Red River Noise is an online music, movie and entertainment magazine based in Austin, Texas. We interview musicians and entertainers, as well as photograph concerts. We review concerts, albums and movies, too. We have no limits as far as music genres we cover; whether it’s an indie garage-rock quartet, a balls-out hardcore-punk trio, a dance-ready electro-rock duo or an emotive singer-songwriter, we’ll cover it. “Every shade of rock ‘n’ roll” is our motto. Why, you ask? Why not? It’s all just noise anyway, right?
Visit our contact page if you have questions, comments or suggestions. Now, meet the people behind the noise….
Ian has attended small shows and big concerts in Austin since his high school days, when there were more all-ages venues in town. After a few years in the corporate world, Ian left to work as the marketing manager and events coordinator for a tattoo parlor on Austin’s famed Sixth Street. Since 2008, Ian has been interviewing bands and writing reviews for DoubleStereo, Austin Vida and RRN. If he speaks loudly, it’s because his ears are still ringing from that Rage Against The Machine concert in ’99.
features editor & senior multimedia producer
Raised in California but an adopted Texan since 2002, AJ calls Austin and its local music scene home. Launching ‘NITES: A Blog for Austinites in 2008, he created an outlet for his interest in multimedia journalism, while at the same time promoting the city’s plethora of unknown musical talent. He has a journalism degree from the University of Texas and has reported on business issues for The Wall Street Journal and The Denver Post. For RRN, AJ dabbles in photography, videography, copy editing and writing.
Natalie Del Castillo
copy editor & music writer
Natalie’s earliest memory is listening to the oldies station every day in her dad’s Oldsmobile. He raised her on the classics and ignited her passion for music. Natalie recently graduated from Radford University in Radford, Va. with a degree in Media Studies with a concentration in journalism. She spent a summer interning for her hometown paper but quickly realized writing about town meetings wasn’t her strong suit. While Natalie can’t carry a tune or play an instrument, she can’t go a day without discovering, listening and learning about music.
entertainment writer; movies
Alyssa is an aspiring broadcast journalist. She is currently attending the University of Texas at Austin. She plans on anchoring at the renowned E! News network. Alyssa loves movies, telling stories and doing both as a journalist. Her other field of interest is being involved with the organization UT Hispanic Journalists as the Vice President Chair. She aspires to become a successful broadcast journalist, but for now she’s soaking up everything the city of Austin has to offer. She’s on a journey to make life an adventure.
music writer; local music and indie rock
Annar Veröld’s constant thirst for truth has lead her to become an ambitious journalist and a passionate poet. Currently, Annar is studying Journalism and English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University, and she avidly writes for the Hilltop Views. Though, born in Houston, Annar basks in the glory of Austin. The people, the culture, the music, the energy—it all fascinates her, and she has a profound adoration for the brilliance that resonates throughout the city.
music writer; hip-hop
Influenced by strong personalities such as Chief Keef and Charles Simic, BT follows suit by smoking good and reading well. He enjoys doing these things while listening to very loud hip-hop music. It’s like a meditation or the protraction of a daydream.
music writer; metal
Resident metal expert and beard enthusiast Chuck Loesch has been haunting central Texas most of his life. The kid in New Braunfels High School that was picked on, graduating from Texas State University with a degree in Mass Communication: Journalism and moving on to a radio career in Austin that has spanned over a decade. His weekly show, NO CONTROL Radio, gives metal a home on Austin radio each week, while Chuck maintains an ever present finger on the pulse of the heavy music scene.
music writer; alt-rock and hip-hop
Eli strives for excellence, and his thirst for knowledge and wisdom only ignites his passionate fervor as an ambitious journalist, writer and photographer. Currently, he is studying journalism and photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin, constantly writing for the school’s newspaper, The Daily Texan, and many other publications including, VICE/Noisey, EBONY, RESPECT.Mag, The El Paso Times and Hypebeast. Elijah’s humble beginnings in El Paso, Texas, have contributed to his rising success in Austin.
