The city of San Marcos, Texas 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 Coffeehouse, Chief 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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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…
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 Marcos, Texas, 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 Clientele, Yo 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.
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.”
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San Marcos icon Furly Travis has always been a creative spirit. His music pushes all kinds of creative boundaries, his painting style has a deceptive depth to it that is not always obvious upon first viewing, and there has always been an experimental film director budding within him. Recent creative stints with indie director Jeffrey Garcia seemed to have stoked those flames within Furly, and The Failed Artist is the first of many flames to catch fire. The short film is a David Lynch-esque view into the search for inspiration, and even with its amplified narrative, them film is very easy to relate to on a gut level. If this is the first of what are hopefully many creative endeavors, I am curious as to what the future holds in store.
San Marcos, just like it’s big brother city Austin, is showing a wealth of creative and talented folks on the verge of making a name for themselves in 2017. JMac the Dragon‘s recent release, The Human Element, was a wonderful exploration of the ups and downs of our daily walk, and the video for the title track is a wonderful piece of art that reflects the sentiments of the album. Featuring a host of guest verses from Aye Cue, Frank Villa and CA the Commoner (who also directed the video), this track and video are instant classics. Dope for real.
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San Marcos has produced a thriving scene of musicians that have seamlessly blended the folk, bluegrass and punk aesthetic into a sound so natural it’s surprising it is not a thriving sound already. One of the frontrunners of this scene is the raucous outfit known as 36″ Wheels. Last winter, they hunkered down in the studio, and the result is their debut release, Spit On It. Done in 2 days of broken strings, fighting through illness and leaving it all on the studio floor, this project is one that will remain with you long after the last notes of the last song have faded, and it will certainly enhance your experience of their live show.