Music News 11.13.15

This week, KUTX’s soundcheck brings news from The Old Settler’s Music Festival, The Austin Creative Alliance Honors, and the latest in experimental music.

Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up last weekend, but Austin music festivals never stop rolling. Old Settler’s Music Festival announced a portion of their 2016 lineup this week, and the headliners include Jerry Douglas, The Del McCoury Band, and Hayes Carll. Austin-area musicians Sarah Jarosz, David Ramirez, Shinyribs, and Carolyn Wonderland are also on the bill. And for those craving a little more banjo in their classic rock, The Hillbenders will perform their bluegrass rendition of The Who’s Tommy. Discounted early bird tickets go on sale November 14 at 10am.

The Austin Creative Alliance celebrated several influential leaders at the third annual ACA honors on Tuesday. Laura Esparza, the city of Austin’s Cultural Affairs Division Manager, and music advocate Margaret Moser were among the honorees. The evening included performances by the Minor Mishap Marching Band, Amphion Youth Choir, and the Puppet Improv Project.

Who says you need instruments to create music? Experimental artists Matmos and Carl Cadwell are composing albums from unlikely sources.  Using only the sounds made from washing machines, electronic duo Matmos crafted the album Ultimate Care II that will be released in mid-February. Cadwell recently released a four-minute track entitled “This Machine” using sounds from sewing machines. I guess you really can make music from anything.

-Elisa Regulski

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