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"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Austin Mic Exchange Grassroots hip-hop open mic cut the cord after five years...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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)..."
"...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...."
"...• 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..."
"...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..."
"...Ongoing Music Residency: Austin Mic Exchange..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"... • 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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."