Photos (L/R): Vulfpeck, Illuminati Hotties, Yola
Rick McNulty, Host of Left of the Dial & Uptown Saturday Night shares the best songs ever…this week.
Vulfpeck – “Darwin Derby”
Vulfpeck are a homegrown band from Michigan that have eschewed record labels and instead raised their own profile with a serious and successful DIY ethic. It helps that they are one of the funkiest bands alive – and their bass player, Joe Dart, is one of the best I’ve ever heard. Here’s their new super funk jam, “Darwin Derby.”
Illuminati Hotties – “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog”
Next up is Sarah Tudzin, better known as Illuminati Hotties. She made quite an impression last week at SXSW and for good reason: her songs are intelligent, infectious, and blaze along at a punk rock pace while providing hooks just about every thirty seconds. “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog” is about how she liked her boyfriend’s dog more than the boyfriend.
Yola – “Faraway Look”
Best of Studio 1A February 2019
As always, we had a busy month here in Studio 1A. We know you’re busy too, so in case you missed any of the incredible musicians that blessed us with their presence here at the station here’s a little sampler of Studio 1As from February 2019!
02.02.19 – Nayome – ““What You Need”
Nayome is an R&B singer based out of Tyler, Texas with a knack for dreamy melodies and accessible lyricism. Maybe more importantly, Nayome knows how to transform those talents into spectacular live shows where her arrangements can pack a punch and her stage presence shines. Nayome says she enjoys watching her music evolve in the studio but told The Breaks “It’s one thing to sing to track, but it’s another to perform fluently with a band, and I really fell in love with that.”
02.07.19 – Altamesa – “The New West”
Idol Frontier is a fitting title for the dusky Americana of Austin locals Altamesa. With intricately interwoven guitars and an emphasis on vocal harmony, Altamesa provide a sonic journey through a country Western-inspired soundscape with a decidedly modern edge.
02.08.19 – Soccer Mommy – “Last Girl”
Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison has made a name for herself with her earnest brand of lovelorn, reverb-soaked bedroom pop. After years of releasing homemade recordings and demos on bandcamp, Soccer Mommy’s first studio album, Clean, debuted on Fat Possum Records in 2018 to receive critical acclaim. Soccer Mommy’s newest release Blossom (Demo)/Be Seeing You, recorded in the basement of Allison’s college dorm, is a short-but-sweet glimpse into the artist’s roots.
02.04.19 – The Bright Light Social Hour – “Lie To Me”
Austin-based psych-pop outfit The Bright Light Social Hour may seem lighthearted and playful when they describe themselves as “four noise bois, who make noise and they’re bois.” However, their newest album, Jude Vol. 1, deals with heavy themes of love, loss, and grieving. The album was written and recorded following the death of the band’s tour manager Alex O’Brien, brother to the band’s bassist Jackie. Produced by Chris Coady at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, Jude Vol. 1 is a diverse group of tracks that deal indirectly with the band’s loss, drawing influence from disco with space-age synths and veering more psychedelic at times with reverb-laden guitars.
02.14.19 – Bayonne – “Drastic Measures”
Austin, TX experimental musician Roger Sellers, AKA Bayonne, is somewhat of an outlier in the local scene. In a city filled with pearl snaps, guitar licks, and love songs (not that there’s anything wrong with those things!), Bayonne creates cavernous ambient soundscapes. Don’t be mistaken though, this isn’t the meditative music of Brian Eno.
02.19.19 – Moving Panoramas – “Baby Blues”
They say home is where the heart is and, for Leslie Sisson, that home is Texas. After living in Brooklyn, the songwriter moved back to her home state to be near her family and not long after Moving Panoramas was formed. Their second album, In Two, is out Feb 22 and embodies the next chapter for the group as they move forward with life. All the songs on the record have a duality of meaning that allows the listener to interpret it as they will. Their dreamy rock sound gives voice to the hardships life can bring but always offers a way to overcome the demons that haunt us. Deep stuff, we know.
02.14.19 – Robert Ellis – “When You’re Away”
For his new album, Texas Piano Man, Texas songwriter Robert Ellis swaps the guitar for a grand piano and a white suit. That may seem like a big leap for an artist largely known for more traditional country sounds but a quick chat with Ellis reveals a deep love for larger than life rock ‘n’ roll piano men like Elton John and Leon Russell.
Check out what we have in store for you next month on our Studio 1A calendar.
Last week we curbed those midwinter blues with a weekend “under the covers.” Wall to wall cover songs from Friday until Sunday night, but in case you missed it, here’s a playlist just for you of all of our favorite covers from the weekend–check it out below!
Every month we’ve got a lot going on us here at KUTX and we know you do too. It’s hard to keep up with all the Studio 1A performances, Artist of the Month, guest DJs, This Song episodes, KUTX presents events, etc, etc. To help us help you we’ve called upon one of the greatest organizational techniques made popular by the internet: the list!
So here’s our month in review; perhaps you missed something, maybe you forgot all about a killer performance amongst the whirlwind of media flying into our faces everyday. So take some time and reflect on January 2019 with us.
LA-by-way-of-Austin’s Mamalarky sound like a welcomed guzzle of cool water after prolonged dehydration.
Our Artist of the Month serving up indie-dream-pop to die for.
Revel in the razor-tongued, indie-pop-tinted sounds of local “dawlins.”
Legendary alternative rock musician of Husker Du & Sugar fame.
Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter .
Lubbock, Texas raised visual artist and songwriter .
Out of Minneapolis’s singular hip-hop scene, where boom-bap never went out of style and raw honesty still beats flashy materialism.
…and so many more like husband and wife indie pop duo DEGA, East and West co-mingle harmoniously in Indian-American; and Austin-based musician, Nagavalli. Check out our calendar for more upcoming artists playing in Studio 1A!
It’s the new year and the holidays are over, but don’t let that midwinter slog bring you down because January can be a fun too! Free week has officially begun, and we’re here to help you find the best shows in town in the coming days.
Wednesday, January 2nd
Thursday, January 3rd
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