Magic Rockers of Texas: “Cure My Eyes”

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Magic Rockers of Texas: “Cure My Eyes”

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017

Describing themselves as a “goulash of members” from other and preexisting projects, Magic Rockers of Texas hail from right here in Austin. Frontman and chief songwriter Jim Campo had a handful of songs itching to be recorded, but was involved with his former group Berkshire Hounds. When the Hounds dissolved, Magic Rockers of Texas rose from the ashes, and with it, a whole lotta noise.

Their debut EP Rugged Braids is only five songs deep, but brilliantly showcases the spectrum of Campo’s influences and his band’s ability to actualize them, possessing a Beck-like dexterity of going from fuzz to twang without losing their essence. “Cure My Eyes” is the EP’s earworm, lodging itself in your brain with dime-flip changes in momentum and a chorus that can only be described as “catchy as all get out.”

“Cure My Eyes” appears on Rugged Braids, out now via their Bandcamp. Magic Rockers of Texas play Friday, April 14 at Oskar Blues Brewery.

-Taylor Wallace // host, Thursday 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. & Saturday 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Beach Fossils: “This Year”

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Beach Fossils: “This Year”

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017

Photo by Kohei Kawashima

Beach Fossils debuted in 2010 with a sound that could be alternately breezy or nervy, but the Brooklyn band only got chillier over time, resulting in the gloomy 2013 album Clash The Truth. Some time off seems like it’s reinvigorated the group, though. Somersault is Beach Fossil’s first album in four years, and it’ll be released via Bayonet Records, which singer/guitarist Dustin Payseur started with his wife Kate Garcia in the intervening time. “This Year” shines a light on the group’s post-punk jangle, even adding some strings to the mix. “This year, I told myself, would be a better one,” Payseur coos, a close cousin to the swooning drama of The The’s “This Is The Day.”  “This Year” has the sound of a resolution slowly solidifying into reality.

“This Year” appears on Somersault, out June 2.

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

The Como Mamas: “Move Upstairs”

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The Como Mamas: “Move Upstairs”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017

With the addition of the Como Mamas, the Daptone Family has been transformed into a Daptone Matriarchy. Formed in eponymous Como, Mississippi, these three lifelong gospel music veterans made their debut in 2013 with Get an Understanding – a collection of thirteen songs featuring only the voices of Ester Mae Smith, Angela Taylor and Della Daniels as instrumentation. While their performance as an unaccompanied trio is undeniably self-sustaining, the energy of the Como Mamas is amplified by the Glorifiers Band – an instrumental four-piece made up of Daptone stalwarts – who united with the Mamas for Como Now.

Now with the musical foundation to elevate their already-powerful vocal harmonies, the Como Mamas are set to release their heaviest recordings to date. The title track from the upcoming Move Upstairs  perfectly captures the raw, soulful R&B tones of the 1950s, but it’ll have you questioning what year it was actually released.

“Move Upstairs” appears on Move Upstairs, out May 19.

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Michael Nau: “Good Thing”

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Michael Nau: “Good Thing”

Posted by on Mar 27, 2017

Photo by Whitney McGraw Nau

Michael Nau spent years making music with his wife Whitney McGraw in the band Cotton Jones (their 2009 album Paranoid Cocoon is a quiet classic that just gets better with age). After starting a family, Nau quietly put out Mowing–his solo debut–last year, but the understated album proved to be quite the catalyst. He’s an admitted song tinkerer, flitting between ideas without ever finishing them, but Mowing “felt like getting over a wall.”

Just over a year later, Nau is releasing Some Twist, and the sense of freedom is palpable in “Good Thing.” The song sounds like a folk-pop rewrite of “Everyday People,” buoyant and plainspoken. Some of that comes from the DIY smudges–Nau’s garage sounds just as good as any state-of-the-art studio–but it’s also in the lyrics. “You really miss the flying when you’re standing on the ground,” Nau admits in his Lee Hazlewood-esque croon. But a few verses later, he realizes that “the bird flies light in a heavy frame / maybe it just learned to be alive and not regret the pain.” Nau sounds like he’s doing the same, and as the songs says, it’s a good thing.

“Good Thing” appears on Some Twist, out June 16.

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

River Whyless: “Kalangala” (Live At The Four Seasons)

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River Whyless: “Kalangala” (Live At The Four Seasons)

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

Asheville, North Carolina’s River Whyless plays a freeform kind of folk music without a whole lot of boundaries. The band was an early-morning highlight at the Four Seasons last week, more invigorating than a 7 a.m. set time would suggest. The best word to describe songs like “Kalangala” is “squiggly,” like a particularly creative kid coloring outside the lines. After the dynamite performance, you can read the band name more literally: River Whyless is fluid and more prone to questioning convention than reinforcing folk tradition. Watch video of “Kalangala” below.

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