Estefania de Leon
music writer; alt-rock and pop
Estefania was born and raised a true Austinite. A graduate from Crockett High School, she served as Courier editor-in-chief for three years. She is currently studying journalism at the University of Texas and served as a page designer for The Daily Texan. Not sure what route she wants to take in journalism, she can’t imagine herself doing anything else. She listens to music all day and enjoys discovering hidden talents on YouTube. She bleeds burnt orange and fancies blogging, photography and anything Owl City.
music writer; indie rock and singer-songwriters
Eugenia was born and raised in San Pedro, Garza García, in Nuevo León, México. She moved to Austin in 2008 and got her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas. She writes. Sometimes fiction (her first love). She has written for both online and print publications. She also has experience with copy editing. She has dealt with music, film, fashion, as well as features and profiles on artists and business owners. She loves telling stories. Storytelling will never die, ya hear?
entertainment writer; movies and comedy
Jessica was born and raised in San Antonio but loves taking advantage of what the Austin City Limits have to offer. She is studying multimedia journalism and is currently the president of the University of Texas Hispanic Journalists. She is the assistant staff director at Texas Student Television and is also a marketing ambassador for the ABC Campus Crew. She is a pop culture enthusiast who enjoys writing about entertainment and lifestyle—namely movies and comedy.
music writer; rock and local music
Miranda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in English. She began photographing concerts and writing about music for Whoopsy Magazine in 2005. She started shooting and interviewing bands for the Lifestyle section of Readthehorn.com in 2010. Her top ten favorite interviews: Mudhoney, The Black Angels, Toadies, The Lemonheads, Mister Heavenly, The Riverboat Gamblers, Amplified Heat, Ume, Clutch and The Ripe.
music writer; rock and local music
Stephanie is an Austin music veteran and has been hopping venues and clubs around town since the days of Liberty Lunch. She can pretty much wallpaper her bedroom with concert tickets, and her ears have a permanent ring to them. Worked and volunteered in and around the local music industry for 10-plus years, including Assistant to General Manager and Master Control at Austin Music Network, Assistant Producer on Austin Music Volume 9 from the ACVB and has volunteered for SXSW and Austin Music People.
Chris was born in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, and has also lived in Puerto Rico and Corpus Christi, Texas. In Austin since ’94, he’s seen his fair share of shows, from the Courtney Love breakdown at Liberty Lunch to the first Rancid show in car tint garage. He’s part-owner of Austin premier skate shop Find-N-Grind Skateshop, as well as Brown Skateboard Company, having produced skate videos. You can see his photography in Austin Vida, URB Magazine and PRL-Zine. Que Viva La Musica!
Kristie is a homegrown talent from Austin. She graduated from Anderson High School and is studying photojournalism at Austin Community College. She began shooting for Austin Vida and RRN in the spring of 2011. Now that she has turned 21, watch out world. For RRN, she shoots concerts and festivals, including Fun Fun Fun Fest, Fashion Freakout and Pachanga Latino Music Festival. Her work has been featured on KUT.org, Applied Pressure and The Accent Newspaper.
Raised in San Antonio, Texas, Mari began photographing in Austin in 2003. She studied at Charles University in Prague and earned a photo communications degree at St. Edward’s University. Her photos have been displayed at The Parish, The Pump Project, the St. Edward’s University Fine Arts Gallery and the Mexic-Arte Museum. She has worked on promotional, documentary and creative projects with Mishnoon Productions, Austin Vida, In the Flesh Tattoo and The Onion’s The Decider.
Mary grew up in small-town Texas with shitty taste in music. It’s a painful fact that she tries to overcome with every awesome concert and festival she attends. She moved to Austin in 2007, and within a year started running the blog for Chillville on 101X. It whipped her rusty writing skills into shape, and set off an addiction to concert photography that has since consumed her life. Mary freelances for various music blogs and publications both local and international.
music and fashion photographer
Shelley started her blog ATX Street Style in August 2011 during Austin’s third annual Fashion Week. After graduating with a photojournalism degree from the University of Texas, she decided she needed a creative outlet where she could combine the skills she honed in school with something she was passionate about: fashion. She has shot band portraits and concerts photos for RRN. She has made it her mission to seek out Austin’s trendsetters and do her best to document what Austin is wearing.
While at the University of Texas, Stephanie discovered her passion for photojournalism and videography. Stephanie has previously worked as a reporter at The Tribune Newspapers in Humble, Texas; a freelance photographer at The Houston Press; and as a reporter and photographer at The Daily Texan. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of Volted Magazine, her online entertainment magazine; associate producer for Austin Underground, a TV show on TSTV; and editor for Latinitas magazine.
Former Red River Noise contributors
- Alex Daniel, staff writer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Brett Thorne, staff writer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Chantel Clopine, staff photographer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Hanlly Sam, staff photographer | Bio and post archive | Website
- James Taylor, contributing writer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Lindsey Craun, intern writer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Nichole Wagner, contributing writer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Sara Strick, staff photographer | Bio and post archive | Website
- Sarah Vasquez, staff writer | Bio and post archive | Website