All Covers Weekend

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All Covers Weekend

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays 7-11pm  and Uptown Saturday Night on Saturdays, 7-10 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

What makes for a good cover? What makes somebody’s version of someone else’s song interesting? I think it’s the art of taking the familiar and obscuring it in such a way that it becomes a different experience. Think of Picasso making copies of his realistic Blue Period paintings by instead using his eccentric Cubist methods. Same painting, but a totally different experience.

A good cover reveals a good song. If the original is well-written and has a solid foundation, you can cut it in an entirely new fashion or a different genre and a good song will always stand up. It’s like the songwriter left a blueprint and all it takes is a good contractor to embellish the original plans to make something just as impressive.

We’re not talking about just copying a song note for note, like Gus Van Sant remade Hitchcock’s Psycho shot for shot. Who needs that? A good cover changes the arrangement or the timbre–the feel of a song–and shapes it into something new so the performer can make it their own.

Below are the playlists from the all-covers shows I recently hosted. The first is from Left Of The Dial, where you’ll hear covers done in all different styles. There’s every genre here from bluegrass to punk and from electronic to rockabilly.

The second playlist is for Uptown Saturday Night where I focused exclusively on R&B and Soul artists covering hits and remaking them in their own image. One of my favorites is Solomon Burke repurposing “Proud Mary” as a story about his black ancestors who worked on the riverboat as it rolled down the Mississippi River. You’ll also hear Aretha, Etta, Brother Ray, James Brown, and a host of other soul singers infuse familiar pop hits with a massive amount of soul. Put any one of these songs on a mixtape or a playlist, and you have a party on your hands. [Note that several tracks from this show are not available on Spotify or are simply out of print and undigitized as of 2018.]


KUTX Shows

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018

KUTX and Threadgill’s World HQ are teaming up so you can enjoy great live music in the garden, while helping alleviate food insecurity in our community. Join us every Friday in July for a FREE concert with some of our favorite local bands, where we’ll be collecting non-perishable food items for the Central Texas Food Bank

Summer is a time of high need for Central Texans facing hunger. 1 in 5 children in our area are at risk for hunger; that food insecurity increases when school’s out for summer, and kids don’t have access to their school’s lunch program.  You can join KUTX and Threadgill’s in helping the Central Texas Food Bank by bringing non-perishable food items for the collection bin at all Back to the Garden shows. Help your neighbors in need while enjoying music from some of the best music Austin has to offer!

Back to the Garden is generously supported by Austin Laser Dentist Helen Ragsdale, DDS.

Where: Threadgill’s World HQ 301 West Riverside Dr.

When: Every Friday in July from 6p-9p. Music starts at 7p.

How Much: FREE! (Remember to bring a non-perishable food item for our collection bin for the Central Texas Food Bank.)


July 6 –   Alesia Lani @ 7 p.m.

                          Kevin Russell and the Shiny Soul Sisters @ 8 p.m.

July 13 – Jeff Plankenhorn @ 7 p.m.

                          Erika Wennerstrom @ 8 p.m.

July 20 – Christy Hays @ 7 p.m.

                          Bruce Robison @ 8 p.m. 

July 27 –  Molly Burch @ 7 p.m.

                           Cotton Mather @ 8 p.m.




Jamila Woods & Sarah Jaffe

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Jamila Woods & Sarah Jaffe

Posted by on Jul 8, 2018


The KUTX 5th Birthday Concert Series presents Jamila Woods, Sarah Jaffe, and special guest Iron & Wine this Saturday, July 14th at UT’s Hogg Memorial Auditorium.

Doors: 6pm / Show: 7pm

Reserved Seating: $45.00 and $35.00 in the Hogg Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now.

**Use coupon code BOGO at checkout to buy one ticket and get a second for FREE!**




Jamila Woods: Jamila Woods’ cultural lineage – from her love of Lucille Clifton’s poetry to cherished letters from her grandmother to the infectious late 80s post-punk of The Cure – structure the progressive, delicate and minimalist soul of HEAVN, her debut solo album released in the summer of 2016 on Closed Sessions. “It’s like a collage process,” she says. “It’s very enjoyable to me to take something I love and mold it into something new.” A frequent guest vocalist in the hip-hop, jazz and soul world, Jamila has emerged as a once-in-a-generation voice on her soul-stirring debut.

Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Woods grew up in a family of music lovers. It took a surprise poetry class with a high school arts program for Jamila to finally find her metaphorical and literal voice. “Through poetry, I realized you are the expert of your own experience,” she says. Her poetry studies continued in college and in her professional career with Young Chicago Authors.

Sarah Jaffe: Sarah Jaffe was only twenty-two years old when her seasoned debut recording, Even Born Again, was released in 2008. Already a fixture in the fertile Denton, Texas musical landscape, her profile began to soar. Soon she was touring with artists as varied as Lou Barlow and Norah Jones, and was pushing her acoustic music into the electronic pop ether. Since then she’s had raves in Rolling Stone, made the rounds on the talk shows, collaborated with Eminem, placed her songs in a couple of films, and released a handful of absorbing albums and EPs. Her fourth and latest full-length, Bad Babylike each release that has preceded it, finds Jaffe again moving in creative new directions. There’s a dance-floor propulsion, and Jaffe is quick to credit the newly spacious feel to her layered pop to her many collaborators, including photographers and illustrators.


High Fidelity Screening With John Cusack

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High Fidelity Screening With John Cusack

Posted by on Jun 10, 2018

Part of KUTX’s 5th Birthday Celebration

TICKETS (Takes place on Friday, June 15)

For fans of John Cusack and “High Fidelity”, a visit to Championship Vinyl definitely would make a “top five” list.

Now, join John Cusack for a screening of “High Fidelity” on the big screen followed by a LIVE conversation moderated KUTX host Susan Castle regarding his career and the making of the film. Fans will get the opportunity to experience a moderated discussion, with John answering audience questions as well. A limited number of VIP seats will be available that include a post-show photo op with John.

Saturnalia Festival

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Saturnalia Festival

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

Prepare your masks and dust off your most elegant furs for Saturnalia is coming to the Webberville Road Baptist Church from December 1-3 for three days and nights of good music and good times!

Food Vendors: Eastside Kings, Juiceland, Wunder Pilz, Archie Dove BBQ, Pakal, Neon Rainbow & more TBA

Tickets start at $20


Golden Dawn Arkestra // Cosmonauts // Annabelle Chairlegs // Sailor Poon // The Sun Machine // Money Chicha // Kupira Marimba // Pearl Earl // Zoumountchi // Fogg // Glaze // Acid Carousel // The Millbrook // Estates // Mafaro // Ether Wave Light Show // more TBA