The internet knows OK Go- it’s seen their videos, each millions of times. The latest, Writing on the Wall, features a series of optical illusions, following suit of the other wildly creative internet phenomena. Remember the Rube Goldberg in time to music? Remember the one with toast art? Or the one with the treadmill dance?
There’s a certain magic found in these one-take videos produced by OK Go. It’s perfection, but with just a few quirky human wrinkles as most were shot all in one take. These videos have helped OK Go survive and even excel in the post-album world where music lives on YouTube.
For now, OK Go is out of the warehouse making music videos and out on the road on tour. They performed a show at the Parish on their stop to Austin. Find OK Go’s unique brand of quirky fun here at KUTX’s Studio 1A!
After a period of inactivity, Austin’s Balmorhea is back together, but not exactly as they were. Over the past eight years, Rob Lowe and Michael Muller built Balmorhea into a six piece band layered with strings and concise complexity. With the newest era of the band, Lowe and Muller have opted to keep the name and pair back down to just a duo for a US and European tour.The group is releasing a reissue of their 2007 self-titled EP with Western Vinyl, a release that shows their success in a simpler setup of guitar and piano.
While other members of the band have pursued other projects, they are still on board for a few new releases. As a full band, Balmorhea has announced a release of two brand new tracks titled “Heir I” and “Heir II” on 7″ peach-colored vinyl. Commissioned remixes of the tracks include one by L.A. based producer Matthewdavid.
Vocalist and violinist Aisha Burns will join Muller and Lowe at their show this Friday October 24 at Central Presbyterian Church. You can hear Balmorhea’s Rob Lowe and Michael Muller recreate tracks off their self-titled release at KUTX’s Studio 1A!
Calliope Musicals wants to be the greatest show on Earth. It’s their 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
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!
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