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Song of the Day – KUTX

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The KUTX team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar.

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The KUTX team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar.

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By KUTX 98.9 - Dec 20 2019
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After reading the complaints about too many promos, we cut them by more than half. If you hear one at all, it’ll be at the beginning of a song only. KUTX is a public radio station so we do have to find ways to make what we do (play awesome music and support those artists) possible. Thanks for listening and supporting the Austin Music Experience. Enjoy the tunes!

Now just CRAP

By StiikyMonky - Aug 17 2019
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Used to be music. Now it's all ads. Worse than regular radio, cuz there the come every 2 or 3 minutes. If this is a "public" radio station make sure you don't send them any money.

iTunes Ratings

62 Ratings
Average Ratings
36
11
5
4
6

We heard you!

By KUTX 98.9 - Dec 20 2019
Read more
After reading the complaints about too many promos, we cut them by more than half. If you hear one at all, it’ll be at the beginning of a song only. KUTX is a public radio station so we do have to find ways to make what we do (play awesome music and support those artists) possible. Thanks for listening and supporting the Austin Music Experience. Enjoy the tunes!

Now just CRAP

By StiikyMonky - Aug 17 2019
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Used to be music. Now it's all ads. Worse than regular radio, cuz there the come every 2 or 3 minutes. If this is a "public" radio station make sure you don't send them any money.
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Song of the Day – KUTX

Latest release on Aug 07, 2020

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The KUTX team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar.

Rank #1: Otis Wilkins: “Charlene”

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Austinite singer-guitarist Taylor Wilkins may historically be most associated with his pedal board-addicted rock band Otis the Destroyer, but when he sheds that Shiva-esque title, Taylor re-appropriates his father’s college moniker (and first dog’s given name) once again to transform into Otis Wilkins.

Otis only has three singles to his name as of yet, and together they’ve showcased a gargantuan sound, sprawling out across distorted electric guitar, boulder-sized drum beats, and Wilkins’ curt, slacker-inspired vocals. Rest assured, there’ll be more from Otis Wilkins to digest on the horizon, but get a peak of “Charlene” – the newest tune that features production by Walker Lukens and vocal harmonies from Jane Ellen Bryant (and more)! Catch him live tonight at Hotel Vegas for the KUTX-presented single release show!

-Jack Anderson

Feb 27 2020

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Rank #2: La Santa Cecilia: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” (feat. California Feetwarmers)

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In addition to receiving the 2014 Grammy for Best Latin Rock Album, they’ve played the Hollywood Bowl and have worked with Los Lobos, John Paul Jones, and Elvis Costello, and yet L.A.’s La Santa Cecilia is still hungry for more. Every branch of Pan-American and Latin music comes into the mix, not to mention other distinguishable influences from across the globe as well as modern production formulas, impressively covered by La Santa Cecilia’s bare four players.

La Santa Cecilia’s seventh album is appropriately self-titled, and with the help of Shakira/Enrique Iglesias Grammy-winner Sebastian Krys, it’s the best representation of the band yet, for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. La Santa Cecilia came out last Friday and in keeping with today’s all-covers theme, enjoy this quartet’s fresh but faithful rendition of the 1929 Bessie Smith hit, featuring California Feetwarmers, “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out”

Jack Anderson

Oct 25 2019

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Rank #3: Walker Lukens: “We See U” (QT Edition) [PREMIERE]

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Even if you only have cursory knowledge of KUTX, the name Walker Lukens should be pretty familiar to you. On top of being our August 2015 Artist of the Month, this seven-time Studio 1A performer and two-time My KUTX guest DJ also co-hosts and produces our very own Song Confessional podcast. Needless to say, Walker’s a bit of a workaholic and we’ve got zero qualms with that.

The latest endeavor from Lukens is the ADULTs ONLY Album of the Month Club, providing members with a new exclusive record every thirty days, and allowing Walker to pay his bills since he’s not able to produce in the studio or play live gigs. This Sunday members will receive Teenager, a sequel of sorts to last April’s ADULT, showing off stripped-down, previously unheard recordings of Walker’s previously existing stuff using sparse equipment and instrumentation, channeling Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. Sign up for ADULTS ONLY when you can but get a free sample before you do, in case you need some convincing, “We See You” (QT Edition)!

Jack Anderson

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Apr 24 2020

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Rank #4: A. Sinclair “Weeds” [PREMIERE]

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For our final Song of the Day of 2019 we’re pulling the cover off a new single from one of our all-time favorite local rockers: Aaron Sinclair. After his tenure with Boston’s The Lot Six, Sinclair backed a bit away from his punk duds, relocated to Austin and doubled down on straight ahead rock n roll under the name A. Sinclair. Sinclair’s brutally honest brand of working class storytelling and knack for pop-leaning phrases have remained a constant in light of many crests and valleys for more than a decade now, and when his band steps on stage, it’s a full throttle experience.

