When the multi-instrumentalist nephew of David Letterman’s former Late Night guitarist decides to front his own band, you know it’s gonna be good. Trey Privott formed Austin combo Los Coast four years ago and now that they’re playing as a quintet, they’ve become a local mainstay of psych-pop gospel-funk soul-filled fun. Privott’s slick Sam Cooke-esque vocals may be at the helm of Los Coast, but their genre-fusing energy is thanks in no small part to co-founder and arranger John Courtney, who cites just as much influence from jazz as from Jerry Garcia. You might not be able to slap an evergreen label on their sound, but the five-piece will certainly get your heart rate up and set your booty for “shake” in no time. It’s about high tide for Los Coast, who drops their debut album Samsara on June 14th in the midst of a two-month national tour.
– Jack Anderson/KUTX Host
6/6 @ Waterloo Records (Free In-Store)
Cara and Troy Bishop are a sibling duo from Austin who make music under the family name, smoothly blending their two voices. The Bishops’ electro-rap has influences ranging from Kid Cudi and Amy Winehouse to up-and-comers from the Soundcloud rap generation. The Bishops are live in our Studio 1A on Friday, May 31 at 3 p.m., and listen to their handpicked guest DJ set at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Kid Cudi – “Soundtrack 2 My Life”
2. Chance The Rapper – “Acid Rain”
3. Mick Jenkins – “Spread Love”
4. Kendrick Lamar – “A.D.H.D.”
5. J Cole – “World Is Empty”
6. Amy Winehouse – “Valerie”
7. Kid Cudi – “The Prayer”
8. Donnie Trumpet – “Zion” (feat. Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa)
9. Big KRIT – “Bigger Picture”
10. Healy – “Galaxies” (feat. Felly)
11. Smino – “Oxygen”
12. Still Woozy – “Goodie Bag”
For many of us, music and family go hand in hand. It can help shape great family moments like birthdays, holidays like Christmas or Thanksgiving, even family reunions. For some, that musical connection goes deeper than a family BBQ. The Osmonds, the Jacksons, The Gap Band, and plenty of other family bands have harnessed their shared love of music to create some incredibly memorable songs. Now you can add Austin, TX based family The Bishops to that list. By combining soul, jazz, and hip hop along with a host of other musical influences the bother sister duo create a sound all their own. Cara and Troy Bishop who make up the group mix the silky vocals of Cara with the nonchalant smooth raps of Troy that resembles 90’s Hip Hop group Digable Planets. The duo’s newly released single, “Truffle Trap” showcases the duo’s simplistic yet intricate style of Troy delivering smooth rhymes over futuristic instrumentals, as Cara’s silky, sultry voice shines through on the hook.
As we wait for the duo to release a long-awaited project rumored to be coming this year, you can see the brother sister duo perform “Truffle Tap,” and other great songs alongside Magna Carda May 9th, at Stubb’s Indoor.
– Aaron “Fresh” Knight, KUTX Host
5/2 @ Scoot Inn
5/9 @ Stubb’s Indoors w/ Magna Carda
If you’re still itchin’ for more from our April 2019 KUTX Artist of the Month, then it’s time to dig deeper into The Well. This Austin-based trio draws from a maelstrom of musical influences, filling buckets full of psychedelia, hard rock, metal and punk. Sure, it may be distorted to all hell but that doesn’t mean there’s not a ton of melodic elements and intriguing chord progressions in the mix.
The Well joined us in Studio 1A last Wednesday in advance of their third record Death and Consolation and three release shows later this week. Catch The Well this Thursday at Barracuda, Saturday at Independence Brewing Co., and Sunday at Waterloo Records. Listen back to their This Song and My KUTX episodes when you get a chance, and enjoy a free download of Death and Consolation‘s opening track and an exclusive live recording of “Sabbah”!
portrait by @cecilia.alejandra
The Well is deep. The Well is dark. The Well is freaking awesome! Austin psych metal band, The Well, is set to release their newest album, Death and Consolation, on April 26th via RidingEasy Records and we wanted to give our listeners a bit of a sneak preview. As the title suggests, this ain’t no sunny surf rock album. This one got dropped down the well and hit every, grungy, grimy stone on the way down.
“This one is a little more personal,” says guitarist/vocalist Ian Graham. “2018 was a strange, dark year. A lot of change going on in my life, there was a lot of depression and coming out of it over the last year. I wanted to call this Death and Consolation, because in life that’s a constant.”
Graham, bassist/vocalist Lisa Alley, and drummer Jason Sullivan wanted to pick up where they left off with their 2016 album, Pagan Science, so they once again recruited longtime producer/engineer Chico Jones at Estuary Studio to maintain some sonic consistency. While the elements of the new album maintain many of the hallmarks of previous releases, Death and Consolation, feels rawer. The songs are more concise and the punch often comes right off the top and keeps pummeling you until the very last riff.
“This album might be a little less produced, because I didn’t want to push technical stuff as much,” Graham says. “I’m so scared of getting too complicated when getting better at guitar. This is still kind of punk rock.”
Whatever it is, it definitely rocks.
To celebrate the new album, The Well will play select shows around the country as well as several here in Austin. Follow the links to get more from the band and stay tuned all month long for more from our newest Artist of the Month!
4/25 @ Barracuda (Record Release Show)
4/27 @ Independence Brewing (Record & Beer Release Show)
4/28 @ Waterloo Records (Free In-Store)
4/29 @ Paper Tiger (San Antonio)
psych metal band from right here in Austin, TX