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Reyna Tropical: “Sauvecito” (KUTX Live at Scholz Garten)

Don’t you love those unexpected brushes with old chums during South By South West? Sure, for us native Austinites they feel less like chance encounters and more like the inevitable kismet of living in a metropolitan area as small and dense as ours. But there’s still nothing quite like finding an old friend return to their old stomping grounds in top form.

So imagine how it felt upon learning that Fabi Reyna – who we remember from our high school and college days playing in Code Rainbow, The Silver Series, and Patches – was going to come down from Portland for KUTX’s latest Scholz Garten live concert broadcast. Yes, the matriarch of She Shreds herself graced us with Reyna Tropical‘s presence right in between SPRINTS and Hinds back in mid-March. Frankly, Fabi was in high spirits, even after the tragic passing of fellow Reyna Tropical co-founder “Sumohair” Diaz in Fall 2022. But this contrast matches that of Malegría – the near-untranslatable emotion of “bad happiness” and twenty-track debut full-length that landed online last Friday, which has already raked in some impressive streaming numbers.

Well, in getting to Scholz by 10AM that SX Wednesday, la raza y la gente scored a sneak peek at Malegría, and not just the LP’s lead singles. No, they got a better-than-coffee, tastier-than-tequlia concierto brimming with Chicana charm, thanks to exhilarating, en-español renditions like that of “Sauvecito”. Heck, we don’t wanna jinx anything, but we do suspect this might go down as one of those “you had to be there before they blew up” pieces of pre-superstardom magic as Fabi makes her way across the nation with Portugal. The Man and Malegría makes its way across the globe.

KUT Morning Newscast for March 15, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 15, 2024. Severe storm potential in Austin. Today is the last day for Texas families to apply for a grant that supports students with disabilities. Dozens of artists and demonstrators gathered downtown last night to protest South by Southwest’s ties to the military and defense contractors. Advocates gathered outside Austin City Hall yesterday, calling on city leaders to invest in services that help vulnerable residents. Camp Indigo. Pease Park troll.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 13, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 13, 2024. Reaction to 5th Circuit Court decision requiring parental consent for minors seeking birth control. Artists protest SXSW. Some Austin-area firefighters are expected to return home today after helping battle the Smokehouse Creek Fire in the Texas Panhandle. Longhorns in the Big 12 Championship tournament.

Will third time be the charm for SpaceX’s Starship launch from Boca Chica?

The University of Texas at Austin is among other colleges in the country that are bringing back a standardized test requirement for applicants.
A city report has exonerated the Uvalde Police Department for its response to the Robb Elementary School shooting. Despite the report, Police Chief Daniel Rodriguez announced his resignation.
SpaceX plans a new try at launching its Starship super heavy rocket on Thursday from its Starbase facility in Boca Chica, Texas.
And the discovery of an artifact that one SMU professor believes could be a link to Coronado’s fabled expedition.

KUT Morning Newscast for March 13, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 13, 2024. The city of Austin has activated its spring festival operations center. Musicians protest SXSW. More counties issue disaster declarations for the total solar eclipse. The police chief of Uvalde announced his resignation Tuesday. The UT women’s basketball team has won this year’s Big 12 conference championship title.

Texas Extra: SXSW 2024 Films with Texas ties (and more!)

The South by Southwest Conference and Festivals is/are underway Austin. It’s a time when some Austinites flock with the crowds to downtown — and others escape the city altogether. If you are not among the hundreds of thousands of attendees, have no fear. The Texas Standard will have some highlights. This is much extended version of an interview with freelance journalist and filmmaker Karen Bernstein. It features more examples of the films at SXSW and clips from the filmmakers themselves.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 12, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 12, 2024. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a ruling that grants a Texas father the right to block his daughter from receiving birth control. An I-35 tunnel through downtown Austin is getting closer to becoming a reality. A pedestrian was killed, and another injured, in a hit-and-run early Tuesday in downtown Austin. People in Georgetown may soon see an increase in their monthly water bill. Longhorn sports.

How big events like the pandemic lockdowns can warp our sense of time

Attorney General Ken Paxton’s effort to get business records from Annunciation House, a group that helps migrants, is blocked by an El Paso judge.
As firefighters move closer to containing the blazes that have consumed large parts of the Panhandle in recent weeks, many locals are looking more closely at the causes and asking hard questions about why more wasn’t done to prevent those fires.
As politicians bicker over federal funding, members of the military and their families struggle with worries and fears amid a near-constant threat of a government shutdown.
And: Anyone else feeling a post-COVID time warp? What the science says about perceptions of time.

Thoughts on being a woman in Texas this International Women’s Day

Two veteran Texas-based politics watchers offer their analysis of Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
What’s it like being a woman in Texas right now? We’ll hear voices of Texas women from across the state answering that question on this International Women’s Day.
South by Southwest is getting underway in Austin. Freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker Karen Bernstein joins with a film preview, while taco journalist Mando Rayo has tips on what to look for and what to avoid on the taco front.
Plus: The week in politics with The Texas Tribune.

