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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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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.

Good music too much talk

By PAK manza - May 07 2019
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The adds between all songs make it hard to listen to.

iTunes Ratings

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
25
8
5
3
5

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.

Good music too much talk

By PAK manza - May 07 2019
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The adds between all songs make it hard to listen to.

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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.

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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Hector Ward & The Big Time: “Whiskey Pants”

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When a band’s not only comfortable opening for Eric Burdon & The Animals, but also The Zombies, Christopher Cross, Gary Clark Jr., Ian McLagan and many, many more…they’ve gotta appeal to a lot of different tastes. Whether those tastes are for rock & roll, blues, country, funk, soul, or Latin, Austin octet Hector Ward & The Big Time channels a little bit of everything with expert precision. And after two decades of local musicianship, the eponymous frontman’s Afro-Cuban roots still manage to burst through The Big Time with exciting horn lines, guitar riffs that’ll make you sweat and Ward’s vocals roaring front and center.

Last week Hector Ward & The Big Time dropped their LP, Smile Into Life, and you can catch them tomorrow night at One-2-One Bar. But before you do, loosen up your legs and celebrate Thirsty Thursday with one of Smile Into Life‘s boldest offerings, “Whiskey Pants”!

Jack Anderson

Jun 27 2019

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Briston Maroney: “Caroline”

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For the first phase of his life, Briston Maroney bounced between Tennessee and Florida and couldn’t find permanent ground to plant himself. Now rooted in Nashville, the twenty-one year-old rock singer-songwriter has already come quite a way since the release of his 2017 debut EP Big Shot. This Friday Maroney releases his third record, Indiana, a four-song meditation on the dichotomy between adolescent aspirations and the realities of adulthood.

Maroney spends the next couple months on an international tour and joins us for both weekends of Austin City Limits Music Festival in October. Indiana is out in a few days and today you can tear into one of the record’s lead singles, “Caroline”!

Jack Anderson

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May 14 2019

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Allah-Las: “Raspberry Jam”

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Whatever opinions you may have about global warming, the first day of summer is almost here so get ready to ride some waves with the sun’s favorite genre: surf rock. And just in time for the heat, independent record label Mexican Summer has teamed up with outdoor brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply to create Self Discovery for Social Survival, a surreal audio-visual surf experience that pays tribute to classic surf cinema.

Commandeering the film’s integral various artist soundtrack is LA psych outfit Allah-Las, a four-piece best known for their analog production methods and driving love of ’60s counterculture. Allah-Las provided five instrumental tracks to this acid-soaked soundtrack so before you bask in the rays on its Friday release date, slather up the tanning oil and wax down the board with this well-preserved neo-retro tune, “Raspberry Jam”!

Jack Anderson

Jun 11 2019

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Caravan Palace: “Moonshine”

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Just over a decade since the release of their eponymous debut, France’s Caravan Palace continues to innovate and expand the electro-swing genre. They’re inspired by Django Reinhardt just as much as Daft Punk, so it shouldn’t surprise you that Caravan Palace offers more jazz syncopation than some of their French house contemporaries, and certainly more bump than you’d hear from the typical Paris café sound.

On Caravan Palace’s latest album, Chronologic, the group finds itself once again at a junction of classic big band elements and decidedly electronic-based production, this time adding bossa, soul, hip-hop and a handful of guest singers to their load. Chronologic came out at the tail end of August and Caravan Palace continues their North American tour with a sold out show 6:30pm this Sunday at the Mohawk. You’ll definitely be able to hear the fun from outside, and you can get yourself in that jazzy upbeat mood right now courtesy of “Moonshine”!

Jack Anderson

Oct 24 2019

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Eli Raybon: “Primitive Man”

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At twenty one Eli Raybon has already proved his commitment towards music over all else. He was on track to study computer science and mathematics in New York, but at the last minute Raybon had a change of heart, tapped into his childhood love of analog synthesizers, and dedicated himself to weird, retro-futuristic songwriting.

Nowadays Raybon gets to geek out as full time musical mad scientist in LA and soon we’ll hear his boldest offering yet, Supertoys. The ten-track sci-fi concept album fuses a nostalgic, surreal narrative with disco-born beats and ’80s-style avant-garde electronic tones and you can hear it all this Friday. So tap into Raybon’s brand of future funk and go back to the basics with “Primitive Man”!

