Tamarron: “Joan”

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Tamarron: “Joan”

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017

Photo by Thea Robinson

Austin five-piece Tamarron recorded its debut EP at the home studio of Daniel McNeil, who also doubles as the front-of-house engineer for White Denim’s tours. It makes sense they’d work with him; like White Denim, Tamarron dives headfirst into the guitar-centric ’60s/’70s psychedelia, but with a modern sheen. The EP blasts off with “Joan,” a towering inferno of psych-rock that cools off with each candy-coated verse.

“Joan” appears on Let’s Get Out EP, out now. Tamarron plays Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight.

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

The Radio Dept.: “Swedish Guns”

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The Radio Dept.: “Swedish Guns”

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

Photo by Per Vikström

The Swedish electro-pop outfit the Radio Dept. scored a minor hit with “Heaven’s On Fire” in 2010, a sleepy love song with a foot in the club and its head in the clouds. The band has long approached dance music from this kind of oblique angle, but last year’s Running Out Of Love is the Radio Dept.’s biggest shift yet. As the title makes pretty damn clear, this isn’t more of the same loopy romanticism. It’s a political record, staring hard at current events like the woman depicted in the album art. “Swedish Guns” sheds light on the Swedish arms industry, which has quietly spread its reach across the world. It’s an understandably cold track, but in true Radio Dept. fashion, the band can’t help but let in a little light.

“Swedish Guns” appears on Running Out Of Love, out now. The Radio Dept. play live in our Studio 1A today at 2 p.m. and tonight at the Mohawk.

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

Nick Hakim: “Bet She Looks Like You”

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Nick Hakim: “Bet She Looks Like You”

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

A few years ago, New York newcomer Nick Hakim impressed with his debut EP, showing off his rumpled, just-out-of-bed soul songs. He keeps that homespun quality on “Bet She Looks Like You,” a taste from his upcoming full-length album, but adds a smoky, psych-fried edge to it.

Hakim’s songs have a casual vibe to them, like D’Angelo on a DIY budget. He’s Berklee College-trained, but Hakim lets his songs breathe rather than fill them in with a flurry of notes. “Bet She Looks Like You” is cavernous, all the instruments clearing out space for a blasted drum break and Hakim’s cracked voice. “If there is a God / I wonder what she looks like / bet she looks like you,” he croons. His soul music might be homespun, but it’s also spiritually and cosmically minded.

“Bet She Looks Like You” appears on Green Twins, out May 19.

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

The Deer: “Your Right To Waive”

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The Deer: “Your Right To Waive”

Posted by on Feb 16, 2017

The Deer are an Austin original, and an Austin treasure. Since forming in 2012, the group has made a name for itself in these parts, earning two consecutive runner-up Austin Music Awards for Best Performing Folk Group and an Austin Music Industry Finalist award for Best Album Art in 2014. Frontwoman and founder Grace Park spent 2016 as a member of Project ATX6, traveling and performing in France and Canada while being part of coordinator Chris Brecht’s documentary project.

The band is heading out on another tour, and they’re celebrating with a show tonight at the North Door. If you’re unfamiliar with the group, try “Your Right To Waive,” from last year’s Tempest & Rapture. The song is the Deer doing what they do best: double-up on the Americana, spin in some delicate surf-rock, set Grace Park’s vocals to “float,” and feel the Texas transcendentalism.

“Your Right to Waive” appears on Tempest & Rapture, out now. You can catch them tonight at North Door with Hikes and Dreamboat.

-Taylor Wallace // host, Saturday 2-6 p.m., producer, SoundCheck and Eklektikos

Oddisee: “Things”

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Oddisee: “Things”

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

Photo by Antoine Lyers

NY-via-DC’s Oddisee has made his name as both a rapper and a producer (he’s also a hell of a performer). His new song “Things” is a perfect combination of his incredible skills, riding a lush electro-disco beat that’s a few dance steps away from Anderson .Paak’s 2016 masterpiece “Am I Wrong.” But Oddisee has more of an internal presence; his rapid-fire rhymes feel like they’re constantly getting swept away by the beat.

This headlong rush matches perfectly with his anxiety-ridden words. “Things” is about as generic a topic as you can get, but Oddisee has real skill in making the mundane universal. His struggle is both tangible and philosophical: “It’s like I’m in the plot of a horror flick scene/ And I’ma run towards where I thought I heard screams/ cause things draw me like a self portrait/ blank paper trying to fill it with a lot more green.” “Things” is the sound of an artist able to turn his worries over and over in his hand and polish them into gold.

“Things” appears on The Iceberg, out February 24.

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