live music http://kut.org en Mother Falcon's Music Laboratory http://kut.org/post/mother-falcons-music-laboratory <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past few years, the band Mother Falcon has been operating a summer camp for young musicians. The many members of the band are still pretty young themselves, but when they were even younger, they spend their summers at various music camps, so the idea of starting their own seemed like a natural.</span></p><p>They aim to encourage creative musical thinking, guided by their camp motto, "Musicality over Technicality." During each&nbsp;week-long session, the students are divided up into bands with diverse instrumentation, where they'll hopefully encourage one another to experiment and broaden their creative horizons.&nbsp;Each sessions&nbsp;ends with a showcase concert by the kids, during which they'll play original songs, covers, and do a little jamming.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141909385&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:33:17 +0000 Mike Lee 10057 at http://kut.org Mother Falcon's Music Laboratory Lady Gaga to Perform at SXSW (Update) http://kut.org/post/lady-gaga-perform-sxsw-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>South by Southwest announced this morning that Lady Gaga will perform at this year's festival. She's set to take the stage Thursday, March 13. The City of Austin had originally denied a request to have Lady Gaga perform, citing concerns that the Doritos venue wasn't big enough<em>.</em></p><p>So, SXSW is moving that venue for one night to the&nbsp;Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater at Eighth and Red River streets.</p><p><a href="http://sxsw.com/music/news/2014/born-way-foundation-night-featuring-lady-gaga-doritos-boldstage" target="_blank"><strong>Click here</strong></a> for details on how to get tickets.</p><p>Here's @SXSW's announcement on Twitter:</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>What's up, Little Monsters! Lady Gaga to perform on the <a href="https://twitter.com/Doritos">@Doritos</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BoldStage&amp;src=hash">#BoldStage</a> at <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SXSW&amp;src=hash">#SXSW</a> Thursday, March 13. <a href="http://t.co/Fz4V1tRiuj">http://t.co/Fz4V1tRiuj</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23sxswmusic&amp;src=hash">#sxswmusic</a></p>— SXSW (@sxsw) <a href="https://twitter.com/sxsw/statuses/441559779581112320">March 6, 2014</a></blockquote><p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p><p><strong>Original Story (Feb. 26, 2014): </strong>The city of Austin is denying a request to have Lady Gaga perform in a downtown parking lot during South by Southwest. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:27:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 9858 at http://kut.org Lady Gaga to Perform at SXSW (Update) Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits http://kut.org/post/austin-city-council-votes-lower-occupancy-limits <p class="p1">The Austin City Council had a long day at the dais yesterday, with a meeting that sputtered along for the better part of 15 hours.</p><p class="p1">"Stealth dorms," fee waivers, economic incentives, an officer-involved shooting, the MoPac sound wall and&nbsp; even a proclamation for KUT's own Cactus Cafe.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">With that in mind, here's a rundown of the council action, and inaction, from yesterday.</p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 16:13:14 +0000 KUT Staff 9784 at http://kut.org Austin City Council Votes to Lower Occupancy Limits 'Pay-to-Play' Booking Inside the Austin Hip Hop Scene http://kut.org/post/pay-play-booking-inside-austin-hip-hop-scene <p>If you were an emerging hip hop artist making beats in your bedroom and rapping with friends, would you pay $400 for a chance to perform on a stage before a nationally recognized rapper like <a href="https://twitter.com/ZROMOCITYDON">Z-Ro</a>? If you were a hip hop fan, would you feel ripped off if you bought tickets to a show and had to sit through hours of inexperienced rappers whose only qualification was having enough cash to get on stage?&nbsp;</p><p>Those are questions confronting Austin's hip hop scene with the rise of pay-to-play, <a href="http://ovrld.com/opinion/the-rise-of-pay-to-play/">writes Morgan Davis for the local music blog Ovrld.com</a>. The issue became particularly acute this past weekend when several people who <a href="http://Waka Flocka Flame">claimed to have paid to perform</a>&nbsp;at a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wakaflockabsm.com/"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Waka&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flocka</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.wakaflockabsm.com/">&nbsp;Flame</a> show saw it<a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/music/2014-01-31/infest-shows-relocate-and-then-some/"> get canceled</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p>We invited Davis into KUT to talk about the issue of pay-to-play, which is scheduled to be discussed by the Austin Music Commission <a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/cityclerk/boards_commissions/meetings/12_1.htm">tonight</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132919704&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:56:26 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9705 at http://kut.org 'Pay-to-Play' Booking Inside the Austin Hip Hop Scene Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years http://kut.org/post/learning-secrets-austin-dance-party-celebrates-10-years <p>When you think of Austin’s "Live Music Capital of the World" status, what kind of music do you think of? Lots of genres may come to mind, but possibly not its thriving underground electronic and dance music scene. Tonight Learning Secrets –&nbsp;one of Austin’s longest running dance parties&nbsp;–&nbsp;celebrates their 10-year anniversary.