OUT THIS WEEK
Quiet Company, "Trangressor" (Modern Outsider). So much was made of the local indie rock band’s in-and-out-of-Christianity themes across its first few albums that it’s refreshing to hear Quiet Company working pretty much entirely outside the scope of religiosity on "Transgressor." Leader Taylor Muse still has a keen sense for dramatic delivery, as is clear on lines such as "My veins are full of rust and it’s worse than I thought" on "The Most Dangerous Game," an aggressive, infectious rocker that’s the album’s immediate standout. "Trangressor" comes out of the gate hot, but acoustic tunes such as "Kindness" and the piano-based "Wherever You Take Me" help diversify Quiet Company’s appeal. In-store Feb. 24 at Waterloo Records.
James McMurtry, "Complicated Game" (Complicated Game Records). See today’s American-Statesman for a full feature on McMurtry. Release shows Feb. 24 at Continental Gallery and Feb. 25 at Continental Club, in-store Feb. 26 at Waterloo Records.
Sweet Spirit, EP. Look for a feature on the band in Friday’s Austin360 section. Release show Feb. 27 at Radio Coffee & Beer.
Parker McCollum, "The Limestone Kid" (Indie Extreme). At 22, this singer-songwriter shows promise on a debut record of Americana tunes highlighted by the catchy country-flavored number "Meet You in the Middle" (video below, with some nice night footage of Austin streets). Release show Feb. 28 at Saxon Pub.[youtube=]
Zoltars, self-titled (Happenin/Burger). On 10 songs that clock in at 23 minutes total, local garage quartet the Zoltars deliver admirably simple and infectious rock ’n’ roll rooted deeply in 1960s classics on their third album. Release show Feb. 27 at Hotel Vegas. Here’s a live video from Beerland last fall of the album track "16-17-18 Living":[youtube=]
Texas Never Whispers, self-titled. Rising mainly from the ashes of local indie band Oh No Oh My, this new outfit shines on an 11-song debut filled with guitar-and-piano-based rock and pop. Release show Feb. 28 at the Mohawk. Check out a video for the track "Generous Gambler":[youtube=]
Mayeux & Broussard, "High Times and Good Rhymes." Relatively straightforward country-folk-rock songs dominate the sophomore release from singer-songwriters Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard. Playing March 4 at the White Horse.
David Hamburger, "Pennyslvania Station Blues" (Lounge Side). Known for his work in films and commercials and for authoring several instructional guitar books, Hamburger delivers an 11-song set of tastefully played acoustic blues.
Also: Xetas, "The Redeemer" (12XU). In-store Feb. 24 at End of an Ear, release show Feb. 25 at Hotel Vegas; Amanda Cevallos, "The High Hands," release show Feb. 26 at Continental Club; Sounds Del Mar, "Miami Vice’n," in-store Feb. 26 at Trailer Space Records, release show Feb. 28 at the Mohawk; Shane Cooley, "Kings Highway," release show Feb. 27 at Spider House Ballroom; Claire Morales, "Amaranthine," release show Feb. 27 at Scoot Inn; Stukenberg, B-Sides (EP). release show Feb. 28 at Stubb’s indoor.
MARCH 3: Asleep at the Wheel, "Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys" (Bismeaux), with many special guests. Taping "Austin City Limits" Feb. 24 at ACL Live.
MARCH 3: Happen-Ins, "Glamour Shots" (Avenue West), release show March 6 at the Mohawk, vinyl-release in-store April 23 at Waterloo Records.
MARCH 3: Luke Jacobs, "Velvet After Feel," produced by Carrie Rodriguez.
MARCH 3: Cherubs, "2 Ynfynyty" (Black Panda).
MARCH 6: Town Hall Devils, "Ouroboros Blues" EP, release show March 6 at the Blackheart.
MARCH 10: Bright Light Social Hour, "Space Is Still the Place" (Frenchkiss), in-store March 10 at Waterloo Records, release show March 27 at Stubb’s.
MARCH 10: Joe Pug, "Windfall" (Lightning Rod), in-store March 8 at Waterloo Records.
MARCH 10: Chubby Knuckle Choir, "Reveille."
MARCH 17: Grassy Knoll, "Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1."
MARCH 25: Carry Illinois, "Alabaster," release show March 25 at Cheer Up Charlie’s.
MARCH 31: Milkdrive, "Places You’ve Not Been," playing March 14 at Cactus Cafe.
MARCH 31: Jon Wolfe, "Natural Man," release show April 3 at Midnight Rodeo.
APRIL 7: East Cameron Folkcore, "Kingdom of Fear," release shows April 1-4 at Salvage Vanguard Theater.
APRIL 7: Ray Wylie Hubbard, "The Ruffian’s Misfortune" (Bordello/Thirty Tigers), playing Old Settler’s Music Festival April 17.
MAY 12: Joe Ely, Title TBA.
SPRING: Dale Watson, "Call Me Insane" (Red House/Ameripolitan).
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