Surf Curse: “Christine F”

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Surf Curse: “Christine F”

Posted by on Oct 17, 2017

Photo by Jade Mainade

Nick Rattigan and Jacob Rubeck formed Surf Curse years ago in a basement in Reno. They’ve broken out of their subterranean dwelling since then, garnering a cult fan base, moving to L.A., moving back to Reno, and now they’re back with their first album in over 3 years. “Christine F” brilliantly showcases the duo’s proclivity for post-punk injected by surf rock, delivering straight-ahead momentum and energy from another era. Think Ian Curtis if Dick Dale’s zombie was his guitarist.

“Christine F” appears on Nothing Yet, out now via Danger Collective.

Catch Surf Curse tomorrow night at Barracuda.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8P & Saturdays 2P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Black Pistol Fire: “Bully” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Black Pistol Fire: “Bully” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Austin’s Black Pistol Fire have been electrifying audiences with their full-throttled performances for years, and each record gains more momentum, feeding their smoking-gun-rock-and-roll machine. No matter the space, they deliver the adrenaline rush you (maybe didn’t know) you needed.

“Bully,” is a prime example of Black Pistol Fire’s blues-rock roots powered by their own flavor of modern-day psych rock. On the record, this song is a solid 3:36 long, but they’ve let it breathe fire for a full 5 minutes in this live cut taken from our Studio 1A before they hit the road for their latest cross-country tour.

“Bully” appears on Deadbeat Graffiti, out now via their website.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8P & Saturdays 2P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

The Growlers: “City Club”

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The Growlers: “City Club”

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

The Growlers are grittier than their SoCal place of birth would suggest. While a lot of their California compadres opt for sunshine, the Growlers head for the shade. It’s no wonder Julian Casablancas produced their fifth album, last year’s City Club. The Growlers have a little Strokes in their DNA, crafting garage rock with a modern bounce.

The band also hosts its own annual music festival, but this weekend they’re gracing ours. “City Club” is a perfect entrance into the Growlers’ own peculiar club, built around a funky riff and singer Brooks Nielsen’s sinister croon.

“City Club” appears on City Club, out now.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

The Growlers at ACL Fest 2017:

*Sunday, October 15 // Miller Lite stage // 5:15 p.m.

Jamila Woods: “VRY BLK” (ft. Noname)

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Jamila Woods: “VRY BLK” (ft. Noname)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Jamila Woods made her first big splash on hip-hop’s mainstream with her lush, harmonious contribution to “Surf Candy,” a song by the Social Experiment, a self-described bohemian group of musicians that, at the time, included Chance the Rapper among its ranks. Born and raised on the southside of Chicago, Woods garnered an early love for a wide array of music, everything from jazz to the Cure. She found a fostered a newfound love for poetry after a passive decision to take a high school poetry class, marrying her two loves and using them as a way to, “check in with [her]self.”

“VRY BLK” is from Woods’s debut album released last year. As the title suggests, the song is a declaration of her pride and identity as a  black individual and a damning of the brutality experienced by African-Americans in our country. Her poetic prowess nimbly braids the hard-truth and real-anxiety with a popular children’s poem, juxtaposed with her chorus which trades message for mantra. Fellow poet, artist, and Chicagoan Noname lends a verse on this track too, clenching the song’s powerful communiqué. All these lines laid on a bed of spokenwordesque rhythms and sexy, pregnant synth swells.

“VRY BLK” appears on HEAVN, out now Jagjaguwar.

Jamila Woods at ACL Fest 2017:

*Sunday, Oct 15 // Tito’s Vodka Stage // 1:30 p.m.

-Taylor Wallace// host, Thursdays 8P & Saturdays 2P; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Hamilton Leithauser: “Rough Going” (KUTX Live at Four Seasons)

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Hamilton Leithauser: “Rough Going” (KUTX Live at Four Seasons)

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX.

The Walkmen’s announcement of a hiatus in 2014 came as bittersweet news. The longtime indie institution hit a Spoon-esque level of consistency over the course of a decade, crafting seven deeply-moving and invigorating albums that wear well. But the band’s pause allows for even more Walkmen-associated music as each member takes a solo turn. Singer Hamilton Leithauser knocked one out of the park last year with I Had A Dream You Were Mine, teaming up with former Vampire Weekend member Rostam.

Leithauser brought the record’s swooning, ’50s-influenced sound to KUTX Live at the Four Seasons last Friday. “Rough Going” turned out to be a perfect morning wake-up call, thanks to Leithauser’s distinctive croon. It’s the kind of song that already sounds like a golden oldie the first time you spin it.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Hamilton Leithauser at ACL Fest 2017:

*Friday, Oct 13 // Barton Springs Stage // 3:15 p.m.