Now in its forth season, Listening with Landmarks is a digital initiative featuring playlists curated by prominent Austin musicians and music personalities. Inspired by works from the Landmarks collection, the playlists cut across musical categories to include rock, Classical, Tejano, R&B, reggae, and country. One playlist is released each month on Landmarks' website, social media channels, and on Spotify.
Previous playlist contributors have ranged from lead singer of Spoon Britt Daniel, Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay, to Jackie Venson, reflecting the broad depth and diverse tastes of Austin’s musical community. Season four promises to be equally compelling, featuring playlists from the following:
Read more about the program, this season’s line up, and previous seasons in the Press Release.
Chief Cleopatra - 15 November, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by soul rock singer-songwriter Chief Cleopatra. Inspired by Monika Bravo's An Interval of Time, the playlist includes songs by Walker Lukens, Kendrick Lamar, The Clash, and others.
Listen below or on Spotify to Chief Cleopatra's playlist.
Bruce Robison - 15 October, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by country music singer-songwriter Bruce Robison. Inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin, the playlist includes songs by Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Robison's playlist.
BettySoo - 15 September, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by folk singer-songwriter BettySoo. Her playlist was inspired by Beth Campbell's Spontaneous Future(s), Possible Past and references the powder-coated surface of the steel sculpture. The playlist includes songs by Terry Allen, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colin, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to BettySoo's playlist.
Abby Drake - 15 August, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by outgoing education intern Abby Drake. Drake graduated from the College of Fine Arts in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art Studies. Drake's playlist was inspired by Donald Lipski's The West, and includes songs by Frank Ocean, Doja Cat, Green Day, Banks, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Drake's playlist.
Ruthie Foster - 15 July, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by blues and folk singer-songwriter Ruthie Foster. Foster's playlist was inspired by several works in Landmarks' collection and includes songs by Aretha Franklin, Beethoven, John Coltrane, and others.
Listen below or on Spotify to Foster's playlist.
Justice Phillips - 15 June, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by classical guitarist and composer Justice Phillips. Phillips recently performed as part of the relaunch of Landmarks' Songs in the Skyspace music series. In 2019, he was part of a guitar trio that premiered a composition for the Skyspace by Matthew Lyons. Phillip's playlist was inspired by Michael Ray Charles' (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations, and includes songs by Chick Corea, Clarice Assad, Caroline Shaw, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Phillip's playlist.
Y'all Out Boy - 15 May, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by cover band Y'all Out Boy. The Austin-based punk and emo cover band perform nostalgic, high-energy music from the late 1990s and early 2000s. The group's playlist, inspired by Ann Hamilton's O N E E V E R Y O N E, includes songs by Paramore, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, and more. Shared in tandem with National Mental Health Awareness month, the group played off Hamilton's use of the opaque image surface for O N E E V E R Y O N E, thinking about it as an allusion to a clouded mind and trying to bring awareness to Mental Health. The playlist, in their words, "evolves from songs of clouded despair to signs of hope and the clouds clearing to let the light in."
Rachel Rascoe - 15 April, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by culture and music writer, Rachel Rascoe. Her column, Faster than Sound, runs each week in The Austin Chronicle and covers all things local music. Inspired by Nancy Rubin's Drawing, Rascoe's playlist features an array of songs by Hovvdy, Faye Webster, Tammy Wynette, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Rascoe's playlist.
Mobley - 15 March, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Mobley. Inspired by Simone Leigh's Sentinel IV, Mobley's playlist features an array of songs by Solange, Tune-Yards, Nina Simone, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Mobley's playlist.
Carrie Rodriguez - 15 February, 2022
This month's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by Austin-music favorite, Carrie Rodriguez. Inspired by Monika Bravo's An Interval of Time, Rodriguez's playlist features an array of songs by Chavela Vargas, Los Lobos, Superfónicos, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Rodriguez's playlist.
Kelly Willis - 15 January, 2022
January's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by Austin Rock Royalty, Kelly Willis. Willis' playlist features an array of hits by Eddie Cochran, Tammy Wynette, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Willis' playlist inspired by Anita Weschler's Victory Ball.
