Brownout – “Louder Than A Bomb”
The new album from Austin’s Brownout, Fear Of A Brown Planet, features instrumental covers of songs by Public Enemy. “Louder Than A Bomb,” which is one of my favorite Public Enemy tunes, has a 35 second intro before Brownout drops into a devastatingly funky groove that sets the tone for the whole album.
Sudan Archives – “Nont For Sale”
Sudan Archives is a violinist and singer who, when studying classical music, was turned on to East African violinists. On “Nont For Sale,” she mixes sultry R&B and some hip-hop with electronic beats, but it’s that subtle addition of her strings that gives this song a special something.
Frankie Simone – “War Paint”
Finally, music from Frankie Simone, a pop singer based in Portland, Oregon. “War Paint” is all about empowerment; it’s a response to the disrespect she and members of the LGBTQ community have experienced, primarily online. It’s also got an infectious, tribal beat that I find irresistible.
– Jack Anderson, KUTX Host
Taking the influences from every corner of her life and turning them into a distinct musical style is something Loulou Ghelichkhani (Thievery Corporation) does with ease, all en français. In this iteration, her and partner John Michael Schoep (The Happen-Ins) are putting a slacker rock twist on dream pop. Their inspiration this time? Keeping things quiet enough after the kids’ bedtime, though these fuzzy guitars and Middle Eastern-esque synths are anything but sleepy. Night Glitter stopped by Studio 1A a week before taking their new EP, Hangin’ On A Dream, to The Mohawk on Tuesday, June 26. Get a taste of their set below, just as it was seen by our live Concert Club audience.
Tish Hinojosa’s story is one of resilience and renewal. Her eagerness to be back making music in Austin is evident in glimpses of her Southwest-inspired return West, out June 15th. Her country/folk singer-songwriter sensibilities are backed by wandering guitar licks and a piano/accordion duo so in the pocket one would never guess she’d taken nearly a decade off from music. Fresh off a string of shows around town, Hinojosa and her band stopped by Studio 1A to remind us of the beauty in mission churches, Tuscon, Arizona, and breathe new life into a Mexican standard.
Photo by Julia Reihs
With a Southern Californian spin, Chelsea Williams manages to tap into the traditional country themes of loneliness and independence with an admirable intensity. Her newest album, Boomerang, encompasses everything from sparse, melancholic ballads to swinging country pop songs, all of which are total earworms. Chelsea stopped by Studio 1A to discuss her songwriting and musical upbringing, plus treating us to her newest single “Honey, Honey”.
High school classmates turned husband and wife, The Watters bring big band Americana to Austin. Their sophomore record, The Watters, puts bright brass and crashing percussion at the forefront, alongside the lyrical insightfulness you’d expect from an experienced singer-songwriter. They stopped by Studio 1A just a week before their CD release party June 15th at Antone’s with Tomar and the FCs. Check their interview and live session below.
6/15 at Antone’s – Tickets