As Austinites, we usually take advantage of SXSW to enjoy major international acts as well as discover lesser-known up-and-comers, but it’s rare that we catch an artist that’s almost a blend of both. Last week a lot of locals saw Heart Bones for the first time, a recent collaboration between Har Mar Superstar‘s Sean Tillmann and A Giant Dog & Sweet Spirit‘s Sabrina Ellis. Their individual reputations precede them and after two years together, they easily channel the chemistry of acts like Sonny & Cher and Sam & Dave while giving you the same electricity heard pulsing throughout the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
In fact, Heart Bones and their six-piece backing band wrapped up 2018 with a national tour of Dirty Dancing, where they teased some of the new singles that KUTX listeners heard Live at the Four Seasons last week. Be on the lookout for more from Heart Bones in 2019 and experience their early morning energy once again with this exclusive live recording of “Little Dancer”!
To say the very least, Belfast-born songwriter Naomi Hamilton gets major points for eccentricity. Hamilton’s project Jealous of the Birds still feels fresh five years into the endeavor and her off-kilter style of psychedelic indie rock continues to surprise and entertain listeners (both longstanding and new).
Jealous of the Birds just shared the new EP Wisdom Teeth and recently returned to SXSW two years after Hamilton’s very first visit to America, gracing us with her presence at our Live at the Four Seasons broadcast last Saturday. Don’t fret if you missed it on air and enjoy a free download of “Russian Doll!”
Some of the UK’s finest dropped by Austin for SXSW last week so today we’re looking back at London outfit HAELOS.
With only two albums under their belt including the upcoming Any Random Kindness, the music of this still-emerging quartet has been described as, “dark euphoria”, with indie, electronic, and prog rock coming together over droning synth pads, pop vocals, and driving rhythms. Last Thursday HAELOS made a pit stop in their international tour for KUTX Live at the Four Seasons and are now back on the road, returning to their hometown in June.
Any Random Kindness is out May 10th and to tide you over, here’s one of the more upbeat numbers from HAELOS’ Four Seasons performance (complete with chopped vocal samples), “End of World Party”!
Since his 1986 debut album, Guitar Town, San Antonio’s Steve Earle has been one of the biggest driving forces of outlaw country and rockabilly in Texas and beyond. And in case you haven’t been keeping up, the past few decades have witnessed Earle overcoming addictions and embracing outspoken political views over the course of nearly twenty studio albums and countless live shows.
Still supported by his ever-ready Dukes, the latest endeavor for Earle is his upcoming Guy Clark tribute album, Guy, out next Friday! Last Friday Steve Earle and The Dukes paid us a visit at the Four Seasons before getting deep in their current national tour and in a belated St. Patty’s Day spirit, let’s listen back to Steve’s live cover of Guy Clark’s “Dublin Blues”!
With South By South West officially in the bag we can finally return to our normal lives, but do we really want to?! All this week we’ll be revisiting our favorite KUTX Live at the Four Seasons recordings, starting today with legendary songwriter and producer Wyclef Jean.
Already a household name for his critical role in The Fugees and subsequent solo career, Wyclef has just released the collaborative album Wyclef Goes Back to School (Volume 1), a record that highlights young hand-picked up-and-comers worthy of international recognition. Last week Jean featured Jeremy Torres and Jazzy Amra when he stopped by the Four Seasons for a stripped-down acoustic performance, filled with career-spanning insights and a healthy level of braggadocio from the French-Haitian superstar. In between Jean’s boastful but uplifting storytelling, he showed off the his raw musicianship and right now you can relive the intimate early morning rendition of “Hips Don’t Lie” – originally performed by Shakira and produced by Wyclef Jean!