This past month KUTX enjoyed wide variety of artist performances in Studio 1A and at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Here are some of our favorite songs from November!
Chris Staples – Pretty Bird
The former vocalist and guitarist for Twothirtyeight showcased some of his latest material as a singer-songwriter for Studio 1A. While Staples is known primarily for his rich narratives, Pretty Bird still carries the emotional depth that make his music so accessible.
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett charms her listeners with her witty, rambling lyrics and deadpan sense of humor. Avant Gardener is no exception, and has our hopes up high for her 2015 debut full-length album.
Dan Mangan – Wants
Vancouver indie folk rocker Dan Mangan also has us anticipating a new release in 2015. Dan Mangan + Blacksmith gave us a sneak peek at the synth and loop-based sound of Club Meds with his single Wants.
East Cameron Folkcore – In the House Everything Dies
ECF excited us for their third full-length album Kingdom of Fear with an electrifying performance of their single In the House Everything Dies. With their collective energy, it’s no wonder they’ve remained so popular in the Live Music Capital.
Horse Feathers – Violently Wild
The Portland indie folk quintet shared a breath of the pasture life with the first song off of their latest record So It Is With Us. With the recent inclusion of a filled-out rhythm section, Horse Feathers’ sound moves with more strength than ever before.
J. Mascis – Every Morning
Dinosaur Jr. veteran J. Mascis takes a break from the guitar fuzz to explore his acoustic tastes with Every Morning off of his latest album Tied to a Star. While his performance of the song in Studio 1A is exceptional, we also highly recommend checking out the music video produced by Funny or Die and featuring Fred Armisen.
King Tuff – Eddie’s Song
Along with J. Mascis, King Tuff further showcased the Sub Pop musical catalogue with the final track off of his 2014 record Black Moon Spell. Eddie’s Song hearkens back to the sound of Marc Bolan and T. Rex, with a fusion of hard rock and pop that makes King Tuff so much fun to listen to.
Ryan Bingham – Broken Heart Tattoos
Although he’s mostly known for his rowdy live shows, Oscar and Grammy Award winner Ryan Bingham gave a clean acoustic performance of his new single Broken Heart Tattoos from Fear and Saturday Night, due for release in early 2015.
Scott H. Biram – Goin’ Home
Austin’s Scott H. Biram is a one-man-band country-metal-punk blues rocker. Give Goin’ Home a listen and you’ll understand how well Biram channels the solo showmanship associated with recording legends of previous eras.
Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl
Brooklyn-based trio Wet made waves with a floating performance of Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl backstage at Fun Fun Fun Fest. Their precise but undeniably casual presence makes for a great listen on a lazy day.