Archives for December 2019

New Year’s The Other Style

Happy New Year’s Eve and happy last day of the decade!!! If you’re looking to make last-minute plans to ring in the new year in the thralls of live music, I’ve got you covered. Here are the Austin Music Minute’s New Years’ Eve Show recommendations!

Sacramento’s !!! headline the show at Empire Garage on Red River with Austin acts TC Superstar and Zettajoule opening the wall-to-wall dance party. Ghostland Observatory and Golden Dawn Archestra do up the Moody Theatre in an explosive way only they could pull off, lots of musicians channel their favorite musicians of the 1950’s with a night dedicated to the year 1959 at Hotel Vegas on East 6th, also East of 35 Horror Glam Diva Caleb DeCasper is putting on a jazz lounge act along with Groove Think, Urban Heat Island Effect and others at Dozen Street on 12th and Chicon, and just North of downtown at the good ol’ Hole in the Wall you can find Ladyfang, Megafauna, Darkbird, and Flora and Fauna.

-Taylor Wallace

Texas Standard: December 31, 2019

Immigration, elections, new laws, challenges to natural resources. What were the top stories in Texas during 2019? That’s our focus for this hour. On this New Years Eve, we’re refocusing the rear view mirror on the year that was. We’ll hear from Victoria DeFrancesco Soto of the LBJ School at UT-Austin, Brandon Rottinghaus of the University of Houston and Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News as we begin an exploration of the topics that shaped Texas over the past year.

New Year’s Eve KUTX Style

It’s the day before New Year’s Eve, and if you’re sure you want to go out, and you know you want to ring in the 2020’s KUTX-style, but haven’t quite figured out where this Austin Music Minute is here to help. Here’s a rundown of ALL the NYE shows being presented KUTX 98.9.

If you want to keep away from downtown, Radio Coffee and Beer off Ben White and Menchaca host an eclectic mix of sounds with the Deer, Middlespoon, and Bayonne’s Roger Sellers. Just outside of town, Carson Creek Ranch hosts a swanky gala with Grupo Fantasma and Superfónicos to raise money for the Nobelity Project’s work in Austin and Latin America. KUTX and Antone’s present A Night on Fire featuring Tameca Jones, Magna Carda, and Sam Houston and Blk Odyssey. And finally, Delta Spirit returns for their first show in four years, commanding the Mohawk stage and joined by PR Newman and Glass Grapes. And there ya have it; all your New Year’s Eve options for ringing in 2020 with KUTX.

-Taylor Wallace

Texas Standard: December 30, 2019

It’s time to take a look at what Texas’ political parties are planning for the year 2020. A sneak peek to their strategies today on the Standard.

With heavy hearts we bring you the latest on the shooting at a house of worship in White Settlement, Texas.

What if what was once a symbol of hatred could be transformed into a symbol of unity? The arts organization that tryign to do just that.

Some numbers at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice are not adding up. How did TDCJ so drastically reduce the number of attempted suicides?

And the poetry of a young Syrian boy. Today on the Texas Standard.

All Things Drake

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Joe Lovano

What does it mean to create a legacy? How do we hold at once the future and the present as we move through the world?

In this installment of Liner Notes with Rabbi and jazz historian Neil Blumofe, we learn about the life and career of jazz great Joe Lovano, who continues to collaborate and create while bringing the history of jazz into the 21st century.



Cheryl Grace (Ep. 4, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Cheryl Grace, Nielsen’s Senior Vice President of Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, and co-creator of the 2019 Diverse Intelligence Series Report on African Americans.

Moving Forests and Sour, Naked Buffalos. Wait, what?

Photo by: Juan Figueroa 

There’s always a good reason to go out and catch a show, and many-a-time a single show holds several reasons within itself. Tonight the good energy overload happens at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River. The Sour Notes celebrate the release of their new single “Gold,” self-proclaimed Mud-folk outfit Lord Buffalo awaken from hibernation, and the Naked Tungs and Royal Forest round out the bill leading up to the night’s headliner. Moving Panoramas return from the road for their last show of the year. All of the love goes down tonight at 8 at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Red River. Check out live videos from tonight’s line-up below!