This prolific songwriter has just added another bold track to his already impressive discography, coinciding with a release show tonight at The Mohawk, so get out of the weeds of 2019 with…well…”Weeds”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 20 2019

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Rank #5: Chicano Batman: “Blank Slate”

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Laying claim to quite possibly the best band name ever, West Coast four-piece Chicano Batman is fully equipped with a diverse utility belt full of talent. Going back to their 2010 eponymous debut, they’ve tapped into ’60s and ’70s psychedelia and effortlessly fused it with Latin overtones. Chicano Batman’s laid-back, keyboard-driven, and effects-heavy style has since evolved to incorporate more of a “clean” indie psych-pop production method akin to Tame Impala, heard most recently on 2017’s Freedom Is Free.

Today Chicano Batman’s shared a first glimpse of their upcoming fourth full-length, Invisible People, out on May Day and once again produced by Leon Michels, whose track record includes work with A$AP Rocky, Lee Fields & the Expressions and Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. With the additional help of engineer Shawn Everett (Vampire Weekend, Alabama Shakes, Beck, etc.) on the mix, Invisible People maintains all the elements that we’ve loved about Chicano Batman, and goes on to explore touches of hip-hop, krautrock, international synth-funk, R&B, and prog-rock. You’ll be able to experience these dynamically impressive recordings in full on May 1st, but not before self prescribing Invisible People‘s ’80s-inspired lead single, perfect for a pandemic-riddled world trying to relearn the day-to-day life, “Blank Slate”!

Jack Anderson

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Apr 21 2020

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Rank #6: Jackie Venson: “Make Me Feel”

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As we’ve all learned from these past couple of weeks, breaking out of time-tested routines and formulas can be sometimes a necessity. Take native Austinite Jackie Venson, who switched from piano to guitar after a dissatisfaction with the overly competitive and formalized environment while receiving her degree at Berklee. Since then she’s taken her composition and studio production skills and re-created herself as one of Austin’s most talented solo acts.

Last year Venson’s sophomore album Joy helped earn her Best Guitarist at Austin Music Awards, proving a milestone as the first African American woman to do so in the program’s multi-decade history. Now Venson’s rolling with the momentum and trying out some new stuff on her next project, Vintage Machine, out in September. You can expect even more explorations into the electronic realm alongside Venson’s signature guitar virtuosity, as heard on Vintage Machine‘s recently released lead single, one that finds Venson in a higher vocal register than we’re accustomed to. And while Jackie Venson might not have been a Prince protégé, we have a feeling she’ll be giving Miss Monae a run for her money in a matter of time. Hear for yourself on “Make Me Feel”!

Jack Anderson

Mar 23 2020

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Rank #7: Yacht Rock Revue: “Step” (Jamie Lidell Remix)

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A dozen years back Atlanta indie rockers Y-O-U played a less-than-serious set of ’70s-’80s lite rock. Well, regardless of whether it’s resurgent or undying, turns out that folks have a sincere love of the soft stuff, and Yacht Rock Revue was born.

Flash forward to 2019, where the seven-piece’s reputation has earned them performances alongside yacht legends, like key members of Player, Toto, Wings, Chicago, and more. But as we enter a new decade, YRR themselves enter another phase. Yacht Rock Revue’s just announced their first LP of original compositions, HOT DADS in TIGHT JEANS, out February 21st, and among it’s ten new tracks, HOT DADS will dock comfortably in retro rock harbor before YRR joins us in May at Emo’s. And to break out the tanning lotion early, enjoy a just-released Jamie Lidell remix of one of the album’s lead singles, “Step”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #8: Ley Line: “Slow Down”

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Frequenters of KUTX’s airwaves will recognize the name Ley Line right off the bat. Their multi-lingual, internationally-inspired folk earned the quartet a spot as our KUTX Artist of the Month last October, right around the same time they released heavy rotation pick “Oxum” and subsequently appeared at Austin City Limits music festival.

Ley Line’s legacy of airy vocal harmonies, quaint arrangements, and synergy between the four unique songwriters continues with the upcoming record, We Saw Blue. The release schedule’s hit some obvious hurdles in the past couple months, but Ley Line’s decided that one of We Saw Blue‘s B-side offerings is too fitting for our present scenario not to seize this moment of exigence, “Slow Down”!