Jack Anderson

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Jul 08 2019

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Chela: “Losing Belief”

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You might not recognize the name Chelsea Wheatley but if you’re an admirer of pop music’s dark alternative side, then her solo project Chela is right up your alley. The Australia-born, L.A.-based singer started playing clubs at fifteen and after just a few years, this young perfectionist has accrued millions of streams and worked alongside big names like Damian Lazarus and Passion Pit producer Chris Zane.

Today Chela announces a new EP with the release of her latest single and an infectiously bizarre music video, choreographed, written, produced and directed by the artist herself. The album is out this Fall and today you can put some more faith in Chela’s talents with “Losing Belief”!


Jack Anderson

Jun 26 2019

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Cate Le Bon: “The Light”

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For the dozen years she’s been on the road and in the studio, Welsh singer-guitarist Cate Le Bon has shared the stage with Velvet Underground’s John Cale, produced for Deerhunter, toured alongside Perfume Genius and St. Vincent, and earned praise from Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. These merits don’t come undeserved either, since Le Bon’s talents on acoustic and electric guitar, piano and vocals make for a captivating concoction of pop, rock and folk.

Le Bon sought a period of solitude for her fifth full-length, Reward, and that extensive, isolated writing process has shed more light on her private thoughts than any record so far. Reward is out on Friday, Le Bon is already up to her ankles in a multi-month international tour, and today you can illuminate what makes this songwriter phenomenal with the album’s third single, “The Light”!

Jack Anderson

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May 22 2019

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Carla Geneve: “Yesterday’s Clothes”

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Nineteen-year-old singer-guitarist Carla Geneve may have already solidified herself in the West Australian rock scene, but she’s eager to make her name known well beyond the Down Under. This young Perth power chord addict only got started in 2017 but by last year Geneve had already earned seven West Australian Music Award nominations, including wins for both Best Single and Best Rock Act.

Tomorrow Carla Geneve drops her self-titled six-song debut EP and to help iron out the details, check out a single that reckons with romantic internal strifes, “Yesterday’s Clothes“!

Jack Anderson

Jun 06 2019

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Superfónicos: “Tropidelico”

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Continuing the Austin tradition of large Latin ensembles, Superfónicos has been blowing us away since day one. You’d think from their controlled, masterful live shows that they’ve been playing together for decades, and yet their debut EP, Suelta, only came out last year. The group specializes in a saucy rendition of Cumbia-Funk with textures rooted in Africa, Colombia and Texas, and if you’re not shakin’ your rump by the end of the first song in a live set, there’s something seriously wrong with you.

Spoon’s Jim Eno recently produced a new 7-inch for Superfónicos, where both A-side and B-side pay tribute to the band’s primary influences. Cumbéalo/Tropidelico is out on Friday, the release show is Saturday at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, and today you can marinate in a free download of “Tropidelico”!

Jack Anderson

May 07 2019

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Dori Freeman: “That’s How I Feel”

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With nine years of guitar strumming and more than two decades of non-stop singing under her belt, Southwestern Virginia’s Dori Freeman brings a modern mind to traditional roots music. Freeman’s sound is swayed by all colors of Americana, with a calming vibrato that’s already proved to be the perfect mate to her candid, contemporary lyricism across her first two full-lengths.

Marking Freeman’s third collaboration with British folk-rocker Teddy Thompson, the next chapter in Freeman’s discography is Every Single Star. The record is out September 27th, but Dori Freeman’s shared a well-rounded Americana appetizer ahead of time, “That’s How I Feel”!

Jack Anderson

Aug 08 2019

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Drinker: “Model”

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If you’re parched for some calculated electronic psych-pop, the duo Drinker is just for you. New York producer Ariel Loh has joined forces with L.A. singer-songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn to create some of the slickest beats and synth arrangements 2019 has to offer. Last Friday Drinker’s debut full-length, Fragments, broke apart whatever expectations a first-time electronic music listener may have, proving that just because it’s heavy on electronics, it doesn’t have to be EDM.

Through nine tracks of coast-to-coast cool, hints of indie rock, and Mendelsohn’s waxing-and-waning vocals, pinning down Drinker’s sound on Fragments other than “really good” is almost a lost cause. For a complete look at Fragments, you can stream and download the full thing at your own leisure, and for today get a baseline with “Model”!

Jack Anderson

May 09 2019

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Dexter Story: “Gold” (featuring Sudan Archives)

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Composer. Music Director. Producer. Call him whatever you want but there’s no doubting the musical genius behind L.A.’s Dexter Story.

