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VuHaus brings music fans the best in-studio performances from most influential public radio stations

VuHaus curates gorgeous video of live sessions, artist interviews & concerts from top music tastemakers KUTX, KCRW, KEXP, WFUV, WXPN and KTBG

AUSTIN, Texas, and Philadelphia — May 13, 2015 — Every week KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, and public radio stations across the country host established and up-and-coming musicians like Black Pistol Fire, Chet Faker, Sylvan Esso, Aloe Blacc, Jenny Lewis, and Alt-J delivering intimate, jaw-dropping, spine-tingling performances.

Starting today, the best of these in-studio video gems, as well as no-holds-barred artist interviews and must-see live streamed concerts curated from the nation’s most influential public radio stations, can be found under one roof at VuHaus (www.vuhaus.com), a new video platform and mobile app for music fans seeking to experience and discover the best new artists and songs.

VuHaus launches today with a coalition of public radio member stations that have become the nation’s musical tastemakers and a must-stop for artists on concert or album release tours, including KUTX, KCRW (Los Angeles), KEXP (Seattle), WFUV (New York), WXPN (Philadelphia), and KTBG The Bridge (Kansas City). Additional VuHaus station partners will be announced in the coming months.

VuHaus showcases gorgeously shot, in-studio live sessions best experienced in wide screen with the volume on high. Fans will enjoy video treasures like Courtney Barnett and her band performing “Avant Gardener” in Halloween costumes, Beck delivering a show-stopping performance of “Blue Moon” from his Grammy Award-winning album “Morning Phase” (KCRW), Ingrid Michaelson adding moving new dimensions to her indie hit Girls Chase Boys (WFUV), and Israel Nash performing “Iron of the Mountain” against the backdrop of the Texas Hill Country. 

“KUTX listeners are proud of Austin’s deep and diverse music heritage, yet they enjoy discovering new genres and artists,” said Matt Reilly, KUTX program director. “We’re pleased to be a founding station of VuHaus where we can give Austin artists a national platform to share the Austin music experience with the world.”

Fans can also discover unsigned and small label artists championed by their local radio stations, like Austin’s Mother Falcon and Cilantro Boombox, and Philadelphia’s Strand of Oaks. Local stations curate pages for cities including Austin, New York City, Los Angeles, and Kansas City that feature spotlights on local artists, video playlists, and the latest live performances and music videos.

According to VuHaus Program Director Mark Abuzzahab, former KKXT-FM (Dallas-Fort Worth) program director, non-commercial radio station have become the country’s leading engines for music discovery, handpicking local, emerging and established artists to play live music in their studios and on location.

"VuHaus’ member radio stations have established a striking track record for being crossover-hit makers and a launching pad for new artists,” said Abuzzahab. “Artists have made public radio studios the first stop when they are on tour or want to debut new music, and the result is the type of intimate performances you’d never experience at a concert hall, music festival or on TV.”

Other feature highlights of VuHaus include

  • Artist of the Week – An artist currently blowing up at one of its member stations, or celebrating a new album release, tour or breakout appearance, VuHaus will feature a playlist of one artist’s most captivating performances. The Artist of the Week will also program their own playlist from VuHaus’ video archives. VuHaus’ inaugural Artist of the Week is Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett.
  • The Local Spotlight – Spotlights a band or artist based in a VuHaus member station’s market. The feature includes an interview with the artist/band, an article about them by the local station and a video playlist of their hottest gigs. VuHaus’ inaugural Local Spotlight artist is Danielle Nicole from KTBG The Bridge in Kansas City.
  • Playlists – Curated playlists by VuHaus, artists and member stations – like Triple Crown, featuring the best three live performance videos selected by each member station, and Nom-Comm, featuring artists performing at the nation’s largest adult alternative music festival, including Best Coast, Brandi Carlisle, and James McMurtry.

To celebrate its launch, VuHaus will stream three days of live performances from the Non-COMMvention, the premier national gathering of contemporary non-commercial radio stations and the music industry, beginning today at http://www.vuhaus.com/live.

Download the mobile app from both iTunes and Google Play.

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About VuHaus
VuHaus is a non-profit, non-commercial organization comprised of public media’s leading Music Discovery radio stations. The curated national streaming video platform features performances from the studios of these participating stations, and is available via mobile and web.

VuHaus stations include WFUV in New York City, KCRW in Los Angeles, WXPN in Philadelphia, KUTX in Austin, KTBG The Bridge in Kansas City and KEXP in Seattle. VuHaus received initial funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is operated by its founding partner Public Media Company, a national non-profit organization focused on maximizing the impact of public media through strategic partnerships. VuHaus received initial support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

About KUTX
KUTX 98.9, The Austin Music Experience, is the independent, member-supported music service of KUT Public Radio. KUTX 98.9 features fresh, cutting-edge music, alongside iconic songs and established artists who continue to inspire. Programming includes live, one-of-a-kind performances in Studio 1A; the Austin Music Minute, the KUTX Song of the Day, and MapJam, a daylong moveable music festival showcasing some of the unlikely places where music is being made in Austin. More at KUTX.org.

Download hi-res images: bit.ly/vuhausimages

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Contacts:
Erin Geisler, KUTX 98.9
(512) 475-8071
or
Patrick Kowalczyk
or
Scott Piro
PKPR, 212-627-8098