Austin-based musician Christy Hays and her band Caliche serve up electrified folk for a brooding sunset.
Drawing comparisons to Lucinda Williams, Hays creates a distinct combination of folk, country, psych rock, and Americana, her clear vocal tone draping over guitar-driven melodic tunes. Formed after Hays relocated to Austin in 2012, Caliche is comprised of Lauren Gurgiolo (Okkerville River) on guitar, Geena Spigarelli (My Jerusalem) on bass, and Andrew Gerfers (Paula Nelson) on drums, marking a shift to a fuller and moodier sound. On the heels of 2014’s mainly acoustic and, at times, gentle folk offering “O’Montana,” Christy Hays and Caliche are now set to release their self-titled EP this week.
You can catch Christy Hays and Caliche performing live at Stay Gold on May 29th and you can stream their music right here on KUTX.
The second annual Huapango Sin Fronteras Festival, a gathering of both Mexican and U.S.-based huapango musicians, will be taking place in Austin on May 30th!
The festival features a line-up of huapango musicians from the huasteca and Sierra Gorda regions of Mexico, including artists such as Guillermo Velázquez & Los Leones de la Sierra de Xichú, Javier Rodríguez, Erupción Hidalguense, Dimención Hidalguense, Los Trineros, Las Palomitas Serranas, Carmelo Segura & Sus Huapangueros, and Don Pedro Sauceda.
Before the music begins, however, professor and festival co-organizer Alex E. Chávez will be giving a short lecture at an Informational Session co-presented by Texas Folklife on May 29th, providing information on the folk and dance tradition, its history, practices, and performances at the Mexican American Cultural Center.
The festival will be taking place on Saturday, May 30th, at Plaza de Toros R3 starting at 2 p.m. You can stream a live set by some of the Huapango Sin Fronteras musicians below.
Austin band The Cover Letter takes advantage of the skill and energy of all five members to create indie folk with powerhouse vocals and a dynamic edge!
Band members Jacob Shipman (vocals/guitar/harmonica/drums), Jarrod Nall (bass/keys), Chelsea Barbo (vocals/keys/guitar), Johnni Roache’ (guitar/keys/harmonica/bass) and Trevor Van Stanfield (drums/guitar) formed The Cover Letter in 2013. Since then, the group has become known for their lively performances, in which the members unexpectedly swap instruments on stage. The Cover Letter also released their self-titled EP in February of this year.
See The Cover Letter this Friday, May 22 at the Mohawk, and stream their music here at KUTX!
James Dick is a world renowned concert pianist with an impressive resume, which includes performances at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Salle Gaveau with the likes of Yo Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony!
He is also well-known for starting the Round Top Festival Institute in 1971, which provides an array of programs for aspiring musicians.In 2009, Dick was a Texas Medal of Arts winner, a Distinguished Alumnus at the University of Texas, and was a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpieces touring artist.
Listen to James Dick’s Studio 1A performance here at KUTX!
Let it be said that Toro y Moi, aka Chaz Bundick, is a bona fide music cameleon.
Toro y Moi easily shifts from chillwave in his first album Causers of This (2010), to 80’s boogie and space disco in Underneath the Pine (2011), to 90’s house and R&B in Anything in Return (2013). He dives into psychedelic rock in his 4th studio album, titled What For?, which was released in April of this year.