Friday on My Mind: KEXP’s Broadcast from Austin

Breakout band Of Monsters and Men during our broadcast last year
photo by Brittney Bollay

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind, our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

Next week, from Wednesday, March 13th, through Saturday, March 16th, KEXP will be broadcasting from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop in Austin during the 2013 SXSW Music Conference. We’ve gathered an amazing lineup of artists, veteran and up-and-coming, to grace our airwaves. Here are a few highlights:

The Zombies

The Zombies formed in 1962, and broke up December 1967. Since then they have reformed several times. Once in 1991, 1997, 2001, and 2010. Only two original members are on the current lineup. Colin Blunstone on lead vocals, and Rod Argent also on vocals and on the organ. Some of their biggest hits were “She’s Not There”, “Tell Her No”, and “Time of the Season”. Don’t miss their KEXP performance when they start off the final day of our Austin broadcast at noon on Saturday March 16. Here is the band performing one of their biggest hits while guest on an episode of Hullabaloo back in 1965.

Wild Cub

If you don’t already know about Wild Cub, you will. Nashville based duo comprised of singer/ guitarist Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock. DeWitt has put out music on his own and during 2011, this duo toured under DeWitt’s name. When the touring ended, they officially became Wild Cub. They made their official performance debut under the Wild Cub name at Bonnaroo. Besides being a singer songwriter, Keegan DeWitt is also a film composer. Two films that he scored went to this year’s Sundance.Youth is the debut album from the band, which is out now. They were kind enough to stop by the Morning Show in February when they were making their way through Seattle, but they were so good that we are having them back on the air from Austin on Saturday March 16th at 2pm. Here is the official music video for “Thunder Clatter”, the first single off of the debut album.

Telekinesis

Telekinesis is the brainchild of Seattlite, Michael Benjamin Lerner. While touring this year he will be backed by Erik Walters of The Globes on guitar, Say Hi’s Eric Elbogen on bass, and Rebecca Cole of Wild Flag and The Minders on keyboards. For new album Dormarion Lerner worked with Spoon drummer Jim Eno the creation of the album took two weeks. Hear the full Telekinesis band on Friday March 15th at 11:30am during the Austin broadcast and then tune in on when Michael Benjamin Lerner stops by the Morning Show to hand out and play an acoustic set.

Honorable Mentions:

Billy Bragg

He’ll be releasing an album of new material on March 18th called Tooth & Nail. Billy will start out our 2nd day of Austin broadcasting, Thursday March 14th, first thing at 9:30AM. Billy Bragg is a big fan and supporter of KEXP and has given exclusive performances for us in the past. Here is footage of Bragg performing one of his better known songs, “Waiting for the Great Leap Forwards”, during an exclusive Triple Door performance for our listeners back in October 2006.

Palma Violets

This young band out of London formed fairly recently in 2011. Tune in to hear them at 5:30pm on Wednesday March 13th. The debut album from this band, 180 will be released on Rough Trade. “Step Up for the Cool Cats” is the first single from the album.

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