NYE on the cheap: Phranchyze at Holy Mountain, Cheer-Up Charlie’s, more
Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 31, 2013
Jason Herman Alan-Jamal Shaw-Ogunro, the rapper better known as Phranchyze had a very good 2013. The self-proclaimed South Austin hero opened for Snoop Dogg and Twista on tour, put in appearances at South by Southwest and CMJ and logged one-off dates with Geto Boys and Public Enemy. He also dropped a solid new album, “3,” a whip-smart mix of throwback beats, mind-twisting metaphors and evocative story rap that finds him churning out some of his most accessible material to date while simultaneously celebrating his characteristic oddball persona.
We caught up with Phranchyze to for a brief chat last week (paywall).
Heading into 2014, his take on this moment in Austin hip-hop is not far from my own.
“I think this is a really exciting time for (Austin hip-hop),” he says. “I’m starting to see guys from here really getting respect.
“Before, we were kind of knocking at the door and not understanding why we weren’t getting any love. Now I think we’re moving into a new era. Austin hip-hop, I think it could be a national thing, I really do. I’ve been a lot of places, I’ve seen a lot of other cities scenes and we have a very strong scene in terms of the talent level.”
You can catch Phranchyze down at A Family Affair down at Holy Mountain with party rocker Kid Slyce, Mighty Mountain and BLXPLTN tonight. Cover is $5. RSVP here.
A few more ways to do NYE for under $10
Cheer Up Charlie’s NYE bash. Patrons of the queer-friendly Eastside art bar have likely cheered up significantly following yesterday’s news that club owners have signed a lease on the Red River venue abandoned by Club DeVille. Nonetheless there are precious few opportunities to get down in the club’s original space left and tonight’s bash boasts an excellent lineup of Austin musicians with Dana Falconberry, SPEAK, The Sour Notes and Letting Up Despite Great Faults all putting in appearances. $5 pre-sale tickets to the show already sold out, but you can still scoop $7 tix here.
Austin Boogie Crew at the Scoot Inn.Can’t vouch for the quality of the Austin Boogie Crew a self-described “funk collective specializing in music from the late 70’s and early 80’s” but they’ll be doing their thing down at the Scoot Inn tonight for free, so if you’ve got no plans there’s nothing to lose.
Totally Awesome 80s bash at Austin Roller Rink.OK, here’s the deal. Our resident skating expert is a little leary about the quality of this Roller Rink, but for $10 you can bring your own beverages and a bunch of your buddies and swerve around to your favorite Madonna jams and that can’t be all bad, right? Tickets.