Meet Wendla, a young girl yearning to understand what it means to be a woman; Mortiz, a troubled young boy struggling to come to terms with his new desires; and Melchior, a highly intelligent atheist with a desire to rebel. In an electrifying fusion of morality and rock and roll, this unforgettable musical explores the journey of eleven young people from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The New York Observer calls Spring Awakening “the best new musical in a generation.”
St. Edward’s University cast of Spring Awakening
Book and Lyrics by Steven Sater
Music by Duncan Sheik
Based on the play by Frank Wedekind
Directed by Danny Herman
Photo: Gabriel C. Perez/KUTX
Austin is the music town that it is mostly because of one man: Willie Nelson. We wouldn’t be able to bring you the Austin music experience without Willie.
Join KUTX as we celebrate his birthday with Willie Weekend, now in its third year. We’ll kick the party off Saturday morning April 27th at 6 a.m. with a weekend filled with classic and rare Willie tunes. Also, be listening for your chance, hourly, to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic at the Austin 360 Amphitheater.
Willie’s Birthday Weekend Schedule
Saturday, April 27
6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wall-to-wall Willie songs, classics, deep album tracks, and hourly chances to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic
6 p.m. My KUTX with Freddy Fletcher
7 p.m. – 10 pm. More wall-to-wall Willie with Rick McNulty
Sunday, April 28
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wall-to-wall Willie songs, classics, deep album tracks, and hourly chances to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic
Big thanks to KUT/KUTX superfan and frequent contributor Ann Leifeste for planting the seed for Willie Weekend back in 2017.
portrait by @cecilia.alejandra
The Well is deep. The Well is dark. The Well is freaking awesome! Austin psych metal band, The Well, is set to release their newest album, Death and Consolation, on April 26th via RidingEasy Records and we wanted to give our listeners a bit of a sneak preview. As the title suggests, this ain’t no sunny surf rock album. This one got dropped down the well and hit every, grungy, grimy stone on the way down.
“This one is a little more personal,” says guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham. “2018 was a strange, dark year. A lot of change going on in my life, there was a lot of depression and coming out of it over the last year. I wanted to call this Death and Consolation, because in life that’s a constant.”
Graham, bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, and drummer Jason Sullivan wanted to pick up where they left off with their 2016 album, Pagan Science, so they once again recruited longtime producer/engineer Chico Jones at Estuary Studio to maintain some sonic consistency. While the elements of the new album maintain many of the hallmarks of previous releases, Death and Consolation, feels rawer. The songs are more concise and the punch often comes right off the top and keeps pummeling you until the very last riff.
“This album might be a little less produced, because I didn’t want to push technical stuff as much,” Graham says. “I’m so scared of getting too complicated when getting better at guitar. This is still kind of punk rock.”
Whatever it is, it definitely rocks.
To celebrate the new album, The Well will play select shows around the country as well as several here in Austin. Follow the links to get more from the band and stay tuned all month long for more from our newest Artist of the Month!
4/25 @ Barracuda (Record Release Show)
4/27 @ Independence Brewing (Record & Beer Release Show)
4/28 @ Waterloo Records (Free In-Store)
4/29 @ Paper Tiger (San Antonio)
psych metal band from right here in Austin, TX
photo by Julia Reihs
We’d like to take a moment to thank Marcia Ball’s car for choosing to break down in Austin while moving her to San Francisco in 1970. Without that serendipitous breakdown, the Austin music scene might have missed out on one of its most important voices. And we think it’s safe to say that after 50 years, 10 Blues Music Awards, 10 living Blues Awards, 5 Grammy Award nominations, being inducted into the Gulf Coast Music Hall of Fame and Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, and named Texas State Musician of the Year in 2018, it’s safe to say that Marcia is comfortable calling Austin home.
Marcia brought her band to Studio 1A this week to let us know about her 70th birthday party at Antone’s night club. The 3-day shindig starts Friday, March 29 and runs all the way through Sunday, March 31 and will feature three musical events benefitting two nonprofits near and dear to Marcia’s heart: HOME and HAAM (Health Alliance for Austin Musicians). Scroll down to listen to the session and click through the links for tix and more info!
Marcia’s 70th Birthday Ball @ Antone’s (TIX HERE)
Host: Jody Denberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove