Make yourself at home; you’re listening to Tahoma.
As the latest creative manifestation of Texas-born multi-instrumentalist Brandon Aguilar, Tahoma predominantly features acoustic instrumentation, folk-style songwriting, and dynamic vocals. With the addition of vocal harmonies by Sarah Oermann, Aguilar recorded the Honest Mark EP in the Spring of 2014.
Although Aguilar began writing & performing solo under the moniker in the winter of 2013, he is often accompanied by a backing band for live performances. Following the conclusion of their residency at Cactus Cafe, you can now stream Tahoma right here at KUTX!
Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” is taking to the Austin stage for the first time this summer.
For the next month, the Zach Theatre will be home to the first local stage production of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical, “Sophisticated Ladies.” Set in Harlem’s infamous Cotton Club, the celebratory show follows the life and career of one of jazz’s most iconic composers, bandleaders, and pianists — Duke Ellington. The musical show has been on-and-off the stage since 1981 and is known to boast an intricate production, featuring a full on-stage orchestra, jazz vocalists, an ensemble of tap dancers, and eye-catching period costumes, as well as Ellington’s unforgettable classics like “Mood Indigo,” “Take the A Train,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing).”
“Sophisticated Ladies” opens tomorrow, June 23rd, at the Zach Theatre and will run until August 23rd. You can stream some of the show’s music right here on KUTX.
Performer, author, and singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin has been a consistent light and melodic voice in contemporary folk.
After moving to town at a young age and joining the Western swing collective Dixie Diesels, Shawn Colvin moved away, eventually becoming a well-known name in the 1980’s New York’s folk circuit and receiving a Grammy for her debut album Steady On. Combining her folk sensibilities with pop melodies, a touch of alternative rock, an occasional twang, and crisp production, Colvin has released a multitude of records and received numerous accolades since moving back to Austin in the ’90’s. Her unadorned folk-rock has continued to develop over the years, with her previous album, All Fall Down, taking the form of an honest and sparse look at loss and resolution with Bill Frisell on guitar, Viktor Krauss on bass, and Brian Blade on drums, as well as guest appearances by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Allison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jakob Dylan, and Stuart Duncan. Colvin is set to release a collection of covers, entitled Uncovered, this September.
You can catch Shawn Colvin on Saturday, July 25th at One World Theatre or stream her right here at KUTX!
Starting his musical endeavors in the late ’70’s, Eric Goulden, a.k.a. Wreckless Eric, has been cooking up a noisy, underground musical storm ever since.
Following his debut for Stiff Records, including the hit single “(I’d Go the) Whole Wide World,” Wreckless Eric eventually came to focus on making music the way it “shouldn’t” be done – fully DIY – building a large and unexpected lo-fi catalogue of pop-punk hooks and rock ‘n’ roll snarl. Working on his own as well as with a handful of new bands throughout the years, Wreckless Eric’s sound has remained persistently unpolished and at play, and most of his back catalog was reissued in 2014. Wreckless Eric currently also paints, writes, and records material with his wife, singer-songwriter Amy Rigby and, saying, “all I really want to do is drink an espresso, make some freaky noise and drive around in a big old Buick,” he is set to release a new album, entitled amERICa, by the end of this year.
Wreckless Eric stopped by Studio 1A last week and you can stream his music right here on KUTX.
Aaron Behrens returned to invite us on a different musical Midnight Stroll.
Former lead singer of Austin’s bold and brash electronic pairing Ghostland Observatory, Aaron Behrens’ new musical vehicle is a rock ‘n’ roll affair, a flurry of electric guitars and gripping hooks, all ambushed by Behrens’ familiar and perpetually powerful vocal wail. After Ghostland’s announced hiatus and a much needed break, the Midnight Stroll initially came to life including Jonas Wilson, Alex Schroeter, Don Clark, Sweney Tidball, and Jason Frey in its line-up. Inspired by the classic sensibilities of glam and soul and built on top of a set of acoustic demos, last fall’s self-titled debut EP was a declarative change in sound, subtler in delivery, but by no means tame and catchy as ever. Aaron Behrens & the Midnight Stroll has just released their latest single “Losing My Mind,” a guitar-driven rollick with Behrens’ contorting vocals becoming a guide into a hook-filled pit of instability.
You can catch Aaron Behrens & the Midnight Stroll’s live set at Scoot Inn this Saturday, July 18th, and you can stream their music right here on KUTX.