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BALLADS AND BLUES: Sophomores King Perez-Cude and Joaquín Frazier, from the student band Red River Trucking Company, play a set of country-rock tunes, including traditional bluegrass tunes, Chris Stapleton’s “Midnight Train to Memphis” and an original song called “Ballad of an Outlaw Fugitive” at the Mr. Myers send-off concert. “We’re a rock band usually, but we have a lot of old school country and blues elements, so we decided to go acoustic,” Frazier said. He describes their style as complicated. “We’re kind of all over the place, but I would say blues or southern rock with some serious country and psychedelic influences,” Frazier said. Although he never met Mr. Myers, Frazier wanted to perform in honor of him. “[I] never got to know Mr. Myers, but I’ve heard great things he had done for our friends, and we wanted to play in honor of him,” he said. “We put together a short set together the night before and decided to go for it.” Reporting by Lucy Marco.

You name it. Red River Trucking Co. plays it.

Julian Magee and Evelyn Griffin May 16, 2022

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 8, Part 1: Red River Trucking Co. Sophomores Joaquín Frazier and King Perez Cude had been pals since the dawn of time, but it didn’t dawn on them to start...

Lucas shares that they find it more difficult to be on stage as a musician as opposed to a thespian because they are sharing their own story. The worst fear of all, Lucas admits, is being fake in any way in their music.

Jessie Lucas stays true to themself through their lyrics

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 7, Part 2 -- Jessie Lucas Jesse Lucas’ upcoming album will be titled Ignition, but the singer-songwriter thinks another name for it could be The Jessie Show. “It’s...

Lucas has to admit theyre getting better all the time

Lucas has to admit they’re getting better all the time

 macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 7 -- Jesse Lucas, Part 1 Jessie Lucas’s songwriting has grown up with them. “The first song I ever wrote was in sixth grade,” they said. “I drew...

Robin Kulhaneks most recent release, “Siren,” was inspired by a toxic friendship: “The only way they could get me to stay friends with them was by talking and talking and making me believe.”

For Kulhanek, music a way to cope and to connect

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 6: Robin Kuhlhanek a.k.a. Spacedevil To Robin Kulhanek, known as “Spacedevil” on Spotify, music is a tool to work through his emotions. “Talking myself...

After graduating from McCallum in 2015, Elena Villalón studied at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. At age 21, she won the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, one of the top opera competitions in the world.

Ella Villalón to star as Susanna in Austin Opera’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ in next chapter of eventful career

Samantha Powers and Theo Roe November 4, 2021

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 5 -- Elena Villalon Elena Villalón realized early that she wanted to pursue her passion for singing as a career. A class of 2015 alumna, she sang in the McCallum...

Over their two pandemic albums, Baxter Low, the self-proclaimed “musician/occultist/aspiring artist,” has seen their sound improve and evolve into what they call “cosmic folk pop.”

A songwriter first, Baxter Low views their lyrics as a dialogue with the subconscious mind

Theo Roe, Alysa Spiro, and Evelyn Griffin September 5, 2021

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, Episode 4 -- Baxter Low Baxter Lowrimore has always struggled with time. “Whether it's moving too fast or moving too slowly,” they said, “time and I have never...

Let’s talk disordered eating and rape culture

Samantha Powers, audio engineer June 15, 2021

In part 2 of the latest episode of Real Talk, junior Samantha Powers, freshman Alice Scott, sophomore Malia Walewski, sophomore Leah Gordon, junior Keely McNab, junior Kendall Smith, senior Erin Toliver,...

Internalized misogyny is everywhere, and it’s a big deal

Samantha Powers, audio engineer June 13, 2021

In the latest episode of Real Talk, junior Samantha Powers, freshman Alice Scott, sophomore Malia Walewski, sophomore Leah Gordon, junior Keely McNab, junior Kendall Smith, senior Erin Toliver, and host...

Expanding Black History Month activities have been a positive step, but those activities should be accessible to all Mac students and should take place throughout the year.

Celebrating Black history should be a year-round thing

Theo Roe and Bobby Currie April 21, 2021

 macshieldonline · Real Talk, Episode 2: The essential importance of Black History Month In the latest episode of Real Talk, sophomore Caytie Brown, freshman Serena Galloway-Mark, senior Zakiya Robertson,...

The panelists agreed that encouraging diverse perspectives in the classroom is essential but also that such exchanges need to happen organically to avoid tokenism and putting minority speakers uncomfortably on the spot. Mr. Myers said the pandemic has actually helped create safer spaces for this to happen by allowing more indirect ways to communicate in the online classroom.

Being actively anti-racist is sometimes uncomfortable

Theo Roe and Javier Vela January 23, 2021

macshieldonline · Real Talk Podcast: Episode 1, Part 2 In a continuation of episode one of Real Talk, host, Javier Vela, joined by Mac Student Leaders, Emily Arndt and Bobby Currie as well as English...

In the debut episode of MacJournalisms new podcast, Real Talk, host Javier Vela interviews Emily Arndt, Bobby Currie, and Mr. Meyers about student equity at McCallum and what the real differences are between AP and regs classrooms.

New podcast covers equity, the AP classroom and more

Theo Roe and Javier Vela November 16, 2020

 On the first episode of Real Talk, host Javier Vela is joined by Mac Student Leaders Emily Arndt and Bobby Currie (all members of the student equity panel that spoke to teachers in August), as well...

During his in-depth interview on the Feedback Loop, senior Jay Mathis discusses the influences that together helped him create a new sound for his first EP Vampire. Photo by Brooke Ellisor. Graphic by Theo Roe.

Mathias’ new sound all about experimenting, having fun

Evelyn Griffin, Theo Roe, and Alysa Spiro October 18, 2020

macshieldonline · Feedback Loop, episode 3 -- Jay Mathias Jay Mathias wants you to think his music is weird.  In this episode of the Feedback Loop podcast, hosts Alysa Spiro and Evelyn Griffin...

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