Between pursuing his Ph.D in African Studies & Ethnomusicology, participating in community outreach, producing albums and playing a management role for Snoop Dogg, Story somehow finds time for his own songwriting. Story’s brand new full-length, Bahir, picks up where his debut Wondem left off in Story’s personal exploration of African music. Based on Story’s time there, Bahir incorporates nearly a dozen different styles ranging from Ethio-groove to Somali soul and features an insane lineup of international talent.

You can hear Bahir in full now and if you want a look at one of those fresh features, enjoy a track vocally embossed by Sudan Archives, “Gold”!

Jack Anderson

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Mar 29 2019

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Tourist: “Bunny”

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To say that William Phillips is no stranger to electronic production would be a bit of an understatement. For nearly a decade, the Londoner has been sating his musical wanderlust under the name Tourist, averaging at at least one EP per year. And although Tourist has already shared the 10-song LP Everyday, Phillips isn’t planning on phoning it in for the rest of 2019.

Instead Tourist keeps the momentum rolling on two freshly issued singles, both of which appear on the upcoming album Wild, due out later this fall. For now dig into this composer-producer’s burrow of a discography and hop to it with one of the latest, “Bunny”!

Jack Anderson

Jul 24 2019

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Migrant Kids: “Follower”

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Detroit-born cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor have been playing together for a decade and a half and with the addition of Austin’s Bryan O’Flynn, they barrel along as Migrant Kids. This three-piece specializes in what they’ve dubbed “psychedelic jungle rock” and have been in constant pursuit of their musical dreams for the past six years. Between an opening tour spot for The Bright Light Social Hour and a handful of prestigious local awards, these aural emigrés are a key piece of the Austin Music Experience and they continue the saga with their next record, We All Forget, due out July 26th.

Keep your eyes peeled for Migrant Kids on Austin marquees and step in line for the upcoming album from Migrant Kids with the lead single, “Follower”!

Jack Anderson

May 16 2019

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Tomar and The FCs: “Innocence”

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Although Austin’s Tomar Williams has always felt right at home singing lead, he’s only fallen back into the frontman role in recent times. After raking up a road-bound reputation across the Chitlin Circuit with his family band, Williams resigned himself to hip hop production for a few years before returning to his soul singer roots through Tomar and The FCs.

Palpitations of funk, blues, and rock course through the quintet’s debut album Heart Attack, where tight arrangements and electrifying performances earned Tomar and The FCs the title of our January 2017 Artist of the Month. Winter wraps up with exciting news from Tomar and The FCs, who’ve promised even more nostalgic, emotive energy on their upcoming sophomore album Rise Above, due out February 1st. Catch these Studio 1A veterans this Friday and Saturday at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and again towards the end of the month for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar but before you do, let The FCs state their case with Rise Above‘s lead single, “Innocence”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 03 2019

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The Wood Brothers: “Cry Over Nothing”

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After a decade and a half of separate songwriting branches, bassist Chris Wood and guitarist Oliver Wood embraced their fraternal bond as The Wood Brothers. And in light of Chris’ interest in contemporary jazz juxtaposed against Oliver’s grasp on R&B, funk, and blues, these Boulder born brothers quickly found a middle ground of introspective Americana, transcendent folk, and soulful country on their 2006 debut album. Multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix completed the trio, who’s since gone on to release four live albums and six studio albums, including the 2018 Grammy-nominated One Drop of Truth.

The Wood Brothers are set to peel back the bark and show off some impressive growth rings on their upcoming eleven-track LP, Kingdom in My Mind, out January 24th. Catch The Wood Brothers 8PM tomorrow night at The Paramount and cross the drawbridge into Kingdom in My Mind with the record’s second single, “Cry Over Nothing”!

Jack Anderson

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Dec 04 2019

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Amber Mark: “What If”

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For any avid contemporary R&B fan (especially longtime KUTX listeners) the name Amber Mark should be pretty familiar. At age twenty three, Mark’s only in her third year of professionally releasing music, but she’s already proven herself as one of New York’s most elegant and masterful singers.

Over several singles and one EP, Mark channels the soaring feminine side of ’80s-era R&B-jazz-fusion, giving folks like Sade and Anita Baker a run for their money. Her sleek, contemporary-minded melodies have also become ripe for remixes internationally, and she just dropped two glossy new singles. Be sure to check out “Mixer” when you have a chance, and bundle up for the quiet storm right now with “What If”!

