Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX
Two’s company, three’s a crowd? Austin-based band Star Parks would have to firmly disagree. Originally a solo project, frontrunner Andy Bianculli has grown Star Parks into an elaborate nine-piece mini orchestra. They boast a rich and soulful pop production, with a trombone, trumpet and vibraphone rounding out the usual guitar, bass, drums and keys. Star Parks tends to bleed into the melancholy; their lush and upbeat arrangements disguise often cynical lyrics. Their upcoming sophomore album, The New Sounds of Late Capitalism, out on Feb. 14, further dives into this concept, discussing themes of alienation and disappointment. The substantial lyrics add yet another layer to an already textured and expansive sound that draws from the group’s large pool of talent.
Before embarking on a one month tour of the Midwest, Star Parks dropped by Studio 1A for an after hours session. Star Parks will be back home for SXSW and an album release show on March 6 at Barracuda with The Deer and Berkshire Hounds.
Star Parks performed in Studio 1A with a full lineup made up of Andy Bianculli, Nathaniel Klugman, Sam Pankey, Andy Beaudoin, Sam Howden, Derek Phelps, Wayne Myers and Carolyn Trowbridge.
— Annie Lyons, KUTX Intern
Host: Taylor Wallace
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove, Oscar Martinez
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Michael Minasi, José Daniel Moreno, Steven Gonzalez
Editor: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon
On the Song Confessional Podcast, today’s top bands and songwriters turn anonymous stories into new original songs. Each episode features the “confession” that inspires the original song, the song premiere, and an interview with the songwriter.
Premieres Nov. 8th.
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Tickets to the June 21, 2014 performance are all SOLD OUT!
KUTX presents this special concert benefiting Cactus Cafe’s mission to bring you unique intimate listening experiences. The show is part of a year long 35 Anniversary celebration of the Cactus Cafe.
With Special Guests: The Handsome Family
As the founding member and leader of the American rock band Wilco and before that the co-founder of alt-country band Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy is one of contemporary American music’s most accomplished songwriters, musicians and performers.
Our apologies to all the people who tried unsuccessfully in getting tickets. The demand was extremely high to say the least. The few hundred tickets that were available sold out in seconds, literally, because there were well more than 5,000 people trying to get them. We appreciate the interest and support, of course, but know that we’re also going to make some changes to try and alleviate site issues in the future.
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