Internal Affairs

35 Denton (Fifth Annual)

With South by Southwest in full swing, all eyes are on Austin. I saw a window of opportunity in the crush of local events and took off SXSW Interactive weekend, heading north for 35 Denton. Read More | Comment »

4:20PM Tue. Mar. 12, 2013, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Sufjan Stevens’ Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice

December 1 sure felt a lot like Christmas inside Emo’s East last night. Sadly, the sold-out “Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-Along Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant on Ice featuring Sufjan Stevens” involved no ice, nor pageant, but the elaborate stage set and costumes of both band and fans took holiday cheer to the next level. Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Sun. Dec. 2, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Austin Mic Exchange

Happy day after Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving means the end of November, which means we’re nearing the end of the year, which means that Internal Affairs is almost a year old! And what a wonderful year it’s been. I’ve really enjoyed writing about the local scene and various music industry issues. Nevertheless, this will be my last weekly column. Read More | Comment »

9:07AM Fri. Nov. 23, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin


Another ACL has come and gone and I’m still standing – no small victory. From working with artists to writing about them, I’ve been involved in ACL every year for a long time. It’s been good to me too. One of my earliest music memories remains attending the festival with my dad when I was 10 (2003), and being amazed by David Garza’s songs and energy. Read More | Comment »

1:37PM Fri. Oct. 19, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Better Than the Rest

If you’ve enjoyed the Austin nightlife these last couple years, you’ve no doubt seen or run into Bianca “Fiesta” Flores. Much of the time, she’s running the show. Marketing coordinator at Transmission Entertainment, Flores currently busies herself prepping Fun Fun Fun Fest, Nov. 2-4, on Auditorium Shores. Read More | Comment »

4:57PM Fri. Oct. 5, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Metric's Emily Haines

Last week, my family rang in the Jewish New Year, a great excuse to eat lots and make a second set of New Year’s resolutions. Mine is to be more concise. I was reminded of that writing for the Chronicle ACL fest music supplement. Since I couldn't print my whole interview with Metric's Emily Haines, here's a few tidbits that won’t make the print edition. Read More | Comment »

2:57PM Fri. Sep. 21, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Be True to Your School

In last week’s column on interviewing, I mentioned that school was back in session. It’s difficult for me to balance school and work, but I don’t have near the challenge that student musicians do. Read More | Comment »

4:07PM Fri. Sep. 14, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Interview with a Vampire

September's arrived, so I suppose I have to make peace with the fact that school is back in session. That’s my dirty secret: When I’m not running around with bands, I’m doing this whole college thing too. That's why I try to make sure that my education syncs up with my career. Like this semester, I’m taking a class in interview principles and practices. Read More | Comment »

2:11PM Fri. Sep. 7, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Hot Burrito To-Go Weekend in Marfa

Despite sounding like a Taco Bell promotion, the Hot Burrito To-Go Weekend in Marfa comes out of Austin courtesy of the Spider House 29th St. Ballroom. The Sept. 7-8 weekend features 30 bands playing two venues, Padre's and Planet Marfa, with a lineup featuring local favorites Bobby Jealousy, Foreign Mothers, American Sharks, Melissa Bryan, etc. Read More | Comment »

2:51PM Fri. Aug. 31, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Rock On: Music Biz Summer Reading

Music bios and autobios can be tons of fun, but literature about music mostly focuses on musicians, not on the industry behind them. Managers and roadies float through the narrative, but you have to dig to find books expressly about the music business. Today, I present to you my top three favorite reads about the music business (so far). Read More | Comment »

1:47PM Fri. Aug. 17, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Lollapalooza Recap

Well, I’ve finally returned and recovered from Lollapalooza. I had a great time working in Artist Relations, but it also made me realize how much bands still have to learn about playing festivals. So in my final installment of writing about Lollapalooza, I wanted to give a few tips to musicians and aspiring industry workers about playing festivals. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Fri. Aug. 10, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Lollapalooza Part 2: There Is a Light That Never Goes Out

By the time you read this, I’ll be part way through day one of C3 Presents' Lollapalooza in Chicago, where I work as an Artist Ambassador. That might sound glamorous, like I get to spend my days hanging out with famous bands, tossing back drinks, and taking in great festival sets. The truth is, so much about working in the music industry isn’t in any way glitzy. Read More | Comment »

10:47AM Fri. Aug. 3, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Lollapalooza '12

Next week, locals make their way to Chicago for Lollapalooza, put on by Austin City Limits Festival promoter C3 Presents, which made news this week with announcement of a proposed second weekend for ACL next year. For Lolla, I first wrote a festival primer – until I realized everyone knows to stay hydrated. Read More | Comment »

1:05PM Fri. Jul. 27, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Coping With Music Burnout

Ever felt like you'd go insane if you heard one more note of music? People don’t always acknowledge it, but like every line of work, even music industry professionals get sick of their jobs and thus music too. I’ve written a lot here about how to get music industry jobs. Now it’s time to talk about one of the biggest issues once you’ve got the gig. Read More | Comment »

3:27PM Fri. Jul. 20, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Before the Artist Even Hits the Stage

When I was in middle school, I had an epiphany; I wanted to work in music PR. Although my career goals have wandered wildly, I always keep music PR in my back pocket. As covered here last week, a good PR campaign can make all the difference for bands. Step one, says local publicist Adi Anand, is being active in the scene. Read More | Comment »

12:09PM Fri. Jul. 13, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Music Box Media

A whirlwind month has passed since Internal Affairs checked in last. Wish I could say there's been great adventures had, but summer school took a front seat. I thought a long time about what I wanted to address in my first blog back. It had to be something important. So, what's more integral to the music industry than public relations? Read More | Comment »

2:00PM Fri. Jul. 6, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Blood, Sweat, and Chaos in Tejas

Summer's begun, so that means Chaos in Tejas. Now in its eighth year, next weekend's local commotion is still widely considered a punk/hardcore festival, but don't pigeonhole it that way. “I don’t book bands based on genre,” says Timmy Hefner, founder of Chaos In Tejas. “I book bands because I love them and they’re good at what they do.” Read More | Comment »

2:37PM Fri. May. 25, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

The Art of the House Show

I went to an excellent house show this week featuring up and comers Growl and Rufie-Oh. You might have seen them playing downtown – both are just starting to get club gigs. One of the primary ways they got these gigs was by cutting their teeth at house shows. Read More | Comment »

2:08PM Fri. May. 18, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

Attendance Records

Having heard about her high school program Attendance Records, I’ve been anxious to talk with Jenna Carrens. This semester, she worked with a class at Anderson High on all aspects of producing and releasing an album. From lyric writing exercises to screen printing lessons, these students' efforts culminate May 17 with an CD release at Mohawk. Read More | Comment »

3:55PM Fri. May. 11, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

West by West Campus' Tessa Hunt

Two weeks since I last wrote. Last week I took a break from writing about the music business to actually immerse myself in it, working production for Nocturnal Fest. I worked with Tessa Hunt, a local promoter/booker I mentioned in my previous blog about Alice Bag. Read More | Comment »

2:07PM Fri. May. 4, 2012, Zoe Cordes Selbin

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