August 27, 2020
Join KUTX as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Armadillo World Headquarters, the music venue that helped put Austin on the musical map. In this bonus episode, hear first-hand stories of some of the most memorable Armadillo shows: An unknown kid from Jersey named Bruce Springsteen plays for hours--and the show cost one dollar. Jerry Lee Lewis destroys the Armadillo's piano. Joan Armatrading shows the power of musical discovery. And Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart bring the "weird" to Austin.Listen
August 20, 2020
Join KUTX as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Armadillo World Headquarters, the music venue that helped put Austin on the musical map. In this bonus episode, hear how the Armadillo became the unlikely home for punk rock and new wave in Austin: Joe Ely blows away the Clash. The Ramones put their bodies on the line. The Runaways inspire an Austin musician to form one of the most popular bands of all time. Hardcore punk gets a Texas flavor. And the Armadillo crowd won't let the Police leave until they play their entire set--again.Listen
August 15, 2020
In August of 1970, a music venue opened on the corner of Barton Springs Road and South First in Austin, Texas. The building was an old National Guard armory—no air conditioning, no seating, just a giant cavernous space that frankly, was not well suited for music. Yet this local eyesore would go on to change the identity of Austin, culturally, politically, and artistically. Its reverberations would be felt far and wide, helping turn Austin into the Live Music Capital of the World. This is the story of how that happened. This is the story of the Armadillo World Headquarters. Join…Listen
Join KUTX as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic music venue. This podcast is an hour-long oral history covering the Armadillo’s musical legacy, from blues and the birth of cosmic country to the punk rock explosion. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews, rare recordings, and the insight of fans, staff members, musicians, and historians, this podcast is a community-led celebration of culture, space, and art. You’ll learn why 50 years later, the Armadillo World Headquarters is still a milestone for Austin’s past, present, and future.
Art Levy is a KUTX Senior Producer and lover of all things audio. Starting as a production intern in 2009 with Texas Music Matters, a weekly music journalism show, he has worked for over a decade to highlight Austin’s diverse music scene. He’s the producer of My KUTX, a popular weekly guest DJ program; Soundfounder, an electronic music show hosted by Andrew Brown; producer of KUTX’s imaging and sonic aesthetics; and a writer who’s covered the artistry of ambient music, music and meaning making during COVID, and more. At home, he’s an avid gardener, musician, collage artist, student of permaculture, and permanent day dreamer.