Bob Schneider, “Blood & Bones” (Shockorama). Schneider spirographs his music and art in so many different directions that it can be hard to keep track of where he may be at any given moment, or where he’ll go next. But on “Blood & Bones,” released earlier this summer, he’s in a similar wheelhouse as his 2000 breakthrough album “Lonelyland,” focusing mainly on singer-songwriter-oriented, acoustic-based material. The moody title track is one of his best songs in years, “Lake Michigan” is an immediately appealing melodic folk-rocker, and “Easy” sways along with a pace and vibe fitting its title. He gets funky on “Easier With You,” “Texaco” and the way-out-there “Make Drugs Get Money,” before closing on a more romantic note with “Hours and Days” and the uplifting “Sing About Love.” If “classic Bob” is your favorite Schneider persona, this one’s for you. Playing Sept. 2 at Nutty Brown Amphitheatre. Here’s the video for the opening track, “Making It Up”:
Andrew Nolte, “Tied to a String.” A multi-instrumentalist who’s played with local acts including the Derrick Davis Band, Zissou and the Tom Petty tribute act Damn Torpedoes, Nolte proves to be an extraordinarily talented composer and arranger in his own right on his highly sophisticated nine-song debut. This is pop music, fundamentally, but Nolte draws upon elements of jazz, classical, folk, cabaret and other styles, fleshing out his tunes with exquisite accents of horns, winds and strings. I’m not quite sure how Nolte has flown under my radar until now, but this is one of the best Austin records of 2018. Release show Sept. 4 at Saxon Pub. Here’s the opening track, “Europa Tide”:
Heart of the City, self titled (Hand Drawn). This debut collaboration pairing Austin’s Brandon Callies (Black Tie Vendetta, American Revival) with Dallas musician Paco Estrada features a dozen tracks of dance-oriented rock-and-soul. Release show Aug. 31 at Hole in the Wall. Here’s the video for the track “The River”:
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Extreme Heat, “All the Way Gone” EP (Fable). Few Austin bands have a longer history than this eight-piece funk-and-soul combo, whose beginnings date back to the heyday of Armadillo World Headquarters. Singer Bruce Spelman produced this four-song disc and wrote the bluesy “Cloudy Day,” with guitarist Mike Barnes penning “Steady” and bassist/vocalist Mike Roeder responsible for the other two (including the title track). Release show Aug. 31 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a recent live version of the title track:
COMING SOONSEPT. 5: Buhu, “Tenets,” release show Sept. 5 at Barracuda. SEPT. 7: Ghostland Observatory, “See You Later Simulator,” playing Oct. 25 at Stubb’s. SEPT. 7: Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, “The Difference Between Me and You,” release show Sept. 7 at Continental Club. SEPT. 7: Ray Bonneville, “At King Electric” (Stonefly). SEPT. 7: Emily Shirley, “Courage Up,” release show Sept. 7 at One-2-One Bar. SEPT. 7: The Mrs., “Five Minutes” EP, release show Sept. 8 at Lamberts. SEPT. 7: Collective Thought, “Rise.” SEPT. 14: Willie Nelson, “My Way” (Legacy). SEPT. 14: Asleep at the Wheel, “New Routes.” SEPT. 14: Band of Heathens, “A Message From the People Revisited.” SEPT. 14: Gina Chavez, “Lightbeam” EP, release show Sept. 15 at Antone’s. SEPT. 14: Cory Morrow, “Whiskey and Pride,” release shows Sept. 14-15 at Gruene Hall. SEPT. 14: Johnny Goudie, “Leper Hands” EP, release show Sept. 13 at One-2-One Bar. SEPT. 14: Ben Millburn, “Sunglass Moustache.” SEPT. 21: “Blaze” Original Cast Recording soundtrack (Cinewax/Light in the Attic). SEPT. 21: Jaimee Harris, “Red Rescue,” playing Sept. 20 at One-2-One Bar. SEPT. 21: Western Youth, self-titled, release show Sept. 21 at Spider House Ballroom. SEPT. 21: Will Courtney, “Crazy Love” (Super Secret). SEPT. 21: Jonathon Zemek, “Hillcrest.” SEPT. 21: Jane Ellen Bryant, “Let Me Be Lost” EP. SEPT. 25: Charlie Belle, “Like I Love This” EP, playing Oct. 13 at Whip In. SEPT. 28: Jerry David DeCicca, “Burning Daylight” (Super Secret). SEPT. 28: Nobody’s Girl, “Waterline” EP, release show Sept. 29 at Saxon Pub. OCT. 5: Molly Burch, “First Flower” (Captured Tracks). OCT. 5: Max Frost, “Gold Rush” (Atlantic). OCT. 5: Michael Martin Murphey, “Austinology: Alleys of Austin.” OCT. 12: Lindsay Beaver, “Tou gh As Love” (Alligator). OCT. 26: Carson McHone, “Carousel.” OCt. 26: Jamie Lin Wilson, “Jumping Over Rocks,” playing Oct. 20 at Sam’s Town Point.