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I always have a song inside me. I don’t mean the ones I write. I mean I can hear music playing in my head all the time, and there’s no way to turn it off. This could drive lesser mortals mad, but I’ve survived and tap into this never-ending inner soundscape to fuel my many projects, including the Friday Happy Hour sessions I broadcast live on Twitch most weeks from my home studio.

My musical stylings owe a lot to the sounds of various British Invasions — from the 1960s to the post-punk era — acts like the Beatles, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Billy Bragg, The Kinks, The Who, Squeeze, Pretenders, Blondie, The Clash, to name a bunch, as well as American acts like REM, X, Phil Ochs, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and Paul Simon, with stray bits of The Replacements tossed into the mix

I recently moved from Austin, Texas, where in previous times you could catch me strumming and warbling at my monthly residency at The Butterfly Bar or fronting three arse-kicking bands: the Brit-Pop tour de force that is The Late Joys, my novel psychedelic-alt-country-hillbilly-Americana-roots-rock-n-roll act The Bootleggers and power-folk duet The Study Session.

Now, I’m in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where I plan to perform as much as possible. Come on out and say hi, I’ll play a song for ya!

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Stream, Download and Share Songs

Random RP (solo) Cuts

👉 (Don’t Mess Around with) A Girl from Another Man’s Song

👉 I Never Saw Them Again

👉 Idle Infatution

👉 Impenetrable

👉 To watch-n-listen to me playing (mostly) solo, check out my YouTube playlist.

Here, a sampling of songs from projects undertaken with musical accomplices The Late Joys, The Bootleggers and The Study Session.

The Late Joys

👉 Listen to and download the new Late Joys' EP Big Big Sounds

Big Big Sounds - a five-song EP by The Late Joys, Austin, TX; featuring Robi Polgar, Patrick Lopez, Matt Patterson

Everybody’s Going Away (2009)

A Pretty Little One (2008)

The Bootleggers

The Bootleggers - recorded live at Club Tizzie (2022)

The Study Session

[ samizdat-001 ] Thug Nation (rel. 2017)

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Listen to Robi’s Live Stream Happy Hour Study Sessions
Fridays at 6pm Eastern Time on Twitch

Join me for my happy hour live stream, performed almost every* Friday on Twitch. One hour of music, starting at 6pm Eastern. This broadcast debuted during the COVID-19 lockdown and has continued ever since — 120-odd shows and counting! Raise a glass and sing along.

Thank you for tunin’ in — and for sharing your thoughts and photos! Stay safe out there, I’ll see you Friday.

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A dog and her person. Woof!

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Upcoming Shows

You can tune in to my weekly happy hour live stream on Twitch, every Friday at 6pm Eastern time or...

Join me in person at one of my live shows!

👉 December 16: Old Bank Flowers & Greenery
66 Main Street, East Hampton, CT. 1pm – 4pm.
- Solo acoustic gig in a funky old renovated bank building.

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A bearded minstrel, spinning sonic yarns

Book Robi to Play at Your Live Venue or in Your Living Room or...

Run a pub, club or speakeasy that could use a little musical magic? Hosting an upcoming event you’d like to spice up with some sonic hijinks? I’ll come to you and play your stage, barn, living room, back yard, driveway — heck, you might even find me twisting by the pool. I’ve got the songs, the banter and all the gear required to add a dash of audio delight to your party.

👉 CLICK HERE for more information on how to book me to play your next fete.

Or just phone or text me: 512-771-0051.

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Past Projects

The Late Joys' January special project: A night of music by UK's The Jam at the Carousel Lounge, Austin, Texas 1/28/2023

Click here for just the poster

A Night of Songs by the Jam
The Best Band Ever to Come Out of the UK*

Austin Brit-Pop trio The Late Joys perform (incognito) as A BAND CALLED MALICE — a night of songs by The Jam. Carousel Lounge, Sat. Jan. 28, 2023 9pm-1am.

Three sets of high-octane (and some surprise slow-burn) numbers, including an airing of the album "Setting Sons" in its entirety, should get your energy boosted! We'll run through the Jam gamut: songs from every album, songs familiar and definitely not! Plus a special guest or two to help us out. Carnaby Street Couture Encouraged!

*Yeah, okay, maybe there was that one other collection of Scousers who hit it big in the 1960s...

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The Bootleggers; Austin, TX

The Bootleggers live at the Carousel Lounge Saturday, April 9, Austin, TX; photo by Tracy McC

The Bootleggers at the Carousel Lounge, April 2022

A handful of friends and fans old and new joined The Bootleggers at the Carousel Lounge, Saturday, April 9 for a one-night-only musical reunion of Austin’s favorite psychedelic-alt-country-hillbilly-Americana-roots-rock-n-roll act, an evening that included excerpts from the band’s (forthcoming) eponymous tell-all.

👉 Sign up on the mailing list so if and when the Bootleggers re-emerge, you’ll be first to know!

The Late Joys Give The Beatles’ Revolver a Spin

The Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver might be the band’s most important record, a groundbreaking, trailblazing, cliché-busting 35 minutes of musical magic. Austin Brit-Pop rockers The Late Joys performed Revolver in its entirety in “Re:Revolver2020,” live at the iconic Carousel Lounge on January 25.

👉 More information (press release)

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[ samizdat-001 ] Thug Nation
Songs from the Resistance

The Study Session put out this 2017 EP in defiance/anticipation of the regime’s crackdown on dissent, constitutional freedoms and the truth itself. This wasn’t prescience, so much as common sense, based on the abundantly available evidence. If it talks like a fascist, it is a fascist.

👉 Stream, download or purchase the [ samizdat ] CD on Bandcamp.

👉 Read more about the [ samizdat ] project here.

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Robi’s Online Song Menu (Request a Song)

Are you planning to attend an upcoming show? (Are you at one right now?) Try ordering a song from my extensive song menu. Choose from American college radio hits of 1980s to UK punk and pop to older classics from both sides of the pond and more! Or demand I strum and warble one of my “home brews.”

👉 CLICK HERE to order a song from my Song Menu.

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Tip Jar

If you feel like “tipping the band” and are short on cash (or cash-resistant), here are ways you can drop some money in my tip jar electronically.

Venmo: @Robi-Polgar

Square: Click here to use a credit card

Thank you!

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