Brownout: “You Don’t Have To Fall”

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Brownout: “You Don’t Have To Fall”

Posted by on May 22, 2017

Photo by Stevan Alcala

Brownout’s transformation into Brown Sabbath these past few years has been an unexpected gift to Austin and beyond, even earning well-deserved praise from Ozzy himself. But lest we forget, Brownout isn’t just a covers band; this is easily one of the best bands in Texas, period. The cheekily-titled new EP Over The Covers makes this explicit: four original songs, spearheaded by Brownout’s inventive stew of Latin soul, funk, and psychedelic rock.

On the EP, Brown Sabbath MVP Alex Marrero continues his spotlighting turn as the band’s singer, adding a heavy metal edge to the mix. There are so many things going on in a song like “You Don’t Have To Fall”–funky backbeats, crisp horns, sludgy power chords–and the fun is hearing how in the hell Brownout combines it all. Even if the band is turning the page on its Sabbath garb, there’s still plenty of room to both headbang and cumbia.

“You Don’t Have To Fall” appears on Over The Covers EP, out June 2. Brownout plays live in our Studio 1A on Friday, May 26 at 2 p.m. and at Antone’s on May 26 and 27.

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

The Wild Now: “Afterglow”

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The Wild Now: “Afterglow”

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Austin dream-poppers the Wild Now are back with Afterglow, a follow-up EP to last year’s Tides. David Beck of Blue Healer (and formerly of Sons Of Fathers) produced most of the songs, while Max Frost produced and co-wrote the title track. “Afterglow” finds the band moving firmly in a clubbier direction, pushing electronic beats inside a sleek, synth-fueled atmosphere. Listen below.

“Afterglow” appears on Afterglow EP, out now. The Wild Now plays tonight at 3TEN at ACL Live.

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

My KUTX: Little Dragon

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My KUTX: Little Dragon

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Over the course of five albums, Little Dragon has perfected a dark, narcotic take on electronic pop. The group hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, but it could be from anywhere. Little Dragon’s music floats in an otherworldly haze, and its fifth album, the just-released Season High, is funky and atmospheric in equal measure.

And “funky” and “atmospheric” are two perfect words to describe Little Dragon’s guest DJ set. Drummer Erik Bodin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand go back and forth with Season High tracks and the sounds that inspired them, while also talking about Texas, ballady ballads, and the awesomeness of Kraftwerk. Tune into My KUTX on Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Little Dragon – “High”

2. Gwen Guthrie – “Thrill Me”

3. Little Dragon – “Butterflies”

4. George Duke – “North Beach”

5. Little Dragon – “Don’t Cry”

6. Yves Tumor – “The Feeling When You Walk Away”

7. Little Dragon – “Push”

8. Little Dragon – “Strobe Light”

9. Kraftwerk – “Techno Pop”

10. Little Dragon – “Gravity”

Black Lips: “Squatting In Heaven”

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Black Lips: “Squatting In Heaven”

Posted by on May 17, 2017

Photo by Lance Laurence

Hot Luck brings together two of Austin’s favorite things: music and food. Spearheaded by Franklin BBQ maestro Aaron Franklin and former Transmission Events and Fun Fun Fun Fest honcho James Moody, the festival packs in four days of mouthwatering meals from some of the best chefs in Austin and beyond, all served with a heaping of rock-and-roll.

Thursday’s Hot Luck headliners are the Black Lips, basically barbecue in music form: messy, greasy, and fire-blasted. The Atlanta outfit has been cooking up a blend of punk and psychedelia for close to two decades, and it boils over on its latest, the brilliantly-titled Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?. Guests Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon add some star power, but the Lips’ particular star has always been dirty and scruffy, no matter who’s paying attention. “Squatting In Heaven” is perfectly imperfect, and the perfect soundtrack for Hot Luck’s helpings.

“Squatting In Heaven” appears on Satan’s Graffiti or God’s Art?, out now. Black Lips play live in our Studio 1A on Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m. and later that night at the Barracuda.

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

The Octopus Project: “Wrong Gong” (Live In Studio 1A)

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The Octopus Project: “Wrong Gong” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on May 15, 2017

The Octopus Project is the KUTX Artist of the Month for May. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX

The Octopus Project’s live shows are often of the sensory-overload variety. The Austin band let loose its geeky A/V club charm at its sold-out album release show last Friday in one of the Bob Bullock Museum’s theaters, utilizing sound effects, rumble seats, and of course, a big-ass movie screen to great effect.

But the Octopus Project also impresses in a (relatively) stripped-down environment. There was no video-assisted sleight-of-hand in our Studio 1A last week, but the band’s whizz-bang electronic rock was more than enough to keep the packed audience entertained. The Project’s sixth album–the Dave Fridmann-assisted Memory Mirror–might be its best, still defiantly weird but also flat-out fun. “Wrong Gong” kicked off the live set with a splash of color, sounding like a comic book come to auditory life. Listen below.

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