March 8: No Boys Allowed


March 8: No Boys Allowed

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017

March 8 is International Women’s Day – a worldwide day of recognition and action for women and girls. KUTX will participate 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 to all 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:

6-9 A.M.Elizabeth McQueen (Saturday mid-morning and This Song host) gives John Aielli the morning off (which he’ll need, since it’s the day after his 50th Anniversary celebration.)

9 A.M. to 12 P.M.Susan Castle remains the queen of her mid-morning castle.

12-2 P.M. – Live Music Booker/Producer Deidre Gott gives Jay Trachtenberg the boot. (Will she play Dolly Parton? Our sources say yes!)

2-5 P.M. – Laurie Gallardo rocks her usual spot!

5-7 P.M. – For your afternoon drive home, KUTX’s Assistant Program Director Jacquie Fuller will take the wheel from Jody Denberg.

7-9 P.M. – Taylor Wallace (Thursday night and Saturday midday host), makes usual Wednesday night host Jack Anderson sleep on the couch.

9-11 P.M. – Late-night host Audrey Morton makes an earlier appearance.

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.


KUTX Live at The Four Seasons 2017

Live Events

KUTX Live at The Four Seasons 2017

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017

KUTX 98.9 and Four Seasons Hotel Austin are partnering again this year to connect you to some of the most anticipated artists at the 2017 SXSW Music Conference, while raising money for the Seton Shivers Cancer Center. This year’s lineup includes heavy-hitters like Spoon, Real Estate, Temples and The Black Angels, plus break-out artists, like Maggie Rogers, Middle Kids, OJR and Little Simz.

Got little ones in tow? Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, our Sunday-evening kids’ show, will offer kid-friendly (but parent-friendly, too) sets between the main-stage acts in the hotel’s Lobby Lounge each day.

We’ll air four early-morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons ballroom from 7 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 15, through Friday, March 17, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 18.

The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is a $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 10 and under) per day, with all money benefiting the Seton Shivers Cancer Center (cash only please!) Admission includes a breakfast taco, a granola bar, and coffee. Limited self-parking is available in the hotel garage on a first-come, first served basis at a discounted rate of $5 per car until 1 p.m.

The KUTX Live at the Four Seasons – SXSW edition – has raised nearly $200,000 for Seton over the past six years.

Here’s this year’s lineup:

Wednesday, March 15
Main Stage Lineup:
7 a.m. Austin rockers My Jerusalem
8 a.m. good ole rock ‘n’ roll from Ron Gallo
9 a.m. Central Texas Hip Hop group Third Root
10 a.m. New Jersey’s hazy indie rockers Real Estate

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Lineup:
8:30 a.m. Indie rocker, songwriter, playwright and children’s book author Ralph’s World
9:30 a.m. Red Yarn, who weaves folk songs and puppetry into engaging shows for all ages

Thursday, March 16
Main Stage Lineup:
7 a.m. Texan Jonathan Terrell who has written hits for Bart Crow and Mike and the Moonpies
8 a.m. Maggie Rogers, the electro-pop folk singer made famous by Pharrell’s endorsement last year
9 a.m. Three-piece band Middle Kids from Sydney, Australia
10 a.m. English rockers Temples

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Lineup:
8:30 a.m. Austin-based “kindie” band The Que Pastas
9:30 a.m. Parents’ Choice Award winning songwriter for children. Joe McDermott

Friday, March 17
Main Stage Lineup:
7 a.m. Asheville, North Carolina Americana quartet River Whyless
8 a.m. Oliver John-Rodgers, aka OJR, who plays a range of styles from indie-folk, blues and Americana to grunge, psychedelia, and rock ‘n’ roll
9 a.m. Texas Troubadour Ray Wylie Hubbard
10 a.m. Austin psychedelic rock band The Black Angels

Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Lineup:
8:30 a.m.  Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
9:30 a.m. Educational rockers The Deedle Deedle Dees

Saturday, March 18
Main Stage Lineup:
8 a.m. Austin-based singer and songwriter Molly Burch
9 a.m. Austin blues, funk and soul artist Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
10 a.m. British rapper, singer (and actress) Little Simz
11 a.m. Spoon drops its ninth album “Hot Thoughts” March 17

Spare the Rock Spoil, the Child Lineup:
9:30 a.m. Chicago’s upbeat, down-to-earth kiddie musician Little Miss Ann
10:30 a.m. Family funk super duo Sugar Free Allstars

KUTX LIVE at the Four Seasons is sponsored by:


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35th Annual Austin Music Awards

Live Events

35th Annual Austin Music Awards

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

KUTX is proud to support the Austin Chronicle’s 35th Annual Austin Music Awards. The event happens Sunday, March 12 at ACL Live at The Moody Theatre, and all proceeds benefit The Sims Foundation. KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo and Rick McNulty will host.

Check out the full lineup below, then grab your tickets before they’re gone.


Texas Songwriters performance by Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Kat Edmonson, and more.

