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popolio exists under the umbrella organization of Mandrake Arts & Media.  popolio is the latest addition to Mandrake Arts & Media.  Before popolio, Mandrake Arts & Media consisted of  Mandrake FM (which is currently being re-worked) and Mandrake Society Radio.

In conjunction with popolio’s One Year Anniversary Mixer in Austin on Friday September 18, 2009, (see the flyer here and read the press release here), we are celebrating Mandrake Society’s Radio’s 5th Season with an event in Dallas the very next evening, Saturday, September 19, 2009

Part of the idea with the Dallas event is to have it occur in the midst of the Pride festivities in D-Town.  Here are the details for Dallas’ event.

We will have live music at both events.  Austin-based Phil Dutra will be representing in the ATX while NYC artist Tim Dillinger will hold it down in D-Town.  Check Phil’s MySpace Page here and Tim’s here.

All are welcome to both events or to one or the other.  I will be at both.  Hope to see you somewhere.

freddie beat
popolio creator/editor

J. Dub
Mandrake Arts & Media founder
Mandrake Society Radio creator/editor
popolio co-editor


Vote popolio.com “Best Local Blog”  in The Austin Chronicle’s 2009 Best Of poll here.
* * *jwoe
July 3, 2009

Name:   Jack With One Eye
Genre:   Noise Pop
Latest Release:  The Bad Sleep Well (Obsolete Records)
Release Date:   February 13, 2009

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? NPR
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? We didn’t realize money was an option.
3. Studio or Stage? Wherever we can.
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Spiritualized
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Berserker

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is our nightlight when plugged into a three-prong outlet and powered by the gypsies that dance around the fires in the backyard swagger of the homes of the Neverland Ranch Davidians.   
7. We’re musically inspired by sound and vision.
8. Our favorite old school joint is “Pinball Number Count” by The Pointer Sisters.
9. If we were super heroes we’d be someplace else right now.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Drugs, Drugs, and Drug Music.

Short Answer
11. We make music because:  We can.
12. We want our fans to:  Multiply.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  Really interesting.
14. Wild Card!  Uno.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Relenting.

jwoe_tbswListen to “Sun in Glass” from Jack With One Eye’s debut release The Bad Sleep Well.  Go to their MySpace Page for more.

Jack With One Eye’s favorite old school joint!

This Friday kicks off the Neo Soul Cafe‘s inaugural Neo Soul Series at the Bishop Arts Theater, 215 South Tyler, in Dallas.  This month’s show features none other than our most recent popolio pop quiz feature, Wayna, along with Eric Roberson.  The unique setting of this series is that there are two evening performances:  8pm and 11pm.  You can get your tickets this show and the series through Ticketmaster and seating is limited. For more info, visit www.alwe.com.



Are you an Austin, Dallas, or Texas band, musician, and/or musical artist/entertainer?  Do you represent such an act? Or are you simply a dedicated fan?  We’ll post your upcoming shows on popolio.com.

What say you?  You’re not from Texas, but will be coming down to do some shows?   If you have upcoming shows in Texas (or the surrounding areas) we’ll post your shows, too!

Contact us with your listings at least 1 week out at popolio[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com.


mfmCheck out my co-editor and partner in crime, J.W. Richard’s (J. Dub to me), pop mixtape at one of his websites, mandrakefm.com.

He posted this a little while ago, but it’s still worth it and worthwhile.  popolio.com is really the pop blog of the Mandrake Arts & Media family.  So, this is a rare treat from J. Dub and Mandrake FM.

He features Jazzanova, The Campaign for Real Time, Joe Chester, Noelle, People Under The Stairs, Hot Little Hands, Astronauts of Antiquity, and The Fireman.  Check it out!


10/18/08 UPDATE:  It’s on!
10/12/08 UPDATE:  Okay, looks like the comeback show was canceled also.  So, now I don’t know if I will get to see JJ in Dallas after all.  I’ll wait and see how things go.
10/10/08 UPDATE:  Good news for Janet and me.  Seems like Janet is feeling better and will be getting back on the road again.  So, looks like I will be able to see her on schedule after all.

So, I’ve hesitated to blog about the Janet Rock Witchu Tour and Janet’s recent illness.  Those of you that have been following our popolio R&R podcasts know that  Janet and Madonna are my 2 big shows this year.  I’ve liked both women since I was a child and seeing both live would be the fulfillment of 2 life-long dreams.

The other part of it is that as I said in my inaugural Editor’s Letter I think of popolio more as a music magazine than a blog, so I want to write these masterpieces and make sure everything is just perfect before I publish them.  But, I have a day job and a lot of the time I can only blog on weekends.  And some of that time is spent booking forthcoming posts to satiate the hunger for content out there.

I need to get over that.  I think I’m missing out on the spirit of blogging.  What’s different about this over magazines is that it is in the moment and it is “alive” and that it is fluid.

So, I’m supposed to see Ms. Jackson If You’re Nasty in Dallas in a couple of weeks.  But, if you have been keeping up she has suddenly fallen ill and has post-poned and canceled all kinds of shows. 

At first, I thought maybe it was her age.  But, she’s only in her 40s.  And Madonna does it and she’s older, but she doesn’t dance as hard as Janet or as long as reports are saying she does in this show.  From what I’ve read, it sounds like it’s pretty much beginning to end.  I remember Madonna passing out a couple of tours back, but that show still went on, though.

I read JJ recently partied with JD for his latest birthday and that he hurled in her lap on the cab ride home.  Not sure if this is true, but, initially, I thought maybe she partied too hard, too, and maybe that’s why there was the first cancellation.  But, then there were more.

The other rumor permeating the internet is that she may be with child.  Not sure if that one’s true.  That would make sense.  Working that hard and being newly pregnant does seem like it could knock someone for a loop.

As a fan I do hope it’s nothing too serious and that she gets well soon.  As a fan I also want her to get well by the Dallas date, be in tip-top shape by then, and be able to give me the Janet show of my dreams.  Is that selfish? 

The other thing is that I’ve already bought my plane tickets and you know how that goes.  That would just really suck.  I have the time off from work and have already ordered my tour tee online (after she fell ill; wishful ordering on my part).  So, I’m ready to get “Nasty.”  Cross your fingers for me that the show will go on and that I’ll get to take a jaunt to Planet Janet.

freddie beat
popolio editor

Just passing on a note from DJ Francis Jaye of the Neo Soul Cafe.

Raphael Saadiq returns with
The Way I See It

In Stores & Online



Includes  “Love That Girl”
& “100 Yard Dash”

Neo SOul Cafe

Meet and Greet

Raphael Saadiq

An Exclusive Album Listening Party for the New Release of


Monday, September 15, 2008 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (CT)


2323 N. Henderson
Suite 101
Dallas, TX 75206

No Cover All Night !!!

Come Early for Drink Specials

Happy Hour starts @ 6 pm

The Dallas Cowboys will be on the Big Screen

Neo Soul Cafe’s DJ M Knight & DJ Jay Clipp

will be spinning “The Music That Gets Your Head Right”