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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.

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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.

    Molecular Steve: “Wolfman”

    Molecular Steve: “Wolfman”

    Depending on who you ask – a coworker, a friend, or a family member – they’ll all have slightly different takes on your “character” based on previous interactions and observations. But what about those parts of our identities that never reach the surface? Those personality traits that stay buried deep within us?







    Well, we won’t pretend to be experts on your psyche. But we will point to some folks who are fascinated with those covert personas. And that’s Molecular Steve. Don’t be fooled by the name; it’s not a solo act. Instead, what started off as a father-son endeavor has expanded into the Austin nine-piece it is today, full of close knit bonds compounded by a shared creative drive. And while this atomic family affair’s still in a fledgling phase, you wouldn’t be able to tell just from the caliber of their existing material.







    Following up last month’s introduction “Heavens to Betsy”, today Molecular Steve takes another small step towards their eponymous fourteen-track full-length, set for release July 19th. All about unearthing those beasts within, Molecular Steve‘s second lead single (and music video) “Wolfman” is a sonic silver bullet that pierces through bluesy layers of cosmic Americana and indie psychedelia.







    Howl yeah, Steve. Put us down for a spot in the microscopic pack.

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    The Wild Kindness: “No One Belongs Here More Than You”

    The Wild Kindness: “No One Belongs Here More Than You”

    Random acts of kindness: we can’t recommend ’em enough. Because it’s those little gestures you catch in the wild that help us make new connections (no matter how brief or passing), break past malaise and monotony, and recognize the world as a more compassionate place. And new connections are also a key component to what makes The Wild Kindness one of a kind.







    We wouldn’t call The Wild Kindness’ frontman Mike Alexis a wunderkind, but we do give him kudos for evolving his former Bay Area solo act into the five-piece it is today by recruiting some of Austin’s finest, post-relocation. Now, a dozen years down the line from TWK’s debut Coming Down to the Ghost, this quintet’s cemented itself among the city’s chief chamber rock projects. No, it’s not like their compositions are contrapuntal, convoluted, or anything; it’s just the welcome inclusion of orchestral elements like strings, brass, and woodwings that really makes these jangly arrangements stand out in the artist-flooded field of indie rock.







    Well, comin’ up in a couple days, The Wild Kindness has one heck of a weekend in store. They’re sharing The Blind Trust this Friday, followed by a free EP cassette release show 8PM this Saturday at Drinks Backyard alongside The Heavenly States and Great Howl. But you don’t have to put your faith in The Blind Trust strictly on our word. Because the album’s lead single that dropped last October, “No One Belongs Here More Than You”, is the coziest piece of melancholy to come out in a while. The two alternating chords and candid lyrics of its verses alone are enough to get us emotional immediately, but its the well rounded instrumentation (slow cello swells, rainy ride cymbals, rippin’ lead guitar, et al.) and uplifting dynamic range make “No One…” a true triumph of human acceptance.

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    Mark Hallman: “Bright Star”

    Mark Hallman: “Bright Star”

    When you’ve spent decades making great records for other people, you’ve got all the tools to do it on your own, right? Yeah, although producers often get relegated to a “man behind the curtain” position for other artists’ critical success, at the end of the day they’re some of the strongest shapers of sound.







    Take industry heavyweight producer-engineer-songwriter Mark Hallman, who’s been helping elevate albums for nearly half a century now. Mark’s best known for his work with Ani DiFranco, Eliza Gilkyson, and Carole King, the latter of which moved down here with him to Austin back in 1980. Since then Hallman’s been a standout in Austin’s already rich production roster, but with the exception of 2016’s “The Voyage“, he’s kept his own solo compositions largely cooped up.







    At least he did until this past May, when Mark Hallman released his debut full-length Light Trick, seven tracks that capture Mark’s amalgamation of musical talents. The material may be recent, but the sound is exactly what you’d expect from Hallman’s late ’70s upbringing, folk rock formulas and all. So set some time aside to let Light Trick take you on an eclectic trek, starting with the LP opener “Bright Star”. Don’t stop shinin’ anytime soon, Mark.

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    Holy Roller Baby: “Speaking In Tongues”

    Holy Roller Baby: “Speaking In Tongues”

    Since its advent at the turn of the millennium, the term “swag” has lent itself to plenty of manufactured personalities. We don’t hear “swag” much anymore, which is fine by us, since swagger ought to come naturally; it shouldn’t be too sophisticated.