Jack Anderson

Jul 02 2019

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Peter Bjorn and John: “Saying Goodbye” [Music Video Premiere]

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In the two decades since their inception, Peter Bjorn and John have become a household name for indie rock, with their 2006 hit “Young Folks” heard daily on radio, TV and ringtones across the globe. The Swedish trio dropped their eighth full-length Darker Days late last year to critical acclaim and followed it up this February with their three-song EP EPBJ, the former considered a return to form for the group’s signature sound and the latter, a bold addition to band’s increasingly dynamic catalogue.

Peter Bjorn and John keep the momentum rolling with a sold out show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater on Friday, April 26th. And while the concert’s still a few weeks out, today we have a new treat from these folksy Swedes! Peter Bjorn and John gave KUTX an exclusive first look at their brand new music video, one that accompanies the dark, acoustic, reverb-laden final track from EPBJ. So without further ado, say hello to the brand new PB&J music video, “Saying Goodbye”!

Jack Anderson

Apr 03 2019

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Plastic Picnic: “September Second”

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The heat is climbing and the ants are hungry but if you’re still hankerin’ for an indulgent indie rock outing, it might be time for a Plastic Picnic. Although their members share ties to the Pacific Northwest, the New York setting of a separate-duo chance meeting established Brooklyn as Plastic Picnic’s home back in 2016. The rippling synth-guitar pop heard on Plastic Picnic’s self-titled debut has already earned their songs spots on Homeland and Shameless, and next Friday they’ll be exploring their second chapter of sound progression.

Plastic Picnic’s sophomore EP Vistalite takes a more reflective and naturalistic approach than previous releases, thanks in no small part to Father John Misty and Fleet Foxes Producer Trevor Spencer. Vistalite is warm, spirited, and organic and even though it’s not out for another week, you can still make like Yogi and unpack the basket with a confessional single that premiered today, “September Second”!

Jack Anderson

Jul 12 2019

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Foxtales: “Can’t Escape”

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Let’s face it. Break ups are tough. And sometimes they’re so tough that you can end up writing a couple hundred rough tracks about it…or, at least that’s the case with Austin’s Jonathan Fox, who’s just dumped a ton of creative energy into his new indie pop project Foxtales. After years playing with his eponymous Jonathan Fox Band, Fox’s overcoming of personal turmoil has turned out to be a perfect companion to his dance-friendly psych-centric tastes, further smoothed out by his impressive multi-instrumental talents and thorough understanding of genre formulas.

With the help of Studio 601 producers Eric Harrison and Michael Ingber, Foxtales has shared their debut four-song EP Crossfade alongside the promise of more tunes and tour dates in the near future. Crossfade‘s release show was last night at Stubb’s but you can still get your tail bushy with the solid groove on “Can’t Escape”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 13 2019

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Cowboy Diplomacy: “May Day”

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What do you get when you cross RHCP, Pearl Jam, a bit of Zeppelin and Cash, some James Brown and a pinch of Freddie King? Well, other than a potpourri of eclectic music, you end up with the blues-imbued southern alternative rock quartet Cowboy Diplomacy. These rustic-leaning rockers only dropped their debut single in 2017 but have already made a decidedly rugged mark on the Austin music scene.

Cowboy Diplomacy is about to release their first ever full-length Burn Down The Road, and before you mosey on down to Empire Control Room for the release show tomorrow night get that western wick lit with “May Day”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 12 2019

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Harry Edohoukwa: “Road to Damascus”

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If you’re a die hard fan of The Breaks then you’re also no stranger to the name Harry Edohoukwa…even if you still have trouble pronouncing it (“Eed-Oh-Kwah”, by the way). Born in Dallas to Nigerian parents, this first generation American was brought up on Caribbean sounds before falling in love with the outspoken lyricism of hip hop heavyweights like Frank Ocean, Kanye West, and Kid Cudi. Since then Edohoukwa’s overcome quite a few painful bumps in the road to become one of Austin rap’s most confident and expressive stage steppers.

