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Song of the Day – KUTX

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

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

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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

Latest release on Jan 17, 2020

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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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