New York-based singer Mitski Miyawaki has become somewhat of an icon since she started her career in 2012. Well…somewhat might be somewhat of an understatement. Known onstage simply as Mitski, Miyawaki has a certain energy that’s both genuine and charming, something that’s landed her opening spots for The Pixies and Lorde.
With her fifth album, Be The Cowboy, Mitski explored the duality of fame and loneliness in an effort to reconnect with her emotions after an extended period of touring. It’s confident. It’s heartbreaking. It’s Mitski at her finest.
Be The Cowboy came out today so enjoy the full album when you have a chance. Appearing just past the halfway point on Be The Cowboy‘s fourteen tracks is the album’s lead single, “Nobody”.
RAS Day. Sweet Spirit Day. When the City of Austin names a day in honor of specific musicians, you know they’re a treasured part of the local community. There’s no exception with San Antonio native and current Austin resident Rosie Flores, whose career has spanned over four decades. Flores has covered a ton of sonic ground over the years, getting knee deep in punk before shifting to alt-country, rockabilly and beyond. Suspiciously missing from that list is blues, the target of her upcoming and appropriately-titled album Simple Case of the Blues. Co-produced by Charlie Sexton and recorded in Nashville, Flores has never sounded quite like this on record.
Friday, August 31st AKA Rosie Flores Day is going to be extra special in its twelfth year; Flores continues her ongoing weekly residency (alongside her eight-piece band The Rosie Flores Revue) at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul with a release show for a new single. This show (like the remaining Rosie residency shows) kicks off at 6:30pm and now you can get a head start on the album AND the weekend with “Drive Drive Drive”.
Seven years in the making, local blues bruiser Nakia has rejoined his faithful band for an exploration of his favorite genre! It’s been awhile since Nakia was featured on The Voice and only a couple years since his Blues Grifters blew us away with their cover of The Allman Brothers’ “Whipping Post”.
With his upcoming album, Nakia has doubled down on his backing band, paying tribute not only to the music that inspires him the most but indeed the band itself. The cover album Blues Grifter certainly takes what others have done well before him, but not without Nakia adding his distinct flair and making it his own. It’s been an exciting time for Nakia; he joined us for a My KUTX session last week, he’s putting on an in-store performance at Waterloo Records this Friday at 5PM and his official release show is 8PM this Saturday at Saxon Pub! Let’s get the party started right now with a bonus track covering Tabby Thomas – “Hoodoo Party”!
The name “Gina Chavez” is already familiar to many KUTX listeners. Chavez’s bilingual folk pop has enchanted audiences for years now, but she’s recently taken an affinity for modern-day R&B, (not unlike her fellow Texas troubadour Leon Bridges). In pursuit of the new sound, this auspicious Austin songwriter has just announced her new album Lightbeam – due for release Friday September 14th!
Lightbeam serves as an ode to Chavez’s wife and a love letter to folks who need to crawl out of the shadows and shine in life. Chavez celebrates the release of Lightbeam at Antone’s September 15th for the Seventh Annual Niñas Arriba Benefit. Okay, enough dilly-dallyin’. Let’s scope some new Gina Chavez with a premiere of the title track from her upcoming five-song EP, “Lightbeam”.
Marrying bass and guitar, American roots and vintage pop, and most notably husband and wife, in/PLANES is a beacon of musical matrimony. This Pueblo, Colorado duo create sparse but infectious compositions and evoke iconic songwriters of previous decades for an aural experience that sounds just as old as it does new.
in/PLANES continues their End of Summer Tour this Thursday at the Cactus Cafe with Longriver. No need to feel like a third wheel when listening to this married couple; check out something from in/PLANES’ latest record Radio Wave – “Say You Want Me Too”.