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Singer, songwriter and producer Finneas O’Connell not only writes and produces music with his sister Billie Eilish, but also makes his own music under the name FINNEAS. He just released a solo EP called Blood Harmony. Listen as he explains why he loved “Holy S**t” by Father John Misty from the moment he heard it and how the song helped understa ...…
 
Sleater-Kinney’s 9th album “The Center Won’t Hold” came out in August. The album, which was produced by St. Vincent, finds the band exploring lots of new sonic territory. Listen as Carrie Brownstein explains how “Stay” by Rihanna inspired her to write the last track on the new record,”Broken.” Plus, you can hear why she doesn’t think of this al ...…
 
Ezra Koenig, lead singer and songwriter for the band Vampire Weekend, explains why he recently became obsessed with “I Don’t Think Much About Her No More” by country singer and songwriter Mickey Newbury. He loved it so much that he even included a cover of the song as a bonus track for the Japanese release of the band’s latest record Father of ...…
 
On the last episode of This Song until the fall, Krissy Teegerstrom, a self-made artist, creative consultant, podcaster, and designer at Featherweight Studio talks about how listening to “Mojo Pin” by Jeff Buckley transported her to a place beyond the real and showed her how to follow her creative intuition. Jeff Buckley’s performance style con ...…
 
Black Pumas, the new musical project by California native Eric Burton and Grammy Award winning producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada has been taking the Austin music scene by storm- even winning Best New Austin Band and Best New Song for “Black Moon Rising” at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, all before they’ve even released their debut album. On ...…
 
Austin based sisters Tori, Tiffany and Sofia Baltierra have been playing as the Tiarra Girls since they were in elementary and middle school. Listen as they describe how seeing the video for No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” influenced them all stylistically and helped them find their voices as young women in music. They also tell the story of the genes ...…
 
Musician, writer, and frontman for Old 97’s Rhett Miller launched his own podcast “Wheel’s Off With Rhett Miller” earlier this year. In it, he talks to artists about what it’s really like to live a creative life. In this 2017 episode, he describes how hearing the Jewish Lesbian Folk singer Phranc perform ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” c ...…
 
“This is the sound that quasars make when they’re being born or the resonant frequency of the big bang.” Timothy Showalter, who leads the folk-rock band Strand of Oaks, chronicles his journey through depression on the band’s new record, Eraserland. Listen as he describes how hearing David Bowie’s “Lazarus” at the end of the recording process he ...…
 
Our May Artist of the Month- The Bishops explain that hearing “Soundtrack to My Life” by Kid Cudi for the first time as middle schoolers changed what they thought hip-hop music could be. Kid Cudi spends the song highlighting his negative mental health, an idea that Cara and Troy Bishop hadn’t heard before in the artists they were listening to a ...…
 
Writer and entrepreneur Thea Wood describes how hearing Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation” while watching the documentary of the same name reignited her passion for music and inspired her to make a huge change in her life. Listen as she explains how that experience led her to create the “Backstage Chats With Women in Music” podcast as well as the the ...…
 
Austin rapper The Teeta breaks down all the reasons he loves “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and how it influenced the direction he took on “Rain” from his latest record Teeta World. The Teeta will join Confucius and Fresh, hosts of our hip-hop show The Breaks for “The Breaks Live: Graduation Edition” this Friday, May 10th at Empire Control Room a ...…
 
Austin’s Pocket Sounds is the solo project of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and arranger Mike St Clair. Listen as he describes how hearing Dionne Warwick’s version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” at a kiddie pool party inspired him to meld the classical, jazz, pop and rock parts of himself, ...…
 
Clarence Greenwood is Citizen Cope, an American singer-songwriter who has been making entrancing blends of rock and soul music since the early 2000’s. In this episode Citizen Cope details how his emotional connections to legends such as Randy Newman and Trouble Funk aided his understanding of the powerful energy that music can have. Cope then g ...…
 
Grant Richard Kwiecinski, who goes by GRiZ, is a producer and multi-instrumentalist who combines electronic music with funk and soul to create a sound that is as uplifting as it is danceable. Listen as GRiZ describes how seeing Disney’s “Fanstasia”as a child helped him understand that music could take the listener on an emotional journey and ho ...…
 
Ian Graham, guitarist, songwriter and singer for the Austin psych metal band The Well, describes how hearing “Ocean Size” by Jane’s Addiction when he was a kid showed him how powerfully music could convey a feeling by transporting him “to somebody else’s movie.” He describes how poetry, songwriting and playing music as a teenager helped him fee ...…
 
When Cautious Clay saw the video for Outkast’s “B.O.B” for the first time, the combination of the duo’s rapid fire rap style, techno influenced production and hyper-saturated psychedelic visuals blew his 7-year-old mind. On this episode, he tells us how that experience continues to have a profound impact on his own work, especially on his new p ...…
 
