Calliope Musicals @ KUTX 10.15.14

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Calliope Musicals @ KUTX 10.15.14

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014

Calliope Musicals wants to be the greatest show on Earth in an effort to spread love and positivity. Self-described as a psychedelic party folk band with endeavors in disco honky-tonk, this Austin six-piece channels youthful energy that shows how much enjoyment can be found in life.

Calliope Musicals draws influence from David Bowie, Paul Simon, Talking Heads, and Animal Collective but maintains loyalty to Circus on the Moon, a local artists’ collective they helped found in hopes of exploring the genuine freedom that songwriting offers. Spreading happiness and cheer is the name of their game, so if you’re in need of a pick-me-up just check out one of their many live shows or stream their appearance in Studio 1A right here!

– Jack Anderson

Soloists in America @ KUTX 10.20.14

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Soloists in America @ KUTX 10.20.14

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

The healing power of music is important for the duo in Soloist in America. The two, Miguel Gamboo on violin and Hector Saucedo on cello, play their classically crafted music at nursing homes, retirement centers, veterans events, and children’s homes. Traveling wherever they can the two share their music with the community of central Texas. The goal for Soloist in America is simple and clear- to share happiness and music with others.

The two weren’t always here in the States sharing their music with the community. Gamboo and Saucedo began playing in cities like Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mexico City until their fight against narcotrafficking gained attention from the wrong people. Gamboo and Saucedo have now redirected their efforts to sharing music and encouraging education, community and the performing arts.

We hope their music brightens your day! Below you can find their performances at KUTX’s Studio 1A!

-Shannon Williams

 

Sharon Van Etten @ KUTX 10.18.14

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Sharon Van Etten @ KUTX 10.18.14

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014

Sharon Van Etten has found a melodious middle ground between indie, folk, and rock. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter uses vocal harmonies more often than some of her folk rock contemporaries and in a much different way. Van Etten composes in terms of layered melodies rather than a harmonies on top of a melody, multi-tracking her voice for studio recordings while working with a backup singer for live performances.

Van Etten has released four albums since 2009, with her latest Are We There debuting at #25 on the Billboard Top 200 earlier this year. The stylistic diversity of Are We There illustrates Van Etten’s growth and maturity as a songwriter through eleven ornate arrangements that balance heart-wrenching lyrics with commanding vocal and instrumental performances.

– Jack Anderson

Old 97’s @ KUTX 10.17.14

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Old 97’s @ KUTX 10.17.14

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

Chances are if you’re from Texas, you’ve heard of Old 97’s. Formed in 1993, Old 97’s are often recognized as one of the leading pioneers of the al-country movement in the 90s alongside Drive-By Truckers and The Jayhawks. Headed by lead singer and Austinite Rhett Miller, Old 97’s have been heralded as a great live band, despite claims that the group never rehearses their act.

Despite their explosion on the alternative country rock scene (with high hopes of overtaking grunge as a national trend), Old 97’s were dropped from the Elektra label in 2001 following the release of their fifth studio album. After a couple of inactive years and settling down, Old 97’s returned in full force with 2004’s Drag It Up, and they’ve been chugging along strong since then. In 2013 the band released Old 97’s & Waylon Jennings, an EP of demo recordings from the 90s alongside the now-deceased country giant himself. 2014 marks the release of their latest and highest performing studio album, Most Messed Up, which debuted at #30 in the Billboard Top 200.

Old 97’s next performance will be Friday, October 17th at Stubb’s.

– Jack Anderson

Charlie Mars @ KUTX 10.16.14

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Charlie Mars @ KUTX 10.16.14

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014

Charlie Mars wants to be a bigger part of the Austin music scene. In fact, he wants to live here.  His soul-rock songwriting talents make it easy to understand why Charlie Mars is attracted to the Live Music Capital.

Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet, and the Violent Femmes’ Violent Femmes contributed significantly into Mars’ musical development.Mars’ sound has been compared to that of Jason Mraz, Josh Rouse, and Jeff Buckley. In the early 90s he started playing for Jack Ingram as “The Charlie Mars Band” and has since released seven solo albums between 1997 and 2012.

Mars is now gearing up to release his newest album The Money, which he will be promoting at Threadgill’s World Headquarters on both Friday, October 17th and Saturday, October 18th. Until then, feel free to stream some of their songs right here at KUTX!

– Jack Anderson