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May 04 2020

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Rank #9: Jordana: “Sway”

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When Jordana Nye’s church organist father first encouraged her to pursue music, he had no idea what he was about to unlock. Nye opted to play violin over the suggested piano before swapping out for a six-string, and now at just nineteen, Jordana‘s already built up quite the reputation with her mononymous bedroom pop project.

Jordana’s debut album Classical Notions of Happiness was first inspired in the wake of a high school friend’s suicide, fueled by the loss of youthful innocence and blind optimism and recorded between her home state Maryland, New York, and Nye’s new headquarters in Wichita, Kansas. With the addition of her three-piece backing band, Jordana opted to re-release Classical Notions of Happiness along with three new community-driven bookends that unwontedly but welcomely go way beyond what you’d expect from traditional bedroom pop. The redux edition of Classical Notions of Happiness came out last Friday so get your quarantined self in motion with one of the new ones, “Sway”!

Jack Anderson

Apr 02 2020

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Rank #10: The Kraken Quartet & Adobo: “Hold My Breath”

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There’ve been a lot of collaborative recipes for success in Austin over the years, but by far one of the most intriguing team ups in town is The Kraken Quartet & Adobo. Since forming in 2012 The Kraken Quartet has become an intense percussive and electronic beast and with the added technical expertise of Hikes/kellen/Monté guitarist-vocalist Nay Wilkins (billed in this iteration as “Adobo”), these five have landed themselves in a sea of sounds, somewhere between brooding indie, math rock, and avant garde fusion.

Adobo’s breathy falsetto and electric guitar prowess provide a perfect marinade for The Kraken Quartet’s already masterful sense of dynamic range and breakneck tempo and time signature changes, and you can hear them together across five new tracks on Backdrop out next Friday. But for today, in the midst of everything going on, have Adobo and the KQ put your mind at ease with the gorgeous “Hold My Breath”!

Jack Anderson

Mar 25 2020

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Rank #11: BluMoon: “Melt Away”

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How should I begin to describe, BluMoon, a musical trio from San Marcos? For starters, I would say alternative Jazz, but that’s not quite right. Their unique sound is a fusion of funk, jazz, & soul. Kendra Sells gives us chilling vocals with Andrew Harkey on bass and Isaac Pulido on drums. BluMoon’s 2019 release, Slow Burn, is a fluid album where the sound seems to melt into the next track. The group will bring their music to the Austin documentary series Fembeat’s Birthday Fundraiser, supporting Fembeat’s mission to provide a platform to different self-identifying women and non-binary folx. Good music and a good cause…it doesn’t get any better than that. To give you a taste of the good vibes Blumoon is going to provide let’s take a listen to your KUTX song of the day, “Melt Away.”

-Simone Puglia/KUTX Intern

Nov 09 2019

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Rank #12: Chill Russell: “Sound The Alarm” [PREMIERE]

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They only got started halfway through the last decade, but Austin alternative rock trio Chill Russell still sounds like they’d be perfect on a ’60s bill opening for Paul Revere & The Raiders and The Stooges, just as much as with ’90s-era Weezer and Pavement, and unsurprisingly alongside the contemporary styles of The Black Keys and The Strokes. The timelessness of Chill Russell has made the seasoned three-piece a must-see in their native Austin and beyond, thanks in no small part to their country-spanning tours and consistent official SXSW appearances.

And although Chill Russell’s accessible yet decidedly complex style has historically gone hand in hand with an indie DIY approach, they recently recruited producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith for their upcoming as-of-yet untitled EP. Just today Chill Russell announced that record through the release of its lead single, one that pulls a ’90s grunge sound out of the garage and will make you want to punch your personal klaxon. The single release show is 7PM tomorrow at Hotel Vegas with opener Scott Collins and you can get a sneak preview right now with the still-fresh “Sound The Alarm”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 05 2019

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Rank #13: Pure X: “Free My Heart”

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About a decade back, three Austinites unified under a mutual love of Americana, soul, and shoegaze, dubbing the project, “Pure Ecstasy”. Unfazed by name-changing legal ramifications, Pure X hit their stride with 2011’s Pleasure and completed the group as a now-quartet following the release of 2013’s Crawling Up The Stairs. Pure X has maintained their spirit of persistence even though the group split up after the release of Angel six years agohaving emerged once again with their new self-titled album.

Pure X features a dozen new tracks, two for each year they’ve been gone, that revisit the band’s hazy, Americana-leaning, pop-peppered mysticism and poignant emotionality. The record comes out in full tomorrow, and today you can gift yourself a modicum of liberation in quarantine with “Free My Heart”!

