Live Music http://kut.org en Fusebox Festival Celebrates Tenth Anniversary http://kut.org/post/fusebox-festival-celebrates-tenth-anniversary <p>Producer Ron Berry created the&nbsp;Fusebox&nbsp;Festival a decade ago as a way to foster communication between Austin's arts scene and the national and international artistic community. The conversation he started way back then is still going strong; Fusebox has grown every year and this year celebrates its tenth anniversary.</p><p>As has usually been the case, this year's festival will feature hundreds of artists and performers, with roughly a third of them hailing from Austin, a third from the rest of the USA, and a third from other countries. What is different about this year's festival is that all events will be free to the public (although for some shows, reservations are required).</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144689323&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:29:39 +0000 Mike Lee 10210 at http://kut.org Fusebox Festival Celebrates Tenth Anniversary Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam http://kut.org/post/shake-your-brass-honktx-austins-marching-band-jam <p><strong>Update</strong>: KUTX&nbsp;was there for Honk!TX this weekend. Check out video from the festival below, and <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutxaustintx/sets/72157642817488385/">see more photos here</a>.</p><p>http://youtu.be/2e9WU87SB0A</p><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 21): South By Southwest has come and gone, but Austin's festival season is in full swing.</p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:35:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt 10018 at http://kut.org Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam How Bands Recover From Having Their Gear Stolen http://kut.org/post/how-bands-recover-having-their-gear-stolen <p><strong>Update</strong>: Looks like Driver Friendly finally caught a break: the Austin-based band had their trailer full of missing gear returned to them this morning.&nbsp;</p><div><p>"At 8:30 this morning an Austin Police Officer knocked on Jeremi's door notifying him that they had found our trailer WITH EVERYTHING IN IT!!!" the band <a href="https://www.facebook.com/driverfriendly">says on Facebook</a>. "We cannot believe this turn of events, and feel so blessed to not only have everything back, but to have been supported by, you, our fans, through all of this."</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All the funds Driver Friendly raised online to cover their missing gear will be returned to fans. &nbsp;</span></p></div><p><strong>Original story</strong> (March 19): A band that calls Austin home can’t seem to catch a break.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:24:57 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9997 at http://kut.org How Bands Recover From Having Their Gear Stolen Josh Wechsler Brings Cabaret to City Theatre http://kut.org/post/josh-wechsler-brings-cabaret-city-theatre <p>Josh Wechsler has appeared onstage in numerous musicals and straight plays, but he really loves old-school cabaret,where a performer sings songs and chats with an intimate audience. That’s the vibe he’s going for with his new show, "Here With You! Unexpected Songs from Sondheim to Zeppelin."</p><p>When going through his repertoire to prepare for this show, Wechsler discovered a common theme in many of the songs he'd chosen -- that of community and shared experience. That theme works nicely with an intimate, cabaret-style show, and "Here With You!" came into being.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/139569057&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:17:39 +0000 Mike Lee 9966 at http://kut.org Josh Wechsler Brings Cabaret to City Theatre The Menuhin Competition Comes to Austin http://kut.org/post/menuhin-competition-comes-austin <p>The Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists is kind of a big deal. It's been called "the Olympics of violin," which is apt, as it's a worldwide competition that brings together the best young talent in its field.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:27:36 +0000 Mike Lee 9827 at http://kut.org The Menuhin Competition Comes to Austin Experience the Largest Indoor Brazilian Carnaval on Earth http://kut.org/post/experience-largest-indoor-brazilian-carnaval-earth <p>Austin's Carnaval&nbsp;celebration began in the mid-70s as a relatively small event held at a Unitarian church. The party-goers that year must have had a good time, because Carnaval&nbsp;quickly became an annual ocurance; it's now in its 37th year and is the second-oldest ongoing annual event in Austin.</p><p>The party has moved to different and larger venues several times, and is now taking place at the Palmer Events Center. It's the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval in the world, and this year will feature music, dancing, food, a parade float, and, as always, elaborate and often revealing costumes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131691602&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:53:57 +0000 Mike Lee 9666 at http://kut.org Experience the Largest Indoor Brazilian Carnaval on Earth 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 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 Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life? http://kut.org/post/interview-can-working-musicians-still-lead-sustainable-life <p>A little about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.garypowell.com/">Gary Powell</a>: the Austin musician and producer has produced 147 albums, which have sold 45 million copies in 69 countries. That&#39;s a lot of numbers for a music guy. But Gary Powell is not apologetic about numbers in his profession. As a matter of fact, he says &quot;money is good.