OUT THIS WEEK
Carrie Rodriguez + the Sacred Hearts, “Lola” (Luz/Thirty Tigers). In our feature story on Rodriguez from this week’s American-Statesman, Nancy Flores writes: “Rodriguez finds herself in a rare position as a Chicana Americana fiddle player, something that early in her career she says didn’t occur to her as being unusual. After all, she says, the Americana music world embraced her, and her collaborations with master singer-songwriter Chip Taylor resulted in several acclaimed duet albums, which helped propel her solo career. Over the years, though, she remembers performing at shows and festivals that she wished were more diverse. “Lola,” her first bilingual album, transforms old ranchera tunes with modern arrangements and adds a country feel to songs in Spanish, English and Spanglish. The new record represents her better than any of her previous work, she says, not only because it’s Tex-Mex music for a new generation, but because she lets listeners into her world where cultural lines are always blurred.” In-store Feb. 19 at Waterloo Records. Check out the track “Perfidia”:
Sam Riggs, “Breathless” (Deep Creek/Thirty Tigers). The follow-up to 2013’s “Outrun the Sun” finds Riggs emerging as one of the leading voices among the contemporary crop of Texas country artists following in the footsteps of popular acts such as Pat Green and Jack Ingram. Riggs isn’t breaking new ground here, but tuneful, radio-ready tracks such as “The Heartbreak Girl” and “Secondhand Smoke” suggest he’s ready for a broader breakthrough beyond the local and regional realms. The latter number is revisited at the end of the record in a stripped-down acoustic version, followed by a hidden-track acoustic version of the album’s first single, “The Lucky Ones.” Here’s the full-band version of that song, which leads off the album:[youtube=]
Wildcat Apollo, “Melt Into the Ocean.” Follow-up to the self-titled 2013 album by the psychedelic band that relocated to Austin from Brooklyn. Release show Feb. 20 at Empire. Here’s the song “Kaleidoscopic”:
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), release show Feb. 27 at Saxon Pub.
FEB. 26: Golden Dawn Arkestra, “Stargazer,” release shows Feb. 26-27 at Mohawk.
FEB. 26: Mama K & the Shades, “Honey Made,” release show Feb. 26 at One-2-One Bar.
FEB. 26: David Messier, “Waiting for Eldridge” (Fable), release show Feb. 26 at the Townsend.
FEB. 26: 8 Ball Aitken, self-titled (Red Rocker).
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.
FEB. 28: SuperEtte, “When People Are Cold and Hard and Hate” EP, in-store Feb. 28 at Waterloo Records.
FEB. 29: Jared Leibowich, “Welcome Late Bloomers,” in-store Feb. 29 at Waterloo Records.
FEB. 29: Robin Wymer, “Table of Grace” EP, release show at North Door.
MARCH 2: “Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay” (Eight 30), in-store March 2 at Waterloo Records with James McMurtry, Jamie Lin Wilson, Matt Harlan and Owen Temple.
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: Greyhounds, “Change of Pace” (Ardent).
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 22: Sharks in the Deep End, “Killin Machine.”
APRIL: Michael Fracasso, “Here Come the Savages.”
MAY 3: Jeremy Nail, “My Mountain.”
MAY 6: A Giant Dog, Pile (Merge).
MAY: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, title TBA.
MAY: Cotton Mather, “Songs From the I Ching,” first in a series of vinyl releases collecting 64 digital tracks.
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