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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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We heard you!

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
Read more
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 Jul 03, 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: Black Belt Eagle Scout: “At The Party”

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When you combine an indigenous reservation upbringing with the modern tinges of Portland’s alternative grunge scene, you get Black Belt Eagle Scout. The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul first popped up on our radar with her intimate 2018 debut Mother of My Children and today Black Belt Eagle Scout returns with her highly-anticipated sophomore full-length, At the Party With My Brown Friends.

Where her first record dealt with feelings of loss and connecting to ones ancestors, At the Party With My Brown Friends explores loving relationships of all kinds, almost as a tribute to the most important people in Paul’s life. You can expect less guitar and more keys on this album, but with her delicate vocals and well-constructed lyrics, it’s peak BBES. Black Belt Eagle Scout joins us at the Barracuda this November and you can get your weekend started with the album opener and title track, “At The Party”!

Jack Anderson

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Aug 30 2019

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Rank #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: 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 #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #18: 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 #19: 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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Little Kid: “Losing”

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It’s an almost demeaning handle that’s pretty easy to brush off on face value, but Toronto four-piece Little Kid is anything but immature when it comes to their songwriting skills. Having started in 2011, Little Kid spent their twenty-teens carving out shoegaze-leaning soundscape relatively under the radar, although the talented quartet has already amassed their own loyal following and shared the stage with the likes of Car Seat Headrest within that timeframe.

Today Little Kid shares Transfiguration Highway, an exploration of life’s dynamics along the road between calm and chaos, fascinating and bleak, silent and deafening. And at just shy of a dozen tunes, Transfiguration Highway truly does transport you into band’s van along the way and engulf you into its meditation on movement. Check out the full stretch if you have time, and if not, at least soak up the Pavement vibes on “Losing”!


-Jack Anderson

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Jul 03 2020

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Thiago Nassif: “Plástico”

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The late-’00s/early-’10s multimedia art scene of Rio de Janeiro has stayed largely influential with many contemporary Brazilian musicians, but perhaps most of all for Thiago Nassif. Nassif’s interdisciplinary approach has escalated his already abstract creativity into a synesthetic experience, with original audio collages, sculptures, paintings, and architecture mirroring his complex musical palette.

The spirit of experimentation lives on in Thiago’s latest heady multilingual record, Mente, brushing broad strokes through bossa nova, funk, jazz, rock, and electronic styles over ten tracks. Mente is out tomorrow and to give you a sense of what you’re getting into, enjoy a taste of the wacky brilliance on one of the album’s centerpieces, “Plástico”.

-Jack Anderson

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Jul 02 2020

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The Holy Knives: “Always Gone” (Jamie Hince Remix)

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With Saharan dust making an unwelcome appearance here in the states, maybe we ought to turn to some psychedelic-minded downtempo desert-dwellers. Originally from NOLA and now calling San Antonio home, brothers Kody and Kyle Valentine provide a sharp escape from day-to-day monotony with their near-cultish cowboy presence as The Holy Knives.

A fresh set of tracks from The Holy Knives recently came in a four-track block with the impressive Always Gone EP and the pair continue to offer a new release each month. And as luck would have it, one half of chart-topping duo The Kills, Jamie Hince, took a stab at remixing the record’s title track and setting a prime example of taking something great and making it even better.

-Jack Anderson

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Jul 01 2020

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Datura: “Hotel Lobby”

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Faithful to her handle, singer Jess Pyrdsa AKA Datura is all about altering the vision of a traditional song narrative. Rather than take tried and true subjects like a breakup and describe them head on, Pyrdsa physiologically recreates her surroundings through careful doses of candid lyrics, delicate vocals, and dreamy, piano-driven arrangements.

Datura’s latest comes ahead of her upcoming debut album, due out later on in 2020 and comprised of years worth of emotional and musical development. You won’t need any jimsonweed to enjoy these first few chilling minutes of Datura, so kick back and let Pyrdsa be your torch song liaison on “Hotel Lobby”.


-Jack Anderson

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Jun 30 2020

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Bill Callahan: “Pigeons” [PREMIERE]

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It’s one hell of a bold move to name your unreleased album Gold Record, but if there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s one hundred percent Bill Callahan.

Callahan’s now a decade and a half into the eponymous portion of his songwriting career, but he unequivocally retains much of that enigmatic aura of his Smog days. Ever keen on experimentation and unwilling to let lower fidelities obscure his at-times bewildering lyrics, Bill Callahan’s eager to put his voice right inside your ear with this latest batch of recordings. Six of the ten new tracks were completed in single live takes with Matt Kinsey providing much of the guitar work, thus allowing Callahan to focus on his gargantuan, one-of-a-kind vocals.

