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Chynna Rogers gives Austin rappers the chance to shine

For a city whose reputation and self-image is built on its identity as the mecca for live music, one would expect Austin’s musical output to be through the roof and that the city’s musicians would be leading artists in every genre. Unfortunately, this is not entirely the case. Though there is no dearth of talented musicians in Austin, Texas, those artists who have hit the truly big-time can be counted on one hand (depending on your criteria—Willie Nelson and Spoon are probably the only inarguable names on the list) and, like the city itself, tend to pride themselves on their weirdness, their refusal to fit into existing notions and norms of music.

Given the massive popularity of hip-hop music in modern culture, it is perhaps (at first glance) no surprise then that the hip-hop community and scene in Austin is not thriving. It’s just like Austin to shun the genre that is dominating popular culture, to stand by their strange strains of psychedelia and celestial pop-funk. That said, to consider hip-hop a genre without room for “weirdness” is a massive disservice to the music and to those artists creating that music, just like excluding an entire aspect to the music industry and culture is a disservice to that community. There are, of course, some very talented rap and hip-hop artists here in Austin— they just need our attention and our support. With The Bishops leading the charge, there are some name emerging from Austin’s hip-hop community with a promising buzz to them: Clee and Ronnie Lott are two of those names. This Thursday, November 16th at Empire Control Room, Vinyl List is going to see what the buzz is all about, as these two musicians have been given the opportunity to open up for Chynna Rogers, who has the notable distinction of being the “first lady” of the A$AP Mob. We invite you to join us in discovering and supporting some of Austin’s best-kept treasures.

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Digital Wild releases two new music videos

With all of the same old, recycled material that mainstream radio stations just love to play – to the point of unbearable suffering – people might start to wonder if pop music exists simply to annoy us. According to the Austin music scene, however, it doesn’t. In fact, pop music exists to be actively enjoyed, to be discussed, and to have a good time. Out of the many of the local groups that can attest to this statement, one indie-electronic trio, The Digital Wild, have shown us that it is completely possible to create music that’s full of life, and void of the vapid clichés that typical pop music espouses.

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Empire Control Room to host Ruby & The Reckless’ “In My Head” album release party

Ruby & The Reckless‘ album, In My Head, is officially set to release today and you can be there to celebrate. Empire Control Room will host an epic album release party starting at 8 p.m., along with performances by some of OV’s favorite bands.

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Synesthesia Live founder and CEO Theron Pray transforms sound into color in the Live Music Capital of the World

We’ve all been mesmerized by a piece of artwork at one point or another. The way an artist starts out with something so seemingly chaotic, just scraps of colors and textures, unfocused ideas, shaky notes and muddled rhythms, and then have it turned into a masterpiece is truly mind boggling to me.

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Former Ghostbunny Member Michael Walker opens up about recent split from the band, plans for the future

It’s bittersweet news hearing that Michael Walker will be leaving Ghostbunny. The band has been making waves in the Austin music community, their most recent album “Silver Tongue” leaving fans both supremely satisfied and aching for more.
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MCG, Mobley, Lou Rebecca, MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR fill Empire Control Room

On Jan. 30 I remembered to make my friend stop at the corner store before we got to the Empire Control Room & Garage. I had lost my small packet of earplugs, and I have a terrible fear of tinnitus. After climbing back into my friend’s very tightly-packed sedan, she drove downtown, and I climbed out onto the seventh street sidewalk, strapped to the gills with equipment in preparation for MCG’s Outside release party.