Mobley

Artist of the Month

Mobley

Posted by on Apr 22, 2018

He’s relentless, both in his pursuit of perfection and in his determination to entertain. Mobley, a singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has been part of the Austin scene for years, but his incessant touring has often kept his one-man show in other locales. Mobley makes soaring and soulful pop music, as he’s honed his craft, his profile has soared. These days, he’s writing music for HBO, Fox, NBC, and touring with many big name acts. He scrapped two entire albums before getting the right mix on his new release, Fresh Lies, Volume 1, out 4/27. Catch Mobley live on KUTX After Hours on Thursday, April 26th.

   – Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director

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***KUTX Features***

4/26 @ 7 p.m. After Hours w/ Studio Audience

***Upcoming Shows***

4/27 @ Waterloo Records (Record Release)



My KUTX: Mobley

Artist of the Month

My KUTX: Mobley

Posted by on Apr 13, 2018

Mobley is the KUTX Artist of the Month for April. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX.

Austin’s Mobley is a sight to see onstage. He’s a one-man wrecking ball that can somehow seamlessly blend electronic, R&B, pop, and rock, all by himself. This week, he does the same thing as our guest DJ, spinning the songs that have influenced him as a musician, producer, performer, and listener. Hear Mobley’s My KUTX on Saturday, April 14, 6 to 7 p.m., or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Nina Simone – “See Line Woman”

2. Sergio Mendes – “What Is This?”

3. White Rabbits – “Percussion Gun”

4. Tune-Yards – “Bizness”

5. Jimmy Eat World – “The Middle”

6. Solange – “Don’t You Wait”

7. Nat King Cole – “The Very Thought Of You”

8. Rihanna – “Consideration” (feat. SZA)

9. The Jackson 5 – “I Want You Back”

10. Fiona Apple – “Hot Knife”

11. Curtis Mayfield – “Move On Up”

12. The Vines – “Winning Days”

13. Bill Withers – “Lean On Me”

My KUTX: Erika Wennerstrom

Artist of the Month

My KUTX: Erika Wennerstrom

Posted by on Mar 16, 2018

Erika Wennerstrom is the KUTX Artist of the Month for March. Photo by Briana Burser.

Erika Wennerstrom is known primarily for leading Heartless Bastards, an Ohio band that’s slotted in nicely here in Austin over the past decade, thanks to the group’s penchant for countrified rock and roll. With the band on a break, Wennerstrom is striking out with Sweet Unknown on March 23, her solo debut. Trips to the Amazon and Big Bend inspired some of the songs, and you can hear it: Wennerstrom’s sky-scraping voice is perfectly matched to music that’s a little bit more psychedelic than in the past.

This week on My KUTX, Wennerstrom returns as our guest DJ to play more of her favorite songs, ranging from country and soul to Afrobeat. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, March 17, 6 to 7 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood – “Some Velvet Morning”

2. Ron Gallo – “Young Lady, You’re Scaring Me”

3. Steve Gunn – “Way Out Weather”

4. Aaron Lee Tasjan – “Little Movies”

5. J.J. Cale – “Travelin’ Light”

6. Midlake – “Ages”

7. Nicole Atkins – “Goodnight Rhonda Lee”

8. Sinkane – “Warm Spell”

9. T. Rex – “Cosmic Dancer”

10. Guided By Voices – “Cut-Out Witch”

11. Fela Kuti & The Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker – “Let’s Start” (Live)

Erika Wennerstrom

Artist of the Month

Erika Wennerstrom

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018

 

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There’s something somewhat frightening, yet utterly liberating when leaving the confines of a successful band to venture solo — especially a band whose latest record was called “effortlessly brilliant” by critics. But, such is the case with Erika Wennerstrom who is taking a break from her Austin-based rock band, Heartless Bastards, to deliver her solo debut, Sweet Unknown. “It was a really freeing experience,” reveals the singer/songwriter/guitarist. “I found my strength in my vulnerability as an artist, and really, just as a person. It kind of forced me to allow myself to be a little more exposed and stand on my own two feet. It’s easy to feel comfortable in a band, but it’s scary to do it as just yourself. I feel like I’ve grown a lot creatively and personally.” Fans can also rest assured that what they’ve grown to love about Wennerstrom’s music is still front-and-center. Her trademark vocals that NPR so aptly calls “warm yet gritty, throaty yet sweet, gigantic, yet intimate” are that… times 10. Erika Wennerstrom releases her debut solo album Sweet Unknown on Friday, March 23.

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***UPCOMING SHOWS***

Wed. March 14 @ KUTX Live at Four Seasons SXSW Broadcast

Wed. March 14 @ Sweetwater Music Hall

Wed. March 14 @ Palm Door

Thu. March 15 @ Luck Reunion

Fri. March 16 @ South By San Jose

Sat. March 17 @ Plum Creek Soun Presents: From the Hills With Love

 

Mélat

Artist of the Month

Mélat

Posted by on Feb 20, 2018

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Melat’s powerful voice immediately commands attention. She was born in Austin and is a graduate of Cedar Park High School, but her upbringing was far from typical. Her parents, both immigrants of Ethiopia, had to flee their home country in the dead of night. Influenced by her cultural upbringing (her parents still speak their native language, Amharic) and her father’s love of American R&B, Melat has found a voice and style all her own, and her talent has gained her more and more attention. Her new album Move Me II: The Present, is an intimate and fully realized collection of soulful R&B.

 – Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director

**KUTX FEATURES**

2/9 @ 1 p.m. – LIVE in Studio 1A

2/17 @ 6 p.m. – KUTX Live Guest DJ Set

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