Marfa Myths Festival


Mexican Summer & Ballroom Marfa Present
Marfa Myths
March 13-15th in Marfa, Texas

Featuring Grouper, Iceage, Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Suicideyear and more

Buy tickets | Read Ballroom Marfa’s guide

Residents of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties may purchase tickets at a discount in-person at Freda and the Ballroom Marfa gallery.


Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s West Texas Talk radio interview with Marfa Myths artists at 6:30pm on March 12 and 13. Tune in at KRTS 93.5FM or via their online stream.


Marfa Myths is a cultural program taking place March 13 – 15, 2015 in Marfa, Texas. Curated by New York based music label Mexican Summer and co-presented with Ballroom Marfa, Marfa Myths features artists from within and outside of the Mexican Summer and Software Recording Co. rosters working creatively and collaboratively across music, cinema and visual arts contexts.

2015 programming includes a recording residency with Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin, a sound bath created by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, a semi-permanent outdoor mural by Liz Harris (Grouper), a presentation of Gregg Kowalsky’s live installation Tape Chants, and a screening of short documentaries and Holy Cow Swami at the Crowley Theater presented by Cinemarfa and Anthology Recordings. Furthermore, live programming throughout the weekend will include sets from Iceage, Grouper, Tamaryn, Steve Gunn, Weyes Blood, GABI, Thug Entrancer, Co La, Bitchin Bajas, LBS. and Suicideyear.

Additionally, there will be an exclusive, limited edition 12″ documenting the Dev Hynes and Connan Mockasin collaboration alongside a journal featuring contributions from local Marfa artists and participating festival artists.

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Mexican Summer Fest in Marfa

Mexican Summer Fest

Tune in for a sneak preview of Ballroom Marfa and Mexican Summer’s upcoming free day festival at El Cosmico as Arp’s Alexis Georgopolous joins me for a discussion of spiritual dimensions of artistic practice + a guest selection of transcendent proto-New Age vibrations.

We’re live on Marfa Public Radio this Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 9-11pm. That’s 93.5FM here on the Marfa Plateau, and streaming live worldwide at

The free Mexican Summer Festival kicks off at 2pm on March 8, 2014 at El Cosmico. More info to come at Ballroom Marfa.

New Grouper Music

New music from Liz Harris abounds: First there was her collaboration from late in 2011 with ID Music fave Ilyas Ahmed, Visitor, a mellow guitar ‘n’ treated tapes affair that in-the-know heads have been listening for ever since hearing their inter-mingled vibrations at the On Land Festival back in 2010, a happening circulated widely via the YouTubes.

This was followed soon after by a Grouper cover of Dead Moon’s “Demona” on 7-inch accompanying the new issue of high class goner ‘zine Yeti,  and then by Mirroring’s Foreign Body, an album-length collaboration with Jesy Fortino of Tiny Vipers. The latter of which sounds to our ears like the interstitial ambient pieces — e.g. “Rainbow Illness” — from the last Wolves in the Throne Room album drawn out to epic proportions.

And now, Violet Replacement Parts I and II, a CDr on Harris’ Yellow Electric label.  These two long-form ambient works — 90 minutes of music broken into two sets — go along with her European Tour of the same name (details at the Yellow Electric website). According to her website, “tape collage” is what she’s doing here, guitar echoes, field recordings and muffled keyboard tones that drift in and out of spaces that are much noisier than anything on her last few albums, sort of Pete Swanson’s Ghost O’Clock  slowed and throwed, Yellow Swans in amber.

No doubt the CDr — limited to 100 copies — will sell out on tour, but it’s available online at places like the iTunes store, where you can also download the sublime Grouper “Water People/Moving Machine” 7-inch she recorded when Ballroom brought her out here to Marfa in May of 2010. Check out photos and a brief Q&A on the Ballroom Marfa blog.