Grupo Fantasma: “Waitin’ For The Bus” (ZZ Top cover)

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Grupo Fantasma: “Waitin’ For The Bus” (ZZ Top cover)

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016

ZZ Top’s Tres Hombres looms large in Texas consciousness not just for its deep fried blues-rock, but also because of that mouth-watering gatefold spread. Grupo Fantasma brings all that Tex-Mex goodness to life with a cover of “Waitin’ For The Bus,” which features on the new blues-inspired benefit compilation ALL ATX: Low Down Violet Crown. Their version is the best of both worlds, a South Texas reimagining of ZZ Top that bridges borders, cultures, and record collections. Grupo Fantasma taps into something inherent in the blues: they’re better if you can dance them away.

“Waitin’ For The Bus” appears on ALL ATX: Low Down Violet Crown, out 9/30 at Waterloo Records. Proceeds benefit HAAM, SIMS Foundation, Black Fret, and the Austin Music Foundation. Tune into KUTX all week for your chance to win tickets to the sold-out release show at ACL Live.

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

Walker Lukens: “Right Place, Wrong Time” (Dr. John cover)

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Walker Lukens: “Right Place, Wrong Time” (Dr. John cover)

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

“Right Place, Wrong Time” (produced by New Orleans R&B heavyweight Allen Toussaint) is a paragon of both Dr. John’s own swamp rock flavor and the New Orleans R&B genre as a whole. On the new blues-rock inspired benefit compilation All ATX: Low Down Violet Crown, Austin’s Walker Lukens scrubs off the grit and waxes it into a slick dance tune, mucking out the swamp and injecting his own polished sound without losing the funk of Dr. John’s original or its special cajun seasoning.

“Right Place Wrong Time” appears on the latest All ATX altruism album All ATX: Low Down Violet Crown, out 9/30 exclusively at Waterloo Records. Proceeds benefit HAAMBlack Fret, Austin Music Foundation, and SIMS Foundation. Tune into KUTX all week for your chance to win tickets to the sold-out release show at ACL Live.

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

Third Root: “Soul Force” (feat. Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes, & Vocab)

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Third Root: “Soul Force” (feat. Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes, & Vocab)

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016

In her 1994 essay “All Together Now,” Texas political legend Barbara Jordan talks about “soul force” as an agent of change. The government can’t fix everything. Instead, small, local work in communities can add up to big, society-wide advances.

Third Root takes this to heart on “Soul Force,” and it’s a truly collaborative effort. The group is made up of three Central Texas hip-hop veterans, including San Antonio’s Easy Lee and Mexican StepGrandfather and Austin’s DJ Chicken George. They team up with fellow Austinites Da’Shade Moonbeam, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes, and Vocab, while Adrian Quesada (who else?) adds his production wizardry.

With this many team members, there’s a chance of a too-many-cooks situation, but “Soul Force” delivers. Each feature is a callback to Jordan’s words, propped up by some shapeshifting Quesada psychedelia. “If I can’t change the world I can change mine,” Blakes raps, making the song both a call-to-action and a call to start the party.

“Soul Force” appears on Libertad, out October 11.

–Art Levy // hosts, Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Tele Novella: “Even Steven” (Live in Studio 1A)

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Tele Novella: “Even Steven” (Live in Studio 1A)

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016

Tele Novella is the KUTX Artist of the Month for September.

Photo by Gabriel Perez/KUTX

Tele Novella is determined to toss some drama into your day, or at least a few minutes of it. Born from the ashes of former Austin groups Agent Ribbons and Voxtrot, this local quartet revisits retro-sounds of the 1960s to create their brand of psych-macabre-indie pop. Fronted by a modern day Nancy Sinatra (Natalie Ribbons) Tele Novella is a powerhouse of vintage-sounding pop. Their latest album, House of Souls, offers a clean studio sound that contrasts that of their live performances, but still carries the comparable energy, with “Even Steven” serving as the group’s tribute to macabre lyrics in the classic surf rock genre.

“Even Steven,” recorded live in Studio 1A, also appears on House of Souls, out September 23rd on Yellow Year. Tele Novella plays an album release show on October 31st at Barracuda. Listen to the band’s guest DJ set here.

Jack Anderson // host, Saturdays 6-1o a.m., producer, SoundCheck

Greg Vanderpool: “Into Dust” (Mazzy Star cover)

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Greg Vanderpool: “Into Dust” (Mazzy Star cover)

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016

In addition to being in a bazillion bands–the Echocentrics, Brownout, Spanish Gold, and many, many more–Adrian Quesada runs an Austin recording studio called Level One Sound. To celebrate the studio’s one-year-and-change anniversary, Quesada is releasing a compilation called Live At Level One, featuring dozens of local artists tackling some interesting covers: Money Chicha takes on Prince, the Greyhounds dust off lesser-known soul man Bobby Charles, and Bavu Blakes and Element7D team up as World Trade, pulling off a nasty version of Nas’ “Made You Look.”

One of the highlights belongs to Greg Vanderpool, another Austin veteran who comes from a pretty different orbit than Quesada. Whether it’s Milton Mapes, Monahans, or his own solo work, Vanderpool crafts sprawling, textural Americana, so it’s fitting he chose to cover fellow cosmic-nauts Mazzy Star. “Into Dust” starts off sparse, but it slowly blasts off under atmospheric conditions. It’s a simple song made all the more haunting thanks to the Austin alchemy.

“Into Dust” appears on Live At Level One. Songs will be released each month, with the full collection due later this fall.

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