• This Month KOOP Celebrates the Legacy of Martin Luther King and National Religious Freedom Day

    This month KOOP Radio observes both Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday and National Religious Freedom Day. America will honor Martin Luther King Jr’s legacy of fighting for individual freedoms. He spoke these powerful words during the March for Integrated Schools, 1959 : “Make a career out of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for […]

  • An Emo Kid Since Before Being Emo Was Cool

    Stefny! At the Disco says her life has always revolved around music, especially under the emo umbrella, spanning shoegaze to hardcore to indie pop. We spoke on December 19. Michael A. Brown: How did you and KOOP find each other? Stefny! At the Disco: I was at iHeart Radio in Austin in 2019 but left […]

  • The KOOP Roundup, Week of 11/14

    Hard Proof | 10pm, Monday, 11/14 | C-Boy’s | $10 | Jazz/Funk Afrobeat afficionatos through and through, Hard Proof brings a long-honed sound and style to C-Boy’s Monday night. Rightfully earning its place next to the other premier horn sections found around town, they’re twice as good live as they are on record. A tight, […]

  • Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

    This week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, September 10, 8-10pm) will showcase many of my favorite tunes from 1982. Some featured artists will include the Bangles, Big Boys, Bongos, Flipper, Fun Boy Three, Go-Go’s, Nina Hagen, Pylon, Replacements, Three O’Clock, and many more. COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Flipper were an 80s noise punk band from […]

  • The One-Seven: Black Music Appreciation Month

    The influence that Black artists have had on the music industry cannot be understated. From jazz in the 1910s and 1920s, to blues and country music in the 1930s and 1940, and then rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s and 1960s, Black musicians have had an indelible role in music history, and their creativity and […]

  • SXSW22: A True Revival

    Armed with a press badge, I took #SXSW22 in stride, dabbling in film, interactive, and musical offerings for KOOP. Back was the thrill of hailing pedicabs, cutting lines (and also waiting in them), pounding the pavement to catch bands all over town, stomach full of free tacos and beer. As familiar as it all felt, […]

  • SXSW’s Glorious Musical Return

    After 2 long years watching venues shutter and precious, centrally-located lots get gobbled by developers, South By Southwest is homecoming at last. Will SXSW 2022 be the shot in the arm our city and music scene needs? Already the stars seem to be aligning: Austin is back in Stage 2, music wristbands are just $169 […]

  • Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

    Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, January 15, 8-10pm) include the Detroit Cobras (RIP Rachel Nagy), New Colony Six, Grapefruit, Buzzcocks, Adverts, Bush Tetras, Lush, Gravy Train!!!!, John Wesley Coleman III, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond. PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: “Time’s Up” was a collection […]

  • Civil Rights and Wrongs – Tuesday, June 2

    Our guest will be Michael Barajas, staff writer for the Texas Observer.  Michael covers civil rights issues in general, but lately has been focusing on Texas prisons.  We will discuss Texas prisons during the time of COVID-19.  We’ll also hear about visitation policies and how some family members lose their visitation rights arbitrarily, and in many […]