Patty Griffin’s latest record “Patty Griffin” is a gorgeous acoustic exercise in vulnerability. The album was borne out of a period in her life where she stepped back from music to undergo treatment for breast cancer. Listen as she explores all the ways that Peter Gabriel’s “Secret World,” from his epic breakup record up US, impacted her life a ...…
 
“Music is energy and music can be healing…music has so many different purposes, but at this stage in my life I’m looking for something that’s a little bit nourishing or just like a slight clue to the universe.” — Jenny Lewis Jenny Lewis’ 4th record On the Line is a collection of songs that tackle love, lust, relationships and death. Lewis recor ...…
 
In the early 70’s Uncle Walt’s Band, the acoustic trio made up of Champ Hood, Walter Hyatt and David Ball came to Austin, TX from Spartanburg, SC. The band brought with them a unique acoustic sound that melded folk, jazz, blues and pop. Though the music of Uncle Walt’s Band never caught on nationally, it continues to inspire countless Texas mus ...…
 
Amanda Palmer’s latest release, “There Will Be No Intermission” is a collection of devastating songs that explore her experiences with death, parenthood, miscarriage, abortion and living in this current, chaotic moment. On this special live episode, recorded at SXSW, she explores how seeing Nick Cave’s performance of “Magneto” in the documentar ...…
 
Moving Panoramas have a new record out called “In Two.” Listen as vocalist and instrumentalist Cara Tillman describes the joy that Elton John’s “Burn Down the Mission” brings her, followed by guitarist Rosie Castoe who explores her life long love of Peter Gabriel’s “Steam.” And lead singer and songwriter Leslie Sisson explains why “Some Song” b ...…
 
On this episode, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland, of British electronic pop outfit Jungle, tell us about the Jai Paul’s “Jasmine” and how it helped their band get comfortable with sonic experimentation. “A lot of our music is just accepting bits and pieces that happen around the creation, and ultimately letting the sounds find you.” Hear ho ...…
 
The Beach Boys song “God Only Knows” isn’t just one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, it’s one of the most heartfelt expressions of loss and grief ever recorded. For Bayonne, the song taught him the power of vulnerability and openness and how to embrace it in his own music. As Bayonne says, it allows the listener to ge ...…
 
Jackie Venson explains how seeing “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” from the movie Evita, changed the way she listened to music and the way she saw herself. Then she describes her journey from classical pianist to blues guitarist. It’s a tale of soul expanding love, self crushing doubt, and musical perseverance. Listen to this episode of This Song ...…
 
In addition to being the host of Brainchild, the popular Netflix science show for kids, Sahana Srinivasan is an accomplished actor, comedian, filmmaker, and musician. In this episode, she explains how listening to “Where Will I Go” by Sweet Valley helped her find her voice a young artist. She also tells us about the artistic journey that led he ...…
 
February is “Love Austin Music Month” and to celebrate This Song is re-running this episode with singer and songwriter Dana Falconberry. In it she talks to host Elizabeth McQueen about the profound impact that being in the band “Peter and the Wolf” had on her when she first moved to Austin. It’s two Austin musicians, talking how Austin Music ch ...…
 
Shy Beast front woman Mariclaire Glaeser describes how the music of the Cardigans helped her navigate a difficult childhood, bond with her older brother and find her musical way. Shy Beast is KUTX’s Artist of the Month for January Listen to this episode of This Song Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new episodes of T ...…
 
On Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming release Remind Me Tomorrow, due out January 18th, she explores themes of love, partnership, parenthood, and visions of the past through a collection of gorgeous synth-laden songs. When she sat down with This Song, she told us how listening to Neil Young’s “Harvest” as a kid helped her connect with her father. She ...…
 
We got a chance to catch up with Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall shortly after she released, Wax, the second album in a trilogy focused on the soul, body, and mind. On this episode, she tells us how seeing Beck’s Loser on MTV as a kid pushed her to pursue her own music and how his willingness to experiment with styles and genres continue ...…
 
For the last episode of 2018, This Song decided to celebrate some exciting changes at one of our favorite music podcasts. Starting in 2019, Song Exploder host, creator, and producer Hrisikesh Hirway will hand over hosting duties to Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Getdown Staydown. Listen as Hrishikesh Hirway tells us how listening to Asha Bhosle’s ...…
 
Nik Ewing, leader of the band Chewing and bass player for Local Natives, explains why he chose to cover Dennis Wilson’s solo album “Pacific Ocean Blue” in it’s entirety. This project is part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious series, a monthly subscription service where artists cover classic albums and subscribers get a limited edition vin ...…
 
Austin based singer and songwriter Charlie Faye leads the sixties inspired girl group Charlie Faye and the Fayettes. Listen as she describes how her childhood love of “Be My Baby” by the Ronettes helped her find her musical way and how it inspired the band’s new single “I Don’t Need No Baby.” Listen to this episode of This Song Subscribe via th ...…
 