</p><p>OK. But what is Learning Secrets?<br />&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132366073&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:35:58 +0000 Tyler Pratt 9684 at http://kut.org Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years 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 Toronto: Austin's Sister in the Music Scene? http://kut.org/post/toronto-austins-sister-music-scene <p>In what is being called <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1200657/music-community-applauds-toronto-city-council-for-joining-austin-texas-in-a-world-first-music-city-alliance">the first-of-its-kind alliance worldwide</a>, Austin and Toronto, Canada have established what they are calling the Music City Alliance.</p><p>While Toronto is roughly four times the size of Austin, the city <a href="https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.musiccanada.com%2FAssets%2FPDFs%2FAccelerating%2520Toronto%2527s%2520Music%2520Industry%2520Growth%2520-%2520Leveraging%2520Best%2520Practices%2520from%2520Austin%2C%2520Texas.pdf" target="_blank">has been publicly looking at Austin’s model of success to promote Toronto’s music scene.</a> Officials from both cities met during this year’s <a href="http://sxsw.com/" target="_blank">South By Southwest</a> to begin talks about forming a partnership to promote economic growth.</p><p> Sat, 20 Jul 2013 00:19:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt 8385 at http://kut.org Toronto: Austin's Sister in the Music Scene? Photos: Inside the University of Texas Mariachi Camp http://kut.org/post/photos-inside-university-texas-mariachi-camp <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F100783911" width="100%"></iframe></p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Minza Khan 8350 at http://kut.org Photos: Inside the University of Texas Mariachi Camp 2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More http://kut.org/post/2013-acl-fest-lineup-muse-depeche-mode-cure-more <p>No more leaks: the full Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup is out.&nbsp;</p><p>Sure, British rock band <a href="http://muse.mu/">Muse</a> had accidentally confirmed their performance <a href="http://www.livestream.com/adlitteramtv/video?clipId=pla_99616ee9-2a9e-4899-a72d-8e20acf77639" target="_blank">during an interview with a Montreal radio station</a>. Over the weekend other band names like <a href="http://www.portugaltheman.com/evilfriends">Portugal. The Man</a>, <a href="http://www.nekocase.com/news/index.html" target="_blank">Neko Case</a> and D’Angelo appeared <a href="http://consequenceofsound.net/2013/05/the-cure-to-headline-austin-city-limits-2013/" target="_blank">on beer coozies and Topo Chico bottle caps around town</a>. And last week <a href="http://austin.culturemap.com/news/music_film/05-02-13-acl-fest-sleathily-peppers-the-chronicles-classifieds-with-2013-lineup-clues/" target="_blank">cheeky ads were placed in the Austin Chronicle</a> (“For a little <em>Fun</em><em>. </em><em>Call</em> 555-<em>ACL</em>-FEST”). &nbsp;But just after midnight this morning, the <a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">full lineup </a>was finally unveiled.</p><p> Tue, 07 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Tyler Pratt & Art Levy 7636 at http://kut.org 2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears http://kut.org/post/proposed-tax-break-clubs-isnt-music-some-ears <p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Although the crowd of clubs and concert halls on Austin’s famous Sixth Street is just a few blocks from the state Capitol, the worlds of live music and policymaking seldom meet. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">But this session, lawmakers are considering subsidizing live music.</span></p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 16:25:00 +0000 Maurice Chammah, Texas Tribune 7609 at http://kut.org Proposed Tax Break for Clubs Isn't Music to Some Ears Turf Improvements Could Close Auditorium Shores for a Year http://kut.org/post/turf-improvements-could-close-auditorium-shores-year <p></p><p>Popular park and festival spot&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/term/auditorium-shores">Auditorium Shores</a>&nbsp;could close for a whole year if the Austin&nbsp;City Council&nbsp;approves a proposal from the Parks and Recreation Department.</p><p>The changes include an improved irrigation system, new turf grass and an enhanced off-leash area for dogs. The cost would be shouldered via a $3.5 million donation from the Austin-based promoters <a href="http://www.c3presents.com/">C3 Presents</a>. The company has worked out similar deals to improve <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/zilkers-great-lawn-set-re-open">the grounds at Zilker Park</a>, which hosts C3’s Austin City Limits Festival.