"So much of our lives is a roll of the die. We become saints or criminals, monks or defendants largely because of what has happened to us and around us. A lot of who we are is out of our control." Andy Palmer explains. The darkly poetic singer-songwriter explores blink-of-the-eye fate in the deeply compelling, Hazard of the Die. It’s a hauntingly beautiful storyteller album filled with intriguing characters and gorgeously moody musicality.
Punk rock like abuela used to make.
What do you get when you meld “fast/loud rules” with the Tex-Mex accordion? Piñata Protest and their invigorating and pointed “punk rock-y-roll.” The band “forcefully take the raw essence of conjunto into warp-speed tempos and punky aggression,” raves the San Antonio Current, which rates them as “one of the most original forces on the local music scene.” And now with their national debut album on Saustex Records, Plethora, Piñata Protest take their infectious and bracing South Texas slamdance to the rest of America and the planet at large.
Austin, Texas is known for its laid back, bohemian yet ultra committed music scene--something Austin native Patrice Pike immediately conveys. She's been a professional musician and songwriter since she was sixteen, but has maintained such a raw, down-to-earth quality and irrepressible talent that Billboard magazine proclaimed her "one of the finest up and coming contemporary rock singers in America". On the surface you may hear about these things but there’s more than meets the eye and the music biz spins…
The Pinche Gringos grew out of the compelling rhythms of the Texas-Mexico border: conjunto, cumbia and all their related offshoots, including the Ojinaga Sound. It is not only that the gringos who have have moved to the border during the last 30 years love the spirit of Latino music, we have found that our southern neighbors and Tejano friends also love classic rock and country. The Pinche Gringos have developed a unique synthesis between the music we heard and played as kids, and the music that we eagerly adopted after we migrated to the Big Bend of the Rio Grande.
Blazing through Austin's rock and roll sky. Second bassist. Fourth drummer. And now, together forever. Founded in 1986, the Pocket FishRmen emerged from the nascent Austin North Loop art-punk scene at Dong Huong Vietnamese restaurant to become Austin’s most reliable rectors of rock ribaldry.
Pocket Merlin features Todd Sperry and Cooper Henson, the lead songwriter and bassist for Ragman Rolls. Having worked together as songwriters and musicians in multiple incarnations throughout their careers, these two are heading into the studio in Austin, Texas, With collaboration from Rollers Thor Henson and Dana Jo Cox, and new friends Wiley Koepp, Bob Hoffnar, Billy Masters, Tanya Winch, and Ana Bee, the new songs reflect the energy and carefully crafted tunesmanship of Ragman Rolls, but with that unique Austin sound!
Pong extends from the long and loud history of Ed Hall, one of Austin’s most popular post-punk bands. The band called it quits in 1996, but Pong takes the core trio of guitarist Gary Chester, bass player Larry Strub, and drummer Lyman Hardy, adds synthesizer player Shane Shelton and guitarist Jason Craig from such other Austin faves as the Pocket Fishrmen and ST-37. This makes Pong an Austin supergroup of sorts, but the hybrid band quickly developed its own distinct identity by splicing the punk rock power of Ed Hall with touches of hip hop, electronic and experimental music and even some pop harmonies.
Poor Dumb Bastards were formed in March 1991 by long time hetero life partners and musical collaborators, Mike Porterfield and Byron Dean. The initial interest was to form a band and a sound that captured the twisted and bizarre sense of humor of the two. Drawing on their collective influences and experiences from some of their earlier work, bands like Cretinoid, Plutonium Flatheads and the Byron Weird Group, Mike and Byron created a genre all their own, hence “Texas Drunk Rock” was born. The now legendary live shows and creative duct tape use, has seen the band through some tough times. The death of Guitarist Hunter Ward in 2007 almost put an end to the journey. In 2008 PDB decided to get together and finish the album “Price of Rebellion” a fitting tribute to Hunter. PDB has won three Houston Press band of the year awards and one song of the year in 1997 for the at the time unreleased classic true story of “My Dad Two Whores and a Crackpipe”. Poor Dumb Bastard’s second ever show was opening for Smashing Pumpkins at the now closed Emo’s Houston. Playing with bands like Fear, Killdozer, Joan Jett, Marky Ramone, and many more. This enabled PDB to carve their initials on the bathroom door of the Texas music scene. Through the many years and many lineup changes, these Ill-minded sewer rockers have stayed true to their founding principals. POWER, PERFORMANCE, PERVERSION
A prolific songwriter, Billy Ulrich decided to make it his life's work to record and perform his songs. In a revolutionary move, over a 12-month span, Billy created Post Trauma's 25-song debut album, entitled Sleepless, Dreamless. The songs chronicle both his high octane life and daily grind, but throughout present the views of this full-time dreamer.
Hailing from Merrillville, Indiana, Prophet creates his music from a deep inner belief system of respect, honor, and loyalty. Prophet's earliest influences include Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre, Pink Floyd, Jay Z, 2pac, and Notorious B.I.G., and from that cross-genre assortment of inspiration, he creates a wide range of sounds—from the straight-up Hip-Hop of the Midwest Hustle EP to the R&B groove of "Party Next Door (Persian Rugs)" and songs like "Take#off," which reaches closer to Tribal House. Privilege Muzic signed Prophet in 2012, and he began a mentorship of sorts under legendary Indiana artist/producer Big Cheef. Prophet is also known as Don Teflon (he doesn't just stick with one genre) in The Family, a multi-talented, diverse collective of friends and artists.
River City Pops (RCP) is a pop/variety show choir that's been entertaining family audiences in Austin, TX, since 1984. The group is composed of twenty-five voices, give or take a few, who love to sing and perform for the fun of it! It's hard to believe, but most RCP performers maintain a convincing facade of normalcy during the day. Many are parents to both young and adult children. They love (hate) their day jobs as government bureaucrats, computer techs, salespeople, health care professionals, customer service reps, bankers, and, oh yes, music educators!
Like other performance organizations, the members of RCP are united by the love of singing and performing. The energetic age-diverse membership includes adults in their early twenties and kids in their late fifties. RCP rehearses one to three nights a week in preparation for productions that feature member-arranged music and original choreography. The group's members even design all sets and props in their quest for putting a smile on audiences' faces.