The Music Fringe

The Music Fringe puts a spotlight on music that falls outside the mainstream. Meet the artists as host Lee Ackerley delves into and dissects their unique sounds and styles. The Music Fringe includes broader discussions on the niche music genres that the eccentric and progressive artists inhabit.
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  • #7 – Gothabilly with Zach Person

    June 4, 2021

    Zach Person comes on the Music Fringe to discuss early tragedy, early success and a bizarre microgenre of music called ‘Gothabilly’. From American Idol to launching his own record label, Zach has continued to evolve and innovate throughout his music journey. We talk about the music and skateparks in Houston, the legend of Screaming Jay Hawkins, and the music preferences for the cast of Sponge Bob Squarepants.


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  • #6 – Dance Punk with T.I.T.S

    June 4, 2021

    Nnedi and Andrew of ‘electro tribe’ band, Trouble in the Streets, come on the Music Fringe to talk about their politically charged music style as well as the microgenre of Dance Punk. We talk about faux Christian bands, prog rock as a torture tool in Gauntanamo and the deep schadenfreude involved in the birth of LCD Soundsytem’. We hear about Trouble in the Street’s influences like bands, Hiatus Kaiyote and Animals As Leaders, while imagining what music that Ted Cruz likes to dance alone in the mirror too. Witness the reemergence of one of Austin’s most galvanizing bands, as we talk about T.I.T.S’s post-pandemic future.


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  • #5 – Tropical House with DJ Ferno

    May 27, 2021

    DJ Ferno comes on the Music Fringe to discuss touring with Jazzy Jeff, moving to Austin during a pandemic, and discovering his passion for House Music. We also delve into the world of Tropical House music that is egregiously dominated by affluent, amphetamined, finance-bro Europeans who co-opted Caribbean rhythms and tropical vibes to seemingly sell Carnival cruise tickets. We discuss Shazam etiquette, double claps, and the collaborative nature of the Austin community as we throw praise on Madonna, India Arie, and Chance the Rapper. Join the Music Fringe as we dissect the farce of a music genre that is Tropical House, and the vapid and commercialized shell of a scene that it has become.

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  • #4 – Vapor Wave Dreamz with Jane Ellen Bryant and Daniel Leopold

    May 27, 2021

    Jane and Daniel come on the podcast to discuss their new project Jane Leo as well as the dystopian cyber phenomena known as Vaporwave music. We explore the genesis of Jane Leo, the genius of Iggy Pop, lifting weights to Lou Reed and find ourselves spiraling through Rugrats conspiracy theories, Thelma and Louise hypotheticals, and the possible birth of new genres like diaper wave and Kitchenware-wave. Dive down the rabbit hole with these two gems of humans!


    And when in doubt, remember WWID (What Would Iggy Do)


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  • #3 – You’re in a Wizard Rock Band Harry! with Jesse Beaman

    April 27, 2021

    Jesse Beaman of My Empty Phantom and Tepo Magico comes on the Music Fringe to discuss the wild world of Harry Potter-inspired Wizard Rock. The Dilettante puts on the sorting hat to discover how and why a multitude of international bands exists in this category while riffing on alien road trips, summoning pagan gods, and the duality of John Lennon.


    *This podcast is based on actual events, the nerd levels of Wizard rock bands have not been exaggerated and judgment upon these bands is reserved for God, Dumbledore, and Voldemort alone.


    Wizard Rock Playlist:

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  • #2 – Afrobeat(s) and Aliens with Topaz McGarrigle

    April 16, 2021

    Topaz McGarrigle of Golden Dawn Arkestra comes on the Music Fringe to talk about the emergence of Afrobeat as well as the likelihood of initiating a sun-worshipping, fungi-eating, West Texas cult. The Dilettante and Topaz discuss the difference between ‘Afrobeat’ and ‘Afrobeats’ while illuminating artists like Fela Kuti, William Onyeabor, Burna Boy, Bobi Wine, and Naira Marley. Reptilian conspiracies, Q-Anon core techno, and vaccine fashion tips also make appearances in this hour of self-dissection.


    *This episode is dedicated to Alex Jones

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  • #1 – Psychedelic Surf Music and Pirate Metal With Billy King

    January 12, 2021

    The Music Fringe dives into the subgenre of Pirate Metal with featured guest, Billy King, from the psych rock band Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad. The music dilettantes dive into the fascinating world of pirate metal and the creative genius and mental illness that inhabit it. Christopher Walken, Powerman 5000, and abusive Disney princes all make appearances in this unraveling of music minds.

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    "Lee Ackerley describes himself as a musical dilettante, meaning he has deep interest in musical arts but lacks knowledge on the on the subject. This ...

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