Jack Anderson

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Apr 30 2020

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Rank #14: Hamartia: “Stone Cold Stunner”

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What happens when you combine the bleak ’90s outlook of Pavement and Jeff Buckley with the proto-punk vigor of Television and…interestingly enough…the care-free candor of Steely Dan’s yacht rock? You end up with a timeless sense of melancholy, embodied by Austin art rock quartet Hamartia (not to be confused with the hardcore outfit of the same name), who walk the tightrope between shoegaze fragility and bold ’70s hedonism.

And while Hamartia’s noticeable influences are inseparable from their sound, the result is something decidedly unique and worth a few listens just to put your finger on it. Hamartia’s just kicked off their character arc earlier this month with a lead single all about finding the one for you as the years go on, “Stone Cold Stunner”!

Jack Anderson

Mar 26 2020

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Rank #15: Julia Jacklin: “Good Guy” (Live in Studio 1A)

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If you’re in the mood for some soothing, emotional indie out at ACL, look no further than Julia Jacklin. The Sydney singer put out her highly-acclaimed and deeply personal sophomore album Crushing earlier this year, and brought her narratives of heartbreak to Studio 1A not long after that.

Jacklin plays both Sundays on the Honda stage, and next Saturday at The Parish, so after you brave the Billie Eilish crowd for “Bad Guy”, stop by the same stage the next day for “Good Guy”.

Jack Anderson

Oct 02 2019

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Rank #16: Matthew McNeal: “Levity”

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To put it lightly, Forth Worth’s Matthew McNeal found success at a pivotal time in his life…

A month prior to the release of 2018’s Good Luck, the Studio 1A veteran made the heartbreaking decision to pull his father off life support, and although he soon met success on the road and in the media, McNeal would come to face more anguish in the months that followed. McNeal returned from tour with a set of new singles endowed with mourning and appreciation, but just as soon as he’d come back, he lost his house and most of his possessions to an electric fire. The subsequent near-fatal car accident and identity theft episode finally led McNeal to fill his glass again, this time with Good Grief.

Once again recorded and produced with the help of drummer Andre Black and Grammy-recipient Ted Young (whose credits can be found among The Rolling Stones and Kurt Vile), Matthew McNeal’s third album reflects the singer’s painful journey over the past two years across soul, alternative, and indie, disavowing genre constraints in favor of raw emotion. The thirty-five minutes on Good Grief is powerful to say the least, and although McNeal was slated to play at the Cactus Cafe later this month, in these gloomy days, we could all use a healthy serving of “Levity” right about now.

Jack Anderson

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Apr 03 2020

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Rank #17: Golf Lexapro: “Craigslist”

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Whether or not you take SSRIs or have an interest in carting around the green, if you like indie rock and guitar pop in the same serving, then you need a prescription for Golf Lexapro. Fronted by James Rainis on vocals, synth, and guitar, this Brooklyn four-piece may have all the standard accoutrements of your run-of-the-mill dive bar band, but Golf Lexapro’s kooky lyrics and erratic arrangements make the group stand out, though they still draw comparisons to indie icons like Pavement and The Strokes and current contemporaries such as Jay Som and DIIV. Golf Lexapro first gave us a dose of the goods with their 2017 eponymous EP, and today they share the four-song Washed, a record that explores the almost-inseparable role corporations has on humanity today.

Go ahead and self-medicate yourself into the weekend with Golf Lexapro and take a quick soak in Washed with “Craigslist”!

Jack Anderson

Feb 07 2020

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Rank #18: Jessie Clement: “Palace of Pride”

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There’s one mantra that resonates throughout Jessie Clement‘s songwriting more than any other: Don’t put a lid on your emotions.

After growing up in an adopted household and teaching herself piano, Clement quickly moved up to ukulele, then guitar, mandolin, and a bit of piano. On top of her multi-instrumental and vocal skills, Clement’s adoration of ’70s soft rock and ’50s R&B has played a key role in shaping her sound, one that blends those vintage tones with modern soul, jazz, and country.

Having just celebrated her twenty-first birthday and living on her own in Nashville, Jessie Clement’s is about to share her recent chronicles of maturation across ten new tracks. Clement’s sophomore album Slow Motion Philosophies is out on Valentine’s Day, and you can peep some of her exalted eccentricity with “Palace of Pride”!

Jack Anderson

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Feb 05 2020

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Washed Out: “Time to Walk Away”

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Ten years down the line in his career as Washed Out, keyboardist-vocalist Ernest Greene Jr. continues to champion an ever-evolving chillwave sound. The Atlanta-based auteur has been averaging at about one record every three to four years, rounding out this most recent cycle of creativity with Washed Out‘s fourth LP Purple Noon.

