Beth Ditto, former lead singer of the band Gossip, released her first record “Fake Sugar” in 2017. The record is an exploration of commitment and heartbreak written in the midst of the breakup of her marriage and her band. Listen as Ditto explains how Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddamn” helped her grapple with her complex feelings about her home state of Arkansas after she had left for Olympia Washington. Then hear how returning to the place she grew up helped her heal during the time when her most important relationships were dissolving.
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St. Vincent’s fifth album, MASSEDUCTION, is her most emotionally and musically direct record to date. Listen as she explores her love of the music of early Disney movies, describes the impact they had on her as a budding musician and explains why she wasn’t afraid to “go straight for the heart and the jugular” on her new record.
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Canada’s Born Ruffians just released their 5th album, Uncle, Duke and the Chief. Listen as singer, songwriter and guitar player Luke Lalonde explores why he loves John Prine’s “Far From Me” and describes the deep impact his father has had on his musical journey.
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Austin based R&B artist Mélat just released her latest record Move Me II: The Present. Listen as she explains how two very different songs –Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Misty” and Mariah Carey’s version of “Always Be My Baby” — helped her understand the deep connection between music and emotion.
Mélat is playing KUTX’s Live at the Four Seasons during SXSW. See the full lineup here
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Norwegian singer and songwriter Sondre Lerche explores why listening to Fiona Apple’s “I Know” as a teenager brought him to tears and explains how the that song has influenced his work throughout his career.
Lerche is releasing his latest record, Solo Pleasure, on Valentines Day! The record is an acoustic reworking of his 2017 synth pop gym Pleasure. Listen to the new record here!
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