popolio podcast

BK_BLfreddie beat talks to Brian Kent about what being an openly gay artist means to him, what “gay music” means, his debut album, Breathe Life, and multi-charting single, “Whatcha Doin’ To Me,” his ties to Kristine W., his Summer Pride Tour, and more.

Song snippets included in the show are “Whatcha Doin’ To Me” and “Breathe Life” from the album of the same name.  Also included is surprise clip from a song Brian Kent mentions that he is currently diggin’.  

Check out our previous pop quiz with Brian Kent here and his video for “Whatcha Doin’ To Me” here.   Get more Brian Kent at his MySpace Page.

wayna_hgfreddie beat speaks with 2009 Grammy Nominee Wayna about her recent arrest (charge was dropped) in Houston, her 2009 Grammy and SXSW experiences,  President Obama, and more. 

Song snippets include “Billy Club” featuring Muhsinah, the Grammy-nominated “Lovin You (Music)” featuring Kokayi, and “Close 2 U” featuring Kenn Starr from Higher Ground

Listen to the popolio podcast now and check out her MySpace Page later.


Freddie speaks with Ron Lopes, the brother of the late, great firecracker of his all-time favorite group, TLC, about Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes and her upcoming posthumous release, Eye Legacy.

They touch on past controversies,  the Lauren Lazin-directed documentary, The Last Days of Left Eye, and the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

Included in the show is the first single “Let’s Just Do It” featuring TLC and Missy Elliott.

Find out more about the January 27, 2009 release at the official site and MySpace Page.

Learn about the Lisa Lopes Foundation.

November 30, 2008 UPDATE:  I’m re-presenting this popolio podcast because I don’t want this one slept on either (like yesterday’s R&R re-post). 

I wanted to add that I did go see their Sunday, October 5, 2008, show at Emo’s here in town.   There were other bands.  I saw part of one set of one band and then one other complete set, but even though there was yet another band behind The Shondes, they shone as a true pros.  (I talked to the violin-player after, but left shortly thereafter as I had to work the next day and I was there to see The Shondes.)

I really enjoyed their show.  Their were 20-plus people there.  Remember, this was a Sunday in Austin.  They played like it didn’t matter whether they where in their home borrough of New York or Austin or playing to a sell-out of hundreds or the 20-plus in Austin.  Their audience interaction was especially enjoyable.  They just talked to us, but I liked the way they did it.

In speaking to Elijah after the show, he intimated they some bands had dropped out and the venue was going to cancel the show initially, but that they, The Shondes, made sure the show went on by getting recommendations from the drop-out bands and doing some leg-work on MySpace. 

I found their drive, professionalism, sincerity on stage and off, and talent inspiring.  I mean they did all this work for a show at Emo’s on a Sunday in Austin.  To me, that showed their passion, that they like to play live, and that they just have the need to play.

Anyway, please check out the popolio podcast below, previously posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2008.


Freddie Beat speaks with Elijah Oberman, violinist/vocalist with the punk rock outfit, The Shondes.

Song snippets included in the show are “Let’s Go” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” from The Red Sea.  Listen to more music from the band at their MySpace Page.

Phil Dutra

Phil Dutra

Our inaugural podcast interview (of an ongoing popolio series) features Austin-based singer/songwriter, Phil Dutra.  Freddie asks Phil about his songwriting accolades including having his music remixed by award-winning producer, Michael Lloyd, and why Phil’s giving his music away!  Featured tracks by Phil Dutra are “(Let Me Be Your) Superman” and “She Walks Away (Michael Lloyd Remix).”

Thanks for listening and leaving your comments.