OUT THIS WEEK
Heartless Bastards, "Restless Ones" (Partisan). There’s no hometown hurrah for the release of Heartless Bastards’ first record more than three years, as the band is touring North America for most of the summer and fall. (Its next Austin show is Nov. 21 at the Mohawk.) Still, Ohio transplant Erika Wennerstrom and her bandmates remain one of the city’s most prominent rock acts, having achieved a modest breakthrough with 2012’s "Arrow," their first album to chart in the top 100. "Restless Ones" is a wide-ranging effort, mixing heavier tunes such as the psych-tinged opener "Wind Up Bird" with the tuneful jangle of "Hi-Line" (reworked from an earlier film-soundtrack recording). The five-minute soundscape "Tristessa" closes the album on an adventurous note, with Wennerstrom’s trancelike lead vocal wafting above and amid an atmospheric wash of guitars and electronics.
Cory Morrow, "The Good Fight" (Write On). Morrow’s first studio album since 2010 finds the accomplished country-rock singer-songwriter looking at the world from a different perspective as the father of four children under age 5. Playing June 19-20 at Gruene Hall. Here’s a lyric video for the song "Old With You":[youtube=]
Bob Schneider, "The King Kong Suite, Vol. 2" EP (Shockorama). The second installment of a trilogy Schneider is releasing throughout the year finds him mining a fairly straightforward pop singer-songwriter approach. Playing July 4 at Nutty Brown Cafe, July 10 at Long Center with Tosca String Quartet, and most Mondays with Lonelyland at Saxon Pub. Here’s a live version of the album track "You May Want to Take Some Time":[youtube=]
The Good Earth, "Rock & Tree." Longtime local pop and rock singer-songwriter Ernie Gammage is out front in this ensemble’s set of easygoing, tuneful acoustic-based fare. Release show June 18 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s a video for the song "Why Can’t I Let Go":[youtube=]
Also: Octopus Rex, "Total Destruction," release show June 18 at Red 7; Brother/Ghost, "Buried," release show June 18 at Holy Mountain.
JUNE 23: Patricia Vonne, "Viva Bandolera," release show June 27 at Continental Club.
JUNE 23: Lee Barber, "The Missing Pages," release show June 27 at Strange Brew.
JUNE 25: Manco, "The Great Wall," release show June 25 at Rattle Inn.
JUNE 30: Suzanne Monroe, "Face to the Mirror," release show June 30 at Ground Floor Theatre.
JUNE 30: Madisons, "No One’s Ever Gonna Know Your Name," release show July 11 at Frank.
JULY 10: Crooks, "Wildfire," release show July 11 at Scoot Inn.
JULY 24: Painted Redstarts, "Foreign Fields," release show July 24 at Strange Brew.
AUG. 1: Carson McHone, "Good Luck Man."
AUG. 7: I Am the Albatross, "Lonesome Son" (Rail Rider).
AUG. 14: Mother Falcon, "Good Luck Have Fun" (BitCandy), playing June 7 at North Door.
AUG. 21: Mike Flanigin, "The Drifter," with guests including Billy Gibbons, Gary Clark Jr., Alejandro Escovedo and Jimmie Vaughan; performing most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 p.m. at the Continental Gallery.
AUG. 28: David Ramirez, "Fables" (Thirty Tigers), early album-listening party July 1 at Cactus Cafe.
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