Riders Against the Storm, the husband and wife hip hop duo who hold a firm stance against the “storm” of tired, often debilitating mainstream music and media are sending much needed shockwaves within and beyond the modern hip hop community. After establishing themselves in Rhode Island, Chaka Mpeanaji and his wife Tiger Lily moved to Austin in 2009 and have already cemented themselves as an influential and uplifting pair of MCs. Other than trading lyrically charged verses, Chaka and Tiger Lily have helped co-found Body Rock (with fellow Austinite DJ Chorizo Funk), a monthly underground dance party hosted by The Sahara Lounge.
Riders Against the Storm is taking the city by storm this Saturday, August 30th for a day full of music from artists like Jackie Venson, RAS, Las Krudas, Gina Chavez, Elizabeth McQueen at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard Garden. Take a listen to Riders Against the Storm in Studio 1A RIGHT HERE! Also, be sure to take a listen to their brand new song “Booty Sweat” in the player below.
This Austin based hip-hip artist awaits “FRNZ & FNGZ,” an upcoming record featuring collaborations with former tour-mates, Blue October. He plays Labor Day weekend at the inaugural Float Fest in San Marcos. Rumor has it that Zeale may be joining the crowd via airdrop. Planes or not, Zeale will surely have a few tricks up his sleeve. In Studio 1A he showed off his freestyle, a craft he has developed free of gimmicks. Listen below for a taste of what’s to come in his upcoming tour spanning the West Coast to the Mid West!
Brooklyn based Landlady builds their craft like a floor plan. This first release, “Upright Behavior” shows off their driving rhythms, post-punk tendencies, and sometimes-atmospheric West African nods that keep this group above the weather. Named as one of Spin’s summer albums to stream, Upright Behavior got this group a place in KUTX’s Studio 1A. Take a listen here!
Adam Schatz is one of those guys who has a multitude of projects going on at any given time. He’s played saxophone with Vampire Weekend and Man Man, and he runs a jazz festival in NYC. But, for now, his indie rock band Landlady is his main focus. Pitchfork compares Landlady’s sound to “the Band if they had Dirty Projectors’ skewed sense of song structure,” and we’re super into that kind of blending of genres. Before they head to their show at the Mohawk, Landlady will take the Studio 1A stage LIVE on August 26 at 2pm, so be sure to check them out.
Although only releasing his first album this July 22nd, Bobby Patterson is no stranger to blues music. Patterson, native to the Dallas area, began his career as a musician at the early age of ten, playing the drums and guitar. As a teenager, Patterson formed a band called the Royal Rockers which won talent competitions around the Dallas area and even recorded an album for Liberty Records. However, Bobby Patterson’s experience spans far past just being a blues musician, he also has dabbled in songwriting, producing, promotions, and owning his own label. Make sure not to miss this legend of a soul-blues vocalist and multi-instrumentalist when he comes to Austin to play live in Studio 1a on August 21st before his CD release parties at C-Boys on the 22nd and 23rd.