And though Harry’s already on top of his game, today he’s finally shared his debut full-length, Fire on the Mountain, marking an ascension to the mainstream with meshes of reggae and alternative rock entering the mix on this earnest, introspective offering. Fire on the Mountain‘s release show kicks off 9PM this Saturday at Cloud Tree Studios, where Edohoukwa plans on playing the full album top to bottom. But before you check out this recent Studio 1A guest live, lace up your boots with “Road to Damascus”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 11 2019

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Wajatta: “Don’t Let Get You Down”

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You’ve seen Reggie Watts on The Late Late Show with James Corden and heard John Tejada remix and produce acts from across the globe, but you may not’ve known that the two have been collaborating under the portmanteau Wajatta. And while a comedian/beat-boxer/live loop singer might not be the most likely complement to a melodic DJ/composer/producer, in addition to both being Americans born in German-speaking countries, Tejada and Watts also have a shared, burning passion for retro-inspired urban electronic music.

The duo’s back-and-forth, in-person, and never-remote approach to working together has lent itself to Wajatta’s unified style (in light of Watts’ and Tejada’s outspoken individual personalities), and in the wake of their debut Casual High Technology, these two are set to return on the upcoming LP Don’t Let Get You Down. The eleven pulsating, pop-influenced tracks on Don’t Let Get You Down are going to make for a perfect wrap up on the winter blues when it drops in late February, but let’s get the fun started right now with the record’s title track!

Jack Anderson

Dec 10 2019

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Niia: “Whatever You Got”

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Pain is all part of the human condition, and if there’s one artist in Los Angeles who can appreciate the beauty in that, it’s Niia. Niia’s got a strong foundation in both the traditional Italian and classical jazz vocal styles and with the help of Rhye producer and frequent collaborator Robin Hannibal, she brings it all together on trickling, groove-heavy trip-hop that’s not without its own ’80s R&B/Quiet Storm influences.

Niia’s just announced her sophomore album II: La Bella Vita for the appropriate release date of Valentine’s Day, so before you soak up this baker’s dozen of Sade-esque songs, be sure to enjoy “Whatever You Got”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 09 2019

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Pedro Kastelijns: “Luzi 3”

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Brazilian-born songwriter Pedro Kastelijns got started at fifteen as a means of coping with the weight of the world he began feeling in his childhood and he’s since stepped into his role as an artist and taken advantage of the opportunities provided by the universe for him and his music to shine. He was involved heavily in the local and intimate music scene of Goiânia and just yesterday Kastelijns released his first internationally distributed album, Som das Luzis (“Sound of Lights”). Get lost in the good vibes on  Som das Luzis, with the album opener, “Luzi 3”!

Simone Puglia

Dec 07 2019

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CoCo Zandi: “Angel” [PREMIERE]

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While Wild Child‘s Kelsey Wilson has been embracing a solo soul singer persona as Sir Woman, you can’t overlook the equal and opposite path that her historic songwriting partner Alexander Beggins has begun as CoCo Zandi. CoCo Zandi reinvigorates the sounds of Martin Denny with a modern take on the ’50s exotica genre, rounded out with Beggins’ trademark baritone ukulele, charming vocal charisma, and his newly recruited trio of backup singers, The Coquettes.

As suggested by its title, CoCo Zandi’s upcoming debut LP As Simple As a Dream is the perfect backdrop for a breezy beach-bound day trip and a piña colada in the shade. With Walker Lukens in the producer’s chair and Spoon’s Jim Eno behind the mixing and mastering, As Simple As a Dream is an absolute knockout of Austin talent. You’ll be able to soak up all the love in 2020, but be sure to lather up first with this previously unheard single, “Angel”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 06 2019

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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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Cheo: “Todo El Día En la Cama”

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A full generation back, José Luis “Cheo” Pardo had already begun building a name for himself as founding guitarist for Venezuelan disco-funk acid-jazz fusers Los Amigos Invisibles, but upon his departure in 2014, his solo potential as Cheo became readily apparent. Cheo’s transparent talent on the six-string isn’t much of a crutch, though, since he’s also comfortable in the producer’s chair, as evidenced by his ever-growing remix repertoire.

This Latin Grammy winner just announced his feature-filled full-length Sorpresa for a 2020 release with its laid back, bossa nova-fueled lead single, “Todo El Día En la Cama”. And honestly, after those terse, politically divisive family conversations, and a cornucopia’s worth of turkey, stuffing and gravy in your belly, what better way to put a cap on Thanksgiving than by staying in bed all day?

