OUT THIS WEEK
Nightowls, "Fame Sessions" (Super Sonic Sounds). "We wanted to make a pilgrimage to one of the birthplaces of Southern soul music," Nightowls leader Ryan Harkrider said last fall about his band’s sessions at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., that resulted in this eight-song release. Building upon their fine "Good as Gold" album of 2013, "Fame Sessions" digs deeper into the heart of the classic ’60s sounds the Nightowls have brought forth on Monday nights for several years on South Lamar at the Highball and One-2-One Bar. Though Harkrider’s high-and-sweet vocals lead the way, this is very much a band effort: All songs are co-writes between multiple members, and the core instrumentalists get a big boost from backing-vocal choruses and horn-section blasts. Muscle Shoals legends Spooner Oldham (keyboards) and David Hood (bass) appear on a couple of tracks, but it’s the the band’s own songwriting and musicianship that stands out throughout "Fame Sessions." Release show Sept. 3 at Stubb’s Jr. Here’s the track "Highline":[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/206557265" 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" /]
These Fine Moments, "Patience." Working once again with noted local producer Mark Hallman, the duo of Robert Watts and Hilary Kaufmann serve up nine originals of folk-pop that ranges from the bright buoyancy of "Hearing Voices" and "Don’t Go Down" to deeper moods on "Moment of Truth" and "Take It All Back." Release show Sept. 6 at One-2-One Bar. Here’s the title track:[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213699595" 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" /]
Devin James Fry, "Four Dreams" EP. Four-song EP of adventurous indie singer-songwriter material from the Colorado transplant. Release show Sept. 5 at Stay Gold. Here’s the track "Pearl Made, Gold Stayed":Check 360 Mixtape for a look at this week’s national releases with Austin360’s Deborah Sengupta Stith and Eric Webb.
SEPT. 11: Gary Clark Jr., "The Story of Sonny Boy Slim" (Warner Bros.), playing Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at Austin City Limits Music Festival.
SEPT. 12: Ghostbunny, "Silver Tongue," release show Sept. 12 at the Parish.
SEPT. 15: Autumn, self-titled, release show Sept. 13 at North Door.
SEPT. 18: Charlie Belle, "I Don’t Want to Be Alone" EP, release show Sept. 15 at Stubb’s Jr.
SEPT. 18: Ali Holder, "From My Veins Will Fall" EP, release show Sept. 19 at Cactus Cafe.
SEPT. 19: Joe Ely, "Panhandle Rambler."
SEPT. 25: Patty Griffin, "Servant of Love" (via Thirty Tigers), playing Sept. 23 at Paramount Theatre.
SEPT. 25: Shawn Colvin, "Uncovered" (Fantasy).
OCT. 2: Wild Child, "Fools" (Dualtone).
OCT. 2: Dawn & Hawkes, "Yours and Mine," release show Oct. 2 at One World Theatre.
OCT. 2: Moving Panoramas, "One" (Modern Outsider), release show Sept. 26 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
OCT. 2: Kinky Friedman, "The Loneliest Man I Ever Met" (Avenue A/Thirty Tigers).
OCT. 9: Israel Nash, "Silver Season" (Loose/Thirty Tigers), playing Nov. 12 at Stubb’s Jr.
OCT. 9: Mother Falcon, "Good Luck Have Fun" (Universal Music Classics), playing Aug. 21 at North Door.
OCT. 16: Oh Hellos, "Dear Wormwood," playing Nov. 21 at Stubb’s Jr.
LATE OCTOBER: Big Cat, self-titled (Mark One), new local supergroup featuring Malford Milligan, Roscoe Beck, Dave Sebree, Les Fisher and Stefano Intelisano.
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