Song of the Day The KUTX team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar. It's a no-frills showcase for some of the great music that comes through the "live music capital of the world." Join us to discover new music and revisit some old favorites — one song at a time.
Song of the Day

Song of the Day

From KUT 90.5

The KUTX team looks high and low for songs and artists that should be on your radar. It's a no-frills showcase for some of the great music that comes through the "live music capital of the world." Join us to discover new music and revisit some old favorites — one song at a time.

Most Recent Episodes

Quentin And The Past Lives: "I Am The Gun"

We're in the final seven days of Love Austin Music Month and in the home stretch ofATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person, which features this year's roster fromAustin Music Foundation's Artist Development Program. Quentin And The Past Lives especially shines among ADP 5's Class of 2022, thanks in no small part to the canned heat unleashed by The Past Lives' eponymoustattooed and often half-nude frontman,Quentin Arispe. The group's got some exciting opportunities coming up, including a SXSW appearance and a Half Time performance for MLR Austin in late May. But before you catch Quentin And The Past Lives in person, trot along to the alt-rock-soul trigger discipline of "I Am The Gun"!

TV Temple: "Wild"

With freezing temperatures in the forecast and the trauma of last year's statewide blackout all-too-fresh in memory, many Texans just want to fast-forward to sandier summer times. Well, at least in the musical world you can do just that with Austin "beach-alt" duo TV Temple, who're still in the standalone single phase of their career. As such, the sunny indie-psych-rock that characterizes "beach alt" is largely undefined as of yet, and"Wild", the second of TV Temple's two tracks on ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person, definitely lets a little more loose than its predecessors.

Natalie Price: "Butterfly"

At the top ofLove Austin Music Month we re-introduced you toAustin Music Foundation's Artist Development Program and their new compilation ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person. ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person features a dozen original songs from six Austin artists, including indie-pop/Americana-folk aficionado Natalie Price. This guitarist, vocalist, and kalimba-enthusiast began to seriously forge her songwriting path with 2019's Through the Fog and has clearly matured even more in the short time since then. That sense of progressive metamorphosis is hopefully a longstanding trend for the burgeoning singer and her blossoming career, so enjoy some new Natalie Price at no cost (while you still can) with "Butterfly"!

Sun June: "Reminded" (Live in Studio 1A)

COVID-19's omicron variant quickly curbed some of the Live Music Capital's winter highlights – high profile New Year's Eve shows, an overflow of talent throughout Free Week, and the long anticipated return of music to KUTX's beloved Studio 1A. But especially with the recent foggy mornings and freezing temperatures on the horizon, we're just thankful to share some sultry summer heat from Austin's Sun June. Sun June stopped by Studio 1A in early December, right aroundthe same time that the quintet released the deluxe expanded edition of their LP Somewhere. They're starting off 2022 strong with a multi-month three-leg national tour with support from Daphne Tunes (fronted by featured guitarist Santiago Dietche), a co-headline tour with Katy Kirby, and supporting Shakey Graves, including an appearance on Sunday, February 6th at Empire Control Room alongside Little Mazarn. With uplifting chord structures and earthy arrangements (including Somewhere (Expanded) exclusive "Reminded") Sun June's Studio 1A set is absolutely phenomenal.

The Whitmore Sisters: "Superficial World of Love"

At just past the halfway mark forLove Austin Music Month we should recognize that not every Austinite stayed in town for their latest releases. Case in point: Austin's Bonnie Whitmore, who after a string of successful solo albums, joined her older sibling Eleanor in Los Angeles to realize their folk project The Whitmore Sisters. And after years apart, their shared sororal energy and equal-but-opposite worldly experiences have swirled together beautifully for the pair's debut LP Ghost Stories. Ghost Stories is out this Friday and The Whitmore Sisters hit the road for a supporting international tour at the end of the month, though they've already globe-trotted plenty in the emotional landscape from the sounds of "Superficial World of Love"!

Anastasia Hera & The Heroes: "Like I Am"

Anyone who's heard Anastasia Hera can tell that she's a big proponent of Black activism, making her a prime candidate for the spotlight on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This native Austinitecemented her charismatic sense of verbal cadence early on by memorizing King's iconic "I Have A Dream" speech at a young age, andin 2015 Hera founded CAKE, a non-profit that empowers girls and women interested in musical performance. Anastasia Hera & The Heroes shared two new singles as part ofAustin Music Foundation's Artist Development Program and their 2022 compilation ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person including a luminous piece of R&B-funk perfect forLove Austin Music Month,"Like I Am".

Nemegata: "Te Vi"

Houston trio Khruangbin's been getting a lot of kudos for their blend of world music and '70s-style psychedelia, but Austin three-piece Nemegata and their own timeless sound may very well become their nemesis. Nemegata makes extensive use of Spanish and Muisca in their tracks and effortlessly alternates between neo-traditional rhythmsand effects-drenched psych-prog-rock, as heard on their 2020 debut LPHycha Wy, produced by Beto Martinez. The banddropped their live album Changua Sessions, Vol. 1 last year andjust played at Empire Control Room with Superfónicos, but as Nemegata climbs the ranks of must-see Austin acts, their latest achievement is landing inAustin Music Foundation's Artist Development Program. Nemegata's shared two new singles for ATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person, so celebrate Love Austin Music Month with the truly eclectic ingenuity of "Te Vi".

Dena Hope: "Miss U"

Since 2019 Austin's Dena Hope has been expanding on an eponymous solo synth-pop endeavor, which got its first leg up in 2020 with her debut EP In Transit. And while many synth-poppers out there tend to dabble with retro-'80s formulas, Dena Hope prefers to keep it more contemporary sounding and in line with her alluring vocal melodies. KUTX Presents Dena Hope alongsideHalf Dream and our 2022 Artist of the Month San Gabriel next Sunday at Far Out Lounge and even if you can't make it out in person, you don't want to miss out on Hope's latest driving single, "Miss U"!

TV Temple: "June 3030"

Right around this same time last year, guitarist Ben Root and drummer Emma Berrigan had finally put their "beach-alt" sound as TV Temple on streaming platforms, making their eponymous place of worship easily accessible no matter the static. But instead of just feeding the figurative idiot box, this Austin duo's chosen quality over quantity with a mere three studio singles to their name as of now. However that limited output's made TV Temple a prime candidate forAustin Music Foundation's Artist Development Program and wouldn't you know it – they've now got two new contributions toATX Gen Next: Adventures in Person. TV Temple's first offering, "June 3030" will instantly transport you out of these chilly January days and right into a summer mindset with sunny strumming, tantalizing harmonies, countermelodies, and augmented alt-rock rhythms that'll keep you on your toes – even ankle deep in sand

Kydd Jones: "TV On"

As our hip-hop specialty program The Breaks celebrates five years on the air, we can't help but give extra kudos to one of the shows' main staples, Austin renaissance man Kydd Jones. On top of his never-ending drive in the hip-hop R&B realm, be it producing, writing, singing, or rapping, Jones has been dipping his feet into fashion and comedy (with a show at Antone's next Thursday). Mayor Steve Adler even named Jones a Creative Ambassador in 2019 but it's safe to say the distinction hasn't gone to his head or slowed down his production flow. Kydd Jones just celebrated the release of his latest LP, Onyx D'or (No More Waiting), a towering sixteen-song collection that shifts from unapologetic club bangers to headier serenades like "TV On" with the drop of a hat. And when you've heard the record in full, catch Kydd Jones at the tail end ofLove Austin Music Month on Saturday January 29th with UGK legend Bun B at Antone's.