198 episodes

The KUTX music team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar. It's a no-frills showcase for some of the great music that comes through the "live music capital of the world." Join us to discover new music and revisit some old favorites -- one song at a time.

Song of the Day – KUTX KUT

    • Music

The KUTX music team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar. It's a no-frills showcase for some of the great music that comes through the "live music capital of the world." Join us to discover new music and revisit some old favorites -- one song at a time.

    Pahua: “Vayayó”

    Pahua: “Vayayó”

    As an internationally-seasoned DJ, host of her own online radio show, and eponymous frontwoman of the globetrotting Mexican group Sotomayor, singer-songwriter Paulina Sotomayor’s artistic appetite seems insatiable. Sotomayor’s latest endeavor was announced a little over a month ago, an electronic-leaning solo project Pahua whose momentum culminates early next year with her debut EP, Ofrenda.

    The guiding six originals on Ofrenda offer a sense of empowerment and connections to both folklore and Earth’s natural energy. You’ll pick up on all that pretty quickly while watching Pahua’s just-premiered video for the record’s glistening and pulsating lead single, “Vayayó”!







    –Jack Anderson

    Support KUTX’s ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

    • 2 min
    Chico Mann: “Fighting”

    Chico Mann: “Fighting”

    Born to two heavily-music-inclined parents, Chico Mann was raised with a real understanding of production techniques, sound design, and making tiny tweaks to achieve the perfect mix and arrangement. Mann’s recondite knowledge of piano boleros (inherited from his radio DJ mother) gave him a springboard to multi-instrumentalism and Latin stylings, all of which have remained close to Mann’s musicianship. Fast forward to the past couple decades, where Mann made a memorable name for himself in New York’s bustling scene, eventually landing him a spot in Brooklyn Afrobeat connoisseurs (and KUTX favorites) Antibalas.

    Never one to settle, Mann now calls L.A. his home and has just exposed the excellence on his latest LP Double Life, soaking in psychedelia and loyal to his Latin-leaning upbringing. Rest assured, Double Life will rile you up across its fourteen tracks, and you won’t need much more convincing after checking out its sophomore song, “Fighting”!





    –Jack Anderson

    –Photo: Anna Azarov

    Support KUTX’s ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

    • 3 min
    Hypoluxo: “Night Life”

    Hypoluxo: “Night Life”

    Compared to its angsty, distortion-heavy predecessor, the genre post-punk tends to be pretty introspective and often so self-examining that its legitimately therapeutic. And for Brooklyn quartet Hypoluxo, they’ve sheared off any connection to the Florida beachside with their candid yet thoughtful take on the post-punk formula.

    Hypoluxo tapped deep into undertones of despondency on their just-issued self-titled third album but that doesn’t mean the sound strays far from aggressive. Hear for yourself on Hypoluxo‘s B-side opener about trying to find your footing in the Big Apple once the sun goes down, “Night Life”!







    –Jack Anderson

    –Photo: Henry Archer

    Support KUTX’s ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

    • 4 min
    Hong Kong Wigs: “Discopop!”

    Hong Kong Wigs: “Discopop!”

    Made up of Sweet Spirit singer-guitarist John Fichter, Black Basements bassist Anastasia Wright, and Ex Romantika dummer Adam Galvan, Austin three-piece Hong Kong Wigs truly fulfills their status as a power trio. HKW’s been around for a bit now, but have only just today released their debut LP, LOIS.

    LOIS is an outstanding stepping stone for Hong Kong Wigs and a phenomenal first full-length entry into their still-growing art rock discography. They’ll be celebrating LOIS with a virtual release show 6PM tonight via Bud’s Live and Direct and even if you can’t check that out, we’re pretty sure that one of LOIS‘s late contenders “Discopop!” will keep Hong Kong Wigs close to your head throughout the weekend.





    –Jack Anderson

    –Photo: Travis Lilley

    KUTX supports Austin music; your support makes KUTX possible. Donate today.

    • 4 min
    Phabo: “LNF”

    Phabo: “LNF”

    Like many lyricists based out of L.A., Phabo started cutting his teeth on juvenile yet formative freestyle rap battles while still in high school. Jump to 2014 where Phabo’s four-part mixtape Ratchet & Blues proved that this singer-rapper was nothing to be overlooked, and ought to be put in a salacious pantheon that includes early Weeknd and Usher.

    Following a slew of promising collaborations, today Phabo dropped an undulating trap-R&B single ahead of his upcoming LP and we can assure you, “LNF” is nothing short of sultry.





    –Jack Anderson

    Support KUTX’s ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

    • 3 min
    Synthemesc: “Nighttrap”

    Synthemesc: “Nighttrap”

    With the pandemic continuing at its current rate, working on a solo project is obviously more feasible than practicing with a full band. And for those that remember Austin psych-noir six-piece The Halfways, former frontman Daniel Fernandez has been churning out electronic music under the handle Synthemesc.

    Synthemesc has a new home base in Medellin, where he’s released the latest installment into his arsenal of minimalist yet lengthy, psychosomatic house instrumentals, “Nighttrap”! Its best enjoyed on the dancefloor or behind the wheel, so remember to wear a mask, socially distance, and drive responsibly!





    –Jack Anderson

    Support KUTX’s ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

    • 7 min

Top Podcasts In Music

Listeners Also Subscribed To

More by KUT