Jelly Ellington - 15 December, 2021
December's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by Jelly Ellington. Crisscrossing the wide variety of artworks in the Landmarks Collection, Ellington pulls from musicians like Led Zeppelin, Tame Impala, Jimi Hendrix, and others, highlighting a different song for each work:
Willard Boepple - "I want you" (Nick Perry)
Michael Ray Charles - "The Healing" (Gary Clark Jr.)
Louise Bourgeois - "Open My Eyes" (Rival Sons)
Ann Hamilton - "Mirror" (Anna Wise)
Hans Hokanson - "The Sun and the Sea" (Jelly Ellington)
Jim Dine - "When the Levee Breaks" (Led Zeppelin)
David Ellis - "Tomorrow’s Dust" (Tame Impala)
Sol Lewitt - "Balance In All" (Anna Wise)
David Ellis - "Selfless" (The Strokes)
Ann Hamilton - "Just Before Dawn" (Sonnymoon)
Juan Hamilton - "Island" (John Trufant)
David Hare - "Lost in Yesterday" (Tame Impala)
Seymour Lipton - "How Did We Get So Dark" (Royal Blood)
Koren Der Harootian - "Fire" (Jimi Hendrix)
Casey Reas - "Electric Feel" (MGMT)
Nancy Rubins - "River" (Leon Bridges)
James Turrell - "Colorful" (Gyasi)
Listening with Landmarks Wrapped 2021 - 1 December, 2021
This year, Listening with Landmarks packed a punch! With playlists by some of Austin's most notable musicians, from Britt Daniel to Tiarra Girls and more, 2021 offered musical stylings for everyone. Check out our full Spotify Wrapped report below and follow Landmarks on Spotify for more highlights!
14 playlists. 212 songs. 13 works from the collection. 13 hours and 40 minutes of music.
- Britt Daniel
- Susannah Joffe
- Caitlin Jones
- Jessamine Batario
- Hayden Juroska
- Tim Rogers
- Ann Wilson
- Como Las Movies
- Justin Sherburn
- Alex Lyon
Mélat - 15 November, 2021
November's Listening with Landmarks playlist was curated by Mélat, inspired by David Ellis' video Animal. An alum of UT Austin, Mélat's playlist includes music from all over the world. Much like Ellis' video, in which the artist builds images on top of one another, Mélat's playlist offers layer upon layer of sound, crisscrossing time and place with songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Hozier, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify and hear Mélat speak about her experience assembling the playlist here or below!
Susannah Joffe - 15 October, 2021
Singer-songwriter Susannah Joffe is a senior at UT Austin. Joffe's music combines Austin’s country-blues roots with a queer pop edge, infusing her songs like Backseat and Halloween with universal narratives of love and loss while centering the queer experience. Inspired by Casey Reas' A Mathematical Theory of Communication, it includes songs by Charli XCX, Clairo, The Childlike Empress, and more.
Listen below or on Spotify to Joffe's playlist inspired by Casey Reas' A Mathematical Theory of Communication.
Britt Daniel - 15 September, 2021
Britt Daniel is the co-founder, lead singer and guitarist of the rock band Spoon. Responding to the Western roots of Deborah Butterfield’s Vermillion, Daniel pulls together songs from Johnny Cash, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, and others.
Listen below or on Spotify to Daniel's playlist inspired by Deborah Butterfield's Vermillion.
Season Two (2020-2021)
Caitlin Jones - 15 August, 2021
Caitlin Jones is Landmarks' summer 2021 communications intern. Jones is a current student in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin and is a former Landmarks Preservation Guild Member (LPG). Inspired by her time caring for Tony Smith's Amaryllis as part of LPG, Jones created a plalist playing off the minmalism and potential expression of the sculpture.
Listen below or on Spotify to Jones' playlist inspired by Tony Smith's Amaryllis.
