music http://kut.org en Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like http://kut.org/post/listen-what-record-breaking-symphony-singing-bowls-sounds <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nearly 300 people sat cross-legged in the Texas Capitol extension’s open-air rotunda, tracing wooden sticks around crystal, brass and iron bowls. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They were there to celebrate the Dalai Lama's birthday and&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;with the utmost tranquility&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;become the largest group to ever play <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singing_bowl">Tibetan singing bowls</a>, according to the </span><a href="http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Guinness Book of World Records</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Audrey McGlinchy 10781 at http://kut.org Listen: What a Record-Breaking Symphony of Singing Bowls Sounds Like The Red Headed Stranger and Austin's 'Pride and Joy' Honored at ACL Hall of Fame http://kut.org/post/red-headed-stranger-and-austins-pride-and-joy-honored-acl-hall-fame <p>Over the weekend, television’s longest running music program– Austin City Limits, celebrated the first induction ceremony for the new Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. &nbsp;ACL returned to its original home at PBS’s KLRU Studio 6A Saturday evening to honor those who have left their mark on the show. The event featured more than a few famous faces.</p><p>Asked to dress Austin chic, the invitation-only crowd was, well, classically Austin. Plenty of boots, cowboy hats and jeans. Many of the women turned out in heels and dresses. &nbsp;But arguably the best-dressed man in attendance was Lyle Lovett – in his signature suit and tie.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lovett was there to honor Willie Nelson who was ACL’s first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146811176&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10303 at http://kut.org The Red Headed Stranger and Austin's 'Pride and Joy' Honored at ACL Hall of Fame Grammy Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter, Attorney and Cancer Survivor Tracy Randall http://kut.org/post/grammy-award-nominated-singersongwriter-attorney-and-cancer-survivor-tracy-randall <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with <a href="http://iamtracyrandall.com">Tracy Randall</a>, Grammy Award nominated singer/songwriter, attorney and cancer survivor.</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:25:28 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr 10019 at http://kut.org Grammy Award Nominated Singer/Songwriter, Attorney and Cancer Survivor Tracy Randall Prodigies or Not: Menuhin Competition Inspires Young Austin Musicians http://kut.org/post/prodigies-or-not-menuhin-competition-inspires-young-austin-musicians <p>The best young violin players in the world are in Austin right now for the <a href="http://menuhin.music.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">Menuhin Competition</a>. It’s the first time the prestigious contest featuring players under 22 years old has been held in North America.</p><p>UT’s Butler School of Music is hosting the 10-day competition. And it’s a rare opportunity for aspiring young string players in the area to see what’s possible with a lot of hard work.</p><p>“It’s considered the Olympics of the violin. It’s also called the F1 of the violin," Butler School of Music Interim Director Glenn Richter says. “We’re getting an international and a national exposure and flair that is very special for Austin.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136760580&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:05:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9847 at http://kut.org Prodigies or Not: Menuhin Competition Inspires Young Austin Musicians Too Many SXSW Events? City Stops Accepting Permit Applications Before Deadline http://kut.org/post/too-many-sxsw-events-city-stops-accepting-permit-applications-deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the first time ever, the City has <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/news/city-no-longer-accepting-applications-events-during-sxsw-2014">stopped accepting permit applications </a>for the week of <a href="http://sxsw.com/">South by Southwest</a> before the actual application deadline.</span></p><p>The application cut-off announced this morning applies to all temporary use, temporary change of use, and music permits.&nbsp;</p><p>Multi-day permit applications have a deadline of one month before the event, so the city’s early cut-off only shortened that application window by one day.</p><p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:28:08 +0000 Kelly Krupa 9734 at http://kut.org Too Many SXSW Events? City Stops Accepting Permit Applications Before Deadline Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94 http://kut.org/post/folk-activist-pete-seeger-icon-passion-and-ideals-dies-94 A tireless campaigner for his own vision of a utopia marked by peace and togetherness, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15869924/pete-seeger" target="_blank">Pete Seeger</a>'s tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94. His grandson, Kitama Cahill Jackson, said he died of natural causes.<p>Pete Seeger came by his beliefs honestly. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:16:13 +0000 9658 at http://kut.org Folk Activist Pete Seeger, Icon Of Passion And Ideals, Dies At 94 Austin at the Grammys: Larry Monroe, Gary Clark Jr. Among Honorees http://kut.org/post/austin-grammys-larry-monroe-gary-clark-jr-among-honorees <p>Austin blues-rock guitarist <a href="http://www.garyclarkjr.com/">Gary Clark Jr.