    You take one look at multi-instrumentalist Jared Mullins, who (in the best way possible) looks like a mix between Robert Plant and Big Lebowski‘s “The Dude”, and you know right away he’s a shining specimen of swagger. And appearances aside, Mullins’ project Holy Roller Baby – now half a decade strong – even refers to their spectrum-spelunking style of rock (heavy more often than not) as “primitive swagger”. HRB’s debut LP Frenzy was a ferocious feast that kept us pretty full for the pandemic’s first couple of years, but we sure were pleased to get a second round of standalone singles starting last March.







    Well it turns out the Austin quartet’s already got another one in the can and ready to let loose in the coming months. They announced their next full-length Smile In Heaven (set for release August 23rd) last Friday with the record’s lead single “Speaking In Tongues”. We won’t recommend making out in the middle of train tracks for obvious safety concerns, but we will urge you to check out the Super 8 music video for “Speaking In Tongues”, since it’s such a powerful emotional accompaniment to what sounds like Holy Roller Baby’s Central Texas twist on Radiohead’s “Creep”, high contrast dynamics, unhurried grunge arrangement, impassioned vocal performance, and all. Rock on, Rollers. Rock on.

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    Daily Worker: “Street Cred”

    Daily Worker: “Street Cred”

    Ah, Friday afternoon. A beautiful time to be a daily worker, at least in an era where weekends are the norm. And not just because of the standardized two days off. No, there’s also new music from Austin outfit Daily Worker.







    The trio typically conjures a non-centrist, counter-capitalist aesthetic, down to their choice of band handle and favorite fonts. Though even if you don’t jive with their specific societal commentaries, the music itself – eclectic by all accounts but most often seeped in the psych-folk-rock made familiar by fronting singer-guitarist Harold Whit Williams other project Cotton Mather – doesn’t require much convincing to enjoy on its own.







    It’s been nearly a full year since Daily Worker last recorded with KUTX favorite Chris “Frenchie” Smith at The Bubble, and we’re finally approaching the release of their upcoming EP MF Genius, dropping July 30th. Just from the production value alone, there’s clearly been a ton of loving care and consistent work put into MF Genius, which undeniably elevates Daily Worker’s historically lo-fi sound. And this morning we got the record’s centerpiece and second of five originals, “Street Cred“. Saturated in that turn-of-the-millennium alternative rock aura that Frenchie’s so efficient at fulfilling, “Street Cred” basks in the accessible simplicity that only a sub-three-minute track (and minimalist music video) can offer, even with a rippin’ Robert Fripp-esque guitar solo fit for The Court prog-ing out its midpoint. You don’t gotta be smart to know this rocks.

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    Atlas Maior: “Jah Ali – Doctor Phono Remix”

    Atlas Maior: “Jah Ali – Doctor Phono Remix”

    You might’ve caught wind of our own Michael Crockett’s retirement announcement, which means his Sunday evening program Global Grooves will grinding to a halt in just a few weeks. It’s a bittersweet end to an era, no doubt, but fortunately there are other potent purveyors of world music right here in the city limits.







    Folks like Austin four-piece Atlas Maior, whose masterful melding of international influences with experimental jazz have made them one of the most truly unique acts in ATX over the last decade and a half, with a recent itinerary that speaks for itself. Hot off a month-long tour over in Morocco, Atlas Maior’s back in town and about to tear into the Deluxe Edition of last February’s EP Hadal.







    Hadal Deluxe Edition marks Atlas Maior’s first physical vinyl release as a culmination of their past four years of flourishing, and they commemorate the moment tomorrow night with a two-performance live taping (8PM and 10PM, respectively) at one of the quartet’s favorite haunts, Monk’s Jazz Club. And it’s not just a matter of finally getting to hear Hadal on wax; Atlas Maior made sure to include a couple eclectic goodies in the package as well. Side B’s latter half pairs two non-Hadal remixes that both dropped in April 2021, the latter of which, “Jah Ali – Doctor Phono Remix”, exudes exactly the right kind of breezy Middle Eastern energy to keep our heads cool through what’s set to be a scorching summer.

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