Give to Your KLRU to attend Don Henley ACL taping on 09/01!

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Did you know that YOUR COMMUNITY supported KLRU station and home of the historic Austin City Limit’s studio 6A is designated as an official Rock & Roll Landmark by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum? Also, Austin City Limits has also been awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts, a Peabody Award, and was recently recognized by Time Magazine as one of the 10 most influential music programs of all time.

Because of viewer support, KLRU has been able to provide distinctive media experiences that matter, whether on the air, online or on the ground, while also reflecting Austin’s uniqueness and creativity to the world. Join the team that’s making a difference here in Austin by showing YOUR SUPPORT and donating today!

Interested in attending an Austin City Limits taping? We are offering passes well in advance of when they are open to the public. Make a $200 contribution to KLRU today and we’ll thank you with a pair of balcony passes to the Don Henley taping on 09/01! Quantities are limited.* Passes will be at Will Call the day of the taping, additional instructions will be sent via email a few days prior. Passes are non-transferable. acl-header-skyline-2015

UPDATE: We are no longer accepting donations for the Don Henley ACL taping on September 1st – all passes have been claimed. 

ALL ATX: All Along the Moontower to honor Austin’s psychedelic roots

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ALL ATX presents All Along the Moontower: Austin Gets Psychedelic, a concert bringing together some of Austin’s finest musicians to showcase the 60s and 70s psychedelic era, on Aug. 26th. KLRU is proud to be the presenting station and will tape the show for national distribution later this Fall. Proceeds benefit future nonprofit ALL ATX Music Factory and Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)BUY TICKETS

Psychedelic rock has been around for decades – just the term itself brings to mine Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the 1960s music scene – but the term wasn’t officially used until 1996, by the Austin American-Statesman, to describe Austin’s own The 13th Floor Elevators. The Elevators later used the phrase in their next album title, and the rest is history – Austin’s psych scene has only grown since.

In recognition of Austin’s psychedelic roots, ALL ATX presents All Along The Moontower: Austin Gets Psychedelic on Wednesday, August 24 at ACL Live at The Moody Theater. After last year’s successful British Invasion concert, this year’s concert will feature psychedelic music from the 1970s and 1980s, performed by some of Austin’s best artists, including The Black Angels, Max Frost, and Hayes Carll. Psych legend Todd Rundgren will headline the night along with a surprise special guest.

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All proceeds from the concert will benefit Austin musicians and the local music scene. This year, proceeds will go toward the creation of the future nonprofit ALL ATX Music Factory, a place where the music community can come together to collaborate and affordably rehearse, record, and become educated on the music business. Proceeds will also go to other local groups like the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), which provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.

ALL ATX will also sponsor the annual “Austin Music Legends Auction” at the event, which will feature a special silent auction of some relics from Austin legends with all proceeds benefitting HAAM.

The concert will also be accompanied by the release of ALL ATX’s third compilation album. The album, also entitled All Along the Moontower: Austin Gets Psychedelic, is entirely comprised of never before renditions of psychedelic hits from Austin artists, including: Christopher Cross, Hayes Carll, The Black Angels, White Denim, Bright Light Social Hour, David Grissom & Mike Cross, Israel Nash, Monte Montgomery, Patrice Pike, Ian Moore, Vallejo, Guy Forsyth, Gina Chavez, Wood & Wire, Arc Angels, The South Austin Moonlighters, Water & Rust, Big Cat (ft. Malford Milligan and Dave Sebree), and Cotton Mather.

Tickets are available through ACL Live, ranging from $35 to $125. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

Watch previous ALL ATX concerts:

Artists Den presents alt-J in theaters

Get a sneak peak at the new season of Artists Den on September 2 when the PBS show and Fathom Events will feature a performance by U.K. rock group alt-J. Artists Den Presents alt-J includes an exclusive performance during which the group played hits from its most recent albums for a packed crowd of 600 invited guests for a private performance inside the soaring, historic meeting hall of the Hollywood American Legion in Los Angeles. Tickets for Artists Den Presents alt-J can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices.

“Artists Den Presents alt-J” includes an intimate concert performance with interview footage captured exclusively for the big screen. Theaters across the country will have a unique cinema experience for this one-time event, showcasing many of alt-J’s hits from its debut album, 2012’s An Awesome Wave, and songs from the band’s most recent album, This Is All Yours.

Tickets for Artists Den Presents alt-J can be purchased online or at participating theater box offices. In Austin, “Artists Den Presents alt-J” will be shown on September 2 at:

Artists Den’s new season will air on KLRU Q in the Spring of 2016.

Giveaway: Mariachi Vargas en Concierto on June 7th

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The world-renown, 115-year-old mariachi band Mariachi Vargas is inducting its sixth generation of members with a special performance at the Long Center in Austin on June 7th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at the Long Center

Our friends at Mariachi Vargas have given KLRU a limited number of tickets to giveaway to our viewers. Email giveaways@klru.org by 9 am on May 30th. We will randomly choose three winners who will each receive two tickets to the performance.