</a> led a select group of artists representing the Live Music Capitol of the World at the 2014 Grammy Awards.</p><p>Clark’s song “Please Come Home” was named the Best Traditional R&amp;B Performance. Clark was also nominated for Best Rock Song. He didn’t win, but Clark can take solace in knowing he competed against bands including Black Sabbath and The Rolling Stones. (“Cut Me Some Slack,” pairing Paul McCartney with the remaining Nirvana lineup, won.)</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:19:49 +0000 Ian Floyd 9651 at http://kut.org Austin at the Grammys: Larry Monroe, Gary Clark Jr. Among Honorees Austin's Ray Benson Goes it Alone, Gets Raves http://kut.org/post/austins-ray-benson-goes-it-alone-gets-raves-0 <p>Though Ray Benson's been the de facto musical ambassador of Austin now for decades, he admits that by stepping out as a solo artist for the first time in more than a decade, he's just now getting to do what he always dreamed of doing when he started out in music as a teenager. &nbsp;</p><p>"I didn't think I was good enough," he confesses. &nbsp;</p><p>Benson's new album, "A Little Piece<strong>"</strong>&nbsp;seems to offer ample evidence he's good enough, at least&nbsp;if the critics are to be believed. In fact, Tom Semioli of the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tom-semioli/ray-benson-interview-america-ntreasure_b_4612499.html">Huffington Post</a> places Benson's new recording up there with the likes of breakthroughs like Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" and Willie Nelson's "Phases and Stages."</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:35:42 +0000 David Brown 9637 at http://kut.org Austin's Ray Benson Goes it Alone, Gets Raves Texas Singer-Songwriter Steven Fromholz Dies http://kut.org/post/texas-singer-songwriter-steven-fromholz-dies <p>Texas singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.stevenfromholz.com/" target="_blank">Steven Fromholz </a>died after a hunting accident this weekend near Eldorado, Texas. He was 68.</p><p>The Schleicher County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Press Fromholz was shot when a rifle discharged as it fell to the ground while being transferred from one vehicle to another.</p><p>Steven Fromholz was well-known in the Austin music scene and among fans of 1970s outlaw country. He was named a Texas Poet Laureate in 2007.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 18:00:23 +0000 Laura Rice 9592 at http://kut.org Texas Singer-Songwriter Steven Fromholz Dies How Do Infants Understand and React to Music? – UT Professor Investigates http://kut.org/post/how-do-infants-understand-and-react-music-ut-professor-investigates <p>For many people, most days would not be complete without music. Whether it's exercising to your favorite playlist or jamming along to the radio on your way home for work.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But how much do infants get out of music? And are there types of music that babies prefer?</span></p><p>A professor at the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/psychology/areas-of-study/developmental/Labs--Affiliations/CRL.php" target="_blank">Children’s Research Laboratory</a> on the University of Texas at Austin campus is trying to find out.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/127734018&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Laura Rice 9338 at http://kut.org How Do Infants Understand and React to Music? – UT Professor Investigates Here Are 68 Of 2013's Biggest Songs In 5 1/2 Minutes http://kut.org/post/here-are-68-2013s-biggest-songs-5-12-minutes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJMapA8WgYw</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 14:26:37 +0000 9464 at http://kut.org Here Are 68 Of 2013's Biggest Songs In 5 1/2 Minutes Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says http://kut.org/post/their-release-just-pr-stunt-pussy-riot-member-says The remaining members of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=158923390" target="_blank">punk rock band Pussy Riot</a> have been released from prison in Russia, a few months short of serving their full two-year sentences for "hooliganism" — a charge that the band's supporters say was just a trumped-up effort to quash free speech.<p>Once she was free on Monday, a defiant Maria Alyokhina said her release was not a humanitarian act on the part of Russian President Vladimir Putin but rather a "PR stunt" aimed at shoring up his nation's international image before F Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:53:50 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 9426 at http://kut.org Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says Don't You Dare Call Me A Hipster! I, Sir, Am A 'Hep Cat' http://kut.org/post/dont-you-dare-call-me-hipster-i-sir-am-hep-cat Aside from racial and ethnic slurs, there aren't many words that prompt a more immediate and visceral response than "hipster." Many associate the term with craft beer, smugness and, of course, Brooklyn. Modern-day hipsters have inspired a huge number of Tumblrs, memes and trend pieces in the media.<p>It may seem like hipsters sprang up out of nowhere sometime in the late 1990s, but the original hipsters were around several generations before that. