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Curating Culture :: Faylita Hicks, Arrondi Creative Productions, Ripple Market And Much More

Poet, songwriter and photographer Faylita Hicks has always had vision.  Over the past year or two, I have watched her become inspired, crystallize her vision into the formation of Arrondi Creative Productions, and slowly make headway towards unification of the artists and businesspeople of San Marcos.  With events like The Ripple Market and more becoming regular installations in the scene, the hope for artists to be able to make a living wage in this creative oasis is slowly turning from dream to reality.  Be sure to support Faylita HicksSplash Coworkings, and all of the creative endeavors that exist and are sure to come.

-chief

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Playing Around :: Been Drops Video For ‘Board Games’

Been, currently based out of San Marcos, recently dropped a dope video for his single Board Games.  The video compliments the song very well… the laid-back demeanor that sets up the immediacy of the content… the unique style (as well as a little Rollerblade flexing, which I’ve seen Been do as I’ve driven by)… the sense of humor found in the serious musings… this one is pretty solid all the way around.  I’ll definitely be on the lookout for more content in the future.

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Celebration Days :: The PNTHN’s Video Recap Of ‘[from disorder…]’ Release Party

Shout out to The PNTHN for all that they have accomplished in 2017.  The year has found the crew exploring their dynamic via music videos, live performances, and recently, the release of [from disorder…].  This release was recently celebrated at The Good Stuff Community Store in San Marcos, and a brief (but vivid) video of the event was captured by @kingChu__ & @camo_15.  Enjoy, and keep your eyes/ears open for more goodness from the crew.

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Culture Foundations :: New ‘Escapism Plan’ Promo Hits The Internet

The city of San MarcosTexas has been through many changes over the past decade or so.  There has been nearly enough turnaround in regards to the population of the town that past events such as Electric Mayhem that defined the scene are forgotten, if not completely unknown.  Therefore, when a venue steps up to take a chance at locking down an event that will help define the direction of the scene and the culture, it’s on the people to take notice and support.  Tantra CoffeehouseChief and TheDoomsdayDevice and Bad Ingredients have teamed up to provide their respective talents and help create Escapism Plan… Tantra provides the atmosphere (as well as the infamous Happy Minutes specials that bookend the event and the newly instituted discount on all Hops and Grains beers during the night), Chief Doomsday spins a vast array of hip-hop, and Bad Ingredients sets up their infamous pop-up record shop with their ever-rotating inventory.  Friday nights, no cover, and all ages… what’s not to love?

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Local Hero :: Jim Govea Releases ‘Vinsky’ On The Masses

Like a shot of adrenaline from out of nowhere, San Marcos-based director Jim Govea has upped the stakes for any budding action director with the release of Vinsky, a cyber-punk 80’s action flick based around the titular detective.  Everything about the aesthetic of this project is shot on, and some of the stunts are downright crazy.  This is truly an entertaining piece of DIY art that is certainly worth your time.  Give it a like, give it a share, and who knows… maybe with enough subscribers, we may see the return of Vinsky at some point in the future…

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New Perspectives :: The Outlook Release Their Self-Titled Debut EP

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Summer will soon transition into Fall, and as that annual change approaches, musical soundscapes tend to shift as well.  Gone are the party-driven turn-up anthems, and ushered in are more introspective and relaxing sounds.  the outlook, based out of San MarcosTexas, seem to be way ahead of the sound curve with the release of their self-titled debut EP.  This short but powerful set of songs echos bands the likes of The ClienteleYo La Tengo, and a score of other underground rock and roll champions.  I am looking forward to catching a live show, or hoping that visual material is put to some of these songs.  Give it a listen, a share, a download, and maybe a buck or two if you so choose.

-chief

Hazy Daze :: Grin & Bear It Releases ‘God, The Devil, And The Law’

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When summer transitions to fall, the days (and the shadows) start to get a little longer.  The heat slowly rolls out, and ushers in an era of slightly less heat.  In addition to the seasons, the musical shift tends to happen as well… the party music starts to take a backseat, and the introspective music starts to take hold right before we all shack up for the winter.  San Marcos-based signer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Corbin Young, with the help of a small rotating ensemble, has helped us all out by dropping a set of songs that will become part of that transitional soundtrack.  Grin & Bear It is the project name, and the release is titled God, the Devil, and the Law.  In the words of the creator himself :

“Here are some things I’ve thought, life is crazy, and to survive it I believe you’ve gotta be a bit crazy yourself.”

-chief