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.

Friday’s music picks: Matthew Logan Vasquez, Quiet Company

Matthew Logan Vasquez plays a Free Week show at the Mohawk. Photo by Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman
Matthew Logan Vasquez plays a Free Week show at the Mohawk. Photo by Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman

Free Week: Matthew Logan Vasquez at the Mohawk. In 2015, popular indie rock band Delta Spirit took a break and frontman Vasquez returned home to Austin with his wife in time for the birth of their first child. Late in the year he released the “Austin EP,” a poignant collection of slowly unfolding poetic reflections and muscular stabs at psychedelic fuzz. His new full-length is due out later this year. The Nine Mile Records show also features Sweet Spirit, Sounds del Mar, A. Sinclair, Tinnarose, Lowin, Abram Shook, Ben Ballinger and Modrag. Free. 7 p.m. doors. 912 Red River St. mohawkaustin.com. —D.S.S.

More Free Week: Austin360 Artist of the Month Harvest Thieves celebrate the release of their new album at Scoot Inn with Leo Rondeau, Star Parks and Greg Loftus. … Popular rockers Quiet Company and Calliope Musicals play Empire. … Darkwave outfit Knifight and electro crew GOBI are outside at Sidewinder while a very promising bill of dreamy electropop featuring Technicolor Hearts, Orthy and Stilleto Feels plays inside. … Flamingo Cantina hosts Barrio Bash VI with Los Callejeros de San Antonio, Kiko Villamizar and Afrofreque. … At Lamberts Shivery Shakes and Sour Notes play variations on indie pop. … Over at the Swan Dive the Blind Pets play with Wildcat Apollo, and the party starts early at Fair Market’s Free For Y’all, which presents Bird Peterson, Body Rock ATX, Toddy B and more in an all-day affair with visuals and performance art that kicks off at noon.

Also: Still soulful well into her 80s, Miss Lavelle White takes her show south to Strange Brew. … In a perfectly mismatched bill, Afropop band Bamako Airlines and Americana artist Carson McHone play ABGB. … This is Austin, Not That Great Fest, a massive punk blowout kicks off three days of night shows at Spider House and day gigs at Hotel Vegas. … The resurrected Antone’s connects to its Muddy Waters roots with Paul Oscher & His All-Star Austin Blues Band.

Willie Nelson, the Mavericks and more to play Rodeo Austin

Willie Nelson performs at his annual Fourth of July Picnic in 2015. (Erika Rich/American-Statesman)
Willie Nelson will open Rodeo Austin March 12. Photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman

Willie Nelson & Family once again will play the opening night of Rodeo Austin, running March 12-26 at the Travis County Exposition Center.

Rodeo organizers announced about half of this year’s musical performers on Thursday. In addition to Nelson’s March 12 show, they include the Mavericks (March 13), Gary Allan (March 15), the Josh Abbott Band (March 17), Turnpike Troubadours (March 18), Mel Tillis & Pam Tillis (March 20), Smokey Robinson (March 22), Brett Eldredge (March 23) and Kevin Fowler (March 26).

Mainstage performances are in Luedecke Arena, with additional acts (still to be announced) appearing on the secondary KASE/KVET Stage.

Tickets start at $20 and are available beginning Friday, Jan. 8, via rodeoaustin.com or by phone at 512-477-6060.

Thursday’s music picks: Jim Lauderdale, Lost Bayou Ramblers

Jim Lauderdale plays Saturday at the Cactus Cafe.
Jim Lauderdale plays Strange Brew.

Jim Lauderdale at Strange Brew. It’s awfully hard to keep up with country songwriter Lauderdale’s prolific career. Even as evaporating sales have led some artists to record less, Lauderdale has released eight albums in the past five years, including 2015’s two-volume, 26-song “Soul Searching” recorded half in Memphis and half in his hometown of Nashville. Perhaps best known as the host of the annual Americana Music Awards show at the Ryman Auditorium, Lauderdale has become one of the genre’s most active and enduring creative forces. $25-$30. 8 p.m. 5326 Manchaca Road. strangebrewloungeside.com.

Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Americans at Continental Club. Last seen on this stage a few weeks ago when they teamed with the Pogues’ Spider Stacy to reimagine the Irish band’s repertoire with a Cajun twist, the Ramblers return to put their own music in the spotlight. Joining them is Los Angeles band the Americans, whose profile will rise considerably this spring when they’re featured prominently in the upcoming PBS program “American Epic” along with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Nas and Elton John. $8. 10 p.m. 1315 S. Congress Ave. continentalclub.com.

Free Week, Day Seven: Multi-band bills at the Mohawk include American Sharks outside and Bee Caves inside. … Additional action along Red River includes My Jerusalem, Boyfrndz, Lowin and more at Empire Control Room & Garage; Ghost Bunny, Hooka Hey and more on Sidewinder’s two stages; and Purple, OBN IIIs, Broken Gold and Hidden Ritual indoors at Stubb’s. … Rainey Street free shows include the Mrs. Glass residency at Blackheart and Dilia at Geraldine’s. … West-of-Congress options include the Bellfuries at the Belmont with DJ Chorizo Funk, and Holiday Mountain at Lamberts with Technicolor Hearts . … Kick up dust at the White Horse with Leo Rondeau, Rosie & the Ramblers and Candler Wilkinson. … Head south for a six-band bill at One-2-One Bar including I Am the Albatross and Coattails, or catch the return of Canadian country upstart Whitney Rose‘s Thursday happy-hour gig at the Continental Club.