OUT THIS WEEK
Patricia Vonne, “Top of the Mountain” (Bandolera). The seventh album from the Austin-based native of San Antonio draws upon the full range of her artistic ambitions and musical inclinations. A strong singer with a flair for the dramatic, Vonne consistently delivers memorable vocal performances here, on material that ranges from hard-driving rock ’n’ roll (“City Is Alive”) to midtempo melodicism (the title track) to the more folk-oriented Spanish-language excursions “Madre de Perla” and “Cancion de la Boda.” Vonne wrote or co-wrote all dozen tracks, working with an impressive cast of collaborators such as Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco and her longtime guitarist Robert LaRoche. Ace local producers Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos helped assemble an A-list supporting cast including guitarists LaRoche and David Grissom, bajo sexto master Max Baca, violinist David Perales, bassists Scott Garber and Greg Gonzales, and drummers Hector Munoz and Dony Wynn. Release show May 26 at Continental Club. Here’s the video for “Tidal Wave”:
Brownout, “Fear of a Brown Planet” (Fat Beats). The American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith writes: “Roughly a year after the 10-piece funk powerhouse hung up their Brown Sabbath-era devil horns and declared themselves “Over the Covers” with an EP of original material, they’re back to reimagining the classics. This time, they take on your favorite Public Enemy jams, including “Fight the Power,” “911 Is a Joke” and “Don’t Believe the Hype,” with muscular, horn-heavy interpretations that throw down the psychedelic funk vibe you never knew these tracks were missing.” Release show June 2 at Mohawk outdoor. Here’s “Fight the Power”:
Christina Cavazos, “Mile Marker” EP. Still a high school student when she released two previous EPs in 2016 and 2017, Cavazos is now 18 and heading to college in New York this fall. “Mile Marker,” recorded locally with producer Charlie Magnone, further attests to her potential as a singer-songwriter, and she branches out beyond the acoustic base of her previous work with a couple of more electric, rock-influenced arrangements. Still, it’s the quieter, string-enhanced title track that’s the most enchanting of these six songs. Release show May 23 at Sahara Lounge. Here’s the track “Fire”:
Carry Illinois, “Work in Progress” EP. On their second EP in as many years following 2015’s full-length “Alabaster,” singer-songwriter Lizzy Lehman’s indie-rock/pop outfit strikes mood-heavy tones on a short set of songs dealing in part with the 2016 suicide of the band’s original bassist, John Winsor. She tackles her feelings head-on in “Runaway,” the album’s most instantly arresting track, singing “I know it’s no good to run away.” Guitarist Darwin Smith, drummer Rudy Villarreal, bassist Andrew Pressman and keyboardist Benjamin Rowe Violet provide inventive and empathetic support throughout. Release show May 25 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the track “Runaway”:
Christeene, “Basura.” Second album from the avant garde artist known for envelope-pushing and often controversial videos. In-store May 24 at Waterloo Records.
- JUNE 1: Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore, “Downey to Lubbock,” release show June 2 at Antone’s.
- JUNE 1: Sam Pace & the Gilded Grit, “Judgment Eve,” release show June 2 at Swan Dive.
- JUNE 1: Hooka Hey, “War Cry,” release show May 31 at Sidewinder.
- JUNE 1: Zack Varner, “Blues in the Nude.”
- JUNE 8: Jesse Dayton, “The Outsider” (Blue Elan).
- JUNE 8: Sarah Sharp, “Dream” EP, playing May 23 at Guero’s.
- JUNE 15: Tish Hinojosa, “West,” playing June 8 at One World Theatre.
- JUNE 15: Half Man, “Room to Grow.”
- JUNE 22: Giulia Millanta, “Conversation With a Ghost” (Ugly Cat).
- JUNE 22: Young Mothers, “Morose” (Self Sabotage).
- JUNE 29: Cody Canada & the Departed, “3” (Underground Sound).
- JULY 3: Kinky Friedman, “Circus of Life.”
- JULY 13: Jimmy LaFave, “Peace Town.”
- JULY 20: Belle Sounds, “The Sea Within,” release show July 21 at One-2-One Bar.
- JULY 27: Israel Nash, “Lifted.”
- AUG. 3: Kevin Galloway, “The Change” (Nine Mile).
- AUG. 24: White Denim, “Performance” (City Slang).
- SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled.
- SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.”