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Contact:  Freddie Rodriguez
512.945.1376
popolio.com@gmail.com 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2009

popolio.com hosts One Year Anniversary Mixer
An evening of celebration and networking
with live music, appetizers, and wine

 

AUSTIN, TX  popolio.com, which sits under the umbrella organization of Dallas-based Mandrake Arts & Media that started with MandrakeSocietyRadio.com, announces its One Year Anniversary Mixer.  The Austin-based pop music blog, popolio.com, which debuted on September 15, 2008, features a hodgepodge of local, regional, national, and international content.  The free event takes place on Friday, September 18, 2009, at Phara’s Mediterranean Cuisine at 111 East N. Loop from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The venue is BYOB and, therefore, only those 21 years of age and/or older may attend.  In conjunction, Mandrake Society Radio will be celebrating its Four Year Anniversary the next day in Dallas.  More details will be provided as they become available.

Special Guest, local power pop musician, Phil Dutra, will perform a short acoustic set. Though an open event, guests are asked to RSVP for a headcount.  Appetizers, wine, and cake will be provided.  Guests may order dinner on their own.  A limited amount of goodie boxes including the CDs of Featured popolio.com Artists and other items will be gifted to first attendees.

The evening is set to be an intimate, low-key, informal networking event not only for popolio.com fans but for all Austin-area blog and music enthusiasts and creators.  Background music will set the tone, but conversation will take the forefront.  Mostly, guests are asked to help celebrate popolio.com’s one year existence and anticipate its second year.

popolio.com kicked off last year presenting itself as an online music magazine more than a blog. The blog set itself apart from other pop blogs by dedicating itself to original entertainment content and not gossip and operating on the underground, independent, and mainstream levels.  Creating its own definition for “pop music, ” popolio.com embraces multiple genres such as Latin, R&B, and hip hop as well as pop.  Its features include online and podcast artist interviews, show pictures, streamed songs, music reviews, and music video countdowns highlighting Austin- and Texas-based content.

SXSW, ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival, and, more recently, Premios Texas 2009 Artists have been featured on popolio.com pop quiz interviews. These artists include Austin and Texas artists David Garza, Vallejo, Maneja Beto, Los Bad Apples, and Bobby Pulido.  On the national level, Grammy Winner Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ posthumous release, Eye Legacy, was featured with a podcast interview with her brother, Ron Lopes, and a MY TOP 10:  Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Video Countdown.  Maryland-based SXSW Artist and 2009 Grammy Nominee Wayna’s Higher Ground featured with pop quiz and podcast interviews with the artist.  Canadian Jennie Laws and London-based Welsh artist, Bright Light Bright Light (formerly SXSW Artist Rod Thomas) have also been featured.

Singer-Songwriter Phil Dutra was the first artist to be interviewed for the popolio podcast feature at popolio.com on September 24, 2008, at https://popolio.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/interview-with-phil-dutra/.  According to his MySpace Page and Official Site, “Phil sounds like the love child of REM and Barenaked Ladies on a hit of XTC.”  His song “Let Me Be Your Superman” from his latest EP release, Right Behind the Rain, was chosen “Track of the Day” at the influential web site GarageBand.com and “She Walks Away,” another song from the same set, won the National Michael Lloyd Song Contest at the TAXI Road Rally held in Hollywood, California.

For more information or to ask questions please contact Freddie Rodriguez at popolio.com@gmail.com or 512.945.1376.

About Mandrake Arts & Media
Consists of blogs MandrakeSocietyRadio.com and popolio.com.

 About MandrakeSocietyRadio.com
History, poetry, and epiphany about building community.

For more information, visit http://www.mandrakesocietyradio.com/

As a mini-countdown to the All Austin All Handmade Bash Next Friday, July 31, 2009 (see the flyer and get more info here), we’re featuring 2 of the 3 featured musical acts in pop quizzes this week.  Seems DJ Blend*e was a little blog shy, so we hope to get our popolio fingers on her in the not too distant future.  That said, first up we featured hip-hop-popper SALVO on Tuesday (see her pop quiz here) and today we’re featuring experimental soloist Monster Girl from the glam rock The White White Lights.  Check it out and check them both out at The All Austin All Handmade Bash!

MGJuly 23, 2009

Name:  Monster Girl
Genre:  Experimental/Piano
Latest Release:  untitled EP with The White White Lights (Self-Released)
Release Date:  TBD

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Definitely, Underground.
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? Both, but if I had to choose, Integrity.
3. Studio or Stage? Staaaage
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Hedonism is a form of spirituality.
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Yes, please.

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my emotional outlet and audio canvas.
7. I’m musically inspired by people and stories.
8. My favorite old school joint is “Gloria” by Van Morisson.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be a super villain — Catwoman.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to .Eh, that all sounds good to me.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It makes me happy.
12. I want my fans to:  Listen and enjoy.  Emote.  Dance.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  I’m not real, I’m only your imagination.
14. Wild Card!  GRRRRAAAAAAAAAAAAARGGGH.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Whatever and individual takes from it, as long as they take something.

Check out Monster Girl’s MySpace Page for more!

Monster Girl’s favorite old school joint!

Editor’s Note: Van Morrison orignally wrote “Gloria” for and recorded it with his band, Them.

As a mini-countdown to the All Austin All Handmade Bash Next Friday, July 31, 2009 (see the flyer and get more info here), we’re featuring 2 of the 3 featured musical acts in pop quizzes this week.  Seems DJ Blend*e was a little blog shy, so we hope to get our popolio fingers on her in the not too distant future.  That said, first up is hip-hop-popper SALVO and on Thursday we’ll feature experimental soloist Monster Girl from the glam rock The White White Lights.  Check it out and check her out at The All Austin All Handmade Bash!

SALVOJuly 21, 2009

Name:  Stephanie SALVO
Genre:  Hip Hop/Pop
Forthcoming Release:  Contradiction (Self-Released; production by Lord Ronin for Oni Empire)
Release Date:  TBD

This, That, or the Other

1. Underground OR Mainstream? Underground working towards Mainstream
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)?? Both.  As long as I can do what I love and live comfortably.
3. Studio or Stage? BOTH
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Spiritualized Hedonism
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Make Love


Fill in the Blank
6. Music is My soul My love My life.
7. I’m musically inspired by life.

8. My favorite old school joint is “The Choice is Yours” by Black Sheep.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be saving the world from self-destruction.

10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to ……. 


Short Answer
11. I make music because:  It is in my soul and I can.
12. I want my fans to:  Multiply.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  Something really great.
14. Wild Card!  SALVO
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Inspiring.

ss_cListen to SALVO’s “Contradiction” from her upcoming debut release of the same name.  Go to her MySpace Page for more.

SALVO’s favorite old school joint!

Check out Salvo, DJ Blend*e & Monster Girl at the All Austin All Handmade Bash on Friday, July 31, 2009, at the Beauty Bar.  Doors open at 7PM. The purpose of the event is to build awareness of the local, handmade, and women-owned businesses in the ATX and the $2 Cover benefits a local animal charity TBD.  Music, fashion, and more.  Click the flyer for the 411. 

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