Keeping Up With The Do512 All-Stars: parto ocho

All-Star: Pushermania has the low down on hot new music and gives his opinions on the best bands out there. He creates and promotes events and is extremely entertaining to read on his blog austinsurreal.blogspot.com. Here’s what he had to say last week about the weekend’s Free Press Summer Fest in Houston:

AUSTIN think about how often people from Houston come out here to party. This is YOUR weekend to go EXPERIENCE HOUSTON. I hate when I hear people hate on Houston, when in reality its a dynamic and diverse city full of culture. It definitely does not get the rep that it deserves, and the Free Press folks are working to fix that. I wish I could go there and thank them in person.

Yay Houston! Read the rest of the entry here. For the record, FPSF was AWESOME.

“League of Extraordinary G’z are the best rappers currently rapping”

Seriously, and they are from Austin. They just did something a lot of cats in Texas don’t do, and that’s hit the West Coast on the road doing a promo tour spreading the good word. From what I have seen an heard they made a good impact and already have another run planned for later this summer. Check out these videos from the road, DEFINITELY DOWNLOAD their latest mixtape – Concealed Weapons Vol. 3, Mixed by my brother Rapid Ric and get yourself familiar with this 8 man wrecking crew. I am not kidding when I say that I think these dudes are currently the dopest dudes rapping.
West Coast legends and outspoken pioneers of the whole rap game are coming back for that ass. THIS is a reunion I am stoked about. I used to see them perform at clubs on the north side of Houston way back when I was a teenager.
Follow him on the Twitter @Pushermania
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All-Star: KGSR is always pumping out great tunes on the radio waves and throwing events and concerts. Their live interviews and performances with huge artists in the KGSR Music Lounge is one of their most exciting features. They now offer The Music Lounge Live Stream, you can find here.
Coming up is Blues on the Green presented by KGSR; a Summer series of live blues performances by a different band every other Wednesday at Zilker Park. This Wednesday, June 8 is Bob Schneider with Quiet Company. Here’s what you need to know:
We know hanging out with a few thousand friendly faces under the setting sun and starry skies of Central Texas is just one more reason why you love living here. That’s why we’re inviting you to bring your friends and family out every other Wednesday evening between June 8th and August 17th to enjoy six big nights of Austin’s longest running FREE music series! We’ve even doubled your dining options this year so you can enjoy food and non-alcoholic beverages from six different local restaurants. All shows start at 7:30pm.
They also put on a similar series held at The Shady Grove called Unplugged at the Grove which runs from April 14 – September 15.
On the KGSR Music Page, they’re constantly updated the latest music on their playlist. Check them out and rate what you like and what you don’t here. Not to mention their up-to-date music news and daily live music picks. See it at KGSR.com.
Follow them on the Twitter @KGSR
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All-Star: AustinVida is always up on the latest in Latin everything. From live music to album and film reviews, to artist interviews and anything else Latino and newsworthy in Austin.
In their recap of May’s Pachanga Fest, they obviously had a sincere appreciation for the music.
I think the remarkable thing about live music is witnessing the magic fall into place– aligning itself with sound as the artist bangs relentlessly on keys, or the dumb-founding and natural way their fingers strum strings. There is beauty in witnessing a genius perform their art. It feels as though you are watching a vulnerable being complete unravel and reveal themselves. There is almost a bit of shame as you watch someone fall in a complete trance– especially during Maneja Beto’s performance. Without a doubt they are painfully brilliant, to where you find yourself blushing, and then gawking without shame in awe. You almost loose that rhythm, and your swaying becomes an uninterrupted stare.
Read the full post here.
For the closing of The Ghost Room, Austin Vida had their own showcase, featuring some of Austin’s best Latin music, including Maneja Beto shown below.
Follow them on the Twitter @AustinVida
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All-Star: GregAckerman is still doing what he does best, informing the masses of all things live music.

Music Festival Update: Fun Fun Fun Fest’s Guess the Fest contest is on

Before FFF Fest organizers announce the 2011 lineup, they are running a contest to Guess the Fest”.

The winning entry that correctly guesses bands that are actually on this year’s bill win free tickets. The Grand Prize winner will recieve a flight to Austin, passes and cover “at least a 1 1/2 star hotel.”

See Greg’s top picks for Free Press Summer Fest including some exciting Austin bands, and of course, Ween.
Just like a musicagician (music magician) he knows everything and is everywhere. Last week, he supported The Last Vs – Southern Violater The Scoot Inn, Deftones with Dillinger Escape Plan and Le Butcherettes at Stubb’s, Bowling For Soup at The Parish, Sunshine Fest at Venue 222 and Face To Face at La Zona Rosa.
Follow him on the Twitter @g_ack
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