Archives for September 2019

One, Two, Three

Quite simply, it’s an evening of beautiful music.

You’re in for a night of fantastic solo sets by three local artists tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. Carry Illinois front woman Lizzy Lehman shares the bill with songwriter Daisy O’Connor (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), and Pelvis Wrestley songwriter/vocalist Benjamin Rowe Violet.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Very recommended.

-Photo of Daisy O’Connor by Vinnie Fallico.

Texas Standard: September 30, 2019

In her most extensive remarks on impeachment yet, House speaker Nancy Pelosi tells Texans this is not about settling political scores. We’ll take a closer look at what she does think it’s about. Also, one of the most closely watched murder cases in recent history in Dallas enters its second week. We’ll have the latest on the case of the former Dallas police officer accused of shooting an unarmed man in his own apartment. Plus, Houston you may have a problem: a space company in Brownsville taking some mighty leaps past NASA in the space race. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Masego: “Big Girls”

Saxophone hip hop remixes. Soul vocals that’ll make you sweat. The sensual art of seduction. It’s all fair game when it comes to Kingston-born, Virginia-based vocalist Masego. His “TrapHouseJazz” sound has evolved from an early exposure to gospel, an eclectic record collection, and countless time spent mastering new instruments. Masego’s passion and flair has earned him regular touring spots alongside Leon Bridges, and he’ll be treating Texas to some extra heat when he plays the Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage 6PM both Saturdays at ACL.

Masego’s latest single “Big Girls” takes inspiration from the “Lizzo energy” he observed in Nairobi, and with the help of VanJess’ Ivana, he’s made a bangin’ genre-bender of body positivity.

Higher Ed: “We’re Not Machines” – Engaging Your Heart And Your Head In Learning

When strong feelings bubble up, your heart might win out over your head in deciding what happens next. But at times, a more thoughtful approach might prove ultimately more effective. In this episode of KUT’s podcast “Higher Ed,” Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT’s Jennifer Stayton discuss the tug-of-war between feeling and thinking.

Ed says he thinks higher education can play a role in teaching people how to navigate and process strong feelings so that those feelings can inform – but not derail – learning and major decision making.

“I think that especially on a college campus…it’s really important to allow people space for both that emotional reaction or that emotional response,” says Ed. “And then to encourage them to process and have something else come out of it.”

Ed is quick to clarify that feelings should not be shortchanged or discounted in learning and decision making. He says they actually play a vital role. But he emphasizes the importance of balancing those feelings with mindfulness and awareness.

“Our feelings and our emotions will generate all sorts of intuition; all sorts of creativity; all sorts of new insights; all sorts of new ideas. And then we can play off of them,” says Ed. “But the playing off them, and then what comes next, is all about when we start to think through them.”

What happens if that emotional response is not followed by thoughtful reflection?

“It’s like a car being stuck in the mud,” says Ed. “The wheels are just spinning and spinning and spinning, spewing up mud, but it’s not moving anywhere.”

Listen to the full episode to hear more about how to keep those wheels from just spinning in the mud without making progress, and to get the solution to last episode’s football puzzler (muddy field not required!).

This episode was recorded on Aug. 7, 2019.

After this episode was recorded, Dr. Ed Burger announced that he is leaving Southwestern University in January 2020 to become president and chief executive officer of St. David’s Foundation.

The Honorable Andrew Young (Ep. 43, 2019)

On this week’s edition of In Black America, John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with the Honorable Andrew Young, Civil Rights legend, former UN Ambassador, Congressman, and Mayor of Atlanta.  Young was a participant in The Summit on Race in America this Spring, at the University of Texas at Austin.

Years To Burn

You’ve likely heard your Austin Music Minute maven rave about this meeting of talented minds. Iron & Wine songwriter Sam Beam first collaborated with Calexico‘s John Convertino and Joey Burns on the 7-track EP In the Reins back in 2005, and it proved to be a perfect pairing of aesthetics. Fourteen years later, it’s apparent they continue to inspire each other on the beautiful arrangements of their latest release, Years to Burn.

Calexico and Iron & Wine perform tonight at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River. Doors open at 7 p.m., and special guest Natalie Prass opens the show, followed by a must-see aftershow performance by Little Mazarn on Stubb’s indoor stage at 10 p.m. Recommended.

-Photography by Piper Ferguson.

KUT Weekend – September 27, 2019

Efforts to boost youth voter turnout in 2020. Plus, Austin ISD changes its tone on school closures. And how did Lake Travis’ Sometimes Islands get their name? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Fantasma Espectacular

Hace calor esta noche. That’s because Grupo Fantasma is taking over the house tonight at the Mohawk, 912 Red River, on the outside stage. They share the bill with Brooklyn-based rhythm, funk and soul boogie dynamic duo Walk Talk, and local reggae/ska/rocksteady outfit Heart & Soul Sound System. Plus – local artists The Collection, Löwin, and Quiet Company front man/songwriter Taylor Muse perform on the inside stage.