True to its name, Callahan promises that each song on Gold Record will have a standalone feel, and the full thing comes out on September 4th. Bill was kind enough to toss us the keys to Gold Record‘s album opener for a test drive, so drop in and coo on this first listen to Gold Record‘s lead single, “Pigeons”!

-Jack Anderson

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Jun 29 2020

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Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy: “Floating”

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Today’s feature may be a first, in that you might decide on your dinner after reading this. That’s thanks to Austin-by-way-of-New Jersey group Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy has just launched their very own food service: The Soul House. Their mission of “catering to culture” was realized just this past Monday when they began the service, (offering fried chicken and waffles, sides and more for both individual and family meals) but they’ve already sold out of delivery pre-orders!

You can still pop on down to their Red River location at Stubb’s for pick up between 5 and 7pm and even if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll still be able to find something appetizing in Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy’s latest release, a genre wanderer that travels between classic R&B-soul, alternative rock, and even a little bit of hip-hop, “Floating”!

-Jack Anderson

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Jun 26 2020

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Jake Lloyd: “Crossroading” [prod. DSII]

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The week may be coming to a close but we’ve got one more Juneteenth release recap for you. And right out of the den let’s just go ahead and say that Austin’s Jake Lloyd is not just a “rapper”. Yes, he does employ hip-hop lyricism and R&B-style singing, but if you listen to the grooves he gravitates towards, you’ll realize that Lloyd’s dipping his paws into rock formulas and other multi-genre elements.

Last Friday, Lloyd’s lupine energy and lyrical lycanthropy made a bold appearance on his most recent EP, Lloyd Pack, highlighting a trilogy of tracks that migrate across three distinct styles. For the rock-minded folks, today’s Song of the Day might be a safe bet to start off on, “Crossroading”!

-Jack Anderson

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Jun 25 2020

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Swimming With Bears: “Do It”

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A quick glance at the name Swimming With Bears might suggest a rejected BBC documentary, but in reality this indie soul pop group finds themselves in the same aural animal kingdom as Tame Impala and Phoenix. Since 2016 they’ve been sharpening their claws and heading upstream with their own sound, with Joe Perry’s distinct vocals turning this already voracious beast into a full blown audio apex predator. SWB’s toured the world and was once invited to open for Weezer and Panic! At The Disco, but with quarantine still in effect, you can imagine these 2016 Black Fret nominees have been in deep hibernation.

With that in mind, last Friday Swimming With Bears shared a glimpse into their own respective caves with a brand new music video for “Do It”!


-Jack Anderson

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Jun 24 2020

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Third Root: “Did I? (Put Enough Work In)” [prod. El Dusty]

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Continuing our recap of socially relevant Juneteenth releases, today we’ve got one of the most conscious hip-hop acts the Lone Star State has to offer: Third Root. Composed of San Antonio educator/lyricists Charles “Easy Lee” Peters and Marco “Mexican StepGrandfather” Cervantes as well as internationally-renowned turntablist DJ Chicken George, Third Root may be a bit more academically-leaning than some of their central Texas counterparts, but they’ve never had an issue breaking issues down into a conversational vernacular to get the crowd moving.

Last Friday these Studio 1A veterans and frequent airwave guests shared their fourth full-length Passion of the Poets, marking yet another collaboration with producer Adrian Quesada and featuring guests like Bavu Blakes, Black Pumas, and Grupo Fantasma. The twelve-track album gives a newly refined studio energy to songs we’ve loved for years, especially the live show staple “Mexstep 4 President” (a campaign announcement that we’ll take any day now…). It’s an incredibly well-calculated balance between beats you just want to bang out all day and lyrics that’ll keep you thinking all night, a prime example of which comes from legendary producer El Dusty, “Did I? (Put Enough Work In)”.

-Jack Anderson

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Jun 23 2020

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Magna Carda: “Milez”

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Last week’s edition of New Music Friday was easily one for the history books. The combination of Bandcamp donating proceeds and artists strategizing for a powerful Juneteenth release culminated in an incredibly fruitful day for Austin music, so we’ll be spending most of this week recapping what you may have missed…starting with the big one!

