Artist of the Month


Posted by on Oct 29, 2019

Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX.

Two drummers meet at a baseball game. This sounds like the start of a joke, but this is how Charlie Martin and Will Taylor, two musicians with ambitions beyond their respective bands, came together to form Hovvdy. From the beginning it was eerie how well the pair collaborated. They dubbed their mysterious music “pillow core”, and their quiet, in-snyc harmonies framed their quiet and minimalist music, as they combined their song fragments into a compelling whole. Hovvdy soon developed a following and began touring well beyond the Austin city limits. For their third album, Heavy Lifterthe duo brought in producer and multi-instrumentalist Ben Littlejohn to fill out their sound, and dial up some of their tempos. Stripped of their fog, the songs find a warm nostalgia, and the rhythms lift up their music to make it even more immediate.

– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Editor

The duo stopped by Studio 1A to give us the first scoop on their critically acclaimed third album before they embarked on the Heavy Lifter Tour. Check out our November Artist of the Month’s performance here and stay tuned to KUTX all month to hear more from the Austin natives!





My KUTX: Ley Line

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My KUTX: Ley Line

Posted by on Oct 25, 2019

Ley Line (l-r: Maddy Froncek, Emilie Basez, Kate Robberson, Lydia Froncek) is the KUTX Artist of the Month for October. Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX.

Ley Line formed at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, call Austin home, and draw from all over the world for their music. “Oxum,” the band’s first taste from their upcoming debut album, is rooted in Brazilian traditions and takes its name from the Afro-Brazilian deity for fresh water and rivers. But like a lot of folk artists before them, Ley Line draws attention to the overwhelming similarities between different types of folk music. You can hear this thread on the band’s guest DJ set, which connects Brazil with South Africa, North Carolina with France, and more. Hear Ley Line’s My KUTX on Saturday, October 26 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time in the player below. Catch Ley Line at the Parish on November 2.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX


[Intro music: Ley Line – “Oxum”]

1. Francisco El Hombre – “Triste, Loca o Mala”

2. Mountain Man – “Animal Tracks”

3. Benjamin Biolay – “Little Darlin’”

4. Jain – “Makeba”

5. Manu Chao – “Clandestino”

6. Y La Bamba – “Ojos Del Sol”

7. Juçara Marçal – “São Jorge”

8. Serena Assumpção – “Oxum”

9. Baaba Maal – “Laam Tooro”

10. Perotá Chingó – “Rie Chinito”

11. River Whyless – “Life Crisis”

12. Bermuda Triangle – “Suzanne”


Ley Line

Artist of the Month

Ley Line

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019
photo courtesy of Letitia Smith(White Light Exposure)

Like many a generation of folk musicians before them, Ley Line got started at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, when duo Kate Robberson and Emilie Basez met twin sisters Madeleine and Lydia Froncek back in 2013. Their name, which refers to alignments between world historical monuments, in this case finds a line between Austin and Brazil. The band’s latest single, “Oxum”, the latest to be released from their early 2020 album We Saw Blue, refers to the Afro-Brazilian deity of freshwater, and celebrates the beauty of the waterfalls and forests of Alto Paraiso.  Their organic world-pop weaves cultures and languages, conjures a strange mystical atmosphere, and a longing for a world rapidly disappearing from view. After making the rounds of a few festivals, Ley Line will head back to town set for their hometown Austin City Limits Festival debut on October 13th. 


– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Editor

My KUTX: Flora & Fawna

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My KUTX: Flora & Fawna

Posted by on Sep 20, 2019

Flora & Fawna is the KUTX Artist of the Month for September 2019. Lili Hickman (left) and Mason Ables (center) are the guest DJs on My KUTX. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.

Flora & Fawna–the moniker for Austin’s Lili Hickman and Mason Ables–was an accidental creation. After hearing Hickman’s folk-inspired songs, Ables suggested teaming up, fleshing out the songs with his beats and electronic production work. “Slow Burn” is the first result, a song that emphasizes Hickman’s voice but gives it a danceable grounding. On Thursday, September 26, Flora & Fawna releases its debut EP with a show at Cheer Up Charlie’s. This week on My KUTX, the pair also take turns as our guest DJs, playing an hour of influences and inspirations. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, September 21 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

1. SALES – “Renee”

2. Everything Everything – “My Kz, Ur Bf”

3. SOBBRS – “Monzón”

4. Mark Ronson – “I Can’t Lose” (feat. Keyone Starr) [Pomo remix]

5. Lucy Pearl – “Without You” [J Dilla remix]

6. PNAU – “Go Bang” (feat. Kira Divine)

7. Calliope Musicals – “Fear This Body”

8. Camera Obscura – “French Navy”

9. Hatchie – “Without A Blush”

10. Amber-Simone – “Only You”

11. Björk – “Army Of Me”

12. Goldfrapp – “A&E”

Flora & Fawna: “Tempted by the Timing” (Live in Studio 1A)

Artist of the Month

Flora & Fawna: “Tempted by the Timing” (Live in Studio 1A)

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019

Frequenters on our airwaves already know local duo Flora & Fawna, whose balance of classic folk and soul seeps from a modern electronic surface. Their rising talent earned them the title of our September 2019 KUTX Artist of the Month ahead of their self-titled debut release show, next Thursday at Cheer Up Charlie’s.

We’ve been getting snippets of their new material over the past few weeks, and got a live sneak preview when they joined us yesterday in Studio 1A…enjoy the lush harmonies and sweeping sounds of “Tempted by the Timing”!

Jack Anderson

Photo: Gabriel C. Pérez