KUTX Live @ FFF Fest 2015

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KUTX Live @ FFF Fest 2015

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015
East Cameron Folkcore: “Son” (Live At FFF Fest)

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East Cameron Folkcore: “Son” (Live At FFF Fest)

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015

Big stage, small stage, backstage: it’s all the same to East Cameron Folkcore. The Austin band plays every song like it’s the last time they’ll ever play it. At Fun Fun Fun Fest, the eight members crammed it all onto the Yellow Stage, turning heads and converting a few passers-by to their mix of roots-meets-punk.

Backstage at KUTX’s tent, ECF stripped down to just a handful of instruments, but the band was no less powerful. The funereal “Son,” punctuated by cello and trumpet, provided a nice call-to-political-arms alongside all the fun, fun, fun. Download the song below and see more Fun Fun Fun Fest coverage here.

–Art Levy

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My KUTX: Golden Dawn Arkestra

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My KUTX: Golden Dawn Arkestra

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015

There are a lot of great national and international acts appearing at Fun Fun Fun Fest this weekend, but don’t sleep on Golden Dawn Arkestra. The Austin band can stand up to any at the Fest, thanks to their incredible live show. The costumes and dancers are one thing; the Arkestra’s blend of Afrobeat, psychedelia, and jazz is as booty-shaking-good as Big Freedia.

Catch Golden Dawn Arkestra on Sunday, November 8 at 1:20 p.m. on the Orange Stage, and to get you tuned into the band’s wonderful, weird wavelength, saxophonist/keyboardist/shaman Topaz McGarrigle is our guest DJ this week. Tune in Saturday at 6 p.m. or listen anytime below the playlist.

–Art Levy

Golden Dawn Arkestra’s playlist

1. Cold Sun – “South Texas”

2. The Panthers – “Malkaus”

3. Sun Ra – “The World Of Africa”

4. Chakachas – “Jungle Fever”

5. Roy Ayers – “Red, Black, & Green”

6. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’S – “Blow Your Head (LP Version)”

7. Rob – “Make It Fast, Make It Slow”

8. William Onyeabor – “Fantastic Man”

9. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – “Agboju Logun”

10. Goat – “Hide From The Sun”

Broncho: “Try Me Out Sometime” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Broncho: “Try Me Out Sometime” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Nov 6, 2015

Photo by Courtney Lee Yip

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 artists.

A few years ago, Broncho swept down from the Oklahoma plains like, well, a bronco-strength wind. The band’s mix of punk, power-pop, and snotty garage rock is about the last thing you’d expect straight outta Norman, but there’s the charm: they’re a bunch of outsiders playing like their lives depend on it.

Broncho’s musical standout is “Try Me Out Sometime,” a fizzy, fuzzy rock and roll banger that always leaves the biggest grin on my face every time I hear it. The band stopped by our Studio 1A a few years ago and capped off their live set with a raucous version of the song, and you can download it below.

–Art Levy

 

Catch Broncho at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015:

*Saturday, November 7, 10 p.m., Cheer Up Charlie’s (FFF Nites show–free with FFF ticket)

*Sunday, November 8, 3:10 p.m., Orange Stage

Keeper: “Not Done”

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Keeper: “Not Done”

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015

All this week, the Song of the Day highlights Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015 artists.

A lot of electronic music focuses on the technology, but Keeper keeps the spotlight squarely on a trio of voices. Yadira Brown, Erin Jantzen, and Lani Camille Thomison have floated around the Austin scene for a few years, collaborating in various one-off projects before teaming up as Keeper in 2013. Their music is alternately lush–like on the Broad City-featured “Happy To Be Sad”–or spare, but Keeper’s otherworldly harmonies are the main through-line.

On Moonhigh, Keeper’s recently-released debut album, the trio puts its ’80s and ’90s influences to good use. They have R&B in their collective DNA, but it’s slightly off-kilter, warped around the production of MoonDoctor (a.k.a. San Antonio’s Antonio Mundaca). Keeper’s self-described “synth-soul” sound is just that on “Not Done”: mechanical but all-too human. Listen to the song below.

–Art Levy

 

Catch Keeper at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2015:

*Thursday, November 5, 11:00 p.m., Cheer Up Charlie’s (FFF Nites show–free with FFF ticket)

*Sunday, November 8, 12:30 p.m., Blue Stage

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