Austin360 On The Record: Cross Record, Brother Superior, Daniel Eyes

Cross Record, "Wabi-Sabi"
Cross Record, “Wabi-Sabi”

OUT THIS WEEK

Cross Record, “Wabi-Sabi” (Ba Da Bing). Engaging and hypnotic atmospheric music from the Dripping Springs duo of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski. After a release show Feb. 6 at the Mohawk, Cross Record heads out on a European tour opening for fellow Austin act Shearwater. Here’s the song “Steady Waves”:

Brother Superior, “Whatever Coach” EP. Five rock-pop tunes, including a cover of fellow local band A. Sinclair’s “How Many Ways,” that spotlight the engaging voice of frontman Bryce Clifford. Release show Jan. 30 at Blackheart. Here’s the leadoff track, “Lovin’ You (Is Killing Me)”:

Daniel Eyes & the Vibes, “Sweet Dreaming” EP. The quartet’s sound on this four-song set brings to mind ’80s mainstream rock radio as they mine moody, minor-key melodies and dark lyrical themes. Release show Jan. 30 at Cheer Up Charlie’s. Here’s the title track:

COMING SOON

FEB. 5: Terri Hendrix, “Love You Strong,” playing Feb. 10 at Guero’s.

FEB. 5: P.T. Banks, “Moonlight Is Sunlight,” release show Feb. 6 at Stubb’s.

FEB. 5, Brother Nothing, “All in My Mind,” release show Feb. 25 at One-2-One Bar.

FEB. 9: Magna Carda, “Cirqlation,” release show Feb. 5 at the Belmont.

FEB. 9: Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Solicitor Returns,” solo album by Delta Spirit frontman.

FEB. 9: Wealthy West, “Long Play,” release show Feb. 12 at Tellers.

FEB. 13: Slowly Grace, self-titled, release show Feb. 13 at Clive Bar.

FEB. 14: Jenifer Jackson, “Cloud Ten,” release show Feb. 14 at Strange Brew.

FEB. 19: Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts, “Lola” (Luz/Thirty Tigers), release show Feb. 13 at Texas Union Theater and in-store Feb. 19 at Waterloo Records.

FEB. 26: Willie Nelson, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” (Legacy), playing March 12 at Rodeo Austin.

FEB. 26: Bill Carter, “Innocent Victims & Evil Companions” (Forty Below), playing Jan. 12 at Saxon Pub.

FEB. 26: 8 Ball Aitken, self-titled, U.S. debut of recently transplanted Australian country-blues performer.

FEB. 26: Black Balsam, “See You Later See You There” (Punctum), release show Feb. 28 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.

FEB. 26: Kathryn Legendre, “Don’t Give a Damn” EP, release show Feb. 26 at White Horse.

MARCH 2: “Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay” (Eight 30), with tracks by James McMurtry, Randy Rogers & Sunny Sweeney, Slaid Cleaves, William Clark Green and more.

MARCH 11: Penny & Sparrow, “Let a Lover Drown You” (Single Lock/Thirty Tigers), playing April 16 at the Parish.

MARCH 25: White Denim, “Stiff” (Downtown), produced by Ethan Johns, playing SXSW (dates TBA).

MARCH 25: Bayonne, “Primitives” (Mom+Pop), re-branded wider release of Roger Sellers album issued last fall.

APRIL 1: Explosions in the Sky, “The Wilderness” (Temporary Residence).

APRIL 8: Hayes Carll, “Lovers and Leavers” (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers).

APRIL 15: Calliope Musicals, “Time Owes You Nothing.”

APRIL: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.”

APRIL: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, title TBA.

EARLY 2016: A Giant Dog, title TBA (Merge).

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.

 

Austin360 On The Record: Shearwater, Will T. Massey, Gary Graves

 

OUT THIS WEEK

Shearwater_JetPlaneOxbow_3600Shearwater, “Jet Plane and Oxbow” (Sub Pop). Granted that it’s still early in 2016, but Shearwater’s latest album seems a sure bet for local end-of-year best-of lists. Jonathan Meiburg’s adventurous indie-rock ensemble has long been one of Austin’s most intriguing bands, and they sound energized coming off of 2013’s covers album “Fellow Travelers,” with a full slate of original material that’s both inventive and accessible. The anthemic “Pale Kings” sets Meiburg’s soaring vocals to a chorus of chiming guitars and a marching rhythm; elsewhere, “Only Child” glides down a more lyrical yet no less magical path, and “Radio Silence” electrifies with a captivating drive and verve that extends to nearly seven minutes. Release show Feb. 3 at North Door. Here’s the official video for the electronica-oriented track “Quiet Americans”:

