ACL Fest 2015: KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

ACL Festival

ACL Fest 2015: KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons - ACL 2015
KUTX Live at the Four Seasons includes performances by:

9:30 am Son Little

R&B artist Son Little mixes 70’s inspired groove music and bluesy guitar riffs with seriously poignant messages. Inspired by the passing of two friends and the death of Trayvon Martin, Son Little is an outspoken advocate for young African-Americans.


10:30 am El Tule

Talk about the perfect festival act. Local party band El Tule fuses traditional Latin dance music like Merengue, Salsa, Tango, and with Reggae and Caribbean beats will definitely inspire you to shake a leg.

11:30 am Leopold and his Fiction

The brain child of songwriter Daniel James, Leopold and His Fiction turns roots rock on its edge with twinges of garage rock and gritty Detroit soul. The band has been working with GRAMMY nominated producer Chris Smith and promises their upcoming album will be one you won’t want to miss.

12:30 pm Shakey Graves

Who better to wrap-up our set at the Four Seasons than hometown hero Shakey Graves? Alejandro Rose-Garcia honed his lo-fi sound as a one man band with distinctive jangly guitar  and tattered suitcase with kick pedal for percussion.  In recent years Shakey joined forces with guest vocalist Esme Patterson for some killer duets and percussionist Chris “Boo” Booshada for a stronger more powerful rhythm section.

Thanks to our KUTX Live at the Four Seasons sponsors:  Silicon Labs, Tree House,  Sustainable Home Improvement Store, and Rock n Roll Rentals  for their technical and production support.


ACL 2015: Weekend 1

ACL Festival

ACL 2015: Weekend 1

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015

Dive in to our coverage of the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival.  Here are some of our highlights from Weekend 1:


ACL Music Festival 2015

Sons of Bill showed off their sweeping harmonies on “Lost in the Cosmos.”

Austin psychedelic folk outfit Calliope Musicals covered a rhythmic rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” for us backstage.

Leopold and His Fiction played an acoustic version of “Ride.”

Milo Greene took us away with “1957.”

Sons of Bill weave their tales of the open road in “Big Unknown.”

Con Brio’s Ziek McCarter and Benjamin Andrews perform the funky “Give It All” from their debut album Kiss the Sun.

Jose Gonzalez’s haunting “With the Ink of a Ghost” serenaded the KUTX tent at ACL.

Eight-piece baroque pop band San Fermin squeezed backstage to play their latest single “No Devil”

Rayland Baxter spun his captivating songwriting for us with “Mr. Rodriguez.”

Maggie Koerner’s deliciously soulful “Sirens” may make you hit the replay button several times.

A unique doo-wop version of “I’m Caving In” added new flair Leopold and His Fiction’s crowd favorite.

Milo Green continued to wow us with some smoky arrangements. It’s no lie.

Baxter once again cruised his smoky vocals through “Yellow Eyes.”

This relaxed duet between Shakey Graves and Rayland Baxter will definitely plaster a giant grin on your face.

The Suffers poured on the soul with “Stay.”

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield joined KUTX at ACL to perform “Greenville.”

San Fermin performed “Emily” backstage at ACL.

Live Music ACL Weekend Without A Wristband

ACL Festival

Live Music ACL Weekend Without A Wristband

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

It’s that time of year again and everyone’s getting excited for ACL – even those who didn’t buy a wristband. Fortunately, there are plenty of ACL alternatives both weekends to choose from.

KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

– KUTX is teaming up with the Four Seasons Hotel on Friday, October 9th for a live broadcast featuring some of our favorite bands from Austin City Limits Music Festival 2015. A $10 donation at the door gets you a breakfast taco, granola bar, cup of coffee and some great live music. All proceeds from the event benefit the Seton Shivers Cancer Center at Brackenridge Hospital.

Official ACL Festival Late Night Shows

– Starting Thursday, October 1st there will be a number of official late night performances by ACL artists. Be sure to buy your tickets before they sell out!

ACL Festival 2015 Live Stream

– Beginning October 2nd at 2pm, the first weekend of the annual fest will be livestreamed on Red Bull TV.

Do512 Daily Listings

– Do512 lists local music performances and other events every day, some of which are free with RSVP.

KUTX-Recommended “Music In Austin Tonight”

– From Do512’s list, we hand pick live shows of artists we play on KUTX. (Week 2)

Ditch The Fest Fest 8 & 9

– On Saturday, October 10th RAW PAW will host the 9th installment of Ditch The Fest Fest – a locally-loyal festival at Empire Control Room & Garage for just $10. DTF Fest is an all-ages event starting at 2pm.