Mariachi Vargas en Concierto captivates heart and soul with a live concert experience of Mexico’s finest music with El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo, and some Texas favorites! Mariachi Vargas is one of the world’s most influential and revered mariachi groups, and has been since 1898. There have since been five generations of musicians. It’s time to introduce the sixth generation of Mariachi Vargas under the direction of the new violinist, vocalist and director, Carlos Martínez, nephew of the previous director José “Pepe” Martínez.

The award-winning Austin area performers Mariachi Nueva Generación from Texas State University and the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.” William “Carlton” Gálvez from Kyle, Texas will start off the concert. A special guest appearance of the 11-year-old singing prodigy Angélica Vargas will launch her first recording for her self-titled CD.

Hardly Sound Labor Day Marathon on KLRU Q

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Hardly Sound is a documentary TV series focused on Texas underground music and artists. The series focuses on music but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process. Season 2 begins on Sept. 9 as part of KLRU Q’s nightly music block at 11 pm. In preparation for the new season, KLRU Q presents all of season one back-to-back on Labor Day (Sept. 2) starting at 9:30 pm.

The Bye and Bye at 9:30 pm
Follow Austin, Texas twang wave band, The Bye and Bye in their quest to understand their future through the telling of their past.

Bad Lovers at 10 pm
Dive into the world of the Austin, Texas garage rock scene with “The Bad Lovers” and all their rock ‘n’ roll cohorts as they talk about their adventurous past, hopeful future, and the sometimes tenuous friendships that they’ve formed over the years.

Royal Forest at 10:30 pm
Take to the skies with psychedelic rock band Royal Forest as they lead the Hardly Sound team on an epic adventure through the desert, in a submarine, and up in the air. It all culminates with the band recording a song in a tiny Cessna flying over north Austin. Royal Forest will inspire you with their spirit of adventure.

Emcee Eats at 11 pm
Join Vincent Martinez, one of the most stunningly original artists in Austin, as he lives his self-proclaimed “Jazz Life.” Then marvel at his undeniable hooks and poetic, personal lyrics as he steps into the studio as Emcee Eats.

Ralph White at 11:30 pm
On the fifth and final episode of the first season of Hardly Sound…step into the world of pioneering roots musician Ralph White. Watch to see what dogs, yuppies, love, and Charles Whitman have in common with White and his friends.

 

Backstage Austin with Deftones

The latest installment of Backstage Austin features the melodic, metal, musical-giants of rock: Deftones.  The notoriously private band granted Backstage Austin all access to their recent show at ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  Before the band played to the sold-out crowd, they discussed their love for Texas, and the secret to their 20 plus year success.  Only Backstage Austin brings you along for Deftones’ soundcheck, takes you into the dressing room, and delivers a candid interview with one of rock music’s most interesting bands.

If you missed the last Backstage Austin with British rockers The Darkness at Stubb’s, you can check it out now:

KLRU-Q’s Hardly Sound features Royal Forest 11/5

The first Monday of the month KLRU Q’s 11pm music block features Hardly Sound. The documentary series focuses on Texas underground music and artists but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

For November … Take to the skies with psychedelic rock band Royal Forest as they lead the Hardly Sound team on an epic adventure through the desert, in a submarine, and up in the air. It all culminates with the band recording a song in a tiny Cessna flying over north Austin. Royal Forest will inspire you with their spirit of adventure.

KLRU-Q’s Hardly Sound features The Bad Lovers 10/1

Preview Episode 2 featuring The Bad Lovers! from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

The first Monday of the month KLRU Q’s 11pm music block features Hardly Sound. The documentary series focuses on Texas underground music and artists but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

This month … Dive into the world of the Austin, Texas garage rock scene with The Bad Lovers and all their rock ‘n’ roll cohorts as they talk about their adventurous past, hopeful future, and the sometimes tenuous friendships that they’ve formed over the years. Hardly Sound airs the first Monday of the month at 11 pm on KLRU-Q. The Bad Lovers episode airs October 1.

KLRU announces Hardly Sound

KLRU is excited to announce a new addition to KLRU Q’s 11pm music block, Hardly Sound. The documentary series focuses on Texas underground music and artists but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

Meet the Creators from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

In episode one, follow Austin twang wave band, The Bye & Bye in their quest to understand their future through the telling of their past. Future episodes will feature The Bad Lovers, Royal Forest, Emcee Eats, and Ralph White

New episodes air the first Monday of the month at 11pm on KLRU-Q, beginning with the Bye & Bye airing this Monday. To keep up with Hardly Sound visit http://hardlysound.tumblr.com/.