• Looking Back on SXSW: Health in the Music Business

    As a person working in the music business and someone who suffers from health issues, the topic of mental and physical health in the music business is quite important to me. During SXSW I attended several panels on the “Future of Live Music” track, two of which were specifically dedicated to improving our mental health […]

  • SEX AT KOOP. And Now That You’re Interested…

    Liz Ross hosts The Sex Ed Show, serves on KOOP’s Board of Directors, and is involved with the effort to enhance the station’s News/Public Affairs (N/PA) programming. We spoke on April 28. Michael A. Brown: How did you and KOOP originally get together and what sorts of things were you involved in early-on? Liz Ross: […]

  • Celebrate and Take Action for Earth Day!

    This year’s Earth Day theme is “Invest in Our Planet.” What is needed is not financial, but a personal investment.  It calls for universal courage, action, and accountability from businesses, governments, and every individual. This action is long overdue, but there is still time to positively change our shared planet.  We must all act together now to […]

  • Music Video Premiere: “Smashed to Pieces” by Marry Cherry

    “There is a lack of the kind of music we like in the scene.  I just want to make fresh, chaotic soundscapes of straightforward, noisey rock.” – Adam  MARRY CHERRY is a new rock sound from the Austin underground.  They were founded by Adam Schnitzer (songwriting/vocals/guitar) and Stevie Trudell (drums) who began recording the first […]

  • KOOP Does SXSW

    Here’s what we got up to in March: Grateful to Get Back @ Peace House Farm TeXchromosome, Magnolia Roads, and the KOOP Community Council teamed up for this 2-day, 2-stage Music & Art Festival. From the artists’ market of local vendors and advocates for independent female artists to the our Community Council and collective of […]

  • “Gang of Four, we are still coming for you”—An Interview with Animals on TV

    Animals on TV are one of the most exciting bands to come up in the Austin music scene recently. They were nominated for best new act at the 2022 Austin Music Awards, and their latest single, “Marianne”, dropped March 17th. They’re a burst of energy and charisma on the stage, with frontman Rob Hogan dancing […]

  • KOOP’s High Mogul of Community Involvement – Chris Zozaski

    Long-time KOOPer Chris Zozaski has done it all … almost 500 shows, training, and in recent years, lots of volunteer projects in the Austin community. I spoke with him on March 15. Michael A. Brown: Tell us about your history with KOOP. Chris Zozaski: I think 2010 was when I joined the station … with […]

  • Introducing: The One-Seven, a KOOP Playlist series

    One of the biggest music and film festivals in the U.S., South by Southwest has gathered some of the biggest headliners and up-and-coming artists and filmmakers from around the globe since 1987. 2022’s edition is no exception, and the music side of things is shaping up to be one of the most diverse and eclectic […]

  • Stealing Time with Abigail Lapell

    “I feel like I’m a very unintentional songwriter.” This is what Abigail Lapell, a singer-songwriter from Toronto, says when asked about the theme of water that runs through her latest record. “To be honest, it’s pretty rare that I have a clear theme and thing that I’m talking about.” The album, Stolen Time, does have […]

  • The Weekly Roundup, SXSW Edition

    Missed your wristband? No worries, KOOP’s got you covered! Here’s a brief guide on where and when to catch a few official artists at unofficial shows happening this week.   Song Exploder Stage INDIE, POP, ROCK 06:30 PM, 03/16/2022, Central Presbyterian Church, FREE (RSVP) Perfume Genius is known for his romantic imagery and doling out […]