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

Nick Garza's Get Along: "Denial" (feat. Kelsey Wilson)

Historically, singer-guitarist Nick Garza's been known as co-founder of Austin's premiere "stomp-folk" group, Hello Wheels. But amongst the bevy of revelations that've unfolded in 2020, you might've missed the launch of his eponymous country project, Nick Garza's Get Along this past summer. The Get Along came out of the gate strong with a collaboration between Garza, Augie Meyers, and Los Texmaniacs, showing off the songwriter's penchant for classic country composition, rooted even deeper by his rich baritone. Nick Garza's Get Along's debut record Heartbreak and Enchiladas still needs some more time before its ready to come out of the oven, but last week we were treated to a Thanksgiving appetizer featuring Sir Woman, Glorietta, and Wild Child vocalist Kelsey Wilson. "Denial" is a pretty straightforward two-step tune, but the chemistry between Wilson and Garza as they trade bars is something that'll make you want to revisit the single several times over, and maybe even try it out with a karaoke partner in the future. –Jack Anderson KUTX supports Austin music; your support makes KUTX possible. Donate today.

Pahua: "Vayayó"

As an internationally-seasoned DJ, host of her own online radio show, and eponymous frontwoman of the globetrotting Mexican group Sotomayor, singer-songwriter Paulina Sotomayor's artistic appetite seems insatiable. Sotomayor's latest endeavor was announced a little over a month ago, an electronic-leaning solo project Pahua whose momentum culminates early next year with her debut EP, Ofrenda. The guiding six originals on Ofrenda offer a sense of empowerment and connections to both folklore and Earth's natural energy. You'll pick up on all that pretty quickly while watching Pahua's just-premiered video for the record's glistening and pulsating lead single, "Vayayó"! –Jack Anderson Support KUTX's ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

Chico Mann: "Fighting"

Born to two heavily-music-inclined parents, Chico Mann was raised with a real understanding of production techniques, sound design, and making tiny tweaks to achieve the perfect mix and arrangement. Mann's recondite knowledge of piano boleros (inherited from his radio DJ mother) gave him a springboard to multi-instrumentalism and Latin stylings, all of which have remained close to Mann's musicianship. Fast forward to the past couple decades, where Mann made a memorable name for himself in New York's bustling scene, eventually landing him a spot in Brooklyn Afrobeat connoisseurs (and KUTX favorites) Antibalas. Never one to settle, Mann now calls L.A. his home and has just exposed the excellence on his latest LP Double Life, soaking in psychedelia and loyal to his Latin-leaning upbringing. Rest assured, Double Life will rile you up across its fourteen tracks, and you won't need much more convincing after checking out its sophomore song, "Fighting"! –Jack Anderson –Photo: Anna Azarov Support KUTX's ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

Hypoluxo: "Night Life"

Compared to its angsty, distortion-heavy predecessor, the genre post-punk tends to be pretty introspective and often so self-examining that its legitimately therapeutic. And for Brooklyn quartet Hypoluxo, they've sheared off any connection to the Florida beachside with their candid yet thoughtful take on the post-punk formula. Hypoluxo tapped deep into undertones of despondency on their just-issued self-titled third album but that doesn't mean the sound strays far from aggressive. Hear for yourself on Hypoluxo's B-side opener about trying to find your footing in the Big Apple once the sun goes down, "Night Life"! –Jack Anderson –Photo: Henry Archer Support KUTX's ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

Hong Kong Wigs: "Discopop!"

Made up of Sweet Spirit singer-guitarist John Fichter, Black Basements bassist Anastasia Wright, and Ex Romantika dummer Adam Galvan, Austin three-piece Hong Kong Wigs truly fulfills their status as a power trio. HKW's been around for a bit now, but have only just today released their debut LP, LOIS. LOIS is an outstanding stepping stone for Hong Kong Wigs and a phenomenal first full-length entry into their still-growing art rock discography. They'll be celebrating LOIS with a virtual release show 6PM tonight via Bud's Live and Direct and even if you can't check that out, we're pretty sure that one of LOIS's late contenders "Discopop!" will keep Hong Kong Wigs close to your head throughout the weekend. –Jack Anderson –Photo: Travis Lilley KUTX supports Austin music; your support makes KUTX possible. Donate today.

