Sherry: “Sunday”

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Sherry: “Sunday”

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017

Photo by Jen Lee Rachid

Sherry (FKA Caterwaulrus) is the brainchild of former Austinite John Michael Sherry. Now calling Brooklyn home, he’s spent the last couple of years in a state of introspection, reinventing his sound to dress contemplative, straightforward lyrics in various catchy-yet-complex textures of sound. Ironically, this sunny, summer jam is is about being bored and the fear of losing yourself from lack of varied stimulation. Flanked with a new band and fitted with a bright, indie sound cherried with notes of psychedelia, Sherry hits the road this week in support of their debut album.

“Sunday” appears on Not Brandy, Not Whiskey, out Saturday via Sherry’s BandCamp.

Tune-in TONIGHT AT 9  to hear Sherry live in Studio 1A with Jack Anderson, and see them kick-off their tour Saturday at the Mohawk with the Halfways, Megafauna, and Smile.

-Taylor Wallace- host, Thursdays at 8PM and Saturdays at 2PM; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli and SoundCheck Music News

Wand: “Plum”

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Wand: “Plum”

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017

Photo by Abby Banks

L.A.’s Wand burrowed deep into the psych-rock wormhole with its previous three albums, collaborating with like-minded psycho-nauts Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin. For LP number four, the group expanded its lineup and tried out a more collaborative songwriting process in its rehearsal space.

Given its past work, you’d expect more lysergic chaos, but Wand moves in the opposite direction on the title track, “Plum.” The pounding rock-and-roll has been pared down to a staccato piano riff, with perfectly-placed sonics–barb-wire guitars, a sneakily-funky bass line–coming into focus as the song creeps along. They might just be rearranging the psychedelic furniture, but Wand find some more magic lurking underneath the seat cushions.

“Plum” appears on Plum, out September 22. Wand plays the Barracuda on October 13.

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

Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures: “Behind Those Pretty Eyes” (Live in Studio 1A)

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Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures: “Behind Those Pretty Eyes” (Live in Studio 1A)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017

A quick glance at the name Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures might suggest something along the lines of a hip, new, children’s pop-up book – but at first listen, KB & the WC reveals itself as something much funkier. Currently consisting of eight members (excluding two performance dancers), the local group initially began as the solo brainchild of frontman Kevin Collins back in 2011. In the years following their not-so-woodland origins, Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures have carefully selected each new member based on their robust instrumental and vocal talents, and honed in on their multi-genre sound – culminating in the 2016 debut album Domesticated. KB & the WC stopped by Studio 1A right after that album to entertain our Concert Club, and now you can be a part of their upcoming live album – taping this Friday at St. Elmo.

Join Kev Bev & the Woodland Creatures this Friday at St. Elmo for their FREE live album recording.

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

Lomelda: “Interstate Vision”

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Lomelda: “Interstate Vision”

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017

Photo by Adan Carlo

Hannah Read formed Lomelda a few years ago in Waco and she often plays in Austin, but the project has its roots in the East Texas town of Silsbee. That’s where Read grew up (and still lives), and the music she makes can be heard as a reflection of small-town life. The songs on Lomelda’s 2015 debut Forever are unhurried and rambling, punctuated by tiny details that you’d miss if you were speeding pass. Those tiny details add up to some brilliant, quietly cathartic moments.

“Interstate Vision” reckons with a fact of Texan life: driving. In Read’s hands, dotted lines and hot concrete are both mind-numbing and vaguely spiritual. “Interstates are not want I want / headlights scare me into visions, ” she sings over a shape-shifting beat. “I saw an angel fly on white wings / guiding me home.” The song reverberates with folk tradition, but Read’s vision is undeniably her own.

“Interstate Vision” appears on Thx, out September 8 via Double Double Whammy. Lomelda plays the Barracuda on September 29.

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

My Empty Phantom: “Reflection”

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My Empty Phantom: “Reflection”

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017

Austin’s Jesse Beaman plays every instrument himself under the moniker My Empty Phantom, but he’s more of a tasteful composer than kitchen-sink splatter painter. Last year’s Collection Of Memories I/II is just that: a nostalgic soundscape built around the ebb and flow of textured guitars and booming, polyrhythmic drums. Seeing him live is a spinning-plates experience, with Beaman seamlessly switching between guitar, synthesizer, and drums as the song echoes around him. You can see him for yourself tomorrow as part of the Hot Summer Nights series, and today’s Song of the Day is a good taste of his skill. “Reflection” slowly works itself through sky-reaching sections before gracefully falling back to earth.

“Reflection” appears on Collection Of Memories I/II, out now. My Empty Phantom plays Cheer Up Charlie’s on Saturday, July 15 as part of the Hot Summer Nights series.

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