Metronomy 2.26.20

Studio 1A Sessions

Metronomy 2.26.20

Posted by on Feb 27, 2020
photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX

 

The song title “Forever is a Long Time” displays the tongue-in-cheek spin on Metronomy’s newest record Metronomy ForeverJoe Mount, having now fronted the band for quite a long time, has shed the trepidations that confine so many other artists into a single niche. He continues bridging the gap between electronic and rock music with tracks that reference earlier work yet reveal a much more mature vision. As he discusses with host Laurie Gallardo, Mount has pulled influences for this album from all corners. Like the liberation from expectations present throughout the album, he feels like our generation “grew up listening to music without feeling like they had to be part of a clique” — one can enjoy the music for music’s sake. You can hear the heart of the message in the stripped down renditions of songs performed by Metronomy live on KUTX.

Tickets to see Metronomy on tour are available here!

– Cole Hunt/KUTX Intern

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Host: Laurie Gallardo
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove, Jake Perlman
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Julia Reihs, Faith Castle, Patricia Lim
Editor: Julia Reihs


Strange Lot 2.24.20

Studio 1A Sessions

Strange Lot 2.24.20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020

Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX

Austin newcomers Strange Lot blend hazy garage sounds into their Western-sun-scorched take on psych rock. After 5 years of success, then-duo Dominic Mena (guitar, vocals) and Tim Lormor (drums) made the journey to Austin from their founding city of Phoenix in 2019. As Austinites they were joined by Luis Valerio on bass and by December, they had signed with Mas Music Records in anticipation of their February 2020 release Mindstate

Join Strange Lot in celebration of their album release at Hotel Vegas on February 29th.

– Lydia Fortuna, KUTX Intern

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Host: Taylor Wallace

Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman

Producer: Deidre Gott

Cameras: Julia Reihs, Michael Minasi, Steven Gonzalez

Editors: Steven Gonzalez, Michael Minasi

Rod Melancon 2.25.20

Studio 1A Sessions

Rod Melancon 2.25.20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020
photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

With an Elvis inspired haircut, a guitar tone borrowed from Springsteen, and a childhood spent running around Louisiana, Rod Melancon is the perfect example of what raw, modern, and exciting rock ‘n’ roll looks and sounds like. Look no further than his recent release Pinkville which weaves through genres like weeds in a Southern swamp. With every song, he jumps from story to story, describing the down-trodden characters that range from soldiers in the Vietnam War to rockers in a bank heist to a musician in a state of “Manic Depression”. After his relocation to Austin following a ten-year residence in Los Angeles, Melancon is able to find the roots in roots rock once again, delivering his most personal performance on what may be his best work yet.

You can catch Rod Melancon at the Cactus Cafe on February 27th.

– Cole Hunt/KUTX 

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Host: Laurie Gallardo

Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman

Producer: Deidre Gott

Cameras: Julia Reihs, José Daniel Moreno, Steven Gonzalez

Editor: Julia Reihs


Lower Dens 2.21.20

Studio 1A Sessions

Lower Dens 2.21.20

Posted by on Feb 26, 2020
Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX

Lower Dens might allude to the hyper-competitiveness of our society with the title of their latest record, The Competition — but the Baltimore pop trio favors collaboration and self-acceptance. Texas native Jana Hunter, who leads the band, first started releasing solo material in the mid-2000s before forming Lower Dens. The reason for the change? “It’s more fun to play with other people,” he laughed during the band’s Studio 1A interview. Guitarist Peter Tran and drummer Nate Nelson round out the trio and allow for lush intricacies on The Competition.

Following Hunter’s self-discovery in transitioning gender, the record grapples with mental health and acceptance, all cloaked in a shimmering indie pop sound. These ideas have defined much of Lower Den’s discography throughout the group’s existence, but there’s a new urgency behind the music driven by a deep desire to experience genuine connections. The Competition, released last fall, comes after a break of over four years since Lower Dens’ last record. The hiatus came partly out of necessity due to the personal experiences that inform the album’s themes, but also saw the band trying out a new production style with recording in a home studio.

Now on the front end of a one month U.S. tour, Lower Dens performed in Studio 1A ahead of a show at Barracuda that night.

— Annie Lyons, KUTX Intern

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Host: Jody Denberg

Audio Engineers: Aly Carlisle-Steinberg, Jake Perlman

Producer: Deidre Gott

Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Michael Minasi, Faith Castle, Steven Gonzalez

Editor: Gabriel C. Pérez


La Juan D’Arienzo 2.25.20

Studio 1A Sessions

La Juan D’Arienzo 2.25.20

Posted by on Feb 25, 2020

Esquina Tango is proud host their event of the year with La Juan D’Arienzo, Ambassadors of Argentine Tango on their US Tour! Since its 2012 debut in Buenos Aires, La Juan D’Arienzo has aimed to offer listeners and dancers the characteristic music in the style of the legendary tango orchestra leader Juan D’Arienzo, who was known as the Rey del Compás, or the King of the Rhythm. The young and talented musicians not only offer that mode of one of the greatest orchestras in Argentine tango history, they also bring a freshness that has been welcomed by audiences around the world.

 

Esquina Tango Cultural Society of Austin is a non-profit 501C3 organization striving to build a vibrant and diverse community in East Austin and beyond. Since 2006 Esquina fosters culture, health, and dance, with an emphasis on Latino heritage, recreational tango and other Argentine traditions, promoting personal wellness, and understanding of Latino culture.

 

You can view tickets to their February 28th show at the Scottish Rite Theatre here!

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Host: John Aielli

Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman

Producer: Deidre Gott