Watters, “The Great Unknown.” Recent transplants to Austin from Arizona (with stints in Denver and Nashville en route), the husband-wife duo of Daniel and Jenna Waters fit somewhere into the local indie-folk-pop spectrum that encompasses the likes of Wild Child and Calliope Musicals. On these 10 tunes, they bring in frequent horn-section support behind guitar-and-keyboards-based melodies, at times adding strings from illustrious fiddler Erik Hokkanen as well. Release show Saturday, July 2, at the Parish. — P.B.

Joe Jacksons, “It’s a Sin/Shadow People” (White Couch). A two-slice tease of down and dirty rock ’n’ roll from this new outfit featuring Black Joe Lewis and the Weary Boys’ Mario Matteoli. Release show Thursday, June 30, at the Continental Club. Here’s the A-side:


Mindz of Different Kind, “Foursight.” The full-length debut from our Austin360 Artist of the Month for July is gritty and hard-edged, but also deftly lyrical and very positive. Each of the four emcees has a distinct voice and style, and they stand together as a powerful team. Unflinchingly, they tackle the tough subjects — racism, violence, police brutality — over soulful boom-bap beats. These young emcees have been nurtured by the local hip-hop scene since they were teenagers, and they’ve grown into a legitimate voice of the Austin streets. — D.S.S.


JULY 8: Basketball Shorts, “Hot and Ready” (Fleeting Youth/Austin Town Hall), release show June 30 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.

JULY 8: Quin Galavis, “My Life in Steel and Concrete” (Super Secret).

JULY 8: Jane Ellen Bryant, “Twenties” (EP), release show July 8 at Lamberts.

JULY 12: South Austin Moonlighters, “Ghost of a Small Town,” release show July 15 at Continental Club.

JULY 15: Nightowls, “Royal Sessions” EP, release show July 15 at Scoot Inn.

JULY 29: Cotton Mather, “Death of the Cool” (Star Apple Kingdom).

AUG. 12: Kim Simpson, “Songs and Sightings 1992-2014,” release show Aug. 12 at Good Shepherd on the Hill.

AUG. 26: Jack Ingram, “Midnight Motel” (Rounder), moved from June 24; playing July 22 at Nutty Brown Amphitheater.

AUG. 26: Fabulous Thunderbirds, “Strong Like That” (Severn).

AUG. 26: Wildfires, “Aguas Frescas (Part II)” EP.

SEPT. 17: Henry & the Invisibles, title TBA.

SEPTEMBER: Band of Heathens, title TBA.

SEPTEMBER: Shinyribs, “I Got Your Medicine.”

OCTOBER: Eric Johnson, title TBA.