Purple Noon finds Greene sifting through familiar tides of indie funk fusion, dream pop, and hip-hop-influenced psychedelia with a sense of beach-read, market-ripe freshness throughout. Washed Out certainly won’t be getting diluted anytime soon, so top off your weekend with his Soundfounder interview, airing at 2PM today and again on Soundfounder’s Saturday night show at 1AM. And as you wade out of the work week, soak up some of the midday mauve on Purple Noon with one of its brightest highlights, “Time to Walk Away”!

Jack Anderson

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KUTX Live at Home: Washed Out – Shot, edited and mixed by Ernest Greene for KUTX July 2020
KUTX presents Washed Out from the home studio of Ernest Greene in Atlanta, GA to your home. Purple Moon, the fourth album from Washed Out, drops August 7, 2020 on Sub Pop Records. 
Set: “Face Up” “Time To Walk Away” “Hide”
Musicians: Ernest Greene: vocals, keys; Cameron Gardner; drums; Dylan Lee; bass

Aug 07 2020

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PR Newman: “Who Swept The Jungle?” [MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERE]

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It’s been a little over five years since singer-guitarist Spencer Garland was labeled a “Punk Rock Randy Newman” and began his stint at the front of Austin’s PR Newman. In the short time that’s passed, the group’s built up quite a following in Central Texas, thanks in no small part to Garland’s undeniable talent, lyrical candor, and overall mastery of the rock n roll genre.

Soon PR Newman just followed up their 2018 debut Turn Out with the sophomore LP Private Lives, self-recorded, produced and engineered by Garland himself and featuring fifteen previously-unheard originals. Making its appearance about a third way through the record is Private Lives’ second single, “Who Swept The Jungle?”, an examination of the relationship between idealism and the actual journey that goes into those pursuits and coinciding with a music video as well, co-directed by KUTX favorite Matthew Logan Vasquez.


Jack Anderson

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Aug 06 2020

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Nané: “Blue Velvet”

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We’ve been keeping a watchful eye on Nané since their debut single “Always On My Mind” earned a heavy rotation spot on our airwaves late last Fall (and deservedly so). The group was born on the UT campus back in 2016 when singer Daniel Sahad first linked up with guitarist Ian Green, and soon Nané was having no problems selling out venues like Stay Gold, mesmerizing thousand-person crowds, and opening for Black Pumas and Bob Schneider.

A full record has yet to be announced, but last Friday Nané shared their fifth single, featuring an ensemble cast of credits: production by Grammy-winner John Speice IV, mixing by Chris “Frenchie” Smith, mastering by Cacophony’s Erik Wofford, and engineering from Adrian Quesada. They’ve reclaimed a Roy Orbison title just for themselves for a confidence booster and a friendly reminder not to take everything so seriously accept the goofiness in life’s banality even down to your individual core on “Blue Velvet”!

Jack Anderson

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Aug 05 2020

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Josie Lockhart: “Like Lightning” [PREMIERE]

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Up to this point, Austin’s Aaron Miller is most easily recognized as one of three “frontmen” in the synth-pop trio Sphynx, who also moonlights as a wedding DJ. But especially with the way this year has been going, it shouldn’t come as too much a surprise that there’s a hard left turn coming.

Enter Josie Lockhart, Miller’s new solo endeavor that finds the experienced singer-guitarist stretching out past his comfort zone and into realms of indie rock, psychedelia, and Americana. For his upcoming debut, Josie Lockhart takes an otherworldly revisionist approach to the frontier myth of Manifest Destiny, providing an aural backdrop for Miller’s exploration of love, isolation, and grief across this new batch of originals. When this Josie comes home, he’ll treat you to What A Dream To Rise Awake From, but not before giving you a bit of dream pop petrichor mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), perfect for these unseasonably rainy days in the middle of a typically dry Texas summer, “Like Lightning”!

Jack Anderson

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Aug 04 2020

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Half Gringa: “Afraid of Horses” (feat. Gia Margaret)

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Born in Chicago to Venezuelan parents, multi-instrumentalist Isabel Olive has become inseparable from a bi-cultural experience. Olive’s moniker of Half Gringa certainly stays faithful to that identity with a crossroads of indie rock and Latinx, first heard on her self-produced 2017 record Gruñona.

At the tail end of this month Half Gringa drops her sophomore album, Force To Reckon, with a bolder sense of dynamics and an infectious balance between Olive’s vocals and instrumentation 0ver nine originals. Force to Reckon is out August 28th, preceded by its latest single featuring fellow Chicagoan Gia Margaret, “Afraid of Horses”!

