OUT THIS WEEK
Lee Barber, “The Missing Pages.” On “Picture This,” the closing track on this long-in-coming follow-up to his 2009 solo debut “Thief and Rescue,” Barber sings that “we’re on a slow boat between the earth and sky.” The lyric vividly captures the overarching feel of Barber’s music, which prioritizes open, spacious arrangements and gracefully measured deliberation. Working with producer Brian Beattie and a superb supporting cast including guitarists Craig Ross and Scrappy Jud Newcomb, drummers Dony Wynn and Jon Greene, and backing vocalists Dana Falconberry and Sahara Smith, Barber applies exquisite touches of divine damage to original tunes based in acoustic folk and blues. There are familiar elements here — echoes of the Beatles’ “Across the Universe” resonate in the masterful opening track “Modern Life” — but the end result is an 11-song suite of highly original and affecting songcraft. Release show June 27 at Strange Brew. A painter as well as a musician, Barber created an fascinating animated lyric video for the track “Sailor’s Song”:[youtube=]
Patricia Vonne, “Viva Bandolera.” Though the latest from Latin inegenue Vonne is a collection of previously released songs, it’s illuminating in that it collects her Spanish-language original material all in one place. The versions of “Severina” and the title track are revised from the versions that appeared on her 2003 self-titled debut. Also included is “Traeme Paz,” a highlight of her 2005 disc “Guitars & Castanets” and likely familiar to many from its inclusion in her brother Robert Rodriguez’s film “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” Release show June 27 at Continental Club.
Manco, “The Great Wall.” The debut release from indie singer-songwriter Mike Manco, produced locally by Ron Flynt, spotlights his richly melodic vocal delivery on carefully layered, acoustic-based tunes that occasionally reach toward more electrified territory. Release show June 25 at Rattle Inn. Here’s the leadoff track, “Good and Low”:[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/177987397" params="color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false" width="100%" height='166' iframe="true" /]
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,” playing 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.
SEPT. 25: Patty Griffin, “Servant of Love” (via Thirty Tigers), playing Sept. 23 at Paramount Theatre.
OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, “One” (Modern Outsider), playing June 27 at ABGB.
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