Wes Denzel: “Don’t Change” [Social Distancing Pop-Up]

Artist of the Month

Wes Denzel: “Don’t Change” [Social Distancing Pop-Up]

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021

For the past few weeks we’ve familiarized you with our February 2021 Artist of the Month, Wes Denzel. This retro-minded hip-hop/R&B blender’s blown us away with his creativity on each new release and just because Denzel’s featured on the shortest month, he’s built up high expectations for the future.

Made clear by his My KUTX playlist and the ’80s flashback that is his “Don’t Change” music video, Denzel’s got a soft spot for the early-mid-’00s style of production. But as heard in our exclusive live performance, Wes Denzel sure as heck doesn’t need all the in-studio accoutrements to give a killer performance!


Jack Anderson

Photo: Michael Minasi

Audio Mix/Master: Jake Perlman; Producer: Deidre Gott

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My KUTX: Red River Cultural District’s Cody Cowan

Love Austin Music Month

My KUTX: Red River Cultural District’s Cody Cowan

Posted by on Feb 26, 2021

February is Love Austin Music Month. Learn more here. Photo by Daniel Cavazos.

The Red River Cultural District is a charity that helps raise money and awareness for its namesake community, arguably the beating heart of Austin’s downtown. The RRCD features music venues like Stubb’s, the Mohawk, and Cheer Up Charlie’s along with a range of restaurants, parks, bars, hotels, and more. Since the pandemic began, the District’s music industry, service, and hospitality workers have been hit hard. To help the community, RRCD created Banding Together ATX last March, and the initiative has raised over $200,000 so far to give directly to affected workers.

Next week, there are a few ways to support RRCD’s emergency relief work. From March 1 through March 5, Hoboken Pie and Pelon’s Tex Mex–two restaurants that call the District home–are featuring special menus and directing a portion of proceeds directly to RRCD. On March 4, RRCD takes part in Amplify ATX, an annual philanthropic event that supports hundreds of local nonprofits.

This week on My KUTX, we’re excited to turn the mic over to RRCD’s Cody Cowan. For his guest DJ set, he pulls from his twenty years of music industry experience for a mix of his favorite live music experiences. From the Stooges and Siouxsie Sioux to Nas and UGK, Cowan focuses on the emotional shows that have changed his life. Hear Cody Cowan’s My KUTX on Saturday, February 27 or anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Stooges – “Gimme Danger” (Alternate ‘Violent’ Iggy Mix)

2. Gang Of Four – “Natural’s Not In It”

3. X – “Johny Hit And Run Paulene”

4. The Damned – “Melody Lee”

5. Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Spellbound”

6. Fugazi – “Margin Walker”

7. Scratch Acid – “For Crying Out Loud”

8. Jane’s Addiction – “Ocean Size”

9. At The Drive-In – “Rascuache”

10. Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”

11. Run The Jewels – “Banana Clipper” (feat. Big Boi)

12. Mobb Deep – “Give Up The Goods (Just Step” [feat. Big Noyd]

13. Method Man & Mary J. Blige – “I’ll Be There For You/You’re All I Need To Get By”

14. Nas – “It Ain’t Hard To Tell”

15. UGK – “Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)” [feat. Outkast]

My KUTX: Sun June

Love Austin Music Month

My KUTX: Sun June

Posted by on Feb 19, 2021

February is Love Austin Music Month. Learn more here. Photo by Santiago Dietche.

For their new album Somewhere, Austin indie-pop quintet Sun June loosely themed the album around the concept of “prom.” “Prom isn’t all rosy and perfect,” says the band. “The songs show you the crying in the bathroom, the fear of dancing, the joy of a kiss – all the highs and all the lows.”

This week on My KUTX, Sun June’s singer/guitarist Laura Colwell takes the guest DJ controls and plays songs picked by her band. From Talking Heads’ jittery pop to Cat Power’s quiet confidence, this DJ set illustrates Sun June’s wide range of influences. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, February 20 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Sun June – “Everything I Had”]

1. Alice Boman – “Over”

2. Amen Dunes – “Blue Rose”

3. Alabama Shakes – “Future People”

4. The Weather Station – “Power”

5. Talking Heads – “New Feeling” (live)

6. Freddie Scott – “Are You Lonely For Me Baby”

7. Jack Nitzsche – “Play The Game”

8. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – “My Head Is My Only House Unless It Rains”

9. Michael Bain – “So Far”

10. Janelle Monáe – “Sincerely, Jane”

11. Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Woman”

12. Cat Power – “Manhattan”

Stone Wheels: “Nothing More, Nothing Less”

Love Austin Music Month

Stone Wheels: “Nothing More, Nothing Less”

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

With Valentine’s Day this Sunday, we’re just about halfway through Love Austin Music Month. For the past couple weeks we’ve partnered with Austin Music Foundation to help showcase their compilation, ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Lockdown and today AMF releases Side B of the collection. It’s the same cast of characters from Side A but re-structured into a new experience.

Driftwood “cosmic Americana” outfit Stone Wheels wrapped up the record’s first half with their concoction of ’70s-era country and ’60s-style psych and returned for the penultimate offering on Adventures in Lockdown, “Nothing More, Nothing Less”. So give Side B a spin when you can, and let Stone Wheels roll you out of the work mindset and into a chilly weekend.


Jack Anderson

Photo: Sunday Ballew

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My KUTX: Wes Denzel

Artist of the Month

My KUTX: Wes Denzel

Posted by on Feb 12, 2021

February is Love Austin Music Month. Learn more here. Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX.

On his new album I Was Almost Happy, Central Texas rapper Wes Denzel tells the story of a romantic relationship from start to finish: the highs, the lows, and everything in between. With Valentine’s Day coming up this weekend, it’s perfect timing that Denzel is our guest DJ this week. As our Artist of the Month, he curates a special Valentine’s Day-inspired mix, featuring lovesick and lovelorn songs from Sade, Frank Ocean, the late MF DOOM, and more. Hear Wes Denzel’s My KUTX on Saturday, February 13 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Jimmy Wopo – “Elm Street”

2. MF DOOM – “One Beer”

3. Kanye West – “Through The Wire”

4. Frank Ocean – “Cayendo” [Sango remix]

5. Nelly – “Country Grammar”

6. Nipsey Hussle – “Loaded Bases” (feat. CeeLo Green)

7. John Mayer – “In Your Atmosphere”

8. Sade – “By Your Side” [The Neptunes remix]

9. Ty Dolla $ign – “Horses In The Stable”

10. SAINt JHN – “Borders” (feat. Lenny Kravitz)

11. SiR – “John Redcorn”

12. Brent Faiyaz – “Poison”

13. Westside Gunn – “French Toast” (feat. Wale & Joyce Wrice)

14. Baby Rose – “Mortal”

15. GIVEON – “Garden Kisses”

16. serpentwithfeet – “messy”

17. The-Dream – “Rise”