ACL is Just Around the Corner

98998_lgI know it’s only Wednesday, but we’re two days away from ACL Weekend One! I’m probably overly excited for this; it’s been awhile since I’ve attended the Austin City Limits Music Festival. I skipped last year’s, but once I saw the lineup for 2015, I knew I had to go.

The main reason I’m eager to go this year is because several of the artists that are playing have been on my to-see list for a long time. It was a no-brainer once the lineup was announced, so I bought my 3-day wristband right away.


Artists I’m most excited to see: Drake, Foo Fighters, Disclosure, Daughter, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Brandon Flowers, Years & Years, Classixx, and The Strokes (never seen any of them except for The Strokes –who are amazing live!).

To those first timers, I’ve compiled a small list of survival tips for ACL. It may or may not help you, but I know I’ve had to deal with these in the past, so I decided to share them anyways.

Things to know before attending ACL:

  1. If you’re not from Texas, be mentally and physically prepared for the Texas heat! It’s going to be really hot. Make smart choices and hydrate yourself during the festival. Especially if you plan on drinking cold beer and/or wine. Don’t forget to sip some water!
  2. Now that the festival has grown, you’ll be dealing with A LOT of people. Plan your schedule beforehand, and take it with you to the festival. This will make it easier to coordinate and see your favorite artists without facing many problems (if any).
  3. If you’re a tobacco smoker, make sure to buy a full pack of cigarettes and wait to open it once you’re inside the festival. A lot of people get their packs thrown away if they’re open for various security measures.
  4. Last–but not least–it’s always good to look at the information page on the ACL website. It’s a really good guideline of things that are and aren’t allowed at the festival. It sucks when you take your professional camera and find out they’re not allowed for non-press people. Yes, that was a lesson I quickly learned.

Cloak & Dagger Music Festival

This past weekend couldn’t have been better. It had been a while since I attended a music festival, and now that ACL is just around the corner, the Cloak & Dagger Music Festival in Dallas was basically my sample before Austin City Limits Music Festival. It actually had a pretty good line up, and it was particularly interesting to listen to new musicians.

The line up looked something like this:


I know, right?! Be jealous.

Two different venues were used for this festival… not sure if this was a good or a bad thing. However, there was a pretty nice shuttle that drove around every 15 minutes to take you from one venue to the other. It had the vibe of a party bus.

I started at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill around 4 o’clock-ish. I had one or maybe two delicious frozen margaritas that I enjoyed with the amazing Dallas weather (it’s not always amazing) and listened to music I love. And there was just the right amount of people where it was easy to enjoy good music, socialize, dance and just have a couple of drinks.

Touch Sensitive, Christian Martin, and Treasure Fingers are some of the artists I IMG_0184saw at this venue. A pretty electric and good vibes type of atmosphere surrounded the evening. Definitely an awesome day to meet new people.

I left a little bit before Treasure Fingers finished his set to head over to Gas Monkey Live. XXYYXX was playing right after him but there was one other individual I had to see, A-trak. The EDM crew was playing at this big and more night-time type of venue. Not many people were there, but that’s why it was easy to dance the night away without bumping into anyone.

Basically everything was going as planned, and the night was just getting started. A-trak was closing that night, and I’ve always enjoyed A-trak’s shows. Other great artists that played before him were also dope, including Pomo, Branchez and Destructo. Each one of them had their own thing going on–very unique. And I really enjoyed Pomo’s performance… yes, I was that girl Shazaming in the crowd. Destructo’s pineapples scenery made me feel as if I was somewhere tropical like Hawaii.

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In sum, the festival was great, and I hadn’t had that much fun in a while. It reminded of me of why I love the music scene so much. It’s always a good time when there’s good music playing and good people to share it with. Live shows are my antidote.

Justin Martin at It’ll Do Club

1904142_667815799942598_215524503_nHuge fans of house music, underground music, deep house music, or all of the above, know that Justin Martin has it all figured out. FYI: This past weekend I made my biggest record on FitBit, with 17k steps on Saturday, thanks to this dude. I honestly had the best time, especially because my best friends came to visit me in Dallas.

This past Saturday, July 18th, Justin Martin — DJ and producer — played at It’ll Do Club. Dallas locals who love dancing to good music know that this place has the best DJs. Once you walk through the door you know you’re bound to have a good time. It’s one of those places where worrying is not allowed. You don’t have to worry about your outfit, snobby individuals, or mean bouncers. It’ll Do offers a relaxed atmosphere so you can dance the night away with friends, have fun, and meet new people.

Anyway, this was my second time seeing Justin Martin live. I saw him a couple of months ago at CRSSD Fest in San Diego, CA. However, I honestly didn’t enjoy it Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 6.58.36 PMas much as I did on Saturday. There were numerous people who drove from different cities just to see him play. I met people from Oklahoma, others took Justin M. a gigantic pizza from Serious Pizza –a well known Dallas pizza place– and an emo toy baby. Not gonna lie, the pizza looked delicious and well the baby was kinda creepy, but kind of cool at the same time.

Of course, he played my favorite song at the end –Stay– and my phone decided to have trouble issues. I wish I could’ve recorded it all, but at least I took a short snap of it. Overall, the night was a success and I know I’m not the only one who10171172_681936595197185_537150216947766869_n enjoyed it. There was definitely a lot going on all in one place. I’m still kind of curious as to where the pizza ended up.

If you haven’t listened to Justin Martin or never been to It’ll Do, I highly recommend you do both. Never expect anything to go the way you plan, because it’s likely it will turn out way better than expected.

Favorite and known songs: Function, Stay, and Don’t Go.

