On the Dial | Marfa, TX
Marfa, TX was first put on my radar when NPR covered it on Morning Edition in 2012, calling the town an art destination. In the 1970s, minimalist artist Donald Judd moved to Marfa, where he created giant works of art beneath desert skies. In the years since, Marfa has become a hot spot for art tourism. Pictured above is the iconic Prada Marfa, which is a permanently installed pop-art structure by artists Elmgreen and Dragset. Though the locals have mixed feelings about being an art mecca, Kaki Aufdengarten-Scott (Marfa's one-woman chamber of commerce) says without art tourism, "this town would have dried up and blown away."
The XX is a British indie-pop band with virtually nothing to do with Texas. That is until they just released their music video for "On Hold" set distinctly in Marfa, TX. The XX music video uses quips of nostalgia and playful young love to create a dreamy teenage world.