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South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah tweeted, "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

Forklift Danceworks specializes in dances starring people who don’t consider themselves dancers – firefighters, baseball players, sanitation workers, and now, members of the City of Austin’s Urban Forestry Division. 

Staging a large scale dance with the people and machinery of Urban Forestry is a natural fit for Forklift; they've already undertaken similar projects with the city's sanitation and power departments.

The piece, The Trees of Govalle, is more tied to place than some of Forklift's previous works. It's about the people of Urban Forestry, the work they do, and the trees they service, but it's also about a particular area of town: the Govalle neighborhod in East Austin. As such, it'll take place in Govalle Park. And, in addition to the Urban Forestry workers who will be dancing and participating, The Trees of Govalle will also feature Govalle resident and bona fide musical treasure Manuel "Cowboy" Donley, who will perform along with his daughter Sylvia Donley.

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. presents highlights of the 10th Annual Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Salute To Excellence Awards held during Super Bowl XLIX week.

SXSW: Episode Thirteen from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

Zee and Milo, the brains behind From The Airport (FTA) met at a friend's underground studio in Seoul in 2010 and have since collaborated to create a unique mix of energizing distortions, dance beats, melodies, and moving lyrics. Milo (producing, guitar, bass, keys, vocals) and Zee (producing, DJ, drums, keys, vocals) both have roots in film, Zee as a screenwriter and Milo as a film composer. We spoke about their obsession with films, what inspires them as musicians, their time in the Korean Army, and what American bands influenced them growing up as kids in S. Korea.

SXSW: Episode Twelve from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

Korean American Daniel Park (aka DPD) is a director and producer. His film Ktown Cowboys made its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival. He started his music, news and publishing agency, Transparent Agency, along with electro-hop band Far East Movement. Together they manage artists April Nhem, Bye Felicia, Dustin Lenji, Paul Mason, Rell The Soundbender, and Yultron. He sat down with us during KPop Meet Up @Blackheart to talk about the KPop wave, why the computer is a musical instrument, and how DJs are artists too.

SXSW: Episode Eleven from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

The Daily Buzz caught up with Korean rock, electronic and indie band HEO in the hallway of the Majestic on 6th Street during SXSW just prior to their performance. We spoke with HEO's Kim Bo Yeong (vocals, keyboard, and bass), K (guitar and sound engineer) and Kim Geonjae (drums).

SXSW: Episode Ten from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

The Daily Buzz caught up with the winners of the 2015 Korean Music Awards Rock Song Of The Year Asian Chairshot after their performance at KPop Night Out at the Elysium. This psychedelic garage rock band group consists of a talented trio: drummer Pak Gye Wan, guitarist Sohn Hee Nam, and bassist and vocalist Hwang Yong Won. Others have compared their sound to Black Sabbath, Soundgarden and Radiohead.

Find out during our interview how they met Jeff Schroeder of Smashing Pumpkins, how they convinced him to produce their album, and why it's important to never give up.

SXSW: Episode Nine from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

Singer-songwriter Bobby Choy is no stranger to SXSW. This graduate of NYC's School of Performing Arts returns to the festival for a second time this year doing double duty as an artist in both the film and music portions. He had a lead role in Ktown Cowboys, which made its world premiere in Austin at SXSW. The film, based on the successful web series of the same name, follows a group of childhood friends who spend their free time in Los Angeles' Koreatown (aka Ktown).

SXSW: Episode Eight from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

The Daily Buzz spoke to The Barberettes, a retro Korean female trio made up of three vocalists: Shinae An Wheeler, Grace Kim and So Hee Park, at SXSW during the Music portion of the festival. Specializing in harmony, this very stylish doo wop group takes us back in time with their nostalgic interpretations of hits from the 1950s and 1960s such as "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes and "Barbara Ann" by the Beach Boys. They call themselves the "Time Traveling Girl Group" and have inspired a new wave of fashion followers with their dapper outfits and picture perfect hair and makeup.

