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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

48 Ratings
Average Ratings
27
8
5
3
5

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

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

Rank #1: 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 #2: The Harlem Gospel Travelers: “Am I Doing Enough”

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When a group of young musicians is knowledgeable and respectful enough of a certain craft, age is no measure of maturity. Take the four gentlemen in The Harlem Gospel Travelers, who despite the fact that the eldest is only twenty two, collectively possess decades worth of soul and gospel know-how. The performance discipline and classic gospel mindset embodied by these native New Yorkers has earned the Travelers some impressive guest appearances on their debut album, including drummer Aaron Frazer of Durand Jones & The Indications and Arctic Monkeys engineer Loren Humphrey.

At ten well-rounded  tracks, He’s On Time serves as an exceptional introduction to The Harlem Gospel Travelers, and you can hear the full thing now, starting off with a video recorded in the quartet’s home turf: “Am I Doing Enough”!

Jack Anderson

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Oct 15 2019

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Rank #3: G Flip: “Stupid”

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When G Flip, aka Georgia Flipo, put out her self-produced single “About Time”, she couldn’t imagine what would happen next. Overnight, she received recognition from Pitchfork, NPR, and Rolling Stone and had booked eight showcases at SXSW to start. The Melbourne based drummer, producer, and songwriter grew up and playing in the background in bands ranging from reggae to pop-rock but found a chance to create her own music after the bands she was playing with kept fizzling out. About Us, G Flip’s first album out August 30th came after two months spent holed up in her bedroom, chronicling the end of her relationship as it coincided with the rise of her music career.

On “Stupid” G Flip combines woozy indie-pop sensibilities and catchy lyrics to capture the self-sabotage that comes with the inevitable end of a relationship. Backed by her signature drum beats, G Flip is bringing a new, upbeat meaning to bedroom pop.

Claire Hardwick, KUTX Intern

Aug 03 2019

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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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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Rank #7: 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 #8: Robert Ellis: “Topo Chico” (Live in Studio 1A)

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If there’s one man who believes in the musical mythos of the Lone Star State, it’s Robert Ellis.

You can see Ellis coming from a mile away with his idiosyncratic white tux and bouquet of yellow roses but his knack for honky tonk-inspired songwriting and understanding of Texas culture will easily impress natives, transplants and Tex-pats alike. Around the same time he released Texas Piano ManRobert Ellis joined us in Studio 1A and he plays 7:15pm tomorrow night at The Bluebonnet Stage at Old Settler’s Music Festival. And in case you’re still not convinced of Robert Ellis as a beacon of Texas music, take a sip from his Studio 1A performance, and his love letter to one of our home state’s favorite refreshments, “Topo Chico”!

Jack Anderson

Apr 11 2019

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Rank #9: Madi Meeks: “Cigarette Rain”

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As the genre permeates through ever-changing trends, it becomes increasingly difficult to make yourself stand out in the world of pop music. But when you’re born and raised in the Live Music Capital and have been writing since your tweens, the diversity and maturity of folks like Madi Meeks shine through all the other corporate cookie cutter pop formulas. Last summer then-sixteen-year-old songwriter Madi Meeks put out her debut EP, For You, showcasing her deep and delicate, yet vigorous vocal style, eventually earning her a couple Austin Music Awards nominations.

Meeks’ passion has put her in the limelight once again, this time with an electronic-over-acoustic approach on her self-titled full-length, out today. Her gentle, moving pop goes live at the Madi Meeks release show 7PM tonight at Carousel Lounge, and you can take a quick break from the Friday work gauntlet with “Cigarette Rain”.

Jack Anderson

Sep 20 2019

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Rank #10: 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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Rank #11: Black Mountain: “Pretty Little Lazies”

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Though he was just a newborn during Woodstock and only got his driver’s license two years ago, the spirit of psychedelia, independence, and youthful rebellion has always been front and center for Stephen McBean and his rock outfit Black Mountain. The Vancouver quintet has been going hard since 2004 but in light of his newfound horsepower (in the form of a 1985 Dodge Destroyer fixer-upper), singer and guitarist McBean needed to push the group’s musical tachometer to its redline.

This fifty-going-on-sixteen scenario paved the way for Black Mountain’s fifth full-length, Destroyer, an album that puts you in McBean’s shotgun seat while he pops the clutch with heavy riffs and scratches paint off the labels “stoner rock” or “space rock” like the bumper stickers they are. Destroyer is out now and Black Mountain joins us at the Mohawk this Fall, so let’s ascend the peak with “Pretty Little Lazies”!