Femmes for SIMS featuring: The Trishas, Kelly Willis, Erika Wennerstrom, The Bluebonnets, Jackie Venson, Carolyn Wonderland and LouLou (of Thievery Corporation and Night Glitter)

Fab 5 Freddy presenting a one-of-a-kind collaboration with Grammy-winners Grupo Fantasma, featuring Jai Malano, Brownout, and Sabrina Ellis (of Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog)

Performances will be backed by Austin Music Awards Musical Director Charlie Sexton and Mayor Adler’s House Band: Michael Ramos, Conrad Choucroun, and George Reiff.

The show will also feature an opening blessing and performance by The New Generation Children’s Choir.

Special Awards:

The first-ever Townes Van Zandt Award will be presented to musician and artist Terry Allen, who will perform with Joe Ely and other special guests

Rose Reyes, honoree of the Margaret Moser Award celebrating a trailblazer in the music industry.

Letters from a Milkman


Letters from a Milkman

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016
Photo: Patrick Watson

Photo: Patrick Watson

This is a picture of my friend Mikey, snapping a photo from side-stage as the Dead Milkmen played at Sound on Sound Fest this past weekend. If you didn’t know Mikey, you might think, “Who’s that guy, and how’d he get to sit side stage while I’m out here in the crowd?” (Which is what I usually think every time I see someone watching a band from side-stage.) But how Mikey got that sweet spot is an equally sweet story.

I’ve known Mikey for nearly 20 years, from my days in my hometown of San Antonio. Mikey’s also an accomplished turntablist who performs mash-ups under the name DJ Jester the Filipino Fist (he performed in Studio 1A back in September.) Full disclosure: I wrote the liner notes to DJ Jester’s 2006 album, Secret Love. But this story isn’t about DJ Jester, though it certainly intersects with him. This is about Mike Pendon, the guy behind Jester, who was once a music-loving thirteen-year-old.

Mikey grew up in a small town outside of Houston. As a kid in the ‘80s, he was into the fringe kind of music that one had to search hard for, or learn about from older kids or record store clerks. He definitely had company – me, and maybe Win Butler, and lots of other suburban Texas kids listening to underground music back then – but didn’t know it. One day, on a school trip, a girl seated next to him on a plane saw Mikey’s Butthole Surfers cassette in his Walkman (a band, incidentally, formed in San Antonio), and told him he should check out the Dead Milkmen. So Mikey did. He bought all their tapes at Sam Goody, and listened to them on repeat. He saw an address in the liner notes of Beelzebubba, and sent a letter to the band. Like kids do.

But then he got a letter back. And another. And another.tumblr_msz6v3KyZg1spzde2o1_1280

Joe Jack Talcum of the Dead Milkmen and Mikey Pendon became pen pals, and corresponded from the time Mikey was thirteen until he was a sophomore in college (around when email became popular.) Eventually, Joe and Mikey stopped writing letters to each other, though from time to time, they’d exchange e-mails and songs. In 2008, the Dead Milkmen reunited at Fun Fun Fun Fest and Mikey contacted Joe to set up an after-party at Beerland. In 2010, DJ Jester joined Joe on tour.

Three years ago, Mikey began posting his letters from Joe on a Tumblr blog called Letters from a Milkman. The blog features pages and pages of letters, tour photos, even a Christmas card from Joe. “I’ve always had these letters with me,” Mikey told me by email. “These letters are probably one of my most-prized possessions. Like those years when I moved to San Francisco and most of my stuff was in storage – I basically moved there with these letters, my turntables, and clothes.” The letters span a huge chunk of Mikey’s development, and he calls them “the ultimate #tbt.” He doesn’t know exactly what he wrote to Joe, and while Joe admitted to not keeping Mikey’s letters to him, he does keep up with Mikey’s blog. “I suppose it would be even better,” Joe told him once by email, “if I could post scans of the letters you sent to me in the comments. But I am not entirely sure I still have them.”

I ran into Mikey in the media area at Sound on Sound, just a couple hours after the Dead Milkmen set. He pointed to where the band was hanging out, just a few feet away. “There’s the Dead Milkmen,” he laughed. “Just hanging out!” Here was a guy who had toured the country with his hero, and who had opening slots for bands like Of Montreal and Arcade Fire on his DJ resume, but I could hear the boyish excitement in his voice. In the presence of Joe and his band-mates, a part of Mikey would always be that thirteen-year-old kid, opening the mail to find another letter from a Milkman.

– Jacquie Fuller, Assistant Program Director, KUTX

Austin City Limits 2016 Lineup

ACL Festival

Austin City Limits 2016 Lineup

Posted by on May 5, 2016

The Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced the lineup for its 15th installment of the festival, with heavy hitters Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and Mumford & Sons headlining the fest. Austin’s own Willie Nelson will also join the festivities in his first ACL appearance during the fest’s second weekend.

The festival’s first weekend will descend on Zilker Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, with the second weekend running Oct. 7 to Oct. 9. Tickets for the festival are on-sale now on ACL’s website.

– Andrew Weber, KUT News