Los Coast: “Simplify”

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Los Coast: “Simplify”

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2016 artists.

Los Coast recently cut its teeth with a Thursday night residency at C-Boy’s and an opening slot for Grupo Fantasma. The Austin band stylistically sits somewhere between these two spaces: there’s a sweaty, beer-soaked urgency to their brand of rock-and-soul, but also a slick professionalism.

The group’s 2016 single “Simplify” does just that, distilling singer Trey Privott’s music background. He grew up listening to Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, and his uncle Hiram Bullock was a fusion jazz guitarist with Sting and Santana. “Simplify” is a horn-driven explosion with gospel undertones, but the synthesizer murmurs give it a spacey edge.

“Simplify” is out now, with a debut EP on the way. See Los Coast at ACL Fest 2016:

*Friday, Sep 30, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage

*Saturday, Oct 8, 8:00 pm, Continental Club (Official ACL Fest Late Night show)

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

Grupo Fantasma: “Waitin’ For The Bus” (ZZ Top cover)

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Grupo Fantasma: “Waitin’ For The Bus” (ZZ Top cover)

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres looms large in Texas consciousness not just for its deep fried blues-rock, but also because of that mouth-watering gatefold spread. Grupo Fantasma brings all that Tex-Mex goodness to life with a cover of “Waitin’ For The Bus,” which features on the new blues-inspired benefit compilation ALL ATX: Low Down Violet Crown. Their version is the best of both worlds, a South Texas reimagining of ZZ Top that bridges borders, cultures, and record collections. Grupo Fantasma taps into something inherent in the blues: they’re better if you can dance them away.

“Waitin’ For The Bus” appears on ALL ATX: Low Down Violet Crown, out 9/30 at Waterloo Records. Proceeds benefit HAAM, SIMS Foundation, Black Fret, and the Austin Music Foundation. Tune into KUTX all week for your chance to win tickets to the sold-out release show at ACL Live.

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

My KUTX: ACL Fest 2016 Preview

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My KUTX: ACL Fest 2016 Preview

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

ACL Fest 2016 takes over Zilker Park the weekends of September 30-October 2 and October 7-9, and this week, it takes over My KUTX. Amy Corbin and Margaret Galton, the bookers behind ACL Fest, give us a preview of some of the acts they’re most excited to see, from the headliners to the new discoveries. Tune in Saturday, September 24 at 6 p.m., or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: LCD Soundsystem – “I Can Change”]

1. Chairlift – “Ch-Ching” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 3 p.m., Cirrus Logic stage)

2. Raury – “Devil’s Whisper” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 1 p.m., HomeAway stage)

3. Eliot Sumner – “Halfway To Hell” (Fri, Sep. 30, 12:15 p.m., Samsung stage)

4. Banks & Steelz – “Giant” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 2 p.m., Samsung stage)

5. Foals – “Mountain At My Gates” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Samsung stage)

6. Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (Sun, Oct. 2, 6 p.m., Samsung stage)

7. Nothing But Thieves – “Trip Switch” (Sat, Oct. 1 & Sat, Oct. 8, 12:45 p.m., Honda stage)

8. Saint Motel – “Move” (Sat, Oct. 1 & Sat, Oct. 8, 2:30 p.m., Honda stage)

9. Margo Price – “Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)” (Sun, Oct. 2 & Sun, Oct. 9, 3 p.m., HomeAway stage)

10. LL Cool J – “Mama Said Knock You Out” (Sat, Oct. 1 & Sat, Oct. 8, 4:30 p.m., Samsung stage)

11. Anderson .Paak – “Am I Wrong” (ft. Schoolboy Q) (Sat, Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., HomeAway stage)

12. Radiohead – “Burn The Witch” (Fri, Sep. 30 & Fri, Oct. 7, 8 p.m., Samsung stage)

13. Mumford & Sons – “The Cave” (Sun, Oct. 2 & Sun, Oct. 9, 8 p.m., Samsung stage)

Third Root: “Soul Force” (feat. Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes, & Vocab)

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Third Root: “Soul Force” (feat. Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes, & Vocab)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

In her 1994 essay “All Together Now,” Texas political legend Barbara Jordan talks about “soul force” as an agent of change. The government can’t fix everything. Instead, small, local work in communities can add up to big, society-wide advances.

Third Root takes this to heart on “Soul Force,” and it’s a truly collaborative effort. The group is made up of three Central Texas hip-hop veterans, including San Antonio’s Easy Lee and Mexican StepGrandfather and Austin’s DJ Chicken George. They team up with fellow Austinites Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes, and Vocab, while Adrian Quesada (who else?) adds his production wizardry.

With this many team members, there’s a chance of a too-many-cooks situation, but “Soul Force” delivers. Each feature is a callback to Jordan’s words, propped up by some shapeshifting Quesada psychedelia. “If I can’t change the world I can change mine,” Blakes raps, making the song both a call-to-action and a call to start the party.

“Soul Force” appears on Libertad, out October 11.

–Art Levy // hosts, Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Greg Vanderpool: “Into Dust” (Mazzy Star cover)

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Greg Vanderpool: “Into Dust” (Mazzy Star cover)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

In addition to being in a bazillion bands–the Echocentrics, Brownout, Spanish Gold, and many, many more–Adrian Quesada runs an Austin recording studio called Level One Sound. To celebrate the studio’s one-year-and-change anniversary, Quesada is releasing a compilation called Live At Level One, featuring dozens of local artists tackling some interesting covers: Money Chicha takes on Prince, the Greyhounds dust off lesser-known soul man Bobby Charles, and Bavu Blakes and Element7D team up as World Trade, pulling off a nasty version of Nas’ “Made You Look.”

One of the highlights belongs to Greg Vanderpool, another Austin veteran who comes from a pretty different orbit than Quesada. Whether it’s Milton Mapes, Monahans, or his own solo work, Vanderpool crafts sprawling, textural Americana, so it’s fitting he chose to cover fellow cosmic-nauts Mazzy Star. “Into Dust” starts off sparse, but it slowly blasts off under atmospheric conditions. It’s a simple song made all the more haunting thanks to the Austin alchemy.

“Into Dust” appears on Live At Level One. Songs will be released each month, with the full collection due later this fall.

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