Jack Anderson

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Aug 03 2020

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…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: “Into the Godless Void”

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Like many bands in 2020, …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead started off the year full of ambition and unfettered by the harsh realities that were soon to settle in. In January Trail of Dead hit two major milestones, not only their twenty-fifth year together as a group but also the release of their tenth full-length X: The Godless Void and Other Stories. They were dead set on a two-month international tour after the release of The Godless Void… until their venue opportunities dissipated in the wake of COVID-19.

But jumping to today, Trail of Dead is about to kick off the first of three live streams at 8pm tonight with proceeds from this initial concert going to one of twenty venues the band was slated to perform at, including Austin’s own Mohawk. They’ll be following it up on August 7th with a stream for the UK and EU, and wrapping up the series on August 14th with a performance at Mosaic Sound Collective, where Trail of Dead tracked X. So help a venue with a little love and treat yourself with the complimentary title track of sorts for Trail of Dead’s latest, “Into the Godless Void”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 31 2020

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Go Fever: “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”

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Between their self-degrading humor, biting sarcasm, and just plain uncouth nature, Acey Monaro’s lyrics have always been a perfect mate for Go Fever‘s musty and brazen sonics. Monaro founded the rock five-piece shortly after her move from Australia and has since brought a bit of the Aussie experience to the Live Music Capital with each new record.

This year Go Fever‘s set to follow up last Spring’s Daydream Hawker EP and their 2017 eponymous LP with both a new full-length album and an EP of special covers. We’re hoping for more unapologetically raunchy rock even with Monaro moving back to her native continent soon, and while the bars may still be closed, invite some Aussie-Kiwi pub energy into your living room and maybe even enjoy a pint over their rendition of “Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 30 2020

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Pat Keen: “Screens”

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While his background is decidedly within the bounds of experimental art rock, Minneapolis singer-multi-instrumentalist Pat Keen self-titled material is more reminiscent of Nick Drake or Joni Mitchell. For the past half decade his rustic, atmospheric, and ethereal manipulations of indie-folk-pop have steadily matured, culminating this year with the upcoming Cells Remain.

The twelve-track LP finds Keen digging deeper than he’s ever before, with a backbone of acknowledgement for what can’t be seen on the surface, hence the record’s title. Cells Remain was further shaped by Brian Joseph, who’s engineered everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Bon Iver and even Paul Simon, pretty much guaranteeing an objective quality. Cells Remain is out on August 21st and today Keen’s shared its fourth and final single, “Screens”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 29 2020

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Matt Puckett: “Insomnia” [PREMIERE]

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It’s crazy to think that it’s already been three years since Mother Falcon co-founder Matt Puckett left Austin and relocated to Brooklyn. Continuing his ongoing collaborations with children’s songwriter Tim Kubart, this Grammy winner’s gone on to provide original scores for indie films and webseries, as well as his own 2019 EP, Heartbreak Summer. But in this past year alone, rather than spending a season of uncertainty adrift in New York, Puckett kicked off 2020 with a three-day recording stint right here in his hometown.

This Is Ending is a hard left turn from Heartbreak Summer in terms of tone, production methods, and lyrical subject matter, with Puckett exploring loss, acceptance and gratitude across seven songs with the help of longtime friends in the backing band and behind the mixing board. This Is Ending drops August 28th, and today Matt Puckett’s kindly shared its lead single with us for a KUTX-clusive premiere, one that’ll keep you up at night with its catchy foundation, “Insomnia”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 28 2020

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Takuya Kuroda: “Change” (feat. Corey King)

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Originally from Kobe, Japan, trumpeter Takuya Kuroda has become a standout figure in New York’s bustling jazz scene. After an auspicious meeting with vocalist José James (who would go on to produce Blackmagic, No Beginning No End, and the 2014 Blue Note offering Rising Son), Kuroda’s prolific output quickly landed him a featured position in Akoya Afrobeat, and, thanks in no small part to his perceptiveness around hip-hop songwriting techniques, DJ Premier’s BADDER.

Takuya Kuroda’s kaleidoscope of influences continues to make itself apparent on his upcoming sixth album, Fly Moon Die Soon, harboring nine tracks that surf through the familiar sonics of Herbie Hancock, Donald Byrd, and The Ohio Players, as well as contemporaries like Thundercat, Robert Glasper, and Kamasi Washington. The announcement of Fly Moon Die Soon (out September 18th) came last Friday alongside its lead single and music video, featuring vocals from NYC-by-way-of-Houston songwriter Corey King, “Change”!

