• 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 […]

  • Check out this drive’s thank you gifts – The Texas Survival Kit!

    It’s fall membership drive and that means we’ve got some great thank-you gifts for our supporters. Check out the fantastic t-shirt design from volunteer Kayla Dockery, a sunshade to get you through Second Summer and a cooler tote that holds up to 30 cans or whatever else you’d like to keep cool, like your great […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Local Music Spotlight: The Lonesome Heroes

    The Band: The Lonesome Heroes is a cosmic Americana foursome fronted by lead singer and songwriter Rich Russell. Other members of the band include bassist Brandon Gonzalez, drummer Ben Galloway, and lead guitarist Gary Newcomb (also of seminal Austin band Li’l Cap’n Travis. Other friends and occasional band members come and go, depending on the […]

  • Artists In Residence: Candler Wilkinson Quartet

    I came to Austin for the first time in late August, 1996, at the end of a month-long road trip. We drove all night from Arizona and crashed at a friend’s house in North Campus. I had impressions, but really no idea what Austin was. Friends took us out that night to shows at the […]

  • The One-Seven: Happy Pride

    June is Pride Month here in the States. The mark that queer and trans musical acts have left on the music industry is unmistakable, undeniable, and irreplaceable. This edition of the One-Seven playlist is dedicated to  the LGBTQ+ artists and musical groups with queer/trans members who have called the state of Texas home. Happy Pride […]

  • Stefny! At The Disco Interviews Ivypaint

    Months before SXSW, I pored through the list to find bands that I wanted to interview and catch live. To my surprise, there was only ONE band in the entire lineup who billed themselves as “pop-punk”: Orlando-based Ivypaint. Back in January, lead singer Sean Duong answered some questions for me ahead of the festival. Who […]

  • The One Seven: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction process is now complete. The fan-voting portion of the decision-making process ended with Duran Duran, Eminem, Pat Benatar, Eurythmics, and Dolly Parton receiving the most votes respectively. The Hall recently announced that Benatar, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Parton, Lionel Richie, and Carly Simon are the seven acts […]

  • Looking Back at SXSW: The Future of Live Music

    Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, live music and other events had begun to find footholds in the digital realm. But when live events shut down in 2020, the only way for many venues to stay afloat was by bringing the experience online. The Future of Live Music panel was moderated by Amy LaMeyer, managing partner […]