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SUPERFONICOS Live at Waterloo Fri. 7/19 at 5:00pm
Title: Renaceré

Superfónicos has been stirring up Colombian Funk, Cumbia and Afro-beat since late 2016. Though based in Austin, Texas, most of the members have deep roots in Colombia. Their music not only highlights the country's Caribbean coastal sounds, but also the celebration of the human spirit,  stories of the displaced, folkloric tales from the countryside, and the reminder to let go and embrace an experience that is more connected to the earth and our ancestors. Superfónicos has performed at ACL festival in 2018 and again in 2021. Shared the stage with bands like Ozomatli, Aterciopelados, Jungle Fire, Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Meridian Brothers, Sudan Archives, and Allah-las. Studio work includes 2018's "Suelta", recorded with Black Pumas' founder Adrian Quesada, 2019's "Cumbealo" recorded with Spoon's Jim Eno, and most recently, "Renaceré", (new LP, due July '24) recorded with Grammy winning guitarist and producer Beto Martinez from Grupo Fantasma/Caramelo Haze/Money Chicha. 

SWAMP DOGG Interview with KUTX at Waterloo Fri. 7/26 at 4:00pm
Title: Blackgrass: From West Virginia to 125th St

Blackgrass, Swamp Dogg’s remarkable new album, is no history lesson. Produced by Ryan Olson (Bon Iver, Poliça) and recorded with an all-star band including Noam Pikelny, Sierra Hull, Jerry Douglas, Chris Scruggs, Billy Contreras, and Kenny Vaughan, the collection is a riotous blend of past and present, mixing the sacred and the profane in typical Swamp Dogg fashion as it blurs the lines between folk, roots, country, blues, and soul. The tracklist is an eclectic one—brand new originals and vintage Swamp Dogg classics sit side by side with reimaginings of ’70s R&B hits and timeless ’50s pop tunes—but the performances are thoroughly cohesive, filtering everything through a progressive Appalachian lens that nods to tradition without ever being bound by it. KUTX will be interviewing Swamp Dogg on the Waterloo Records Stage at 5pm! 

L.C. FRANKE Live at Waterloo Fri. 8/2 at 5:00pm
Title: Still In Bloom

Inspired by the savoir-faire of artists like Frank Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Ella Fitzgerald, Still In Bloom sees L.C. Franke building a bridge between 20th-century nostalgia and post-millennial alienation. In a previous life, L.C. Franke was known as Jeff Klein, an Austin-by-way-of-New York indie rocker who spent the better part of his youth garnering widespread acclaim as a solo artist, as a collaborator with countless other songwriters, and as frontman of the Southern gothic soul outfit My Jerusalem. But by 2017, Franke had hit a wall. Feeling lost and jaded, his mental health teetering, he decided to take a year off and reassess. In this music of his past, he saw a future. Borrowing inspiration from his grandmother’s records, and paying homage to her with his name, L.C. Franke was born. 

URBAN HEAT Live at Waterloo Thurs. 8/22 at 5:00pm
Title: The Tower

Fusing dark 80s stylings with modern flourishes, Urban Heat formed in 2019 with multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Horstmann enlisting Kevin Naquin and Paxel Foley to form a live show based around his analog sound design. Undeniably danceable, with melodic synths layered over heavy hitting bass lines, Urban Heat’s high-energy live show offers a spark of hope for the future while wrapped in the malaise of the present and nostalgia of the past. Urban Heat has seen immense success in a short time, receiving recognition as “Best Band” by Austin Monthly Magazine, “Song of the Year” for “Have You Ever” at the 2023 Austin Music Awards, and frontman Horstmann hailed as having “starpower more present than any Austin musician in recent history” by SPIN Magazine.

MELISSA CARPER Live at Waterloo Fri. 8/23 at 5:00pm
Title: Borned In Ya

Borned In Ya showcases Carper’s long-standing musical influences as well as her artistic growth and sense of adventure. In addition to her familiar blend of country with jazz, blues, soul, and R&B, the new album sees Carper continuing her subtle mix of these elements, creating songs that cross the genres, calling back to the “popular” sounds of another era.  From Gospel-style vocal choruses to funky grooves, to recalling the classic R&B of the 50s and 60s, to hillbilly jazz, honky-tonk, and country soul, Carper has created another stunner for eager listeners to enjoy. 

RANDY ROGERS BAND Live at Waterloo Thurs. 8/29 at 5:00pm
Title: Rollercoaster

As country music continues broadening its influence in every corner of the modern soundscape - the quickly growing 'Red Dirt' genre - which encapsulates the Western lifestyle and outlaw sound, is taking center stage lead by acts such as the influential Randy Rogers Band. For over 20 years, the band's roster and traditional approach has remained unchanged and inspired the surge in a new generation of artists. The band's second album, Rollercoaster, is applauded as one of the most impactful collections in the Texas music scene. As the record prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary, the Randy Rogers Band is releasing a newly remastered/re-sequenced edition of Rollercoaster to commemorate the music that ignited their long-lasting journey as a Texas music staple act.

RETT SMITH Live at Waterloo Thurs. 9/12 at 5:00pm
Title: A Weighted Remorse

A Weighted Remorse, due out on September 13, 2024, through Imperial/Republic Records, is the fifth self-penned album in Smith's discography since the pandemic in 2020. This newest body of work by Smith expands on the rock sounds and guitar prowess he’s been cultivating over the years, bringing his Americana blues roots into the realm of edgy shoe-gaze rock. His deeply personal storytelling style, once described by the Austin Chronicle as "a dark and brooding platter that sounds like Nick Cave raised on Texas songwriters," remains at the forefront of his music.

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