Phabo: "LNF"

Like many lyricists based out of L.A., Phabo started cutting his teeth on juvenile yet formative freestyle rap battles while still in high school. Jump to 2014 where Phabo's four-part mixtape Ratchet & Blues proved that this singer-rapper was nothing to be overlooked, and ought to be put in a salacious pantheon that includes early Weeknd and Usher. Following a slew of promising collaborations, today Phabo dropped an undulating trap-R&B single ahead of his upcoming LP and we can assure you, "LNF" is nothing short of sultry. –Jack Anderson Support KUTX's ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

Synthemesc: "Nighttrap"

With the pandemic continuing at its current rate, working on a solo project is obviously more feasible than practicing with a full band. And for those that remember Austin psych-noir six-piece The Halfways, former frontman Daniel Fernandez has been churning out electronic music under the handle Synthemesc. Synthemesc has a new home base in Medellin, where he's released the latest installment into his arsenal of minimalist yet lengthy, psychosomatic house instrumentals, "Nighttrap"! Its best enjoyed on the dancefloor or behind the wheel, so remember to wear a mask, socially distance, and drive responsibly! –Jack Anderson Support KUTX's ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

Ghost Funk Orchestra: "Little Bird"

Halloween may be over, but for one set of sonic specters the urge to get a little ghastly isn't tied to any one holiday. Solo-project-turned-ten-piece Ghost Funk Orchestra has continued to float across genres, ushering in an aura of mystery and intrigue not heard in most ensembles of this size. Last Friday GFO conjured up their sophomore full-length, An Ode To Escapism, with an astonishing seventeen tracks that incorporate a bit more jazz and fuzz than their 2019 debut A Song For Paul, while still leaning heavily into salsa, psych, soul, and of course, funk. The arrangements are more complex, the drums bang harder, and the experience (pauses and all) is unparalleled. But don't take our word for it; instead let "Little Bird" increase your mood's altitude. –Jack Anderson –Photo: Jeanette D. Moses Support KUTX's ability to bring you closer to the music. Donate today.

Kalu & The Electric Joint: "Nov. 16th" [Social Distancing Pop-Up]

At the start of the past decade, songwriter Kalu James began making a name for himself with stripped down performances at intimate Austin venues like the Cactus Café. Fast forward to this time three years back, where his new psych-rock-meets-R&B outfit Kalu & The Electric Joint landed a spot as our November 2017 Artist of the Month, thanks in no small part to James' soufully impassioned vocals and revealing lyrics. The Studio 1A veteran and My KUTX coordinators linked up with our multi-media team this past spring to revisit James' earlier acoustic sound, and with its calendar-centric title (written on this day last year and appearing on the next Electric Joint record), "Nov. 16th" truly is the "Song of the Day". –Jack Anderson KUTX supports Austin music; your support makes KUTX possible. Donate today.

Ley Line: "Tous Que Je Vois"

Known for their multi-lingual lyricism and awe-inspiring acoustic arrangements, Ley Line is one of Austin's finest folk fusion creators. These disciplined Studio 1A veterans first linked up after an auspicious meeting of duos at the 2013 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and before long they had earned their keep as our October 2019 Artist of the Month. This folk-fusion four-piece just announced their upcoming album We Saw Blue with the premiere of Ley Line's debut French-language original. "Tous Que Je Vois" will fit right in on We Saw Blue's second stripped down side and while you'll have to wait 'til December 4th to explore the record's percussion-heavy opening half, this new single will keep you humming through the weekend. –Jack Anderson –Photo: Letitia Smith KUTX supports Austin music; your support makes KUTX possible. Donate today.

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