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The Forest for the Trees: Khonnor

The Forest for the Trees: Khonnor

Connor Long (born July 24, 1986) is an electronic musician from St. Johnsbury, Vermont (originally from New London, New Hampshire) who releases music under the name Khonnor. He has published works under several other names, including Grandma, and I, Cactus. He uses low-tech instruments such as a cheap microphone and an old computer, an amp, […]

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360 Degree Digital Meditation

360 Degree Digital Meditation

by John Justice I awoke amidst a torrent of conflicting emotions. Circumstances days prior had extenuated and I found myself in the eye of a hurricane. As I got behind the wheel I focused my thoughts: “Today cannot bend to the will of disaster. Not today. Today is infinite and full of promise, because today… […]

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Unknown Legend: The Search for Rodriguez

Unknown Legend: The Search for Rodriguez

by Cayetano Garza Jr.  In 1967 an enigmatic Mexican-American folk singer named Rodriguez put out his first single “I’ll Slip Away” on a small label called Impact. Three years later he would sign to Sussex Records, an offshoot of a label called Buddah Records, and released two albums – Cold Fact in 1970 and Coming […]

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Making the Street Your Stage: Busking

Making the Street Your Stage: Busking

by Rachel Udow • illustration by Chuck Farmer Street performance, or “busking,” happens all over the world and dates back to antiquity. To gain a little more insight into busking and opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, I interviewed Prelude co-owner Angel Rodriguez. RU: Tell me about your experience with busking. AR: I’ve done a […]

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The Cicada’s Song: DeZorah

The Cicada’s Song: DeZorah

DeZorah is a band that defies classification. It is a conglomerate of four extremely talented and technically proficient musicians, each bringing with them an arsenal of musical knowledge and a deep love for sonic experimentation.

by Cayetano Garza Jr. • Photos by Jonathan Montemayor DeZorah drummer Trey Puga sports a bass drum head that has a line drawing of a cicada with the band’s name cleverly inscribed in the thorax of the insect. This image is apt in that much like the cicada, which after hatching burrows deep underground to […]

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Ok Robot

Ok Robot

OK Robot slips comfortably between the driving pop punk that they grew up listening to and playing a sound that hearkens back to the jingle jangle and buzz of acts like Superchunk, Pavement or Sonic Youth.

Bringing Back the Big Sound by Cayetano Garza Jr. • Photos by Tam Corbette • Cover photo by George Villarreal Every band has an evolution. Oftentimes the founding members are childhood friends who spent hours upon hours together sharing inspirations, learning how to play their instruments, perfecting their craft. Members come and go, gigs start to […]

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Revolution Through Impermanence

Revolution Through Impermanence

by John Justice I believe we are in a revolution. A revolution might seem big and loud, but this one is a bit more subtle. You see, revolution, in its heart, is a geometric term. In its most basic sense it describes a pattern of circular motion. Although, as monumental as it may sound, to […]

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10 tips for getting booked (and invited back!)

10 tips for getting booked (and invited back!)

by Rachel Udow Confession: five years ago, I didn’t have a clue about any of the information I’m about to share. I spent most of my free time hunched over my guitar in my bedroom, pouring my heart into songwriting. I told myself that the reason I only played at home was because I was […]

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The Four Most Country Albums by Non-Country Artists

The Four Most Country Albums by Non-Country Artists

These albums aren’t considered country albums. You won’t find them in the country section of a record store.

by Cayetano Garza Jr.  Arguably, the 70’s was a hotbed for what would eventually be labeled Country Rock by the 80’s and morph into what we now define as Americana. This genre designation is surprisingly vague as much as it is descriptive because it allowed enough leeway for aging 60’s rock and rollers and protest […]

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Sick/Sea

Sick/Sea

by John Justice On a commonly humid night in McAllen Texas, outside the famous Cine El Rey Theater, enCore publisher Daniel Wright and I pushed our way through the crowd, throwing elbows when we had to, and made our way backstage… where the rock-stars live. Hundreds of local youth, just like my friend and I, had come out to see […]