Jessamine Batario - 15 July, 2021
Jessamine Batario is an art historian with a PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in the study of modern and contemporary art through an investigation of the aesthetic, critical, and historical interplay between Byzantine and modern art. She is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Maine. Inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin, Batario's playlist selections play off the physical weight of the sculpture. It juxtaposes hits like Beast of Burden by the Rolling Stones with songs like Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + The Machine.
Listen below or on Spotify to Batario's playlist inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin.
Hayden Juroska - 15 June, 2021
Hayden Juroska is a second-year UT Student pursuing a double-major in Anthropology and Art History. Inspired by Juan Hamilton's Curve and Shadow, No. 2, Juroska's playlist is a pop-infused mix of hits, including songs by The Strokes, Beach House, Billie Eilish, and others.
Tim Rogers - 15 May, 2021
Tim Rogers is a composer, pianist, percussionist, photographer and higher education administrator based in Austin, Texas. Currently, Rogers is the Assistant Director for Student Engagement for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas. In this role, he works to increase student involvement in the arts. As a part of this work, Rogers co-founded and is the co-director of the Sound in Sculpture concert series, an ongoing partnership with Landmarks and the Butler School of Music that just celebrated its 6th concert.
Ann Wilson - 15 April, 2021
Ann Wilson is President and General Manager for KMFA Classical 89.5, Austin's dedicated classical radio station. Wilson's playlist includes songs by singer-songwriter Peter Allen, string quartets, The Beatles, and more.
Como Las Movies - 15 March, 2021
Como Las Movies is an Indie-Cumbia-Pop quartet based in Austin, Texas. The band combines pan-Latin and contemporary influences into a duality that NPR described as “...a colorful, cultural soundscape from a unique blend of instruments.” Nelson Valente Aguilar, an Austinite by way of border town McAllen, Texas, is chief songwriter for Como Las Movies. The band was nominated for “Best Latin Band” in the 2020 Austin Music Awards, and have performed as part of SXSW, Austin Blues on the Green summer series, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Tour.
Justin Sherburn - 15 February, 2021
Justin Sherburn is a composer, producer, and musical director based in Austin, Texas. He writers, arranges, and records at his home studio in Montopolis, Texas. He received a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Sherburn's music can be heard on PBS programming and appears regularly on Augistin radio station KUT. Justin has composed for television, theater, and dance performances.
Alex Lyon - 15 January, 2021
Alex Lyon joined The Bubble Recording Studio in Austin, Texas as a partner in 2002. With years of experience at renowned studios across the Northeastern US under his belt, Lyon has been instrumental in the local recording field. With his steady hand and golden ear, Lyon has led the development of the Bubble into a supercharged music production facility that is precision-designed for artists to record their music just the way they intend, in perfect balance from start to finish. Follow The Bubble Recording Studio on Facebook and Instagram.
DJ Boyfriend - 15 December, 2020
Boyfriend ATX is Ezra Edwards, born and raised in Austin, Texas. Boyfriend has been a DJ and event producer in Austin since 2010 and has been voted Austin Chronicle's Critic's Choice Best "Lez Get the Party Started DJ" in 2014. Boyfriend was also voted Winner of Best DJ of ATX in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In addition, Boyfriend ATX has raised funds for local causes such as Planned Parenthood, SAFE Austin, Out Youth, The Texas Advocacy Project for Equality TX and is dedicated to serving the community and having fun. Keep up with Boyfriend ATX on Facebook and Instagram.
Black Joe Lewis - 15 November, 2020
Austin-based Black Joe Lewis is a contemporary singer and guitarist with a bent for vintage blues, soul, and R&B. Backed by his band, The Honeybears, Lewis draws inspiration from legendary "shouters" such as Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, as well as smoother crooners including Sam Cooke. In 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears as one of the "Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009's SXSW Festival." And in 2017, his album, Backlash debuted at number 3 in the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts. You can find Black Joe Lewis on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.
