Mamalarky 1.8.19

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Mamalarky 1.8.19

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019

LA-by-way-of-Austin’s Mamalarky sound like a welcomed guzzle of cool water after prolonged dehydration. Floating through their music on a psych-pop cloud, swelling and diminishing, ebb and flowing through their lofty, pale-hued soundscape is a refreshing break from scuzzy guitars and odes to the psych-rock gods. Leaning into a fully contemporary soundspace led by collaborative efforts of Livvy Bennett, Dylan Hill, Michael Hunter, and Noor Khan, Mamalarky aren’t interested replicating or reinventing, choosing to revel in the “now.” But don’t let the lofty sounds fool you! Listen to the lyrics, and you’ll find yourself looking straight into the more intimate nooks of their soul and being. Grab your lover and your third and let your bodies take a float on the good ship Mamalarky.


Free Week Is Upon Us

Austin Music Minute

Free Week Is Upon Us

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019

Photo by Gina A Sandoval-Garcia

Free Week 2019 is here! And while there is an average of umpteenth shows any given night, the Austin Music Minute is here to help you navigate it.

Tonight at Empire Control Room and Garage you can see the glampire vampire Caleb De Casper with Whit, the Reputations, and others; Stubb’s Indoors hosts sexy straightahead rockers Sharks in the Deep End and Belcurve; Swan Dive’s got the abrasive stylings of Ghost Wolves, Think No Think, Billy King and the Bad Bad Bad, and Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol, while Cheer Up Charlie’s hosts a punk bill with Sailor Poon, Big Bill, and MAMIS, but the “hey get there early show” is at Mohawk with Ume backed by Darkbird, Cosmico, Shmu, TC Superstar, and Chill Russell.  Check out our “KUTX Free Week 2019” on Spotify or check it out below!

Walker Lukens (Cover) Song Premiere: “I Want A New Drug”


Walker Lukens (Cover) Song Premiere: “I Want A New Drug”

Posted by on Nov 28, 2018

A few weeks ago, we asked you to pick a song for Walker Lukens to cover for our final Rock the Park of 2018. Well, we asked, and you answered enthusiastically!  Here it is all polished-up for ya, in all its new-fashioned glory. We’re also sharing the final counts of our poll, so you can see how all of our finalists stacked up. Here we go….Huey Lewis and the News’: “I Want A New Drug”

We found out a few hours before the session in studio 1A that “I Want A New Drug” had won the poll. Most of what you hear was recorded live, except the backup vocals and guitar. The idea was just to strip away the cheeseball arrangement and make something a little sleeker. Once Grant locked in the synth part, the rest of the arrangement pretty much just fell into place. James Westley Essary engineered and mixed the hell out of this thing.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -Walker Lukens


Best Songs Ever…This Week 11.16.18


Best Songs Ever…This Week 11.16.18

Posted by on Nov 15, 2018

Photos (L to R): Jamila Woods (Julia Reihs/KUTX); Elvis Costello (James O’Mara/Variety); Adrian Quesada (Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX)

KUTX Music Director Jeff McCord lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.

Jamila Woods- “Giovanni”

Up first, Chicago’s Jamila Woods returns with a new single every bit as empowering as her acclaimed 2016 debut Heavn. “Giovanni”, based on a 1943 poem “Ego Tripping (There Must Be A Reason Why)” written by activist poet Nikki Giovanni, explores legacy, lineage, and pride. Woods turns it into a funky celebration.

Elvis Costello- “Mr. & Mrs. Hush”

Next, a familiar voice, Elvis Costello, though it’s been a decade since he’s recorded with his longtime band the Imposters. Costello famously swore off recording years ago, so even if his new album Look Now is made up of songs cobbled together from various unrealized projects and collaborations, it’s still a welcome return. Much of the album emphasizes Costello’s quieter side, but “Mr. & Mrs. Hush,” a song about seeking real commitment, feels more like the in-your-face Costello of old.

Adrian Quesada ft. Aaron Frazer- “One Woman Man”

Finally, Austin’s man behind the curtain, Adrian Quesada, has just released an ambitious new project. Look At My Soul: The Latin Shade of Texas Soul is a collaboration between Nacional Records and Amazon Music, and it features a wide variety of Chicano soul collaborators working out Quesada’s grooves. “One Woman Man” features vocals by Aaron Frazer and guitar gymnastics from Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo.
I Want My All ATX


I Want My All ATX

Posted by on Oct 30, 2018

KUTX and the Four Seasons are proud to present “I Want My All ATX,” a totally rad benefit concert and album release show for the latest All ATX compilation album, paying tribute to the bodacious tunes of the early MTV era. Join us Sunday, November 18 on the lawn of the Four Seasons hotel for live performances from A Flock of Seagulls, Mobley, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Night Glitter, and Alesia Lani

This righteous 80s resurrection benefits All ATX, an umbrella organization supporting HAAM, SIMS, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation. Tickets for this rain or shine event are on sale now. GA lawn tickets are $20 with VIP options also available.

Additional support for the “I Want My All ATX” benefit concert comes from Margin Walker Presents and Rock n Roll Rentals.

If you can’t make it down tune in or stream online!

4:00 P.M. MOBLEY


“ALL ATX is an Austin music education based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that, in addition to its education outreach, provides exposure and training to Austin-area developing musicians through an annual live performance concert and a related musical album compilation. In addition to featuring these musicians on the compilation and at the concert, it raises money for Austin’s music charities who aid musicians in the areas of health care and income support.

Currently, ALL ATX benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The SIMS Foundation, Austin Music Foundation (AMF) and Black Fret. Through supporting these organizations, ALL ATX is striving to make Austin the place that provides professional musicians with the resources needed to not only succeed at their craft, but to also maintain a healthy livelihood. ALL ATX helps Austin musicians with education and affordability solutions so that Austin continues to be “The Live Music Capital of the World.