Austin360 On The Record: Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman, Little Mazarn

Lindsey Verrill, a.k.a. Little Mazarn. Contributed

OUT THIS WEEK

Sarah Fox & Joel Guzman, “Christmas Miracles.” The husband-wife team behind the Grammy-winning group Los Aztex rolls out a holiday-themed set of 10 songs that mix not-quite-yuletide classics like  “Amazing Grace” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with newer tunes such as Christopher Telles and Greg Massouh’s rockin’ “Christmas Baby.” Along the way, they’re joined by a rather amazing cast of guest, including David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and the great Delbert McClinton as well as local heavy hitters including Jon Dee Graham, Carolyn Wonderland, David Grissom, Adrian Quesada, Malford Milligan, Ephraim Owens and Nakia. Proceeds go to Hungry for Music, which provides musical instruments for underprivileged children. Release show Dec. 18 at One-2-One Bar with guests including Grissom, Milligan and Jake Andrews. Here’s the accordion-driven instrumental “Conjunto Sleighride”:

Little Mazarn, self-titled EP (Self Sabotage Records). Just five songs but clocking in at almost a half-hour — two tracks exceed eight and seven minutes — this follows an EP that Lindsey Verrill (a.k.a. Little Mazarn) made with multi-instrumentalist Ralph White last year. Known for her supporting work with Dana Falconberry and others, Verrill steps out on her own confidently, performing atmospheric acoustic music that’s as beautiful as it is haunting. Three original tunes bracket the traditional “Rain and Snow” and Cyril Tawney’s “The Grey Funnel Line,” a whirling, swirling meditation that shows Verrill’s experimental edge. Contributors include Beth Chrisman on violin and Jeff Johnston on saw and harmonium. Release show Dec. 15 at Central Presbyterian Church. Here’s the eight-minute leadoff track “In Dreams”:

COMING SOON

  • DEC. 21: Russell Haight, “Destination,” release show Dec. 21 at Elephant Room.
  • JAN. 10: John Mills Times Ten, “Flying Blind,” release show Jan. 10 at Elephant Room.
  • JAN. 18: Summer Fires, “Without a Word” EP, release show Jan. 18 at Stubb’s indoor.
  • JAN. 19: Johnny Dango, “Dear Everybody, I Love You.”
  • JAN. 26: Lew Card, “Takeouts Vol. 1.”
  • FEB. 1: Good Field, “Surface Tension.”
  • FEB. 2: Mike & the Moonpies, “Steak Night at the Prairie Rose.”
  • FEB. 9: Jerry David DeCicca, “Time the Teacher” (Impossible Ark).
  • FEBRUARY: Sharks in the Deep End, EP.