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Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s music accentuates odd angles like a funhouse mirror. The juxtapositions are pretty great: mandolin mixed with hip-hop beats, spiky guitar with Thao Nguyen’s wide-ranging voice. Every song sounds like a call-to-arms, and they often are. Thao can rail against misogyny and the economic inequality of San Francisco, sounding less like a preacher than a concerned citizen who’s lived it and had enough.
It makes perfect sense the band would team up with Merrill Garbus (a.k.a. tUnE-yArDs) for their latest album, A Man Alive, and as producer, she helps enhance their sandbox sound. The songs truly pop onstage, and today’s song of the day comes from the band’s live set at the Four Seasons. “Nobody Dies” is anxious but also a lot of fun. Listen to the song below and mark your calendar: Thao Nguyen is the guest DJ on My KUTX this Saturday (March 26) at 6 p.m.
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On the Sunday morning after South By when most music lovers are catching some zzzz’s, Rolling Stone Senior Writer David Fricke joins our own Jody Denberg on the KUTX airwaves for their annual four-hour “SXSW Wrap Up Show”. In years past they have been joined by guests Robyn Hitchcock, Sean Lennon and Alejandro Escovedo – and this year they were visited by the legendary Irish DJ, journalist, publicist and self-proclaimed dodgy geezer BP Fallon.
On this first day of Spring, SX shows were discussed, new CDs were premiered, vintage record-store finds were unwrapped and someone’s cell phone rang throughout one whole break (it was Robert Plant calling BP’s cell phone to try and join the fray). If you were still asleep or missed the show, here it is in all its glory – with the playlist right HERE.
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White Denim is the KUTX Artist of the Month for March. Learn more here.
In his recent My KUTX episode, White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki thoroughly underlined his band’s motley collection of influences. His song picks included everything from proto-metal and punk to funk and jazz, and White Denim has a way of wearing these influences well while also saying something completely new.
The Austin band’s particular alchemy was upset a bit last year after losing two members to Leon Bridges’ touring outfit, but founding members James Petralli and Terebecki soldier on with Jonathan Horne and Jeff Olson. White Denim sounded invigorated and fiery live at the Four Seasons last week. They previewed songs from their upcoming seventh album, Stiff, out this Friday. “Holda You (I’m Psycho)” finds the band in full-on rock and roll mode, and when Petralli bellows “I’m gonna have what’s mine,” it’s hard to disagree. Listen to the song below.
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Boston’s David Wax Museum blurs a lot of genres together: Mexican folk, Americana, even hints of jazz and psychedelia, as we found out live at the Four Seasons last week. The band formed about a decade ago when David Wax and Suz Slezak teamed up, and they came about their sound honestly. Wax spent his college years studying folk music in Mexico, while Slezak grew up in Virginia on a steady diet of country and bluegrass.
All these elements come together in “Harder Before It Gets Easier,” one of the highlights from their recent live set. Their punny band name aside, David Wax Museum doesn’t make static music. Instead, “Harder” is vibrant, all about the forward momentum it conceals in the song title. Listen to the song below.