music

liner notes
12:00 am
Sun April 21, 2013

Dizzy Gillespie: A Relentless Innovator

With his revolutionary harmonics and driving tempos, Dizzy Gillespie was an architect of modern sound.  His virtuosity and creativity helped to define a whole new approach to improvisation and self-expression. An entertainer as well as an accomplished artist, Dizzy brought intelligence and wit to his playing – an example of confidently showcasing what is possible.

In this short feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe explores how Gillespie’s legacy can teach us about living in accordance with an authentic self, while acknowledging the masks we wear.

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Music
1:21 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Study Names Austin’s Most Popular Music Genre

The demographics of Austin's music scene got examined in a study from the University of Toronto.
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A study from Canada has reaffirmed Austin's reputation as a scene for aspiring musicians. But they should be sure to play an acoustic guitar.

The study, which was released early this month from researchers at The Martin Prosperity Institute in the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto in Canada, used data garnered from Myspace to create music profiles of different cities across the United States. Austin was one of the fifteen cities examined in the study. 

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Clifford Brown: A Beacon Of Hope

Jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown is known for his precise and captivatingly smooth technique. He recorded most notably with drummer Max Roach and saxophonist Sonny Rollins, and his compositions Joy Spring and Daahoud are jazz standards to this day. His lasting impact on the jazz cannon is profound.

In this short feature, Rabbi Neil Blumofe discusses what Brown’s legacy teaches us about the strength and importance of following one's own path, in spite of contradictory expectations.

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Arts and Culture
7:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

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Originally published on Thu April 11, 2013 2:50 pm

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?

This was the question before a judge in the case of Capitol Records v. ReDigi Inc.

Launched in 2011, ReDigi is basically a digital version of a used-record store. You can sell the company your old MP3s, and you can buy "used" MP3s that other people have sold.

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liner notes
12:00 am
Sun April 7, 2013

Billie Holiday: To Touch The Sun

Billie Holiday once said, “No two people on earth are alike, and it’s got to be that way in music or it isn’t music.” 

As we look back on her life and legacy, we gain a deep appreciation for Holiday's unique voice and the authenticity and openness of her approach to music. Even as she struggled with drugs, alcohol, abusive relationships and racism, she maintained a raw understanding of her perspective.

Listen to our contemplation of Billie Holiday's life and works below.

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Science
11:24 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Mosh Pit Math: Physicists Analyze Rowdy Crowd

Fans in the mosh pit during the performance of Liturgy at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, Chicago, on July 14, 2012.
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Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 9:55 am

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SXSW
6:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

At South By Southwest, A 71-Year-Old Guitarist Makes A Belated Debut

At age 71, nearly 50 years after his first album, guitarist Harry Taussig is releasing a follow-up — and making his concert debut at South by Southwest.
Jacob Margolis for NPR

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 11:42 am

This week, about 2,000 bands from around the world are performing at various venues throughout Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest music festival. Many of the musicians are young and have had plenty of experience performing in public.

And then there's guitarist Harry Taussig, who is nearly 72 years old. On Thursday, he'll be performing live for the first time ever.

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Austin
1:30 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

What's the State of the Austin Music Industry?

Street performers play during SXSW 2012. Austin Music People says the city gains $1.7 billion from live music and related tourism.
Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

Austin Music People this week presented "The State of the Austin Music Industry" – a biennial white paper that looks at the economic and cultural impacts of what it means to be the “Live Music Capital of the World."

Austin Music People 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.

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in memoriam
11:40 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Van Cliburn, The 'American Sputnik' Of Piano, Dies At 78

Van Cliburn Foundation

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 11:48 am

Legendary pianist Van Cliburn has died at his home in Fort Worth, former CEO of the Cliburn Foundation Richard Rodzinski confirms. Cliburn was diagnosed with bone cancer in August. 

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Arts and Culture
5:57 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Mindy McCready, Whose Life Was a Country Song, Has Died

Mindy McCready performing in 2008 in Nashville.
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Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 6:59 pm

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Arts and Culture
3:58 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Be Honest: Do You Care About the Grammys?

