For in-studio performances with just a small audience of KUTX crew, most bands opt for a toned down set. Ume does not. These Austin rockers bring the energy and intensity every. Single. Time. Powerhouse guitars, unyielding percussion, and lead singer Lauren Larson’s grittiness remind us rock will never die. Not with Ume banging around, at least. Their newest album, Other Nature, is being christened with a release show at the Mohawk, July 21st. Get a sneak peak below by listening to their most recent Studio 1A performance.
Now entering its 14th season, there isn’t any other program in the country quite like Austin’s own SUMMER STOCK AUSTIN. From performing to designing and building sets, these high school and college students from across the country learn about every part of a professional theatre company–all the while working side-by-side with local and national theatre professionals. The “company” rehearses for three weeks to mount three fully produced musicals in the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center. The cast visited Studio 1A to share some of their work before the show opens. Get it below!
Batty Jr. is…well…a little batty. The four-piece comprised of Zeke Jarmon on guitar, Sadie Wolfe on cello, Taylor Turner on bass and Daniel Coborn on drums write epic songs about everyday life that toe the line between dramatic and whimsical. The addition of sparse, dreamy, instrumentals take their folk-rock roots and launch it into outer space. Batty Jr. dropped by Studio 1A to play us a few tracks off their upcoming album, Wormholes, before hitting Threadgill’s on July 28 for an album release show. Check the session in the player at the bottom of the post and follow Batty Jr. with the link below!
Photo by Andrea Garcia
Petal‘s Kiley Lotz allows her wounds, weaknesses, and triumphs over them flow freely on her latest full-length, Magic Gone. Broken-up into two phases, one featuring songs she wrote before entering treatment for mental illness and the other comprised of songs she wrote on the unyielding road to recovery. Shifting between full-on rock and roll and slow, falsetto-fueled piano pop ballads, the duality of her sound is exemplified in her debut Studio 1A performance.
Eliza Gilkyson has never been one to shy away from life’s most difficult affairs. Even with 20 albums and 50 years’ experience under her belt, she continues to cover new and daring ground. Her newest album, Secularia, comes out July 13th. The record documents a lifelong journey through spirituality and its crossroads with religion, gender, and womanhood. She maneuvers these themes with grace, pulling the listener in gently to her deepest, most raw inner workings. Check out her Studio 1A performance below, and be sure to catch her at the Paramount or Marble Falls this month.