White Denim: “Pretty Green”

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White Denim: “Pretty Green”

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

Photo by Mark Seliger

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights some of our favorite live sessions from the past year.

White Denim dealt with hype the only way they knew how: by evolving. Blog buzz almost immediately descended on the Austin group when they debuted in 2007, attracted by the band’s inventive mix of punk, funk, and rock. But White Denim didn’t stick around long enough to let the attention curdle. 2011′s D worked in some country and prog textures, and last year’s Corsicana Lemonade was a full-on Southern rawk explosion. If it wasn’t immediately apparent from day one, these guys have the chops and the creative curiosity to keep pushing boundaries.

Some of that boundary-pushing is put to better use in the live setting where White Denim can stretch out and make a unique performance each night. But at the heart of their jams are sturdy, well-crafted songs like the irresistible “Pretty Green.” White Denim stopped by Studio 1A back in April and showed us just how they’ve become one of the best bands in town. Watch a performance and download “Pretty Green” below!

Austin Music Experience: Best Austin Albums of 2014

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Austin Music Experience: Best Austin Albums of 2014

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014

We’ve made our list and checked it twice–this week on the Austin Music Experience, we’re putting on our critical hats and taking a look back at the Austin albums that provided the soundtrack to 2014. And we’ve got some help from the music experts here at KUTX Austin. The DJs will dive deep into an eclectic mix of picks, ranging from jazz to electronic to Latin rock. You’ll hear familiar favorites like Spoon and Spanish Gold, plus a few Austin discoveries like Roger Sellers and Gina Chavez. Join us Sunday 6 p.m. on KUTX 98.9 and KUTX.org, or listen anytime in the player below!

Centro-matic: “Flashes & Cables”

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Centro-matic: “Flashes & Cables”

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014

Growing up in Dallas, local music wasn’t as readily available like in Austin. So when a band like Centro-matic came bursting from Dallas’ cooler, northern cousin Denton, it was a big deal, especially to a musically-obsessed teenager like myself. Seeing Centro-matic live at age sixteen–opening for a buzzed-about Ben Kweller, no less–was revelatory. The group’s blend of rock, country, and lo-fi weirdness was so different. It’s a great feeling to take pride in that kind of local artistry.

After nineteen years, eleven albums, and countless tours, Centro-matic is hanging up its collective boots. This year’s Take Pride In Your Long Odds is a fitting capstone: here’s a Denton band that never set the music world on fire, but they took on those long odds by organically building up a following, touring the world, and making the kind of music they wanted. It’s an inspiring thing to see such consistency in a veteran band when so many groups flame out or lose their touch. Centro-matic is bowing out before that happens, adding just a little bit more luster to their local legacy.

Centro-matic plays the Parish tonight in a sold-out, final Austin show. For today’s song of the day, we dug back into our own live archives and unearthed performance of “Flashes & Cables,” one of the band’s best songs and coincidentally done live at the Parish in 2008.

–Art Levy

Leopold & His Fiction: “Waves (Golden)”

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Leopold & His Fiction: “Waves (Golden)”

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014

Photo by Elaine Huang

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights some of our favorite live sessions from the past year.

Daniel James, the dynamic frontman for Austin’s Leopold & His Fiction, likes his music with a little chaos. Growing up in Detroit, James learned from the Motor City’s best madmen like Iggy Pop while soaking up all the R&B and soul he could find. An interest in creative writing took him to San Francisco State University, and there James started writing his own songs. He formed Leopold & His Fiction as a raw, blues-rock two-piece in 2005, but a move to Austin in 2008 found him incorporating more styles.

The group turned our Studio 1A into an arena straight out of 1978–the walls were shaking all throughout the building. Watch their video and download “Waves (Golden)” below!

Laura Mvula: “Green Garden/See-Line Woman”

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Laura Mvula: “Green Garden/See-Line Woman”

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights some of our favorite live sessions from the past year.

There’s simple pleasure in Laura Mvula’s music. Her debut album, Sing To The Moon, is filled with retro soul and pop influences that make it hard to place her in a given time. She could’ve popped up in any decade and Mvula’s voice would fit right in. That’s testament to her compositional skill. She’s a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatoire in her native England, applying her studies while also keeping her sound rooted in blues and R&B.

Mvula stopped by our Studio 1A earlier this year and showed us that her songs bloom even further in the live setting. Her electric performance of “Green Garden” grew into a cover of Nina Simone’s “See-Line Woman”–past and present converging seamlessly. Watch video and download the song below!