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.

Molly Burch 10.1.18

From The Vault

Molly Burch 10.1.18

Posted by on Oct 10, 2018

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez

Two years ago, Molly Burch was a young songwriter digging her heels and into the Austin music scene and putting the final touches on her debut album, Please Be Mine. Almost immediately, she became an NPR darling, finding her smooth, downtempo jazz-influenced tunes on airwaves across the country and being streamed overseas. She spent the last year touring all across the US, Europe, and the UK, finally settling back into the quiet Texas landscape to feel the open air, take in the self-care, and begin work on her next album. Her sophomore LP First Flower has Burch taking to heart that her music and lyrics resonate so deeply with her listeners, so her songwriting this time around turns the lens on her own mind and soul. While effortlessly beautiful, these songs are about the tough shares: relationships, anxiety, fear, and her struggles that stem from them. Before gracing the Austin City Limits stage and hitting the road for a US/European tour, she graced our stage and treated our audience to an intimate night showcasing her new material.

Molly Burch’s First Flower LP release is at Barracuda Saturday, October 20th. 


Host: Jody Denberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Broadcast Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Hannah Edelman
Video Edits in Order: Gabriel C. Pérez


Best Songs Ever…This Week 9.21.18


Best Songs Ever…This Week 9.21.18

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018

Photos (L to R): Will Courtney (Emree Weaver/KUTX); Devin “Blood Orange” Hynes (Sharon Alagna/MXDWN); The Nude Party (Sasha Lecca/Facebook)

KUTX Program Director Matt Reilly lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.

Will Courtney- “Crazy Love”

First up, “Crazy Love” by Will Courtney. Will has been active in the Austin music scene for years, first with his previous band Brothers & Sisters and now as a solo artist. I don’t know how else to put this, but “Crazy Love” just sounds like Texas. If you’re into bands like the Old 97’s, this will be right up your alley.

Blood Orange- “Charcoal Baby”

Next, we move over to the UK for the latest from Dev Hynes, who records under the moniker Blood Orange. “Charcoal Baby” is a slinky, soulful song that is slightly atonal and weird–in a good way.

The Nude Party- “Chevrolet Van”

Finally, from Boone, North Carolina, it’s the Nude Party. Clearly, these guys grew up on ’70s rock like Big Star and Todd Rundgren, and “Chevrolet Van” just sounds like good times.