but now there is a growth and a depth to it that only awareness of the larger world and larger consciousness can bring… with his latest single Vamanos he is bravely experimental, bold in his statements, and thought-provoking in his delivery.  Hopefully this is just a taste of what lies ahead for Nosaprise, as his return is very welcome.

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Upward Bound :: Cameron Elise Releases ‘Home To The Hounds’ In Memory Of Merlin Luck

Even in our times of glory, tragedy can strike.  It is on us to determine how we accept these tragedies, how we process them, and how we move forward.  Cameron Elise, currently in the process of recording songs for an upcoming project, took a moment to commemorate the recent passing of San Marcos-based bluesman Merlin Luck via Home to the Hounds, a somber ode to making sure you leave as strong an impact as you can before you move on.  The song not only serves as a tribute to a man who left it all on the stage every time he played, but as a reminder to the rest of us to do the same while he have the opportunity to.

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Seismic Sounds :: Bird Peterson And Shack Baker Drop ‘Floor Shaker’

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Bird Peterson is the man right now… there appears to be no end in sight to his continual rise and his constant stream of quality output.  Bird recently announced the upcoming release of his new album Infinity Molasses, and to put a ripple in the waters so that waves can be created, he’s dropped the single Floor Shaker.  Bird‘s production sets the table for Shack Baker to lyrically serve the listeners, then Bird jumps back in and builds up the track to a wonderful release, allowing Shack to show us the way out and back to our everyday lives.  If Floor Shaker is an indication of what Infinity Molasses will be, I think I’m ready for the ride.

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Personal Touch :: Poolboi Blu Displays Remix Skill With ‘Pikachu’ Single

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The weekend is almost upon us, and nothing can help boost your weekend like good tunes.  The homie poolboi blu is hip to this fact, so he stays dropping mixes, new tracks, and on occasion, remixes.  This go-round, he’s taken Vai Toma by MC Pikachu and turned it into a fun, bouncy track (one that he’s been integrating into the live sets quite effectively lately).  It’s hard to hear this song and not smile just a little bit at least.  Give it a listen, a comment, and a share to help boost those stats, and keep supporting your favorite local creatives.

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Upward Momentum :: Fort Never Drops ‘Fly High’ Video

Alejandro Jodorowsky would be proud of Fort Never.  The group, known for their deeply emotive and thought-provoking music, decided to take on the monumental task of making the music video for Fly High an homage to the cult classic The Holy Mountain,  and I’m here to tell you that they did it justice.  The track is moving, with its heavy percussion, chanting and soul-stirring sitar work, all wonderfully supporting Chantell Moody‘s lyrics about learning to let go of the steering wheel and let fate be the pilot.  For a band with such a small video catalog at the moment, the strides they are making from video to video are making that catalog quite the formidable one.  Definitely a video of the year contender.  Props to Fort Never and Travis Hoggard, director of the video, for their stellar work.

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Making Waves :: Red Comet Enlists Poolboi Blu For ‘Wavy’

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Watching poolboi blu ascend the ladder of success has been fun.  The last few times I’ve been through his spot, he’s played me tracks and spoke of plans for upcoming songs and projects.  Even when he’s laying out the gameplan, however, he keeps a few things to himself so that the element of surprise is not eliminated.  That’s why when I noticed he produced a single for Red Comet, the incredibly infectious Wavy, it caught my attention.  Red Comet was spitting, and the beat was hitting, then poolboi stepped to the mic with some solid bars of his own.  Needless to say, I was impressed all the way around.  Check this one out, because I think it just found its way into the Doomsday mix cycle.

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Opening Statements :: Manners Releases Debut EP

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After putting in a year or two of solid gigging and songwriting, the San Marcos-based trio Manners has finally released their debut project, a self-titled EP.  The 5-song collection showcases the band’s ability to write songs that are cutting in their introspection while still maintaining a tone of humor (albeit it, a very sharp humor).  The band has a playful energy, but the songs focus on topics such as promiscuity, self-doubt at the expense of putting someone on a pedestal, trust and heavy hitters of that nature.  The garage-rock feel of the recordings make the songs connectable due to their honesty and rawness.  For a debut project, Manners shows a lot of potential for the band… hopefully it leads to future projects.

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