Will T. Massey, “The Weathering.” A quarter-century ago, Massey was riding high on a major-label album produced by Bruce Springsteen keyboardist Roy Bittan. He seemed to vanish as quickly as he’d arrived, but he returned last decade after a 14-year drought and put out a few records before another eight-year absence. True to the new album’s title, Massey’s voice sounds weathered by the years here, imbuing the lyrics of his country-folk and heartland-rock songs with a deeper sense of experience. Check out the song “Weird Again” here. Release show Jan. 24 at Strange Brew, with cellist Mark Williams, percussionist Mike Meadows and backing vocalist Kacy Crowley.

Gary Graves, “The Book of Lost Women and Divine Inspiration.” The blues-based singer-songwriter worked with CoCo Carmel and Bobby Whitlock on the follow up to 2013’s “Till the End of Time.” Graves’ approach to putting out a record is old-school; it’s not available digitally (at least for now), but it’s for sale at Waterloo Records, and he’ll have copies at his release show Jan. 23 at Cactus Cafe.

COMING SOON

JAN. 30: Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior, “Whatever Coach” EP, release show Jan. 30 at Blackheart.

FEB. 9: Magna Carda, “Cirqlation,” release show Feb. 5 at the Belmont.

FEB. 9. Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Solicitor Returns,” solo album by Delta Spirit frontman.

FEB. 9: Wealthy West, “Long Play,” release show Feb. 12 at Tellers.

FEB. 14: Jenifer Jackson, “Cloud Ten,” release show Feb. 14 at Strange Brew.

FEB. 19: Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts, “Lola” (Luz/Thirty Tigers), release show Feb. 13 at Texas Union Theater.

FEB. 26: Willie Nelson, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” (Legacy), playing March 12 at Rodeo Austin.

FEB. 26: Bill Carter, “Innocent Victims & Evil Companions” (Forty Below), playing Jan. 12 at Saxon Pub.

FEB. 26: 8 Ball Aitken, self-titled, U.S. debut of recently transplanted Australian country-blues performer.

FEB. 26: Kathryn Legendre, “Don’t Give a Damn” EP, release show Feb. 26 at White Horse.

MARCH 11: Penny & Sparrow, “Let a Lover Drown You” (Single Lock/Thirty Tigers), playing April 16 at the Parish.

MARCH 25: White Denim, “Stiff” (Downtown), produced by Ethan Johns, playing SXSW (dates TBA).

MARCH 25: Bayonne, “Primitives” (Mom+Pop), re-branded wider release of Roger Sellers album issued last fall.

APRIL 1: Explosions in the Sky, “The Wilderness” (Temporary Residence).

APRIL 8: Hayes Carll, “Lovers and Leavers” (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers).

APRIL 15: Calliope Musicals, “Time Owes You Nothing.”

APRIL: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.”

APRIL: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, title TBA.

EARLY 2016: A Giant Dog, title TBA (Merge).

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.

Austin360 On The Record: Randy Rogers Band

OUT THIS WEEK

RandyRogersBandAlbumCoverRandy Rogers Band, “Nothing Shines Like Neon” (Tommy Jackson/Thirty Tigers). Arguably San Marcos’ biggest country music export since George Strait’s Cheatham Street heyday, the Randy Rogers Band drives home its ballads and boot-scooters with plenty of twanging guitars and sweet fiddle runs. “Nothing Shines Like Neon” finds them leaving Nashville major labels behind for a more homespun album that was recorded at Austin studio Cedar Creek with Buddy Cannon, who’s handled several of Willie Nelson’s recent records. They get prime vocal cameos from Alison Krauss (“Look Out Yonder”) and Jamey Johnson (“Actin’ Crazy”), but it’s the guest turn by Jerry Jeff Walker on rockin’ rave-up “Takin It As It Comes” that most squarely plants Rogers and his bandmates in their Texas roots. In-store Jan. 18 at Waterloo Records. Here’s the track “Neon Blues”:

Reed Turner, “Native Tongue” (EP). Eclectic, soulful indie singer-songwriter material from the native Austinite. Release show tonight, Jan. 15, at Stubb’s indoors. Here’s the track “Swim or Drown (Let the Lord Decide)”:

Emily Wolfe, “Atta Blues” (single). Wolfe played a release show and video taping for the song Thursday night to a packed house indoors at Stubb’s. here’s a short clip:

Matt the Electrician with Little Brave, “Mountains”/“20/20” (dual single). Second in a series of 7-inch releases Matt is doing in conjunction with a rotating cast of fellow Austin artists. Release show Feb. 5 at North Door.

