OUT THIS WEEK
"Dreamer: A Tribute to Kent Finlay" (Eight 30). It was a year ago this week that San Marcos music mentor Finlay died at 77. Known primarily for his Cheatham Street Warehouse venue, Finlay also wrote a lot of songs, and many of those who held him in high regard contributed to this 15-track labor of love that serves as a musical companion to a new biography by his daughter Jenni Finlay and writer Brian T. Atkinson. Austin mainstays Slaid Cleaves and William Clark Green performs songs they co-wrote with Finlay; the rest were fully Finlay’s own, from Terri Hendrix’s tender opener "I’ll Sing You a Story" to the unlisted final track "Saturday Night" from Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay (who also contribute "Yesterday’s Oatmeal"). Another duet track, "Between You and Me," pairs Randy Rogers and Sunny Sweeney on a spare arrangement that highlights their singing and the story. Family ties are underscored on "I’ve Written Some Life," rendered by another of Finlay’s daughters, HalleyAnna. In-store March 6 at Waterloo Records with James McMurtry, Jamie Wilson, Matt Harlan and Owen Temple. Here’s Walt Wilkins with "Bright Lights of Brady":[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242890113" params="visual=true&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
Benjamin Cissner & the Apologies, "Birds in the Night." Debut album from the singer-songwriter’s rock trio. In-store March 4 at End of an Ear, release show March 4 at Barracuda. Here’s the song "Chippy’s Lament":[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/210113495" params="visual=true&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
Torino Black, "Food for a Therapist" EP. Six-track debut from the Spanish-tinged rock band. Release show March 5 at the Parish. Here’s the song "Hello":[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/235946516" params="visual=true&color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
MARCH 10: Drew Davis, EP, release show March 10 at One-2-One Bar.
MARCH 11: Penny & Sparrow, "Let a Lover Drown You" (Single Lock/Thirty Tigers), playing April 16 at the Parish.
MARCH 11: Holy Wave, "Freaks of Nurture" (Reverb Appreciation Society), release show Feb. 26 at Barracuda.
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 1: Dana Falconberry & Medicine Bow, "From the Forest Came the Fire" (Modern Outsider), release show April 2 at Stateside at the Paramount.
APRIL 8: Hayes Carll, "Lovers and Leavers" (Hwy 87/Thirty Tigers).
APRIL 8: Michael Fracasso, "Here Come the Savages."
APRIL 15: Calliope Musicals, "Time Owes You Nothing," re;ease show April 15 at Central Presbyterian Church.
APRIL 22: Sharks in the Deep End, "Killin Machine."
MAY 3: Jeremy Nail, "My Mountain."
MAY 6: A Giant Dog, "Pile" (Merge).
MAY 13: Migrant Kids, "Primordial Soup" EP (Pure Joy).
MAY: Charlie Faye & the Fayettes, self-titled.
MAY: Cotton Mather, "Songs From the I Ching," first in a series of vinyl releases collecting 64 digital tracks.
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