My KUTX: Ali Holder


My KUTX: Ali Holder

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017

On this year’s Huntress Moon EP, Austin’s Ali Holder shows off a folk sound that’s cosmically-inclined but tough and earthy (there’s even a song called “Gemini Gunslinger”). This week on My KUTX, Holder curates a playlist of influences and musical memories: seeing Patty Griffin dancing at the Broken Spoke, falling in love with Willie Nelson, and listening to the late, great Tom Petty under a Texas sky. Listen to Ali Holder’s guest DJ set on Saturday, November 25, 6-7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

Ali Holder plays the Winflo Listening Room on December 7 with Austin’s Noel McKay.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[intro music: Ali Holder – “Gemini Gunslinger”]

1. Willie Nelson – “Shotgun Willie”

2. Tom Waits – “Ol’ 55”

3. Van Morrison – “And It Stoned Me”

4. Gillian Welch – “Wayside/Back In Time”

5. Lucinda Williams – “Lake Charles”

6. Patty Griffin – “Chief”

7. Paul Simon – “Graceland”

8. Tom Petty – “Time To Move On”

9. Dr. John – “Down In New Orleans”

10. Jose Gonzales – “Heartbeats”

11. Little Brave – “Heart Electric”

12. Phoebe Hunt – “Pink And Blue”

My KUTX: Thanksgiving Day 2017 Schedule


My KUTX: Thanksgiving Day 2017 Schedule

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017

Illustration by Jacquie Fuller

This Thanksgiving, KUTX will be giving thanks to some of our favorite musicians and Austinites by handing them the keys to the station. Beginning Thursday morning at 6 a.m., we’re serving up a My KUTX marathon. Each hour, a different musician will guest DJ for your Turkey Day pleasure. Check out the schedule below and don’t forget to tune in!

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

6 a.m. // Slaid Cleaves (playlist)

7 a.m. // Molly Burch (playlist)

8 a.m. // Ray Wylie Hubbard (playlist)

9 a.m. // Exene Cervenka and John Doe of X (playlist)

10 a.m. // Sam Beam of Iron & Wine (playlist)

11 a.m. // Beto Martinez and Greg Gonzalez of Grupo Fantasma (playlist)

12 p.m. // Shinyribs (playlist)

1 p.m. // Sylvan Esso (playlist)

2 p.m. // author and artist Austin Kleon (playlist)

3 p.m. // Margaret Glaspy (playlist)

4 p.m. // Tomar Williams and Paul Kresowik of Tomar & The FCs (playlist)

5 p.m. // Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes (playlist)

6 p.m. // Megz Kelli, Dougie Do, and Mike Gonzales of Magna Carda (playlist)

7 p.m. // Thao Nguyen of Thao & The Get Down Stay Down (playlist)

8 p.m. // Santiago Dietche, Jonny Lee, and Sam Houdek of Growl (playlist)

9 p.m. // Justin Sherburn (playlist)

10 p.m. // Joe Woullard, Stephen Bidwell, and Jason Frey of Hard Proof (playlist)


Beach Slang: “Hard Luck Kid” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Beach Slang: “Hard Luck Kid” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

Beach Slang’s songs are filled with hard-luck tales and rock-and-roll salvation, but it’s been more of the former lately for the Philly band. Last week, they put out a simple plea: “please stop robbing us.” They’ve been robbed twice in the past year, including in Austin last November.

But Beach Slang’s DIY spirit is keeping the band going, and they’re returning to Austin for a show tonight at the Barracuda. The group takes the Replacements’ scruffy handbook and runs with it, playing arena rock with punk abandon. Last year, Beach Slang showed off this sound live in our Studio 1A. “Hard Luck Kid” is a particularly defiant jam, but let’s hope Beach Slang gets some better luck.

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

My KUTX: Kalu & The Electric Joint

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My KUTX: Kalu & The Electric Joint

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017

Photo by Josh Timmermans

Kalu & The Electric Joint is the KUTX Artist of the Month for November.

Kalu & The Electric Joint is a meeting point for a lot of styles and backgrounds. Kalu James was born in Nigeria and earned something of a musical education with a three-year-long residency at the Continental Club Gallery, teaming up with the blues-based stylings of guitarist JT Holt. Add in drummer John Spiece–who’s a mainstay with Grupo Fantasma and Brownout–and you get Time Undone, a funky mix of a debut album.

The trio bring these diverse influences to their guest DJ set this week on My KUTX, ahead of a show at the Empire Control Room with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Kalu, JT, and John talk about the importance of Jeff Buckley’s voice, Fela Kuti’s polyrhythms, and Led Zeppelin’s riffs on their own sound. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, November 18, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[intro music: Kalu & The Electric Joint – “Too Low To Get High”]

1. Miriam Makeba – “Malaika”

2. Corey Harris – “God Don’t Ever Change”

3. The Beatles – “I’m Only Sleeping”

4. Jeff Buckley – “So Real”

5. Led Zeppelin – “In The Light”

6. Queens Of The Stone Age – “Make It Wit Chu”

7. Bob Marley – “Babylon System”

8. Morphine – “The Night”

9. Stevie Wonder – “As”

10. Fela Kuti – “Colonial Mentality” (radio edit)

Deer Tick: “Sea Of Clouds”

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Deer Tick: “Sea Of Clouds”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017

Deer Tick can roar like Nirvana and pick like Guy Clark, and not coincidentally, those are two artists Deer Tick’s John McCauley has played with recently. But for the band’s new project, they decided to split up those personalities into two distinct albums. Deer Tick, Vol. 1 is the tender, country-and-folk-inspired reboot, while Vol. 2 howls with distorted abandon.

“Sea Of Clouds” leads off Vol. 1 with a rustic ramble, sounding like something from Workingman’s Dead. But old habits die hard; Deer Tick let a little rock-and-roll seep in to cut the sweetness. McCauley’s sandpaper voice has always been the band’s great strength. He doesn’t sound like many country singers, and likewise, Deer Tick play by their own rules.

“Sea Of Clouds” appears on Deer Tick, Vol. 1, out now. Deer Tick play two sets–an acoustic and electric–at the Mohawk on Saturday, November 18.

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