Andrew W.K. is the ambassador of partying, no matter what the State Department says. Back in 2012, it was believed Andrew Wilkes-Krier would be the next U.S. Cultural Ambassador to Bahrain. Even though it was later revealed he would just be speaking at the Embassy (and the invitation was rescinded), the nickname stuck. Apparently, so did the public speaking–a couple of years later he embarked on a motivational speaking tour titled The Power of Partying, spreading the gospel from city to city. Andrew W.K. is truly a media personality, appearing everywhere from Fox News to Cartoon Network with his signature white outfit and intense enthusiasm. W.K.’s latest project sees him returning to his first love, music, for a tour titled The Party Never Dies. Touring with his full band and playing such hits as “Party Hard,” Andrew W.K. is hyping up to release his first album since 2009. We were lucky enough to have him over at Studio 1A– he even performed a special song for KUTX. Check it out below!
– Harold Urteaga
KUTX’s Aaron “Fresh” Knight hosts The Breaks with Confucius and Fresh every Saturday night 11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Here are his picks of the best artists playing the Austin City Limits Festival this year. Make sure you don’t miss these:
Do I need to say more? I mean it’s Jay-Z. This is an artist I have a huge admiration for who I look to as someone that has raised me with his lyrics. Also, I haven’t seen him live since the 2009 Blueprint 3 Tour.
I’ve never seen him live and would love to see him perform the classics from albums like Amerikkkas Most Wanted and Death Certificate.
An amazing artist and songwriter whose first debut album I highly enjoyed and recommend everyone here. The guy bounced back from Drake stealing a whole song and has become a sort of bright spot in today’s music.
After hearing them collab with rap artists like Mick Jenkins and Ghostface Killah I was really intrigued by them. I look forward to hearing and seeing this amazing band take the stage.
This young local talent is someone I’ve been championing for the longest now. I’m excited that she’s made it onto the ACL Fest stage and look forward to seeing her live for only the second time.
KUTX’s Jay Trachtenberg is a music host 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. Monday – Thursday and hosts Jazz with Jay Trachtenberg every Sunday morning 7 a.m. – 10 a.m. This week he’ll give you an eclectic list of his favorite acts at the Austin City Limits Festival. Check them out below:
L.A.-based British producer/DJ Simon Green of late has been incorporating the sounds of world music into his heady electronic brew. Migration is an apropos title for his current album.
this young band from Sydney, Australia was quite impressive when we hosted them at the Four Seasons during SXSW in the wake of their eponymous debut EP. Definitely a band to keep an eye on.
One of the very best traveling (as opposed to studio) roots reggae bands to emerge from Jamaica in this century. Crucial and dread!
The band’s been touring virtually non-stop since the release of Hot Thoughts in March. They’ll be well-oiled and, no doubt, psyched for this homecoming of sorts.
AKA Stephen Bruner is a much in-demand bassist/producer who’s worked with everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Childish Gambino and is an integral part of L.A.’s cutting-edge, multi-genre West Coast Get Down Collective. Kudos all around for his latest album, Drunk.
Father John Misty is a fatalist romantic. Joshua Tillman is both entertainer and critic–no subject, not even himself, is safe. On his latest album, Pure Comedy, he offers biting commentary on capitalism, the culture industry, and the rapid pace of technological development. On “Total Entertainment Forever,” Tillman argues virtual reality is no different from what we have here on earth: people trying to make meaning where there is none. Under swelling pianos and a chorus of voices he ponders, “oh, who will critique them once he’s left?” Death and meaninglessness is a guarantee in Tillman’s world, but sometimes a Talking Heads song comes on at the bar and you’re reminded that “it’s a miracle to be alive.” Father John Misty graced us with his presence at Studio 1A on Friday. If you missed it, check it out below!
– Harold Urteaga
KUTX’s Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial every Friday night 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. This week he’ll give you a list of THE people to watch at the Austin City Limits Festival. Here are a few of his picks!
It’s the one band I’m most excited to see as I’ve heard nothing but great things about their live shows. They’re a bunch of smart and funky music nerds who model themselves after legendary session musicians of the past (Muscle Shoals, Stax, Motown).
*Plus two nights @ Emo’s 10/9 & 10/10.
Will Toledo and his young buddies may still look like they need permission slips signed by their parents to go out on tour, but they can rock like a mother. Furthermore, their star is ascending and pretty white hot right now. See ‘em before you’re over ‘em.
**Plus late night @ Mowhawk 10/12.
Stephen Bruner has some of the most bizarre and varied vocabulary in music these days (working with Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Suicidal Tendencies and Michael McDonald for starters). His bass playing is extraordinarily complex and suave; too bad he was thirty years too late to join Steely Dan or play with McDonald the first time around.
**Plus late night @ Scoot Inn 10/7.
I’m a big believer that you can’t see a band too soon, which is to say, before they call it quits or get crusty and stale. Gorillaz has never seemed like they’re a permanent fixture so my advice to is to catch them before it’s too late. And you know they’ll play “Clint Eastwood.”
If you hit that point in the festival when you need to mellow out, Hakim may be your best bet. The man has an sweet and honeyed voice supported by minimalist instrumentation with lots of wonky honks and beeps. Honestly though, he could sing the phone book and it would still melt your cold jaded heart.
**Plus late night @ Antone’s 10/13.