We’ve made our list and checked it twice–this week on the Austin Music Experience, we’re putting on our critical hats and taking a look back at the Austin albums that provided the soundtrack to 2014. And we’ve got some help from the music experts here at KUTX Austin. The DJs will dive deep into an eclectic mix of picks, ranging from jazz to electronic to Latin rock. You’ll hear familiar favorites like Spoon and Spanish Gold, plus a few Austin discoveries like Roger Sellers and Gina Chavez. Join us Sunday 6 p.m. on KUTX 98.9 and KUTX.org, or listen anytime in the player below!
Our weekly show focuses on live music, but there are other stories that make up the Austin Music Experience. This year, we learned about an independent record label that helped put Austin on the musical map. A roots-rock legend’s experiment with computers. A quiet band that would influence Death Cab For Cutie and Blink-182. A soul man who’s had pretty much every job possible in the record industry.
This week on the show we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite interviews from the past year. Some of the characters might be familiar—Johnny Winter, Joe Ely, Fontella Bass, Ben Gibbard—but these stories hopefully shine a light on some lesser-known sides to the Austin Music Experience. Listen below!
This week on the Austin Music Experience, we remember rock-and-roll hall-of-famer and adopted Austinite Ian McLagan, who passed away on December 3 at age 69. His career is a treasure-trove—from coming up with the Small Faces and the Faces to working with Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and Bruce Springsteen—and he was also a really great guy to have around. We’ll listen back to an archival interview recorded this past summer, covering his final album United States and his extraordinary career. Joseph Arthur also joins us in Studio 1A for live music and a chat, and we’ve got new music from Abram Shook, the Good Music Club, and more. Listen below!
She’s been compared to Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, but Kat Edmonson is her own artist. For over a decade, the former Austinite has brought jazz to a new generation. She’s collaborated with Lyle Lovett and breathes new life into old standards, but she’s also an accomplished songwriter, self-described as “vintage pop.” With the release of her third album, The Big Picture, Edmonson returned to Austin earlier this year for a homecoming gig, and we were there to capture it. This week on the Austin Music Experience, Kat Edmonson in concert, live from the historic soundstage of Austin City Limits. Listen below!
This week on the Austin Music Experience, artists getting back to their roots. Kathy Valentine is known for her pioneering work in the Go-Gos, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her band the Bluebonnets, who stop by Studio 1A. Valentine also talks about moving back to Austin and reconnecting with her influences. Plus, Ryan Bingham might be known for his rowdy live shows, but he’s back in our Studio 1A with his acoustic, talking about his one-of-a-kind career and showing us a new song. Also, A. Sinclair’s rock-and-roll reinvention, Joseph Arthur on the ‘Wild Side,’ and more. Join us Sunday at 6pm on KUTX 98.9 and KUTX.org.