Dial Records/Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

Soul Man Joe Tex Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

October 19, 2016

Houston Public Media

Jones Hall: Past, Present and Future

October 13, 2016

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

Don’t Want to Hear the Bar Next Door? The City of Austin Wants to Help.

October 12, 2016

Courtesy Kelly Giarrocco

Austin Singer-Songwriter Releases New Album Inspired by Patsy Cline

October 6, 2016

Courtesy Alex Kacha

S U R V I V E’s ‘Stranger Things’ Spotlight Shines on Austin’s Synthesizer Scene

October 3, 2016

Heart of Texas Public Radio

Black Gospel Collection Goes to Washington

September 23, 2016

Houston Public Media

How Houston Music Ensembles Are Taking A New Approach To An Old Problem

September 19, 2016

Courtesy Jersean Golatt

Provocative New Music From Dallas’ Buffalo Black Tackles What It Means to Be American

September 15, 2016

Austin Anderson/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

What Can Austin Do to Support Its Musicians?

September 13, 2016

KUT News

The Old 97’s Wrote the Perfect Song for Homesick Texans

September 25, 2016

Pete Souza/Instagram

Adding Some (More) Texas Tunes to the President’s Summer Playlist

August 17, 2016

Beth Cortez-Neavel/Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Beat the Summer Heat With These Texas Tunes

August 9, 2016

Francesca Paris/KERA Art&Seek

Farmer’s Branch Teen A Finalist For NEA Songwriting Challenge

July 22, 2016

Jack Morgan/Texas Public Radio

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Takes The Rhapsody To Hungarians

July 15, 2016

Screenshot via YouTube

Texas Musician Captures the Spirit of Hank Williams in Film

July 8, 2016


Who Are the Amateurs at the Cliburn Competition?

June 24, 2016

Flickr/Matt Neighbors (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Pump Those Pipes at the Annual Organists Convention

June 22, 2016

Courtesy Rissi Palmer

Beyoncé and the Hidden Black Women in Country Music

May 17, 2016

Screenshot via YouTube

Here’s How a South Texas School Won the State Championship

April 19, 2016

Pexels (CC0)

This San Antonio-Based App Keeps Music Venues Honest and Performers Paid

April 19, 2016

Dana Clark and Narjus Pierre/CRS

Refugees Find Refuge In Music

April 19, 2016

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As American Idol Ends, a Look at Why We Love Singing Competitions

April 7, 2016

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Merle Haggard Didn’t Just Sing It, He Lived it Too

April 7, 2016

Hady Mawajdeh/Texas Standard

This Exhibit Brings Back ’90s Nostalgia with Visual Art and Makeout Mixtapes

March 15, 2016

Via raylandbaxter.com

Ones To Watch: Wayland Baxter

March 10, 2016

Dave Ma/KUTX

SXSW Ones To Watch: Haelos

March 9, 2016

Claire Roeth/KUTX

SXSW Ones To Watch: David Wax Museum

March 8, 2016

Pooneh Ghana/KUTX

SXSW Ones to Watch: Bayonne

March 7, 2016

Flickr/Selbe Lynn (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

From Obscurity to Your New Favorite Song: How Music Makes it to Public Radio

March 4, 2016

Steve Hopson/Wikimedia Commons

Meet the Man In Charge of Promoting Texas Music

February 25, 2016

Pexels (CC0)

Music and Memory: How Songs Rejuvenate Seniors’ Lives

February 18, 2016

Screenshot via Octava

Can a Smartphone Enhance Your Live Music Experience?

February 18, 2016

Screenshot via YouTube/KaceyMusgravesVevo

Kacey Musgraves is Singing It Like She Sees It

February 15, 2016

Screenshot via YouTube

Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ Is a Celebration of Southern Blackness and Femininity

February 11, 2016

Photo via Flickr/kkanouse (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Buddy Holly Brought Rock & Roll to Texas – and Texas to Rock & Roll

February 3, 2016

Screenshot via YouTube

Why The Iconic Texas Music Chart Is Closing

February 2, 2016

Image via Dennis Foley

David Bowie Took the Name, and the Street Sign, of This Texas Icon

January 19, 2016

Image via Stella M. Chávez/KERA News

Getting Allen’s Marching Band To Rose Parade Takes 8 Flights, 15 Buses And $1.2 Million

December 31, 2015

Image via Pexels (CC0)

Top Picks for the Best Albums of 2015

December 28, 2015

Image via Joy Diaz/Texas Standard

Why ‘Feliz Navidad’ Is One of the Top Bilingual Christmas Songs in the World

December 15, 2015

Photo via Bill Zeeble/KERA News

First-Ever Training Institute For Female Opera Conductors Premieres In Dallas

December 4, 2015

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Before ‘Little Girl Blue’: Janis Joplin’s Days in Texas

