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Austin to Angers
9:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France

The Skroks rock the Hole in the Wall with their brand of brass, ska and rock.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

The Skroks are here. They're a youthful, all-male brass band in town from one of Austin's sister cities, Angers, France.

So what brings an overseas band to Austin? Exactly what appeals to young bands across the world: touring, playing music and meeting fans.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest 2014 Lineup
9:00 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Judas Priest, Nas, Neutral Milk Hotel Headline 2014 Fun Fun Fun Fest

A FFF Fest goer revels in last year's mosh pit. This year's fest returns to Auditorium Shores with a blast of metal and punk.
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX

In 2006 a small music festival began in Austin’s Waterloo Park. It was aimed at the city’s alternative music scene and headlined by Austin’s own psych rockers, The Black Angels.

Nine years later, Fun Fun Fun Fest has grown to become one of the premiere independent music festivals in the country, attracting international acts and attention. At a special event Monday night, the festival’s producers, Transmission Events, revealed this year’s lineup. And you may want to remember to bring your earplugs.

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest lineup features a medley of heavy metal and punk, with legendary acts such as Judas Priest, King Diamond, Dinosaur Jr. and Rocket from the Crypt. Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Sick of It All, Amon Amarth, Black Lips and Glassjaw are also bringing the noise.

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ACL Hall of Fame
7:00 am
Mon April 28, 2014

The Red Headed Stranger and Austin's 'Pride and Joy' Honored at ACL Hall of Fame

Emmy Lou Harris, Willie and Lyle Lovett perform together

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.  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.

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.  But arguably the best-dressed man in attendance was Lyle Lovett – in his signature suit and tie.

Lovett was there to honor Willie Nelson who was ACL’s first-ever inductee into the Hall of Fame.

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Austin City Limits Fest
1:43 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

ACL Fest Organizers on What's In Store for 2014

Day one of the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival. This week, ACL released its lineup for the 2014 fest.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

In Austin, many see live music not just as an opportunity, but as a way of life.

Every day brings the possibility to see a variety of talents – both from music’s biggest and brightest, to up-and-coming acts in Austin’s live music scene.

For many outside Central Texas, Austin’s “Live Music Capital of the World” status is summed up by two of the city’s biggest music festivals: South by Southwest and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. The latter, now in its 13th year, carries the brand of the historic Austin City Limits television show, which has a rich and storied history all its own.

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ACL Music Festival
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Eminem, Outkast, Pearl Jam and Lorde Top 2014 ACL Music Festival Lineup

Rapper Eminem headlines the 2014 ACL Fest and indie sensation Lorde gets top billing
Ross Brown/shadyrecords.com

Calling it one of their most energetic lineups to date, the 13th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival also includes a blast of nostalgia.

Pearl Jam is headlining and The Replacements are top billed. Major hip-hop acts of the 2000s, Outkast and Eminem are also headliners. The festival also sees a significant number of electronic music acts with Calvin Harris and Skrillex headlining – and groups such as Major Lazer, Zedd, Phantogram, Chromeo and CHVRCHES in the big font. Beck rounds out the list of this year’s headliners.

Last year’s festival drew some criticism for a lack of female performers. However, this year’s top billing includes international superstars, Lana Del Rey and Lorde (though the latter will be for the second weekend only). Female acts such as St. Vincent, Iggy Azalea, Jenny Lewis, Nikki Lane, tUnE -yArDs and My Brightest Diamond also made the cut.

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Austin
10:35 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Shake Your Brass at Honk!TX, Austin's Marching Band Jam

The Minor Mishap Marching Band performed at Austin's fourth annual Honk!TX parade.
Jon Shapley for KUT News

Update: KUTX was there for Honk!TX this weekend. Check out video from the festival below, and see more photos here.

Original story (March 21): South By Southwest has come and gone, but Austin's festival season is in full swing.

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Austin
5:00 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

SXSW Brands & Bands: How They Work Together

Bagheera play a Red Bull Sound Select Show
facebook.com/BagheeraMusic

If there’s one common sight at South By Southwest it’s brands.

Doritos to Samsung and everything in between. And some criticize the festival, saying it’s become more about the brands, when it used to be about – the bands.

But there’s at least one brand, a big one,  that says they’re using their name to search out and develop undiscovered musical talent.

