Delta Spirit: “From Now On”

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Delta Spirit: “From Now On”

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014

If there was any doubt about Delta Spirit’s California roots, their 2008 debut was called Ode To Sunshine. That’s not to say there weren’t some dark themes, but the band mostly went for joyous raucousness on songs like “Trashcan” and “People C’mon.” Delta Spirit earned its reputation in clubs and at festivals across the country, ripping through their songs with urgency.

That urgency is still there on Into The Wide, the band’s fourth album, but it’s been spiked with weariness. Delta Spirit moved to Brooklyn in 2012 and set up their own recording studio, only for it to be damaged by Hurricane Sandy a few months later. They regrouped and settled into their surroundings, and it’s easy to hear a certain New York grittiness in Into The Wide. The production now matches their forceful performances; lead singer Matt Vasquez is bathed in reverb, giving his howl a nice spectral touch. Songs like “Push It” and “Patriarch” show off Delta Spirit’s way with a rousing ballad, while “From Now On” bursts from the speakers like a caged animal.

This restlessness makes Delta Spirit worth following–word is that the band has now settled in Austin, so it will be interesting to hear what local roots peak through on their next release. Until then, Delta Spirit is in fine form shining some light on some shadowy sounds. Grab a download of their recent Studio 1A live performance below.

Vivalda Dula: “Henda Mua Ngola”

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Vivalda Dula: “Henda Mua Ngola”

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

For someone nicknamed the “Queen of the Drum,” perhaps its unsurprising that Vivalda Dula was a dancer first. The Angolan artist got her start with several Angolan and African dance companies, and she also comes from a long lineage of musicians. Her great-grandfather played the African xylophone and the thumb piano, while she picked up storytelling from her grandfather and dancing from her mother. Fittingly, “Henda Mua Ngola” is a wistful, nostalgic look back at both her home and family.

Catch Vivalda Dua at Wobeon Fest starting at 6 p.m. on the main stage.

Austin Music Experience: All ATX British Invasion, Strand of Oaks & More

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Austin Music Experience: All ATX British Invasion, Strand of Oaks & More

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

50 years ago, the British invaded the U.S. in the form of the Beatles, the Stones, the Who, and more. This week, Austin musicians are paying tribute with a show at ACL Live, featuring local favorites alongside British Invasion veterans like Eric Burdon and the Zombies. On the Austin Music Experience, we talk with Eric Burdon about the Animals, teaming up with Bruce Springsteen, and where the term ‘British Invasion’ came from. Plus, Centro-Matic, Shinyribs, Alejandro Escovedo, and Ian McLagan’s British Invasion covers, hard-rocking Philly group Strand of Oaks in our Studio 1A, back and forth with Loudon Wainwright III, and more. Join us Sunday at 6pm on KUTX 98.9 and KUTX.org.

Taj Weekes: “Rain Rain”

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Taj Weekes: “Rain Rain”

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

Taj Weekes takes a pan-Caribbean approach to his form of reggae. The singer was born in St. Lucia, but his band members come from across the region: Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and more. Even his subject matter looks across class and nationality differences; in Weekes’ hands, New Orleans is as much a part of the Caribbean community as the other island nations. “Rain Rain” was originally released on the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the song critiques the handling of the crisis, all set to a roots-inspired reggae beat.

Catch Taj Weekes at Wobeon Fest starting at 12:30 a.m. on the main stage.

Hoba Hoba Spirit: “Dark Bendir Army”

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Hoba Hoba Spirit: “Dark Bendir Army”

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014

Photo by Kim Metthai Leland

All this week, the Song of the Day features artists playing at this weekend’s Wobeon Fest–the Austin world music festival taking over Ironwood Hall on Saturday.

Since forming as a duo in Casablanca in 1998, Hoba Hoba Spirit has sought to redefine Moroccan music, both in the Arab world and beyond. The rhythms and melodies can be traditional, but the guitar playing is purely psychedelic, recalling greats like Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Their songs are often satirical and dark, like today’s song of the day. “Dark Bendir Army”–featuring the bendir, a drum indigenous to North African music–tells the tale of a man with amnesia and no passport trying to figure out where he came from.

Catch Hoba Hoba Spirit at Wobeon Fest starting at 9 p.m. on the main stage.