Benji Hughes: “Freaky Feedback Blues”

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Benji Hughes: “Freaky Feedback Blues”

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016

Benji Hughes is a North Carolina musician who’s an absolute shape-shifter. For years, he’s followed his muse wherever it’s led him, whether that’s a double LP debut album called A Love Extreme, penning a Captain Morgan jingle, or popping up on a Jeff Bridges record. He’s done soul, funk, country balladry, and electro rave-ups, all cut with a wink and a “let’s just have a good time” vibe.

Hughes’ new Songs In The Key Of Animals–out now via Merge–is his first proper album in eight years, but it picks up where the Beck-esque party left off. Meshell Ndegeocello backs him up on “Freaky Feedback Blues,” a boozy blue-eyed soul cut that would pair well with a beer-filled late night. Download the song below.

–Art Levy

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The Villas: “Never Had A Morning”

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The Villas: “Never Had A Morning”

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016

Austin four-piece the Villas spent the first few years of their existence putting out EPs, each featuring short blasts of spiky power-pop. Now comes their debut album, fittingly called Long Player, and the band doesn’t waste any time. There’s something distinctly British-sounding about the group, hitting a sweet spot somewhere between the Jam and Blur. “Never Had A Morning” even throws a stuttering Heart-esque riff into the mix. Download the song below.

–Art Levy

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Ray Benson: “It Ain’t You” (Feat. Willie Nelson)

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Ray Benson: “It Ain’t You” (Feat. Willie Nelson)

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016

In his new autobiography, Comin’ Right At Ya, Ray Benson charts how exactly he went from point A to point B. Benson grew up as a self-described “Jewish Yankee hippie” in Philadelphia, but over the past four decades, he’s turned into a Texas music legend. That’s thanks to his long-running outfit Asleep At The Wheel, the 9-time Grammy-winning Western swing band which helped revive interest in the late, great Bob Wills.

Benson returns to the Cactus Cafe this Friday, February 12 for a book signing and a special solo set. Today’s song of the day comes from his 2014 solo album, A Little Piece, which veers away from Western swing to focus on country and folk. Longtime friend Willie Nelson joins Benson on “It Ain’t You,” a Waylon Jennings song that connects all their individual histories together. Download the song below.

–Art Levy

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P.T. Banks: “Resurrection”

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P.T. Banks: “Resurrection”

Posted by on Feb 5, 2016

When our own Laurie Gallardo calls a voice “swoon-worthy,” you take notice. She gives the adjective to Austin’s Paul Banks, who originally sang rootsy, country-adjacent songs as Paul Banks & the Carousels. Now he’s remade as P.T. Banks, and the sound has been reconfigured too. On his new album, Moonlight Is Sunlight, Banks and his band–featuring several members from the Carousels days–tap into a pop sound that’s rhythmically dense and soaring at the same time. Banks’ voice has the range of Rufus Wainwright or the Shins’ James Mercer, and he puts it to good effect on songs like “Resurrection.” The track bounces with bright abandon, just before a pedal steel guitar (and a nice Neil Young quote) tips a hat back towards Banks’ roots. Download “Resurrection” below, and catch P.T. Banks’ album release show at Stubb’s indoors on Saturday, February 6.

–Art Levy

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Taylor & The Wild Now: “Seek” (KUTX Premiere)

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Taylor & The Wild Now: “Seek” (KUTX Premiere)

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016

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When last we checked in with Taylor & the Wild Now, the Austin band was offering up the rippling groove of “Salt.” It was a far cry from Taylor Baker’s folk roots, which she showed off to good effect when she won our “Stage To Studio” contest a few years ago.

With a few years as a band under its collective belt, Taylor & the Wild Now returns with a new song. “Seek” continues the groove-centric transformation, centering on an exploding guitar line and a reggae-influenced beat that would make our resident reggae man Jay “Jah” Trachtenberg proud. The band celebrates the new song (and their entrance into NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest) with a show tonight at Stubb’s indoors. Follow KUTX on Twitter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, and download “Seek” below.

–Art Levy

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