Inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame three times thus far, Graham has been part of legendary punk band the Skunks, roots-rockers the True Believers in the 1980′s, and has collaborated with and worked alongside artsits such as John Doe, Michelle Shocked, Calvin Russell, Alejandro Escovedo, and James McMurtry. Finally releasing his debut solo album Escape from Monster Island in 1997, Jon Dee Graham has continued to release music in his subdued and modest style, showcasing his impeccable guitar skills, gruff voice, tender melodies, and captivating command of language. An adept and heavy user of social media, Graham has been performing house shows across the country in his fans’ homes and last year’s Do Not Forget was a fan-voted collection of live songs spanning the past 17 years.
You can watch Jon Dee Graham performing live at his Wednesday residency at the Continental Club or stream his music right here on KUTX.
Austin band Quiet Company‘s pop-tinged indie rock has reached the ears of many over the last few years.
Formed in 2005 and fronted by Taylor Muse, Quiet Company’s been steadily increasing their reach and acclaim, receiving a multitde of Austin Music Awards and international praise along the way. Theirs is a strand of indie rock reminiscent of the early 2000′s, lyrically honest, built upon warm keys and full guitars. The band’s previous release We Are All Where We Belong, dealing with the loss of faith, saw them expand their audience exponentially, which they then followed that up by re-releasing their 2006 debut in the form of a newly recorded re-imagining of the album. Quiet Company is now releasing their fourth full-length album Transgressor, which was recorded over the course of two weeks.
You can stream Quiet Company’s music right here on KUTX.
by Marla 02.25.2015
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2. inpiration for the 60′s influenced Austin band formed in 2009.
The past few years have been a success for the band as they release song after song of moody, nerd-psych content that has drawn them acclaim far and wide. Their latest LP on Happenin Records will be released this February 2015 and marks an important milestone in their career, channeling a fresh and more graceful side of The Zoltars.
You can catch Zoltar live at Hotel Vegas on February 27th or stream their music right here on KUTX.
Austin-based musician Shane Cooley serves up a blend of folk and rock, bringing the past and the present together.
Writing songs since the age of 13 and receiving accolades from quite a few songwriting competitions, Cooley has been a relentless tourer since he started up in 2008. A blend of folk and old school rock ‘n’ roll with just a light touch of Americana, Cooley’s music is unadorned and direct. His soon to be released new album Kings Highway, which was written in Austin, sees Cooley more confident in his delivery, picking up the pace and producing a more tonally rich sound. Cooley himself decribed the process of putting the record together as “coloring outside the lines,” saying “instead of avoiding weird, we were looking for it.”
You can watch Shane Cooley perform live at the Spider House Ballroom on February 27th or stream his music right here on KUTX.
Guitarist and composer Kaki King is known for her lush instrumentals, continuously developing with each release, while remaining consistent in skill and power.
Emerging with her first release Everybody Loves You in the early 2000′s, Kaki King has since gone on to be featured on multiple soundtracks, including Into the Wild and August Rush, playing with artists like Tegan and Sara and the Mountain Goats. Her music plays like a wash of sound that manages to simultaneously be intricate, delicate, and full, the mostly instrumental tracks drawing attention to her distinctive style and technique. Kaki King is set to release her new album, The Neck is the Bridge to the Body, in March, and lead single “The Surface Changes” is an acoustic track that is bare, powerful, and propulsive.
You can stream Kaki King’s music right here on KUTX.