Best Songs Ever 3.22.19

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Best Songs Ever 3.22.19

Posted by on Mar 20, 2019

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”

Finally we have an artist that brought down the house at KUTX Live at the Four Seasons during SXSW. Her name is Yola, and she’s primarily been a background singer for most of her life, mainly with Massive Attack. Her debut record, produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, is a throwback to classic Nashville but the twist is she has an otherworldly voice. Yola is no longer twenty feet from stardom–check out “Faraway Look.”

Best of Studio 1A: February 2019

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Best of Studio 1A: February 2019

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

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 – AltamesaThe 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 MommyLast 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 HourLie 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 – BayonneDrastic 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 PanoramasBaby 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 EllisWhen 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.



…and that’s just a small taste of the talent that visited us in the Studio in February.  There was Houston’s Hayes Carll, Folk/Bluegrass supergroup I’m With Her, and so many more.

Check out what we have in store for you next month on our Studio 1A calendar.

Under the Covers Revisited

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Under the Covers Revisited

Posted by on Feb 2, 2019

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!

Best in Studio 1A: January 2019

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Best in Studio 1A: January 2019

Posted by on Jan 28, 2019

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.


Mamalarky

LA-by-way-of-Austin’s Mamalarky sound like a welcomed guzzle of cool water after prolonged dehydration.

Shy Beast 

Our Artist of the Month serving up indie-dream-pop to die for.

Go Fever

Revel in the razor-tongued, indie-pop-tinted sounds of local “dawlins.”

Bob Mould

Legendary alternative rock musician of Husker Du & Sugar fame.

Laura Gibson

Internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter .

Terry Allen

Lubbock, Texas raised visual artist and songwriter .

Dem Atlas

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!

KUTX’s Guide to Free Week

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KUTX’s Guide to Free Week

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019

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

Barracuda

Borrisokane
Megafauna
Glaze
Fanclub
Buzz Electro

Cheer Up Charlie’s

Sailor Poon
Big Bill
MAMIS
Slaughterstein
Pelvis Wrestley

Swan Dive

The Ghost Wolves
Think No Think
Billy King and the Bad Bad
White Dog
Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol
BOOHER
King Country
HOT CRIMES

Mohawk

TC Superstar
Darkbird
Cosmico
Chill Russell

Stubb’s Indoors

Shark in the Deep End
Belcurve

Empire Control Room

Honey Made
Lord Buffalo
Hong Kong Wigs
Oh Honey No
Whit
Caleb DeCasper
Cheap Wave

 

Thursday, January 3rd

Hole in the Wall

Tyler Jordan
Spirit Ghost
Sherry
Dude Ellsberry

Beerland

Leche
Super Thief
Ruiners
Dregs
Luvweb

Barracuda

Spice Poon (Sailor Poon as Spice Girls)
Flesh Lights
Crooked Bangs
Andy Grant

Mohawk

Otis the Destroyer
Think No Think
Boyfrndz
Megafauna
Horti and Friends
Daphne Tunes
Slomo Drags
Belcurve

Stubb’s

Abhi the Nomad
The Bishops

Empire Control Room

Transit Method
Human Circuit
Sour Bridges

Friday, January 4th

Hole in the Wall

The Stacks
Mean Jolene
Pelvis Wrestley
Hong Kong Wigs

Barracuda

Nolan Potter
Rotten Mangos
Leather Girls
Nevil
Hidden Ritual

Hotel Vegas

Megafauna
Belcurve
Dinner with Matt Gilchrest
The Bad Lovers
White Dog
Black Basements
High Heavens

Beerland

Ringo Deathstarr
Chronophage
Burnt Skull
Narrow Head

Mohawk

American Sharks
Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad
Amplified Heat
Western Civilization
Marijuana Sweet Tooth
Whit
Sprain

Saturday, January 5th

Barracuda

Ringo Deathstarr
Moving Panoramas
Why Bonnie
Sour Notes
High Heaven

Hole in the Wall

Vampyre
Borzoi
Pleasure Venom
Chromagnus

Hotel Vegas

Christian Bland & the Revelators
Rotten Mangos
Go Fever
The Stacks
Mean Jolene

Cheer Up Charlie’s

Night Glitter
Deep Time
Blushing
Moist Flesh
TV’s Daniels
Pataphysics

Beerland

Easy Prey
Bulls
Hoaries
Exhaltants

Mohawk

Communion
Rickshaw Billie’s Burger PatrolHeavy Chills
Monte Luna
Scorpion Child
The Well
Eagle Claw
Greenbeard

Scoot Inn

Ume
Calliope Musicals
Teddy Glass
A. Sinclair
BLXPLTN
Fanclub
Marfa Crush

Empire Control Room

Drint
Como Las Movies
Shy Beast
Tameca Jones
Ben Buck
Loony
Infrared
Bishops
Ouin NFN

Sunday, January 6th

Hotel Vegas

Nolan Potter
Temple of Angels
Hidden Ritual
Borzoi
Ancient River

Beerland

Lizzie Buckley
Alex Dupree
Oak Sun
Daphne Tunes
Sun June
Future Museums

Mohawk

Harvest Thieves

Stubb’s

Kathryn Legendre
Sour Bridges
Jomo and the Possum Posse