Archives for June 2013

Big Broadcast: New Beginnings

On this week’s edition of Texas Music Matters: new beginnings— from late bloomers to musical reintroductions.  With live performances by Slaid Cleaves and Bonnie Whitmore, long awaited new music by Okkervil River, summer songs from the Valley by The Vangoes, the story behind the forthcoming Youngbloods Festival, the week’s music news and lots of surprises.  Join us for Texas Music Matters.  Friday at noon and again Friday night at 11 on KUTX 98-9.



V&B: A Band Called Death

Before Bad Brains, the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, there was Death. Formed in 1971 by three teenage brothers in Detroit, Michigan, the African-American group is widely acknowledged as being one of the first punk bands. After years of struggling with canceled contracts, increasing debts, inner family tragedy, and a controversial name that barred them from future success, Death sold off their instruments and disbanded; their recordings lying dormant in an attic for decades.

After years of silence, Death’s moment finally arrived following unexpected demand from rabid internet fans and record collectors, which ushered renowned appreciation and a swarm of national media attention that has now secured their place in the annals of rock history. A captivating documentary in the vein of Searching For Sugar Man, A Band Called Death is equal parts electrifying rockumentary and epic family chronicle.
Listen back as KUT’s Rebecca McInroy hosts the musicians from the band, for an evening of vibrant conversation and great live music with Death!

Big Broadcast: Best of ’13 (So Far)

Each December, KUT’s music team gets together to come up with a list of the best albums of the year. But it occurred to us: why wait til December? Join us for what’s come to be a ‘start of the summer’ tradition–as Jeff McCord, Laurie Gallardo, Rick McNulty and Matt Reilly handpick the best albums of 2013 –so far.  (Just in time for holiday shopping!)  That’s on the next Texas Music Matters.  Hope you can join us: Friday at noon and 11 pm on KUTX 98.9, and Saturday at 11am on KUT 90.5.


KUTX’s Best Albums of ’13 (So Far)…

Jeff McCord’s Picks: 

Savages Silence Yourself 

The NationalTrouble Will Find Me

Iron and WineGhost on Ghost

Matt Reilly’s Picks: 

The Black Angels – Indigo Meadow 

Broncho – Can’t Get Past The Lips

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) – Thr!!!er 

Laurie Gallardo’s Picks: 

Natalia Clavier – Lumen 

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common

Aimee Bobruk – /ba:’brook/

Rick McNulty’s Picks: 

Toro Y MoiAnything in Return 

Lady Lady 

Gin WigmoreGravel & Wine


Big Broadcast: The Flipside

Recording a hit record is like catching lightning in a bottle – certain pop stars manage to do it over and over, but for the people we’re about to hear from – once was good enough. These are the stories of 8 Texas musician, each one immortalized by a single recording—never again to return to the hit parade. Join us for some unforgettable songs, and the long forgotten stories behind them as Texas Music Matters presents The Flipside—a special report in conjunction with Texas Monthly magazine. An hour at the crossroads of music and memory. Hope you can join us Friday at noon and 11 pm on KUTX 98.9, and Saturday at 11am on KUT 90.5.


Big Broadcast: Texas Garage Rock

Few musical movements can be said to have started with a specific event…and ended just as rapidly.  But during a brief period between The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and the ‘Summer of Love’, hundreds of kids picked up guitars and drumsticks across Texas and began making music that would reverberate for decades…though the songs themselves would be almost lost. Join us on the next Texas Music Matters, where we talk with veteran music journalist (and former Wild Seeds frontman) Michael Hall about the lost nuggets of Texas garage rock. Friday at noon and 11 pm on KUTX 98.9, and Saturday at 11am on KUT 90.5.