Best Songs Ever…This Week 2.23.18

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Best Songs Ever…This Week 2.23.18

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018

KUTX Host Jody Denberg shares the best songs ever…for the week of 2.23.18


Mélat – “Push”




We’ll begin with the powerful voice of Mélat and her song “Push”. Though she’s a native Austinite who attended the University of Texas, her upbringing wasn’t typical. Her parents, Ethiopian immigrants, influenced her with both their home culture and a love of American R&B. “Push,” from her new album Move Me II: The Present, shows she is equally influenced by Ella Fitzgerald and Mariah Carey.


The Dream Syndicate – “Glide”




Up next is “Glide” from the band The Dream Syndicate. Originally lumped in with L.A.’s “Paisley Underground” scene in the early 1980s, the group returned last year with their first album in almost three decades, How Did I Find Myself Here?. The Dream Syndicate’s revival finds them remaining true to their roots, but perhaps more accessible with this standout tune.


Phoebe Bridgers – “Motion Sickness”




We finish up with “Motion Sickness” from L.A.’s Phoebe Bridgers. Don’t be fooled by Phoebe’s ethereal voice – this song is tough, with a guitar-pop backing. Ryan Adams was an early supporter and released her debut single on his label. This is from her first full-length Stranger In The Alps.

Best Songs Ever…This Week 2.16.18

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– Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Host M-Th 2p-5p


No Age – “Drippy”


Let’s start off with this one because I like it raw, scuzzy, and loud: L.A.-based dynamic duo No Age, with “Drippy.” The track is off their album Snares Like A Haircut, their first studio album in about four years. They haven’t lost a single ounce of that high-octane, buzzed-up energy they’ve built their sound on.


Calexico – “Under The Wheels”


Up next is Calexico, and their song “Under the Wheels,” from the album The Thread That Keeps Us. It’s hard to believe that this band has been around for 22 years. I’ve always liked the way co-founders Joey Burns and John Convertino are inspired by sounds from the Southwest, and that includes heavy Latin influences in their music, like conjunto, cumbia, tejano, even mariachi. They weave it all into their songwriting fabric, and I think that’s what gives it that connection to the desert.


Shakey Graves – “Kids These Days”


And also on my radar, another longtime favorite of mine: Shakey Graves, with “Kids These Days.” It’s taken from the much-anticipated album Can’t Wake Up, due for release May 4th. Shakey Graves is the moniker for songwriter Alejandro Rose-Garcia, who cultivated his sound in his hometown of Austin, Texas. It’s been exciting to see him grow as an artist. People might be used to the one-man band approach that he started out with–basically a guitar and maybe a kick drum. But this track might give you a feel for how he’s exploring more with a full band.

KUTX LIVE at Four Seasons – SXSW 2018

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KUTX LIVE at Four Seasons – SXSW 2018

Posted by on Feb 16, 2018

   Now in its eighth year, KUTX Live at The Four Seasons continues in 2018 with four days of early morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons ballroom from 7 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, through Friday, March 16; and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 17. The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission to the main show, which includes a breakfast taco, KIND granola bar and bottomless coffee, is $15 per adult or $5 for children 12 and under.Limited self-parking is available in the hotel garage on a first-come, first served basis at a discounted rate of $5 per car until 1 p.m.

   All KUTX Live event proceeds in 2018 will benefit the Trail Foundation to support the organization’s Brazos Bluff project. Aimed at restoring, beautifying and enhancing the public parkland area directly beneath the hotel, the project will add a much-needed stopping point along the trail for people to take a quick stretch, meet for a picnic or watch a fiery sunset from a newly constructed viewing deck.

KUTX Live at The Four Seasons Lineup

WED. 3/14 THUR. 3/15 FRI. 3/16 SAT. 3/17
7 a.m. Kalu and The Electric Joint Mélat Duncan Fellows  XXX
8 a.m. Knox Fortune Naked Giants Jade Bird Lido Pimienta
9 a.m. Bully David Ramirez Dessa CLARA-NOVA
10 a.m. Erika Wennerstrom Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real Bekon
11 a.m. XXX  XXX  XXX Ghostland Observatory

Got little ones in tow? Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, our Sunday-evening kids’ show, will offer kid-friendly (but parent-friendly, too) sets between the main-stage acts each day. Those interested in attending only the children’s shows may purchase a wristband for $5 per adult or child; benefits still include the above breakfast treats, however the wristband does not allow entry to the main stage.

Spare the Rock Spoil the Child Lineup

WED. 3/14 THUR. 3/15 FRI. 3/16 SAT. 3/17
8:30 a.m. Red Yarn Ms. Kat Laura Doherty XXX
9:30 a.m. JareBear SaulPaul 123 Andes Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band
10:30 a.m. XXX XXX XXX Sugar Free Allstars

 

Love Austin Music Month

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KUTX is teaming up with the Austin Music Foundation and the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division to declare February “Love Austin Music Month”. We’ll lend a helping hand by highlighting shows all month on the Austin Music Minute and bringing lots of local artists to Studio 1A. Plus, you can enter to win when you share your Austin music stories and pictures on social media with #loveaustinmusic.

If you’re looking a quick and easy show recommendation we’ve got some choice selections to get you started. Now go out there and LOVE AUSTIN MUSIC!

 


Wednesday, February 14

The Bishops @ Mohawk

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Wednesday, February 14

Bob Schneider / Mélat @ ACL Live

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Thursday, February 15

Oscar Ornelas @ Skylark Lounge

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Friday, February 16

Peligrosa @ North Door

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Friday, February 16

Terri Hendrix (w/ Lloyd Maines) @ The Paramount

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Saturday, February 17

Mike & The Moonpies @ The ABGB

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Saturday, February 17

Why Bonnie @ Cheer Up Charlie’s

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Saturday, February 17

Midcentury @ Swan Dive

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Saturday, February 17

Tres Oui @ Hotel Vegas

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Sunday, February 18

Twang Twang Shock A Boom @ C-Boys

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Monday, February 19

Nakia @ Skylark Lounge

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Saturday, February 24

Capyac @ Empire Control Room

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Monday, February 26

Deezie Brown @ Live at Studio 1A

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Wednesday, February 28

The 26th Annual Austin Music Awards

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Best Songs Ever…This Week 2.9.18

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Best Songs Ever…This Week 2.9.18

Posted by on Feb 9, 2018

 – Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director


Tune-Yards – “Heart Attack”



We’ll start with Merrill Garbus, the New England native who records under the name Tune-Yards. She is a brilliant DIY savant, sampling and layering her parts not as a gimmick, but as a means to make her intense and creative music. In the five years since her last album, Merrill spent some time DJing in clubs, and this has helped untie some of her rhythmic knots.


Yo La Tengo – “She May, She Might” 


Up next is the Hoboken, New Jersey trio Yo La Tengo, one of the few, if not the only band who has managed to keep their music fresh and interesting in a career that has spanned well over three decades. The band’s upcoming release, There’s A Riot Goin’ On, is their first album of all-new material in five years. As stylistic chameleons, Yo La Tengo strives to never repeat themselves, and on “She May, She Might,” they nestle in somewhere between chill and abrasion.



Marie/Lepanto – “Inverness”




Closer to home, Austin’s Will Johnson, leader of the much-loved 90’s Texas band Centro-Matic, is back with a new project, but don’t look for it under his own name. Like his work with Monsters of Folk and Overseas, Johnson is collaborating again, this time with fellow songwriter Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster. They’re calling the project Marie/Lepanto, named for a pair of towns on the Arkansas / Missouri border where both singers were raised.