Photo by Emree Weaver
Löwin debuted last summer with a handful of singles that showed promise for the young band. Sara Houser formed the group after the amicable end of the Couch, whose blues-rock sound earned rave reviews over the course of two LPs. Löwin is just as loud, and there’s a ’70s energy crackling through the band’s riffs. The band is back with Royal Jelly, an EP that somehow splits the difference between Heart and Dinosaur Jr. The title track is fierce, but it’s given a tender reading by Houser’s expressive voice. Löwin celebrates the EP with a release show at Cheer Up Charlies on Saturday. Listen to and download “Royal Jelly” below.
Photo by Dana Munnis
Since the early ’80s, the U.K. group the Waterboys have followed their collective muse wherever it may go. Elements of folk, pop, and rock swirl around in their songs, and frontman Mike Scott matches that big sound with even bigger meditations on spirituality and politics. Earlier this year, the Waterboys released Modern Blues, their eleventh album, and KUTX’s Jody Denberg sat down with Mike Scott ahead of the Waterboys’ show at the Paramount tonight. Listen to the interview below.
Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors have carved out an independent niche in Nashville, which is impressive given the company town vibe in Music City. The group does have country touches in its sound, but Holcomb’s writing veers between folk and rock enough to warrant the independent streak. Holcomb’s outsider status allows him to retain creative control; you probably won’t hear him on country radio, but over the years, he’s gotten songs into several TV shows and made a name for himself on the live circuit. Holcomb & the Neighbors swing through Emo’s tonight in support of Medicine, the band’s seventh album. “Here We Go” has a bit of Nashville in it, but the band is loose and funky, dialing in a ’70s feel. Listen to and download “Here We Go” below.
Artist of the Month Abram Shook came out of nowhere last year with Sun Marquee, his solo debut and a tour de force for the longtime Austin sideman. His time spent with Shearwater, the Low Lows, and the Great Nostalgic prepared him well for the spotlight. On May 12 comes Landscape Dream, which expands Shook’s psychedelic sound by emphasizing his love of African and Brazilian rhythms as well as his jazz background. It’s a complex record, but part of the fun comes from the new details that pop out with repeated listens.
This week on My KUTX, Shook is our guest DJ, offering an eclectic mix of songs that inspired his new record. Catch his set this Saturday at 6 p.m., or listen anytime in the player below his playlist.
Abram Shook’s playlist
1. Shuggie Otis – “Inspiration Information”
2. Joni Mitchell – “Help Me”
3. Rokia Traore – “Lalla”
4. Sandro Perri – “How Will I?”
5. Clube Da Esquinha – “Ao Que Vai Nascer”
6. Chico Buarque – “Desalento”
7. David Bowie – “Sound & Vision”
8. Paul Simon – “Gumboots”
9. Dirty Projectors – “Imagine It”
10. Nick Drake – “Time Has Told Me”
11. Ornette Coleman – “Lonely Woman”
12. Dungen – “Ett Skal Att Trivas”
The background of Making Movies is a modern one, and an undeniably American kind of story. Two Panamanian brothers formed the group in Kansas City in 2009 before adding musicians from Mexico and the States, and they took their name from a Dire Straits album. They quickly developed an audience throughout the Midwest, and their list of touring partners–from Neon Indian, Tennis, and Cold War Kids to Los Lobos and Ozomatli–highlights Making Movies’ cross-cultural appeal.
Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin produced the band’s 2013 album, A La Deriva, perfectly capturing Making Movies’ alternative take on Latin music. They sing in both English and Spanish while adding a psychedelic edge to son, an Afro-Cuban form of music originating in the 19th century. Making Movies recently stopped by Studio 1A, and today’s song of the day comes from the live session. Listen to and download “Cuna de Vida” below.