Tiarra Girls - 15 October, 2020
Tiarra Girls are the fierce sisterhood of Tiffany, Tori, and Sophia Baltierra of Austin, Texas. The band has garnered three-time Austin Music Awards and are also alumnae of The Ann Richards School. With many musical influences both in English and Spanish, the power trio delivers an eclectic sound and anthemic lyrics celebrating a message of unity and empowerment. Keep up with Tiarra Girls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Bob Schneider - 21 September, 2020
Bob Schneider is an Austin-based musician and artist. He has studied visual art - his other primary passion - at the University of Texas El Paso, before moving to Austin and establishing himself as a musician. Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals, rounding in at 54 total awards to date. He continues to perform and create new music, even writing poetry, and regularly showing his visual art in galleries around Austin. Keep up with Schneider on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Season One (2019-2020)
Berkshire Hounds - 17 August, 2020
Berkshire Hounds formed in 2011 by roommates Jim Campo and Spencer Garland in Austin, Texas. Later joined by drummer Jordan Cook and bassist Alexander (“Z”) Lynch, Berkshire Hounds is an eclectic rock band that have played alongside local legends such as Black Pumas, Matthew Logan Vasquez, Emily Gimble, and Black Joe Lewis. Dubbed the “rock ‘n’ roll hoodlum tangent” by KUTX, you can check out Berkshire Hounds on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.
David Hunter - 3 August, 2020
David Hunter was Music Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin from 1988 to 2017. He is now Librarian Emeritus. After an intensive musical education as a chorister at Chichester Cathedral, he went on to sing with numerous collegiate and city choirs including the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble. He is the author or editor of several books including The Lives of George Frideric Handel (2015), in which he revealed that Handel had investments in the slave-trading Royal African Company. He is writing a book on the connections between music, slavery, and settler colonialism.
Morgan Davis - 13 July, 2020
Morgan Davis is the Editor in Chief and contributor for Ovrld, an Austin-focused music blog. Ovrld is the only Austin music publication dedicated to local artists, providing in-depth interviews, reviews, photo essays, features and more. Davis is also Artist Manager for Kady Rain, J Goons, Jukebox, Croom, Curbside Jones, and Quentin Arispe.
Patrick Slevin - 29 June, 2020
Patrick Slevin is the founder of Austin Soundwaves. Formed in 2011, Austin Soundwaves makes music learning accessible and equitable to more than 300 students in grades 1-12 across Central Texas. He received degrees in Music and Urban Studies from Northwestern University and completed the "Sistema Fellows Program" at The New England Conservatory. Patrick has taught in over 15 El Sistema-inspired programs in the United States, Mexico, and in Venezuela. He is a past board member and Governance Committee Chair of El Sistema USA and is a member of the Community Advisory Board for KMFA Classical 89.5.
Joe Williams - 15 June, 2020
Joe Williams is the Artistic Director and Composer for Austin Classical Guitar. Inspired by our time and the myths we create, Joe makes music for people. His most recent works, including together, dream and i/we (winner of the Austin Chronicle prize for Best New Composition of 2017), are community-oriented, collaborative and multimedia projects focused on expanding our understanding of each other. You can learn more about Austin Classical Guitar by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Steve Parker - 1 June, 2020
Steve Parker is a composer, musician, and multi-disciplinary artist. He has worked as a Fulbright Scholar and a Harrington Scholar and has been the recipient of awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and others. As a current faculty member at The University of Texas at San Antonio, Parker directs the Trombone Studio, the Trombone Choir, and teaches courses in Electronic Music, Sound Art, New Media, Music Business, and Music Marketing.
Emilio Alvarez - 20 May, 2020
Emilio Alvarez is an on-air host at KMFA. 89.5 - Austin's Classical Music Radio Station. He is a lifelong cellist and served as principal cellist of the Southwestern University and Trinity University Orchestras in San Antonio, Texas. Alvarez frequently performs with indigenous music groups, experimental free jazz bands, and classical ensembles. Catch him on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Breakfast Blend.
Matthew Hinsley - 4 May, 2020
Matthew Hinsley is the Executive Director of Austin Classical Guitar and has worked to support broad concert, outreach, and educational programming to build the nation's largest classical guitar nonprofit organization. Dr. Hinsley was trained as a classical guitarist and vocalist at Interlochen Arts Academy, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the University of Texas at Austin. You can learn more about Austin Classical Guitar by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Nick Gregg - 20 April, 2020
Nick Gregg is the bandleader and founder of Mother Falcon, a symphonic rock band from Austin, Texas. Founded in 2008, Mother Falcon performs internationally with a 12-16 member ensemble and has garnered "Best Avante-Garde" Artist in the Austin Music Awards category. Check out Mother Falcon on Spotify, Facebook, and Instagram.
Sara Schneider - 6 april, 2020
Sara Schneider is a music historian and DJ host on KMFA 89.5 | Austin's Classical Music Radio Station. Schneider has interviewed early music luminaries such as Ton Koopman, Anonymous 4, Jordi Savall, and the late Gustav Leonhardt. Schneider hosts "Breakfast Blend" weekdays from 6am - 10am and "Early Music Now" every Sunday at 10am.
Graham Reynolds - 23 March, 2020
Graham Reynolds is one of Austin's most celebrated composers. Reynolds creates, performs, and records music for film, theatre, dance, rock clubs, and concert halls with collaborators ranging from Richard Linklater and Jack Black to Ballet Austin and more. You can follow Reynolds on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Lesly reynaga - 2 March, 2020
Lesly Reynaga is a singer and songwriter originally from Monterrey, Mexico who now calls Austin home. Declared as "one of Austin's most formidable pop songwriters", writes the Austin American Statesman, Reynaga's music transcends language, culture and musical genres. Check out Reynaga on Instagram, Facebook, and Spotify.
Steve Savage - 17 February, 2020
Steve Savage is the Station Manager and DJ at KAZI, Austin's premiere black radio station. His DJ career first began in California at high school sock-hops and transitioned with his move to Austin to owner and operator of the S and S Record Pool and Mobile DJ, Inc. After volunteering for KAZI from 1986-1996, Steve became manager and now hosts every Monday and Tuesday, 9am - 12pm and Tuesday and Friday, 1pm - 3pm.
John Aielli - 3 February, 2020
John Aielli is the longtime favorite DJ at KUT and has hosted KUT's radio show, "Eklektikos", since the early 1970's. Known for his quirky words of wisdom and diverse musical selections on air, John has become one of Austin's local legends in the music scene. You can listen to "Eklektikos with John Aielli" Mondays - Thursdays from 6am - 8am on KUTX 98.9.
Liz cass - 20 January, 2020
Liz Cass is the Executive Director of Armstrong Community Music School and a celebrated opera singer. As the originator of the mezzo role in Graham Reynold’s opera, “Pancho Villa: From a Safe Distance”, Cass recently garnered an Austin Critic’s Table Award for Best Singer. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and her website to keep up with her performance schedule.
Listen below or on Spotify to Cass’ playlist inspired by the Landmarks collection.
Walker Lukens - 6 January, 2020
Walker Lukens is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist based in Austin. Known for his eclectic song-writing abilities, his latest album ADULT has received praise from Billboard, NPR’s All Songs Considered, and more. Stream ADULT on Spotify and check out Lukens on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Stephanie Bergara - 23 December, 2019
Stephanie Bergara is the lead singer of the Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda. Bergara is also a programmer for the City of Austin Music and Entertainment Division and organizer of Chingona Fest. Find Bergara on Spotify and Instagram and find Bidi Bidi Banda on Instagram.
Molly Burch - 9 December, 2019
Molly Burch is an Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician. Her new album The Molly Burch Christmas Album is available on Spotify, Amazon, and Apple Music and find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
PETER BAY - 25 November, 2019
Peter Bay is the Music Director and longest serving conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra.
Jackie Venson - 18 November, 2019
Jackie Venson is an Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician. Praised for her guitar playing, Venson graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2011. Venson's new album Joy is available on Spotify, itunes, and Amazon and find her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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