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Austin
5:00 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Vulcan Gas Company Returns As An Electronic Music Club

Original Vulcan Gas Company Poster advertising a show with Shiva's Headband, The Conqueroo and Georgetown Medical Band
Credit The Vulcan Gas Company

Austin’s Vulcan Gas Company was only open for a few years in the 1960s.

But in that brief time the music venue showcased legendary acts like the Velvet Underground, Janis Joplin and Moby Grape.
It’s been revered as one of the early homes of psychedelic rock and helped pave the way for legendary Austin music establishment- the Armadillo World Headquarters.

Tonight, as the South By Southwest Music festival gets underway, the Vulcan Gas Company name has been revived – in a new location. 
Here’s a look back at its past and what the owners of its new incarnation hope to offer.

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SXSW 2014
7:23 am
Fri March 7, 2014

SXSW Relies on Volunteers. Is That Legal?

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

It takes a lot of manpower to put on a festival, especially as one as big as South by Southwest.

"One thing that I don't think a lot of people realize is that there's like 200 people that have full time jobs at South by Southwest," says SXSW cofounder and managing director Roland Swenson. "During the event there are hundreds of more temporary workers that we hire."

When it comes to volunteers, Swenson knows there's a lot – even if he's not quite sure of the number.

"You know I think there's going to be over 3,000," he says. "I don't have a precise count, but that's for 15 days of South by Southwest." 

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Music
2:35 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Learning Secrets: An Austin Dance Party Celebrates 10 Years

A contemplative moment for the DJs behind Learning Secrets, Jeramy Neugent and Ian Orth.
facebook.com/LearningSecrets

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 – one of Austin’s longest running dance parties – celebrates their 10-year anniversary.

OK. But what is Learning Secrets?
 

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Life & Arts
9:57 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Texas Musician Joe Ely & Daughter Showcase 'Lostbound' Travels in Art

Joe and Marie Ely's art is paired together in a variety of styles to show their similarities.
The Den Gallery

This story was originally published on Nov. 29.

Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis: They’re all famous musicians who also moonlighted as visual artists.  

Now, Joe Ely – the Flatlander known by many as the Springsteen of the Southwest – joins their ranks. Ely has been keeping sketches, drawings and photographs since he began life on the road in his teens traveling the U.S. and Europe.

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Austin
6:30 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest: Staying True To Its Roots

Fun Fun Fun Fest prides itself on unexpected antics, seen here at the 2012 Festival
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Fun Fun Fun Fest kicks off as at Auditorium Shores starting today.

The festival began eight years ago as a small music showcase in downtown Austin. Since then, it’s become one of the top independent festivals for music lovers. Known for its relaxed and creative atmosphere, the festival now includes comedy, action sports and flying tacos.

Given all it takes to put on a music festival, you wouldn’t expect as much laughter and humor from festival organizers, Transmission Events, this close to their event. But the vibe over at the temporary small east Austin office was anything but serious. It’s clear that fest creators like to have, well, fun.

“We had half-pipe diaper changing stations last year,” says Transmission and Fun Fun Fun Fest co-founder, James Moody. “They are all miniature half pipes. One time we tried to run the stats about how many black t-shirts are at our fest. I would say it’s 65 percent more than that of ACL Fest. I don’t know what it means but I know it’s true [laughing]. So, we could sit here for an hour and talk about all those little differences – it’s one big difference if you roll them all up.

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Austin City Limits Fest
4:14 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Austin Charges ACL $53,000. Chicago Has Lollapalooza Pay 28 Times That

Festival-goers at this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Mary Kang, KUT

The Austin City Limits Music Festival isn’t the only production put on by parent company C3 Presents. In addition to booking and promoting Austin concerts throughout the year, C3 also puts on Chicago’s annual Lollapalooza music festival.

Like ACL, Lollapalooza is hosted on public parkland, requiring a contract with the city. So how do the contracts compare? KUT scoured C3’s deals with Austin and Chicago to find out.

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Austin City Limits Fest
5:07 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Austin City Limits Fest: A Weekend One Wrap-Up

Friday - Day One of the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival.
Credit Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, KUT News

Editor's note: This piece which aired on KUT Morning Edition Monday, Oct. 7, was filed before the musical love and happiness of Lionel Richie touched Zilker Park.