They definitely got this one right: Jay-Z, Frank Ocean and The-Dream accept the Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration.
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Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 2:14 pm

The Grammy Awards are fun to complain about. That's fair. If you watched the telecast Sunday night, you probably care about music. People who care about music tend to have strong opinions about what's good and what's not. Strong opinions often lead to disappointment, especially since the pop-music sphere is increasingly consensus-free.

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Arts and Culture
10:33 am
Sat February 9, 2013

Frank Ocean's Big Year, and What Hasn't Changed in Hip-Hop

Frank Ocean performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 2012.
Kevin Mazur WireImage

Originally published on Sat February 9, 2013 11:11 am

Frank Ocean is set to take a victory lap at this year's Grammys. He's up for six awards for his album Channel Orange, including best new artist, and he'll be performing as well. But just a few months ago, Frank Ocean's music wasn't the story — his sexuality was.

To review: After a listening party for Channel Orange last July, a BBC journalist pointed out that a few of the love songs referenced a "him" where you might have expected to hear "her."

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Arts and Culture
6:47 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels

Originally published on Tue January 29, 2013 9:51 am

Prices on mail sent through the U.S. Postal Service increased this week — the price of a first-class stamp now costs 46 cents, up a penny. But for small businesses that ship products overseas, like many independent record labels, the costs could be much larger.

Brian Lowit, who has worked at Washington, D.C.'s Dischord Records for 10 years, says that while a postage rate hike is a familiar bump in the road, "I've never seen one this drastic."

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Arts and Culture
11:50 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Meet the Austin DJ Spinning Obama’s Inaugural Ball

Austin's DJ Mel is playing Obama's inagural ball and at the National Day of Service on the National Mall in D.C.
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It’s a long way from the sweaty dance floor of a club called Nasty’s to President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball in Washington D.C. But it’s a trek Austin’s DJ Mel has made.

DJ Mel, aka Mel Sandico, is a fixture of Austin’s club scene. DJing in Austin since 1995, he’s kept a weekly hip hop night going at Nasty’s for nearly as long. And since 2001, every couple of months he drops “Rock the Casbah,” a musical-mashup of the best the ‘80s has to offer. That’s not to mention gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and more: “club dates, weddings, in-stores … you name it,” he says.

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Music
2:40 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Grammy Nominations 2012: The Comedown

Nate Ruess performs at the Grammy nominations concert on Dec. 5. Ruess's band, fun., was nominated for Album, Record and Song of the year.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 11:32 am

Thanks largely to a few flukes, the Grammy Awards had an awfully good 2012.

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Education
9:49 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Fulmore Middle School Choir Invited to Carnegie Hall

Fulmore Middle School Advanced Girls Choir may perform in Carnegie Hall next month
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Fulmore Middle School’s Advanced Girls Choir has been invited to participate in the Distinguished Concert Singers International performance at Carnegie Hall in January.

Composer Francisco Nunez asked the choir to perform his “Music for Treble Voices.”  Nunez, Director of the Youth Choir of New York heard the Fulmore Advanced Girls Choir perform while attending the Texas Music Educators Convention in Dallas. He was impressed with both the girls and their director, Yvette Carroll.

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Fun Fun Fun Fest
1:01 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Now This is Fun (Fun Fun): Fest Grows to Three Days, Four Stages, 160-Plus Performers

The banner for iconic rap group Run DMC, performing tonight at Fun Fun Fun Fest.
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Austin's has another big event this weekend. The seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest is taking place all weekend long at Auditorium Shores. The eclectic three-day festival promises underground music from all genres, along with comedy, extreme sports, food, fashion, and art.

Stay tuned to KUT News for updates from the festival, and maybe even a Ryan Gosling sighting or two. Until then, here's a preview of some of the events taking place at Fun Fun Fun Fest, along with fest-related aftershows. 

Friday

Night: For the hip-hop lovers, rap legends Run DMC and Bun B will take the stage. Hipsters will rejoice to the sounds of Santigold and Twin Sister. If that's not enough, a series of skateboard and BMX sessions are kicking off, and will run all weekend.  Each day of the festival also promises two hours of Anarchy Championship Wrestling.

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