KUTX is proud to sponsor Hot Summer Nights, 4 days of Austin’s best bands and some friends from around the state and the country too, all taking place in the Red River Cultural District. To help you plan your weekend of FREE LIVE MUSIC, we’ve put together some playlists and highlighted some of our favorite bills. We’ve also linked any Studio 1A’s, so you can get a taste of their live energy too! Find out where your favorite bands are playing and discover some new favorites too.
- Mohawk: Emily Wolfe, Quiet Company, Darkbird, Think No Think, Good Field, Chakra Khan, Lord Buffalo, Mamahawk
- Barracuda: Bad Sports (Denton/ATX), Annabelle Chairlegs, Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band
- Cheer Up Charlie’s: Hovvdy, Why Bonnie, Loafer, Tåsi
- Empire Control Room & Garage: Cilantro Boombox, Big Wy’s Brass Band, Skymomma, Zoumountchi (Niger), Just Blaze (NYC), Black Milk (Detroit)
- Swan Dive: Jessie Frye (Denton), anatomi, The Young Something (Florida), Fuss Ricket
- Barracuda: A Giant Dog, Big Bill, Moving Panoramas, Leather Girls
- Beerland: Pleasure Venom, King Country (Waco), Nervous Exits
- Empire Control Room & Garage: Tia Carrera, BLXPLTN, Honey and Salt, Megafauna, Greenbeard, and more
- Stubb’s: Golden Dawn Arkestra, Hard Proof, Mobley, Trouble in the Streets
- Cheer Up Charlie’s: Riverboat Gamblers, The Sour Notes, Hey Jellie, Sealion (Dallas), Dentist (Ashbury Park)
- Mohawk: Jess Williamson, Marijuana Sweet Tooth, Cowboy Crisis (Asheville, NC), RF Shannon (Marfa), Daphne Tunes
- Swan Dive: Chromagnus; Slow Seers (Dallas); Billy King & the Bad, Bad, Bad; Rickshaw Billie’s Burger Patrol
- Barracuda: Ringo Deathstarr, Growl, SHMU, Sailor Poon, Flesh Lights, Being Dead, Shivery Shakes
- Beerland: Dude Elsberry, Date Night (Nashville), Why Bonnie, Bleary Eyed
- Mohawk: Ghost Wolves, Chief White Lightning, Booher, Altamesa, Eagle Claw
- Cheer Up Charlie’s: The Reputations, minihorse, Pearl Crush (Houston), Lola Tried, Royal Forest
- Empire Control Room & Garage: Moving Panoramas, Good Field, Fragile Rock, SMiiLE, Sometimes A Legend, Sphynx, TC Superstar
- Swan Dive: Friendly, The Teddys, Big Britches, The Sun Machine
- Stubb’s: Blushing, Mopac
Photo by Andrea Garcia
Petal‘s Kiley Lotz allows her wounds, weaknesses, and triumphs over them flow freely on her latest full-length, Magic Gone. Broken-up into two phases, one featuring songs she wrote before entering treatment for mental illness and the other comprised of songs she wrote on the unyielding road to recovery. Shifting between full-on rock and roll and slow, falsetto-fueled piano pop ballads, the duality of her sound is exemplified in her debut Studio 1A performance.
Austin’s Löwin (German for lioness) are deft at channeling the powerful and gentle duality of their namesake. In their latest single, vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist Sarah Houser’s haunting vocals fuel the fire of the slow-burning rock instrumentation surrounding it that eventually bellows into matching (and at times washing over) her fierce energy creating a force that sneaks up on you…then pounces. Shot by the increasingly-ubiquitous Bennett Creative, at first glance, the video seems to simply shed a sympathetic light on the challenges of the common realtor rarely seen outside of Annette Bening or Peggy Hill, but there’s something much more haunting happening But, as we see, haunted doesn’t have to be horrifying.
Catch Löwin’s single release show Thursday, July 19th at Mohawk.
Shot by Andrew and Dorothy Bennett of Bennett Creative
“Ghost of Mine” recorded at Good Danny’s (Lockhart, TX)
Produced and engineered by Adam Mason
Mastered by Max Lorenson
After several years of essentially radio silence, Austin’s The Belle Sounds are back with a new gripping album that weaves together everything from overcoming some of the weaker points of the human condition, and the struggle to take on others. The songs on the forthcoming The Sea Within have been collecting since their last release, creating a years-long story of the struggles of the human psyche (and the ongoing effort to conquer it) over time. Ahead of July 20th’s release, KUTX is proud to premiere their latest music video “Like A Villain,” a stunning, all-visual vignette and an absolute playground of textures to evoke the duality of anxiety-driven suffocation and the strength found from putting that baby in the corner.
Catch the Belle Sounds:
- Release show Saturday, July 21st at One-2-One Bar
- Studio 1A session on Thursday, July 19th on Eklektikos with John Aielli
The Belle Sounds are Noëlle Hampton and André Moran.
“Like A Villain” is directed by Barbara FG.
The Sea Within was recorded and produced by Danny Boyle at Church House Studio in Austin, TX.
Photo by Jenny VanDivier
It may seem strange that someone who has been composing music since childhood would wait so long into their career to release something under their own moniker, but Scott Danbom’s esteemed career has seen most of his talent channeled into working with artists like Sarah Jaffe and Drive-By Truckers, as well as being a member of Will Johnson’s yin and yang projects, the alt-country Centro-Matic and the much more subdued South San Gabriel. Danbom’s solo project Static Diary overwhelmingly leans towards the latter; more accurately, Scott Danbom creates moods. His ambient-centered sound uses traditional (and sometimes not-so-traditional) instruments to fill a space with a calculated atmosphere that also employs the blank space between to let each sound air out organically and unmarred. For his solo debut, Danbom brings out a toybox of sounds, taking each unique texture and conjuring it into a single cohesive metonymy of his being. “Phrase From Business” embodies all of this, recalls the vocal patterns of a Flaming Lips ballad, and throws in a little glockenspiel for ya too.
“Phrase From Business” appears on Static Diary, out July 27th via Goliad Media.
-Taylor Wallace// Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli