The KOOP Roundup, Week of 11/28

11/30: KOOP and Thundercloud Subs presents: Lonesome Nights – 7 pm, Sahara Lounge, No Cover. Country
KOOP’s monthly country night is back once again! Come experience the cowboy blues as you enjoy live tunes and great records spun by the Lonesome Strangers DJs and friends.

12/1: Zapata – 10 pm, C-Boy’s, $8 Blues Rock
Master rhythm guitarist for modern blues icon Gary Clark Jr, Zapata brings his own frontman flair to C-Boy’s. Showing off his colossal talent, backed by a stellar band, this is the must-see show of the week.

12/1: Dayglow/Collin’s Music/TC Superstar – 8 pm, Stubb’s, $32.50 Indie/Synth-Pop
Local quirky indie synth-pop acts collide at this triple header Saturday night. With Dayglow’s viral bedroom pop stylings, Collin’s stellar guitar playing, and TC’s unique theatrical presentation, a fun and catchy time is sure to be had by all.

12/4: Ernie Durawa’s 80th Birthday Party – 7 pm, Antone’s, $20, Tejano/Country/Rock
We’re bringing things to a close this week with a Texas music extravaganza! Drummer for the Texas Tornados, Ernie will be celebrating alongside fellow legends Speedy Sparks and Augie Myers, Latin jazz enthusiasts Los Jazz Vatos, conjunto band Los Texmaniacs, and many more. Benefiting HOME, an organization dedicated to housing aging musicians, this will be a stellar show.

The Emo Diaries at ACL Part II

Tyler Jordan of Good Look

Austin-local since 2006, Tyler Jordan is not only an excellent kickball player, but also writes, fronts, and plays guitar in Keeled Scales’ Good Looks. We sat down on Zoom for a chat about their history, their future, and the Austin music community’s beautiful response to fellow bandmate Jake Ames’ shocking accident earlier this year.

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Disclaimer: Tyler is a personal acquaintance, so this interview gets kind of in the weeds. We used to play kickball together every week and we got a little lost talking about it near the end.

Stream “Bummer Year” (which, weirdly enough, was written prior to 2020) wherever you listen to music. You can also watch the interview below:

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Britt Daniel

I am so happy to have gotten to chat with fellow former Temple resident and current Austin legend Britt Daniel from the band Spoon during ACL

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We talked about Austin, first concerts, and where else Lucifer might turn up. I also got a great history lesson about our own KOOP as well as our sister station KVRX, where Britt used to be a DJ.

“I started there when I was a junior in UT. And then I after I graduated, I kept taking classes so that I could keep working at the radio station.” And if you like classic country, check out Paris-based artist Theo Lawrence.

Stream “Lucifer On The Sofa” wherever you listen to music. You can also watch the interview below:

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Primo the Alien

Austin electropop sensation Primo the Alien was scheduled to make her ACL Fest debut last year but was an unfortunate casualty of the rain. While we had to wait a year for her to rock the Tito’s stage, it was not a year wasted. She and her band came out, worked through technical issues, and still managed to slay the pants off everyone in the audience.

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Earlier this fall, she also got her chance to blow away everyone in Q2 Stadium when she performed the national anthem at the Austin FC game on September 14.

“I was terrified,” she said. “But once I started hitting the notes and everyone started cheering, then it was just exhilarating and amazing to hear that many people cheering for me at once.”

Watch my interview with her below (featuring her performance of “My Delorean”) and streamher latest album “Heart on the Run (Deluxe Edition)” wherever you listen to music. You can also hear audio from the interview and some of her songs on the October 21 episode of The Emo Diaries at 4:30pm!

Interviews by Stephanie Robinson

The Emo Diaries at ACL Part I

Charlotte Sands

Nashville-based rising queen of pop punk, Charlotte Sands, is known for her epic collaborations with established genre royalty such as The Maine and Sleeping With Sirens, but the blue-haired songstress is so much more than the songs she guests on.

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I was really looking forward to speaking with her about mental health awareness, not only personally, but because it’s something that KOOP is highlighting during the month of October. “I feel like a lot of artists come forward and talk about the fact that they go to therapy, they really push other people going to therapy and like think it’s really helpful. I am one of those people,” she said. “I think that taking care of yourself and taking care of your mental health and your emotional well-being and your body as a whole is the only way that you can take care of other people and actually live a healthy life… I think it’s just helpful for everybody to have somebody who’s on your side and somebody who supports you and just wants you to be your best self.”

Stream “Love and Other Lies” wherever you listen to music. You can also listen to the interview below:

 

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Me Nd Adam

On Tuesday, October 4, Adam Walker and Vince Winik of “Austin’s very own trashwave trailblazers” Me Nd Adam took time out from their busy schedule to hang out on Zoom for a brief interview. I mean, they were literally so busy, they were in the hallway of a dorm. We talked about how they met, what “trashwave” is, and what it was like getting to open for The Killers and Johnny Marr! “It was a fabulous experience,” explained Vince. “It was easily one of our best shows ever, from a performance stance and having the biggest audience we’ve ever played to, so we were very grateful for the opportunity.”

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They are also looking forward to headlining outside at Stubb’s in about 2 years. “We broke the rearview mirrors off a long time ago,” Adam said.

Stream “American Drip Pt. 1” wherever you listen to music. You can also watch the interview below:

Interviews by Stephanie Robinson

the one-seven EP: ACL Acts with Texas Ties

Austin City Limits is back for the next two weekends (October 7th-9th and 14th-16th). Founded in 2002, 2022 marks the music festival’s twentieth year of existence and will bring artists from multiple genres and multiple parts of the world to Zilker Park over six days. If you get the chance, go out and enjoy the music, art, food, and other activities.

To see who all is performing when and where, click here.

While you’re at it, enjoy the latest one-seven playlist featuring ACL acts born, raised, and/or based in Texas.

Post and playlist by Alana King

the one-seven: Happy 9/17!

Happy 9/17! This playlist commemorating 9/17 is pretty simple: nine songs with a nine somewhere in the title, one song with a one, and seven songs with a seven. 

Be sure to tune into 91.7 today to see how KOOP and our sister station KVRX are both celebrating the day on the air, online, and in person at Spider House Ballroom as we co-host Radio Field Day. 

Post and playlist by Alana King

the one-seven: Happy Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marks the start of Hispanic Heritage Month here in the States. Its start in the middle of one month and its spanning halfway into the next makes this particular heritage month unique from most others, but it was by design. Once Hispanic Heritage Week became Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th remained the start date to recognize that 9/15 and the next few days served as anniversaries for many Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas winning independence from Spain.

From rock to pop to jazz and more, musicians of Hispanic descent have played a vital role in almost every genre enjoyed in nearly every part of the world and continue to inspire new generations of musicians and performers. This one-seven playlist features some of the many performers of Hispanic descent who were born in Texas or have called/now call Texas home. 

Post and playlist by Alana King

the one-seven EP: Ring in the 4th With Willie

For almost fifty years, Willie Nelson has regularly celebrated Independence Day by hosting a picnic and concert event in Austin or other parts of Texas. While COVID altered plans for the last two years’ concerts, 2022 marks the full return of the 4th of July Picnic, which will be held in Austin’s Q2 Stadium.

This one-seven playlist features those who will perform at this year’s Picnic. This time around, Nelson will be joined by Allison Russell, Asleep at the Wheel, Brothers Osborne, Charley Crockett, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Midland, Particle Kid, Steve Earle & the Dukes, and Tyler Childers.

To get your tickets for the Picnic, click here or here.

Article and Playlist by Alana King