ACL Picks 2015

ACL Festival

ACL Picks 2015

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

With nearly 150 acts performing over the course of two weekends it can be daunting to sift through so many bands to build your best ACL Fest schedule. KUTX to the rescue!

We tapped the expertise of a few of our music hosts to help you create your best schedule for discovering new music and creating the best live music experience. One thing is for sure, your ACL Fest experience will be incomplete without seeing Alabama Shakes, Run the Jewels, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Wolf Alice.

Elizabeth McQueen, Saturday midday host (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)


  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra — These American and New Zealand rockers have managed to write the catchiest, hip shaking-est songs about the ambivalence that polyamory creates. Check out their performance of “So Good at Being in Trouble” on VuHaus.

Weekend 1, Sat. 5:30 p.m. | Weekend 2 Sat. 5:30 p.m.

  • Father John Misty makes me feel it all at once — the light, the dark, the discomfort and the joy — and I’m ready to feel it all when I see him play. Watch his Studio 1A acoustic performance of “Hotel Lobby.”

Weekend 1, Sat. 2:20 p.m. | Weekend 2 Sat. 2:20 p.m

Weekend 1, Sat. 6:20 p.m.

  • Shakey Graves — I’ve only ever seen his one-man act in a tiny club. I can’t wait to see what he’s like with a band in front of a festival crowd. Enjoy his performance of “Dearly Departed” for Philadelphia’s WXPN on VuHaus, then catch his headlining act at KUTX Live at the Four Seasons next Friday, Oct. 9.

Weekend 1, Sat. 3:20 p.m. | Weekend 2, Sat. 3:20 p.m.

Weekend 2, Sat. 11:45 a.m.

Rick McNulty, host of Left of the Dial (7-11 pm Fridays) and Saturday afternoon host (2-6 p.m.)


  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s new album is terrific and not enough people know about it, so you stand a good chance of finding a diamond in the rough at Zilker Park. Pro tip: learn the lyrics to the song “Multi-Love” so you can holler along when Ruban Nielson sings “Austin” and “Uchiko” in the same sentence. Watch their performance of “Multi-Love” on VuHaus.

Weekend 1, Sat. 5:30 p.m. | Weekend 2 Sat. 5:30 p.m.

  • Wolf Alice — Thunderous rock in a petite package, these Brits are coming into their own and have the power to be a future festival headliner. They have loads of hooks and LOUD guitars in every song, which is an essential ingredient for a good time at the park. Check out this NPR review of “My Love Is Cool,” then watch their “Moaning Lisa Smile” performance for New York’s WFUV on VuHaus.

Weekend 2, Fri. 3 p.m.

  • Alabama Shakes –You should see this band as much as possible before they become too popular – and believe me, they’re on their way. It’s one thing to listen to the records, and an entirely different experience watching Brittany Howard perform in person. Note: they’re only performing at ACL during the first weekend.

Weekend 1, Sat. 6:20 p.m.

  • TV On the Radio don’t tend to tour that often and they’re at an interesting point in their career. They’re almost ready for arenas rather than smaller venues, and yet they remain intimate on-stage. And the new album is a treasure. Watch them perform “Happy Idiot” at KCRW in Los Angeles on VuHaus.

Weekend 1, Sat. 7:20 p.m. | Weekend 2, Sat. 7:20 p.m.

  • Run The Jewels — There’s nothing like seeing a new artist while their star is rising. Run The Jewels are unafraid and this could be a raucous scene, which is perfect for a hip hop show. And who knows how many friends El-P and Killer Mike will bring along with them? Promises to be a good party.

Weekend 1, Fri. 5 p.m. | Weekend 2, Fri. 5 p.m.

Art Levy, producer and Sunday midday host (10 a.m.-2 p.m.)


Weekend 1, Sun. 5:30 p.m. | Weekend 2, Sun. 5:30 p.m.

  • Run The Jewels — Recommended if you’d like some politics to balance out the corporate sponsors.

Weekend 1, Fri. 5 p.m. | Weekend 2, Fri. 5 p.m.

  • Sylvan Esso — Recommended if you’d like songs stuck in your head for weeks after the fest. Watch their performance of “Coffee” on VuHaus.

Weekend 1, Sun. 3:30 p.m. | Weekend 2, Sun. 3:30 p.m

  • Dwight Yoakam — Recommended if you’d like to see an old cowboy showing the young bucks how it’s done.

Weekend 1, Sun. 7:30 p.m. | Weekend 2, Sun. 7:30 p.m.

  • Wolf Alice — Recommended if you need some “R-A-W-K” in your life. Listen to them play “Giant Peach” at KEXP Seattle.

Weekend 2, Fri. 3 p.m.