Kae Astra 11.12.19

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Kae Astra 11.12.19

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX

Kae Astra is an Armenian-American musician already making her mark in her home base of Austin with her 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and lush dream-pop soundscapes. Besides her unique take on pop, what can one expect from her debut EP, Fortune? Astra simply says, “Expect to move and be moved.” The Armenian-turned-Austinite successfully stirs emotional and physical movement by creating a body of work that spiritually transcends while her rich pop synths are undeniably danceable. These songs could be heard in the club, a yoga class, or while having a good cry – and one would be equally satisfied no matter the setting.

Kae Astra caught up with KUTX host Taylor Wallace and played some songs off of her debut EP for our Concert Club before her release show on November 14th at The Pershing. Listen to the live performance below!

– Written by Emily Gruner/KUTX

Host: Taylor Wallace

Audio: Cliff Hargrove, Will Clark

Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Amarachi Ngwakwe

Edit: Karla Bruciaga

Producer: Deidre Gott

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Shane Cooley 11.14.19

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Shane Cooley 11.14.19

Posted by on Nov 14, 2019

Photo courtesy of Shane Cooley.

When legendary KUTX host John Aielli praises someone’s music, everyone knows they need to tune in to see what the king of Eklektikos is talking about. Aielli has previously been hooked on Virginia native Shane Cooley, where he mentions, “I’ve worked in radio since 1963, and over the years I have learned how to recognize talent. There was something in his sound that made me want to listen.” Cooley’s nuanced lyrics dance at the forefront of his eclectic mix of Americana that’s permeated with psychedelic and folk influences, a talent that keeps drawing new fans while keeping him busy in the Austin music scene. Cooley’s unique sound has not only earned him accolades from KUTX hosts John Aielli and Laurie Gallardo, but also from Billboard Magazine and the Austin Chronicle.

Shane Cooley played some songs and chatted with John Aielli ahead of his appearance with his band, Shane Cooley & the Midnight Girls, at UTOPiAfest on November 14th. Check out the live performance on Eklektikos below!

– Written by Emily Gruner/KUTX

Host: John Aielli

Audio: Cliff Hargrove

Producer: Deidre Gott

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Devendra Banhart 11.08.19

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Devendra Banhart 11.08.19

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019

Photo by Karla Bruciaga/KUTX

American-Venezuelan singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart meditates on love, parenthood, and loss on his tenth album in nearly twenty years, Ma. As the folk savant is approaching 40, he is dealing with deaths of parents and mentors, while realizing he may never become a father. He reflects on this existential crisis in his latest by sharing the wisdom he would pass on to his hypothetical child, advice he wishes he had learned in his adolescence. Imbued with his seamless shifts from funk to piano balladry and delicate finger picking, Banhart makes every second full of rich takeaways for the listener, even as his deep lyricism roams between English, Portugese, Japanese, and Spanish.

We had the pleasure of having Devendra Banhart perform for our Concert Club with a live “This Song” podcast taping with Elizabeth McQueen while he was here for Levitation Festival.

                                                  – Written by Emily Gruner/KUTX

Interview Host: Elizabeth McQueen
Audio: Jake Perlman
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Karla Bruciaga
Edit: Karla Bruciaga
Producer: Deidre Gott

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Angel Olsen 11.07.19

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Angel Olsen 11.07.19

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX

Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Angel Olsen has taken her pre-existing listeners and new fans on an introspective deep dive with her vulnerable new album, All Mirrors. In her latest, she allows the goth tones that have always lurked in her craft come to the forefront of her sound, clawing into her fans with her stunning singular vibrato, huge string arrangements, and bellowing synths. Olsen says it herself: “This record is about owning up to your darkest side, finding the capacity for new love and trusting change, even when you feel like a stranger.” The Chicago native learns to face herself and forgive what she sees, telling her fans to do the same. By communicating the process of losing empathy and trust for destructive people, Olsen tells her listeners to walk away from the noise, and have solitude and peace in their own thoughts.

We had the pleasure of having the one-of-a-kind voice perform for our Concert Club in Studio 1A ahead of her performance at Levitation Festival. Check out the live performance below!

– Written by Emily Gruner/KUTX

Host: Laurie Gallardo
Audio: Scott Cornish, Cliff Hargrove, Jake Perlman
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, and Karla Bruciaga
Edit: Amarachi Ngwakwe
Producer: Deidre Gott

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SOAK 11.06.19

Studio 1A Sessions

SOAK 11.06.19

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019

Photo courtesy of SOAK

Grim Town is a dystopia that I’ve created in my brain: me on the inside, processed into a pretend location,” says Bridie Monds-Watson, aka SOAK, about the concept behind her critically acclaimed sophomore album, Grim Town. While her debut was conceived in an era of innocence, Grim Town examines the reality of what happens after one enters adulthood, covering subjects ranging from long-distance love and depression to social anxiety of the changing modern landscape, delivered with Watson’s unwavering honesty.

The multi-prize winning Irish musician stopped by Studio 1A on her radio promotion tour to play some tracks off of the new record and chat with KUTX host Laurie Gallardo. Check out the live performance below!

– Written by Emily Gruner/KUTX

Host: Laurie Gallardo
Audio: Cliff Hargrove, Jake Perlman
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Nadia Elchmaissani
Edit: Nadia Elchmaissani
Producer: Deidre Gott

 

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