Faster Than Sound: Unboxing Harry Styles’ Austin Race With The Professor Teaching Him A Lesson: Texas State’s Dr. Louie Dean Valencia Offers A Crash Course In The Harry Verse – Music

Texas State’s Dr. Valencia at a Harry Styles concert in Madrid in July (Courtesy of Dr. Louie Dean Valencia)

Prepare for an influx of feather boas and bells later this month. From September 25 to October 3, British superstar Harry Styles adorns our new shiny Moody Center with a series of six performances – increased from five at the request of one of the most popular musicians on the planet. Austin joins New York, Los Angeles, Toronto and Chicago on dates booked around the former A direction the member’s third solo album, Harry’s house. Launched around $100, very limited ticket master availability is now around $600 a pop.

For an overview of local Harry-verse convergence, “faster than sound“looks to the world’s very first Styles teacher, state of texasit is Dr. Louie Dean Valencia. Although the Associate Professor of Digital History course won’t launch until this spring, the announcement made international headlines. Since most of us won’t be lucky enough to earn a place in Valencia’s class or Styles’ ecstatic audience, study below. (This conversation took place before whether or not the star spat on Chris Pine to Venice Film Festival.)

Austin Chronicle: How many nights are you leaving?

Dr. Louie Dean Valencia: Three nights. So half of them, what I thought was reasonable, sort of. I’m currently working on a book about Harry, and I want to compare audience experiences, so I have one day in the pit and two sitting.

THAT : His North American tour is made up of 42 shows in just five cities. Why might this residency format interest him?

VLD: He didn’t do a solo tour here in Austin [since 2017 at the Moody Theater], so I think that’s part of the plot. Houston, San Antonio, Dallas – they all got shows [in 2021]. A lot of musicians right now, including Harry, are trying to think of a more environmentally friendly way to tour. One way is to stay in one place and have people come to you at their own pace. I know people from other cities in Texas who are planning to come by car. It’s a bit difficult, because of the progressive pricing of tickets.

THAT : I saw the “dynamic pricing” of Bruce Springsteen tickets. How did it go here?

VLD: It’s a new model to limit scalping, or at least it’s Ticketmaster’s way of dealing with it. Suppose you are interested in tickets for the stands – you can either go for the cheapest or the most expensive. They were all released at the same time. If you went for the higher price, you were more likely to get it because fewer people were willing to start high. This has a lot of fans stressed, seeing the chatter online.

THAT : In July, your Twitter post announcing your class went viral with over 10,000 likes.

VLD: The course is called “Harry Styles and the Cult of Celebrity: Identity, the Internet and European Pop Culture”, and the fact that such attention was drawn to a class of 20 students shows the power of celebrity. Last I saw it was covered by over 200 major mainstream media sources around the world: BBC, NBC. These sources knew: it’s clicks. The class is [about media], so there will definitely be a week dedicated to class announcement. It’s going to become a kind of meta.

THAT : What makes this Harry’s big moment?

VLD: He’s probably been the most active major touring artist of the last couple of years and has two big films on the way – don’t worry darling and my policeman. [In Dec. 2020]he was the first guy on the cover of vogue solo and wearing a dress. He’s aware of what people think is the future of masculinity, but he also makes public statements about social issues, like he pledged about a million dollars from that American tour for the prevention of armed violence. He’s not the only one saying these things, but he’s a great voice.

THAT : What is the relationship between Harry and his Texas fans?

VLD: When Harry was in Texas last fall he donned a pink cowboy hat which a fan threw on stage – which I noticed [kept happening] at almost all European concerts. This summer I went to gigs in Manchester, Paris and Madrid, and was shocked to see hundreds of fans wearing pink cowboy hats. It’s a very specific “Texas to the world” thing that we can see.

THAT : The New York Times was mildly critical of her recent dates at Madison Square Garden.

VLD: Often critics say, “Well, this isn’t the show you thought it would be.” For example, I like Adele, and you go to an Adele show to listen to her. A Harry show, you go there to interact with him – who are totally different types of performers. So if you’re expecting some kind of musical attention, Harry might not be the best gig for you.

First-year Infinite Hellscape Fest connects Austin and West Texas

Showing the tendency for band names to lean into either cosmic dream or despondent punk, when the Austin troops the Infinites and virgin hellscape teamed up for a show in West Texas last summer they jokingly called it the Infinite Hellscape Tour.

Interstate Musical Friendship and Solidarity Act Extends to First Year Infinite Hellscape Festival from Thursday to next Saturday. Three days of concerts on the road span across Austin (September 15 to A bit tropical), Marathon (Sept. 16 to French company grocer) and Fort Davis (September 17 to Castle Wright). The Austin and Marathon shows offer separate tickets for $10, while the main event of Fort Davis runs $40 with discounts for West Texans.

With food trucks, free camping, and swimming in the vineyard reservoir, Saturday’s main event begins with Little Mazarnis minimalist folk and Alexaloneis a heavy soundscape. from Austin Shit and shine, More from Eaze, felt, god shelland more extend from 2:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Naturally, Thursday’s local kickoff will feature surfer pop guitar specialists the Infinites, including festival organizers Sam Jordan (Alexalone), Jared Leibowich (The Zoltars), and Dan LeVine (Ghetto Ghouls) – alongside Blank Hellscape industrial noisemakers. This last group features other festival runners Ethan Billups, Max estimatesand Andre Nogay. Other Kinda Tropical artists include The lonely woman and heaven ahead of the festival’s main mission: to bring a bunch of beloved local artists together in the desert.

“The festival is focused on fostering connections between the creative communities of Austin and Far West Texas,” writes the Marfa-based artist. Shea Carley. “Both of these regions are hotspots for art and music, and we wanted to unify these communities and celebrate the unique qualities of each…including post punk, experimental electronics, hardcore, author- singer-songwriter, rock and ambient folk.”

Organizers Carley and Michel Stangl providing the connection to the west, alongside artists like W. Creeves, Ross Cashiola, Andrew Weatherand relocation Marijuana Sweet Tooth. Infinites drummer Jordan adds: “The goal is not to make a profit, but to provide a safe environment for friends and artists to experience music, art, food and nature. “


I’m torn between a excited Bowie or sad Alex G. (“I don’t like how things change“) nods for this note, because I feel them all. Our always charismatic the Chronicle music editor Kevin Curtin retires to focus on his family (but happily continues to write for us). As such, I’m stepping up — but not until the September 29 issue, where you’ll hear more about the change behind the pages. Until then, the music news continues!

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