The Xmas-Men @ KUTX 12.19.14

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The Xmas-Men @ KUTX 12.19.14

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

If you’re from Texas, you most likely already know about legendary troubadour Robert Earl Keen.

What you may not know is that Keen and his backing band recently released an album as The Xmas-Men. Alongside the Xmas-Men (Rich Brotherton, Bill Whitbeck, Tom Van Schaik & Marty Muse), Robert Earl Keen invites his listeners to enjoy the holiday season with this twelve-track instrumental album, entitled Santa Is Real.

While the album’s title and artwork clearly parody the classic 1960 Louvin Brothers album Satan is Real, The Xmas-Men whip up a swinging instrumental trad-country take on more than a dozen holiday staples, including Keen’s twisted modern-day ode to dysfunction, “Merry Xmas From the Family.” Arrangements are consistently inspired, often surprising, and their performances are as buoyant as Santa’s sleigh on Christmas Eve.

You can catch The Xmas-Men on Friday, December 19th at the Moody Theater for ACL Live or you can stream them right here at KUTX!

- Jack Anderson

 

 

Barton Hills Choir @ KUTX 12.20.14

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Barton Hills Choir @ KUTX 12.20.14

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014

Austin’s youngest musical sensation is undoubtedly the Barton Hills Choir!

The Barton Hills Choir is led by Barton Hills Elementary School music teacher and choir director Gavin Tabone. The Choir is comprised of 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students from the school and accompanied by professional musicians, including guitarist Don “El Cento” Cento, bassist Jason “Mr. Boom Boom” Brint, and drummer Jake “Mr. Bubbles” Perlman.

Their repertoire spans golden oldies from the Beatles, Elvis, and The Beach Boys and numbers from Broadway musicals like “Annie” to songs from more current bands like Wilco, Muse, The Flaming Lips, and Belle and Sebastian. They performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2009 and 2011 and appeared at the Festival on both weekends in 2013. They were joined by special guest Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian for their shows at the 2014 ACL Festival as they performed his songs, and honored to share the stage with Belle and Sebastian for several songs during their second weekend show.

You can stream the Barton Hills Choir right here at KUTX!

- Jack Anderson

 

Shinyribs @ KUTX 12.17.14

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Shinyribs @ KUTX 12.17.14

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014

After all these years, Kevin Russell still keeps his ribs shiny.

Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey which began in Beaumont, TX when he found his father’s guitar under his bed at age 14. After moving to Shreveport Russell formed his first band, Picket Line Coyotes, that lived and died between the “Arklatexabamassippi” borders much like their unfortunate animal namesake. Russell relocated to Austin where The Gourds were born from those Coyote ashes. From that point on Russell has been riding high on the Shinyribs river of country-soul, swamp-funk and tickle.

A Shinyribs show is an exaltation of spirit. It’s a hip shaking, belly laughing, soul-singing, song-slinging, down-home house party. All styles of American music are likely to be touched on by this world class band featuring Winfield Cheek on keyboard, Keith Langford on drums, Jeff Brown on bass and the Tijuana Train Wreck Horns. Russell’s original songs are laced with magical-realism along with novel interpretations of popular songs old and new (George Jones, TLC, Leadbelly, T-Pain). Kevin Russell is Burl Ives meets Al Green, Hank, Jr. meets Teddy Pendergrass. Wendell Berry meets Chuck Berry. Along with Shinyribs, Russell presents a unique musical experience and an original expression of our colorful musical heritage.

You can catch Shinyribs on Wednesday, December 17th at the Palmer Events Center for Armadillo Christmas Bazaar or you can stream him right here at KUTX!

- Jack Anderson

 

Motopony @ KUTX 12.17.14

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Motopony @ KUTX 12.17.14

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014

The strange juxtaposition that is Motopony still manifests itself as a peaceful and productive coexistence.

Formed in 2009, the Washington six-piece has found a comfortable middle ground somewhere between indie pop, hard soul, and glitch-folk. With the depth of lead singer Daniel Blue’s songwriting and Buddy Ross’s tempered arrangements, Motopony forges an intriguing and undeniably stimulating sound. This past September Motopony followed up their eponymous debut with the Idle Beauty EP. Blue describes Idle Beauty as a “season of transformation” and a testament to what the group has been through as well as the collective power and synergy of each member’s input.

You can catch Motopony on Wednesday, December 17th at the Mohawk or you can stream them right here at KUTX!

- Jack Anderson

Christian Bland & The Revelators @ KUTX 12.11.14

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Christian Bland & The Revelators @ KUTX 12.11.14

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014

Although Christian Bland is best known as the guitarist for The Black Angels, his solo work with The Revelators highlights his signature sound and contributions to one of modern psychedelic rock’s biggest bands, while providing an open canvas to explore different ideas and influences.

The Austin-based psych rock quartet has been promoting the release of their second full length album Pig Boat Blues, which is now available for purchase and online streaming. Christian Bland & The Revelators are also slated for 2015′s highly-anticipated Austin Psych Fest Levitation, so they’ll be playing shows around town until then. You can catch Christian Bland & The Revelators on Wednesday, December 31st at Spiderhouse or stream them right here at KUTX!

- Jack Anderson