My KUTX: Holy Wave

Joey Cook (second from left) and Julian Ruiz (right) are the guest DJs. Photo by James Oswald

Holy Wave

My KUTX // July 8, 2023

Since moving from El Paso to Austin over a decade ago, Holy Wave has slotted in nicely to the city’s psychedelic history, past and present. The group has toured with Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval and appeared at a bunch of Austin Psych Fests and Levitations, all while patiently tinkering with its sound. The band’s early work had the scruffy vibe of garage rock at its core, but Holy Wave has expanded the vision. Interloper was a perfectly-timed psyched-out bummer, transmitting its Pink Floydisms at the height of the pandemic’s first summer. Now comes Five Of Cups, Holy Wave’s sixth album, due out August 4. While the music gets its jolt from the psychedelic past, the band sets it to contemporary, anxious themes. It all suggests that maybe now is the strangest head-trip yet.

This week on My KUTX, drummer Julian Ruiz and multi-instrumentalist Joey Cook are the guest DJs. They pick an hour of favorites, from tour partners and old friends to recent obsessions and mysterious musicians. Hear Holy Wave’s My KUTX on Saturday, July 8 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime right here.


[intro music: Holy Wave – “Happier” (feat. Estrella del Sol)]

  1. Ulrika Spacek – “Accidental Momentary Blur”
  2. Wombo – “Thread”
  3. Radiohead – “Kid”
  4. Queen Serene – “Double Life”
  5. Froth – “77”
  6. Total Control – “Glass”
  7. Diles que no me maten – “Vanidad”
  8. Cate Le Bon – “Remembering Me”
  9. Tarwater – “Seven Ways To Fake A Perfect Skin”
  10. Self Improvement – “Fear & Power”
  11. Drug Store Romeos – “Now You’re Moving”
  12. The Drin – “Sense Of Occasion”

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