Jack Anderson

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Jun 05 2019

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Rank #12: Buffalo Hunt: “Apple Tree”

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The name “Stephanie Hunt” might not warrant an immediate reaction for some folks, but a cursory review over a couple of her associations lets you know right off the bat that she’s nobody to overlook. Screen junkies will certainly recognize Hunt from her time on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, Fox’s Glee, and her many appearances on several major network sitcoms and in indie films, but these impressive credits are continually eclipsed by Hunt’s longer-standing musical talents. After a violin-laden childhood and an adolescent interest in original songwriting, Hunt teamed up with Alex Maas and Christian Bland of Black Angels to form experimental psych-rock’s The Ghost Songs before moving on as one half of punk duo Nancy And Beth, alongside Megan Mullally.

Now engaged to Shakey Graves, Hunt has taken a respite from her busy L.A. production schedule to ease into her new solo psych project, Buffalo Hunt. Buffalo Hunt’s debut offering, Play the Fool, comes out next Summer, featuring collaborations with Shakey Graves and The Texas Gentleman and this Doug Sahm-inspired introductory single, “Apple Tree”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 18 2019

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Rank #13: 5-D: “Burger Cheese”

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When you’ve got an intense craving for creative writing, sometimes you have to take your lyrics to another dimension. Portland’s Russell Dizer Jr. (RuDi Devino) and Austin’s own Halston Brown (HBZ) have done just that in recent years with their boldest but far from first-ever collaboration, 5-D. Now both entering their second decade in the rap game, HBZ and RuDi initially crossed paths in 2010 shortly before co-founding five-piece hip-hop outfit SubKulture Patriots. In addition, RuDi’s lent his vocals to Retr0Grade and CAPYAC, while HBZ’s been heard alongside Sometimes A Legend and Sip Sip. And in light of some major maturation milestones (with HBZ entering fatherhood and RuDi quitting his day job to focus full-time on music) their uncouth camaraderie and aggressor-meets-slacker chemistry as 5-D continues to make for some infectious free-association tag-team rhyming schemes, heard once again on their third studio single.

5-D’s debut EP will be popping up on your radar in 2020 but you can stack up a combo of vigor, ferocity, seduction and humor right now with “Burger Cheese”!

Jack Anderson

Nov 14 2019

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Rank #14: 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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Rank #15: Jess Clinton: “The Runaway”

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As the daughter of a Hollywood actress and an L.A. film composer, Jess Clinton was exposed to the studio life earlier than most. Clinton’s undying love of creative expression led her to an affection for guitar, voice lessons, an art obsession, and bouts of secret songwriting. When she moved to NYU, Clinton’s fascination for folk, rock, musical narratives, theatrical vocals and Celtic music all collided and she’s set to bear it all on her upcoming album, Real Glass Heart.

This immensely intimate record gives off vibes similar to Lucius or PJ Harvey and while Real Glass Heart isn’t out until July, you can get a clear view of the Brooklyn songwriter’s energy with the LP’s penultimate track, “The Runaway“!

Jack Anderson

May 20 2019

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Rank #16: Pinky Pinky: “Do Me Dirty (Charlie)”

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Oddball trio Pinky Pinky first got a grip on the L.A. rock scene with their 2017 self-titled EP, and proved their dexterity once again on 2018’s Hot Tears. Now in year three together, Pinky Pinky has extended their garage rock digits even further on the debut full-length, Turkey Dinner.

At just under a dozen tracks, Turkey Dinner is stuffed with classic-sounding indie garage along with all the modern lyrical trimmings of anxiety, bliss, and passion. Pinky Pinky opens for The Nude Party this Thursday night at Antone’s, and to get a better fingerhold on the three-piece, here’s Turkey Dinner’s lead single, “Do Me Dirty (Charlie)”!

Jack Anderson

Aug 27 2019

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Rank #17: Primo: “Christmastime With You”

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As we step into the 2020s you may find yourself getting nostalgic over decades past, and if you’re in the mood to revisit an over-saturated VHS version of the late ’80s right here in Austin, look no further than Laura Lee Bishop, better known as Primo the Alien or simply Primo. Primo’s soaring vocals sound great over a number of styles, ranging from rock to electropop to synthwave, as always, entirely written and produced by Primo herself.