Amy Winehouse Documentary: A Funny, Emotional and Incredible Film

As many already know, Amy Winehouse’s documentary, Amy, was released a tumblr_nlenar37UU1qcv6efo1_1280few weeks ago in the U.S. And, as a side note for those who don’t know me, one of my hobbies includes watching musicians/artists’ documentaries. I’ve always enjoyed watching movies related to the music industry. It’s only one of the ways I get inspired to learn more about the inner workings of the industry, and my interests range anywhere from Grease to Kurt Cobain’s documentary —Montage of Heck.

Of course, as soon as I got the opportunity to go see “Amy,” I did. And I loved it. I laughed, I jammed to her music, and I cried. Indeed, it’s one of those films that makes you feel a whirlpool of emotions, mostly because of its transparency and the way it described so much about Amy’s life and journey as an artist. I learned various interesting things for the first time, and I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the film.

tumblr_noo5n9XUpT1r3ptbfo1_540Main reason I loved the movie and why I would recommend it to everyone: the way it changed the way I saw Amy. I don’t only see her as the incredible and unique artist that she was, but I also now see her as a human being, as someone as true and real as any other human being. It’s easy to see artists and musicians
tumblr_nr3djlVQar1sjnjeco1_1280as idols, but it’s sometimes hard to see them as normal people because they live completely different lives from us. It is hard for us, as an audience, to divorce the famous figure from the human being, and that is what this film accomplished in so many different ways. There are scenes in the movie that genuinely reflect how she felt towards her idols, lovers, and some moments where she enjoyed being her goofy self.

I don’t want to be that person that spoils the movie for everyone, but I do have to say this: GO WATCH THE MOVIE! Even if you were never a big fan of Amy Winehouse, it’s a movie I think everyone would enjoy. It was definitely refreshing to see different types of people when I walked to the movie theater. I never expected to see older generations at this film, which I thought was very cool. Knowing that this film is capable of attracting generations of music lovers inspires me to believe in the power of music, and most importantly, its timelessness.

Amy is a funny, emotional, and incredible film. It’s the type of film you may not expect much from as soon as you find yourself sitting down, but it is one that youtumblr_nqq0i9MsGH1s3y9slo1_r1_500 (1) will surely cherish in the end. Highly recommended this film to family, friends, and fellow music lovers, as it is one that is likely to enhance your life perspective.

AMY Trailer:

DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith Directs Sky Ferreira’s Music Video


Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 11.02.22 PMSky Ferreira’s boyfriend Zachary Cole Smith from the band DIIV directs her latest music video –Omanko– from album “My Time, My Time”. I guess they decided to change it up a bit after Ferreira’s latest accomplishments after releasing her first album. Now that Ferreira is catching many others’ attention with her music this video best categorizes her relationship with boyfriend Smith together with her lifestyle.

Her new album’s name will be “Masochism” and I can’t wait to hear more about it. Hopefully we won’t have to wait forever and new music will be out soon.

Beatles Fan? This is a Must See!

I grew up listening to The Beatles thanks to my dad and since then I’ve always loved their music. “Nowhere Boy” perfectly summarizes the beginning of John Lennon’s life and what later became the iconic band of The Beatles. I’ve seen this movie so many times that I have lost count. Plus, Aaron Taylor Johnson –who is such a hottie– does an incredible job. You can find the movie on Netflix! Here’s a little sneak peak:

CRSSD FEST at San Diego

Even though it’s been a while since I attended the CRSSD Fest at San Diego, I wanted to share my experience and some of the pictures I took on the trip. So one of the main reasons I decided to go to this festival was to finally see Pleasure State, which is of my favorite groups right now. Also, the lineup itself was incredible, many great artists played that weekend, such as: Maceo Plex, Bixel Boys, Jamie Jones, Hot Natured and Seth Troxler. IMG_9964 One of the best highlights of the festival was that it wasn’t very big, so it was very easy to walk to different stages and see all of the artists you wanted to see without choosing one over the other. That’s one of the downfalls of attending music festivals, when they schedule two of your favorite artists to play at the same time and on opposite sides, which sucks. Yet, CRSSD Fest was very different from previous festivals I’ve attended. It was a lot more chill and soothing because even though there was a lot of people,IMG_0001 there wasn’t as many where you felt like you were suffocating. Plus, the view was beautiful specially in the afternoons with California’s incredible sunsets. Even though it was a very hot weekend it was a very magical one as well. Coming from a girl who has lived in Texas all of her life, I was excited for that Cali weather, which wasn’t what I was expecting. The weather was very VERY hot. Good thing the festival was at the Waterfront Park, which has several fountains where people would go get wet. I never actually did it, but was very tempted to. IMG_9978 So now to the good stuff. The music was amazing! My favorite set was probably the Bixel Boys B2B Viceroy. It was the first time I saw all of them live and it was definitely the best out of all of the others I saw. They had such a good vibe going on and everybody was having such a good time, including myself. Pleasure State played right after their set and they were awesome! This stage –The Palms– was actually my favorite of all; it’s where I had the most fun! Jamie Jones B2B IMG_0170Seth Troxler was right after Pleasure State, so that basically says it all. This stage had all the good stuff going on and being a small stage makes it even better. I love being close to artists when playing and having that personal interaction with them, even though they’re doing their own thing. Plus, I got to meet Anabel Englund right after her Pleasure State set and she’s very cool with an awesome personality.

I’ll finish up telling you about Maceo Plex B2B Shall Ocin set. People were in a different dimension thrown in their own world of underground music. I’ve always had a thing for individuals who are completely devoted to focusing on the music –the sound, the bass, the melody. It’s something that inspires me when listening to music or attending music festivals. IMG_0264Music is such a powerful thing and can transform individuals or change their state of mind for at least a couple of hours. This set had all of these things. People were dancing,  feeling the beat every single second.

You can check out all of the pictures I took here.