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Nathan Quiroz  Guitarist for Within Ophir Artist Highlight of the Week     Bio: "My name is Nathan Quiroz, and I am the guitarist of Within Ophir. I go to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, majoring in Kinesiology, and made a name for myself in the music department at UTPB as well. I will be graduating university on December 17th, and pursue a career in coaching sports. My musical upbringing started when I was around 8 or 9 listening to all kinds of music. Music was always a big part of my life, as my household was full...

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Iconic. My Pierce The Veil era was a wonderfully depressing time for thirteen year old me. PTV had their own unique sound. Catchy “mexicore” riffs, metalcore influenced breakdowns, and let’s not forget the wildly varying vocal range of the one and only, Vic Fuentes. Previously known as, Before Today, Pierce the Veil’s success amplified in 2012 after signing to Fearless Records and later dropping their most famous album, Collide With the Sky. Good thing the world didn’t end. AMIRITE?! I can single handedly say PTV had an enormous impact on the youth in the music scene. This entire album is based on personal experiences from Vic coming from a broken home, self-infliction, and the heartache he endured throughout his teen years. Things that many, including myself, resonated with.

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We asked our new writer, Nick Ruiz, to share his feelings around a song that someone special showed to him.  “Cruise” by Saeyers. A shared song is a jar and the moment is a firefly. The right song captures both the memory and sentiment during that era of your life. When a great song is shared with you, it solidifies that day as strengthening your bond with that person as it is now meaningful for you both. Searching for the perfect song to drive along to is a universal impulse that helped me bond with my sister in this situation....

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  At just about every show I’ve been to over the last six months, there has been a recurring theme of gratitude beaming from the stage. Hearing “We are so happy we can finally be here with you tonight” expelling from the PA in multiple cities. Huge smiles smeared across the faces of these musicians that have been stuck in a strange place of suddenly not having any work and losing their ability to share their craft with the world that has missed it dearly. “I had to get a real job back home, which COVID caused me to end...

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  Reader Discretion is advised Voice of Hope Matt Duenes       This month we really want to highlight guitarist for Be: Ok and Through Life, Matt Duenes. Also known as a community relations coordinator at Voice Of Hope in Lubbock, Texas. Matt is a pretty incredible individual. Dad, husband, and guitarist by night and sexual abuse advocate by day. Duenes works for the second ever rape crisis center that was founded in 1975 in Texas. Voice of Hope advocates for victims of sexual assault and sex trafficking. This organization offers a wide range of services free to victims...

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