This Saturday at Swan Dive Gay.Do512 present’s Primo the Alien’s Holiday Extravaganza benefitting Out Youth so shake up a retro-futuristic snow globe with “Christmastime With You”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 19 2019

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Rank #18: PJ Morton: “READY”

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Through the past decade and a half of his career, New Orleans’ PJ Morton has shown some pretty colossal growth…and that’s putting it lightly. He’s been an ongoing keyboardist for Maroon 5 since 2010, has been taken on by Solange as her music director, and with ten Grammy nominations and a win for Best Traditional R&B Performance, Morton’s even got his own record label. You’ve seen Morton at the Super Bowl Half Time, The Tonight Show, NPR’s Tiny Desk, The Daily Show and sharing the stage with everyone from Stevie Wonder to Lil Wayne.

And while 2017’s Gumbo was originally slated to be PJ Morton’s solo career studio swan song, upon returning to his hometown he gained a fresh perspective on his identity and doubled down on what made him stand out in the first place: himself. With that, today marks the release of PJ Morton’s sixth full-length, Paul, a ten-track recorded in NOLA between sold out tour dates, and as the title suggests, this is one of purest offerings yet from PJ (who was born Paul Morton Jr.). Uplifting sounds of soul, jazz-fusion, R&B, funk, and pop make for a bold contrast against bleak societal observations and themes of struggle, injustice, oppression, and confrontation. Get started on Paul right now with the upbeat retro-inspired album opener, “READY”!

Jack Anderson

Aug 09 2019

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Surf Rock is Dead: “Diabolik”

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Reader discretion is respectfully advised for any hardcore Dick Dale (R.I.P.) fans, but rest assured, Surf Rock is Dead is just the name of the band.

Melbourne’s Joel Witenberg initially linked up with Chicago’s Kevin Pariso six years back, right around when they declared Brooklyn as their home base and sonically settled on a surreal ’80s reverbed-out version of post-punk and dream-pop. Following up their independently released EPs SRiD (2015) and We Have No Friends? (2017), these wave killers are planning on celebrating May Day with a fatalistic look back on loss on their debut full-length, Existential PlayboyExistential Playboy is out May 1st, and you can hang ten with these tidal reapers early with a melodic, shoegaze-influenced glimpse at how disorderly living situations can get in the Big Apple – “Diabolik”!

Jack Anderson

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Jan 17 2020

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The Saxophones: “Lamplighter”

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When you first come across the name of a certain Bay Area duo, you may have some understandable misassumptions. But despite their handle, The Saxophones actually only has one woodwind player in their roster (who typically prefers guitar or synthesizer), and tends to steer towards folk, dream pop, and surf over jazz, while steering clear of other “sax-centric” genres like funk and ska.

The title came half-jokingly from Alexi Erenkov, when he was still a despondent jazz student looking for better avenues of self-expression. Erenkov’s partner in marriage, parenthood, and songwriting soon joined as a percussionist and The Saxophones then began developing a Martin Denny-meets-Dave Brubeck-meets-Le Orme sound on their shared houseboat. Mixed by Devendra Banhart engineer Noah Georgeson, the two-piece’s upcoming sophomore album, Eternity Bay, is an analog double 8-track offering steeped in drama, romance, reflection, anxiety and overall maturity. Eternity Bay is out on March 6th, and you can soak up your reed with The Saxophones surf rock style with their latest – “Lamplighter”!

Jack Anderson

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Jan 16 2020

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Loose Buttons: “I Don’t Really Know” [PREMIERE]

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Picture this. You’re in an indie rock band in the Big Apple. One of countless. How the heck do you make your group stand out?

Well…while we don’t actually have a definitive answer for all you wannabe Interpols, Grizzly Bears, and Big Thiefs, what we can tell you is that the four members of Loose Buttons have steadily sewn themselves into the scene after regularly performing back in their early teens. Essences of mutual support, friendship, healing, and community have continued to fasten an overwhelmingly wholesome character to Loose Buttons, whose light-hearted garage rock sound tends to wander into realms of pop and new wave.

Following 2014’s Damage Gallery and the critically-acclaimed 2017 EP Sundays, Loose Buttons have teamed up with Strokes producer Gus Oberg for their first-ever full-length, Something BetterSomething Better comes February 7th, and today Loose Buttons submits to uncertainty with the premiere of “I Don’t Really Know”!

Jack Anderson

Jan 15 2020

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Laumė: “Spells (Oedipusi)”

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While Christchurch alt-pop quartet Yumi Zouma continues to release new material as recently as last month, you may have wondered, just what the heck happened to their frontwoman and co-founder Kim Pflaum? For a quick recap, Pflaum took a departure from YZ within their first year to pursue solo songwriting, and soon introduced the alias Madeira with her 2016 debut EP Bad Humors. In the three years since, Pflaum’s relocated from Auckland to London and adopted the much more idiosyncratic moniker, Laumė, alongside a treasure trove of voyeuristic lyrical observations.

