Joseph Arthur has what can be considered the opposite of writer’s block. Born in Akron, Ohio and currently residing in Brooklyn, Joseph Arthur once released four EPs in four months, all the while working on two full-lengths. In total, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter has released nine full-length albums and eleven EPs since being discovered by Peter Gabriel in 1996. On top of his alternative indie folk rock solo career with backing band The Lonely Astronauts, Arthur is also a member of Fistful of Mercy alongside Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison, as well as RNDM with Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament.
Yet Joseph Arthur’s most recent release wasn’t a collaboration with Peter Gabriel or R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, nor a double album of original material, such as the critically acclaimed Redemption City (2012) and The Ballad of Boogie Christ (2013). On Lou (2014), Arthur tackles a twelve-song tribute to Lou Reed, stripping down and reworking Reed’s compositions with a minimalist approach. Arthur manages to pay homage while incorporating his own style of arrangements and genre tastes, resulting in a fresh and sincerely expressive interpretation of some of Lou Reed’s most beloved songs.
You can catch Joseph Arthur on Friday, October 31st at The Mohawk or tune into KUTX tonight at 7PM to hear a live performance from Arthur in Studio 1A!
- Jack Anderson
BRONCHO doesn’t buck around. Since forming in 2010 the Tulsa, Oklahoma trio has found an energetic middle ground between fuzzy, guitar-driven rock and sleek new wave. This fusion is best exhibited on BRONCHO’s sophomore album Just Enough Hip To Be Woman, an eclectic collection of pop rock songs that draw from other genres without fully committing to them. It’s no wonder BRONCHO’s unique brand of rock has earned them a spot touring with Bill Idol, kicking off in January 2015.
You can catch BRONCHO at Circuit of the Americas Fan Fest on Friday, October 31st!
- Jack Anderson
For nearly two decades, T. Hardy Morris has been exploring the reaches of psychedelic rock, alternative country, and grunge. You may be more familiar with the Augustus, Georgia band Dead Confederate, which Morris co-founded in 1997 as Redbelly and reformed under the new name in 2006. In addition to Dead Confederate, Morris has recently founded indie supergroup Diamond Rugs, a ragged group of rockers including members from Deer Tick, Los Lobos, and The Black Lips.
In light of these group projects Morris has taken the time to work on his own solo material and burrow into new sonic realms. Released this summer, Morris’ debut solo album Audition Tapes showcases Morris’ songwriting and performing talents that reflect the energetic sound of Dead Confederate and Diamond Rugs in some compositions, while demonstrating intimate and fragile performances in others. Morris is now preparing for an east coast tour to begin in November. Until then you can catch Morris’ time in KUTX’s Studio 1A by tuning into 98.9 today at 2:30!
- Jack Anderson
Austin’s own White Ghost Shivers are quite impossible to define, though their personal description on their site just about does it best: “Imagine a smorgasbord of Cab Calloway, circus sideshow, KISS, cabaret, Hee Haw and Robert Johnson served up at Andy Kaufman’s bat-mitzvah.” The eclectic eight-piece band plays a unique brand of music inspired by early jazz, vaudeville, ragtime, western swing, hillbilly, and jugband, and their crazy, animated live shows are not to be missed. They have won a variety of awards at the Austin Music Awards, including the aptly-named “Best None of the Above”. Coming up is their 11th Annual White Ghost Shivers Halloween Ball, which will feature Clyde and Clem’s Whiskey Business, Mr. Lewis and His Funeral Five, and DJ Dennis Campa, located at Spider House Ballroom.
These guys are a guaranteed good time, so you’ll definitely want to check out their live performance in our studio from this past week. Take a listen right here!
Formed in late 1994 by singers/guitarists/drummers Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, Trail of Dead has evolved over the years expanding their line-up while still being creatively driven by the core founding members. Friends since childhood, Keely and Reece started playing music in the indie rock town of Olympia, WA and eventually relocated to Austin, TX where they started …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Their first release was a self-titled album that came out on Trance Records in 1998 and was succeeded by Madonna in 1999 on Merge records. …Trail of Dead toured the US with Superchunk shortly after and in 2002 they released Source Tags and Codes on Interscope Records. Over the next four years the band released two additional albums on Interscope Records – Worlds Apart and So Divided before parting ways with the label in the fall of 2007. In the Spring of 2008, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead launched their Richter Scale Imprint and thanks to a partnership in the US with Justice Records and in Europe with Superball Music, their sixth studio album The Century of Self was released in February 2009. In the spring of 2010 the band entered a worldwide deal with Superball Music and their Richter Scale Records Imprint and they released TAO OF THE DEAD in February 2011. In October 2012 Trail of Dead released their eight full-length studio album Lost Songs on Richter Scale/Superball Music. Enter 2014 and the band started 20 years ago by two childhood friends is set to release their ninth full length studio album IX on Richter Scale/Superball Music. Currently, Jason and Autry are based in Austin, TX, Conrad is based in Cambodia and Jamie lives in LA.
Trail of Dead joined KUTX and performed to an audience in Studio 1A. You can listen to their performance right here!