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Jul 27 2020

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Annabelle Chairlegs: “Outside”

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Having first steamed up with Tree Motel in Santa Fe, Lindsey Mackin moved to Austin about midway through the twenty-teens, and proceeded to round up a dedicated bunch of aural addicts with her psych-blues rock outfit Annabelle Chairlegs. For lovers of classic rock like myself, Annabelle Chairlegs has a little of everything; groovy late-’60s psychedelia that veers into acid-addled aggressive proto-punk, mid-’70s hard blues rock that equally serves both sides of the spectrum, and of course, Mackin’s timeless vocals.

Proving once again to harness the energy of Janis Joplin, Iggy & The Stooges, Spencer Davis Group, Led Zeppelin, MC5, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Jefferson Airplane all at once, Annabelle Chairlegs is set to release their sophomore LP Gotta Be In Love in just over a month. Its ten new tracks stay more than faithful to AC’s retro rock aesthetic and embody a youthful energy that’s sure to kick you clean off your rocker. Gotta Be In Love drops September 1st, and today Annabelle Chairlegs shared its second single and music video, “Outside”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 24 2020

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FlecHaus: “Betelgeuse”

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Singer Megan Flechaus kicked off her songwriting career at age fifteen and released her solo LP New back in 2014…but that was just the beginning. See, Megan moved to Austin shortly after gaining recognition based on the vigor of New and quickly formed her eponymous five-piece FlecHaus with a roster of musicians coming from diverse backgrounds.

Since then FlecHaus has accrued an admirable following and a few awards under their belt, thanks to the quintet’s smattering of indie, folk, soul, R&B, country, jazz, blues, and even a little bit of classical, all woven together with complex and infectious arrangements. Just last Friday FlecHaus shared a new single, one that ponders over the existential implications behind the star Betelgeuse and its potential supernova, and frankly…it’s out of this world.

Jack Anderson

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Jul 23 2020

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Komorebi: “Rebirth”

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New Delhi-based singer, pianist, composer and choir practitioner Taran Marwah has been rapidly ascending past her local scene over the past half decade. Adopting the Japanese term for “sunlight filtering through leaves”, Komorebi, as her musical moniker, Marwah’s been creating a seductive blend of electronic and traditional Indian instrumentation, resulting in tinges of trip hop that recall the likes of Portishead, Björk, and Massive Attack. Komorebi’s scored for major streaming networks, held down her fair share of festivals, and accrued plenty of acclaim, and yet Marwah’s still climbing.

Keep on the lookout for two new bi-lingual records from Komorebi within the next year and wash off the first half of this work week with her latest single and music video “Rebirth”!


Jack Anderson

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Jul 22 2020

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Raye Zaragoza: “The It Girl”

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Growing up Brown in the United States has become inseparable from L.A. songwriter Raye Zaragoza‘s sense of compassion and drive for social justice and equality. Zaragoza’s outspokenness was first heard on her appropriately-titled 2017 debut Fight For You and continues moving towards her upcoming sophomore LP, a record co-shaped by First Aid Kit and The Decemberists producer Tucker Martine.

Just yesterday Zaragoza shared a music video coinciding with her latest single, challenging the media for more diverse representation while chronicling Zaragoza’s own hurdles with love and acceptance, particularly with experiences of whitewashing as a skewed means of attaining normalcy, on “The It Girl”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 21 2020

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Brasstracks: “Missed Your Call” (feat. Col3trane)

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You might not have known at the time, but you’ve almost certainly heard Brasstracks on some of your favorite artists’ best songs. Brewed and centered in NYC, percussionist Conor Rayne and multi-instrumentalist Ivan Jackson have lent their talents to Khalid, Anderson .Paak, Wyclef Jean, Mark Ronson, and Chance the Rapper, whose song “No Problem” helped earn the drum/horn duo their first Grammy.

Brasstracks has spent much of 2020 hyping up their new album Golden Ticket (out August 21st) with a string of double singles that’ve enlisted an eclectic cast of collaborators, most recently flexing their collective embouchure on a rich bossa guitar groove featuring Londoner Col3trane and encouraging social action with an innovative music video, “Missed Your Call”!


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Jul 20 2020

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Nick Garza’s Get Along: “Muchacha” (feat. Augie Meyers & Los Texmaniacs) [PREMIERE]

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While cookouts and hayrides may be off the agenda for a while, one Austinite’s supplying a perfect outdoor soundtrack. As a co-founder of stomp-folk act Hello Wheels and an accomplished songwriter on his own accord, Nick Garza has always drawn inspiration from a myriad of musical traditions across the Lone Star State. But today Garza’s kicking off a whole new chapter of Tex-Mex eclecticism with his country outfit Nick Garza’s Get Along.

