Best of Studio 1A

Boogarins photo by Gabriel Perez

Best of Studio 1A from the Past 30 Days

7.28.16 The Donkeys“Hurt Somebody”

The Donkeys bring a wave of nostalgia and comfort with all the charisma of a favorite worn out t-shirt. For a group from San Diego, the quartet has all the twang of Texas’ best country rock with the added fresh air of Austin psychedelic rock. Earlier this year the group released EP Midnight Palms, produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Fruit Bats, Devendra Banhart). The EP is five songs of upbeat optimism, perfect for a drive down the coast with the windows down.

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7.22.16 Whitney – “Golden Days”

The beauty of these Chicago-based rockers really lies within classic and seriously catchy songwriting. Their first record, Light Upon the Lake, was recorded with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado out in California. It’s got a sound like something out of Big Pink, with acoustic guitars jangling & shimmering, funky laid back drumming and a Wurlitzer floating in the air. However, Whitney is able to push their original songs even further through beautiful arrangements of horns, strings & choir vocals.

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7.21.16 Riders Against the Storm“RE:AL (Don’t Wanna Fight)”

Hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm are taking over bodies all over Austin one brilliant beat at a time. Back in 2013, Chaka and Qi Dada were the first hip-hop group to win an Austin Music Award for Band of the Year and they’ve won the award every year since! Radiating optimism and conviction, the energy behind RAS is a force to be reckoned with – it’s funky, it’s soulful, it’s a morning cup of coffee and a night out dancing. This track is a wonderful remix of an Alabama Shakes tune.

7.16.16 John Doe – “Get On Board”

On his own, John Doe is a songwriter, a poet, an actor and most recently an author. Whatever he touches, there is a raw and true artistic personality to it. Furthermore, he never seems to stop working and creating. In fact, he just released a new record, The Westerner, and a co-written book, Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk, this past April.

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7.14.16 Esmsé Patterson“No River”

You may remember her featured on the Shakey Graves song “Dearly Departed”, but Esmé Patterson is now out with a new record titled We Were Wild. What hasn’t changed are Patterson’s sharp lyrics, confident vocal stylings, and folk n’ roll sound. Patterson’s parses the minutiae of everyday experience and the inner-workings of decision, memory, and love–taking the listener on a turbulent ride through her own mind.

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7.13.16 Ruby & The Reckless – “Rainbows”
Front woman Ruby Jane Smith has been taking Austin music by storm since the day she came to town almost a decade ago. Crowned the youngest fiddler player invited to play Grand Ole Opry, Smith’s list of accolades is astounding – boasting a steady stream of awards from the title of Mississippi State Fiddle Champion at age 10 to the Black Fret Grant her band received last year. Smith now takes center stage in the five-piece folk pop group Ruby and the Reckless. The band’s debut album In My Head is set to release later this year. Haunting lullabies accompanied by the nation’s best in violin performance speak volume to the group’s ability to redefine modern indie rock.

Ruby & The Reckless are KUTX’s Artist of the Month. Enjoy their latest music video for “Rainbows” here.

7.7.16 Boogarins – “6000 Dias”

Hailing from the central Brazilian city of Goiânia, Boogarins’ first performance outside of their native country was here in Austin during SXSW. As Austinites enter the final stages of recovery from April’s LEVITATION let-down, we embrace the group with open arms as Boogarins begin their month-long residency at Hotel Vegas. The band may be in the middle of their North American tour, but they’ve decided to stay in Austin for a few weeks while they record their third studio album in town at Space Rehearsal & Recording Studio.

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