November 25, 2015

Image via Flickr/__sarah_ (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Remembering the Signature Slow Motion Sound of DJ Screw

November 16, 2015

Image via Flickr/Stuart Seeger (CC BY 2.0)

Hear The Alamo’s New ‘Rallying Cry’

November 10, 2015

Image via Tumblr/Chulita Vinyl Club

Meet the Lady DJs Behind San Antonio’s Chulita Vinyl Club

October 28, 2015

Image via Wikimedia Commons/Bengt Nyman (CC BY 2.0)

From Hippie to Country: Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Tells His Story

October 13, 2015

Image via Facebook/Magic Town Music

These Texans Started a Music Festival for Charity in Mexico

October 13, 2015

Image via Youtube

Why This Hip-Hop Song From 2004 Still Matters

October 12, 2015

Photo by Daniel Davis, via joelcross.com

Sorry, Ryan Adams: This Texas Musician May Have the Best Taylor Swift Cover

October 8, 2015

Image via Flickr/Eric Frommer (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Texas ‘Rambler’ Joe Ely Can’t Be Pinned Down

September 18, 2015

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

This Houston Blues Singer Still Shines After 40 Years Out of the Spotlight

September 11, 2015

Original image via Flickr/Mark Taylor (CC BY 2.0)

How Politicians Use Music As Part of Their Campaign Strategy

September 10, 2015

Jenna Vonhofe/KUTX

The Rising Costs & Gender Disparity Within Austin’s Music Scene

August 25, 2015

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#BeyBeAHero, and the Role of Celebrities in Politics

August 21, 2015

Photo via Flickr/ Dave Hensley (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Some Great Music We Missed in our Top 5 Texas Song List

August 17, 2015

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUTX.

Tell Us: What’s Your Favorite Texas Song?

August 17, 2015

Photo via Flickr/musicfanatic29 (CC BY-NC 2.0)

The 5 Greatest Texas Songs of All Time

August 11, 2015

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Soldiers Use Songwriting to Heal Emotional Wounds

May 26, 2015

Photo via Ilana Panich-Linsman

White Denim Frontman: Why I Chose Music Over Baseball

May 6, 2015

Photo by Lucy Sansom

An Interview With Louise Harrison, George Harrison’s Older Sister

May 5, 2015


Rare, Stolen Guitar Returned to Texas Musician

April 24, 2015

Photo courtesy of Corpus Christi Caller Times

The Story of a Prolific Texas Storyteller and Musician You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

April 24, 2015

Photo by Simon Crow - Colchester 101 Magazine

A Brit’s ‘Modern English’ Journey to Becoming a Texan

April 15, 2015

YouTube/Arts Labor

Remembering Doug Sahm: The Man Behind The Texas Cosmic Groove

March 24, 2015


Texas Gospel Group Shines in New Film at SXSW

March 18, 2015

Photo Credit: Jonathan S. McNamara

Need a Japanese Music Fix? Better Head to…Austin?

March 16, 2015


What You Don’t Know About Mavis Staples and Her Music

March 5, 2015

Marshall Tidrick for Texas Standard

Why Steve Earle Will Never Move Back To Texas

February 17, 2015

Filipa Rodrigues/Texas Standard

Has Mainstream Hip-Hop Lost Its Credibility?

February 12, 2015

Masahiro Sumori via Wikimedia Commons

Remembering Bobby “Blue” Bland

February 11, 2015

KUT Austin

The Transformation of Spoon

February 6, 2015

Brother Ray' Benson, minus the cowboy hat

Austin’s Ray Benson Goes it Alone, Gets Raves

January 27, 2014

Fusion band Goat originates from Korpilombolo, Sweden.

Texas Standard Music: January 23, 2015

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Fusion band Goat originates from Korpilombolo, Sweden. Hear them on this episode of the Texas Standard.


Each week Texas Standard Director Haley Howle hunts down new and exciting music for the show.

Follow Haley on Twitter to keep up with her favorite music picks. And let us know what you’re listening to! Tweet us @TexasStandard.

Check out the Texas Standard music playlist for January 23, 2015 via Spotify:



Attention truck buyers: that powerful engine rumble you’re hearing could be totally fake

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America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: The rise of fake engine noise

The Washington Post reports this morning on the reliance on fake engine noises in new model cars and trucks – something the Post calls ” one of the auto industry’s dirty little secrets.” And ironically, you can trace the rise of truck and muscle car engine enhancements back to hybrids like the Prius:

“Enhanced” engine songs have become the signature of eerily quiet electrics such as the Toyota Prius. But the fakery is increasingly finding its way into beefy trucks and muscle cars, long revered for their iconic growl.

For the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost, Ford sound engineers and developers worked on an “Active Noise Control” system that amplifies the engine’s purr through the car speakers. Afterward, the automaker surveyed members of Mustang fan clubs on which processed “sound concepts” they most enjoyed.