Electrifying. Doors open at 8 p.m. Friday night done right. Recomendado.

-Photography by Juan Figueroa for KUTX.

Texas Standard: September 27, 2019

A changing of the guard in Texas? Talk amongst yourselves… As we come to you live from the site of the Texas Tribune Festival. It’s a special edition of the Texas Standard.

Broadcasting live from the main artery of Texas politics – Congress Avenue in Austin. Where for the next couple of days, politicians, politics watchers and everyday folks leading conversations on issues from immigration to homelessness, the environment, voting rights and a shifting political map in one of the fastest growing states in the union.


Not all meat dishes can inspire a poem. Brisket has no trouble.

The Maples: “Dirty” [PREMIERE]

Though they’re still in their sapling phase, The Maples are quickly sprouting up as one of Laredo’s most voracious young acts. After half a decade together, this trio still clings to roots in punk and indie while branching out with other elements of the rock spectrum, like alternative and grunge.

The Maples’ self-titled EP came out in 2017 and although we’ve only got a couple months left in the year, 2019 is shaping up to be a big one for this high-energy, low-sincerity three-piece. They’ve already put out three singles this year ahead of their debut full-length, and you can see them onstage at Barracuda on Sunday, October 13th. Enjoy more of The Maples this Fall and burrow into the trunk with a previously unheard single, “Dirty”!

Bring That Slow Burn

Seriously, here are all of the good things. KUTX September Artist of the Month Flora and Fawna‘s EP release performance is part of this fantastic line-up tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. Featuring all the fabulousness of:

-Dreamy dance/synthwave collaborative TC Superstar

-The glamorous “roséwave” electro-pop of Dossey

-Chill-tastic glitch-pop artistes Indoor Creature

-Electronic ethereal shoegaze duo Dream Data

Doors open at 9 p.m. Go for it. Recommended.

-Photo of Flora and Fawna by Gabriel C. Pérez for KUTX.

Texas Standard: September 26, 2019

A newly declassified complaint at the center of an historic hearing on Capitol Hill may test the question, is a cover up really worse than the crime? We’ll have a Texas perspective on the rising push toward impeachment. Also, after two major flood events more residents of the biggest city in Texas are asking, is Houston worth it? And an innovative program among women incarcerated in Texas to bring recidivism to zero. Plus, what the spectacular rise and fall of we work says about the state of the tech industry. All of that and then some today on the Texas Standard:

Sudan Archives: “Confessions”

From learning violin by ear in her childhood church, to experimenting with loop pedals as an adolescent, to discovering and incorporating ethnomusicology into her compositions, it’s been quite the journey for Brittney “Sudan” Parks A.K.A. Sudan Archives. Equally exotic and eloquent, organic and electronic, Sudan Archives’ combination of modern R&B, ’90s G-funk, and traditional North African styles has captivated listeners since she signed to Stones Throw and put out her eponymous debut in 2017.

And after just two years, Parks’ maturity, vulnerability, and confidence are all hitting a high note on her upcoming debut full-length, Athena, out November 1st. It’s fourteen divine songs imbued with exactly the wisdom and handicraft you’d expect from the title, so find your personal temple and devote to Athena with its lead single, “Confessions”!

Far Outness

Here’s one you won’t want to miss – and one of the reasons why your Austin Music Minute host is giving you a heads-up about this one a day early.

After making their debut with the EP Karaoke Superstar, Denton, TX psych-pop garage rockers Pearl Earl followed up with their badass self-titled LP, and it looks like more is on the way. They return to the ATX for a show tomorrow night at The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S. Congress, on another hoppin’ bill with fellow Denton psych/occult pop hoodlums (and “a production snob’s worst nightmare…,” in their own words) Acid Carousel, and Austin-based trio of warriors Nevil.

Magic is afoot, freaks. Doors open at 7 p.m. tomorrow. You need to see all three bands. Very recommended.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Texas Standard: September 25, 2019

Impeachment and the Tex factor: how might the politics of the Lone Star State play into a renewed push for charges against the president? It is analogous to the bringing of an indict by a grand jury. And now, the U.S. House speaker has given the green light to pursue impeachment. What is Texas’ role in all this? We’ll take a closer look. Also, a new plan to get food to rural kids during those summer months they’re out of school. Plus, a Politifact check of a claim regarding Beto O’Rourke’s promise to take away AR-15s. All that and then some today on the Texas Standard: