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Austin Mic Exchange Grows Up
Weekly series looks to expand in Austin and beyond
DAILY Music  January 23, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger
"...What began as an open mic cypher by some of Austin’s most impressionable MCs has quietly crafted itself into one of the most well-structured hip-hop training grounds in town. The Austin Mic Exchange, a 25-act expo at Spider House every Tuesday, now looks to expand not only throughout Austin, but into other Texas cities as well...."

The End of Austin Mic Exchange
Organizers retire the community cypher
DAILY Music  August 21, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...For the past five years, local MCs, poets, and producers have come together weekly at Spider House to trade bars, gain stage experience, and hook up with collaborators at the Austin Mic Exchange. Today, organizers announce they’ll retire the Wednesday night event Sept..."

Austin Mic Exchange
Showcasing next generation hip-hop every Tuesday
DAILY Music  May 29, 2013, by Chase Hoffberger
"...For the past year, Manners and River City rapper Adam “P-Tek” Protextor have shepherded the next generation of local hip-hop via Austin Mic Exchange, a weekly occurrence that functions as an unofficial training camp for homegrown MCs. Every Tuesday, free – 11pm until close – the evening gives aspiring rappers a much-needed platform for performance; enough time to spit a track or two in front of 60 fans and peers...."

Austin Mic Exchange
Tuesdays are hip-hop open mic night at Spider House
DAILY Music  November 23, 2012, by Zoe Cordes Selbin
"...There have been consistent themes in my writing: unity in the scene, supporting young, grassroots acts, respecting people with different backgrounds, and trying to be savvy about promotion. All of these things are reflected in a new weekly event: Austin Mic Exchange...."

Protextor Reps “Austin
Single premiere by Weird City Hip-Hop Festival organizer
DAILY Music  July 13, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...On another level, “Austin” serves as a partial autobiography for Protextor. It chronicles his arrival from the Midwest in 2010 and grassroots musical path, which coalesced around the weekly Austin Mic Exchange night he hosts at Spider House..."

Austin Music Awards' Industry Accolades Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, and many more
DAILY Music  March 6, 2017, by James Renovitch
"...Ongoing Music Residency 1) Lonelyland/Bob Schneider, Saxon Pub 2) Church on Monday, Continental Club Gallery 3) Warren Hood, ABGB 4) The Resentments, Saxon Pub 5) James McMurtry, Continental Club 6) Austin Mic Exchange, Spider House Ballroom 7) Chicken Shit Sunday's at C-Boys 8) Toni Price, Continental Club 9) Will Taylor’s Live Band Ecstatic Dance Night, Backstage at El Mercado 10) Jon Dee Graham, Continental Club Gallery..."

Playback: Best Austin Music Controversies of 2017
The year in quarrel
Music Column  December 21, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin Mic Exchange Grassroots hip-hop open mic cut the cord after five years...."

The Austin Music Scene's Spectrum of Sexism
From sexual assault to all-female bills, women musicians face myriad issues in the live music capital
Music Story  January 19, 2017, by Libby Webster
"...Girls Rock Austin empowers young women specifically (see cover stories "The Girls of Summer," June 29, 2007, and "The Girls of Summer Redux," July 22, 2011). Kara Bowers, a hip-hop mainstay who performs as KB the Boo Bonic, says the Austin Mic Exchange encourages emerging female rappers..."

Austin Hip-Hop is Here
Austin's Mic Exchange creates a platform for local hip-hop artists
DAILY Chron Events  August 7, 2014, by Laila Karabash
"...Since its beginning back in September 2012, Austin's Mic Exchange has become a staple in the ever-growing hip-hop scene. "We wanted to unite Austin hip-hop..."

Punk Rock Patron of Austin Music Richard Lynn
Super Secret founder and Sonic Transmissions Festival underwriter expands operations
Music Story  September 14, 2017, by Michael Toland
"...More telling of his passion are the dozens of framed photos of rock icons on the walls, mostly of the Who and his hero, AC/DC's Angus Young, as well as a Daniel Johnston piece of which he's particularly proud. Lynn runs three homegrown record labels, a nascent book/film company, concert series Austin Jukebox and performance art program Austin Cultural Exchange, and now funds this week's Sonic Transmissions Festival (see sidebar, at right)..."

...&More... Premieres Growth Through Acceptance
An ATX hip-hop soundtrack to futile existence
DAILY Music  February 13, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin-based MCs Scuare and No1Important, two verbally agile all-stars of the community cypher Austin Mic Exchange, have again joined forces under the mystifying moniker ...&More... for new, bleakly-titled album Existence is Futile...."

Campus Hacks: Huston-Tillotson
Learn to navigate this historic Eastside university with these hacks
DAILY Chronolog  August 23, 2017, by Ashton Washington
"...• To wrap things up, Spider House on Fruth Street has been an extraordinary place to check out local rap/hip hop music. Spider House has hosted weekly the Austin Mic Exchange, where a neighborhood artist gets to experiment with their music and vibe with different artists..."

Weird City Hip-Hop Festival Re-Ups
ATX’s early fall classic serves up a sophomore swang and bang
DAILY Music  July 15, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...Austin Mic Exchange host and Weird City founder Protextor, who just dropped new single “Austin,” maintains performance mode. Verbosity doubles down with a changed and forward-marching Scuare+, who’s flipped his sound considerably – to the positive..."

Playback: Antone's Resurrected
The return of Antone's, Free Week, and the Austin Music Poll Ballot
Music Column  January 7, 2016, by Kevin Curtin
"...Ongoing Music Residency: Austin Mic Exchange..."

Hip-Hop on the Verge
Austin finally cemented a scene, but who will break out nationally?
Music Story  January 15, 2015, by Chase Hoffberger
"...To go with it, a new, robust farm system. Austin Mic Exchange, the weekly Spider House open mic founded in 2012 by rapper Adam Protextor (P-Tek) and KOOP Development Director Leah Manners, offers a live forum through which aspiring MCs can develop alongside peers...."

Playback: Nancy Fly Waves Bye-Bye
Pioneering Austin booker Nancy Fly retires, and ATX gets a hip-hop festival
Music Column  August 14, 2014, by Kevin Curtin
"...26-28 on Red River, comes courtesy of Adam Protextor, who raps as P-Tek, KOOP radio host Leah Manners, and booker Aaron Miller. Together, they put on Spider House's weekly cipher Austin Mic Exchange..."

Show your local love
A guide to spending locally
DAILY Chron Events  April 7, 2015, by Tamar Price
"... • Spiderhouse Ballroom [image-4] You can't end a day in Austin without a live show. Check out Spiderhouse Ballroom's newest residency, NGHT HCKLRS, or weekly events like the Austin Mic Exchange or Austin Poetry Slam..."

Chronolog Radio
Our SXSWfm local music/news show now available on demand
DAILY Music  January 24, 2014, by Chase Hoffberger


Turnt Up
The Weird City Hip-Hop Festival returns as a single-day rap off
Music Story  October 22, 2015, by Kahron Spearman
"...16). Three weeks later, Protextor and his partners at Austin Mic Exchange proclaimed the Return of Weird City – said homies stacked into a one-day showcase...."

Playback – Lukas Nelson: Real as Promised
Lukas Nelson is a chip off the ol' Willie
Music Column  August 24, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...Austin Mic Exchange, which proved a gateway for young rappers into the local hip-hop scene, will retire after five years of sign-up sheets. Organizers Leah Manners and Adam Protextor, both increasingly busy with their respective careers in radio and music, say they're comfortable passing the torch to a growing landscape of rap entrepreneurs..."

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