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January 6, 2023

Barb: “Liar”

By: Jack Anderson

We hint quite a bit about the significance of risky pivots. Of course, as casual listener-observers, we usually only see the success stories, not the hurdles to get there. But when someone does pull it off, it’s incredibly satisfying to see (and hear). Which brings us to Barb.

Born Barbara Klavin, this Austinite spent her first two and a half decades engrossed in athletics, most notably as an active, excelling participant in Texas Rowing. However in the midst of some emotional turmoil, Klavin recently hung up the oars, picked up the pen and six-string, and made way for Barb.

Last year Klavin introduced us to her candidly queer identity and soulful brand of indie-surf-rock with Barb’s debut single, “Small Talk”. And today she’s followed it up with what’s easily my favorite tune of 2023 so far. Encased in coquettish guitar riffs, poignant lyrics, and bittersweet chord changes, (not to mention Barb’s heart-melting vocals and some exceptional percussion fills) “Liar” is a truly beautiful track, (even if you’re kinda f****d up right now). Listen all you like in the player below and catch Barb live at Swan Dive next Friday and on Friday the 20th.


September 29, 2023

Tribe Mafia: “Take Me” (feat. Erik Goca)

It’s beyond satisfying to hear a homegrown Austin artist not just outside the local city limits, but in a piece of media that gets global reach. And while it may be impossible to top White Denim in the official Nintendo Switch trailer, we gotta give it up to Tribe Mafia for their recent induction into […]


September 28, 2023

Daniel Fears: “Say Something”

Here at KUTX and Song of the Day, we try to be as dutiful as we can in providing both an accurate representation of the Austin Music Experience and great tunes. But honestly, all talent aside, for some local artists we often have to dig around to find something that’s actually airwave worthy. Daniel Fears, […]


September 27, 2023

Nihiloxica: “Asidi”

What happens when you aggressive UK bass collides with testosterone-driven Bugandan percussion? Nothing quiet, that’s for sure. That specific combo of acoustic and electronic, of modern and traditional first came about with the formation of Nihiloxica half a decade back, when UK producers Spooky-J and pq linked up with Nilotika Cultural Ensemble members Isa, Sally, […]