My KUTX: Palo Duro

Artist of the Month

My KUTX: Palo Duro

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

Palo Duro is the KUTX Artist of the Month for October.

After spending a decade in the bands the Glass Family and Gold Beach, Austin’s Michael Winningham started rethinking and reworking his musical direction. The path led him to Palo Duro, a new band that pulls from a lot of disparate influences and experiences on its debut album, Ryou Cannon. This week on My KUTX, Winningham explains what that process was like, and how everything from mysterious Nigerian funk, David Bowie’s sound and vision, and Kanye’s experimental side worked its way into Palo Duro. Hear Palo Duro’s guest DJ set on Saturday, October 14, 6-7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page. Palo Duro plays Hotel Vegas on October 14 and our Studio 1A on October 24 at 7 p.m.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Sam Cohen – “Let The Mountain Come To You”

2. William Onyeabor – “Atomic Bomb”

3. Palo Duro – “Darken The Glow”

4. David Bowie – “Sound And Vision”

5. Angel Olsen – “The Waiting”

6. Kanye West – “Lost In The World/Who Will Survive In America”

8. Jesse Woods – “Danger In The Dancehall”

9. Suicide – “Surrender”

10. Palo Duro – “Surrender”

11. Dr. John – “My Children, My Angels”

12. Kevin Morby – “Beautiful Strangers”

The Growlers: “City Club”

ACL Festival

The Growlers: “City Club”

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

The Growlers are grittier than their SoCal place of birth would suggest. While a lot of their California compadres opt for sunshine, the Growlers head for the shade. It’s no wonder Julian Casablancas produced their fifth album, last year’s City Club. The Growlers have a little Strokes in their DNA, crafting garage rock with a modern bounce.

The band also hosts its own annual music festival, but this weekend they’re gracing ours. “City Club” is a perfect entrance into the Growlers’ own peculiar club, built around a funky riff and singer Brooks Nielsen’s sinister croon.

“City Club” appears on City Club, out now.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

The Growlers at ACL Fest 2017:

*Sunday, October 15 // Miller Lite stage // 5:15 p.m.

Hamilton Leithauser: “Rough Going” (KUTX Live at Four Seasons)

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Hamilton Leithauser: “Rough Going” (KUTX Live at Four Seasons)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX.

The Walkmen’s announcement of a hiatus in 2014 came as bittersweet news. The longtime indie institution hit a Spoon-esque level of consistency over the course of a decade, crafting seven deeply-moving and invigorating albums that wear well. But the band’s pause allows for even more Walkmen-associated music as each member takes a solo turn. Singer Hamilton Leithauser knocked one out of the park last year with I Had A Dream You Were Mine, teaming up with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam.

Leithauser brought the record’s swooning, ’50s-influenced sound to KUTX Live at the Four Seasons last Friday. “Rough Going” turned out to be a perfect morning wake-up call, thanks to Leithauser’s distinctive croon. It’s the kind of song that already sounds like a golden oldie the first time you spin it.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Hamilton Leithauser at ACL Fest 2017:

*Friday, Oct 13 // Barton Springs Stage // 3:15 p.m.

Nick Hakim: “Roller Skates”

ACL Festival

Nick Hakim: “Roller Skates”

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Nick Hakim makes funk music, but it’s more for the mind and heart than for the dancefloor. Like a lot of artists these days, he largely recorded Green Twins, his debut album, all by his lonesome, and it lends the record a real interior presence. Songs crawl and ooze, carried forward by Hakim’s incredibly moving voice and burned-out production choices. “Roller Skates” feels like a slow spin on the rink, taken early in the morning or late at night. But the cloudiness can’t mask everything: “Will you forgive me although I’ve forsaken / All of you?” he wonders. It may sound shadowy, but this song wears its heart on its ragged sleeves.

“Roller Skates” appears on Green Twins, out now via ATO.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Nick Hakim at ACL Fest 2017:

*Wednesday, Oct 11 // Live in KUTX’s Studio 1A // 7 p.m.

*Friday, Oct 13 // Antone’s (official ACL Late Night Show) // 9 p.m.

*Saturday, Oct 14 // Tito’s Stage // 4 p.m.

BADBADNOTGOOD: “Speaking Gently”

ACL Festival

BADBADNOTGOOD: “Speaking Gently”

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD is the perfect collaborator, acting as a low-key launchpad for everyone from Snoop Dogg and Ghostface Killah to Mary J. Blige and Future Islands’ Sam Herring. But the band’s instrumental jazz/rap/funk hybrid is a great scene-setter in its own right. Last year’s IV was a mix of guest spots and band features, playing like a handcrafted mixtape or imaginary soundtrack. On “Speaking Gently,” BADBADNOTGOOD take the spotlight and push their sound into a lot of directions at once. Synths, sax, and flute float around a heavy rhythm, alternating between something cosmic and maybe a dusty track from a lost ’70s thriller. BADBADNOTGOOD is the rare backing band that sounds just as good up front.

“Speaking Gently” appears on IV, out now via Innovative Leisure.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

BADBADNOTGOOD at ACL Fest 2017:

*Saturday, Oct 7 // Mohawk (official ACL Late Night Show) // 9:30 p.m.

*Sunday, Oct 8 // Tito’s Stage // 6:15 p.m.

*Sunday, Oct 15 // Tito’s Stage // 6:15 p.m.