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Make Tracks :: Riders Against The Storm (RAS) Present ‘UPLIFTED’ Pilot

Austin-based hip-hop outfit Riders Against the Storm (RAS) are truly an inspiration in regards to how you can take your passion and let it lead you to new opportunities.  The latest of these opportunities includes the recent filming and release of a pilot series titled UPLIFTED where (RAS) travel around the country (and eventually the globe) interviewing people of note.  The pilot showcases an interview and birthday party for East Austin resident Richard Overton, who recently turned 112, making him the oldest living man in America and the third oldest in the world.  WIth such a strong episode ride out of the gate, I am looking forward to seeing what else the crew can cook up.

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Bonded Souls :: Fum Fum Ko Release ‘No Sleep No Breaks’

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Austin-based director Fum Fum Ko‘s long awaited film collaboration with blakchyl and chiclopz of Mindz of a Different Kind (MDK) is now available and streaming on Facebook.  No Sleep No Breaks is a heartfelt story of two creative spirits excited about an opportunity to document their art, and the anticipation of this opportunity.  The film is set against the backdrop of East Austin (mostly), showcasing an area of the town that does not get the love it deserves.  Definitely give the film a like and a share, check it out, and let Fum Fum Ko know what you think about it!

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Soulful Takes :: YUMA Presents Live Video For ‘Ozy’

When it comes to shooting live videos, it’s hard not to fall into the vast trap of relying on tropes : biggest stage and venue possible, screaming fans, slow motion, black & white intercut with color, and so on.  It’s refreshing to see bands like YUMA collaborate with visual artists such as Corey Kline in attempts to stretch the boundaries of what defines conventional presentations.  For example, their live video for Ozy consists of the band located in a warehouse somewhere in East Austin.  A variety of lamps and film lights are used to illuminate them, and the audio was captured live.  The camera floats through the situation, capturing every member of the band working together and vibing in their respective spaces.  A video like this should certainly bring them attention in anticipation for the release of their upcoming EP later this year.

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