Luísa Maita: “Fio da Memória”

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Luísa Maita: “Fio da Memória”

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016

Photo by Julia Braga

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2016 artists.

Brazilian singer Luísa Maita’s voice has recently gone global, popping up at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics in 2012 and in promos for Rio de Janeiro’s Games while also appearing on the soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s brilliant Boyhood. Her music works at these two levels, perfect for both big stages and subtle explorations.

Maita’s second album, Fio da Memória, exists somewhere between these poles. Here, traditional Brazilian art forms like samba get a 21st century update. On the title track, the beat is more anxious than joyous, undercutting a throbbing electronic pulse. “Fio da Memória” translates to “thread of memory,” and that succinctly expresses what Maita is doing here: anchored to the past, but jumping off into the unknown.

“Fio da Memória” appears on the album of the same name, out now via Cumbancha. Catch Luísa Maita at ACL Fest 2016:

*Saturday, Oct 8, 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage

–Art Levy // host, Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

My KUTX: Israel Nash

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My KUTX: Israel Nash

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016

Photo by Stephanie Tacy/KUTX

Over the past few years, Dripping Springs’ Israel Nash has tapped back into the Hill Country’s cosmic country past. His most recent albums–2015’s Silver Season and 2014’s Rain Plans–are psychedelic Americana gems, full of Nash’s yearning melodies and guitar freakouts.

Nash and his band brought this widescreen sound to ACL Fest and KUTX Live at the Four Seasons (which you can relive here). This week on My KUTX, Nash also digs deep into his record collection to play some of his influences and favorite artists. Hear his guest DJ set on Saturday, October 8 at 6 p.m. or listen now at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Gene Clark – “Silver Raven”

2. The Byrds – “The Christian Life”

3. Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Helplessly Hoping”

4. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – “Almost Cut My Hair”

5. The Rolling Stones – “Wild Horses”

6. The Velvet Underground – “Stephanie Says”

7. Dennis Wilson – “Time”

8. Pink Floyd – “Time”

9. Phosphorescent – “The Mermaid Parade”

10. The Pretty Things – “Cries From The Midnight Circus”

11. Bill Callahan – “Eid Ma Clack Shaw”

12. Warren Zevon – “Carmelita” (1974 Demo)

13. Van Morrison – “Sweet Thing”

JR JR: “James Dean”

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JR JR: “James Dean”

Posted by on Oct 6, 2016

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2016 artists.

Michigan’s JR JR (formerly Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr) started as a pair of dudes recording indie-pop tunes in a basement, but have been garnering praise and building momentum from the moment their music left the house. Their sound has grown with their presence, with members Daniel Zott and Josh Epstein capitalizing on the number of layers that can be made between their synthesizers and their voices without ever moving away from their roots of creating music that is stuck-in-your-head-for-days catchy.

JR JR released “James Dean” on the 59th anniversary of the actor’s tragic death, highlighting Dean’s immortalization as a paragon of 1950’s cool. In the song, the narrator realizes too-little too-late that his obsession with Internet popularity has, as the trope goes, caused him to lose sight of his/her real life and the important people and relationships within it. “James Dean” is one of JR JR’s slower jams, but their ability to finesse a song of any tempo into a dance tune makes it a slow-burner that keeps you on your feet.

“James Dean” appears on Jr Jr, out now via iTunes.

Jr Jr plays ACL Saturday, October 8th from 1:30-2:30 on the Cirrus Logic Stage.

–Taylor Wallace // host, Saturdays 2-6 p.m., producer, SoundCheck and Eklektikos

The James Hunter Six: “Stranded” (Live In Studio 1A)

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The James Hunter Six: “Stranded” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016

Photo by Gabriel Pérez/KUTX

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2016 artists.

James Hunter is a man out-of-time, an English singer in the here-and-now who sounds like he could’ve competed with Ray Charles and Sam Cooke on the R&B charts. It’s not just his honey-sweet voice. His songs (and crack backing band) are slick explosions of happiness, the sound of a group truly embodying the body-moving roots of soul music. A band like this is best experienced live, where a song like “Stranded” can bounce around the room and take you for an ageless spin.

Catch the James Hunter Six at ACL Fest 2016:

*Saturday, Oct 8, 8:00 p.m., Continental Club (Official ACL Late Night show)

*Sunday, Oct 9, 4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tito’s Handmade Vodka stage

–Art Levy // host, Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Ray Benson: “A Little Piece” (Live at ACL Fest 2016)

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Ray Benson: “A Little Piece” (Live at ACL Fest 2016)

Posted by on Oct 4, 2016

Photo by Gabriel Pérez

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights ACL Fest 2016 artists.

Nothing quite captures the Austin Music Experience in the same outspoken way Ray Benson does. On Willie Nelson’s recommendation, Benson and his band Asleep At the Wheel relocated from Philadelphia to Austin in 1974 where the group has since accrued nine Grammy awards over the course of their four-decade career. While Benson has always remained at the front of Asleep At the Wheel’s momentum across an ever-changing lineup (while also collaborating with a bevy of other musicians), his efforts as a solo artist have only been deeply explored in more recent years.

Following his 1991 single, “Four Score and Seven Beers Ago,” Benson released his first solo full-length, Beyond Time in 2003, establishing his powerful songwriting presence outside of the Wheel. Years later and now an influential board member of The SIMS Foundation, HAAM,  and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation (the latter two of which he founded), Benson stopped by the KUTX tent backstage at Austin City Limits for an intimate performance of the title track from his 2014 sophomore solo album, A Little Piece.

Catch Asleep At The Wheel at ACL Fest 2016:

*Friday, Oct 7,  12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.,  Honda Stage

Jack Anderson // host, Saturdays 6-10 a.m., producer, SoundCheck