The angle of the sun is shifting, pollen’s got you reaching for the nasal spray … before you know it, spring will be here. And with spring come the sights and sounds of the largest music festival in the world, right at home here in Austin! It also happens to be KUTX’s busiest week of the year, but you won’t hear us gripe, ’cause we’ll be having all sorts of fun with you. Doing what exactly? Well, check back here March 1st for the full lineup of KUTX’s SXSW shenanigans. We’ll have official SXSW stuff, as well as good times to be had for the wristbandless among us.
See you soon! In the meantime, relive SXSW 2018.
March 8 is International Women’s Day – a worldwide day of recognition and action for women and girls. KUTX is participating the best way we know how: with music! From 6am until 11pm, we’ll shine the spotlight on women – from singer-songwriters, to kick-ass frontwomen, to rappers – from here in Austin and around the world. (We can’t promise you won’t hear some men singing – how else do we honor awesome lady drummers and guitarists?!)
What’s more – we’re kicking the men out of the studio. The entire day will be hosted by the Women of KUTX:
6:00-9:00 A.M. – Elizabeth McQueen
9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. – Susan Castle
12:00-2:00 P.M. – Jacquie Fuller
2:00-4:00 P.M. – Deidre Gott
4:00-7:00 P.M. (Old School Dance Party) – Laurie Gallardo
7:00-11:00 P.M. (Left of the Dial) – Taylor Wallace
Follow along on Instagram (@KUTX), too, where we’ll be sharing portraits from some of our favorite women artists who have come through KUTX.
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Join the 2019 Campaign: #BalanceforBetter.
You can hear Austin music on your radio, live in venues across the city, and now … at baggage claim! KUTX is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to bring The Austin Music Experience – a 24-hour all-Austin music mix – to travelers visiting Austin from all over the globe. Whenever you find yourself at the airport, you’ll hear Austin artists in your ears. And just like the mix you’ve come to expect from KUTX, you and your fellow travelers will hear the next wave of Austin musicians – like Molly Burch, Mobley, and Walker Lukens – played right alongside Austin legends like Willie and Spoon. Check out the playlist below!
KUTX is also proud to support live music programming at the airport. The new Heart of Austin center at the airport – including a renovation of the Ray Benson Asleep at the Wheel stage – is set to open next month, but you don’t have to wait until then to catch live music. See the schedule of performances here.
New to KUTX? Welcome! We’re a non-profit, community-supported public radio station based at the University of Texas Austin. Our mission: to bring you closer to the Austin Music Experience. You can tune in at 98.9 FM when in Austin, or stream us online wherever you are.
The Austin Music Experience at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport … just one of many ways KUTX is celebrating Love Austin Music Month in February, and year-round!
The KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series presents Jamila Woods, Sarah Jaffe, and special guest Iron & Wine this Saturday, July 14th at UT’s Hogg Memorial Auditorium.
Doors: 6pm / Show: 7pm
Reserved Seating: $45.00 and $35.00 in the Hogg Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.
**Use coupon code BOGO at checkout to buy one ticket and get a second for FREE!**
Jamila Woods: Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage – from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late 80s post-punk of The Cure – structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album released in the summer of 2016 on Closed Sessions. “It’s like a collage process,” she says. “It’s very enjoyable to me to take something I love and mold it into something new.” A frequent guest vocalist in the hip-hop, jazz and soul world, Jamila has emerged as a once-in-a-generation voice on her soul-stirring debut.
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Woods grew up in a family of music lovers. It took a surprise poetry class with a high school arts program for Jamila to finally find her metaphorical and literal voice. “Through poetry, I realized you are the expert of your own experience,” she says. Her poetry studies continued in college and in her professional career with Young Chicago Authors.
Sarah Jaffe: Sarah Jaffe was only twenty-two years old when her seasoned debut recording, Even Born Again, was released in 2008. Already a fixture in the fertile Denton, Texas musical landscape, her profile began to soar. Soon she was touring with artists as varied as Lou Barlow and Norah Jones, and was pushing her acoustic music into the electronic pop ether. Since then she’s had raves in Rolling Stone, made the rounds on the talk shows, collaborated with Eminem, placed her songs in a couple of films, and released a handful of absorbing albums and EPs. Her fourth and latest full-length, Bad Baby, like each release that has preceded it, finds Jaffe again moving in creative new directions. There’s a dance-floor propulsion, and Jaffe is quick to credit the newly spacious feel to her layered pop to her many collaborators, including photographers and illustrators.
KUTX turns five this year, and we’re celebrating all year long (because we’re that guy) with special features on-air and online, fun events, and concerts – some of which we’re still cooking up, and some of which might become annual traditions.
