Deer Tick: “Sea Of Clouds”

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Deer Tick: “Sea Of Clouds”

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017

Deer Tick can roar like Nirvana and pick like Guy Clark, and not coincidentally, those are two artists Deer Tick’s John McCauley has played with recently. But for the band’s new project, they decided to split up those personalities into two distinct albums. Deer Tick, Vol. 1 is the tender, country-and-folk-inspired reboot, while Vol. 2 howls with distorted abandon.

“Sea Of Clouds” leads off Vol. 1 with a rustic ramble, sounding like something from Workingman’s Dead. But old habits die hard; Deer Tick let a little rock-and-roll seep in to cut the sweetness. McCauley’s sandpaper voice has always been the band’s great strength. He doesn’t sound like many country singers, and likewise, Deer Tick play by their own rules.

“Sea Of Clouds” appears on Deer Tick, Vol. 1, out now. Deer Tick play two sets–an acoustic and electric–at the Mohawk on Saturday, November 18.

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

Wonderbitch: “Run Ya”

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Wonderbitch: “Run Ya”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017
It’s no secret that Austin boasts some incredible local talent and at the front of this pack are intergalactic yacht-rockers Wonderbitch. The crew are famous around town for their kinetic, dance-til-you-drop live shows and none of this energy seems to be lost to the studio. Their full length debut, Oceansoftdropped this month; it showcases the band’s tight blend of psychedelia, indie-rock and 80’s R&B.
“Run Ya” appears on Oceansoft and is a delightfully groovy throwback, thick with synths and hip swinging beats; you’ll be seeking out the nearest dance floor before the first verse is over. You can catch Wonderbitch at Mohawk on Friday, November 17 for their vinyl release show.
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Nosaj Thing: “Way We Were” (feat. Zuri Marley)

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Nosaj Thing: “Way We Were” (feat. Zuri Marley)

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017

Like a lot of SoCal kids of a certain age, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and their g-funk peers soundtracked Jason Chung’s adolescence. “Listening to a producer like Dre made me realize that there were brilliant people behind the boards actually making the beats,” Chung once told Resident Advisor. Around 2009 he fell in with a new crew of forward-thinking producers that orbited around L.A.’s Low End Theory, the venue and scene that helped launch Flying Lotus. Over time, Chung has taken Low End’s experimental tendencies and melded them to his own understated style. Now, Chung himself is a brilliant beatmaker, working with Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper under the moniker Nosaj Thing.

Parallels, his fourth album, isn’t as weird as a lot of his L.A. compatriots’ work, but it’s no less captivating. On “Way We Were,” Chung teams up with Zuri Marley (Bob Marley’s granddaughter) for a song that slides across the dance floor at a dreamy pace. Chung stays out of Marley’s way, allowing her pillow-soft voice to fill the space while he colors in the margins with delicate synths and taps of percussion. It’s a step removed from the SoCal bump-and-grind he grew up with, but with any luck, Chung’s own music will be a jumping-off point for the next generation of beatmakers.

“Way We Were” appears on Parallels, out now.

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

The Darts: “Gonna Make You Love”

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The Darts: “Gonna Make You Love”

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017
Phoenix/LA garage-psych rockers The Darts released their debut self-titled EP last October and following a US-European tour, followed up with their sophomore EP at the beginning of this year. The all-women quartet features veterans of The Love Me Nots, Motobunny, Casual Encounters, Brainspoon and more – now they’re getting set for their biggest release yet. Their first-ever full-length, Me.Ow comes out the end of the week and they’re kicking off the supporting tour right here in Austin, Friday night at Spiderhouse Ballroom along with Escobar, Ugly Beats, Bad Lovers and Count Vaseline.
Listeners can look forward to eleven original songs and a bonus live track that collectively nurture The Darts’ fuzzy dark psych-based sound – including one of two already-released singles “Gonna Make You Love”.

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

The Golden Boys: “Sundays With Jackie”

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The Golden Boys: “Sundays With Jackie”

Posted by on Nov 13, 2017

The Golden Boys have long been Austin’s answer to the Rolling Stones or the Replacements, barrelling through the sleazier sides of R&B, country, punk, and blues. In short, they’re a rock and roll band, through and through.

Better Than Good Times is album number six from the Boys, and it wears its boyish charm on a tattered sleeve. “Sundays With Jackie” spikes its distortion with a sweet and lamenting hook. The Boys haven’t grown up, and Austin music is all the better for it.

“Sundays With Jackie” appears on Better Than Good Times, out Friday, November 17 via 12XU. The Golden Boys play Studio 1A today at 3 p.m., End Of An Ear on Friday, November 17 at 6 p.m., and Barracuda on Saturday, November 18.

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