Andrew Savage from Parquet Courts loves karaoke. Hear from whence that love springs, how that love led him to Roxy Music and why he love that band’s song “Re-Make / Re-Model.” Then listen as he explores the ways the Parquet Courts deals with the current chaotic moment we all find ourselves in on their latest record “Wide Awake!” Listen to this ...…
 
On this episode of This Song, Meggan Carney and Matt Sheffer of Austin’s Zettajoule tell us how Kate Bush’s “Running Up that Hill (A Deal With God)” and Rufus Wainwright’s “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk” helped them expand their ideas about the possibilities of pop music and explain what inspired them to record their new low-fi electronic EP, A ...…
 
Austin’s BUHU returns to This Song with a new lineup and a new sound. Now the band centers around the husband and wife team of Jeremy Rogers and Tiffany Paciga. In this episode Jeremy explores how Tiffany, along with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” inspired him to be more open and vulnerable in his work. Later Tiffany explores how “I Wanna Win” ...…
 
Rapper and songwriter Duckwrth talks about how “If 6 was 9” by Jimi Hendrix opened his mind to the universe, why San Francisco and psychedelia call to him and what the key to finding peace might be.
 
Matthew Murphy, aka “Murph,” from the British rock band The Wombats describes how hearing Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” and Radiohead’s “Creep” when he was a teenager set him on an alt-rock path, and describes what it’s like to talk about songwriting with Paul McCartney. Listen to this episode of This Song
 
As the singer and Gaita player for the Austin based Afro Columbian band Superfónicos, Jaime Ospina often finds musical inspiration in some pretty interesting places. In this episode, Jaime talks about his love for Gary Clark Jr’s song “When My Train Pulls In” and how the Blues Brothers soundtrack pushed him to discover roots music from his own ...…
 
The This Song listener episode is finally here! Emily La Framboise describes how Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” got her interested in social justice. Lee Miller explains how “Darling Be Home Soon” by the Lovin’ Spoonful helped him discover his love of songwriting. We revisit Joanna Castillo as she explores the heartbreaking beauty of Kathy Mattea’s ...…
 
In this This Song Extra, Elvis Costello explains why he wanted to get outside of himself and tell other people’s stories in an expansive musical style on his new record Look Now. Photo by James OMara Listen to This Episode of This Song
 
Janelle Monáe talks to host Elizabeth McQueen after her performance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival about music, love and voting. Today, October 9th is the last day to register to vote in Texas in order to be eligible to vote on November 6th.
 
Liz Phair describes how The Soft Boys “I Wanna Destroy You” put her in touch with her anger and talks about what it’s been like to revisit the music she wrote for the Girly-Sound tapes and Exile in Guyville. Plus she gives host Elizabeth McQueen insight into motherhood. Liz’s Phair’s Exile in Guyville turned 25 this year. To mark the anniversar ...…
 
Thomas Ross Turner from Ghostland Observatory explains how hearing “White Horse” by Laid Back piqued his interest in electronic music and started him on his journey as a musician.
 
Chris Dowd, keyboardist, vocalist and founding member of the iconic ska/punk/funk/rock band Fishbone describes how “I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash changed his life when he was a kid and explores the reasons that Fishbone’s music is as relevant today as it was in the 80’s and 90’s. Fishbone is now touring with most of the original lineup. ...…
 
Israel Nash describes how hearing the Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” inspired him to start writing songs and explains what role inspiration played in the writing and recording his latest record “Lifted.” This interview was recorded live at Waterloo Records Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new episodes o ...…
 
The new movie, BLAZE, about legendary singer and songwriter Blaze Foley, is in theatres now. Listen as Ethan Hawke and Ben Dickey describe why they love the music of Blaze Foley and what led them to make a movie about his life. Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new episodes of This Song delivered to you as soon as th ...…
 
Alex Scally from the dream pop duo Beach House explains how he learned to love a bad note in Bob Dylan’s “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” and how that experience showed him the beauty of imperfection and errors in music. Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new episodes of This Song delivered to you as soon as they come ...…
 
Tegan and Sara give insight into twin sister dynamic, The Smashing Pumpkins‘ Siamese Dream, Phil Collins melodies, teenage bedrooms, finding self-identity, how to be the change and (for all of you songwriters) the secret to writing a hit pop song. Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new episodes of This Song delivered ...…
 
Austin Artist and podcaster Adam Sultan describes how “Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)” by Talking Heads changed his life and explains how his life as a musician has informed the making of his podcast “Friends With Deficits.” Listen to the episode on Stitcher Check out Adam Sultan’s podcast “Friends with Deficits” Check out Adam Sultan’s ...…
 
Lizzo delves into her love for Lauryn Hill ‘s “Zion” and Radiohead’s “Subterranean Homesick Alien,” takes the listener on a journey through her musical influences, and explains why Minneapolis made it possible for her to find her musical way. Listen to this episode on Stitcher Subscribe via the Podcasts App, iTunes or Stitcher to get the new ep ...…
 
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