SXSW: Episode Seven from The Daily Buzz

Mar 25, 2015

During the KPop meetup at Blackheart, The Daily Buzz spent some time with Korean indie rock band Eastern Sidekick. The band consists of main songwriter and lead guitarist Ko Hangyul, Bae Sanghwan on bass guitar, Ryu Inhyuk on guitars and Ko Myungchul on drums.

This month, KUT is partnering with the Ruthe Winegarten Foundation to celebrate Women's History Month. Every day, we'll bring you a short feature spotlighting a historic woman, movement, or group of women in Texas. 

In our fouth week, we'll look at the Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII, philanthropist Mary Couts Burnett, musician, writer, and activist Maude Cuney Hare, and more.

Andrew Takano

Self-taught photographer and producer Andrew Takano uploaded another high-quality timelapse video of Austin yesterday, and this one takes viewers through the city from sundown to sunrise.

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

You might be surprised to hear that Sweden is the world’s third biggest exporter of music. ABBA, Ace of Base, and the guy who invented Spotify are all Swedes.

And when Swedish musicians travel outside their country, one of their first stops is South by Southwest.

But what makes Swedish music so popular?

Bernardo Ruiz

This story comes from Texas Standard.

A documentary at SXSW – “Kingdom of Shadows” – forces us to look at the ongoing violence south of the Texas-Mexico border.

The film is told through three people – a Mexican nun working to find answers about tens of thousands of disappearances, a U.S. drug enforcement agent and a former Texas drug smuggler. Bernardo Ruiz directed the film.

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

At South by Southwest Music you can hear everything from metal and rock to hip hop and electronic music.

Dozens of genres – but for the most part, they all have one very basic thing in common.

If you’re a musician, it might sound familiar to you:
The musical note A, above middle C, equals 440 hertz.

It’s the basis of virtually every piece of music you’ll hear today. And probably every piece of music you have ever heard, with a few exceptions.

It’s called reference pitch or concert pitch. It’s the note that every other note is based on.

Take a listen:

Every instrument in Western music – more or less – is tuned to this standard.

Bret Brookshire

This month, the modestly-sized Hyde Park Theatre has been transformed into the smallest megachurch you're likely run across. That's because they're staging a production of The Christians, by Lucas Hnath, which is set in just such a church.

This is only the second worldwide production of The Christians; after a well-received premiere at the 2014 Humana Festival, several theaters clamored to get the rights, but Hyde Park beat the others to the punch.

The play centers around Pastor Paul (played by Hyde Park artistic director Ken Webster), who has come to the conclusion that he no longer believes in the existence of hell. This puts him at odds with Brother Joshua (Joey Hood), and their theological debate forms the heart of the play.

Matt Karp

It’s the busiest weekend of the year for live music in Austin, and trying to look at the listings is like drinking from a fire hose. We spoke with KUTX program director Matt Reilly about a free concert for locals, a mini-fest at a boutique hotel on South Congress and a family friendly music experience in North Austin.

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

This year's South by Southwest Music festival features more than 900 bands – not counting those who play impromptu shows in clubs and houses and on the streets – and as usual, it's drawn swarms of visitors to Austin. KUT/KUTX photographers and multimedia producers are out in the field, capturing images of musicians, crowds and workers.

Click through the photos above for a slideshow.

NPR Music At SXSW 2015: Wednesday

Mar 19, 2015
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Maybe you didn't RSVP to the events, or maybe you didn't buy an $895 music badge or a $189 wristband, or maybe you hate lines, but you still want a taste of Austin's largest annual assembly of live music? There are options.

Fader Fort is livestreaming four days of live music performances in ultrahigh definition. Dell is organizing the technology and says it's the first time a concert has been livestreamed online in 4K.

"You're going from HD to basically four HD-sized screens, so you're quadrupling the detail," Dell's Scott Hamilton says of 4K technology. "This just takes it to the next level."