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Sense of Place: Austin SXSW

Austin is not your ordinary city. Not even your ordinary music city. As Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child put it, : “Everyone is a good songwriter and everyone plays an instrument and everyone is in a cool band.” Our Sense of Place visit to Austin has lots of those “cool bands” plus we brought back videos, free downloads, playlists and lots of pictures to put you there. Even if you can’t go to SXSW.

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Alejandro Escovedo Sets The Scene For Our Sense of Place: Austin

The very first person we thought to talk Austin with for our Sense of Place series was long time resident Alejandro Escovedo. Make no mistake Al was born and raised in San Antonio but...Read More

Live From Spoon Drummer Jim Eno’s Public Hi Fi Studio – Jim Eno!

If you are a fan of Spoon, the long time Alt-rock band that got their start in Austin, then you are undoubtedly a fan of their drummer Jim Eno. He and lead singer...Read More

Austin’s Long Time Learning Secrets Dance Party Spawns World Cafe: Next Band Orthy

The Austin band Orthy are our World Cafe: Next band for our Sense of Place visit to Austin. We picked Orthy, whose two EPs touch on Electronic Dance Music, to illustrate the breadth...Read More

All Songs Considered’s Bob Boilen – His Top 5 From SXSW

Bob Boilen is the founder of NPR’s All Songs Considered. A musician himself, he has a unique feel for presenting music on the web. And he is a bit obsessed....Read More

Festival Co-Founder Roland Swenson On SXSW - From 700 Fans To Nearly 50,000

Roland Swenson is the Co-Founder/Managing Director of the South By Southwest Music Festival. The idea for the festival first began in 1986 when organizers of the NYC New Music Seminar contacted Swenson, then a...Read More

Find Out Why Austin’s Shakey Graves Was Born To Perform

Our Sense of Place: Austin guest today, Shakey Graves, has been described as one of the best one-man shows in Austin. With his finger-picked guitar and suitcase drum he takes over the stage. ...Read More

Hear (And Download) Five of The Best New Bands From Austin

To find out the best new bands in Austin for our Sense of Place visit we went to the source at KUTX Radio, Program Director Matt Reilly. We asked him to pick five,...Read More

2013 Austin Music Award Winners In Both The “Indie” and “Folk” Categories - Wild Child

Our Sense of Place visit to Austin continues as we move into the KUTX studio for a performance from the Austin, Texas band Wild Child. The band put out their debut in 2011 and...Read More

The Black Angels Uphold Austin’s Long Time Psychedelic Tradition

Austin, Texas goes back a long way with psychedelic music. Maybe all the way back when you consider the claim that Roky Erikson's Thirteenth Floor Elevators were the first psychedelic band back in 1965....Read More

Austin Suits Patty Griffin Just Right! She Plays An Unreleased Song For Us Live

Our Sense of Place stop in Austin continues today with long time resident singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. In late 2013 Griffin finally saw the release of her album Silver Bell which was recorded...Read More

KUTX’s Jody Denberg Shapes And Reflects Austin’s Musical Taste

Longtime Austin resident Jody Denberg, who is at least somewhat responsible for Austin's musical tastes as the Program Director of KGSR radio for 19 years, is our guest for this Sense of Place visit...Read More

Latin Roots: New Songs From Austin’s Latin Funk Orchestra Grupo Fantasma

Fortunately there was a great choice for our Sense of Place: Austin Latin Roots segment. It is Grupo Fantasma a 9 piece Latin band that formed in 2000. The band created their own...Read More

SXSW: Former Austin Music Awards “Band Of The Year” Bright Lights Social Hour

The members of Bright Lights Social Hour landed in Austin in 2006 and soon after got a reputation for what has been described as shows “melding fists-up rock and roll with muscular funk, soul,...Read More

From SXSW: Australia’s Kins Seek To Capture The Ears of America

Our guest on the SXSW portion of our Sense of Place visit to Austin are Kins. They are a band that seems to like the coast of whatever continent they are on. Originally...Read More

SXSW: PHOX- Folk Pop By Friends From Wisconsin

Our guests today are Phox on the SXSW portion of our Sense of Place visit to Austin. This rarely if ever happens, but the band have done the best job of describing themselves...Read More

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