My KUTX: Sarah Jaffe

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My KUTX: Sarah Jaffe

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017

Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX

Since breaking out of the Denton scene almost a decade ago with a folk-leaning sound, Sarah Jaffe has slowly remade herself as a pop star, but on her own terms. Her songs are both sticky-sweet and dark around the edges, and Bad Baby, her fourth album, is her biggest swing yet. As I mentioned when the record came out, she’s the only artist I know of who’s worked with Cyndi Lauper, Eminem, and Pixar.

Jaffe was also one of our very first guest DJs on My KUTX, and this week, we’re excited to have her back for a new mix. This time around, Jaffe picks a lot of recent music that’s turned her head, showing off her Texas pride in Solange, her love of A Tribe Called Quest, and much more. Tune in Saturday, August 12 at 6-7 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

[intro music: Sarah Jaffe – “Bad Baby”]

1. RAC – “Hollywood” (feat. Penguin Prison)

2. Aluna George – “In My Head”

3. The Japanese House – “Face Like Thunder”

4. dvsn – “Hallucinations”

5. A Tribe Called Quest – “Whateva Will Be”

6. BNQT – “Mind Of A Man”

7. Son Little – “Your Love Will Blow Me Away”

8. Eliot Sumner – “Firewood”

9. Sevdaliza – “That Other Girl”

10. Solange – “Don’t Wish Me Well”

11. Guts – “Man Funk” (feat. Leron Thomas)

12. RAC – “We Belong” (feat. Katie Herzig) [Odesza remix]

Girl Ray: “Trouble”

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Girl Ray: “Trouble”

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017

Photo by Ellie Connor Phillips

The three members of Girl Ray banded together just three years ago at high school in London, but they already sound ageless on their debut, Earl Grey. There’s something clubby to the album, not in an electronic unce-unce sense, but in a familial, us-versus-them sense. Heartache and love are the main focus, and in true teenage fashion, they sound big in Girl Ray’s small world.

“Trouble” is arguably the band’s best song so far, and it doesn’t even officially appear on Earl Grey (it’s a standalone single that’s tacked onto the digital version). The track radiates warmth, thanks to the simple guitar-bass-drums setup and Poppy Hankin’s pastel voice. It seems cosmically perfect that the members’ school is the same one where the Kinks formed. Girl Ray shares the same golden-hued DNA. If they had formed a half-century earlier, we would’ve heard them on a Wes Anderson soundtrack by now.

“Trouble” appears on Earl Grey, out now.

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

Ruby Fray: “Honor”

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Ruby Fray: “Honor”

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017

Photo by Bryan Parker

Before moving to Austin, Emily Beanblossom was active in the Olympia, Washington scene, fronting the frantic punk outfit Christmas. She also has ties to K Records, Olympia’s proudly DIY label that helped spearhead the riot grrl movement, launched Beck’s career, and moved Kurt Cobain enough to get a tattoo of the label’s iconic logo.

This punk ethos serves Beanblossom well in Ruby Fray, her latest band. “Honor,” the four piece’s new single out this summer, broods with a sneer, but Beanblossom’s use of the omnichord gives the song some celestial lift. There’s something strangely beautiful about Ruby Fray’s sound, like the Cocteau Twins dressed in darker clothes.

Ruby Fray kicks off its tour tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s with the Sour Notes.

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

Deap Vally: “Grunge Bond” (Unplugged Version)

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Deap Vally: “Grunge Bond” (Unplugged Version)

Posted by on Aug 7, 2017

Last year, L.A. duo Deap Vally really impressed when they hit our Studio 1A, blasting through a grimy set of rock that borrowed as much from blues as it did from punk. There’s little wonder they’ve already shared stages with Iggy Pop, Dinosaur Jr., and Thurston Moore, and this week they’re also in good company, opening for Blondie and Garbage at ACL Live.

The band’s awesomely-named album Femejism also gets an update for the tour. Deap Vally just released an EP spotlighting some “unplugged” versions of songs from the record, an obvious nod to a ’90s classic. The electric “Grunge Bond” is a bash-it-out riff monster, but the unplugged version plays like a schoolyard chant, with wailing sax, drums, and the shouts of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards all taking turns as the leader.

“Grunge Bond” appears on Femejism (Unplugged), out now. Deap Vally plays on Friday, August 11 at ACL Live with Blondie and Garbage before playing their own aftershow at 3Ten with Ringo Deathstarr.

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

My KUTX: Utopia Fest 2017

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My KUTX: Utopia Fest 2017

Posted by on Aug 4, 2017

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

Utopia Fest has always done things a little bit differently than most music festivals. For starters, its located in tiny Utopia, Texas, 2 1/2 hours southwest of Austin and right in the middle of the gorgeous Hill Country. Attendance is capped at 2000, camping is encouraged, and there’s no musical overlap, all of which makes this a great destination for the music and outdoors lover.

This year’s fest goes down September 22-24, and it features everything from Dr. John and Antibalas to Brownout and Matthew Logan Vasquez. Austin folk/pop outfit the Deer also plays, and this week on My KUTX, the Deer’s Grace Park plays an hour of handpicked, Utopian music. Listen to her guest DJ set on Saturday, August 5 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Barr Brothers – “Half Crazy”

2. Elephant Revival – “Hello You Who”

3. Dr. John – “Kingdom Of Izzness”

4. Suzanna Choffel – “Go Forth”

5. Jinx McGee – “Tower To God” (feat. Dominic Hendrikz)

6. Antibalas – “Indictment”

7. Elephant Revival – “When I Fall”

8. CAPYAC – “Speedracer”

9. Les Hay Babies – “Obsédée”

10. Big Thief – “Randy”

11. Suzanna Choffel – “New Word”

12. Omnii – “I Bruise Blue”

13. Fruition – “Labor of Love”