Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX
A decade ago, the Black Angels’ droning darkness felt at odds with a lot of Austin (and national) music. But with a festival and record label to go along with their signature sound, the Angels have aged into elder-statesman (or maybe that’s elder-shaman) status while helping spearhead a psychedelic revival. If anything, the band has only gotten darker with time, but their songs have also gotten bigger and better, capable of blowing up a festival or, in last week’s case, a Four Seasons ballroom. Live at SXSW, the Angels tried out songs from their upcoming fifth album, Death Song. “Grab As Much (As You Can)” is as brooding as anything in the band’s pummeling discography, but guitarist Christian Bland throws in an earwormy riff that sounds like shivers down a spine. Watch a video of the performance below.
“Grab As Much (As You Can)” appears on Death Song, out April 21.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX
Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX
By now, the story sounds apocryphal, like some platonic ideal of artistic discovery. Maggie Rogers moved out her college apartment on May 31, 2016. Twenty-four hours later, her music was viral, spurred on by a video of Pharrell’s hushed awe as he listened to her song “Alaska” during an NYU master class. By the end of the summer, Rogers had a record contract and millions of new fans.
This kind of overnight success story seems to seep into every SXSW, but with Rogers, it feels different and more sustainable. Her mix of synthesizers with earthy folk sounds–like field recordings of birds and crickets–reminds me of Brian Eno’s love of finding the organic in the electronic. Rogers made a lot of converts with her early-morning set at the Four Seasons, turning in a stunning performance with earwormy songs like “Dog Years.” Within SXSW’s howling noise, Rogers’ less-is-more simplicity carved out its own sonic oasis. Watch a video of the performance below.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10am-2pm, producer, My KUTX
Once again we’re partnering with the Four Seasons Hotel Austin to give you a taste of some of the best music of SXSW 2017. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15th through Saturday, March, 18th, we’ll have live performances open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Get more details here and listen to highlights from Saturday’s artists: Molly Burch, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Little Simz, and Spoon.
Photo by Shervin Lainez
Sylvan Esso–a duo out of North Carolina featuring Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn–released its self-titled debut in 2014, and it still sounds forward-thinking, blending R&B, electronic, folk, and pop. The group drops its second album, What Now, on April 28, and this week Sylvan Esso is all over SXSW (they’re also back in Austin for a date at Stubb’s on August 30).
Back in 2015, Meath and Sanborn taped an episode of My KUTX, spinning their favorite songs and talking about sexy jams, synth sounds, and Wyclef Jean’s questionable decision-making. It’s still one of our best guest DJ episodes, and you can hear it again on Saturday, March 18 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Sylvan Esso – “Coffee”]
1. Stina Nordenstam – “Winter Killing”
2. Caribou – “Second Chance”
3. Dntel – “Rock My Boat”
4. Tune-Yards – “Rocking Chair”
5. Broadcast – “Corporeal”
6. Television Personalities – “Diary Of A Young Man”
7. Clipse – “Ma, I Don’t Love Her”
8. Four Tet – “Spirit Fingers”
9. Wyclef Jean – “Perfect Gentleman”
10. Broken Social Scene – “Anthems For A Seventeen Year Old Girl”
11. Marvin Pontiac – “No Kids”
12. Fiona Apple – “Daredevil”
Once again we’re partnering with the Four Seasons Hotel Austin to give you a taste of some of the best music of SXSW 2017. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 15th through Saturday, March, 18th, we’ll have live performances open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Get more details here and listen to highlights from Friday’s artists: River Whyless, OJR, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and the Black Angels.