Austin360 On The Record: Basketball Shorts, Jane Ellen Bryant


Basketball Shorts, "Hot and Ready"

Basketball Shorts, “Hot and Ready”

Basketball Shorts, “Hot and Ready” (Fleeting Youth/Austin Town Hall).  Learning well the lessons from such quick-hitting masters as the Ramones and the Minutemen, self-described “party punk” foursome Basketball Shorts cut to the chase on these 10 songs, all of which clock in at less than three minutes. It’s a rapid-fire but totally joyous blitz of guitar-driven burners with simple yet immediately infectious vocal harmonies. That they don’t take themselves too seriously is clear from the cultural-reference song titles: “Romo to Dez” (the Dallas Cowboys quarterback-to-receiver combo), “Kevin McCallister” (the kid-hero character Macaulay Culkin portrayed in “Home Alone”), “Magic Legs” (a sly nod to “Forrest Gump”). Basketball Shorts won’t change the world, but they sure make it a lot more fun to live here. Release show Friday, July 8, at Vegan Nom, 913 E. Cesar Chavez St.; also playing Aug. 27 at Barracuda. Here’s the title track:

JaneEllenBryantEPcoverJane Ellen Bryant, “Twenties” (EP). A three-song release that Bryant is selling as a colored-vinyl 7-inch as well as digitally, “Twenties” is perhaps a preview of what’s to come for this native Austinite singer-songwriter. After drawing some attention with her previous release “Hourglass” and touring as a singer in Max Frost’s band, Bryant steps out with polished pop-rock original material highlighted by the title track, a millennial-world-problems anthem of sorts. If her soaring voice seeps into melodrama on the song’s bombastic chorus, she wisely leavens it with a self-deprecating chuckle in the second verse’s confession that “you just moved back in with your parents.” Release show Friday, July 8, at Lamberts. Here’s the video for “Twenties”:

Quin Galavis, “My Life in Steel and Concrete” (Super Secret). Solo release from a veteran of various local indie bands. Here’s the track “Glorious Man”:


JULY 12: South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost of a Small Town,” playing July 15 at Continental Club, release show July 23 at El Mercado Backstage.

JULY 15: Nightowls, “Royal Sessions” EP, release show July 15 at the Parish.

JULY 15: Aaron McDonnell, “Get Gone” EP, release show July 15 at White Horse.

JULY 15: Will Courtney, “Planning Escapes,” release show July 16 at Carousel Lounge.

JULY 22: Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers, “Little Black Heart” (Catty Town), release show July 23 at Continental Club.

JULY 29: Cotton Mather, “Death of the Cool” (Star Apple Kingdom).

AUG. 12: Kim Simpson, “Songs and Sightings 1992-2014,” release show Aug. 12 at Good Shepherd on the Hill.

AUG. 19: Dale Watson, “Live At The Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday” (Red House/Ameripolitan).

AUG. 26: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder), playing July 22 at Nutty Brown Amphitheater.

AUG. 26: Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Strong Like That” (Severn).

AUG. 26: Wildfires, “Aguas Frescas (Part II)” EP.

SEPT. 9: Giulia Millanta, “Moonbeam Parade.”

SEPT. 17: Henry & the Invisibles, title TBA.

SEPT. 23: Ruby & the Reckless, “In My Head,” playing July 16 at Scoot Inn.

SEPTEMBER: Band of Heathens, title TBA.

SEPTEMBER: Shinyribs, “I Got Your Medicine.”

OCTOBER: Eric Johnson, title TBA.

FALL: Terri Hendrix, “The Slaughterhouse Sessions” (Wilory), playing July 9 at Strange Brew.


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