&quot; And he is committed to helping his students at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.music.utexas.edu/">University of Texas&#39; Butler School of Music</a>&nbsp;find their way in the rapidly-changing music business.</p><p>A Grammy-winner who&rsquo;s produced albums for Walt Disney Records and children&#39;s artist&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hellojoe.com/">Joe Scruggs</a>, Powell says musicians need to learn how to create a &quot;sustainable&quot; career: one that provides food, shelter, health care, transportation, and some funding for retirement.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F114252718" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 19:18:11 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8874 at http://kut.org Interview: Can Working Musicians Still Lead a 'Sustainable' Life? Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-2013-official-music-lineup <p>After a month of leaks and guessing games, the official music lineup in out. This year’s <a href="http://www.funfunfunfest.com/" target="_blank">Fun Fun Fun Fest </a>headliners are: <strong>M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, </strong>and<strong> FLAG.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The official release is Wednesday morning when weekend passes go on sale, but the full music lineup was revealed Tuesday night at a Fun Fun Fun Fest sponsored screening of the documentary, </span><a href="http://vimeo.com/53944958">Vannin’</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://vimeo.com/53944958">,</a> in Austin.</span></p><p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 03:31:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 8328 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists http://kut.org/post/top-10-austin-top-10-lists-0 <div><p class="p1">If you asked the Internet, it might tell you that Austin's a hipster-loving, small business-starting, traffic-riddled, undiscovered yet overrated place that keeps it weird. The web's traffic-baiting list-makers rank Austin as a leader in categories from fitness friendliness to porn consumption per capita.</p><div>But you're not asking the Internet, you're asking KUT News. And, as has <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/top-10-austin-top-10-lists">been done</a> a <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/top-10-austin-top-10-lists-part-two">couple times</a> now, KUT News has compiled a list of lists honoring, tweaking and trashing Austin over the past few months. Here's the third installment of The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists:</div><ul><li><a href="http://www.thumbtack.com/tx/austin/#2013/city">Big time for small business:</a>&nbsp;Business website Thumbtack.com saluted Austin for business-friendly regulations and low licensing fees, ranking the city tops in the U.S. for small businesses. But the crowning stems partially from the state’s spartan regulation, as the survey also named Dallas-Fort Worth and San Antonio in its top 10. Mon, 22 Apr 2013 15:54:21 +0000 Andrew Weber & Wells Dunbar 7399 at http://kut.org The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists Study Names Austin’s Most Popular Music Genre http://kut.org/post/study-names-austin-s-most-popular-music-genre <p></p><p>A&nbsp;study&nbsp;from Canada has reaffirmed Austin's reputation as a scene for aspiring musicians. But they should be sure to play an acoustic guitar.</p><p><a href="http://martinprosperity.org/media/MySpace%20Part03%20Whitepaper_Final.pdf">The study</a>, which was released early this month from researchers at&nbsp;<a href="http://martinprosperity.org/">The Martin Prosperity Institute</a>&nbsp;in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/">Rotman&nbsp;School of Management</a>&nbsp;at&nbsp;the <a href="http://www.utoronto.com/">University</a><a href="http://www.utoronto.com/">&nbsp;of Toronto</a>&nbsp;in Canada, used data garnered from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.myspace.com/">Myspace</a>&nbsp;to create music profiles of different cities across the United States. Austin was one of the fifteen cities examined in the study.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:21:54 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7360 at http://kut.org Study Names Austin’s Most Popular Music Genre Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd http://kut.org/post/mosh-pit-math-how-physicists-analyzed-rowdy-crowd <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7w7m4lb2ok</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQW8eb1P3dk</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jKU7gdxncE</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:24:58 +0000 7056 at http://kut.org Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd What's the State of the Austin Music Industry? http://kut.org/post/whats-state-austin-music-industry <p>Austin Music People this week presented "The State of the Austin Music Industry"&nbsp;–&nbsp;<a href="http://austinmusicpeople.org/white-paper-2013/" target="_blank">a biennial white paper</a> that looks at the economic and cultural impacts of what it means to be the “Live Music Capital of the World."