With no new releases scheduled during the holiday week, here’s a quick look at a few recent records from the past few weeks.
Why Not Satellite, self-titled. Dating back to his 1980s days with the Standing Waves, Larry Seaman has been one of Austin’s most talented pop songwriters, known for applying progressive twists to his basic tuneful instincts. His latest ensemble with fellow local long-timers Randy Franklin, Cindy Toth and Steve McCarthy brings sharp focus to the instantly appealing "September Surprise," the dramatic ballad "In Your Arms" and a cover of the F-Systems new wave nugget "People." Playing Jan. 10 at Carousel Lounge.
Bobby Mack, "Texas Guitar: Highway Man." An 11-song collection of mostly original material by the former Night Train leader, this likely will appeal to fans of the gritty blues-rock traditionalism for which Austin became known during the heyday of Antone’s. Playing Dec. 31 at Cypress Creek Cafe in Wimberley.
Dr. Zog, "Texas Zydeco Train." From the title track to "South Austin Road" to "Texas Blues" to "Cajun Cooking," accordionist Dr. Zog zeroes in on heavy regional flavor in this nine-song set. A strong supporting cast includes the great Cindy Cashdollar on lap steel and longtime Resentments fixtures Bruce Hughes and John Chipman on bass and drums, respectively. Playing Jan. 10 at Guero’s Oak Garden.
Michael Hays, self-titled. After star ting his career in Austin in the late ’90s, Hays spent most of the past decade in Los Angeles with the Larks before moving back. His solo debut is a rootsy singer-songwriter affair that features pedal steel ace Eric Heywood on a couple of cuts.
January: Obscured By Echoes (release show Jan. 7 at Cheer Up Charlie’s); Charlie Belle, "Get to Know" EP (release show Jan. 14 at Holy Mountain); Cody Canada & the Departed, "Hippielovepunk" (playing Dec. 31 at River Road Icehouse in New Braunfels); Cautiontape, "How We Shine" EP (release show Jan. 22 at Spiderhouse Ballroom); T-Bird & the Breaks, "Harmonizm" (playing Dec. 31 at Stubb’s).
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First day hikes
Start 2015 on the right foot by participating in one of dozens of First Day Hikes planned at Texas state parks on Jan. 1. Among the parks participating in the program, which offers short, guided walks through public parkland, are Bastrop, Blanco, Buescher, Colorado Bend, Enchanted Rock, Garner State Park, Government Canyon, Guadalupe River, Inks Lake, LBJ, Lockhart, Lost Maples, McKinney Falls, Mother Neff, Pedernales Falls, Palmetto, Somerville and Washington-on-the-Brazos state parks and historic areas. For a complete list and details, go to tinyurl.com/meyde6w.
— Pam LeBlanc
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Austin360 movie team Joe Gross and Charles Ealy share their top 10 films of the year and look ahead to award season. Plus, Matthew Odam rounds up restaurants expected to open in 2015, and Deborah Sengupta Stith has Free Week recommendations.