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:27:34 +0000 9327 at http://kut.org Don't You Dare Call Me A Hipster! I, Sir, Am A 'Hep Cat' Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat http://kut.org/post/arcade-fire-its-brand-new-beat <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Vy7KpPF0s</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:55:06 +0000 9030 at http://kut.org Arcade Fire On Its Brand-New Beat What Lou Reed Taught Me http://kut.org/post/what-lou-reed-taught-me <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkG9BKgDvNI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 13:26:41 +0000 Ann Powers 9028 at http://kut.org What Lou Reed Taught Me Meet Earnest Pugh, Gospel Music's New Leading Man http://kut.org/post/meet-earnest-pugh-gospel-musics-new-leading-man <p>On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh.</p><p>Pugh has experienced success he only dreamed of just a few short years ago. With the release of the project, "Rain On Us," and its title tune, Earnest Pugh was heard on Gospel radio stations nationwide and was catapulted to super stardom in the Gospel music industry. His smash hit single “Rain On Us” escalated to the #1 position on Billboard’s Top Gospel Singles Radio Chart and became the sixth most popular song of 2010.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/116283658" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Sun, 20 Oct 2013 22:34:19 +0000 John L. Hanson Jr. 8978 at http://kut.org Meet Earnest Pugh, Gospel Music's New Leading Man At ACL, Austin Sign Language Interpreters Deliver Music to the Deaf http://kut.org/post/acl-austin-sign-language-interpreters-deliver-music-deaf <p>If you&rsquo;ve been to Austin City Limits Music Fest, you&rsquo;ve seen them. And while they&rsquo;re not the band, they are on stage and they are very talented, in their own way.</p><p>They&#39;ve worked with everyone from Wu-Tang Clan to Green Day, from Black Sabbath to Jack White. They even braved the harsh cold of President Obama&rsquo;s 2012 inauguration this past January.</p><p>They&rsquo;re the sign language interpreters of <a href="http://www.lotusign.com/">LotuSIGN</a>, and you can find them emphatically interpreting bands&#39; lyrics and sounds at performances across the country. And while there&rsquo;s plenty of air guitar and air piano,&nbsp;LotuSIGN means business. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:33:26 +0000 Andrew Weber 8910 at http://kut.org At ACL, Austin Sign Language Interpreters Deliver Music to the Deaf Dogs, Trains and a Piano: How Austin Sounds Inspired a New Album http://kut.org/post/dogs-trains-and-piano-how-austin-sounds-inspired-new-album <p>Many people the world over are inspired by the &#39;Austin sound.&#39; But Dallas native and composer Ben Johnson found <em>his</em> inspiration in the sounds of Austin. Literally.</p><p>In fact, &quot;The Sounds of Austin, Texas&quot; is the title of his new album&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;a collection of impressionistic pieces inspired by his adopted hometown, where he studied music in college. Johnson considers his latest album a collection of love songs to Austin.&nbsp;</p><p>Johnson mixes field audio recordings from sites all over the Austin area with his own custom piano compositions, each dedicated to a particular place. &nbsp;<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114587630" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:00:00 +0000 David Brown 8898 at http://kut.org Dogs, Trains and a Piano: How Austin Sounds Inspired a New Album How Austin's Anderson High School Got Phoenix to Play Their Gym http://kut.org/post/how-austins-anderson-high-school-got-phoenix-play-their-gym <p>When you were in high school, wouldn&rsquo;t you have loved to have a cool band play in your gym? I remember trying to get the band <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karp_(band)">Karp</a> to play my high school in the 1990s, but the teacher who sponsored the student council balked once he heard what they <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJbbfQO4JeY">sound like</a>. Instead, they spent the money on a Top 40 video dance party with fog machines.&nbsp;</p><p>But last night, Anderson High School in Austin ISD did what my high school could never do: They hosted a secret show for the French dance-rockers Phoenix. (While considerably more accessible than any post-hardcore band, it&#39;s a remarkable achievement nonetheless.)</p><p>&ldquo;Seriously how the hell does Anderson book Phoenix to play a gig at their school and Pflugerville gets Granger Smith #injustice,&rdquo; <a href="https://twitter.com/ttrangdo/status/387400525181751296">tweeted one envious teen</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;Phoenix at Anderson? Lucky bastards,&rdquo; <a href="https://twitter.com/allihettrich/status/387414995308265472">said another</a>.</p><p>Indeed. So, how did it happen?</p><p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 18:03:21 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8884 at http://kut.org How Austin's Anderson High School Got Phoenix to Play Their Gym This is Your Brain on Music http://kut.org/post/your-brain-music <p><object height="335" width="595"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/1jOuM8AnLhQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="335" src="//www.youtube.com/v/1jOuM8AnLhQ?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;rel=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="595"></embed></object></p><p>Learning an instrument, especially as adults, provides us with a type of &quot;brain food&quot; that can help to protect our brains against damage. Experiencing music together is also an important part of being human.</p><p>We like to be in sync. Experiencing live music with others, whether you&#39;re playing an instrument or not, provides a certain synchronized relationship that boosts our feelings of togetherness and enjoyment. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:33:18 +0000 Rebecca McInroy 8875 at http://kut.org