OUT THIS WEEK
The Deer, “On the Essence of the Indomitable Spirit.” A follow-up to the debut album “An Argument for Observation,” released under the name Grace Park & the Deer, this 13-song collection features greater collaboration between band members, spurred in part by the death of backing vocalist Stephanie Bledsoe in a farming accident last year. The Deer play sophisticated acoustic music that touches on folk, pop, jazz and other genres, largely forgoing basic song structures in favor of more adventurous explorations. Park’s sweet and pleasant singing is a focal point but not a dominating force; the instrumental and vocal interplay with Michael McLeod, Jesse Dalton and Alan Eckert infuses the band’s often pastoral tunes with a refreshing spirit. Release show Dec. 12 at Spiderhouse Ballroom.
Christy Hays, “O Montana” EP. Local singer-songwriter’s six-song follow-up to the 2012 full-length “Drought.” Release show Dec. 10 at Cactus Cafe. Video for the EP track “Sun”:[vimeo 110746677 w=500 h=281]
DEC. 16: Timberos Del Norte, self-titled, release show Dec. 18 at One-2-One Bar.
JAN. 7: Obscured By Echoes, release show Jan. 7 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
JAN. 13: Charlie Belle, “Get to Know” EP, release show Jan. 14 at Holy Mountain.
JAN. 20: Cautiontape, “How We Shine” EP, release show Jan. 22 at Spiderhouse Ballroom.
JAN. 27: T-Bird & the Breaks, “Harmonizm,” playing Dec. 31 at Stubb’s.
FEB. 10: Robert Earl Keen, “Happy Prisoner” (Dualtone), playing Dec. 19 at ACL Live.
FEB. 10: GOBI, “Gold on Black Ice,” release show Feb. 7 at Holy Mountain.
FEB. 24: James McMurtry, “Complicated Game” (Complicated Game Records), playing most Tuesdays and Wednesdays in December at the Continental Club/Gallery.
FEB. 24: Quiet Company, “Trangressor” (Modern Outsider).
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