My KUTX: Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas

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My KUTX: Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019

Black Pumas are the KUTX Artist of the Month for July. This week on My KUTX, we’re revisiting a guest DJ set from guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.

A few years ago, producer Adrian Quesada had a psychedelic-soul instrumental laying around, but it needed a singer, someone who could bring the song to life. Enter Eric Burton, who had moved to Austin from Los Angeles, busking along the way with some musician friends. Together, Quesada and Burton turned that sketch into “Black Moon Rising,” and Black Pumas rose up in its midst. The band’s self-titled debut follows the thread of that origin, offering up songs that are perfectly realized while still retaining a beginner’s energy.

This year, Black Pumas take their sound on a big North American and European tour, with a midway stop for two nights at the Mohawk, August 23 and 24. So as the band chews up the miles,  we’re revisiting Quesada’s guest DJ set from 2016. Here, he offers up psych-soul influences from the Temptations, talks about the mind-blowing sound of Public Enemy, and digs into what artists like the Beastie Boys and Marc Ribot have meant to him over the years. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, July 20 at 6 p.m. or at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Temptations – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

2. Serge Gainsbourg – “Requiem Pour Un Con”

3. Public Enemy – “By The Time I Get To Arizona”

4. Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos – “Postizo”

5. Goat – “Run To Your Mama”

6. Daniel Johnston – “American Dream”

7. Croy & The Boys – “Good Enough”

8. Liam Bailey – “When Will They Learn”

9. Beastie Boys – “Gratitude”

10. George Harrison – “Apple Scruffs”

11. The J.B.’s – “The Grunt”

12. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”

13. The Lijadu Sisters – “Life’s Gone Down Low”

Black Pumas

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Black Pumas

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019

photo by Michael Minasi

The KUTX Artist of the Month for July was a long time coming. It was only last summer when we first heard from Black Pumas’ with their debut single, “Black Moon Rising.” In the short span of a year, they became a hot band not only in Austin but the rest of the states and Europe. That’s some wild and heady times for the two founding Pumas: Austin’s Adrian Quesada and former Los Angelino, Eric Burton.

We’ve been patiently awaiting their first full-length album, and we’re pleased to report that it’s finally out and worthy of the year-long delay! The band is about to take their dynamic show on the road and embark on an extended summer tour all over North America and then onto Europe in the fall. Be sure and check out our videos of their performance in Studio 1A to see what a band on the rise looks like.

If you like what you hear you can check out our recent episode of This Song featuring lead singer of Black Pumas Eric Burton as he describes how hearing “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding gave him new inspiration for what singing could sound like.

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My KUTX: Los Coast

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My KUTX: Los Coast

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019

Los Coast is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June 2019. Trey Privott (standing, center) is the guest DJ on My KUTX. Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX.

Austin’s Los Coast first found itself as a live band, holding down a months-long, talked-about residency at C-Boy’s in 2015. Samsara, the group’s debut, has been a long time coming, but it takes Los Coast’s fiery live sets and turns them up a notch. Singer Trey Privott is a voracious music fan, and you can hear that in the band’s melding of soul, rock, funk, and more. You can also hear that appetite in Privott’s guest DJ set. This week on My KUTX, he plays an hour of inspirational singers, running from Whitney and Sam Smith to heroes like Aretha Franklin and Dr. John. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m. or at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Jeremih – “Impatient” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

2. Whitney – “Giving Up”

3. Los Coast – “Simplify”

4. Sam Smith – “Nirvana”

5. Gary Clark Jr. – “Low Down Rolling Stone”

6. Kanye West – “Wouldn’t Leave” (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)

7. Big Red Machine – “Lyla”

8. Dr. John – “Such A Night”

9. Warpaint – “Whiteout”

10. Aretha Franklin – “Wholy Holy”

11. Mac DeMarco – “Choo Choo”

12. Los Coast – “Mannequin”

Los Coast

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Los Coast

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019

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

***UPCOMING SHOWS***

6/6 @ Waterloo Records (Free In-Store)


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My KUTX: The Bishops

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My KUTX: The Bishops

Posted by on May 21, 2019

The Bishops are the KUTX Artist of the Month for May

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

Playlist:

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”