Best Songs Ever…This Week 9.21.18

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Best Songs Ever…This Week 9.21.18

Posted by on Sep 21, 2018

Photos (L to R): Will Courtney (Emree Weaver/KUTX); Devin “Blood Orange” Hynes (Sharon Alagna/MXDWN); The Nude Party (Sasha Lecca/Facebook)

KUTX Program Director Matt Reilly lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.


Will Courtney- “Crazy Love”


First up, “Crazy Love” by Will Courtney. Will has been active in the Austin music scene for years, first with his previous band Brothers & Sisters and now as a solo artist. I don’t know how else to put this, but “Crazy Love” just sounds like Texas. If you’re into bands like the Old 97’s, this will be right up your alley.

Blood Orange- “Charcoal Baby”


Next, we move over to the UK for the latest from Dev Hynes, who records under the moniker Blood Orange. “Charcoal Baby” is a slinky, soulful song that is slightly atonal and weird–in a good way.

The Nude Party- “Chevrolet Van”


Finally, from Boone, North Carolina, it’s the Nude Party. Clearly, these guys grew up on ’70s rock like Big Star and Todd Rundgren, and “Chevrolet Van” just sounds like good times.
Best Song Ever… This Week 9.15.18

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Best Song Ever… This Week 9.15.18

Posted by on Sep 15, 2018

Photos (L to R): Mitski (Ebru Yildiz/The 405); Jungle (Mike Massaro/DIY Mag); Rubblebucket (Shervin Lainez/Interview Mag)

KUTX host and producer Jack Anderson lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.


Mitski- “Nobody”


My first pick is from Mitski Miyawaki, a Big Apple songwriter who’s made five full-lengths in just six years. Mitski’s latest record, Be The Cowboy, came out last month and it’s nothing short of heartbreaking. Case in point: “Nobody,” a song that’ll tear you down before making you bob your head.

Jungle- “Cherry”


Hopping across the pond to the UK we find London seven-piece Jungle. They’ve got a really cool, modern soul vibe that jumps between relaxing and high-energy. It’s a perfect pairing of organic and electronic, and the whole gang joins us in a couple of weeks for ACL Fest. They shared their sophomore album Forever this week and “Cherry” shows off the chiller side of Jungle.

Rubblebucket- “Annihilation Song”


Finally, something from Brooklyn funk jammers Rubblebucket. The two founding members recently ended their longtime romantic relationship but their connection is still core to the band’s well-being. A couple of weeks back, Rubblebucket showed off their creative bond with their most personal album to date, Sun Machine. The album is all over the place genre-wise, but “Annihilation Song” is a good jumping off point.
I Want My All ATX

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I Want My All ATX

Posted by on Sep 12, 2018

KUTX and the Four Seasons are proud to present “I Want My All ATX,” a totally rad benefit concert and album release show for the latest All ATX compilation album, paying tribute to the bodacious tunes of the early MTV era. Join us Sunday, November 18 on the lawn of the Four Seasons hotel for live performances from A Flock of Seagulls, Mobley, Kalu and the Electric Joint, Night Glitter, and Alesia Lani

This righteous 80s resurrection benefits All ATX, an umbrella organization supporting HAAM, SIMS, Black Fret and Austin Music Foundation. Tickets for this rain or shine event go on sale here, Wednesday, September 19 at 10AM. GA lawn tickets are $20 with VIP options also available.

Additional support for the “I Want My All ATX” benefit concert comes from Margin Walker Presents and Rock n Roll Rentals.

 


“ALL ATX is an Austin music education based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that, in addition to its education outreach, provides exposure and training to Austin-area developing musicians through an annual live performance concert and a related musical album compilation. In addition to featuring these musicians on the compilation and at the concert, it raises money for Austin’s music charities who aid musicians in the areas of health care and income support.

Currently, ALL ATX benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The SIMS Foundation, Austin Music Foundation (AMF) and Black Fret. Through supporting these organizations, ALL ATX is striving to make Austin the place that provides professional musicians with the resources needed to not only succeed at their craft, but to also maintain a healthy livelihood. ALL ATX helps Austin musicians with education and affordability solutions so that Austin continues to be “The Live Music Capital of the World.

Best Songs Ever… This Week 9.7.18

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Best Songs Ever… This Week 9.7.18

Posted by on Sep 11, 2018

Photos (L to R): Jade Bird (Jade Bird/Facebook); Thievery Corporation (Thievery Corporation/Facebook); Motel Mirrors (Motel Mirrors/Facebook)

KUTX host and producer Art Levy lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.


Jade Bird- “Uh Huh”


The first song is a brand new single from the British artist Jade Bird. We played her first tune “Lottery” quite a bit and hosted her at KUTX Live at the Four Seasons during SXSW 2018 back in March. On first listen, this new song “Uh Huh” felt a bit overwrought to me, but the song has really grown with subsequent listens. She’ll also be playing at Antone’s on September 19.

Thievery Corporation- “Voyage Libre”


I’m a big fan of the Washington, DC band Thievery Corporation–I love the way they mix so many elements together for a dreamy international sound. “Voyage Libre” from Thievery’s new album Treasures From The Temple is a bit more dance-friendly, and there’s a nice local angle: Austin’s LouLou Ghelichkhani–from the recent KUTX Artist of the Month Night Glitter–is the featured singer. You can catch Thievery Corporation at Stubb’s on November 4.

Motel Mirrors- “Things I Learned” 


Motel Mirrors is largely a duet project with singer-songwriter John Paul Keith and vocalist/bassist Amy LaVere. The band is based out of Memphis and also includes former Austinite Will Sexton. On “Things I Learned,” it’s LaVere’s voice that carries the song for me, and I also really like Motel Mirrors’ twangy pop sound.
Best Songs Ever…This Week 08.31.18

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Best Songs Ever…This Week 08.31.18

Posted by on Aug 31, 2018

Photos (L to R): Neko Case (Jon Shapely/KUTX); The Internet (Roger Kisby); Kurt Vile (Jake O’Hare/KUTX)

KUTX host and producer Art Levy lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.


Neko Case – “Last Lion Of Albion”



This first song is a few months old, but we’ll bend the rules a bit. Neko Case released her seventh solo album, Hell-On, earlier this year, and “Last Lion of Albion” is a standout. She has a way of writing songs that sound timeless the first time you hear them, and this is no exception. Also, the lyrics are incredible, weaving together the perils of nationalism and environmentalism in a few quick lines.


Kurt Vile – “Loading Zones”



Kurt Vile is one of my favorite current artists because he is so totally himself. His songs are always a little loopy—some stream of consciousness lyrics, a dreamy atmosphere, and then there’s his guitar playing, which mirrors the way he sings. And for his new single “Loading Zones,” he actually mailed realistic looking parking tickets to some of his fans, so you gotta love his sense of humor. Vile is back in town December 6 for a show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.


The Internet – “La Di Da”



Finally, a song from the Internet, who for a minute had one of the most unsearchable band names—that is, until they got semi-famous. The band comes from the same L.A. scene that gave us Frank Ocean, and they have a similar vibe on their new album, Hive Mind—kind of a psychedelic take on R&B. Check out “La Di Da” by the Internet, and catch them at Emo’s on November 15.