French producer Rude Jude helped shape the baker’s dozen of new tracks on Laumė’s official premiere, Waterbirth, inviting in funk-pop sounds akin to ’80s icons like Sade and Kate Bush as well as the modern tones of contemporaries like Grimes. The crossroad of anti-social tendencies and FOMO-fueled pressures ripple throughout Waterbirth – out this Friday – and before you re-introduce yourself to Pflaum and the latest iteration of her talent, cast yourself to “Spells (Oedipusi)”!

Jack Anderson

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Jan 13 2020

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William Prince: “Always Have What We Had”

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For a young boy raised on the Peguis First Nation reserve, the prospect of opening for Neil Young one day probably didn’t seem all that attainable. But now that he’s grown up to become Juno-winning songwriter William Prince, who calls Winnipeg (the same place where Young first got started) his home, he’s been there; done that. Prince began contributing to folk rock outfit Indian City in 2012 before going solo on his award-reaping 2015 debut Earthly Days.

On Prince’s upcoming sophomore album, Reliever, he’s tapped into gospel, ’90s gangsta rap, outlaw country, and more to channel the realities of fatherhood, pointed ideals, and the emotions that dart between. Prince reunited with Nashville’s Dave Cobb and Winnipeg’s Scott Nolan to hone Reliever‘s masterful, folkish clarity, and before you reunite with Reliever on its February 7th release date, get a feel for the raw emotion on a yarn – about the importance of Prince’s former partner in his son’s life and vice versa – “Always Have What We Had”.

Jack Anderson

Jan 10 2020

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Lies Lies: “’90s Kid” [PREMIERE]

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It’s been less than a year since Austin “psychedelic jungle rock” trio Migrant Kids released We All Forget, and whether that title was merely fortuitous or intentionally foreboding, it’s become oddly prophetic. That’s because the three-piece has since emigrated from their former handle and taken a hairpin turn towards a completely different style under the name Lies Lies.

For their upcoming self-titled debut, Lies Lies called upon Grammy winner Paul Kolderie – who’s produced and mixed for the likes of Radiohead, Pixies, Hole, and The Cure – to help flesh out the group’s newfound ’90s grunge sound over ten original tracks, capturing the same authentic feel from that decade while incorporating previously-unheard tones fit for a drugged-up futuristic dystopia. Lies Lies is out January 31st and to help you channel your inner angsty millennial nostalgia, cut your jeans and scrape your knees on its lead single – “’90s Kid”!

Jack Anderson

Jan 09 2020

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Bad Ambassadors: “Up For You”

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Before ever meeting in person, singer Rich Jones had already carved a niche for himself in Chicago’s live music scene while Walkingshoe was producing when he could as respite from his corporate day life. When a requited appreciation for each other’s work emerged over some digital diplomacy, the possibility of working together was too much to pass up and Bad Ambassadors was born. Their eclectic excellency balances Jones’ longstanding lyrical themes of discomfort from rapid change with Walkingshoe’s genre-jumping formulas and they’ll be releasing Bad Ambassadors in just a couple days.

These six original tracks find the two wicked Windy City envoys negotiating between styles reminiscent of Citizen Cope, alt-rock, shoegaze, hip-hop, and electro-funk, so before you’re fully introduced to Bad Ambassadors on Friday, get a first taste from their self-titled debut with “Up For You”!

Jack Anderson

Jan 08 2020

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Field Music: “Money Is A Memory”

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Although we’ve recently passed the centennial anniversary for each major event in WWI, you can’t help but recognize the immense impact that the conflict and its subsequent resolutions have had on society and politics today. Sunderland indie art rock quintet Field Music has certainly taken notice, considering that the upcoming Making A New World is not only their first ever “true” concept album, but a thoughtful examination on WWI’s aftermath and effects leading through the 20th century to the present.

And while the five-piece has historically relied on fronting brothers David & Peter Brewis for the brunt of songwriting, going back to Field Music’s 2005 self-titled debut, the cohesiveness and fluidity of Making A New World necessitated the full band running through the record’s nineteen originals twice without stopping, giving the album’s already-heavy tones some extra performance weight. Making A New World is out this Friday but you can get started on your social studies homework early with its penultimate tune, one that looks back on the transition from reparations for bloody atrocities to run-of-the-mill modern bureaucracy, “Money Is A Memory”!

