My KUTX: White Denim


My KUTX: White Denim

Posted by on Aug 17, 2018

White Denim’s James Petralli at Utopia Fest 2016. Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTX

If there’s one thing you notice when listening to White Denim, it’s this: these guys know a lot about music. A lot of White Denim songs are packed with influences from the jazz, rock, blues, punk, and soul worlds. They can make the most challenging of ideas into hummable pop songs, something they’ve been doing since bursting onto the Austin scene over a decade ago.

August 24 sees the release of Performance, White Denim’s eighth album, and they’re celebrating with two sold-out shows at the Mohawk on August 25. And this week on My KUTX, singer and guitarist James Petralli digs deep into some of the music that’s influenced him and talks about an awkwardly hilarious encounter with one of his idols, Larry Graham. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, August 18, 6 to 7 p.m., or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


1. Roxy Music – “2HB”

2. Richard Swift – “The Atlantic Ocean”

3. Gastr Del Sol – “The Seasons Reverse”

4. Roberto Cacciapaglia – “My Time”

5. Robert Palmer – “Johnny & Mary”

6. Ivan – “Real Wild Child”

7. Sugar Minott – “Wicked Ago Feel It”

8. Sly & The Family Stone – “Let Me Hear It From You”

[James talks about meeting Larry Graham, soundtracked by Eric Dolphy’s “Hat & Beard” and Larry Graham’s “Is It Love?”]

9. Stevie Wonder – “Rocket Love”

10. War – “Me & Baby Brother”

11. Les McCann & Eddie Harris – “Compared To What”

12. Neil Young – “Walk On”

My KUTX: Nakia


My KUTX: Nakia

Posted by on Aug 10, 2018

Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX

Nakia gained worldwide fame after appearing on the debut season of The Voice in 2011, but that was after years of cutting his teeth around Austin as a blues singer. For his new album, Blues Grifter, he’s turned his attention back to his roots with a collection of blues covers. You can hear Nakia live in our Studio 1A on August 14 ahead of the album release and Waterloo in-store on August 17, and on August 18 he’s at the Saxon Pub. But before all that, Nakia is our guest DJ this week on My KUTX. He plays the original blues songs that inspired his new album and gives his own personal account of what these songs mean to him as a singer and blues afficionado. Hear Nakia’s My KUTX on Saturday, August 11, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


1. Sam Cooke – “Little Red Rooster”

2. Muddy Waters – “I’m Ready”

3. Howlin’ Wolf – “Chocolate Drop”

4. Jimmy Reed – “Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby”

5. Syl Johnson – “Driving Wheel”

6. Freddie King – “Look On Yonder Wall” (Live)

7. Johnnie Taylor – “Somebody’s Sleeping In My Bed”

8. The Allman Brothers Band – “Whipping Post”

9. Artie White – “Gimmie Some Of Yours”

10. Bobby “Blue” Bland – “I’ve Got To Use My Imagination”

11. Nakia – “Somebody Loan Me A Dime” (Live) (Studio 1A version here)

My KUTX: The English Beat


My KUTX: The English Beat

Posted by on Aug 3, 2018

Dave Wakeling (center) with the English Beat. Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX.

The English Beat plays music like a radio, dialing through snippets of old soul and R&B, punk, rock, and reggae for a sound that’s unmistakably their own. Formed in Birmingham, England in the late ’70s, the band soaked up these influences and brought social consciousness to British ska and 2-tone. That authenticity earned them hits in the UK and US and tours with the Talking Heads and the Pretenders. Authenticity will only get you so far; the English Beat also know how to write songs that hit with toughness and heart.

Earlier this year, the English Beat released Here We Go Love, their first album in 36 years. They also recently played a raucous set in our Studio 1A, and this week singer and guitarist Dave Wakeling hosts My KUTX. His guest DJ set has simple ingredients: two songs apiece from seven of his favorite artists, an hour of music that’s heartfelt and joyous, just like the English Beat. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, August 4th, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[intro: The English Beat – “Mirror In The Bathroom”]

1. Buzzcocks – “Ever Fallen In Love?”

2. The Four Tops – “Bernadette”

3. The Clash – “Lost In The Supermarket”

4. Pretenders – “Back On The Chain Gang”

5. Desmond Dekker – “Israelites”

6. Tim Buckley – “Song To The Siren”

7. David Bowie – “Panic In Detroit”

8. Buzzcocks – “What Do I Get?”

9. The Four Tops – “Walk Away Renee”

10. The Clash – “Clash City Rockers”

11. Pretenders – “Brass In Pocket”

12. Desmond Dekker – “It Mek”

13. Tim Buckley – “Quicksand”

14. David Bowie – “Ashes To Ashes”

My KUTX: Ume


My KUTX: Ume

Posted by on Jul 27, 2018

Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX

Ume has been melting faces in Austin for over a decade now, combining punk fury with wall-of-sound guitar playing for something that’s both intense and mesmerizing. The band has been on a bit of a break for the last few years as Lauren and Eric Larson (Ume’s singer/guitarist and bassist, respectively) raise their young daughter. But last week saw the return of Ume in the form of Other Nature, out now via Austin’s Modern Outsider Records. This week marks the debut of Lauren as our guest DJ on My KUTX, and her set is full of the same light and dark dichotomy that’s characterized Ume’s singular sound. Hear Lauren Larson’s My KUTX on Saturday, July 28, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[intro music: Ume – “Two Years Sleep”]

1. Fugazi – “Facet Squared”

2. Ric Ocasek – “Emotion In Motion”

3. PJ Harvey – “In Dark Places”

4. Unwound – “Corpse Pose”

5. Nina Simone – “To Love Somebody”

6. Mount Moriah – “Telling The Hour”

7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “I Need You”

8. Blonde Redhead – “Swing Pool”

9. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “My, My, Hey, Hey (Out Of The Blue)”

10. Jawbreaker – “Kiss The Bottle”

11. Julien Baker – “Claws In Your Back”

12. Van Morrison – “Domino”

My KUTX: Israel Nash


My KUTX: Israel Nash

Posted by on Jul 20, 2018

Photo by Stephanie Tracy/KUTX

Israel Nash is a big fan of community. In addition to the several albums he’s made with his ever-evolving band, Nash has played with the Bright Light Social Hour and thrown an inclusive SXSW party at his Dripping Springs ranch the past few years. Lifted, Nash’s fifth album (out July 27), beams with this neighborly feeling, putting a Hill Country spin on psychedelic rock.

We’re pleased to have him back as our guest DJ, spinning an hour of music that’s currently obsessed him. That includes everything from old soul and George Harrison’s Wall of Sound to the music his Austin friends are making at the moment. Hear Israel Nash’s My KUTX on Saturday, July 21, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page. Nash also plays Studio 1A on July 26 at 3 p.m. and the Scoot Inn on July 27.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[intro music: Israel Nash – “Rolling On”]

1. The Who – “Who Are You”

2. Beck – “The Golden Age”

3. Them – “Here Comes The Night”

4. Little Feat – “Willin’”

5. Bobby “Blue” Bland – “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City”

6. Black Pumas – “Black Moon Rising”

7. George Harrison – “My Sweet Lord”

8. Erika Wennerstrom – “Time”

9. Wilco – “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”

10. Harry Nilsson – “I’d Rather Be Dead”

11. Jackson Browne – “For Everyman”