Jack Anderson

Dec 04 2019

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The Wood Brothers: “Cry Over Nothing”

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After a decade and a half of separate songwriting branches, bassist Chris Wood and guitarist Oliver Wood embraced their fraternal bond as The Wood Brothers. And in light of Chris’ interest in contemporary jazz juxtaposed against Oliver’s grasp on R&B, funk, and blues, these Boulder born brothers quickly found a middle ground of introspective Americana, transcendent folk, and soulful country on their 2006 debut album. Multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix completed the trio, who’s since gone on to release four live albums and six studio albums, including the 2018 Grammy-nominated One Drop of Truth.

The Wood Brothers are set to peel back the bark and show off some impressive growth rings on their upcoming eleven-track LP, Kingdom in My Mind, out January 24th. Catch The Wood Brothers 8PM tomorrow night at The Paramount and cross the drawbridge into Kingdom in My Mind with the record’s second single, “Cry Over Nothing”!

Jack Anderson

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Dec 04 2019

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Tomar and The FCs: “Innocence”

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Although Austin’s Tomar Williams has always felt right at home singing lead, he’s only fallen back into the frontman role in recent times. After raking up a road-bound reputation across the Chitlin Circuit with his family band, Williams resigned himself to hip hop production for a few years before returning to his soul singer roots through Tomar and The FCs.

Palpitations of funk, blues, and rock course through the quintet’s debut album Heart Attack, where tight arrangements and electrifying performances earned Tomar and The FCs the title of our January 2017 Artist of the Month. Winter wraps up with exciting news from Tomar and The FCs, who’ve promised even more nostalgic, emotive energy on their upcoming sophomore album Rise Above, due out February 1st. Catch these Studio 1A veterans this Friday and Saturday at C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and again towards the end of the month for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar but before you do, let The FCs state their case with Rise Above‘s lead single, “Innocence”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 03 2019

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BOII: “Footwork” [PREMIERE]

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For London singer Adam Welsh and Brooklyn producer Joshua Hoisington, a few thousand miles wasn’t about to get in the way of working together. The duo met in New York’s live theatre community just last year and, in light of obvious geographical obstacles, quickly became remote collaborators under the name BOII. And even though they’re trading recordings over email, Hoisington’s grasp on alt-pop, folk-tronica and deep house continues to provide the perfect foundation for Welsh’s mentally explorative lyrics and vocals, already heard on BOII’s first two singles from 2018.

Today BOII announces their debut EP for a Spring 2020 release alongside their sole track of the past year, and it’s one hell of a sentimental banger on a bittersweet beat: “Footwork”!

Jack Anderson

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Dec 03 2019

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Sir Woman: “Speak”

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You’ve seen and heard Kelsey Wilson at the front of her folk group Wild Child and as a major voice in the Adrian Quesada-coordinated supergroup Glorietta, but over the course of 2019 she’s begun to shift her focus towards becoming a new authority in soul singing with her project Sir Woman. Wilson’s inherently kind character is still there, albeit obscured through an air of intense passion and insane control over vocal dynamics, placing this Studio 1A veteran amongst jazz royalty like Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Amy Winehouse.

As Wilson has revealed more and more about Sir Woman, she continues to melt hearts and fill venues with her robust singing, which you’ll be able to hear in the comfort of your home on her debut full-length Party City, out next year. Sir Woman plays at Palmer Events Center at the tail end of next month for the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and just dropped an infectious electronic R&B-style single ahead of Party City, “Speak”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 27 2019

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Slow Farm: “All I Need”

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You might not know much about Slow Farm, but honestly, at this point in time…nobody really does. You may however be familiar with local producer Chris “Chron” McDowell (of Solar Shield, 5-D, etc.), who, despite his knack for minimalist, boom-bap-style hip-hop beats, has a great ear for country. Thus with this new Austinite quartet, we’re introduced to a pasture of bright and folksy Americana-inspired sounds, featuring a balanced blend of acoustic and electric and favoring rhythm strings over a traditional drummer.

Today Slow Farm has corralled their first herd of tunes into their debut album, Better Luck, and although their plans for a release show in town are still in the works, you can listen to the whole dang thang right now, and add “All I Need” to your personal country compilations!

Jack Anderson

Nov 26 2019

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Clarence James: “So Cold”

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Although he’s a relatively new name to the Austin music scene, vocalist Clarence James has a lot going for him. James only began playing live sets in 2019 but in that short time he’s already accrued the confidence of a major label icon.