Jack Anderson

Jan 07 2020

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Natalie Shea: “Keep Me Waiting”

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Happy New Year! These inaugural weeks are always full of ambition and regardless of whether we’re actually gonna get our butts to the gym or not, we can still appreciate the rejuvenating energy in the air. In that vein, let’s start 2020 off with a quick look at New York’s Natalie Shea, who first made a name for herself as the lead vocalist of Austin rock outfit Schmillion while Shea and her bandmates were still in high school. It’d been seven years since Seven, Schmillion’s sophomore LP, and Shea had shied away from performing original material until she unexpectedly dropped her debut solo single at the tail end of 2019.

Co-written by Frankie Blue (who also performs guitar) this moody indie-leaning acoustic track makes for an earnest introduction to the internal maturity of this outward goofball, who’s already planning on more collaborations and releases in the near future. So while you keep Natalie Shea on your radar, you can continue to revisit her chops time and time again on “Keep Me Waiting”!

Jack Anderson

Jan 06 2020

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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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Primo: “Christmastime With You”

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As we step into the 2020s you may find yourself getting nostalgic over decades past, and if you’re in the mood to revisit an over-saturated VHS version of the late ’80s right here in Austin, look no further than Laura Lee Bishop, better known as Primo the Alien or simply Primo. Primo’s soaring vocals sound great over a number of styles, ranging from rock to electropop to synthwave, as always, entirely written and produced by Primo herself.

This Saturday at Swan Dive Gay.Do512 present’s Primo the Alien’s Holiday Extravaganza benefitting Out Youth so shake up a retro-futuristic snow globe with “Christmastime With You”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 19 2019

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Buffalo Hunt: “Apple Tree”

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The name “Stephanie Hunt” might not warrant an immediate reaction for some folks, but a cursory review over a couple of her associations lets you know right off the bat that she’s nobody to overlook. Screen junkies will certainly recognize Hunt from her time on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, Fox’s Glee, and her many appearances on several major network sitcoms and in indie films, but these impressive credits are continually eclipsed by Hunt’s longer-standing musical talents. After a violin-laden childhood and an adolescent interest in original songwriting, Hunt teamed up with Alex Maas and Christian Bland of Black Angels to form experimental psych-rock’s The Ghost Songs before moving on as one half of punk duo Nancy And Beth, alongside Megan Mullally.

Now engaged to Shakey Graves, Hunt has taken a respite from her busy L.A. production schedule to ease into her new solo psych project, Buffalo Hunt. Buffalo Hunt’s debut offering, Play the Fool, comes out next Summer, featuring collaborations with Shakey Graves and The Texas Gentleman and this Doug Sahm-inspired introductory single, “Apple Tree”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 18 2019

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Girl Ray: “Girl”

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Even when you’ve got solidified sound, you can hear something that resonates so strongly you have to follow suit and flip your own formulas. That’s absolutely the case for Poppy, Iris, and Sophie of North London, whose soft-rock outfit Girl Ray shifted towards R&B pop after hearing Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next”. It may be a fresh synth-y take on Girl Ray’s style but the tight-knit nature of this trio is instantly recognizable, with some thanks owed to Christine and the Queens engineer Ash Workman.

These changing tides are already embodied on Girl Ray’s appropriately and succinctly titled sophomore album Girl, and although the Winter grey is still out and about, you can slide into your own personal pseudo-summer with the record’s title track!

Jack Anderson

Dec 17 2019

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YATTE: “Time Wasted” [PREMIERE]

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Between the recent announcement of Yacht Rock Revue’s debut original album and the continued cult appreciation for the Yacht Rock web series, this retroactive label has not only become a household phrase, but indeed a set of ’70s-style sounds enjoying an unexpected but certainly not unwanted resurgence. On the local level, you may remember the Michael McDonald-esque synth player-producer-vocalist Alex Chod, who aside from his continued contributions to Midcentury, has recently rebranded his oceanic pop rock project Wonderbitch under the decidedly less uncouth name, YATTE (pronounced like an elegant, aquatic latte/”Yacht-Tay”).

With Chod still at the captain’s helm, YATTE revisits vibes made famous by the likes of Hall & Oates and Loggins and Messina, albeit with waves of modern production in a lavish, exotic sea of synth work. YATTE has just shared news of their debut full-length Shadow Work for a 2020 release, but moor your Monday with a pair of colored shades and some salt water breeze on the album opener and debut single, “Time Wasted”!

Jack Anderson

Dec 16 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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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.