The forty one-track mega-compilation Slack Capital 3: Slacking From Home Edition covers all genres, but harbors a consistent and passionate energy throughout its extended runtime. Better yet, all proceeds generated from album sales will go directly to Austin Justice Coalition, so find some of your new favorite tracks and dig into your pocket if you can. For starters, check out one of the record’s boldest centerpieces, commanded by the unbeatable hip-hop outfit Magna Carda, “Milez”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 22 2020

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Clarence James: “So Cold”

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There are a ton of amazing artists taking advantage of today’s duality as both Juneteenth and New Music Friday, but in the spirit of both the Austin Music Experience and musical discovery, let’s check out young up-and-comer Clarence James. Raised in the bucolic Texas town of Columbus, James’ early exposure to classical music quickly led him to jazz and at age sixteen he picked up the guitar, re-cast the chord progressions he’d grown found of, and even developed his own unique fingerpicking method.

Cut to age twenty, where Clarence James bridges the gap between his formative jazz, lo-fi hip-hop, and airy indie rock in an impressively cohesive manner to speak about his own varied experiences across the two short decades of his life thus far. And on that, today Clarence James has released his debut full-length Fucked Me Up exclusively on Bandcamp with all proceeds to be donated to Black Lives Matter and Austin Justice Coalition for a full week before hitting all digital streaming platforms.

It’s a monumental day and there’s a TON of great new music out, but be sure to give Clarence James some love on one of the boldest live-band offerings on Fucked Me Up, “So Cold”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 19 2020

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Malik: “Red”

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Having graduated Leander High School in just 2014, Brian Malik Baptiste didn’t skip a beat in pursuing his dreams of becoming a full-time producer. And after four short years, Baptsite had earned his first Grammy (deservingly so) for writing, arranging, and production contributions on “Better Off” from Ariana Grande’s Best Pop Vocal Album of the Year-winner Sweetener. With a more recent nomination as co-producer on Grande’s Thank U, Next and as an ongoing regular contact in J. Cole’s Dreamville rolodex, this native Austinite has just signed with major Kanye inspiration No I.D. as a solo artist.

Enigmatic briefcase in tow, Baptiste has just shared his solo debut single under the new moniker, strutting out confidently yet delicately over an unconventional 3/4 trap waltz. You’ll find even more vibrance on Malik’s ongoing exploration of color, be it in the abstract, societal, or literal connotation throughout Spectrum, starting with this iridescent single, “Red”

Jack Anderson

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Jun 18 2020

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Superfónicos: “El Adios”

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Any disciplined musician will say that you need to keep playing your instrument to keep your chops up, even when you don’t have any gigs or group practices around the corner. So imagine being part of an eight-piece specializing in crowd-pleasing Cumbia, where no one member can fully encapsulate that dynamic fervor alone. Enter Superfónicos, whose instrument list includes a three-piece horn section, traditional Latin auxiliary percussion, two guitarists and a bassist. They’re arguably one of the most invigorating acts to catch in Austin, transcending language, tempo, and key to get the people moving…and now they’re all cooped up – something that’s proven a huge obstacle to completing their debut album.

That said Superfónicos has managed to polish off the record’s first single, one that identifies with immigrants, their children, and the painful decision to leave a home country. And although not all listeners can relate due to a wide range of backgrounds and experiences, we can all appreciate the shared vicious cycle of isolation and anxiety, not to mention the production work from Spoon’s Jim Eno on “El Adios”.

Jack Anderson

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Jun 17 2020

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Butcher Brown: “#KingButch”

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As we unwrap the kraft paper on today’s act, let’s get one thing straight right away: Butcher Brown is a band not a person…and one hell of a band at that! Since 2015 Butcher Brown has made fine cuts into progressive jazz fusion, producing a charcuterie of hip-hop, funk, rock and soul, a sound that’s landed them opening spots for Kamasi Washington, a touring partnership with Lettuce, as well as KUTX heavy rotation folks like Natalie Prass, Foxygen, and Jack White.

Their Roy Ayers meets Mahavishnu Orchestra meets Ronnie Laws meets Bob James meets P-Funk and J Dilla sound can be enjoyed on any day, and while their live shows have been pushed back to the fall (at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club, no less) Butcher Brown has been keeping themselves sane with their #MothershipMonday series, a set of remotely recorded covers and a few outstanding originals. So ease off the pressure just a bit with this Southern hip-hop influenced self-referential bop, “King Butch”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 16 2020

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J Halp: “Divebomb”

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Personal tastes aside, there’s a high statistical probability that you’ve seen Josh Halpern perform if you’ve spent more than a few months in the Live Music Capital. On top of his ongoing partnership with Chase Weinacht for their now-decade old project Marmalakes, Halpern provides percussion for Hello Wheels, Still Corners, Teddy Glass, and Taft (just to name a few) and while drummers tend to get pushed to the back of the stage, Halpern’s cheerful, infectious energy always gives the fronting member(s) a run for their money.