Anyone that’s attended the Austin City Limits Music Festival understands the importance of the weather over the weekend. You might remember the dustbowl year, or the Dillo Dirt mud-fest.  While Friday was hot and humid, Saturday’s cooler temperatures ushered a forgotten sensation into town. And the change seemed to be all anyone could talk about.

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Austin
7:19 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Toronto: Austin's Sister in the Music Scene?

Mirror images? Austin and Toronto may become the sister cities of the music industry.
Hequals2henry/48 Hour Film Project, Inc/Tyler Pratt

In what is being called the first-of-its-kind alliance worldwide, Austin and Toronto, Canada have established what they are calling the Music City Alliance.

While Toronto is roughly four times the size of Austin, the city has been publicly looking at Austin’s model of success to promote Toronto’s music scene. Officials from both cities met during this year’s South By Southwest to begin talks about forming a partnership to promote economic growth.

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Austin
10:31 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013: The Official Music Lineup

Snoop Dogg is one of nearly a hundred performers heading to FFF8 this year
HR Booking

After a month of leaks and guessing games, the official music lineup in out. This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest headliners are: M.I.A., Slayer, MGMT, Jurassic 5, Snoop Dogg, Descendents, Ice-T, Television, and FLAG.

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, Vannin’, in Austin.

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Austin
12:01 am
Tue May 7, 2013

2013 ACL Fest Lineup: Muse, Depeche Mode, The Cure & More

The gates outside ACL Fest last year. Organizers announced the lineup for the fest's two-weekends tonight.
KUT News

No more leaks: the full Austin City Limits Music Festival lineup is out. 

Sure, British rock band Muse had accidentally confirmed their performance during an interview with a Montreal radio station. Over the weekend other band names like Portugal. The Man, Neko Case and D’Angelo appeared on beer coozies and Topo Chico bottle caps around town. And last week cheeky ads were placed in the Austin Chronicle (“For a little Fun. Call 555-ACL-FEST”).  But just after midnight this morning, the full lineup was finally unveiled.

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Austin
7:02 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Austin, TX: The Live Comedy Capital Of The World?

Bill Hader's SNL fan favorite Stefan made a guest appearance Wednesday night at the Paramount, to dish on Austin's hottest new clubs.
Saturday Night Live

“We’re at a festival, and what is more beautiful than watching someone try?” squeaked Maria Bamford on Thursday night at Austin’s Stateside Theater. The comedian had just attempted a new bit that didn’t quite pay off the way she planned. But she was able to pull it off, thanks to an admission of her own failure and a happy, comedy-loving audience.

Bamford isn’t the only comic trying out new material in Austin: she’s one of a 109 stand-up comedians performing at this year’s Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival (and one of the more recognizable faces at this year’s festival, either for her series of off-kilter Target commercials or her famously strange on-stage antics and voices). 

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Austin
10:10 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Update: Civil Rights Group Questions Austin Police's 'Suicide by Cop' Rationale in Fatal Shooting

54-year-old Herbert Babelay was shot and killed Tuesday night by Austin police.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

The Austin Police Chief says an incident this week in which police officers fatally shot a man was not a mental health call.

Chief Art Acevedo is responding to the Texas Civil Rights Project calling for the city to appoint an independent professional consultant to help police handle incidents involving people with mental illness.

Here’s how Chief Acevedo characterizes this week’s incident, in which a man was shot after pointing a shotgun at APD officers.

“It was not a mental health call," Acevedo said. "It was a public safety threat call, where the, the absolute safety of our residents was at risk. The Austin Police Department received information that the decedent in that case was suicidal and homicidal and threatening to hurt others.”

The Texas Civil Rights Project is calling for more involvement from the Austin Police Monitor’s Office in assessing calls involving use of force.

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Austin
8:49 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Photos: Austin Rallies For and Against Gay Marriage Promote Same Goal - Family

Attendees at two opposite rallies at the Texas State Capitol Tuesday both sought the strengthening of families.
Tyler Pratt for KUT News

The U.S. Supreme Court continues its examination of same-sex marriage today, taking up arguments in one part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Yesterday, as the court took a look at Proposition 8 – the constitutional ban on gay marriage in California– two rallies hit the Texas State Capitol: one to promote traditional values and another to support same-sex marriage.

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