Chris Conde (album release), Third Root
In April, San Antonio-raised, ATX-based queer rapper Chris Conde released Engulfed in the Marvelous Decay, an album that retained the aggression of their previous work while exploring more melodic and ethereal spaces.
“This record is about continuing to thrive, despite all of the negativity that surrounds us,” says Conde. “It’s about acknowledging our humanity then learning how to heal and grow as a community.”
At long last, Saturday brings a release show. The party features performances from Texas hip-hop knowledge bearers Third Root and a DJ set from Isis Payne. Entry’s free, but a donation to the SIMS Foundation snags you a raffle ticket to win CBD treats from LGBTQ-, BIPOC-, and women-owned brand Maryjae. The SIMS Foundation provides mental health and substance abuse support to musicians and music industry workers in Austin.
The event follows last week’s release of Conde’s “Summertime Heat” music video. Over a cumbia cut produced by El Dusty, the fun-filled video is a festive celebration of LGBTQIA and Mexican American culture. The feel-good clip’s packed with cameos from local favorites like Caleb De Casper, Jeff Smith of Hickoids, Thomas Valles and Audrey Campbell of Pleasure Venom, and Chronicle Music Editor Kevin Curtin, portraying a cranky Westlake pool owner in a rainbow Speedo.– Clara Wang