Well they can stop shaking in their boots (or more, depending on how you look at it) because Halpern’s gone ahead and taken the frontman role for himself with his recently announced solo project J Halp. On Friday J Halp unfurled his debut single ahead of the Ahlen EP (out in late July), one whose psych-pop soul-R&B swing and levitating vocals make Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker sound like a calf, “Divebomb”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 15 2020

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asher gamedze: “siyabulela”

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In the midst of mass self-isolation, the notion of staying put and keeping static has become increasingly (and understandably) less appealing, especially as the COVID pandemic and mounting unrest both continue their respective, uncertain progress. So for drummer Asher Gamedze there’s never been a better time to encourage ongoing movement, both physically and figuratively.

But to do so, this Cape Town composer cooped himself up with four additional jazz players for two days straight while recording his debut double album, Dialectic Soul, over extended live, full band takes. Its message of truth, resistance, and external rhythm persists across the record’s six inventive arrangements, starting off strong with a nineteen-minute free-jazz-inspired reflection on colonialist violence, and releases on the pertinent holiday of Juneteenth. Before you explore the full meditation next Friday, take some deep breaths on Dialectic Soul‘s latest single, a memoriam of sorts that came out just yesterday, “siyabulela”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 11 2020

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Kydd Jones: “Goblin”

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In recent history, the Austin music scene has been not-so-reverently labeled as a “bubble” due to the disparity between internal support and relative external exposure, regardless of genre. But for rapper Kydd Jones, that idea of a bubble has already been burst.

Going back to the top of the past decade, Jones has leant his crate-digging ear for sultry vinyl samples and gung-ho lyrical delivery to artists across the country, and has gone full force with his vision on several full-lengths and easily over a dozen standalone singles. The most recent example of the latter came last weekend with an unapologetic look at the current climate, directly referring to George Floyd and his haunting final words over a melancholy, Madlib-esque self-produced backing track, “Goblin”.

Jack Anderson

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Jun 10 2020

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Pat G: “W.I.T.” [prod. Kris Keyz]

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Temple, Texas-raised singer-rapper Patrick Gamble AKA Pat G first popped up on the radar with two complete knockouts in 2018, and the following year both “Sometimes” as well as “Fight On” found themselves in a pivotal place on Gamble’s LP Whatever It Takes. Pat G’s gravitation towards bouncing, jazzy, and structurally complex beats has made Gamble an unmissable act for Austin hip-hop heads, highlighted by Gamble’s relentless onstage and in-studio energy, one that fully embodies his messages of spirituality, perseverance, and empowerment.

Yesterday Pat G dropped a video companion piece to Whatever It Takes’ acronymed title track (produced by Kris Keyz), putting him up in the pantheon of socially conscious contemporaries like Kendrick, Lupe, and Nas. So wish Gamble a happy birthday with a Spotify “follow” and a YouTube “like” on “W.I.T.”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 09 2020

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DWY: “Latchkey”

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Having only shared a small set of singles starting with 2018’s “Over U”, not too much is known about Miami-born London-raised singer DWY (pronounced “Dewey”) other than the undeniable fact that he’s got some killer R&B chops. DWY’s impassioned vocals and poignant lyrics sync up nicely with the aesthetic of predecessors like Wyclef Jean or Frank Ocean, all the while maintaining a unique sonic identity, thanks to DWY’s production and multi-instrumental talents.

The latest offering from DWY couldn’t have come at a better time, using his gliding vocals as an avenue for pertinent, social commentary inspired by the current climate of racial tensions worldwide. So make yourself at home with your new favorite artist on his powerful fifth single, “Latchkey”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 08 2020

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Scott Collins: “Sink”

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What started off a decade back with Suicide Pistols and Southbound Drive has since changed course almost entirely for Austin’s Scott Collins. The guitarist’s raw talent had already taken him on national tours and landed him major commercial spots as well as local awards, all before founding his very own Chicken Run Studios in 2015. Shortly afterwards, Collins formed his very own backing band and capitalized on his longstanding, fruitful friendship with Grammy-Nominee Chris “Frenchie” Smith to produce the 2018 EP Roadmaps. And while Roadmaps charted a path of raw alt-rock, his upcoming sophomore album headed north travels in a decidedly more polished manner.

True to its name, headed north experiments with tones near-polar opposite of his early work with Southbound Drive, and you’ll be able to check out the full thing at the very end of May. You’ll have to wait a bit longer to catch Collins in concert (literally, thanks to his signature “trust fall” stage gimmick) but today you can enjoy the second of five new tracks off headed north, “Sink”!

Jack Anderson

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May 19 2020

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We heard you!

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.