On Friday, March 20, KUTX and four of public radio’s most influential music tastemakers — The Current (Twin Cities), WXPN (Philadelphia), WFUV (New York), and KXT (Dallas) — present a special showcase and live radio broadcast and webcast from the SXSW Radio Day Stage at the Austin Convention Center. The live concert and broadcast starts at noon and will feature performances by Twin Shadow (noon), Gang of Four (1 p.m.), Ryan Bingham (2 p.m.), Best Coast (3 p.m.), Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear (4 p.m.), and Courtney Barnett (5 p.m.). KUTX will provide listeners with opportunities to win tickets to see the show live.
The SXSW Radio Day Stage, located on the fourth floor of the Austin Convention Center in Ballroom D, is where registrants can grab a drink, connect to free wi-fi, relax and catch quality performances from buzz artists between sessions and workshops.
KUTX 98.9 will air four early morning broadcasts live from the Four Seasons Austin Hotel Ballroom from 7 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 20, and from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 21.
The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is $10 per person (ages 5 and up) per day and includes a breakfast taco, a granola bar and coffee. Proceeds benefit the Seton Shivers Cancer Center.
Wednesday, March 18
7 a.m. Emily Wolfe
8 a.m. Robert Delong
9 a.m. Israel Nash
10 a.m. Max Frost
Thursday, March 19
7 a.m. Matthew E. White
8 a.m. Quiet Company
9 a.m. Dan Mangan
10 a.m. The Dodos
Friday, March 20
7 a.m. The Bluebonnets
8 a.m. T-Bird and the Breaks
9 a.m. Wolf Alice
10 a.m. Delta Spirit
Saturday, March 21
8 a.m. Cilantro Boombox
9 a.m. Ibeyi
10 a.m. Twerps
11 a.m. Chuck Prophet
Limited self-parking is available in the hotel garage on a first-come, first served basis at a discounted rate of $5 per car.
From Canada all the way to Austin, Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen have stuck by each other. The duo’s history dates back to kindergarten in their hometown of Toronto, and they’ve been playing music together since high school. First came the Shenanigans, a power trio anchored by a love of classic rock and playing loud, but the band fell apart. McKeown and Owen decided to ditch Canada and headed south.
When they got to Austin, the duo plopped down and decided to take another crack at music. This time, though, they ditched the bass too, opting for a raw guitar-and-drums sound and a name to match: Black Pistol Fire. Constant local gigging led to notice from producer Jim Diamond, who’s worked with like-minded acts the White Stripes and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. He recorded Black Pistol Fire’s self-titled debut in 2009, and in 2011 the band followed up with Big Beat 59. A tribute EP to Little Richard has tided over fans in the meantime.
Their reputation as one of the hardest working bands in Austin was sealed with an amazing performance live at the Four Seasons during SXSW. While Owen was brought to mind Animal from the Muppets, McKeown jumped onto a table in the front row to play a solo. And they put their own version of Bob Dylan’s “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″ into the intro to “Hipster Shakes”–all in all, one of those perfect, one-of-a-kind SXSW experiences.
Photo courtesy of Todd V. Wolfson
For the second year in a row, Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke joined Jody Denberg for the post-SXSW edition of the KUTX Sunday Mix (Sundays, 10 am- 1 pm). This year (March 16, 2014) they were joined by a special guest, musician Sean Lennon of the band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger. If you missed the broadcast while you recovered from the Festival, you can hear the whole three-hour program right here! There’s lots of insightful conversation, spontaneity and of course, incredible music.
SXSW can be absolutely overwhelming—since debuting in 1987, the annual music conference and festival has grown alongside Austin, and just trying to make sense of it all can be daunting. Over 2000 artists performed as official acts this year, from local singer-songwriters to Lady Gaga. There were a lot of big talking points this year: the sheer size of the event, the corporate sponsorship, the tragic hit-and-run. This week on the Austin Music Experience, though, we want to focus on the music, and there was a lot of it. Our mission is to sort through the best of what we heard and try to create a kind of musical scrapbook. We’ve got exclusive live recordings from new discoveries like Spanish Gold and Temples, along with old favorites, like Rodney Crowell, the Hold Steady, Damon Albarn, and more. Join us Friday at noon and again at 11pm on KUTX 98.9, Sunday at 7pm on KUT 90.5, or anytime in the player below.