Bully, live at the Four Seasons. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.
Once again we’re partnering with the Four Seasons Hotel Austin to give you a taste of some of the best music of SXSW 2018. From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 14th through Saturday, March, 17th, we’ll have live performances open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Get more details here and listen to highlights from Wednesday’s artists: Erika Wennerstrom, Bully, Knox Fortune, and Kalu & The Electric Joint.
All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch: seven must-see artists at SXSW 2018. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX.
Nashville is known for country glitz and glamor, but Bully isn’t your typical Nashville band. It’s more inspired by Nirvana than Dolly Parton, and Bully stands out thanks to Alicia Bognanno’s incredible voice.
Bognanno is also the band’s producer and engineer, learning the trade in college before interning for Steve Albini, who’s recorded Nirvana, PJ Harvey, and Pixies. For Losing, Bully’s second album, Bognanno wasn’t content to repeat her past punk rock success.
“I know we wanted to take a little bit more time with the songs,” she told us in our Studio 1A last year, “and I think that ended up leaving the recordings and songs with a little bit more space…we definitely wanted to change things up a bit.” But Bully is just as fiery, and a sight to see onstage.
Listen to the feature below, hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy. Catch Bully at KUTX Live at the Four Seasons on Wednesday, March 14 at 9 a.m.
All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch: seven must-see artists at SXSW 2018.
Whether it’s playing guitar with Brownout or producing records by Third Root and Grupo Fantasma, Austin’s Adrian Quesada is a busy man. Last year, a break in his schedule found him writing some psychedelic soul songs, but he needed a singer. Enter Austin’s Eric Burton, and together, they’re Black Pumas.
Recorded at Quesada’s studio, Black Pumas’ debut is out later this summer. Quesada finds it thrilling to start from the ground-up again. “It’s exciting to make new music, you know,” he says. “Imagine if you asked a director to just make Star Wars 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. I feel like I like telling different stories, I like writing different music, and it’s hard for me to write the same style of music every year.”
Listen to the feature below, hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy, with engineering assistance from David Alvarez. Catch Black Pumas at the All The Friends Ball at Spiderhouse Ballroom on Sunday, March 11 at 11:30 p.m.
All this week, KUTX profiles the Ones To Watch: seven must-see artists at SXSW 2018. Photo by Bryan Allen Lamb.
Chicago’s Knox Fortune is a producer and singer who’s made a name working with a lot of hometown artists, even earning a Grammy for his singing on Chance The Rapper’s “All Night.” But Knox Fortune’s solo work is starting to turn heads too.
Paradise, Knox Fortune’s debut, is a singular vision, pulling equally from his love of hip-hop and the Beach Boys. He recently told GQ, “this album was the first time in awhile where I sat down with an idea and I really was trying to make it work, independently.” The music, the production, even the album artwork was all handmade by this young talent.
Listen to the feature below, hosted by Jody Denberg and produced by Art Levy. Catch Knox Fortune at KUTX Live at the Four Seasons on Wednesday, March 14 at 8 a.m.
SXSW 2017. Photo by Marshall Tidrick/KUTX.
Secretly Group is a family of independent record labels–Secretly Canadian, Dead Oceans, and Jagjaguwar–based out of Bloomington, Indiana with an office here in Austin. They’re home to some of our favorite bands: Angel Olsen, Bon Iver, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, just to name a few. And Secretly Group spotlights some of its newest artists with a SXSW showcase on March 15 at the Barracuda. The event also raises funds for Front Steps, an Austin organization that helps the homeless community.
This week on My KUTX, Secretly Group’s Phil Waldorf previews the showcase as our guest DJ, while also mixing in a few favorite discoveries from past SXSW fests. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, March 10, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Gordi – “Can We Work It Out”
2. Durand Jones & The Indications – “Smile”
3. Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee – “Farewell Transmission”
4. Shame – “One Rizla”
5. Marlon Williams – “Nobody Gets What They Want Anymore”
6. Joey Dosik – “Game Winner”
7. A Place To Bury Strangers – “Never Coming Back”
8. Stella Donnelly – “Boys Will Be Boys”
9. Cut Worms – “Till Tomorrow Goes Away”
10. Japanese Breakfast – “Road Head”
11. Bon Iver –“ The Wolves (Act I and II)”