Sat., Jan. 6 & Sun., Jan. 7: Kick off our yearlong celebration with a musical trip down memory lane! From 6 A.M. to 6 P.M. each day, you’ll hear songs from artists that reflect and capture the past 5 years at KUTX. Mon., Jan. 15: On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we’ll spotlight black artists and their contribution to rock-and-roll (and by “contribution,” we of course mean, INVENTION OF IT.) Jan. 22-26: Midday host Susan Castle will celebrate a special week of “Ocho Loco”, with opportunities to win very cool things. This week Susan will be giving away tickets to see Bon Iver, Trevor Noah, Dan Auerbach, and St. Vincent. Plus, one lucky listener will get the chance to play guest DJ for a future episode of “Ocho Loco”. Play along and check for our daily “Ocho Loco” topics on our Facebook page. Thur., Feb. 15: Think you know more about music than us? Come out and prove it! The Cactus Cafe will host a Music Trivia Night where teams of listeners can take on a team of KUTX hosts and staffers. Supported by AFS Cinema. GET TIX HERE Thur., Feb. 22: KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series: Blitzen Trapper at Antone’s Fri., Mar. 23: KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series: Broken Social Scene at Stubb’s (on sale Friday 2/2 @ 10 a.m.) Fri., Jun. 15: A screening of “High Fidelity” on Bass Concert Hall’s big screen, followed by a live conversation and audience Q&A with John Cusack, regarding his career and the making of the film. Sat., July 14: Jamila Woods & Sarah Jaffe at Hogg Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now. Tue., July 31: KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series: Beach House at ACL Live (sold out!) Sat., August 25: KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series: Jason Isbell at Bass Concert Hall
- ICYMI: My KUTX producer Art Levy selects his favorite My KUTX guest DJ sessions from the last five years.
- Coming soon, IRL: more concerts and fun events. Stay tuned!
And all of this is, of course, in addition to the stuff we usually do, like KUTX Live at The Four Seasons, KUTX Live at The Paramount, our spring and fall concert series at Mueller, and all the features and music you find on KUTX every day.
Wait. Only Five?
If it feels like we’ve been around for decades (or that some of our hosts have), you’re partially right. KUT (90.5) was launched by The University of Texas in 1958, and for decades, served Austin listeners with news and great music. But KUT wanted to provide Austin with 24-hours of news and information, which required launching a second station for music.
In January 2013, KUTX was born at 98.9 on the FM dial (or, we guess you could say, reborn.) In the years to follow, we’d develop our own identity: one that honors its musical roots on KUT, but embraces an even wider array of sounds and artists, with a strong commitment to Austin’s dynamic music scene. (Scroll down for a list of KUTX milestones from the last five years.)
Here’s a list of what KUTX listeners and members have made possible since our launch in 2013:
- Approximately 1200 music performances in Studio 1A, from legends like Allen Toussaint, Patty Griffin, and Lyle Lovett to emerging artists like The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, and Alt-J.
- Events in the community, from our annual KUTX Live at The Four Seasons benefits during ACL Fest and SXSW, to our biannual, family-friendly music series at Mueller Lake Park.
- Specialty shows on the air, like Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child (indie music for indie kids), My KUTX, the Old School Dance Party, Left of the Dial, Horizontes, Uptown Saturday Night (which carries the torch of Twine Time), and The Breaks.
- Support of Austin music, via the playlist, live events where artists are paid fairly, features like our Artist of the Month initiative and the Austin Music Minute,
- The launch of our podcast, This Song, which has profiled over 100 artists from Austin and around the world about the songs that transformed them.
- In 2017, a celebration of Eklektikos host John Aielli’s fifty years on the air.
- The launch of the KUTX Street Team in 2015, which built on the base of our longtime volunteers and expanded our reach at events in Austin.
- A rebranding in 2017, where KUTX got a brand new look, independent from KUT, and launched our first-ever billboard campaign.
- Doubled listenership since KUTX’s launch (with recent months showing our strongest ratings ever.)
- A bigger staff! We welcomed hosts Elizabeth McQueen, Paul Carrubba, Confucius Jones, and Fresh Knight, as well as Live Music Producer Deidre Gott and Assistant Program Director Jacquie Fuller. Some KUTX interns – Taylor Wallace, Jack Anderson, and Ryan Wen – became staffers you now hear on air regularly. We also said goodbye to friends who moved on to new adventures, including John Parsons, Trina Quinn, Audrey Morton, Haley Howle, Tyler Pratt, and Katie Bradley.
- Your stories and support also helped KUTX through a difficult time: when we lost Twine Time host Paul Ray in 2016.
Thank you for your ears and support over these last five years. We hope to see you in 2018!