The Get Along finds Garza reuniting with Hello Wheels drummer Josh Halpern and bassist Gary Calhoun James for the upcoming debut full-length, Heartbreak and Enchiladas and for the record’s first entry, Nick Garza’s Get Along has enlisted the help of Texas Tornadoes and The Sir Douglas Quintet’s Augie Meyers on Vox organ as well as Grammy winners Max and Josh Baca from Los Texmaniacs on bajo sexto and accordion, respectively.

Fitting that this first offering from Heartbreak and Enchiladas comes on the final day you can enjoy the legendary enchi’s at Dart Bowl, so let this rustic roster get you in the mood for some Texas nostalgia with “Muchacha”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 17 2020

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Glasshealer: “Endless Hall”

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It’s been a recent rarity for artists to value production quality just as high as compositional creativity, at least compared to icons like The Beach Boys’s Brian Wilson or Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen. But what’s even more astonishing is when a full band of engineers takes the mixing and mastering out of a producer’s hand and into their own throughout the songwriting and recording process.

That’s the case with alt-indie electronic-experimenters Glasshealer, whose quartet of Austinites banded together in 2018 and released their first single just last fall. Emulating the likes of Sigur Ros, Radiohead, and Björk, Glasshealer continues to polish their already impressive and refined sound ahead of their debut EP, teased out today with another new track, “Endless Hall”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 16 2020

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Johnny Dioxide: “Red Turtle”

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Originally from Grayslake, Illinois, singer-guitarist Chase Risinger has been writing since the tender age of thirteen, when lyrical inspiration could be found in the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean. Fast forward to 2013 when Risinger loaded his truck up and moved to Austin, where he’s since found a footing with several bands, most notably with The Pendulum Hearts and with his own Ghost Rock Radio under the moniker Johnny Dioxide.

Dioxide’s latest came just today with a single and music video inspired by Toshio Suzuki’s film of the same name, and with a Reinhardt-reminiscent acoustic guitar solo to boot, this is a perfect opportunity to poke your head out of your shell and take a breath of fresh air (with your mask on, please) with “Red Turtle”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 15 2020

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Goldroom & Moontower: “Guess I’m Jaded”

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Between newfound fatherhood, a near fatal bodysurfing accident, and almost a full decade of electronic tracks, L.A. producer-singer Josh Legg AKA Goldroom is still shining strong. Following the 2017 incident and recovery that largely steered the bleak direction of Surface /\ Plunge, this longtime lover of the ocean is still in the process of creating his third album, but has recently teamed up with indie three-piece Moontower for a summer-ready French-house inspired club banger!

But…avoiding an obvious, poor taste “disco fever” joke, there haven’t been many clubs to fill. That said with quarantine still lingering, Goldroom & Moontower couldn’t have picked a better time to  declare that they’re over the social scene in general (even though the song was recorded just before social mandates). So embrace the anxiety and chaos and turn your living room into your own personal nightclub with “Guess I’m Jaded”!

Jack Anderson 

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Jul 14 2020

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Jank Sinatra: “Julius What’s His Name”

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Remember T Bird & The Breaks? I do, and personally I’ve been trying to fill the void with their absence in more recent years. But frontman Tim Crane hasn’t gone anywhere. No, instead he’s just launched his latest endeavor, one that drops you off somewhere between an arid desert, a smoky hotel lobby, and deep space.

Where Ol’ Blue Eyes invited you to come fly with him, Jank Sinatra invites you to saddle up on an intergalactic, high-contrast steed with their debut crane of compositions, RumbleJunk & TalkyPop, a funk-centric concept album that’ll turn your legs into jelly and your brain into putty. Crane joined KUTX’s Laurie Gallardo for an at-home session shortly before the release of RJ&TP, so be sure to check out those personal insights after your let loose on “Julius What’s His Name”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 13 2020

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By KUTX 98.9 - Dec 20 2019
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After reading the complaints about too many promos, we cut them by more than half. If you hear one at all, it’ll be at the beginning of a song only. KUTX is a public radio station so we do have to find ways to make what we do (play awesome music and support those artists) possible. Thanks for listening and supporting the Austin Music Experience. Enjoy the tunes!

Now just CRAP

By StiikyMonky - Aug 17 2019
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Used to be music. Now it's all ads. Worse than regular radio, cuz there the come every 2 or 3 minutes. If this is a "public" radio station make sure you don't send them any money.