Shout Out to Goodie Boxers for REAL popolio 2nd Anniversary Dance Party!

This is has been a long time coming, but before COMPLETELY FULLY REALLY shutting down I wanted to make sure to get this post out there. This is the last 1 of 2 posts I will be writing for THE REAL popolio. Promise! ūüôā

I intended to post this closer to the date of the event, but things came up and I never was able to get around to it.

These are all the artists and organizations that donated items (CDs, stickers,¬†gift cards, and other goodies; hence the name)¬†for the goodie boxes for THE REAL popolio’s 2nd Year Anniversary B&W Party featuring 1990s pop music by local¬†DJ, HOT BRITCHES!,¬†that went down on Saturday,¬†September 11, 201o at local mediterranean restaurant, Phara’s. ¬†

I made 2 versions of the flyer.  See them here and here at my personal Facebook Page. 

So a boisterous SHOUT OUT and gigantic THANK YOU to (in no particular order):

San Antonio indie band, LEDASWAN; NYC-based collaborative alternative¬†musicians collective, PASSION PROJECT; long-time¬†industry guy,¬†RICH OVERTON¬†and his RJO ARTIST RELATIONS & MANAGEMENT (sent us stuff from multiple artists he reps); Boston pop/R&B girl group, JADA, ATX’s own rockers; THE MIDGETMEN; Dallas musician of many hats, CLAY PENDERGRASS;¬†LA-based singer-songwriter, BILL CURD; also¬†LA-based dance rock diva, DEBBY HOLIDAY; ATX electro hip hoppers, ONE STEP PROGRAM; NYC indie¬†pop/rock¬†outfit, LOVE & LOGIC;¬†Chicago pop rocker,¬†SCOTT WESLEY; NYC-based folk rocker, JON SANDLER; ATX old school soulstress, LISA MARSHALL; ATX power popster, PHIL DUTRA; and local Chinese food restaurant at Dobie Mall, HOA HOA (for donating gift cards).¬†

Click on the logos, pics, and/or album covers BELOW to go to each of their official sites.

Better late than never.¬† I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone, but if I have, you know who you are and an equally boisterous¬†SHOUT OUT and gigantic THANK YOU to you as well!¬† ‘Nuff said.


MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME! 4. The Lusitania 5Q

MY TOP 30: Year 3 Posts of ALL-TIME!

4. The Lusitania 5Q
¬†El Paso rock & roll¬†band, the Lusitania, take the Neon Desert¬†El Paso Week¬†crown on this countdown¬†with the seventh and highest¬†Neon Desert entry.¬† It joins the summary post for all the Neon Desert content¬†at¬† Number 17, ¬†BB Gun Johnny‚Äôs pop quiz tied at Number 28¬†with Feedback‚Äôs LOTTO Interview, the¬†the Royalty‚Äôs 5Q¬†at¬†Number 14, GOBI‚Äôs¬†5Q at Number 10, Zach Paul‚Äôs 5Q at Number 8, and¬†Cigarettes After Sex’s 5Q at Number 7.¬†

See the original Thursday, April 14, 2011 post here ‚ÄĒ 5Q for¬†The Lusitania¬†‚ÄĒ Neon Desert Artist.¬† It includes their song, ‚ÄúYour Existential Hero.‚Ä̬†

See all 7 Neon Desert interviews and more here.

10Q for Bird Call Before Her 8/17/11 Show@The Hole in the Wall – ATX

I first posted Bird Call’s (aka Chiara Angelicola)¬†video for her award-winning song, “Waltz in the Snow,” a few weeks back.¬† As I stated in that post, and will restate here, she will be playing the¬†Hole in the Wall¬†THIS WEDNESDAY, August 17, 2011, with Johanna and¬†the Dusty Floor.¬†

Before then, get to know a little bit about this intriguing up-and-coming Brooklyn-based artist with our EXCLUSIVE 10Q interview.

Listen to Bird Call’s¬†version of Beck’s “Lost Cause.”

Click the¬†first pic¬†to go to Bird Call’s official site and second, at the end of the interview,¬†to get¬†to¬†her Facebook Page.


by Gretchen Robinette

1. You probably get this question all the time, but how did you come up with the Bird Call moniker?  What does it mean?  Quite honestly I am not quite sure if I experienced a specific moment when Bird Call came to me.  I think it was more of a culmination of experiences that led to a moment where I just intuited the name and that was that. 

I got my first two tattoos of these two sparrow-style birds on my forearms a few years ago, after that I started subconsciously paying more attention to birds, in general, their morning songs, bird paraphernalia, etc.¬† I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a crazy bird woman when I’m old and gray.

2. Congrats on winning the Performance Category in this year‚Äôs International Songwriters Competition with ‚ÄúWaltz in the Snow!‚Ä̬† I don‚Äôt think many up-and-coming artists even know about it.¬† How did you hear about it?¬† How does it feel to have won?¬† I heard about ISC through several different mediums including Folk Alliance, Sonic Bids, and newsletters.¬† It’s one of those things that I didn’t really pay much attention to the first few years.¬† Once I released my first record I submitted my song, “Momentum,” and never heard back.¬† The second year I submitted “Waltz in the Snow” and I didn’t think much of it.¬† When I got the word that I was a finalist, I just flipped out and was like I don’t care if I win because I was just so stoked to have made the finals.¬† When I received notice that I won, I was pumped that these greats like Tom Waits and Peter Gabriel acknowledged my songwriting.¬† Manifested dream.