This young up-and-comer will sweep you off your feet with his mature sense of lyricism and stunning vocal techniques, heard most recently on a single released just last Friday, “So Cold”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 25 2019

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Hikes: “Been Thinkin'”

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Now wrapping up their first decade of intensive collaboration, Austin quartet Hikes has ventured into the realm of near undefinable. While “felt rock” was a placeholder label in the early years, dynamic elements of math rock, indie, folk, punk, pop, metal, shoegaze, and experimental are all on the table for these performance perfectionists, who are never fully comfortable with any tempo, rhythm, key, or time signature. In short, Hikes fittingly makes music that moves, and when you’re in a crowd of 100+ longtime fans, it really moves.

Hikes hasn’t been without their own personal hardships though, and a shared sense of compassion earned over past couple years of internal turmoil has fueled their latest LP, Mahal Kita. Featuring the return of Mother Falcon co-founder Claire Puckett to the original lineup and taking its name from the Tagalog translation of “I love you”, the nine tracks on Mahal Kita will make you fall for Hikes all over again. They’ll be playing tonight at the Barracuda alongside Mary Bryce and Black Belt Eagle Scout, but be sure to listen through Mahal Kita, starting off with the Puckett-penned album opener, “Been Thinkin'”!

Hikes celebrate the release of their new album with a party and show at Barracuda on January 17th with Christelle Bofale and The Kraken Quartet!

Jack Anderson

Nov 22 2019

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Confidence Man: “Does It Make You Feel Good?”

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There’s a certain paradoxical quality to dance pop, equally nostalgic and futuristic, physically demanding yet emotionally uplifting, and at times just as intensive on visuals as it is on the music. And with Janet Planet and Sugar Bones at the helm, Melbourne-based four-piece Confidence Man ticks all those boxes and more, to the point that that they’ve recently landed a touring spot alongside synthpop legends New Order.

You can submit to the group’s cult of seductive, house-inspired sonics in full with 2018’s Confident Music for Confident People, and or get started off with the indulgent four-to-the-floor club banger that just came out last Friday, “Does It Make You Feel Good?”

Jack Anderson

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Nov 21 2019

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Mike Kiddoo: “What If” [PREMIERE]

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For nearly ten years he was a die-hard shock rocker, but in the past year alone Austin’s Mike Kiddoo has decidedly changed his tune. And although Kiddoo’s now on the soul-pop-rock tip, his bohemian yet boisterous demeanor is still just as engaging as before. Kiddoo debuted the metamorphoses back in June and has been steadily sharing singles across the summer and fall, continuing today with his latest.

Next week you’ll be able to add the new single’s music video to your Thanksgiving cornucopia, tomorrow night you can see Kiddoo and his backing three-piece at Cheer Up Charlie’s, and today you can kick back to some funked up, electrified lite rock with the just released, “What If”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 20 2019

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Berhana: “Lucky Strike”

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Born in Atlanta to Ethiopian parents, Amain Berhane grew up on Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Sam Cooke, and Stevie Wonder, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that his project Berhana is fueled by R&B, funk, and soul. In the time since his eponymous 2016 EP, Berhana’s relocated to NYC, played at a number of high-level festivals, and has had his music featured in the hit show Atlanta.

Now backed by a live four-piece, Berhana shared his intimate debut full-length HAN in mid-October and kicks off a national tour in his hometown just before Thanksgiving. Berhana was set to play The Parish this Friday, but even though he had to cancel the initial Texas leg of the HAN tour, we’re still jazzed about his new stuff in the Lone Star State. Just try and resist from boogieing your way through HAN‘s fourteen funkadelic tunes, especially the album’s hard-hitting midpoint, “Lucky Strike”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 19 2019

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Graham Reynolds: “Highway 67”

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For those that haven’t spent a lot of time in the Live Music Capital, it may be tricky to get a quick grasp on all of the accomplishments accrued by Graham Reynolds. Well, without going too much into it, this composer-bandleader-improviser has lent his music to radio, television, film, and theatre, including soundtrack work for Richard Linklater and Netflix. Reynolds has collaborated with a ton of major Austin players over the years, all without losing his own voice or passion for multimedia disciplines.

This Friday Graham Reynolds shares an ode to one of his all time favorite towns, MARFA: A Country & Western Big Band Suite, and at just shy of a dozen purely instrumental songs, its inherently Texas tone stays unadulterated by lyrics. The result is one of the best cruising albums to ever grace the Lone Star State, and before you catch the MARFA release show 8PM this Saturday at The Highball, adapt back to the workweek with some classic Western swing, “Highway 67”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 18 2019

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