Photo by Hollie Fernando/courtesy of the artist
Lianne La Havas may not be a household name yet, but the uber-talented British singer/songwriter’s new album should change that.
Her self-titled third release – her first in five years – is a beautiful revelation. Sure she’s been nominated for prestigious awards (from a Grammy to a Mercury prize and beyond), but she has truly come into her own in 2020. A defining work, and the first of her albums that she’s self-produced with her own band accompanying, Lianne La Havas shows off her amazing vocal tone and phrasing, inventive guitar work and collaborative songwriting chops. Expect the unexpected from LaHavas – whether it’s being accompanied by the BBC Orchestra (as she was in a performance in London this past February) or covering Radiohead’s “Weird Fishes” (as she does on this new collection) and expect to be amazed. – Jody Denberg, KUTX host
Lianne La Havas is out now on Nonesuch Records
Photo by Pavel Mezihorak/KUTX
Austin’s Holy Wave have been a staple in the Austin scene for over a decade. To that, the group performed at the illustrious Desert Daze festival in 2017, sharing a festival bill with Ty Segall, Iggy Pop, Ariel Pink, and John Cale. Their 2018 album Adult Fear is a paragon of the garage-psych sound that reverberate(d) through the venues of Red River and East 6th, but their fourth album Interloper finds the band taking on a lot of new textures, sounds, and creative leases, giving their sound a new, profound depth that sometimes waxes deeply psychedelic and other times beautifully ambient.
The album is also the band’s most collaborative effort and listening to members Kyle Hager and Ryan Fuson talk about the supportive and egoless nature of writing this album is admittedly refreshing. The tone of that process comes through on every track of Interloper. The album is truly a journey: an active river of garage-psych with new currents recalling Pink Floyd and the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. I say with no reservation that Interloper is one of the best Austin albums of 2020.
I got to sit down with Hagar and Fuson to talk about the album’s conception, the Interloper tour that – due to the COVID-19 pandemic – was cut short after only two dates, stories from tours past (remember tours?), and their Levitation Sessions livestream this Saturday via Mosaic Sound Collective.
Holy Wave’s fourth album Interloper is out now on Reverberation Appreciation Society.
Produced by Deidre Gott
Full interview with Ryan Fuson and Kyle Hagar of Austin’s Holy Wave
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Set the phasers on annihilate. This one’s for all the space cowboys.
The mighty Tim Crane (T Bird and The Breaks, Pope Coke) brings a new sonic frontier, Jank Sinatra. And like the galactic explorer unloading grooves from the mothership, his latest pièce de l’espace, RumbleJunk & TalkyPop, unleashes awesomeness of interstellar proportions. Sense a theme here? I had a chat with Crane about the new album, “robots and the space time continuum,” joining the roster of local label Spaceflight Records (how apropo is that?!), the pleasure of working with friends, and a tip of the hat to the interstellar bounty hunters in a whirlwind of sci-fi, western and film noir inspiration.
RumbleJunk & TalkyPop comes out this Friday July 10 on Spaceflight Records, and it’s paired with a Jank Sinatra live stream performance at 7 p.m. (Central) on Bud’s Recording Services YouTube channel. Crane will be joined by longtime collaborator and Bud’s proprietor Sam Patlove for the performance.
Enjoy the full interview with Laurie Gallardo and Tim Crain of Jank Sintatra below
Hear “New Cowboys” by Jank Sinatra. ‘RumbleJunk & TalkyPop’ is out on Spaceflight Records July 10th.
Whether it’s said cogently or in one hundred words, the fact is that Phoebe Bridgers is a tour de force. It’s easy to have followed the thread of her career from her 2017 debut LP Stranger in the Alps to her string of indie supergroups with Boygenius and Better Oblivion Community Center (with Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker, and Conor Oberst respectively) to her beautifully crafted heart-wrenching ballad “Walking On A String,” co-written with The National‘s Matt Berninger, that was part of the soundtrack to the film adaptation of the absurdist cult comedy show Between Two Ferns. The two of us laugh deeply about the unavoidable humor behind the juxtaposition during this At Home session. We touch on those points, talk about the overarching theme of physical disassociation in her new album Punisher (out now on Dead Oceans), and how COVID-19 has reshaped and challenged those mindsets and states of being.
-Taylor Wallace, KUTX host
Watch KUTX at Home with Phoebe Bridgers below.
Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX
Last time we visited with Khruangbin it was March 2018 in Studio 1A and the three-piece Houston band just released their second album Con Todo El Mundo. Since then we were blessed with a collaboration EP, Texas Sun, with tour mate and fellow Texan Leon Bridges in which the mostly instrumental band provided the music and Bridges came up with the lyrics. The band’s third and latest full length Mordechai is out Friday, June 26 on Dead Oceans.
For KUTX at Home, Jody Denberg caught up with all three members, currently quarantining from their respective homes in Miami (Laura Lee – bass), Oakland, CA (Mark Speer – guitar), and Houston (Donald “DJ” Johnson – drums), to chat about their vintage psychedelic global sounds, the latest album and what has been keeping them busy while tour is on hold.
produced by Deidre Gott with assistance from Jake Perlman
Watch the full interview