</p><p><a href="http://austinmusicpeople.org/#" target="_blank">Austin Music People</a> or "AMP" aims to promote the Austin music industry by bringing local leaders together with Austin music professionals to address the needs of both groups and to determine what can be done to foster the city’s rapid growth and thriving entertainment culture. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:30:00 +0000 Austin Feldman 6764 at http://kut.org What's the State of the Austin Music Industry? Antone's Leaving Fifth St. Location http://kut.org/post/antones-leaving-fifth-st-location <p>Antone’s will reportedly move out of its West 5<sup>th</sup> location in favor of a more customer-friendly location.</p> Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:26:08 +0000 David Brown 6277 at http://kut.org Antone's Leaving Fifth St. Location With $27 Million Impact, Fun Fun Fun Fest Joins the Big Boys http://kut.org/post/27-million-impact-fun-fun-fun-fest-joins-big-boys <p>In its second year at Auditorium Shores, <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-grows-while-staying-true-its-roots">Fun Fun Fun Fest took off</a>. Now the City of Austin puts that growth at $27 million – the amount the fest is estimated to have pumped into Austin’s economy.</p><p>The mayor’s office announced Tuesday that the <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/">three-day underground music festival</a> attracted a total north of 55,000 attendees. The $27 million estimate was provided by the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau.</p><p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 20:36:09 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5734 at http://kut.org With $27 Million Impact, Fun Fun Fun Fest Joins the Big Boys Photos: Austin Fan Fest http://kut.org/post/photos-austin-fan-fest <p>The Formula 1 Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas isn't the only big event this weekend: event organizers have also launched the <a href="http://austinfanfest.com/">Austin Fan Fest</a>&nbsp;this race weekend. Located in the Warehouse District downtown, the festival features music, food and drink, and lots of displays and promotions for Formula 1 gearheads.</p><p>Photographer Filipa&nbsp;Rodrigues&nbsp;took in the scene Friday evening for KUT News. Take a look at her photos, posted to <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kutaustin/">KUT's Flickr page</a>.</p><p> Sat, 17 Nov 2012 18:02:57 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Wells Dunbar 5665 at http://kut.org Photos: Austin Fan Fest Photos: Here’s 250 Pictures From Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 http://kut.org/post/photos-here-s-250-pictures-fun-fun-fun-fest-2012 <p>The seventh-annual <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/">Fun Fun Fun Fest</a> came to a conclusion last night.</p><p>In its second year at Auditorium Shores, the underground music festival drew roughly 15,000 people a day, according to co-founder James Moody. The fest also received some unexpected mainstream coverage from outlets like “Good Morning America,” which <a href="https://twitter.com/TorchyTaco/status/264818349559672832">reported on the fest’s Taco Cannon</a> loaded with grub from <a href="http://www.torchystacos.com/">Torchy’s Tacos</a>. But as <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-grows-while-staying-true-its-roots">Moody told KUT News</a> this weekend, “It’s growing, but it’ll never do well as a very big festival.”</p><p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 18:02:29 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5518 at http://kut.org Photos: Here’s 250 Pictures From Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 Fun Fun Fun Fest Grows While Staying True to its Roots http://kut.org/post/fun-fun-fun-fest-grows-while-staying-true-its-roots <p>Fun Fun Fun Fest <a href="http://funfunfunfest.com/information">describes itself</a> as “the darling of independent festivals for music lovers and music makers.” But this year, with headliners like Run DMC and Girl Talk, is Fun Fun Fun Fest outgrowing its underground roots?</p><p>“It’ll never become super popular,” says James Moody, co-creator of the festival and owner of music venue <a href="http://mohawkaustin.com/">The Mohawk</a>. “It’s growing, but it’ll never do well as a very big festival.” That’s because Moody says they aren’t interested in billing big names.</p><p>Moody says they try to give attention to bands that aren’t as widely known, or inspire a small but devoted following. “We try to keep people on their toes and remind people that there are no genres anymore, so we don’t try to pigeon hole with our headlines,” Moody says. “We could throw a curveball and get The Cure next year or something.”</p><p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 18:05:11 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5511 at http://kut.org Fun Fun Fun Fest Grows While Staying True to its Roots