-Taylor Wallace

Texas Standard: December 27, 2019

Oh, when a number tells a story and leads to an investigation. The Texas Education Agency says some numbers are not adding up, we’ll explore. Plus: “Red State Blues”. Sounds like a song but it’s a thorough analysis on how red are red state policies. And we’ll be talking to the directors of “Confession Killer” the docu-series that has Texas written all over it. Also the challenges aging parents face when caring for an adult child with mental illness… And let’s talk about power, geothermal power. All of these stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Latin Sounds in Far Out Places

Iffin ya haven’t heard, a new venue popped up in far South Austin this year. What used to be a small, hole-in-the-wall bar that served as the last stop for bikers on the way to San Antonio decades ago is now The Far Out Lounge: a sick, down-to-Earth bar and venue near South Congress and Slaughter Lane. Covert Curiosity Founder Lawrence Boone curates a variety of sounds down in this new South Austin haunt, and tonight the line-up is steeped in Latin sounds. Latin psych-rock band Los Alcos shares the stage with Nemegata, who bring their own blend of cumbia, psych, and desert blues. The night kicks off with a DJ set by Group Fantasma, Brownout, and Money Chicha founder Greg Gonzalez. The fun begins at 8 tonight at The Far Out Lounge in South Austin. Get a taste of what your soul and zapatos de baile are in for below!

-Taylor Wallace


Texas Standard: December 26, 2019

The most powerful factor in the Texas economy? Energy. This hour, we’ll explore how changes out west are affecting the entire landscape of the Lone Star State. They used to call it the fracking boom. New technologies that made it possible to extract more oil and gas from the ground. Texas’ Permian Basin has become the most productive patch of petroleum development in the U.S. leading some to suggest the endless cycle of boom and bust may be over. What happens in west Texas affects us all, so what’s next? That’s our focus in Untapped: a Special Edition of the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: December 25, 2019

From what was once the furthest frontier of the west, a mission to the furthest frontier of humankind. From Texas to the moon on this special edition of the Texas Standard. On July 20th 1969, the world held its breath as astronauts from the United States did something nearly unimaginable. But the pathway to the first moon landing ran through Texas and the marks of that journey left deep and lasting impressions the lunar surface and on the Lone Star State. On this Christmas day, we invite you to join us as we explore that Highway to the Moon: How Texas Paved the Way for Apollo:

Texas Standard: December 24, 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like 2019 all over again? On this Christmas eve, we’re telling some of our favorite stories from the year that was. From the Texas Capitol City, this hour we’ll be criss crossing the state. From deep west Texas, to the Rio Grande Valley, up and east to the Piney Woods. Along the way, hearing marching bands and matadors and contemplations of our sense of place. It’s a yuletide gathering of stories hand picked by the staff of the Standard. Grab a cup of hot something and pull up a chair for this special holiday edition of the Texas Standard:

Texas Standard: December 23, 2019

He calls it powered by people, but there’s one ex presidential contender clearly powering the group to prominence. What it could mean for Texas in 2020. Also, law enforcement warning that there’s a certain type of trafficking on the rise in the borderlands and its causing cacti to disappear. And why 2020 could turn into a banner year for renewable energy in Texas. Plus the story of some last minute angels helping out a short-handed Santa in some parts of of the Lone Star State. That and more today on the Texas Standard:

Glen Crawley (Ep. 3, 2020)

This week, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with Glen Crawley, co-owner, with Kenny Garth, of ATX Hello Tours, a rare African American-owned helicopter tour service, located in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin, Texas.

KUT Weekend – December 20, 2019

Religious groups step in to provide contraception as Planned Parenthood gets sidelined in Texas. Plus, how does Austin’s school district move forward after its equity officer called a school closure plan racist? And who started the tradition of residents stringing up hoards of lights on a stretch of 37th Street? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Texas Standard: December 20, 2019

The president promises 400 miles of border wall within the next year. But something’s in the way: miles and miles of private property. More today on the Texas Standard.
What were the takeaways for Texas in last night’s democratic presidential debate? And what might it mean for Texas’ lone remaining contender in that race?
also, as traffic backs up on Texas highways- are bigger roads better roads?
One of Texas’ most celebrated museums reconsiders Norman Rockwell. Plus, the week that was in Texas politics and more when the National News Show of Texas gets started.

Where Are Your Pants?

Some folks just don’t like pants — even in the dead of winter. This Typewriter Rodeo poem is inspired by them.