Name Sayers definitely march to their own beat. Frontman and chief songwriter Devin James Fry readily admits to finding inspiration in some interesting places, like having sex during a new moon. The band’s new album, Mantles, follows in those eccentric footsteps with Fry’s unnervingly dark storytelling woven among brooding organs and guitar reverb. You get the sense Fry is constantly searching for the perfect sound to help convey the emotion in his stories. Grab the session from Studio 1A at the bottom of the post before the new album drops Friday, May 26.
In a city full of rock bands it can be hard to distinguish yourself from the herd. Not so for Austin’s Lola Tried. Frontwoman Lauren Burton puts her band at the front of the pack with heaps of attitude and full force power pop vocals. Lola Tried stopped by the Studio to play us some new music before heading out on tour. Get the session at the bottom of the post!
KUTX host Jody Denberg gives you the best songs ever!
John Prine – “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door”
First up, John Prine, from his new album The Tree Of Forgiveness. This is Prine’s first album of all-new material in thirteen years. He’ll be in Austin for a couple of nights next month: June 5 for an ACL taping and June 30 at Bass Concert Hall. Here’s “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Next, a song that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 100. It’s an explicitly political song from Childish Gambino, who you may know as the actor Donald Glover. “This Is America” got a lot of attention from its video, as well as Glover’s recent hosting stint on Saturday Night Live.
White Denim – “Magazin”
Finally, a song from Austin’s White Denim, or I should say White Denim 2.0, since they’ve undergone some personnel changes the past few years. But this new lineup really comes into its own on “Magazin,” from the forthcoming Performance, White Denim’s eighth album.
Russian-American pianist Olga Kern is now recognized as one of her generation’s great artists. With her vivid stage presence, passionately confident musicianship and extraordinary technique, the striking pianist continues to captivate fans and critics alike. Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. She jumpstarted her U.S. career with her historic Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Fort Worth, Texas as the first woman to do so in more than thirty years. Olga returns to the Austin Symphony this week in its closing concert of the season entitled “The Mighty Russians.” With Olga playing both Tchaikovsky’s third piano concerto and Prokofiev’s first, it’s sure to be an invigorating performance!
Internationally renowned violinist Chee-Yun Kim and choreographer Dorothy O’Shea Overbey join Austin Camerata’s conductorless chamber orchestra to present Reinventions. The program features selections from Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg, Kim as soloist on Astor Piazzolla’s The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, and Symphony for Strings (String Quartet No. 8 Op. 110) by Dmitri Shostakovich in collaboration with Overbey’s original choreography for five dancers. Austin Camerata stopped by Studio 1A to play a few pieces in advance of their shows at The Long Center May 23rd and May 24th. Grab your tix HERE and scroll down to the bottom of the post to hear the latest from Austin Camerata.