COMING SOON

JAN. 19: Will T. Massey, “The Weathering,” release show Jan. 24 at Strange Brew.
JAN. 22: Shearwater, “Jet Plane and Oxbow” (Sub Pop), release show Feb. 3 at North Door.
JAN. 30: Bryce Clifford & Brother Superior, “Whatever Coach” EP, release show Jan. 30 at Blackheart.
FEB. 9: Magna Carda, “Cirqlation,” release show Feb. 5 at the Belmont.
FEB. 9. Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Solicitor Returns,” solo album by Delta Spirit frontman.
FEB. 9: Wealthy West, “Long Play,” release show Feb. 12 at Tellers.
FEB. 19: Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts, “Lola” (Luz/Thirty Tigers), release show Feb. 13 at Texas Union Theater.
FEB. 26: Willie Nelson, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” (Legacy), playing March 12 at Rodeo Austin.
FEB. 26: Bill Carter, “Innocent Victims & Evil Companions” (Forty Below), playing Jan. 12 at Saxon Pub.
FEB. 26: Kathryn Legendre, “Don’t Give a Damn” EP, release show Feb. 26 at White Horse.
MARCH 25: White Denim, “Stiff” (Downtown), produced by Ethan Johns, playing SXSW (dates TBA).
APRIL 1: Explosions in the Sky, “The Wilderness” (Temporary Residence).
APRIL: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.”
EARLY 2016: Calliope Musicals, “Time Owes You Nothing.”
EARLY 2016: A Giant Dog, title TBA (Merge).
SPRING 2016: Hayes Carll, title TBA.

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.

Austin360 On The Record: Harvest Thieves, Lew Card

OUT THIS WEEK

HarvestThievesAlbumCoverHarvest Thieves, “Rival.” From our first Austin360 Artist of the Month feature in today’s American-Statesman: “‘Rival’ heralds Harvest Thieves’ arrival as a contemporary heir to the hard-twang sounds pioneered two decades ago by the likes of the Old 97’s and the Jayhawks. Their sound reflects what can happen when a bunch of small-town Texas country folks immerse themselves in Austin’s vibrant indie music scene.” Read the full story at mystatesman.com, and check out our Austin360 live video for the album track “The Least of These” above. Release show tonight (Jan. 8) at Scoot Inn.

Lew Card, “Follow Me Down” (Monomer). The third album from the Austin-via-Tennessee singer-songwriter traverses a broad range of Americana terrain, from the old-timey acoustic folk of the opening “Walkin’ Shoes Blues” from the easygoing ramble of “Do My Own Thing” to the funkier topical tune “Condo Town Rag.” Brass accents from the Tijuana Trainwreck Horns help to broaded Card’s palette beyond his country-folk base. Playing Feb. 11 at Buzz Mill.

COMING SOON

JAN. 14: Emily Wolfe, “Atta Blues” single, release show Jan. 14 at Stubb’s.

JAN. 15: Randy Rogers Band, “Nothing Shines Like Neon” (Tommy Jackson/Thirty Tigers), in-store Jan. 18 at Waterloo Records.

JAN. 15: Reed Turner, “Native Tongue” EP, release show Jan. 15 at Stubb’s.

JAN. 16: Matt the Electrician with Little Brave, “Mountains”/“20/20” 7-inch, release show Feb. 5 at North Door.

JAN. 22: Will T. Massey, “The Weathering,” release show Jan. 24 at Strange Brew.

FEB. 19: Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts, “Lola” (Luz/Thirty Tigers), release show Feb. 13 at Texas Union Theater.

FEB. 26: Bill Carter, “Innocent Victims & Evil Companions” (Forty Below), playing Jan. 12 at Saxon Pub.

FEB. 26: Kathryn Legendre, “Don’t Give a Damn” EP, release show Feb. 26 at White Horse.

APRIL: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.”

EARLY 2016: Calliope Musicals, “Time Owes You Nothing.”

EARLY 2016: A Giant Dog, title TBA (Merge).

EARLY 2016: White Denim, title TBA.

SPRING 2016: Hayes Carll, title TBA.

Are you an Austin-area act with a new record coming out? Let us know at musicsource@statesman.com.