3. Diggin‚Äô the look on the cover of your latest EP, Other Creatures, with the rainbow braid and feathers.¬† Very bird-y, of course.¬† What was the inspiration?¬† Do you ever perform in a look like this or would you appear in a video that way?¬† As far as photos, I always like exploring different ideas that pop in my head when I’m dreaming, working out, or in the shower.¬† I like creating stories in my head and then bringing them to life.

The cover for the EP was more of an exploration and art piece that I did with my fantastic photographer and close friend, Gretchen Robinette.¬† I usually don’t dress too crazy on stage but I can never say no to glitter.¬†

4. The reason I ask about videos is because you look like a totally different person in the ‚ÄúWaltz in the Snow‚ÄĚ video.¬† Not only do you look younger and more innocent, but very classic, ‚Äė50s, I think (if I‚Äôm getting my eras right), but definitely old school.¬† Tell me about this persona and the video.¬† Which is more you?¬† I’m a chameleon.¬† I like exploring different parts of my personalities. When I write, I take on the role of the story-teller of that song.¬† ‚ÄúWaltz in the Snow‚ÄĚ is very much about an innocent girl experiencing Brooklyn for the first time.¬† We tried to emulate that in the video. It’s all based on the story.

5. What about ‚ÄúWaltz in the Snow?‚Ä̬† Why did you decide to write a song like this both lyrically and sonically?¬† It is your ode to Brooklyn, correct?¬† I wrote it when I first moved to Brooklyn during the daunting cold of my first real east coast winter.¬† When I write it seems to come from some place outside of me and deep within me at the same time.¬† I cannot try to manipulate what comes out too much.¬† It felt right at the time.¬† I can say that I intended the 3 count time as I have always wanted to write a waltz.

6. Use this question to wax poetic about Brooklyn and tell us all, especially us Austinites, why Brooklyn is so exquisite.  I feel that when artists move to New York they move with a drive and intention to build something great.  Brooklyn carries this energy constantly from day into night.  You feel it around you, and it is what keeps me motivated, creating, being inspired, and challenging myself. 

7. How did the co-headlining tour with Johanna and the Dusty Floor come together?¬† Why not tour solo?¬† Johanna and I both released our records on May 24th and we had both been talking about touring our music out.¬† It seemed logical to split costs and combine efforts to tour the country together since our music is so compatible as well.¬† We’re really stoked about it all and having a lot of fun.

8. Have you been to Austin before?¬† What can we expect from your Austin stop at the Hole in the Wall?¬† It will be my first time in Austin.¬† I’ve never been.¬† I’m bringing my California-native-via-Brooklyn vibes and hope everyone likes.¬† I have heard nothing but great things about the Austin music scene.¬† Really excited and looking forward to playing this fun spot with some great local acts as well.

9.  Tell us one salacious rumor that you’ve heard about the ATX.  I hear that when you walk into any bar you get your first couple of drinks on the house.

10. You’re a new bird species.  What are you called, what do you look like, and what does your bird call sound like?  Describe.  I am the Pantheonicus Horned Pegagasius Owl.  I try to balance my life with innocence and a healthy challenge on a daily basis.  I also watch B-side horror films and do yoga.  Hooty Hoo.

by Gretchen Robinette

Carter Beckworth CD Release Party@The Saxon Pub 8/19/11 – ATX

This in!

Click on the flyer to go to Carter Beckworth’s official site.
Scroll down for more deets!

+Carter Beckworth of Baker Hotel is proud to release his second solo CD! 
+The CD is self-titled & will be available next Friday, August 19, 2011
+@The Saxon Pub [1320 South Lamar Blvd.]
+Carter plays from 11PM to 12:30AM
+$10 cover & 21+ ONLY!
+ Sponsors Ropollo’s Pizza and Rex-Goliath Wines provide complimentary pizza & refreshments, while supplies last!

Catch Carter Beckworth on FOX 7’s Good Day Austin¬†next Thursday, August 18, 2011, between 7AM and 10AM!

Music Video: Lokz “Throw It Away”

Music Video: Bird Call “Waltz in the Snow”

Bird Call’s (aka Chiara Angelicola) song, “Waltz in the Snow,” won the Performance Category earlier this year in the International Songwriters Competition as judged by Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, and others.¬† Now it has a video that explores the historical culture of Brooklyn with zombies thrown in for good measure.¬† Bird Call has a tour stop in Austin in a few weeks on Tuesday, August, 16, 2011, at the Hole in the Wall.¬†

Read our EXCLUSIVE 10Q interview with Bird Call here.

Amy Cook Opens for Nic Armstrong TONIGHT 7/20/11@Scoot Inn – ATX

WHO:  Amy Cook opens for Nic Armstrong
WHEN:  TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 9:30 PM
WHERE:  The Scoot Inn (1308 E. 4th Street @Navasota 78702)
WHY:¬†¬†A chance to check out¬†Amy Cook’s¬†new songs before her next show in September.
COVER:  $5

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