Magna Carda

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Magna Carda

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017

Somewhere Btwn Cover


Even from their 2012 beginnings on St. Edward’s campus, it was obvious that MC Megz Kelli and producer Dougie Do shared a unified vision. Their group, Magna Carda, brews a jazzy, retro, soul-steeped stew, (think Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Robert Glasper) that has only improved with time, bringing them both fans and critical acclaim. The creative musicians that round out  Magna Carda’s lineup push their sound in new directions, making this band much more than just a producer’s studio project. They’ve just released their latest set of songs, Somewhere Between, and they’re off to NYC later this month to show them off.

        – Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director

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Sarah Jaffe: “Bad Baby”

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Sarah Jaffe: “Bad Baby”

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

Sarah Jaffe is the KUTX Artist of the Month for July.

It’s hard to pin down Sarah Jaffe, and that’s exactly what makes her such an exciting artist. She came out of the fertile Denton music scene about a decade ago with a folk-leaning sound, but she soon remade herself as a pop singer with a darkened, slightly askew sensibility. Jaffe is the only singer I know of who’s played with Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, and Midlake while also providing music for everyone from Eminem to Pixar. She’s a worker, a curious artist who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.

Which makes the backstory for Bad Baby, Jaffe’s fourth album, all the more ironic: she was waiting around for inspiration before a friend reminded her that creativity is all about hard work. And Bad Baby shows its seams, in a good way. It’s hard-edged, alternating between big, swing-for-the-fences synth-pop and intimate ballads (“Help Yourself” even starts with a bum note and a muttered expletive). “Bad Baby” is in the former category, huge and glossy with a sticky-sweet earworm. But no matter what Jaffe puts her hands on, she always seems to make it her own.

“Bad Baby” appears on the album of the same name, out July 7.

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

Sarah Jaffe

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Sarah Jaffe

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017

Sarah Jaffe was only twenty-two years old when her seasoned debut recording, Even Born Again, was released in 2008. Already a fixture in the fertile Denton musical landscape, her profile began to soar. Soon she was touring with artists as varied as Lou Barlow and Norah Jones, and was pushing her acoustic music into the electronic pop ether. Since then she’s had raves in Rolling Stone, made the rounds on the talk shows, collaborated with Eminem, placed her songs in a couple of films, and released a handful of absorbing albums and EPs. Her fourth full-length, Bad Baby, like each release that has preceded it, finds Jaffe again moving in creative new directions. There’s a dance-floor propulsion, and Jaffe is quick to credit the newly spacious feel to her layered pop to her many collaborators, including photographers and illustrators. Bad Baby will be released July 7th.

– KUTX Music Director, Jeff McCord

Pre-order Sarah Jaffe’s new album HERE!!!

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My KUTX: Night Drive

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My KUTX: Night Drive

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

Night Drive is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June. Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX.

Austin’s Night Drive makes music that’s, um, perfect for night driving. Their self-titled debut is sleek, stylish, and a little dangerous, offering a punked-up take on electronic music. And this week on My KUTX, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon provide a hand-picked soundtrack for your very-own night drive, swerving between club bangers, punk howlers, and experimental favorites. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


1. Maethelvin – “Lost In The Big City”

2. Panama – “Always” (Classixx remix)

3. YACHT – “Le Goudron”

4. S.C.U.M. – “Faith Unfolds”

5. The Soft Moon – “Circles” (4:02)

6. Brian Eno & John Cale – “Spinning Away”

7. Crystal Castles – “Vanished” (4:03)

8. Bryan Ferry – “Don’t Stop The Dance” (Punks Jump Up remix)

9. The Spits – “Bring”

10. The Knife – “Neverland”

11. Wild Nothing – “To Know You”

12. The Walker Brothers – “The Electrician”

Night Drive: “Easy To Lie” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Night Drive: “Easy To Lie” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

Night Drive is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June.

All you need to know about Night Drive is right there in the band name. Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make incessant, infinitely-propulsive music that’s best heard at night, zooming at a hundred miles per hour. The Austin duo’s self-titled debut is one of the more fully-realized local releases this year, boasting an electronic gleam but a punk rock engine.

This is a good recipe for a great live show. In our Studio 1A last week, Night Drive was both stylish and a little out-of-control. Connell’s brooding croon makes it sound like Morrissey is riding shotgun on the electrifying “Easy To Lie.” His shrieking “yeah!” about halfway through the song is the perfect exclamation point for a band that’s all about the maximum.

KUTX and Margin Walker present Night Drive at Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight. Connell and Duhon are the guest DJs on My KUTX on Saturday, June 24.

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