</p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 21:16:15 +0000 Marissa Barnett & Wells Dunbar 7594 at http://kut.org Turf Improvements Could Close Auditorium Shores for a Year Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz http://kut.org/post/willie-nelson-piano-jazz Singer-songwriter <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15396875/willie-nelson">Willie Nelson</a> was born April 30, 1933, in the small farming community of Abbott, Texas. His early interest in music came about through singing in church, and he wrote his first song at age 7. By age 9, he'd begun playing in a local band; after high school, Nelson served briefly in the Air Force and studied at Baylor University. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 17:34:50 +0000 5462 at http://kut.org Willie Nelson On Piano Jazz It's Mediterranean Festival This Weekend http://kut.org/post/its-mediterranean-festival-weekend <p>Rain or shine, the annual St. Elias Mediterranean Festival is kicking off this weekend.</p><p>The festival, now in its 80<sup>th</sup> year, promises Mediterranean delights from Lebanon, Palestine, Greece, Eritrea and Romania. According to the festival, “Gyros, Kibbee, Baklava, Spanakopita and Mici are only the beginning as you feast outdoors on delicacies from the Orthodox world.”</p><p>Along with a feast of foods, the festival will offer shopping in a festival marketplace, dance demonstrations and children’s activities at the Kid’s Oasis. Music and live dancing will be provided by Laand Greek Ensemble.</p><p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 14:05:49 +0000 Tyler Pratt 5193 at http://kut.org It's Mediterranean Festival This Weekend Will ACL Go To Two Weekends Next Year? http://kut.org/post/will-acl-go-two-weekends-next-year <p>The release of the 2012 Austin City Limits Music Festival&rsquo;s <a href="http://lineup.aclfestival.com/events/2012/10/12/?utm_campaign=2012_grid&amp;utm_source=facebook&amp;utm_content=20120726_grid">schedule grid</a> wasn&rsquo;t the only big Austin City Limits news today: Music festival&nbsp;producers are in talks with Austin officials to&nbsp;extend the popular three-day event&nbsp;by an extra weekend starting next year.</p><p><a href="http://www.c3presents.com/">C3&nbsp;Presents</a>, the company that produces&nbsp;<a href="http://www.aclfestival.com/">ACL Fest</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.c3presents.com/concerts.php">other big events nationwide</a>, would also donate some of the increased revenue it would gain each year, in addition to the amounts they already give, to help improve Austin parks.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been discussing working with Auditorium Shores for almost two years,&rdquo;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.austintexas.gov/department/parks-and-recreation">Austin Parks and Recreation</a>&nbsp;Director Sara Hensley tells&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;News. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s dusty, it&rsquo;s truly muddy, there&rsquo;s no grass there. For me, it&rsquo;s just an opportunity to take a park area that&rsquo;s just heavily used and make it a lot better and a lot more vibrant for the community and visitors.&rdquo;</p><p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:20:34 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4767 at http://kut.org Will ACL Go To Two Weekends Next Year? The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists, Part Two http://kut.org/post/top-10-austin-top-10-lists-part-two <p>It being <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/city-council-elections-0">election season in Austin</a>, you&rsquo;ve likely heard some candidate singing the city&rsquo;s praises &ndash; or blasting Austin&rsquo;s inclusion on various Top 10 lists as a sign of increasing cost.</p><p>KUT News likes to compile the city&rsquo;s latest Top 10 accolades&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;but take it one step further, into a Top 10 list of our own. You can see our <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/top-10-austin-top-10-lists">previous Top 10 list</a> here. &nbsp;</p><p>As we wrote then, to get a gauge of just how many Austin-happy rankings are floating around, we look for &ldquo;best cities&rdquo; rankings including Austin over the last few months. And from that, we compiled this meta-master list, a Top 10 of the city&rsquo;s most recent Top 10 rankings ranging from the apparent, to the arbitrary, to the really, really arbitrary.&nbsp;So without further ado:</p><p><strong>1. You grow up so fast!: </strong>No surprise here, but Austin&rsquo;s growing, and growing fast. <a href="http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mlj45hfdf/1-austin-texas/#gallerycontent">Forbes ranks Austin Number One</a> in its April 18 study of <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielfisher/2012/04/18/americas-fastest-growing-cities/">&ldquo;America&rsquo;s Fastest Growing Cities.&rdquo;</a></p><p> Tue, 08 May 2012 19:55:24 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Daniel Martens 4189 at http://kut.org The Top 10 Austin Top 10 Lists, Part Two