KUT Morning Newscast for March 08, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 08, 2024. Former Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies acquitted in manslaughter case. The Austin Independent School District is preparing to make significant spending cuts to remain financially stable. City of Uvalde independent investigation finds officers did not violate department policies in Robb Elementary shooting. SXSW road closures. Austin’s Living Streets Program. Hays CISD will close for the April 8th eclipse.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 5, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 5, 2024. Super Tuesday. Austin City Manager finalists. The nurses’ union at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin has voted to ratify its first contract. Hutto ISD’s response to the district being named in a lawsuit from Attorney General Ken Paxton. Buc-ee’s may be coming to San Marcos. Austin prepares for the eclipse. Texas State Parks are accepting Day Pass reservations for the total eclipse starting March 8th. Planning a safe ride home during SXSW. Longhorns baseball.

KUT Afternoon Newscast for March 4, 2024

Central Texas top stories for March 4, 2024. Primary election day is tomorrow. What is a Railroad Commissioner? Students at the University of Texas at Austin are forming a tenants’ union. Round Rock ISD students can earn a free associates degree from Austin Community College starting next year. Spring festival preparation. Longhorns Basketball.

KUT Morning Newscast for February 23, 2024

Central Texas top stories for February 23, 2024. Austin police prepare for SXSW. UT-Austin’s involvement in the moon landing. Austin ISD is trying to boost attendance to help make up for this year’s budget deficit. Leander pipeline repairs begin. WIC funding deadline.

Music Festivals

With temperatures (finally) cooling down, music festival season is ramping up across Texas. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

KUT Morning Newscast for July 21, 2023

Central Texas top stories for July 21, 2023. Abortion hearings over Texas law ends. Austin ISD plans to hire more school police officers. Austin reduces lot sizes for houses in order to increase affordability.

KUT Morning Newscast for July 20, 2023

Central Texas top stories for July 20, 2023. Abortion hearing and testimony in Texas. Austin looks at SXSW pay for musicians. Hiring practices for Del Valle teachers.

Fresh’s SXSW Recap

Fresh walks you through what went down at this year’s SXSW and SXSBreaks.

You’ll learn Hip-Hop Facts about why Rockwilder thinks Bink of Justice League stole his idea from “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” how Musiq Soulchild feels about his first record, whose life the Fresh Prince of Belaire was based on, and more.

Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that people have been too hard on the TV show “Friends” for its lack of diversity.

 

Pearl & The Oysters: “Evening Sun” (Live at Scholz Garten)

We’ve got just one more SXSW 2023 recap track for y’all, and it’s a real gem in a clam. It comes courtesy of the Gainesville-cradled jazz-space-pop project Pearl & The Oysters. Multi-instrumentalist-songwriters Juliette Pearl Davis and Joachim Polack are at the core of this classic kitsch-imbued bivalve, who now perform live as a five-piece. The migration of Davis and Polack’s musical mollusk to Los Angeles at the start of the pandemic seems to have introduced an extra breezy element to Pearl & The Oysters’ daytime disco-adjacency, which we’ll hear more of on their upcoming full-length Coast 2 Coast, out April 21st.

That of course means that Pearl & The Oysters are about to shell up and clamp their gear shut for a month-long North American tour, including a gig here in Austin at The Mohawk in late May. For our live broadcast, Pearl & The Oysters perused some of the new stuff off Coast 2 Coast, 2021’s Flowerland, 2018’s Canned Music, and even their 2017 eponymous debut. And despite the fact that their Scholz Garten set last Saturday wasn’t too long after dawn, the midpoint prize from Flowerland, “Evening Sun”, glistened with the morning crowd, sure to shimmer through plenty more memories and horizons.

Obongjayar: “Message in a Hammer” (Live at Scholz Garten)

Somehow six whole years have already slipped by since London rapper Little Simz played as part of our annual SXSW live morning broadcast. Of course, Simz has blown up exponentially since her 2017 Four Seasons performance, to the extent that we probably couldn’t have booked her now even if we wanted to. But in an impressive display of “small world” kismet, KUTX at Scholz Garden showcased another Londoner with direct ties to Nigeria, Obongjayar. On top of that, it happened the same week that Obongjayar and Simz’ “Point and Kill” played as part of IMDb Pro’s music video competition during SXSW film. When it comes to classifying Obongjayar’s style, there’s not a whole lot of consensus. Best we can say is it’s a politically-and-spiritually-inspired balance between rapping, chanting, and singing over Afrobeat-adjacent electronic soul. But there’s also something surprisingly unobtrusive about Obongjayar’s in-your-face aura that makes his outrageous originals so damn accessible. Which is doubly impressive when he’s got his live five-piece competing for a piece of the crowd’s energy. Obongjayar was still lucid off his debut full-length Some Nights I Dream of Doors when he obliterated the Scholz Garten scene with high-octane tunes like “Message In A Hammer”. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wake up either.