We’ve all got that friend who has a guitar and wrote a few songs about their most recent breakup. Matthew Squires is not that friend. Squires and his band the Learning Disorders have put out five albums in the past four years, already making him one of the more prolific musicians around today. The fact that each album grows and evolves from the previous one makes him unique. In his upcoming album Tambaleo, Squires lays into his slightly offbeat psychedelic indie pop groove, but with a new sense of maturity and depth. His crafted, funny lyrics sung over dynamic and clever arrangements make Tambaleo an album to watch in 2017. Matthew Squires came down to Studio 1A to show us some tracks off the new album, hear them below!
– James Parker
1/22 @ Cheer Up Charlies – Leonard Cohen Tribute Night
Do you find yourself wandering down east 6th in the wee hours of the morning, wondering whose crooning tenor and soulful guitar is emanating from the White Horse? It’s bound to be Austin country outfit Croy and the Boys. They’re such a perfect representation of Austin’s Outlaw Country history and hip indie culture that it’s hard to believe front-man Corey Baum (aka Bad Boy Croy) hails from northwestern Ohio. Baum has the quintessential Texas country voice when he needs it, but ventures into a cleaner indie sound when it’s appropriate. Crystal clear guitar sounds and heartfelt organ licks play double duty on their recent album “Hey Come Back,” at some times towing the country line, and playing the Austin indie rock card at others. Throw in Carson McHone’s sultry low harmonies and Baum’s clever lyrics and you’ve got a consummate Austin band worthy of a second, third, and fourth listen. Check out their Studio 1A session below, or find them at their January residency at the White Horse, Wednesdays at Midnight.
– James Parker
1/25 – The White Horse @ Midnight
2/3 – Hotel Vegas @ 9:00 pm
At this point, Seela is almost synonymous with Austin music. In her 20+ years performing in the Live Music Capitol, she has sung with a who’s who of Austin musicians, including Jon Dee Graham, Beaver Nelson, Bob Schneider, & Matt the Electrician. Now, Seela is taking the reins of her own sound with the help of Adrian Quesada, “Scrappy” Jud Newcomb, Jeff Plankenhorn, Andrew Pressman, and John Greene. Her new album, Track You Down, takes that abundance of talent and channels it into a tight collection of gospel-infused numbers highlighted by Seela’s undeniable vocal talent. Take a listen to Seela’s performance in Studio 1A before catching her at the Cactus Cafe on 1/18.
1/18 @ the Cactus Cafe
If there was ever a 21st-century renaissance man, it’s got to be Terry Allen. We at KUTX are most familiar with his long and storied career as a pioneer of the Outlaw Country genre in the 60’s and 70’s, but Allen has an equal if not greater standing in the contemporary art world. He works in all sorts of medium, including musical and theatrical performances, sculpture, painting, drawing and video, and installations which combine all of the above. His music lies firmly in the tradition of Texas country music, but over his 12 studio releases he’s only gotten better. His lyrics are witty and sharp, his arrangements are clever, and his voice is crystal clear. Terry Allen stopped by Studio 1A to promote his show at the Paramount Theatre this weekend. Check out the tunes he showed us below!
– James Parker
Austin’s Los Coast is a bit of a head scratcher. Like, what the hell is it? Where the hell did they come from? And, where can I get some more? Not even 2 years into their musical career and Los Coast managed to secure a semi-permanent residency at the influential South Congress club C-Boys and landed an opening spot at the 2016 ACL Music Festival. You can watch exclusive video of a backstage performance at the festival HERE.
So, how did they get so damn good so fast? The magic started when newly minted Austinite and immensely talented vocalist Trey Privott joined forces with multi-instrumentalist/arranger John Courtney. Together, the two shaped a sound that draws straight from the essence of Austin music. Equal parts indie-rock, psych rock, and raw uncut soul, with a healthy smattering of smooth jazz, gospel, and world music. The group is currently working on heir first full-length record.
Catch Los Coast at Antone’s Night Club Friday, January 13th when they open at Hard Proof’s album release party. Listen to their set from Studio 1A in the player at the bottom of this post.
January 13th @ Antone’s Night Club
March 31st @ UNO Lakefront Arena Grounds in New Orleans