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1st

The Hip-Hop worlds of Fort Worth and Chicago have come together in the form of 1st, a Texas-based duo comprised of rappers JClay and Supreme. Formerly part of the trio 5th Flow, the two met while attending Prairie View A & M University where they made a name for themselves by circulating their mixtapes. Their sound drew early comparisons to Kanye, Drake, and other powerhouses, but 1st creates a truly unique Chi-town-meets-Texas vibe.

It's like a silent competition to be the best...an endless circle of pushing each other past our limits. When it comes to influences, JClay and Supreme don't look beyond the room they're in. JClay describes their reciprocal inspiration best: "This is going to sound lame, but [our main influence is] each other. It's like a silent competition to be the best, so it's an endless circle of pushing each other past our limits."

So why "1st"? Since the day they joined forces, 1st has watched their star rise. They "lead the league in every category: skills, delivery, content, appearance, assets, etc."

1st drops their album 1st Impression in September 2014 and the first single, "Guys Night Out," is available now.

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Fort Worth, TX

3 Penny Opera

3 Penny Opera earned a reputation as a strong performing band through residencies at Austin’s late and lamented Steamboat, packing the house for their CD release and performing in Steamboat’s Eviction Series fundraising shows. The group’s debut CD, ten pieces for voice, strings and percussion, was released in 1999 to critical praise and brisk sales. The first pressing has since sold out and their 6-song follow-up EP was not pressed prior to the band's dissolution in 2000.

"Arlo Guthrie meets Smashing Pumpkins"
- Bob Fonseca, 93.7FM KLBJ

"RECOMMENDED: 3 Penny Opera [at] Shaggy’s"
"RECOMMENDED: 3 Penny Opera [at] Babe’s"
- The Austin Chronicle

"BEST BETS: Bob Schneider opens for 3PO at the Saxon Pub"
"BEST BETS: [at] Babe’s"
"BEST BETS: [at] Steamboat"
"BEST BETS: [at] Liberty Lunch"
- The Austin American-Statesman

" . . . very nice work with lovely hook-laden cuts."
- The Musician’s Trade Journal

"ten pieces . . . [is] hard to resist . . . an impressive debut"
- CitySearch.com CD review

"If you’ve never heard of 3 Penny Opera, you’ll wonder how that’s possible after hearing their CD"
- CitySearch.com Band Directory

"Thoughtful lyrics [that] evoke a different emotion with each song...an album not to pass up on your next trip to the CD store"
- Insite Magazine

"badass"
- Access Austin Magazine

3 Penny Opera's members were, in approximate order of appearance, from 1997-2001:

Bryan Dunn (guitar/vocals), Wiley Koepp (drums); James Hines (bass, lap steel), America Alva (lead vocals), Edward Park (violin), Manuel Gonzales (percussion), Scott Laws (bass), Troy Messina (percussion), Andrea Rosch (lead vocals), Paul Phillips (bass), Joel De La Garza (percussion), Dave Box (saxophone), Shaunna Fultz (lead vocals).

Special guest appearances were made over the years by Matt Talbert (guitar), Eric Hsu (vocals), Amy Mitchell (lead vocals), Ephraim Owens (trumpet), Aaron & Rick (horns), and Bridgid Bibbens (violin).

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Austin, TX

40 Alligators

40 Alligators is a rap quartet featuring $lick A$$ Trigg, Cool Mill, Murk Traxx, and Quabo. The group achieved fame and notoriety under their previous incarnation, Too Crunk, collaborating with Soulja Boy and other local independent artists such as Luch Millions and Young Snead along the way to creating their own sound, influenced by T.I., Outkast and Eminem.

Today they are 40 Alligators, making a new name for themselves out of their hometown of Decatur, Georgia. "Hide Yo H**" is the new mixtape, dropped with love by 40 Alligators on Valentine's Day 2013.

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40 Alligators

Decatur, GA

45trona Ut

45trona Ut (pronounced "Astrona ut") is a classically trained musician with a passion for dance, trance, electronica and funk. Funkspatial is an album that combines elements of French-Touch dance, trance and electronica made by DJ/producer 45trona UT.

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45trona Ut

Miami, FL

4orms

4orms is a dynamic, acoustic duo, where the talents of guitar and vocals are displayed in a unique and emotionally captivating manner.

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San Marcos, TX

54 Seconds

Excerpted from 54 Seconds' website:

"54 Seconds was born in Southern England but burst out as a musical force in Austin, TX in the late 1990's. Best described as psychedelic-pop headphone music with swirling guitar textures and freakish keyboards, the band renders excellent melodies, heartening lyrics and eerie, otherworldly atmospheres that wrench the gut of the listener. Finely crafted songs take darker topics and universal themes and deepen them with emotional arrangements that speak directly to each fan."

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54 Seconds

Austin, TX